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August 20, 2017, 9:30 AM

Celebration Worship Service

Matthew 15:21-28

"Stand Up, Stand Up TO Jesus"

Rev. Jim Pollard

Worship is both personal and communal, formal and informal, intimate and casual. Here at Forest Hills Church, we recognize that people come to worship God in both joy and pain, faith and doubt, with laughter and with tears. Our worship tries to reflect a desire both for meditation and celebration. Please know you are invited to participate in any and all ways you feel led. Our songs, prayers, words and actions are the works of imperfect people trying to worship a perfect God.


Mission Trip 2018—Give Kids the World: We are planning another trip to Give Kids the World in Florida February

3rd-10th and would love to have you serve with us. Please contact Pastor Jim at if you have an interest in attending, as we need to secure housing soon. We will have an informational meeting in September.

Warm Up America: A big “Thank You” to the ladies who have been knitting squares. More yarn, instructions, and a finished sample square have been placed in the baskets. More squares are needed; it takes 49 squares to make one afghan. Please call Sandra Suarez at 616-949-8172 if you have any questions.

Kids Hope USA Mentoring: Back to school is just around the corner. We are excited to provide a fifth year of mentoring students at Kettle Lake Elementary. For additional information about how you can become involved in our mentoring program, contact Sheli Langejans, director of Kids Hope USA-FHPC, at or 616-987-6039.

Mission Team: Extending an invitation for a few new members to join FHPC Mission team starting September. Over the years, our team has planned, prayed, fundraised and helped others through commitments to local, national and international mission opportunities. Join us once a month to bring fresh ideas and willing efforts to see where God leads our congregation in serving others. The current team includes: Anita Charles, Barb Hoogenboom, Sandra Suarez, Carlos Suarez, Mimi Cole, Colleen Carkeet, Renee Donovan and Sheli Langejans. Any of us would be happy to speak with you about Missions.

ACCESS 6: If you were not able to be here on our normal collection day (the 1st Sunday of each month) please feel free to drop off your non-perishable food items any day that the church is open. Your donations are always welcome! Your items can be placed in the grocery carts located in the coat room.

Elementary School Supply Drive: The Mizpahs are collecting supplies for the students of Caesar Chavez Elementary. There will be a drop off box located in the narthex. The last day to drop off donations is Friday, 09-29-17. Suggested items include washable markers, crayons, colored pencils, glue sticks, #2 pencils, dry erase markers, folders, etc. Remember how fun it is to start the school year with fresh new supplies!


Children’s Reminder: children five and under are welcome in the nursery during the service and worship bags are available outside of the Sanctuary for those sitting in the service!


Accompanist needed: The Sanctuary Choir needs a rehearsal accompanist! This is a paid position. Rehearsals are from10:45-11:45am Sundaymornings (no rehearsal on the firstSundayof the month) An audition will be required. Please contact our music director, Megan Horist at megan@fhpcusa.orgfor more information


Men’s Breakfast meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month at 7:45 AM at The Gathering Place for a time of fellowship and conversation. A great way to start the day! The next date is September 6th.

Summer Golf Scrambles: The final 9-hole golf outing of the season will be September 17th at 3:30 PM at Quail Ridge Golf Course, 8375 36th St., Ada. The cost is $25 per person (payable at the course) which includes range balls before your round and a power cart. See Jim Owens or Tom Cathey to sign up.

Annual Rummage Sale: Save the date for our annual rummage sale on October 7, 2017. Drop off dates will be October 4, 5 and 6. Rummage through your closets, basements, attics and garages and bring your treasures to church for the sale. Hey, why don’t you ask your neighbors and friends to bring their treasures too? If you need to bring your items to church before October 4, give Reggie Harris a call at 813-1288. Looking forward to another amazing sale event!

First Responder’s BBQ: The Reach Out Team is hosting an Appreciation BBQ for all First Responders in our area on Thursday, August 24th here at the church from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM. This is a small way of saying “Thank You” for the outstanding work our First Responders do every day. We will be inviting all First Responders and their families from Ada, Forest Hills, Cascade, Kent County Sheriff Dept., Lowell, Alto and the Kent County Victims’ Advocates to join us. In the Narthex you will find a table to sign up for monetary or supply donations. There is also a volunteer signup sheet if you would like to be part of this incredible event. Please take a moment as an individual or as a family and stop at the table in the narthex to make a thank you card or draw a picture that we can display at the BBQ. Please come see us in the Narthex for more details.


New Members Orientation: Interested in joining our family of faith? Please join us for a new members orientation class on

September 26, 6:30-8:00 PM in the lounge. Please call the church office at 616-942-2751 to reserve a spot.

Name Tags—We encourage you to wear them if you have them! If you don't have one and would like to order a name tag, the order forms are on the magnetic boards just outside the main sanctuary doors.

Nursery Help Needed: We are looking for a few people to rotate as a helper in the nursery to our main attendant through the rest of summer and into the programming year! This is open to ALL ages 6th grade and above to be an extra set of hands! If this interests you, please speak to Ashley or email

Volunteer Opportunity: Have you considered being an usher? It is not hard, it is only occasional, we provide training, and we would love to have you as part of our team! The new quarterly rotation schedule will start in September. Please contact Patty Moyer at or

616-942-2751 if interested.

Shop at Forest Hills Foods & our church will earn up to 2% of your purchases through eScrip! It’s Easy! It’s Free! It’s Powerful! There are no receipts to collect, no vouchers or certificates to buy, no hassles for you—and every purchase counts! Sign up online today at If you need any assistance signing up please contact Patty at the church office 616-942-2751.

Check the Slat Walls in the church lobby for more events and information. Members and visitors alike are always welcome at all events.


Revised 08-18-17

Recovering at Home:

  • Julie Caris
  • In Retirement/Rehab Facilities:

  • Dan Caris (Clark at Keller Lake)
  • Rene TerAvest (moved to a facility in Lowell)
  • Eleanor Vollwiler (Maple Creek)
  • Other:

  • Brad McRae, cousin of Mimi Cole, passed away recently from stomach cancer. Mimi asked for prayers for his family.
  • Kate, friend of Liz Weaver’s, was diagnosed with cancer. Prayers are requested for Kate and her family.
  • Doug Gaskin’s mother, Maribeth, asked for prayer’s for Doug to remain pain-free and content/at peace in the care of hospice.
  • Baby girl, daughter of a friend of DeeDee Geerdes, born in February, remains in the hospital and has undergone many surgeries.
  • David, Nick Herrick’s nephew, recovering from a torn artery.
  • Sam Vriesema (son in law of Carol Hordyk) just diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer. Sam and his wife, Kathy, have 4 teenage daughters.
  • Dick Ardrey (brother of Anita Brocker) COPD has progressed to lung cancer.
  • Prayers for a son, for continued sobriety
  • Prayers for a nephew to stay clean from drugs
  • Gabbi, Granddaughter of Larry and Renee Donovan. (Gabbi suffers from Congenital Ulrich Muscular Dystrophy.)
  • Our Missionaries in India
  • Members of our Armed Forces
  • Joys:

  • Nicole, neighbor of the Metternick family, is doing much better than was originally expected following a bad fall from her horse.
  • Walter, Don Brown’s brother, received the great news that he is cancer free.
  • Prayer concerns are also listed on the Current Events slat wall in the Narthex.

    If you have a prayer request, please call the church office.



    Greg Chamberlain

    Barb Hoogenboom

    Judy Herrick

    Jennifer Wolbers


    Jerry Anderson

    Kathy Cullens

    Jim Cunningham

    Reggie Harris


    Colleen Carkeet

    Larry Chesner

    Don Drury

    Dave Mazur



    Carol Bailey

    Mimi Cole

    Cheryl Metternick

    Barb Vos

    Barb Weaver


    Don Brown

    Marrilee Chamberlain

    Cathy Drury

    Joan Tilstra

    Cheryl Raguse


    Kathy Cunningham

    Patty Moyer

    Tim Neason

    Jill Tarpinian

    Jessica VanSolkema

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