MAY 26 - JUNE 1



It’s Survey Time!  As promised last week, we bring you the Volunteer & Interests Survey from the SERVE Ministry Team! This quick survey is for everybody and will take less than 5 minutes and your responses are invaluable! For the tech-loving among us, you can hold your phone camera to the QR code and tap on the link. Online readers click HERE, or go to and take the survey! We want to discover the unique gifts, skills, and interests of our FRC family so we can match you with the perfect opportunities to serve. Don't worry, we won't ask you to cook if it's not your thing! Your participation will make serving easier and more impactful for everyone. If it’s more efficient for you, feel free to stop by the Welcome Center or the Office to complete this short survey. Thank you for your support! 

Overflowing with Gratitude! The Graduating Into Summer party on June 9 is hopp’in! PRAY FOR SUNSHINE! Please. We’re up to 124 attendees and counting. This week we sent an all-church email asking for more pies and as of this writing, we only have one last pie donation to fill. YOU ALL ARE AWESOME! And, we must digress here a moment to tell you that in that same email last Wednesday afternoon we asked for VBS donations. By Thursday morning nearly all the slots were full. WHAT?!!  Praising God here! But, back to the Summer party. To get in on the fun or to donate that last remaining pie, SIGN-UP here, or pop over to the Welcome Center or go to 


HEY PARENTS! We're gearing up for VBS at FRC & FPO (First Presbyterian)! It's less than a month away, and we need your help to make sure we have everything we need, like T-shirts. Please sign your kids up ASAP by clicking HERE. Let's make sure every child gets the right size shirt and has a blast at VBS! 

Gentleman - Get a Hearty Start! Join us for the next Men's Prayer Breakfast at Judi's Place in Oostburg on Sat., June 1 at 6:00 AM. We'll kick things off with a delicious breakfast, followed by a short devotional. Then, it's time to share our prayer requests and dive into a meaningful time of prayer together. But wait, there's more! This isn't just any ordinary gathering – it's a chance to connect, uplift one another, and maybe even share a few laughs along the way. We aim to wrap up around 7-7:15 AM, leaving you plenty of time to tackle the day ahead with renewed spirit. While signing up is encouraged it's not required. Just head over to and click on the Men's Prayer Breakfast tab to reserve your spot. And if you have any questions or simply want to chat before the event, don't hesitate to reach out to Pastor Brian.

DID YOU KNOW… Pizza boxes are not recyclable and need to be thrown in the trash? Or, that we cannot place plastic grocery bags into our recyclable containers? We know, the “wisdom” available in this weekly newsletter is just short of life-changing, isn’t it?😂 But seriously, if you’re having an event at church, please be cognizant that we have outdoor trash receptacles for both trash and recyclables.  Please do a double take to make sure only legitimate recyclables land in that recycling container! FYI: Walmart has a collection barrel near the entrance for you to recycle plastic bags.

Who’s My Neighbor? Sometimes it can be confusing to sort through information and understand the topics of immigrants and refugees. But there’s an excellent opportunity, right down the street, on Wed, May 29 at 7 PM to explore God’s heart for immigrants and refugees. Matt Soerens has the longest title we’ve ever seen - that of World Relief VP for Advocacy & Policy AND National Coordinator of Evangelical Immigration Table.  Ok, maybe he’s got two titles but don’t let those scare you. His presentation is at the Christian Reformed Church from 7 - 8:15 PM on the 29th. It will be extremely informative so consider attending with other local church members and ministry leaders. Check out more about this topic at

And speaking of those All-Church emails.If you've been wondering why you haven't seen them popping up in your inbox, it might just be because your trusty email provider decided to stash them away in the infamous "Junk" or "Spam" folder. Especially our friends over at seem to have a knack for this little game! But fear not, FRC Family! There's another possibility - it could be that we don't have your email address on file, or maybe you haven't given us the thumbs up to include you in all the fun of our All-Church emails. Just swing by the office or give us a call, and we'll sort it out for you!


Ok, so we don’t have a sports desk…yet.  But that Kickball coming up at the Graduating into Summer Party on June 9 is our next opportunity to make ESPN sports. You know our cornhole tournament almost got us national coverage? Or not. But we could sure use a photographer for our Graduating into Summer party on June 9. Who will help this Editor out? Phone pics are perfect for our needs.


Here’s the serving / volunteer needs we’d really like to fill this week.  Can you possibly help us?

  • VBS (June 18-20) Volunteers.  A variety of help is still needed. Click HERE or go to our website.
  • VBS Donations. There’s just a few gaps to close!  Click HERE or go to our website.
  • Cookies for our after-church fellowship. Click HERE, go to our website, or sign up in the Fellowship Hall.
  • Just need a few more Servers for after-church fellowship. Email Joan Dykstra at or call her at 920.564.3591. 


June’s Special Offering, This June our Special Offering is dedicated to helping a local family in need. The Deacons have been working closely with this family and have identified some urgent needs like housing, a vehicle, and extra groceries. Your contribution will make a real difference in their lives. Thank you for considering how you can help this family.

There’s still time to donate to the May Special Offering which is for the 2025 Uth trip to Nicaragua. There is much interest in this trip (a wait list, in fact) since we first promoted the mission opportunity last week! 


☑ Our Christian sympathy to Althea & Al Ver Velde, Phyllis Parrish and their extended families in the passing of Althea & Phyllis’ brother, Mark DeRuyter on May 21st. Services will be held on May 30.

☑ Next Sun., June 2, we will celebrate communion. Please prepare your heart for partaking in the Lord’s Supper.

Missed a Week? If you missed reading the bulletin for a week, we’ve got you covered! You can now find a month’s worth of past bulletin inserts on Click on NEWS and then PAST BULLETINS (on the left side, just above the FRC Calendar). Happy reading!

Attendance last Sunday was 329. The Offering was $10,705. The average weekly giving needed to meet budget is $19,135. The May month-to-date total for Special Offering (FRC Youth 2025 Nicaragua trip) is $464.  

Online readers - Want to read the most current issue of The Whispering Pine, from the Pine Haven Christian Communities? Just click HERE.



Today's Sermon: “Who‘s In?”
Scripture Reference: Romans 10:1-15 (ESV)
Guest Pastor: Jon Opgenorth from Words of Hope



9 AM Eernisse Circle (Hostess: Sandy Soerens)

NO Stitching for a Cause today!


6:30 PM - WORSHIP Ministry Team (Library)


6 AM - Men’s Prayer Breakfast (Judi’s Place)


NOW - JUN 3: Pastor Bob’s Sabbatical

Next Sunday‘s (6/2/2024) Sermon: “Concerning Spiritual Gifts“
Scripture: I Corinthians 12: 1-26 
We‘ll also be celebrating Communion 

JUN 9:  Graduating into Summer Party (Gibbsville Park). If rained out - Fellowship Hall

JUN 12: Trek Back to the Ark

JUN 18-20: VBS adventure awaits! (2:30 PM - 5 PM) 

JUN 23: Camp Manitoqua

JUL 31: Noah’s Ark (area incoming 6th - 8th graders)

AUG 1-4:  FRC Family Camping Weekend

SEP 4: Grill & Chill 

SEP 7: Annual Men’s Golf Scramble at Autumn Ridge 


Prayers for Henry Teunissen as he recuperates from an infection at home. 

Here are the latest prayer updates for those bravely navigating the challenges of cancer: 

  • Jean Kohls is gearing up for the start of a new treatment plan in the near future. 
  • Mary Rauwerdink has a reprieve until early June, allowing her to enjoy the upcoming week. 
  • Suzie Brusse is awaiting her scan this week, so let's lift her up in prayer for favorable results. 
  • Shannon Van Ess has embarked on a 5-week journey of radiation treatment. 
  • Terri Mentink is scheduled for her next maintenance treatment on Tuesday.

As we intercede on behalf of these strong women, let's pray for the effectiveness of their treatments and that their bodies endure minimal side effects.

 🙏 This week, let's focus our prayers on Pastor Wayne Tripp and his ministry with inmates. Specifically, let's pray for two brothers, Lo Lo from New Lisbon and Be Lo from Green Bay. Wayne has been ministering to Lo Lo for 20 years and to Be Lo for 13 years, having regular video visits with Lo Lo and weekly phone calls with both brothers. Let's pray that they make wise choices, stay faithful to reading God's word, and let the Holy Spirit guide them daily. Let's also praise God that they quote scripture and find joy in reading it, and pray for Lo Lo to find supportive Christians as he approaches his release. Wayne is grateful for your ongoing support and prayers for these inmates.