APR 28 - MAY 4

ANNOUNCEMENTS

HEADLINE NEWS

THE REVEAL. We understand a few people were left in suspense last week wondering just what the June 9th Save The Date referred to. We’re guessing suspense novels or Alfred Hitchcock movies aren’t tops on your list, right? We’ll remove the shroud of mystery and tell you about FRC’s Graduating Into Summer Party. It’s a “grad party-style” event for all FRC’ers (including those who’ve been visiting with us) to come to Gibbsville park on June 9 (stop anytime between 3PM-6PM) for dessert (homemade pies or brownies & ice cream), some fun (kickball, yard games for the kids and some trivia for adults) and connecting with those in our FRC faith family! There’s so much to be thankful for - answered prayers, new members, the explosion of babies, the summer weather, celebrating Pastor Bob’s return from sabbatical, to name a few! And, we’re getting crazy efficient…we created ONE sign-up that will allow you to let us know how many plan to come & you’ll see who else is coming (a request we’ve had); AND/OR you can volunteer to make a homemade pie or donate a dozen brownies! 🙏We pray this one-stop sign-up works…it would be helpful if some of you could sign-up soon to “test” ease of use. Maybe we can find a “prize” for the first few people who sign up. We’ve been cleaning closets…

DID YOU KNOW?  This week ends the formal season for Sunday School, HOP, Uth and Children’s programming. And did you know that over 54 people made the weekly commitment to lead our kids over the past 8 months? A huge shout out to these leaders! Can we get an AMEN?

IN LOCAL NEWS

The Final Countdown!  Registration for Breaker Rock Beach VBS is only 7 days from being live!  Kids will want to splash into fun as they discover God's Rock Solid TRUTH in a world of Sinking Sand. Watch the bulletin, social media, and email for a QR code and link starting next Sunday! Kids won't want to miss the fun! 

The Summer 2025 International Youth Mission Trip is in planning phases. We are looking at partnering with the RCA and CEPAD which is where Nicole Opgenorth is serving in Nicaragua.The Mission of the Month for May will go towards the initial deposit needed once the details are locked in. 

SING PRAISE CONCERT. The Pine Haven Men's Chorus invites you to their final concert of the 2024 season, on Sunday, May 5, 2024, at 6:00 p.m., here at FRC (note the location as in past years this was held at Gibbsville). The concert includes a variety of talented musicians joining the chorus for an evening of praise and worship. Please join us in helping to support Pine Haven Christian Communities (a free will offering will be taken).

Fact or Fiction? There’s an FRC staff member who’s taken God’s “be fruitful and multiply” command to Noah quite literally and has a multi-acre blueberry farm … [answer on back].

SERVE OPPORTUNITIES 

💪 Calling Young, Strong Arms.  We need a pool of people that we could reach out to this week or next to spread mulch in the Prayer Garden. If the date/time works, all you need to bring is a shovel. Not sure if young, strong arms read this ‘journalistic wonder’ so contemplating how to unearth these volunteers? There’s a basketball hoop across from the garden so maybe some young mom’s or dad’s could shovel while the kids shoot hoops. Or - Snowshoveling Crew: We had no snow! Mulching sounds fun. You can still use your shovel. Text Peg at 920.698.2442 to put your name in the hat.

In Search Of… FRC’s Food Vault is in search of these kid-friendly items for the summer: Mac & Cheese, Hot Dogs, Ketchup & Napkins. Place dry goods in the barrel in the coat room. Hot dogs should be placed in the white chest freezer in the kitchen.  

…FROM THE BEAT REPORTER

This week we caught a group of servant hearts spring cleaning the Prayer Garden! It’s been fun to watch the progress. As mentioned within the Serve Opportunities section of this weekly, in the next week or two we’ll need some young and strong servants to spread mulch in the evening and then it will be ready for rest, relaxation, prayer, meditation and restoration! There’s so many ways to plug in at FRC and join the fun. Where will you get involved?

NEWS BRIEFS

You can sign-up for events or serve opportunities in four easy ways: by clicking the underlined links (for online bulletin readers), online at frcoostburg.org, in-person at the Welcome Center or call the office at 920.564.2319.

☑ April Special Offering is designated for Kyle & Jayne Wenig who minister at UW-Madison and Edgewood College with Athletes in Action. As of last Sunday our month-to-date total for the Wenigs was $1,718.

☑ Attendance last Sunday was 366. The Offering was $16,089.  

☑ Mission Circle Heads Up: Ya’ all meet on Thur., May 2, at 1 pm in the conference room. Leader: Mary Roerdink, Lesson #4; Hostess with the Most-ess: Ruth Ann Schreurs.

☑ Fact or Fiction Answer (from front page): FACT! Pastor Brian has a 2 acre blueberry farm that has approximately 800 plants! Who knew?

THIS WEEK'S ACTIVITIES

SUNDAY

10:15 AM: Sermon Discussion Class (Note Room Change: Conference Room, Leader: Jim Swart)

10:15 AM:  Last day of Sunday School 

TUESDAY

1:30 PM: Stitching for a Cause

WEDNESDAY

6 - 8 PM; HS Large group w/speaker Ray Wittneben

Various MS Small Group “Bust Up parties

THURSDAY

1 PM - Mission Circle (Conference room)

ADVANCE ANNOUNCEMENTS

NOW - JUN 3: Pastor Bob’s Sabbatical

MAY 9: Kid’s Hope Year End Party

MAY 13: Reach & Connect Teams Meeting (Library)

MAY 14: Food Pick-Up

MAY 19: Graduate Sunday & Baccalaureate (2 PM)

JUN 9:  Graduating into Summer Party - all church

JUN 12: Trek Back to the Ark

JUN 18-20:VBS adventure awaits! Mark your calendars (2:30 PM - 5:00 PM) 

JUN 23: Camp Manitoqua

AUG 1-4:  FRC Family Camping Weekend

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

PRAYER CARE & UPDATES

Declan De Blaey, son of Aaron & Morgan continues to be inpatient. Please pray for his respiratory challenges to improve; and for the entire family as they try to juggle family needs at home and in the NICU.

Pray for Jean Kohls as she awaits the results of a bone marrow scan; and for Karen Neustel as she is hoping to regain strength she’s lost as her body battles an infection.

Recovering at home from recent surgeries are Sandy Brill and Shannon Van Ess - pray for continued healing. Similarly, Suzie Brusse and Mary Rauwerdink are in recovery from chemo treatments and need our prayers. And lift up Terri Mentink this week and that she’ll have good news from her scan on April 29. 

🙏For this Sunday and throughout the week we will be praying for Nicole Opgenorth and her ministry with CEPAD in Nicaragua. She has submitted the following requests: 1. We have an open position for someone to join our regional office up in Pantasma. Please pray for the right person to fill the opening to strengthen our regional staff there. 2. As we still have another month before rainy season, pray that our rural farmers would still be able to produce fruit in the dry season and that the rainy season would come on time. 3. We are including new participants in all four of our programs this year. Pray that as they start they would grow in confidence to ask questions and put into practice what they’re learning.