MAY 19 - 25

ANNOUNCEMENTS

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

International Youth Missions Trip 2025: NICARAGUA. It’s official. Next July 18-25, 2025, we’ll be going with RCA Global Missions to Nicaragua where we’ll work with CEPAD which is where Nicole Opgenorth, one of our RCA-supported missionaries) is working. This trip is limited to 30 people (firm) and will be on a first come first serve basis. Due to potential demand, we are asking for interested leaders and students (current 7-11th graders), to please fill out the short, online SIGN-UP to express initial interest.

HEADLINE NEWS

BREAKING NEWS. There’s something important coming NEXT WEEK from the SERVE Ministry Team to an Email box near you. Our Investigative Reporter is breaking this story wide open - read on to learn more! The SERVE team is taking a brand new look at how we all work together to serve and support ministries at FRC. It’s an evolution of sorts. Remember “Servant Heart Groups” that evolved to “FRC Work Groups”? And now, SERVE is thinking about an approach that would better match our gifts, capabilities and interests to the work available. Watch for a survey this upcoming week. It’s short. It’s sweet. Please do not ignore it – scriptures make it clear we need to serve and this team has put a lot of effort into thinking about how to make serving easier and more impactful. Note – please take the survey as an individual (not as a married couple). The Welcome Center will be ready to assist complete the survey for you (it’s that easy) or, they will have some paper copies.

Reception Today! Head down to the Fellowship Hall after service for cookies, coffee & punch to celebrate our graduates. Even if you’re not closely connected with a graduate, we suspect you have a well-established connection with cookies and punch…

There’s Something Brewing in the FRC hallways. We’re deploying our Investigative Reporter to snoop out details. But you should know there may be a special ‘surprise’ at our Graduating Into Summer event on June 9. We get it - pies and brownies with ice cream is spectacular in itself (just ask Pastor Brian about his affinity to pies). But we’re uncovering a potential surprise that relates to welcoming Pastor Bob back from sabbatical (let’s all pray Pastor Bob’s not reading the online bulletin while he’s away)! We really don’t think you should miss this. Go to frcoostburg.org or click HERE to sign up (or let someone at the Welcome Center know). Tipster: if you are able, come early to catch the welcome back happenings but know this “newspaper” will attempt to add a Photographer and Videographer to capture the afternoon events! You don’t need to be a member to attend! If you’re visiting FRC, you’re family to us!

IN LOCAL NEWS

Oostburg, WI - Our Special Correspondent was in action this week and uncovered a potential remake of Sister Act… Congratulations to our very own Neil & Phyllis Vander Ploeg and Marv and Carol Hengst who have May anniversaries. Those are some BIG numbers, friends!  The Vander Ploeg’s anniversary is May 25 - wouldn’t it be fun to send a card to them at 701 Pine St, Unit 111, Oostburg!

👉PARENTS: FRC & FPO (First Presbyterian) are working diligently on VBS prep. We’re about a month out and need to order certain supplies soon (like T-shirts)!  We’d like you to please prioritize signing kids up for VBS (click HERE) so we can assure there’s supplies for each student (and in the right size)!  You could even use the QR code that is in the Bulletin (opposite the order of worship) to register.

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 (a nephew to FRC’s very own Mike 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 Oostburg’s 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 worldrelief.org/wisconsin/who-is-my-neighbor/

SERVE OPPORTUNITIES 

WE HAVE A GOAL. Just 23 more people are needed to fully staff our VBS ministry. We can do this Church family!  These kids are precious, cute and we’re looking to guide them to love Jesus for a lifetime. We know there’s 23 additional individuals out there who can spare a few hours to impact a child’s future. There’s a few roles open to either Middle, High School or Adults and a few roles that require Adults only. Click HERE  or go to frcoostburg.org to see where you could plug in. Our favorite is the “Ouch Coordinator”. Prerequisite: you must know how to wipe tears, apply a band-aid and say “it will be ok”! Easy stuff and if you want, we’ll ask to get you a stethoscope to go with the kleenex and bandages…(it would be a great photo opp for this Editor). 

The After-Church Coffee Serving Team is recruiting Servers! This is an amazing opportunity to empower people to have fellowship and make connections following the morning service. It’s easy stuff. Training provided. Prerequisite: a friendly smile! Just give Joan Dykstra a jingle at 920.564.3591 or email her at opadykstra@wi.rr.com to volunteer! Or, you can help by donating cookies. There’s a clipboard to sign up (near the cookies), go to frcoostburg.org or click HERE.

NEWS BRIEFS

The Deacons have designated the Mission of the Month for May towards the initial deposit needed for the 2025  Summer International Youth Mission Trip. The Uth team is partnering with the RCA and CEPAD which is where Nicole Opgenorth, daughter of Pastor Jon Opgenorth (a son of this Church) is serving in Nicaragua.

☑ Attendance last Sunday was 345. The Offering was $15,931. 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 $279.  

We bring you trivia this week, compliments of “Closet Cleaning Adventures”! We’ll award prizes to the two individuals that can accurately name the most people in this 1985 photo (taken on our 135th anniversary). The historical boxes we are uncovering for our 175th anniversary celebration next year are nothing short of interesting & entertaining! We need a few of you to take the plunge and volunteer to be a part of the 175th Celebration Team gearing up this Summer. If you love history or dreaming up fun events, contact Kathy Hurlbutt at kathy.hurlbutt@kohler.com. Based on how much fun we are having in the Office collecting historical data, this is a team that will be energizing, entertaining and pure fun!

ROVING REPORTER ADVENTURES

Roving Reporter was on overdrive this week - too much caffeine we suspect. But we think our audience will be interested to know that our very own Stitching For a Cause ministry is booming! They gather weekly with their fabric, sewing machines, ironing boards, pins & needles in the name of making quilts that are deployed to nonprofits supporting individuals in need in Sheboygan, Milwaukee & Chicago!  Editor’s Note: we asked Mary DeMaster, left, to look at the camera but she informed us sewing a straight line was a priority…touche.

THIS WEEK'S ACTIVITIES

SUNDAY 5/19

10:00 AM - Reception for Graduates

10:45 AM - Deacon’s Meeting (Shed)

2:00 PM - Baccalaureate (at FRC)

MONDAY 5/20

6:15 PM - Elder’s Meeting (F. Hall)

7:00 PM - Consistory (F. Hall)

TUESDAY 5/21

9:00 AM - Prayer Circle (Leader: Mary Roerdink & Hostess: Judy Hoffmann)

1:30 PM: Stitching for a Cause

7 PM: Men’s Team Meeting (Library)

ADVANCE ANNOUNCEMENTS

NOW - JUN 3: Pastor Bob’s Sabbatical

Next Sunday’s (5/26/2024) Sermon: “Who‘s In?” 
Scripture Reference: Romans 10:1-15 (ESV) 
Guest Pastor: Jon Opgenorth from Words of Hope

MAY 28: Eernisse Circle (Hostess: Sandy Soerens)

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! Mark your calendars (2:30 PM - 5:00 PM) 

JUN 23: Camp Manitoqua

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

AUG 1-4:  FRC Family Camping Weekend

SEP 4: Save the Date for Grill & Chill 

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

PRAYER CARE & UPDATES

Pray that Jean Kohls will not need to have another blood plasma treatment and pray for wisdom for her care team as they work to discern next steps. And continued prayers for Mary Ann Trgovec (Bob Sheehy’s wife) as her recuperation from a virus and pneumonia continues also amid her challenges with severe arthritis. 

Praises that Terri Mentink didn’t experience any side effects from her first maintenance chemo! She is thankful for your many prayers. Pray for peace and calm as Suzie Brusse awaits a scan this week. It’s been great to see her in church recently! Shannon Van Ess is beginning 5 weeks of radiation treatments starting Wed. Please keep her on your prayer list. And continue uplifting Mary Rauwerdink as she’s recovering from a chemo treatment. Pray that these treatments for Mary and all of our cancer patients will be effective.

🙏For this week we will be praying for Brian and Beth Schwartz and their ministry in the Philippines—Beth with Wycliffe and Brian with Faith International Academy: They have submitted the following prayer requests. Praises include good health and no injuries during a vehicular accident in March; solid remote internet connection for Beth to work with the Obo Manobo translation; and God’s provision of Philip Pacheco to our staff as the new business manager.  Prayer Requests:

  1. God’s provision of more well-qualified staff to join the team at Faith International Academy & to increase student enrollment,
  2. Truck repairs to finish quickly, which will allow Beth to return to in-person meetings with the Obo Manobo translation team,
  3. Changed hearts with the showing of the Jesus Film at one of the outreach points of our church in Davao, and
  4. Good health for our family & continued growth in our walk with the Lord