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Perspectives on the Passion – Our 2015 Season of Lent at First Church

Christians have observed the season of Lent for more than 1500 years.  Originally it was a time for people to prepare for their baptism on Easter.  Over the years, Lent has become a season when all members of Christ’s Body are encouraged to open wide their hearts and imaginations to the events and meanings of Christ’s sacrifice and suffering on the Cross.  Our 2015 Lenten series, beginning with Ash Wednesday, focuses on the days leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion, often called the Season of Passion.  In this context “passion” relates more to its ancient connection with “pathos” or suffering than it does to our modern sense of passion as intense emotion.  When we speak of Jesus’ passion, we are talking about the time of suffering prior to the cross.  Our Lenten series this year looks at Jesus’ passion from the perspectives of some of the people who observed, participated, or even added to our Lord’s suffering.  By seeing their perspectives, we are challenged to examine and understand our view of Jesus’ suffering for the world, included for us.  Check out the themes for each Sunday here and plan to join us for worship.  We look forward to seeing you.

 Adult Education

Join us Sunday mornings after morning worship for Adult Education sessions designed to inform and inspire about many topics. Click here for a full schedule of sessions through March. Adult education sessions meet in the sanctuary and begin approximately 11:30 a.m. Join us for Learning with a Purpose!

Multi Church Youth Service Project Planned for April 25

First CRC and four additional local churches have planned a spring Service Project for their middle and high school youth and families.  The date is Sat. morning April 25.  The morning starts with a breakfast and  a time of worship followed by helping Love INC with several projects.   Service with them might include some yard work, help in moving the LOVE INC offices to their new location, perhaps some cleaning, and more.  The morning concludes with a lunch at Hope RCA and is finished by early afternoon.   This is a great occasion for youth to work alongside others and to spend a morning in service.  Adults that are interested in helping are also welcome.  To sign up or for more information call Pastor Hamstra at 616-842-6370.

Appliance Ministry Receives Special Donation

Washer and DryerFirst CRC has coordinated the Appliance Ministry in cooperation with Love In The Name of Christ for over 20 years. The Appliance Ministry volunteers take gently used, donated appliances and delivers them to families and individuals in need in the Tri-Cities area. Love INC meets with families, determines needs and lets the church know if appliances are among their needs.

Love INC recently received donated funds specifically for the Appliance Ministry. Based on our many requests for washers and dryers, Love INC worked with Bekins of Grand Haven resulting in a group purchase of 9 washers and 9 electric dryers. What a wonderful show of support for the Appliance Ministry, Love INC and our families in need in the community!

If you have a gently used, working appliance (washer, dryer, refrigerator or stove) that you would like to donate, please contact Love INC at 616-846-2701, or First CRC at 616-842-6370. Free pick up is provided.