A Month of Sundays

Summer Worship begins - One Worship Service only at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel until September 10.

July 23
10:00 a.m. in the Chapel:  
"I'm Impressive* (*and other lies I tell on the Internet)" - Jack Woller III speaking - Jack Woller currently serves as the Executive Director of Fountain Street Church.  Prior to his role with FSC, Jack served as the Associate Director and Creative Director for the Grand Rapids Children's Museum.  Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Jack attended Forest Hills Northern High School and Aquinas College studying Business Administration and Visual Art.  He holds certifications in Non-Profit Leadership and Board Leadership from the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University and the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland.  Jack is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Public and Non-Profit Administration.  Jack serves as the Board Chair for The Diatribe Art Collective and sits on the Board of the West Michigan Gay Men's Chorus and the Committee to Honor Cesar E. Chavez.  Jack has been married to his wife and partner, Andrea, for 10 years and together they have two young daughters and a Great Dane, Grover.

July 30
10:00 a.m. in the Chapel:  
"Can Eternity Stand the Test of Time?" - Arend D. Lubbers speaking - President Emeritus, Arend D. Lubbers, became President of Grand Valley State University in 1969 at the age of 37, making him one of the youngest college presidents in the nation.  When he retired in 2011, he was the longest-serving public university President in the country.  In the 32 years in between, Lubbers led the university's evolution from a small, liberal arts college to a regional university.  Lubbers is a native of Holland, Michigan and a graduate of Hope College, where his father, Irwin Lubbers, served as President.  He received his Master's Degree in History from Rutgers University in 1956 and then taught at Wittenberg College in Ohio before returning to Rutgers in 1958 to pursue his doctorate.  In 1962, Life Magazine named him to its list of The Top 100 Young Men Under 40 in the United States.  Lubbers came to Grand Valley State University from Central College in Pella, Iowa where he had served as President for nine years.  At the time of his appointment to that position, Lubbers was the youngest college President in the country at 29.
Connect:  Indivisible Grand Rapids Group Gathering, 4:00 p.m. in the Social Hall.

August 6
10:00 a.m. in the Chapel:  
"Strong As A Rock" - Lupe Ramon-Montigny speaking - Lupe Ramos-Montgny was born in Weslaco, Texas and traveled to Michigan as a young girl to harvest beets in Caseville, cherries in Old Mission Peninsula, and tomatoes in Indiana.  Her parents, Ysidro and Maria, traveled with their seven children from Texas to earn extra money to help the family with the expenses.  Ms. Ramos-Montgny earned her Bachelor of Science Degree at Pan American University in Edinburg, Texas.  When her first born son, Gerard, was three years old she attended Grand Valley State University where she earned her Master of Science Degree with emphasis in Bilingual Education.  First and foremost and Educator, Ms. Ramos-Montgny worked for the Michigan Public Schools for 36 years.  As a senior at Pan American University, she was recruited to teach in the Migrant Education Program in the State of Michigan.  This was her first assignment....working with students and families who, like herself, harvested a variety of crops.  Most of her professional career was dedicated to the Grand Rapids Public Schools.  Her extensive experience in the classroom as a Teacher, in the building as a Principal, and her commitment to serve the students, the families, the educators, and the communities continues.  Ms. Ramos-Montgny retired from the classroom on June 30, 2008.  On November 6, 2012, she was elected to serve as a member of the Michigan State Board of Education with 1,919,047 votes of confidence.  Ms. Ramos-Montgny has been a leader in the Hispanic community and among some of the awards she has received for her service, is an Honorary Doctorate in Public Service, Ferris State University, 2013.

August 13
10:00 a.m. in the Chapel:  
"Faithful Witnessing: Choosing To See Injustice, Destruction, and Fighting For Change?" - Breannah Alexander speaking - Breannah R. Alexander is the Founder and Managing Director of women re-vamped.  In March 2013, she established the organization in response to a growing need for female-centered initiatives and a personal passion for ensuring the empowerment of young girls.  Breannah's previous experience includes serving as the Program Manager of Michigan's Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps Program, an AmeriCorps State member at Grand Rapids Community Foundation and six years working in various capacities with youth grant makers in Michigan and across the nation.  Breannah currently lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan working as the Director of Strategic Programs with Partners for a Racism-Free Community.  She is also Co-Chair of the Young Non-Profit Professionals Network Grand Rapids Board and a Leader with Opportunity Nation, a national campaign to increase economic mobility for young people in the United States.  Breannah was previously a Commissioner on the Michigan Community Service Commission and the Michigan LEAGUE Board.

August 20
10:00 a.m. in the Chapel:  
Katie Booms speaking - Katie Booms is a Poet and Community Organizer.  she was raised on a small farm, lived in Wyoming and New Orleans, and has now settled back into Grand Rapids for about the third time.  A mentor of hers once wrote her a letter saying "community is your heart's blood."  She is very grateful for Fountain Street Church as a place to grow spiritually, among other seekers and doers.  She has come to feel at home here, after joining a Connections Circle, popping in and out of Fountain Club, and taking minutes for Governing Board meetings.  She will marry her fiancee, Steven, in September, with a Reception at FSC.

August 27
10:00 a.m. in the Chapel:  
"Lessons From An Ordinary Garden" - Marilyn Ossentjuk is Organist and Music Director at Fountain Street Church, where she has been on the Music Staff since 2001.  Besides her musical interests, she is an avid gardener.  She and her family live on a challenging .6 of an acre property in Grand Rapids.  For a decade, she has been creating and re-working gardens there, while observing a plethora of flora and fauna.
Connect:  Indivisible Grand Rapids Group Gathering, 4:00 p.m. in the Social Hall.

September 3
10:00 a.m. in the Chapel:  
"Why I am religious, but not spiritual" - The Rev. Dr. W. Frederick Wooden speaking - Lots of people say they are "spiritual but not religious."  Is that really better than the opposite?



Note:  All Connect activities follow the 11:00 a.m. Worship Service unless otherwise noted.  Please see our Welcome Center or Friday Flash for exact times and locations, as changes do sometimes occur. 

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