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Special Interest Groups

Looking for a community or fellowship group check out some on-going groups below!

If you are interested in finding out more about how to get involved in these groups, please connect with the main contact person listed below each group name.

Family Promise
Please contact Sue Chapla at either or (616) 540-3352.
Three to four times per year we work with FirstUnitedMethodistChurchto provide two days of week-long hospitality assistance to families in temporary homelessness while they regain self-sufficiency. 

Founding Fathers
Please contact Roman Rodriquez at either or (616) 438-1295.
Are you a guy who likes craft beer and wants to find some community?  If you have a thirst for something more in life, join us at the local breweries.  This group gets together on the last Thursday of every month.  Cheers, and let everyone "know your name!"  Please contact Roman to be added to their e-mail list. 

Friday Morning Poetry Reading Group
Please contact Louisa Nally at either or (616) 847-8150.
This group focuses on reading and discussing American and International Poets in a small group setting, which is open and welcoming to all. We read poetry rather than write it, although some have been known to do it quite well!  Meetings take place on Friday mornings from 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. in Room 108.  

FSC Gardeners
Please contact Louisa Nally at either or (616) 874-8150.
Do you love working in the dirt or supporting the growth of our FSC flower beds? A group of volunteers come together to plant and maintain our flowerbeds on the FSC property around the outside of the building. We celebrate all the work we do throughout the year by gathering for an Annual Spring Tea at a member’s lovely garden to celebrate the work we do. Come and fellowship with us!

FSC Tutors for Schools of Hope
Please contact Wendy Wooden at either or (616) 454-2142.
For training, please contact Kim Zoller at either or (616) 752-8612.
The Heart of West Michigan United Way Schools of Hope Program is improving the literacy skills of more than 400 students in Grand Rapids Public Schools.  The Schools of Hope Program pairs Volunteer Reading Tutors with students in grades 1-3, who are behind in reading, to work one-on-one with the same student once a week for 30 minutes during the school day.  No advance preparation is needed.  Materials to use with the students are prepared for you by a Schools of Hope School Coordinator.  Volunteers choose one of the participating Grand Rapids Public Schools school site locations.  Share time with another volunteer!  Two people may share their volunteer role with a student to reduce the weekly time commitment.  Volunteers are required to attend one 2-hour training session.  To register for training, see a list of participating schools, and for more information, please visit

God’s Kitchen
Please contact Carolyn Matheson at either or (586) 212-7437.
Join other Fountain Streetfolks in serving at God’s Kitchen.  We provide support on the 1st Monday of each month, usually about 4 hours in the afternoon, and sometimes additional needs as requested.  

Healthy Eating Check-In Group
Please contact Karry Kidder at either or (616) 238-3614.
Healthy Eating Check-In Group is designed to help participants reflect and focus on what we are eating. The Group begins with a reading from Chicken Soup For The Dieter's Soul, followed by a brief, individual check-in, with group discussion to close. All are welcome to join at anytime.
This group meets every Sunday from 10:00-10:45 a.m. in Room 101.

Kayak Group
Please contact Jim Winter-Troutwine at either or (616) 822-9491.
This group is open to anyone who enjoys kayaking or learning to kayak, enjoys the outdoors and the wonders of nature, and can laugh off a bit of rain in the face, or an upset in cold waters. We don't profess to be experts, but will give direction and assistance when asked. We paddle at our own pace, but are always close enough to help each other out. You don't have to own a kayak, as rentals are usually available at a local livery. We often meet for breakfast prior to paddling, and at the conclusion, for a meal at a local pub or brewery. We do enjoy each other's company! 

Knitting Circle
Please contact Judy Mroz at either or (616) 949-8240.
This group volunteers their time to knit prayer shawls that are delivered to people in need.  Volunteers are needed!

Men’s Poker & Philosophy Group
Please contact Grant Lynn at either or (616) 249-2810.
Do you want to find a group of guys to connect with in a fun space that provides strong dialogue about life and all of its happenings? Then check out this great group that provides an opportunity to connect with other Fountain Street men and play Poker! This group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 6:00-9:00 p.m. in Room 101 to play cards and discuss a variety of topics. New members are always welcome!

Parents' Circle
Please contact Katie Mitchell at either or (616) 560-4420.
Meeting times vary.
An open, inviting, and caring group that invites parents and children to have fun, laugh, and learn.  Newcomers are always welcome!  

Singles Group
Please contact Tim Creamer at either or (616) 724-6124.
This group is open to any adult who is not married or in a committed relationship.  FSC members and non-members are welcome to participate within the group.  There is no specific agenda for our gatherings and becoming a part of the group does not obligate you to attend meetings and/or activities. Come as you are and as you are able. We look forward to meeting you! 

FSC Softball Team
Please contact Russ Lampen at either or (616) 635-2424.
While we still haven’t been entirely successful in the win/loss category, our team developed resolve to make this season even better!  Games are played at Manhattan and Wealthy Elementary.

Spiritual Expressions
Please contact Nessa McCasey at either or (616) 402-4020.
Group members listen to and discuss selected poetry, prose, or stories, learn poetic forms and writing techniques, and write from intriguing prompts.  More discussion follows when group members volunteer to share their written responses.  Because we do not critique, an atmosphere of support and acceptance prevails.  Meetings take place on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in Room 106.

Sunday Morning Book Group
Please contact Jean Bahle at either or (616) 454-5736.
Returning and new participants are always welcome!  This group meets on Sundays from 9:45-10:45 a.m. in Room 108.

The Practice of a Course in Miracles
Please contact George Bartnick at either or (616) 458-5095.
Learn “Miracle-Mindedness.”  Got joy?  This is how to have it, (hint: you already do)!  Prior experience with the course is not necessary.  New members are always welcome!

Women’s Association
Please contact Marie Maher-Penny at either or (616) 617-8881 or Judith Kienitz at either or (616) 456-9754.
As one of the oldest groups still in existence, the purpose of this group is to bring together members to serve the needs of the church and the community through service and financial contributions. Members of the Women’s Association contribute through many volunteer hours of service by assisting with Luncheons, Memorial Services, Blood Drives, and the Annual Trinkets & Treasures Sale. Meetings take place on the 2nd Monday of each month from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in Room 108.

Women’s Intergenerational Book Group
Please contact Inta Grace at either or (616) 531-5157.
On the 4th Monday of each month from 1:00-2:30 p.m. in Room 101, this group gathers to discuss a book previously chosen by the group. (Look for listings in your monthly Chimes newsletter). 

If you are interested in groups at the church, please contact the Church Office at (616) 459-8386 or e-mail Kim Ras at

We will help connect you to a community that supports where you are within your life! Our goal as a church is to help encourage community and grow within our shared interests!


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