Groups

 

Some of the group meetings listed below are currently suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please consult the calendar on the homepage, email the contact person for your group, or call the church office at 616-459-8386.

Befrienders

Contact: Mary Moore marmo9@hotmail.com or Mary Peterson mpeterson0131@gmail.com

Befrienders are lay members trained to assist with pastoral care, mainly through compassionate listening. Befrienders can be "companions on the journey" through a difficult time.

Build Guild

Contact: Dolli Lutes lutesd@gvsu.edu, Todd Fettig toddfettig@att.net, or visit the Facebook group page

The mission of the Build Guild is: "Bringing people together to take action, whether near or far, to help make and restore homes for those who need a hand." The group has worked with the Partners in Housing Program at Family Promise of Grand Rapids and traveled as far as Texas and for disaster relief aid.

 

Coffee Attendants

Contact: Frances Hoffman franceshoffman@ymail.com

Coffee attendants keep our coffee station running smoothly on Sunday mornings, and they collect donations to keep it stocked. They greet the first arrivals and bid farewell to the last.

 

Family Promise

Contact: Sue Chapla suechapla@gmail.com

Three or four times annually, Fountain Streeters work with First United Methodist Church to provide hospitality assistance to families experiencing housing difficulties.

 

Founding Fathers

 

Contact: Roman Rodriquez romanfence@gmail.com

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!"

 

FSC Gardeners

 

Contact: Louisa Nally pnally999@gmail.com

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 Softball Team

 

Contact: Russ Lampen russ.lampen@gmail.com

While we still haven’t been entirely successful in the win/loss category, our team developed resolve to make the next season even better! Games are played at Manhattan and Wealthy Elementary.

 

God's Kitchen

 

Join other Fountain Streeters in serving at God’s Kitchen. We provide support on the first Monday of each month, usually about four hours in the afternoon. 

 

Greeters

Contact: Melissa Hoezee mhoezee@fountainstreet.org

Greeters attend the Welcome Center and Narthex table on Sundays to provide information to congregants and newcomers. The smiling face and warm hello of a greeter is often the first interaction a newcomer has with FSC.

 

Kayak Club

 

Contact: fsckayak@gmail.com

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!

 

Men's Poker & Conversation Group

 

Contact: Lynn Schmoll lynn3840@comcast.net

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! New members are always welcome!

 

Parents' Circle

 

Contact: Katie Mitchell k.reilly.mitchell@gmail.com

An open, inviting, and caring group that invites parents and children to have fun, laugh, and learn. Newcomers are always welcome!

 

Pride Circle

 

Contact: Rev. Christopher Roe croe@fountainstreet.org

 

Connect: on Facebook

A safe space for LGBTQIA+ folks to socialize and organize! In-person meetings are every other Wednesday from 6:00pm to 7:30pm beginning September 2019 in FSC's second-floor Resource Room!

 

The Practice of A Course In Miracles

Contact: gfbartnick@yahoo.com

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! Meetings take place every Monday from 7:00pm to 8:30pm in Room 101.

 

Spiritual Expressions

Contact: 

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 second and fourth Mondays of each month from 7:00pm to 8:30pm in Room 106. Check out our blog: fscspiritualexpressions.wordpress.com

 

Sunday Morning Book Discussion Group

Contact: Jean Bahle jahled@hotmail.com

Returning and new participants are always welcome! This group meets on Sundays from 9:45am to 10:45am in Room 108.

Friday Morning Poetry Reading Group

Contact: Louisa Nally pnally999@gmail.com

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 10:30am to 12:00pm in Room 108.

 

Women's Association

 

Contact: Marie Maher Penny mariemaher65@gmail.com

Perhaps the oldest group at FSC, the Women's Association brings 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 second Sunday of each month from 12:30pm to 2:30pm in the Choir Room.

 

Women's Intergenerational Book Group

 

Contact: Carole at cm.vh.xxiii@gmail.com

The Women's Intergenerational Book Group invites fellow women of all ages to join on ZOOM for book discussions on a previously chosen book.

Church Tours

This year, beginning early January, FSC revived the popular church tours from decades ago.  They occurred on various Sundays after the service and focused on different areas of the church: the stained glass windows, architecture, Narthex, Memorial Tower room, etc.  At no cost and lasting less than an hour, they were well received and plans are to resume them later this year, continuing into 2023.  As the church allows formerly inaccessible areas (Covid) to open, new and different tours will be added, along with revised past ones.

The tours are a collaboration of the Art Committee and Education Committee.  For further information contact Penny Barstow (pennybarstow@aol.com).

Young Adult Circle

Contact: Will Gallmeyer wgallmeyer@gmail.com

Connect: on Facebook

The Young Adult Circle is open to anyone who identifies as a young adult! We meet the first Sunday of every month to discuss a new topic, and we plan social or service outings once a month. This is a safe space with great company and conversation.

 

Ushers

Contact: Jack Petiet jbpetiet@gmail.com

Ushers greet congregants or guests as they enter the Sanctuary or Chapel, typically for worship services but sometimes also for special events. They are responsible for passing the offering plates and securing Sunday donations.