May 30: Gary Eberle
2020 in Hindsight: Reading the Book of Job in the Time
Gary Eberle is a professor emeritus of English at Aquinas College. He is the author of eight books, including Dangerous Words: Talking About God in an Age of Fundamentalism and Sacred Time and the Search for Meaning. Gary has been involved in the church since the 1980s. He is currently president of the FSC Choir Board and has been chair of the FSC Governing Board.
June 6: Rev. Erika Thomas
Divinity in Diversity
Erika Thomas is a marriage and family therapist serving clients in Michigan and California. She lives on the West Side of Grand Rapids with her wife, Guenette, and their four-year-old twins, Quince and Arden. Prior to opening her therapy practice, Erika was in full-time ministry for 15 years as a student ministries pastor, executive pastor, and co-lead pastor. She is passionate about helping people reconcile seemingly contrary or fragmented parts of themselves and integrating their faith or spirituality with their true identity.
June 13: Kirsten Lundeen
Getting to Know You
Kirsten Lundeen has been a member of Fountain Street Church since 1980. Since that time Kirsten has been a very active church member of the Adult Choir, Governing Board, Finance Committee, Properties Committee, the COVID Coordinating Team, Connections groups, and a women’s spirituality group. Professionally, Kirsten has a long career in public health at local, state, and federal levels. She has also worked internationally for eight years for USAID public health programs. Her morning discussion will share her personal story and reflection on how we might be a stronger church family.
June 20: John Cook
What I Have Learned
John was born in Grand Rapids on May 1, 1932. He graduated from South High School, Calvin College, and the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. John practiced dentistry in Grand Rapids from 1959 to 2007. He joined Fountain Street Church in 1969. John has been an active leader in Fountain Street Church for over 50 years.
June 27: Marty Arnold
Re-Wilding Eden: What Bloodroot and Other Green Friends
Have Taught Me
Marty worked as a teacher, journalist, magazine editor, and non-profit administrator before turning to gardening and fiction writing. With the help of husband Paul, she is
immersed in re-wilding her… wildflowers. She is hard at work on a second novel, a love story set on Thom Clay’s island in the Thornapple River. Both novels have environmental themes. Her sermon will include excerpts from her writings.
July 4: Jim Culver
Is the Fourth of July a "Sacred" Holiday?
Jim Culver and his wife, Rebecca, live near Tampa, Florida, with the youngest of their six kids. Their colorful beach house is five minutes from the bay, 20 minutes from the Gulf of Mexico, and close to Disney, Busch Gardens, and tons of great beach bars -- hopefully enough to entice the kids and grandkids to visit. Jim began playing organ and conducting music at the age of 12, and he started composing at 17. He has sold five million recordings and 229,000 musical scores worldwide. He’s had the privilege of playing at Wrigley Field, conducting at the National Cathedral, performing on “Good Morning America”, and of course serving as Minister of Music at Fountain Street Church in the 1990s.
July 11: Lisa Locke
Lisa is a lifelong member of FSC, which has formed, inspired, challenged, and nurtured her throughout her life. She has gone through, and taught in, Character School and youth groups, sung in the choir, and served on the staff. She presently lives in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, and until July 1 serves as Executive Director and Director of Programs for Delaware Interfaith Power & Light. She begins her retirement sharing thoughts with friends in her church home and looks forward to long visits with children in faraway places.