BLOCK PARTY—More blessed to give than receiveJune 24th, 2016 it will happen. The sweet and smokyaroma of our block will permeate the neighborhood.Gary Hedrick will be here early in the morning, bringing his cast iron smoker up to the perfect temperature.Just enough smoke, and the perfect mix of tang andspice in his sauce. He’ll field the same questions hegets every year—letting people know that there’s nothing he’d rather be doing than cooking for his friends.The face painters did an amazing job last year, and Ican’t wait to see what they come upwith this year! Rick and Amanda Holman will.(Griffin Lownds, can I stealyour joke?) be the bouncers of thebounce house. Ferry families will hostlawn games like Flamingo Toss and Giant Kerplunk.What’s our plan in all of this? What is it we hope toaccomplish? Let’s give gifts to our neighborhood.This block party is just a beginning of what we have tooffer. Let’s not only have a great time at the blockparty, let’s invite someone else along. The blessingsof Christ are something we receive at Ferry; even better, the blessings of Christ are ours to share.Rev. Walter Jones, Interim pastorRev. Amy de Groot Bowling, family and youth pastorRev. Nick Bowling, family and youth pastorGloria Rademaker, editor / deadline for next issue - June 20Ferry Log - 12Newsletter of Ferry Memorial Reformed Church June 2016from Pastor Walt Isn’t The Love of God Something Wonderful?I came across this intriguing illustration the other daythat spoke to me in a special way, and I thought I would shareit now with you here this month in our Ferry Log. I know thatmany of you here at Ferry Memorial Church are animal loversin general and perhaps some in particular are horse lovers, andso I trust that this illustration will speak to you as it did to me.Nestled down in the rolling hills and hollows of southern Kentucky, the “Living Springs Ranch” is known throughout the county for its beautiful horses. Many a prize winner,and even a few animal who have had some success on thetrack, call “Living Springs” home. Now admittedly, I don’tknow a great deal about horses. [I’m more of a “dog lover,”myself.] However, I have friends who do have horses, and Ilove to listen to them talk about their animals. It’s pretty obvious to me, that those who do have animals, love those animalsvery much and treat them almost like children, in some cases.Anyway, as this story is told, as you look out in one ofthe fields at “Living Springs,” you will see two horses namedPete and Sally. At first, from a distance, especially to the untrained eye, each of the two horses, pretty much looks like every other horse on the ranch. You know, four legs, bushy tailsand big brown eyes However, if you stop and look for a moment, and really take the time to study the two animals there,you will notice something quite amazing.Looking into the eyes of one of the animals, Pete, a seven-year old male, you will notice a glaze over his eyes that discloses to you that he is blind. His owner has chosen not tohave him put down, but rather has elected to make a goodhome for him. This alone is amazing and says something aboutthe love of the owner, I should think.Ferry Log - 1(Continued on page 2)

(Continued from page 1)Listening carefully, one will hear the sound of a bell.Looking around for the source of the sound, one will see that itcomes from a smaller female horse, in the same field, named Sally. Attached to Sally’s bridle is a small bell. The bell lets herblind friend know exactly where she is, so he can follow her. Asone stands and watches these two friends, one sees how Sally isalways checking on Pete, and that Pete will listen for her bell, andthen slowly walk to where she is, trusting that she will not leadhim astray.Now, why have I chosen to tell you this story about Peteand Sally? Well, here’s the point in a nutshell. Like the owner ofthese two animals, God does not “throw us away” just because weare “not perfect” or because we have “problems or challenges.”Rather, He watches over us, provides for us, and even brings others into our lives at just the right times to help us when we are inneed. That’s truly the wonder of His love for each of us.In John 13: 34-35, John shares with us a comment thatJesus once made concerning just how we are to think of and relateto one another that really needs little additional comment on mypart. You’ve heard these words before, so I’d only ask you tothink of them in the light of Pete and Sally.“A new commandment I give you: Love one another.As I have loved you, so you must love and care for oneanother. In this way, all men will know and understandthat you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”As I said, God watches over us, provides for us and evenbrings others into our lives to help us when we are in need.Sometimes, we are like blind Pete being guided by God and thoseHe brings into our lives. Other times we are like Sally, helpingothers to see God. As you go through your day today thinkabout Pete and Sally and how we must learn to love and care forone another.Blessings to you all Pastor JonesFerry Log - 2Submitted by Jeanne RypmaBorn to Winbased on a true storysummary from the back of the DVD:“Born to Win” is based on the true story of Leon Terblanche.Leon is a teacher at a school for physically disabled childrenand is confronted with the question: “Where is God?” Thissets him on a journey where he discovers that God has alwaysbeen there—neither he nor the children were ever alone. Helearns that no matter how broken you are, God is always ouronly living hope.“Full of emotion, humor, and real-life faith struggles.”ChristianCinema.comDo you need a quiet place to relax ponder read?Check out our Church Library.Our library has a variety of books, the latestissue of RCA Today and comfy chairs.It is located off the hallway in the narthex.AND, if you would like to take home a video for theweek peruse the Videos available by the Library door!Ferry Log - 11

A review submitted by Jeanne Rypma—The Cost of our Silenceby David FiorazoThis book deals with the consequences ofChristians taking the path of least resistance.summary from the rear flap of the book:Christian in name only, America has become an epicenter forthe culture war as too many of us keep ducking the issue of sin.Due to decades of Christians being silent, failing to preach thegospel and speak the truth in love, we’ve reached a tippingpoint in which political correctness refuses to coexist with religious freedom. Why do you think Christians who defendGod’s Word are often called hateful, intolerant, or judgmental?There are consequences in this life and for eternity, whenChristians take the path of least resistance. We cannot reversethe moral decline, but we can choose to stand for righteousnessas we pray for revival and be the salt and light Jesus called usto be while we’re still here.A quote from Dietrich Bonhoeffer who was executed in Germany during the rule of Hitler, for standing up for Jesus,“Silence in the face of evil is evil itself.”If we have missedyour birthday or anniversary,please call Gloria in the church office(894-9415) or email: [email protected] provide the missing information.We would like to “recognize” your special date!Summer activities for families andKid Connection friends!Friday, June 24 6 pm Block Par ty (see ar ticle)Wednesday, July 13 6 pm Potluck and games at MapleGrove Park, Montague. Bring a dish to pass, hot dogs provided.Organized games and a great playground!Friday, August 5, 6 pm Ser vice pr oject-beach cleanup! Wecare for God’s creation by picking up trash on the beach.Swimming, hot dogs and marshmallow roast!Anyone is welcome to come, young and old! Questions? Contact Dawn Auch or Renee CherrySR.HIGH MISSION TRIP JULY 2-9This past year, a college freshman changed her major to socialwork in part because of her experiences on Ferry’s sr. high mission trips. This student has always had a heart for people on themargins, and getting to know and work with people in homelesssituations for the past two mission trips has encouraged her tostudy social work. Service trips provide an opportunity for students to get out of their comfort zone, experience God in a newway, grow deeper in faith, and possibly influence their futurecareer!High school students Cecelia McGahan, Rebekah Kozicki, andKatie Howard (with Lisa McGahan and Pastor Amy) head toPort Perry, Ontario for a weeklong service project July 2-9. Weare joining 40 other students at this SERVE project.Students on SERVE participate in revitalizing communities,showing compassion for the marginalized, caring for creation,providing recreation for children, performing acts of kindnessand sharing the gospel. SERVE is all about joining with God(Continued on page 4)Ferry Log - 10Ferry Log - 3

Prayer Shawl(Continued from page 3)and a local congregation in the renewal of all emphasis at SERVE is joining in what God is already doing in the community and local church. SERVE encouragesrelational ministry. A group may be assigned to rake a lawn foran elderly woman who lost her husband; they will meet herand hear her story. Other groups may sort groceries or clothesfor several hours, then spend time with persons who live on thestreet or are underemployed and in need of a meal or something to wear.SERVE also encourages kids to return home and continue toserve the other 51 weeks of the year in their own church andcommunity. Thanks for your support of the sub sandwich sale!This helps make the trip affordable for our students!Looking for a cool placeto knit this summer?Join Ferry’s prayershawl ministry-new people welcome! Each Tuesday from 1-3 a group of women meet inthe Friendship House to knit, crochet, chat and pray. Theprayer shawls are given to people undergoing surgery, lossof a loved one, or other difficult time. Being wrapped in ashawl is a reminder we are wrapped in God’s love, andwrapped in prayers of God’s people. Join us all year, orjust for the summer! Yarn is provided, just bring yourknitting needles! Questions? Contact Karen Bolema 7662078 or Sue Joyce 861-2134.June Wedding AnniversariesSearch Update As we move into summer please continue to pray for Ferry's Search Team.Specifically Search Team would askthat you pray for wisdom and that Godwill continue to guide our process andour decisions. Also pray for the nextpastor that God has for us. Pray that pastor will listenfor God's voice and hear God's leading. Pray that allfocus be on God's will and direction for Ferry.Thank youF.M.R.C. Search TeamFerry Log - 40101010407131417191923242627Randy & Carissa BiggsBill & Melissa BorgmanDarren & Charlotte BreitDan & Janice ProctorBen & Ann JeffriesBryan & Jill MahanMatt & Lindsay DeRosePastor Walt & Marcia JonesBrian & Sarah BalonAdam & Deann FalkowskiDave & Mary VermeulenTony & Sue MouldsRich & Gina HouttemanRon & Mary PyperFerry Log - 9

Happy June Birthday!03 Don Poel17 Ron Bekius04 Stephy Grotenhuis17 Christine Busscher05 Darlene Scouten18 Mari DeRose07 Ryan Amstutz20 Jill Mahan07 Gary Hedrick21 Nancy Radel08 Ron Pyper22 Trent King08 Ryan Springer25 Josh Fredenburg09 Melinda Moore25 Katie Hedrick09 Dan Proctor26 Neil Flanders10 Barb Paton26 Ann Grinwis11 Joan Grasman26 Phyllis Sikkenga12 Maureen Johnson27 Liz Busscher14 Cyndi Amstutz28 Glenn Morgan14 Rain Hakken30 Gary Ransom15 Jim Strasser30 Brad Tate16 Bern Bolema30 Jennifer WeesiesNURSERY05121926June Volunteers!Jeff & Renée Cherry familyMatt & Lindsay DeRose familyDawn & Isabelle Auch, Kaitlyn HamannRich & Gina Houtteman familySOUND BOARDPOWERPOINT0512192605121926Jeff AuchRoger GrasmanMark GrotenhuisJeff CherryRyan SpringerAnn JeffriesCasey LowndsLizzy CherryCOFFEE FELLOWSHIP TIME -coffee preparers/servers05 Dan & Janice Proctorcookies/snacks providers05 Michelle Hamann &Lisa McGahan12 Lynn Ramthun19 Gord & Chris Sikkenga26 Rachel Weesies12 Gary & Sharon Ransom19 Carol Witzke26 Jeff & Dawn AuchGREETERS AT THE DOORSNorth entrance: Bob & Barb PatonSouth & East entrances: Dave & Beth Pickard16 Owen WeesiesThank you for offering a welcoming hand and smile as wecome to worship the Lord.Ferry Log - 8Ferry Log - 5

SUNDAYMONDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAY12345 Worship 9:30 am 67Listen Groups 6 pm Prayer ShawlListen GroupsGroup 1 pm10:45 am & 6 pm89101112Worship 9:30 am15161718242513TUESDAY14Prayer ShawlGroup 1 pmSATURDAYSOS 6pm(last until fall)ConsistoryStephen Ministry6:30 pm7 pm19Worship 9:30 amTeen Challenge2021Prayer ShawlGroup 1 pm222326Worship 9:30 am2728Prayer ShawlGroup 1 pm2930Ferry Log - 6FRIDAYFerry Log - 7

Rev. Walter Jones, Interim pastor Rev. Amy de Groot Bowling, family and youth pastor Rev. Nick Bowling, family and youth pastor . “Born to Win” is based on the true story of Leon Terblanche. Leon is a teacher at a school for physically disabled children