Ministry Highlight: Fellowship Ministry

Who is sponsoring the pick-up Coed Softball Game (August 4) and the Friday evening at Teusink’s Pony Farm (August 18)? These summer activities are sponsored by the Fellowship Ministry. You can find more information about these events in the bulletin, the newsletter, our church website, or you could ask a member of our Fellowship Ministry Team. All of these activities and many more fall under the umbrella of the Fellowship Ministry.

The Fellowship Ministry tries to incorporate activities for the congregation, offering opportunities for fellowship and also providing the background for spiritual growth. Some of the events we sponsor are treasured traditions in our spiritual lives, such as the Maundy Thursday Seder, the Lenten Series, and the Easter Brunch. We also host Advent activities in December, where families can come together to prepare for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

We plan the Kick-Off Picnic with subs and ice cream sundaes in the fall and the Congregational Meeting with a potluck and soups in January. We help provide the food and coordinate these events. We are always looking for volunteers to help with set-up, preparation of food, and cleanup.

Another favorite activity is Pizza Sunday. The last Sunday of the month (unless otherwise noted) is Pizza Sunday. We have pizza and salad after our morning worship. This is a great time to get to know new members of the congregation as well as visiting with “old” friends. There is a sign-up sheet in the hallway where the choir room is located. Families (usually two), groups of friends (usually 4 or 5), or different groups from the church take turns helping with set-up, serving, and clean-up.

Our current Fellowship Ministry Team consists of Tom Bultman (Welcome to our newest member!), Cathy Green (co-chair), Kurt Hopkins, Kate Mears, Marilee Nieuwsma, Rick Smith, and Joyce Teusink (co-chair), with staff support from Megan Arevalo. Thanks to Sally Winchester and Kristine Bradfield for their time of service!

If you have a special event you would like to help with, or if you would like to join our team, just contact any of our members. Come and join us for Hope Church Fellowship!

~Joyce Teusink, Fellowship Co-Chair