Second Friday Breakfast
The Men of Westminster holds a breakfast meeting the 2nd Friday of each month from 7:00 to 8:15 AM in Fellowship Hall, with a skilled speaker and discussion facilitator to stimulate thought on how God is working in our lives. Men, don’t miss the fellowship and discussions! Full breakfast provided (donations accepted). Contact Dudley Schadeberg with questions and reservations.
Congressman Fred Upton
June 8, 2018
Congressman Fred Upton will be the featured speaker at our June 8 Breakfast Meeting. He will comment on energy and commerce issues currently being considered by the U. S. House of Representatives, and share with us his thoughts on current topics of the day. This will be a rare opportunity to hear directly from a Member of Congress and to ask questions on matters of state in an informal and intimate setting.
Fred was elected to the U. S. House of Representatives in 1986, and is currently the dean of the Michigan delegation, serving his 16th term representing the people of Michigan’s 6th Congressional District – covering six counties in the southwestern portion of the state. He is a member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, having just completed a six-year term as Chairman of that committee from 2011-2016. The Committee has jurisdiction over matters concerning energy, healthcare, the environment, telecommunications, commerce, manufacturing, and trade, as well as oversight and investigations. Bipartisan success has been a staple during his tenure in Congress. Fred is a moderate Republican and has long been a member of the Tuesday Group and the Republican Main Street Partnership.
Congressman Upton values our constitutional system of government checks and balances. He is focused on ensuring the federal government remains limited, transparent, and accountable. Fred strongly supports an “all of the above” energy strategy that says yes to energy and focuses on emerging clean energy technologies as well as traditional energy solutions that lower costs for families and businesses and help America become free from reliance on foreign oil. He supports the FCC’s ruling under chairman Ajit Pai, which reversed the “Net Neutrality” rules previously instituted in 2015 to treat the internet as a public utility.
Fred is a native of Michigan, born in St. Joseph. He earned his B.A. in journalism from the University of Michigan. He served on the congressional staff of Congressman David Stockman (R-MI) from 1976 to 1980. He was in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under President Reagan from 1981 to 1985, when Stockman served as OMB Director. Fred is an ardent supporter of Michigan Wolverine athletics and an enthusiastic Chicago Cubs baseball fan.
The Men of Westminster take an annual retreat in February to the Hallowood Retreat and Conference Center in Comus, Maryland. In 2018, we explored some of the ways in which the Reformed tradition provides a rich legacy of engaging the world with an urgent conviction that Jesus alone is the point, the period, the exclamation of a redemptive story.