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TWO CHURCHES DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Hello. If you're visiting our website for the first time, welcome.
In response to the current pandemic, and to honor requests made by the CDC as well as our Lutheran & Episcopal Bishops, we are currently not holding in-person worship or gatherings at our building until authorities have deemed it safe to do so. It is heartbreaking to us all to not be able to gather together, but we are called at this time to love one another, including our neighbors. And we embody our love by protecting them and ourselves. Even in our isolation, we would like to connect with one another and with you.

Ways you can connect with Two Churches:

  • Like & follow us on Facebook.
  • Join us Sundays at 10 am on our Facebook page for a Service of the Word, conducted by Rev. Mike. You can view this even if you don't have a Facebook account. Worshiping at home via a video may seem awkward at first...but we invite you to worship anyway. For as children of God, we are all truly one in spirit, even though we are separated one from another.
  • Subscribe to our Mailchimp newsletter & email updates. There's a link at the bottom of this page. Updates about our community and important links (such as for Zoom meetings) will be communicated through this method first.
God, we ask that all who are affected by this virus be held in your loving care. In this time of uncertainty, help us to know what is ours to do. We know you did not cause this suffering, but that you are with us in it and through it. Help us to recognize your presence in acts of kindness, in moments of silence, and in the beauty of the created world. Grant peace and protection to all of humanity for their well-being and for the benefit of the earth. Amen.

Welcome to Two Churches

In a spirit of community, Two Churches brings together people from all walks of life. Our congregation believes in justice and equality, love and responsibility, and breaking down denominational tribalism. Here you will find ancient traditions yet modern language, authentic sermons, and open doors. No matter who you are or where you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome here. Please join us for one of our worship services.

“Together in faith, bringing God’s love to the world.”

What you'll find

Two Churches is a community of Christians who practice an ancient faith through a modern lens. We come together to bring the love of Christ alive in Kentwood.

Worship is both traditional and modern, with scripture readings, a sermon, & prayers. There's the Eucharist (also known as Holy Communion — the presence of Christ in the forms of bread and wine), and you are invited to join us at the Lord's Table. Our 8 AM worship is a spoken service (no music), whereas our 10 AM worship is more “high church”, often with organ music and a mix of traditional hymns and more contemporary songs. At times, we also use piano, guitar & other instruments.

On Wednesdays at 10 AM, we offer a brief Communion or Morning Prayer service (spoken) followed by adult Bible Study. Periodically throughout the year, Sunday morning Bible or book study may also be offered. At any of our services, feel free to wear what’s comfortable. You’ll see a wide range of styles here, from business casual to jeans and shorts. Join us after worship for conversation, and on Sundays after the 10 AM worship for coffee and treats too!

Ministries

Two Churches strives to make a REAL difference in the community around us.
"What happens at Two Churches does not stay at Two Churches!"

Diaper Depot

Low-income families with infants & small children often have to choose between diapers and other necessities such as food or transportation. Diaper Depot helps those families stretch their budgets by offering a free package of diapers, and currently serves an average of 173 infants & children each month.

Feeding Ministries

Much of our community ministry efforts focus on supporting organizations that seek to find solutions to poverty, and more specifically food insecurity. This includes the Green Apple Food Pantry (formerly John Knox Food Pantry), and ACCESS of West Michigan, and our ministries include monthly collections as well as special events.

Other Ministries

Matthew 22:36-40 teaches us that we are to love our neighbors as ourselves, and it is our understanding that this means EVERYONE. We strive to show that love in a tangible way through a variety of programs and volunteer events. Reflecting a key phrase of the ELCA, this is "God's Work. Our Hands."

Who we are

Two Churches is The Church of the Holy Cross (Episcopal) & Ascension Lutheran Church (ELCA), two Kentwood congregations with a long history of collaboration, who came together in 2014 as one Christian community, worshipping and “being church” together in one building. We are inclusive and ecumenical. We are both Lutheran & Episcopal, yet many of our members & friends come from other backgrounds as well, all finding welcome here. Together, we seek to better understand God’s unconditional love for us all, and to share God’s message of love with the community around us.

From the blog

Ascended into Heaven

Year A Acts 1:1-11 Psalm 93 Ephesians 1:15-23 Luke 24:44-53 This morning… I offer up a sermon that was prepared by Bp. Craig Satterlee… of the North/West Lower MI Synod… to commemorate The Feast of the Ascension… which occurred this past Thursday… Contemplating our Lord’s Ascension… has given me hope this year… and I’m...

Oneing with God

Year A Acts 17:22-31 Psalm 66:7-18 1 Peter 3:13-22 John 14:15-21 And the Father will give you another Advocate… to be with you forever… this is the Spirit of Truth… and because I live… you also will live… I will never leave you orphaned… The Rev. Dr. Sam Wells preached recently… about the ideas...

Perfect Imperfection

Year A Acts 7:55-60 Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16 1 Peter 2:2-10 John 14:1-14 In T.S. Elliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats… one of the dozen or so cats he describes… is The Rum Tum Tugger… who’s a terrible bore… he’s always on the wrong side of every door… and as soon as he’s home…...

There's a place for you here.

Meet us Sundays at 8 & 10 AM
A Eucharist service is also held on Wednesday mornings
at 10 AM followed by Bible Study.