Hello! If this is your first time visiting our website, welcome! And thank you for taking the time to check us out!
The Covid-19 pandemic changed our lives in many ways, including the way we worship and do ministry. During this time, we've learned to worship online, and have strived to find new and innovative ways to reach out to the community and continue to do God's work while still keeping everyone as safe as possible.
We continue to follow Phase 3 of the Episcopal Pastoral Directive, as well as recommendations from our ELCA bishop and the CDC. This currently means we are worshipping in our building with no specific limitations regarding occupancy levels or type of activity. Masks are OPTIONAL but still highly recommended. If you choose to wear a mask while in the building, you'll find no judgement here, but please know there will likely be others who choose not to wear one. Like many, we continue to monitor current "risk" rates for our state and county, and may adjust protocols as needed. Typically any changes would be communicated through our MailChimp email system, which you can receive by subscribing to our newsletter (there's a link towards the bottom of this page.)
We have reinstated our coffee hour which follows worship, and we do hope you'll be able to join us after worship for a cup of coffee (or tea) and perhaps a treat or two. We're a pretty friendly bunch, and a chat over coffee is a great way for us all to get to know one another.
If you worship with us in-person, we now are using both wine and wafer for communion. Our most recent pre-covid traditions were to offer both intinction and common cup, and we hope to return to this eventually. But for now, in order to minimize possible exposure, we are partaking of communion via intinction, with the presider dipping the wafer in the chalice and then placing the wafer in the recipient's hand. Those who wish to may also receive the bread alone, confident in our belief that "when we receive in one kind, we receive the benefits of both kinds." And as always, gluten/wheat-free wafers are available as well.
We continue to stream our services on Facebook Live for our out-of-towners & those who prefer to worship from home. The big yellow button will take you to the correct page for that. And you don’t have to have a Facebook account to view our worship stream/videos. Be aware, if you don't log in to a FB account, there will likely be some pop-up windows and you'll need to click the area behind them in order to see the video. If you do have a FB account, you'll be able to comment during the video, and we encourage you to do so - just a friendly hello is great so we know you are with us, or if you have a specific prayer request there'll be a time for that too. Whatever way you choose to connect with us, we look forward to worshipping with you! Please join us!
We look forward to being together in community with you – either in-person or "virtually"! We truly do believe that God's love is for all people, and you will be welcomed here. Please prayerfully consider our church as a family you would like to worship with as we continue to grow in God's amazing love. And please contact us if you have any questions.
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. Diaper Distribution Dates & Times
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), ACCESS of West Michigan, and St. Mark's Cafe. Our ministries include monthly collections as well as special events.
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."