Hello! If this is your first time visiting our website, welcome! And thank you for taking the time to check us out! PLEASE NOTE: OUR WORSHIP TIME HAS CHANGED
The Covid-19 pandemic certainly changed a lot in our lives, and in so many ways, including the way we worship and the way we do ministry. For us at Two Churches, our ability to meet in person, or even at times to use our building, has been determined by the Episcopal Pastoral Directive as well as recommendations from our ELCA Bishop and the CDC. 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 people safe.
We are now in Phase 3 of the pastoral directive, and have been back in our sanctuary for worship for some time now. Praise God! We will also continue to stream our services on Facebook Live (clicking on that big yellow box will get you there). Either way, we hope you join us.
Due to recent rises in Covid-19 Delta variant transmission rates, our joint leadership (Council & Vestry) voted to once again require masks indoors at all times, regardless of vaccination status. We are not, however, restricting occupancy. We will continue this mask requirement until such time as the CDC has declared Kent county's transmission rate to be "low" once again.
We are continuing the distribution of communion in one kind only (wafer or bread, but no wine) - and our denominations are very clear that when we receive in one kind, we receive in both kinds. And we will continue to sing God's praises, even though masked. .
Due to the mask requirement, our coffee fellowship time after worship has been temporarily suspended. We know that all these changes and restrictions can seem overwhelming, and sometimes it seems so very long ago that this all began. But our faith remains in the healing care of a loving God. And our response to that love must continue to be care for our neighbors in the best way that we are able.
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.
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PLEASE NOTE: OUR WORSHIP TIME HAS CHANGED
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. Due to COVID-19, a small but dedicated crew of volunteers have been operating our Diaper Depot as a "curbside" service each month so we can continue to serve our neighbors, whose needs are greater now than ever!
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. During the pandemic, our monthly collections continue as able, and we are supporting many of our ministry efforts with "virtual" events. Even our 16th Annual Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser went virtual!
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."