Hello. If you are visiting our website for the first time, welcome.!
Since March of last year, our ability to gather for in-person worship has been and continues to be determined by the Episcopal Pastoral Directive and recommendations from our ELCA Bishop, by rising or falling COVID-19 infection rates and orders issued by various state authorities. While we've had some occasions when we've been able to gather in limited numbers for worship, much of the time we've been worshipping via online streaming, and holding meetings via Zoom. We continue certain of our community ministry programs (such as Diaper Depot) as a curbside service, or in the case of collections (such as for the Green Apple Food Pantry) via monetary donations.
For right now, our worship is streamed live from the sanctuary on our Facebook page, each Sunday at 10 AM, with only a handful of "necessary" people present to make that happen. Please note that you do not have to open a Facebook account in order to access the church's Facebook page and videos - and if you miss a service, you can still access those videos at any time that is convenient to you! Worship bulletins for the service are available thru links that are sent out each week via email notifications, and links are also posted on the Facebook page each week.
As of February, we have also begun holding a "drive-thru" Communion after worship on the first Sunday of each month. While we typically hold a "virtual coffee hour" via Zoom each Sunday after worship, those gatherings have been suspended during the season of Lent. When they do resume, a link to that Zoom meeting will be sent out each week via our MailChimp email notifications (you can subscribe via the link further down this page).
We all long for the day when we can once again greet one another with hugs or handshakes, and smiles for our new friends and visitors, and sing God's praises - because that's who we are! And that time will come...eventually. For now, please join us online, and consider subscribing to our notifications. If you are new to Two Churches, check out our recent newsletters - and if you have any questions, please reach out to us by phone, email, or message us via our Facebook page.
Most Holy God, we pray that you would continue to bless us with the grace to endure this on-going pandemic. When we must be apart for reasons of safety, we trust that you surround us with your sheltering wings. Encourage us in connecting as we are able, reaching out to our neighbors in need and being persistent in prayer. Help us to support one another, sharing your message of unchanging, unconditional love for ALL people. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our savior, Amen.
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), and ACCESS of West Michigan, and 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 has gone 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."