Hello & 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.
As of Oct. 10, 2022, the Episcopal Pastoral Directive that we had previously operated under has been lifted. We are now able to determine our COVID safety policies at the local congregational level. We do, however, recognize that COVID is still present and is part of our “new normal.” And so we continue to monitor our local situation, and will communicate any potential exposures we are made aware of to our worshipping community, typically thru our MailChimp email system. (Subscribing to our newsletter includes these emails.)
Masks are OPTIONAL but still recommended, particularly if you are at a higher risk of infection. If you choose to wear a mask while in the building, there’ll be no judgement here, but please know there will be others who choose not to wear one. Please do what is most comfortable for you.
If you worship with us in-person, we are using both wine and wafer for communion. To minimize exposure risk, 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 wafer only, 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. Our most recent "pre-covid" traditions were to use communion bread and offer both intinction and common cup, and we hope to return to this practice eventually.
We have a “coffee hour” which follows worship, and we do hope you'll be able to join us. We're a pretty friendly bunch, and a chat over coffee & treats is a great way for us all to get to know one another.
We also 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. You don’t need a Facebook account to view our worship stream/videos, though one is required to leave comments or "like" the post. (Without a FB account, there may be pop-up windows that get in the way - just click the area behind them to see the video.) If you do have a FB account, we encourage you to leave a comment - 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!
We truly do believe that God's love is for all people, and you will be welcomed here. Please prayerfully consider us as a “church family” you would like to worship with as we continue to grow in God's amazing love. We look forward to being together in community with you – either in-person or "virtually"! 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."