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 has changed our lives in 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), is 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 everyone safe.
We continue in Phase 3 of the pastoral directive, which means we are worshipping in our building with no restrictions as to number of people allowed in the building, though we are still requiring masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status. We also stream our services on Facebook Live for those who prefer to worship from home. Clicking on the big yellow box will take you to the correct page for that. You don’t need a Facebook account to view our worship stream/videos, though if you don't log in to an account there may be some pop-up windows from FB that you'll need to click behind to get them out of the way. Whatever way you choose to connect with us, we look forward to worshipping with you! Please join us!
While we had recently resumed a modified coffee hour, due to the Omicron variant in our area (and possibly in our midst), we are again temporarily "cancelling" our post-worship coffee hour (though there will likely still be bagged treats for folks to take with them as they leave church.)
During worship, we are continuing the distribution of communion in one kind only (wafer or bread, but no wine) with both our denominations being very clear that when we receive in one kind, we receive in both kinds. And we are continuing to sing God's praises, even though masked!
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. 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."