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 these past two years, 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 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, and as of March 1, 2022, masks are now OPTIONAL. If you choose to wear a mask while in the building, there will be no judgement, but please know there will also likely be others who choose not to wear one.
We continue to 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 have to have a Facebook account to view our worship stream/videos. Be aware, if you don't log, Facebook will likely give you some annoying pop-up windows and you'll just 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 do love to hear from the folks worshipping with us online - just a friendly hello is great, 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!
With our mask mandate having expired, we are now resuming our coffee hour following worship, and we will be trying to arrange the tables and seating such that we aren't all on top of each other (I'd call it "somewhat socially distanced".) 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.
During worship, we are continuing for now 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!
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."