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On Tuesday, October 20th, and for the first time since March 1, the "daily new cases" of COVID-19 in Kent County crossed the threshold from High to Critical. And so for your health (and that of those with whom you come into contact and vice-versa), we will temporarily return once again to worship via live-stream only. The worship service will stream from the sanctuary, and a Spiritual Communion will be offered. So please join us Sundays at 10:AM on Facebook Live, on the Two Churches' FB page. There will also be a link posted on our FB page that allows you to view or download/print a PDF worship bulletin.. Over the past months, our ability to gather for in-person worship has been, and will continue to be, determined by rising or falling COVID-19 infection rates, Executive Orders issued by Gov. Whitmer, the Episcopal Pastoral Directive, recommendations from our ELCA Bishop, and other relevant sources. These frequent adjustments have been difficult for us all. 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. But we make these decisions as well and as intelligently as we’re able, to care for one another during this pandemic.
Please check out our recent newsletters as well as our Facebook page, and perhaps consider subscribing to our newsletter/email notifications for more information on how we are continuing to support our various ministry efforts in the community.
Beloved God, from you come all things that are good. Lead us by the inspiration of your Spirit to know those things that are right, and by your merciful guidance, help us to do them, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. 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."