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“Angels Among Us”

“Do not be afraid.” – The Angels The angels that appear in the story of Jesus’ birth would have been very comfortable in our world of tweets and hashtags. Their messages were often short and to the point – their favorite line being #DoNotBeAfraid. As we look at the stories of these winged messengers to […]

November 12, 2017 message: “Gri...

Then you won’t grieve over them and be like people who don’t have any hope. It might seem strange to say that we can have hope in the midst of grief, but the promise of resurrection is real even when we’re struggling. Even as we wonder about what heaven is like, and how Christ will […]

November 5, 2017 message: “The ...

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! We lift up this phrase in our creed (statement of faith), and we believe that the saints continue to be a part of our lives. They remind us that being faithful […]

October 29, 2017 message: “Hear...

God’s desire is that we give willingly and joyfully knowing that we’re sharing God’s gifts with others. Generosity is a witness to the world of God’s goodness and grace. Ultimately, God calls us to giving that costs us something and makes us better understand what it means to sacrifice for the sake of others in […]

October 22, 2017: “Earn-Save-Gi...

October 22, 2017: “Earn-Save-Give”

John Wesley encouraged people to “earn all you can, save all you can, and give all you can” as a way to serve God and others well. Earning means using what God has given us to make more. Saving is a part of God’s plan so that we’re prepared for whatever comes. Giving is a […]

October 15 message: “Money, Wor...

Part of our purpose on earth is to care for God’s good creation and to create with the gifts that God has given to us. Meaningful work is about using our gifts and looking at the outcome we produce, not the income we receive. Indebtedness is not God’s intention for us, nor is it an […]

October 6-7, 2017 Worship Planning Re...

October 6-7, 2017 Worship Planning Retreat

This weekend we gathered at the Founder’s Home at Maranatha Bible and Missionary Conference Center in Norton Shores to plan worship for the upcoming year. What an amazing weekend!!! Pastor Mary shared this with the participants: Thanks to each one of you for your time and commitment to this first-ever worship planning retreat. I am […]

October 8 message: “Naming Our ...

October 8 message: “Naming Our Idols”

We may not think that we worship idols at all, but anything or anyone that receives the energy and resources that should belong to God first is an idol. When we worship the gift that God has given instead of the Giver (God), we begin to become the center rather than putting God at the […]

October series: “first”

This new series is based on Mike Slaughter’s books first: putting GOD first in living and giving and shiny gods. The companion book of devotions is available at church for $6.00. “Why do we exist as a church? For one reason: The church isn’t a a community designed just for us to make ourselves better; […]

October 1, 2017 message: “If Yo...

Jesus describes the Kingdom of God with images that start out small (a seed and a bit of yeast) and then become larger. As we consider how we’re a part of building God’s Kingdom here and now, we recognize that our actions and offering make a difference and change the world. To read Pastor Mary’s […]