COVID-19 Updates and Response

All in-person church functions are currently postponed. The church spent its earliest years gathering exclusively in homes, and this creates an opportunity for us to do the same for a brief period. During this pandemic, the church staff and leadership are working diligently to facilitate a dispersed Sunday morning worship, maintain a sense of community, offer spiritual and pastoral care, and facilitate opportunities for action. 

The church staff is working remotely and the church office is closed, but you are welcome to reach out to any of the church staff via email. Voice mail on the office phone (616-772-9129) will be transferred to staff members' email, and we have installed a new drop box for offering envelopes at the Central Avenue entrance.

As a church we have launched a Reentry Task Force (composed of staff, consistory, and other leaders from First) with the goal of figuring out how we can safely, appropriately, and quickly reopen the facility. There are many factors at play and we would love your prayer as we weigh how we can re-engage quickly and safely.  

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Daily Online Devotions

We have started an online daily devotional using Zoom, an online videoconferencing platform. These virtual daily devotional meetings will be from noon-12:15 pm each weekday, and anyone is welcome to join! This will be a great way for us to connect with our church family and to establish a rhythm of prayer and devotions.

We will be going through the book Seeking God's Face: Praying with the Bible Through the Year, and a church staff member or volunteer will lead the devotional each day. Purchasing the book is not required, but you may purchase the book here.

To connect to the Zoom meeting, click on this link to access the recurring daily meeting on your computer, smartphone, or tablet. Follow the prompts to download the Zoom app to your device. 


With the remainder of the school year moved to remote learning, we have had to rethink how to make sure the 17 families we support with weekend food still receive the needed help. We have decided to distribute two weekends of food at a time in order to limit the amount of contact made with others during this time of pandemic.

Many of you have wondered what you can do to help. We are asking that you look over these grocery items and consider picking up an item or two when you do your grocery shopping. On Mondays from 1-2pm and on Wednesdays from 2-3pm, there will be a cart right outside the doors of the Lincoln entrance. You may drive up and drop off groceries onto the cart. We will take care of the packing and distribution. If you are not comfortable grocery shopping at this time, you may always make a monetary donation so that we can shop for any items we are short of!

For the remainder of this school year, Jackie has needed to step back from co-ordinating Hand 2 Hand and under her guidance, Liz Boerman is filling in. Please feel free to contact either with questions.

Be The Church

During this time, many of us have significant needs and many others are eager and ready to help. As a church, we would love to help connect those with needs and those who would like to help. Click on one of the links below, and we will be in touch with you soon.

I Need Help

I Can Help

While being a good neighbor and friend looks different now than it normally does, please reach out to the people in your life who may be lonely, discouraged, or anxious during this time.