Good morning, Community. Here we are again. It’s Saturday. It’s a beautiful day. We are somewhere around day 60 of Staying at Home. I miss my friends. I miss going to work on a regular basis. I don’t like being “grounded”. Sometimes when I send one of my kids to their room for a time out – they ask – Can I come out now? And I can tell by the tone of their voice that they have not really thought about what happened and why they were in their room. I’m pretty sure they haven’t figured out what needs to change. Sometimes they need a little more time.
Now, I’m not exactly sure why God has “sent us to our rooms”. (I don’t really think He works that way – it’s just a metaphor) I don’t know why He has allowed this to happen. But I do know that I have had a lot of time to think. And I’ve thought about some things that I think need to change in my life, in my family, and in our world. I’m hoping that we don’t just go back to “normal” when this is over. I hope we have thought more about what’s really important in life. I hope we realize how important our relationships are. I hope we learn how to play together and laugh together and just “be” together. I hope we realize that the pace of our lives before was out of control. I hope we understand that God wants His people to rely on Him and stay connected with Him, and trust in Him alone. I hope we realize why gathering together as His people is so good – and so necessary. And I hope that we get back together again soon. But I don’t hope that things get back to normal. I hope that when we come out of our rooms – we make some lasting changes to our lives. I hope that we remember that in Matthew 22:37-40 – Jesus tells us that “All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. And Love your neighbor as yourself.”
So are you using this time – to Love God, and Love your Family, and Love your neighbor? Don’t stop. Keep asking yourself what God wants you to learn in this. Keep asking yourself how he wants you to live, and speak, and love. And when we come out of our rooms – I hope things can change. And I hope it happens soon.
Consistory Voting - Deadline: Sunday, May 17th at 6 pm
The election of our new Consistory for 2020 will be ending soon. Voting will be closing this coming Sunday at 6 pm. There are multiple ways to vote and if you haven’t already, please take some time to do that now. You can vote through our website, here is the link to the voting form. You can vote by emailing me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. This year we also opened voting through a simple voice mail message. If you are reading this you may not need that option, but if you know someone who does not have the technological ability for the other options, please share this option with them. Call the church office, (616) 772-4907, and leave a message in Pastor Doug’s voice mail.
There are 7 vacancies, and the 7 nominees this year are:
Rajean Wolters - Elder-at-Large
Patrick McKenney - Missions Deacon
Bobbie Jo Bruursema - Hospitality Deacon
Carey VandenBeldt - Hospitality Deacon
Trevor Overweg - Facility & Finance Deacon
Todd Cooper - Spiritual Formation Deacon
Matt Wolters - Spiritual Formation Deacon
Thank you for your help discerning God’s will for His Church
Update from The Bridge:
We broke our record today, and ran out of school-provided meals! We served 600 meal bags, which is 3,600 meals! Luckily, thanks to all of you wonderful supporters we were able to create countless meal bags and snacks bags as replacements. We have utterly depleted our food items today, and we'll need to be restocked for Monday! We cannot tell you all how thankful we were today to be able to provide food to the continuous stream of cars - you are all so appreciated!
If you are able to, we would really appreciate it if you could take a look at the list, and help us get food back in the building for these families.
Thank you so much!
The Bridge Youth Center Staff
Items Needed (Items in Bold are of High Need):
● Empty Egg Cartons
● Small empty spray bottles
● Toilet Paper
● Paper Towel
● Diapers (6’s we are out)
● Baby Wipes
● Hand Soap
● Lysol Wipes
● Household Cleaning Product
● Feminine Hygiene Products
● Dish Soap
● laundry detergent
● Snacks! Individual Serving Sizes (granola bars, goldfish, ritz peanut butter crackers, chips, nuts, Oatmeal, Gatorade, fruit snacks)
● Peanut Butter
● Canned meals(SpaghettiO’s)
● Pasta Sauce
● Fruit Cups
● Any fresh Vegetables and fruit
● mac and cheese
● Milk (and milk alternatives)
Update from Harvest Stand Ministries
As community organizations and local partners work actively to assist those impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Harvest Stand Ministries remains committed to supporting individuals and families who need food assistance.
Food Distribution Hours will remain the same;
Harvest Stand Ministries exists to lift people out of poverty by responding to human need with the love of Christ. Some of the most needed items include:
Breakfast Cereal (whole grain)
Hamburger Helper and Rice Sides
Canned Veggies other than green beans
Jelly or Jam
Chunky Soups or Chilis
Snack Items (crackers, granola bars, etc.)
Paper Products (toilet paper, facial tissue and paper towel)