ALL IN-PERSON ACTIVITIES ARE CANCELLED THROUGH MAY 28TH & UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
A WEIGHTY DECISION:
As a community of believers in Grand Haven we believe that we have an incredible privilege of gathering to worship our awesome God, to spend time in community, and to deepen our relationships. That is something we are passionate about and it’s a responsibility that we do not take lightly. The Executive Team gathered to pray, look over collective wisdom from government agencies, health organizations, other churches, and we consulted with our staff and leadership. Based prayerful discernment and governmental recommendation, we will not hold in-person gatherings between now and May 28th, at which time we will reevaluate. There will be no corporate worship, Ignite, Elevate, Cadets, team meetings, etc. The Metal Recycling Ministry will also be shut down.
WAYS TO CONNECT:
Please make use of the many resources and points of connection here on our website, Facebook page (@FirstCRCGrandHaven), Instagram (@firstchurchgh), and email. Every week we will be sharing a new sermon, worship playlist, and updates on our social media pages, email lists, and website, so be sure to keep on the lookout for those. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay updated on the videos.
OUR HOPE IS IN HIM:
One thing is true of God’s people in anxious and uncertain times, they look to him as a ballast in the storms that surround us. No matter what those storms might be God is still seated firmly on the throne. This too shall pass.
"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear…"
Another thing that is true is that God's people step up in uncertain times to offer comfort to those who are living in fear, who are paralyzed by the news, and wonder what all of this will mean for them. In the midst of this there are opportunities to minister to your neighbors. To offer to get groceries for your elderly neighbor who probably should not be in public spaces. God’s people do not react with fear, but they react with hope and generosity. Thank you for your generosity of spirit as we move to err on the side of caution during this time and seek to reach those who need Jesus.
We plan to stay in constant communication with you—the church—as things develop and as decisions are made. Be on the lookout for those communications. In the meantime, if you have any concerns or questions please contact me (Pastor Cory) or any member of the Executive team. If you are struggling with anxiety, worry, or fear or just need some to talk with because you are feeling isolated, please call Pastor Cory, Care Elder Art Tuls, or your district elder. We would be happy to listen, to talk with you, and pray with you.
There are some steps we would ask you the congregation to take:
Continue to wash your hands, resist touching your face, self isolate if you are not feeling well, and follow the Michigan Department of Health and CDC recommendations.
As a member of First Grand Haven we want to encourage you to continue your giving. Please mail in your giving envelopes to 516 S.Ferry St. Grand Haven, MI 49417, or give through the Venmo app (to @First-ChurchGH). For more information on how to do that, please watch this video. Without your continued support we can’t provide the staffing and ministry that will continue to move God’s mission forward in Grand Haven.
Philippians 4:6-7 reminds us, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, present your requests to God.” Let’s join together to Pray! Pray for healing for those affected, for those grieving, and for those who are gripped by fear and anxiety. Pray for a peace that only comes from the Lord and healing that he can bring. Pray for health officials, that they will have wisdom in stopping this spread.