OUR MISSIONAL FOCUS
Bringing hope and wholeness in Christ to distressed single parent families in Midland County.
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OUR WORSHIP SERVICE
Sunday at 10:00 am we gather together to worship as a community. Participants are invited to worship in ways that are natural for them. This time together is is a blend of contemporary and traditional elements, including music, liturgy, and teaching, all presented in a comfortable and casual way. Our services are led by our praise team and praise band.
Worship at MRC has a four part flow:
GATHERING - We praise God for who He is and what He has done and confess our sins to Him. This time unites our spirits in God's presence and prepares us to hear the word of God.
HEARING OF GOD'S WORD- We spend an extended period of time reflecting on God's word to hear what He has to say to us (the sermon).
RESPONSE - We acknowledge that we have listened and heard what God has spoken through the Scriptures and sermon by offering back an appropriate response. Once a month we use this time to celebrate Communion.
SENDING - We are given a blessing and a charge to do God's will as we go about our week.
Nursery is provided for infants and toddlers. Children ages 3 through 5th grade begin the service with their families and are dismissed for Worship and Wonder, Footsteps, and Quest before the Sermon during the school year. Children ages 3 through Pre-K continue to meet for Worship and Wonder during the summer months.
I am serving as a Transitional Pastor at Midland Reformed Church. I have worked in the RCA for 33 years. In 1988, following graduation from Hope College, I became a part-time youth director at the First Reformed Church in Zeeland, MI, a small dutch community between Grand Rapids and the lakeshore. I was ordained as Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Spring of 1995 after graduating from Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI. My wife, Michelle, and I have been married for 30 years this past August. She is a Volunteers Coordinator for a non-profit ministry called Living Threads. Her team of volunteers create memory quilts for families who have lost loved ones. We have three grown children. Our oldest daughter, Molly, is 28 years old and works as an Occupational Therapist in St Louis, MO. Our son, Camden,age 27, is teaching high school math in the Detroit Public Schools, and our youngest daughter, Mallory, age 23, lives in Lansing, MI. She is employed as an analyst at the Dart Company.
"So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him,rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness." Col. 2:6-7