People of God!

It's SPRING! The days are getting longer with warming sunshine! The temperature is climbing! Early flowers are starting to bloom. Trees will start to leaf! We gardeners are starting to plan our vegetable and flower gardens! We are so very blessed to live here in Magnificent West Michigan!

And we are about to celebrate EASTER -- the glorious Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!!! Jesus said: "I AM the Resurrection and the Life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die." Our joyful Easter celebration, with communion, will be on Sunday, April 4th, with services at 7a & 10a and a fellowship breakfast after the first service downstairs in our Fellowship Hall!

It has been GREAT to see more and more people starting to come back to worship in God's House! I believe that as individuals get their COVID vaccinations they are feeling more confident about coming out-and-about.

I invite and encourage you to come to our Easter Worship in person. Have you had your COVID Vaccination? Deb and I have. Come back to your Father's House to worship. You need to be in His House and you need to be in the fellowship of your Church family. We need each other. We are still practicing seating protocols in the Sanctuary with every other row. First service is masked, second service is option. Come back to worship in person. The longer anyone stays away, the more difficult it will be to ever return. We can get too comfortable staying home, worshipping online (if you do that). I hope to see YOU in our Easter Worship!

If you are going to be gone traveling and on vacation over Spring Break and missing Easter worship, I hope you can either tune in to watch our service online or worship at one of our Churches wherever you are. May your vacation be safe, fun, relaxing, and refreshing for you!

THANK YOU! to Brad and Erika VanBergen for their gracious and generous donation of a Ford 15 passenger Van to our Church Ministries! At the time of this writing (still in March) we are planning on taking the Van with our 8th Grade Confirmands and Chaperones on our annual expedition to the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum in Kentucky over the weekend of March 26-27-28. It will be GREAT to have everyone in one vehicle with lots of room! I thank you, Brad and Erika, and your church family thanks you too!

CANOE MEN! We are only three months out from our BWCA Expedition leaving on Saturday, June 26th! Badger Reservations are made for our trip across the Big Lake to Manitowoc. Permits are acquired for our Entry Point on Lake 1. Three boats and some packs have been rented. We own the rest of the gear. We will be bunking that Saturday night in Ely at Voyageur North Outfitters. We have our 8th and new Canoe Man -- Tim Ross -- who will be coming with us. Tim is a great guy and is so looking forward to getting out there with us! Let's have another Meeting on Sunday, April 25th, between services, together. Tim can meet all of you Veteran Paddle Men, and you can meet him, if you don't know him already. If you aren't continuing to do so, please bring another $ installment to this meeting. Focus of this meeting will be to plan our Menu, especially as we consider using our new Yeti Backpack Cooler!

On a personal note... Deb and I will be driving down to Fort Wayne, Indiana, on Monday April 26th for Micah's Vicarage Call Service that evening. It's always exciting and a bit nerve wracking to see where you get assigned for your Vicarage year! You have absolutely NO IDEA until they call out your name and location! We trust the Lord will guide Micah and his family to a Church family that will welcome them and love them and a Pastor/Mentor that will continue to teach and guide him. I pray he finds a Vicarage Supervisor like I was blessed to have in that we also became lifelong friends after that.

God is good!

  ~ Pastor Brooks