Golf Outing!

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It’s the time of year when you want to spend every minute outdoors as the seasons change from summer to fall. Here’s your opportunity!

Whether you’re an avid golfer or a beginner, you are welcome to join us at Winding Creek Golf Course on Saturday, September 28 at 4:00pm. Teams will be formed at the course, and will participate in a scramble.

And we can’t have an event without food! Spouses and families are welcome to come to the event building for a meal following the scramble (approximately 6:00pm). If you’re willing, please bring a dish to pass. Feel free to bring an outdoor (or indoor) game or two to share following the meal.

We can’t wait to see you all there and enjoy the Michigan outdoors!

2.42 groups

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If you weren’t able to make our discussion last night, here’s what we talked about:

We are eager to launch a 7-week pilot program called “2.42 groups”, based on Acts 2:42 which says “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” 2.42 groups would take the place of our evening service during this trial period, and would take place in peoples’ homes, focusing on the five values of being relational, intergenerational, formational, invitational, and reproducible. This 7-week pilot program will take place on Sunday evenings from October 6 - November 17. After everyone has had the opportunity to sign up, intergenerational small groups will be formed.

We anticipate a typical Sunday evening to be hosted by a person or family of each 2.42 group. A group session may include the following format: food & fellowship, singing, Scripture, discernment and prayer.

If you have questions about this or are interested in learning more, please ask! Give us a call, shoot us an email, stop on by the office, or write a comment below.

Family Promise Sign-up

You’ll find this sign-up on the bulletin board outside the kitchen! Take a few minutes to read through the descriptions of each role, and sign up for any and all that you may be interested in helping with if Maranatha were to commit to partnering with Family Promise.

If you have no idea what Family Promise is, check out the previous blog post :)

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Family Promise Opportunity

On Sunday night, September 8, we gathered at church to hear more from Tammy regarding a unique opportunity for Maranatha and several other churches in Holland. Family Promise, a national organization that seeks to find permanent housing for families by partnering with local churches, is looking to start a chapter in Holland. After many months of conversations and research, we’ve determined that our facility has ample size to house up to five families (maximum of 14 people) one week per quarter.

Now it’s your turn. This ministry will take some manpower in the form of bringing in meals each night, providing two overnight volunteers, move-in volunteers, and other volunteer roles. If you would be interested in serving families in this way, please sign up at church to show your interest in a role or two (or more!). If you have questions, please see Tammy.

Family Promise has given Holland churches until October 15 to commit to this ministry. If we don’t receive enough interest, then we will not commit to starting this ministry in our building.

To watch what Family Promise of Grand Rapids is all about, please watch the video below:

Words of Life from the Plains of Moab

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This fall, during our morning worship, we’re going to immerse ourselves in the book of Deuteronomy. Deuteronomy is a highly instructive book and a relevant book for every era, for it’s a book that prompts us to think hard about what it means to live as the people of God in the midst of the nations.

The book in its entirety, after all, is set on the plains of Moab, just across the Jordan River from the Promised Land. The Israelites have made it to the border. It’s almost time to go in. It’s almost time to take possession of the land God had long ago promised to Abraham. But first…the Israelites need to hear these words. These words from God through Moses. These words by which they are reminded who they are because of whose they are. These words which instruct them about how they are to live in the Land. As God’s called-out people. In the midst of the nations. In order that the Kingdom of God might be established and evidenced and esteemed here on earth.

So let’s dwell together in the book of Deuteronomy this fall, listening for how these words were meant to shape the Israelites of old—and how they might shape us as followers of Jesus today.

Welcome to Main Street!

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Welcome to Main Street, Marantha’s blog!

The purpose of this blog is to stay connected to this community throughout the week and to keep you informed about what’s going on inside and outside our walls. There are so many awesome things that are happening in and around Maranatha that we don’t want you to miss hearing about.

So, let’s take a walk down Main Street together, and don’t forget to check in a few times a week.