We believe God measures His church not by how many we seat but by how many we send. We want to love and serve our city so well that she would mourn if we were gone. Christ left heaven to spend his strength on us. Following his example, we intend to spend our strength on others and pursue opportunities to care for and love others in our local context in the city that we love, Grand Rapids.
Did you know that every spring for more than a decade, a mother duck has been nesting her ducklings in the courtyard of Ken-O-Sha Elementary School. When the time is right, mother duck pecks on the window and the staff then arrange for students to line the hallways as mother duck leads her ducklings out the courtyard, through the school, and into the wild. They call it The Running of the Ducks. We’re not lying!
All that to say, Ken-O-Sha is an awesome elementary school that we know, love and support here at TLC. There are needs there like anywhere else, but there is also beauty; God’s redemptive hand is moving there, and we have gotten to and will continue to participate in that together as a church. Here’s how…
There are three different ways that this takes place. Think of these three ways as on-ramps to getting involved in some way at Ken-O-Sha:
Staff and Teacher Appreciation
Examples include: staff snacks, meals, gifts, etc.
Student Engagement (during school hours)
Examples include: aiding in a classroom, helping at lunch time, playing at recess, Big Idea Assembly, coaching, etc.
School and Family Needs
Examples include: Toy/Uniform Drive, Spring cleaning/landscaping, Hand 2 Hand, etc.
Thousands of our neighbors in Grand Rapids are facing hardship when it comes to their housing situation. We want to help learn more about the affordable housing crisis in our community and provide practical ways that we can all help.
ICCF is an awesome non-profit that helps seek shalom in our city by providing affordable homes and thriving neighborhoods. God has called us to seek justice in our community in response to the saving love of Jesus Christ, that others may see His love in action. We do this together with ICCF by serving in part of their community homes initiative, hosting events at their Family Haven, and more ways!
ACCESS OF WEST MICHIGAN
The Bible says Jesus became flesh. In other words, He moved into the neighborhood where He was needed. Yes, He preached awesome sermons and did some other really cool things. But Jesus repeatedly stopped what He was doing to care for the sick, feed those who were hungry, and spend His strength on others. He wasn’t afraid to say the hard but healing words, love the hard but hurting ones, and do the hard but helpful things. As followers of Jesus, we are called to do the same. We must be His hands and feet in order that His message is heard and His love is experienced in a tangible way.
As a local expression of the universal Church, we are called to actively participate in the mission of God. Because of this, we pursue opportunities to holistically care for the needs of our city and our world. Access of West Michigan helps us do that. Access exists to strengthen and develop wholistic solutions to poverty by cultivating equitable systems through education and collaboration. Be looking out for the Walk for Good Food and other ways we join with them!