Liminal – Stories of the In-Between (week 1)

The Bible is full of stories of people and communities who have had to journey through liminal spaces. Today, are in a liminal space too — caught between the world as we knew it and an unknown future. What do these stories have to teach us? This week we look at Israel, as they journeyed […]

Liminal :: Stories of the In-Between

We’ve all been there. In fact, we’re there right now. Liminal spaces are in-between spaces. They are seasons in which we find ourselves between one reality that has ended and another that has not yet begun. Covid-19 has caused life as we knew it to end. The world is simply not, nor will it be, […]

The Branch is Moving Online

Sundays We’ll be using Zoom for our Sunday gathering for the foreseeable future. Zoom is a video conferencing tool that works on all devices and platforms. All you need is an internet connection and a camera on your device (or, you can just call in). Here’s the link (it is the same link every week): […]

The Gospel of Mark (Ch. 1)

We begin our 16 week journey through the Gospel of Mark in Chapter 1, focusing especially on the 1st half of the chapter.

The Gospel of Mark

For the first 16 weeks of 2020 (January to Easter) we’re going to walk through the Gospel of Mark taking one chapter a week. Our hope and desire is simple: to purposefully and thoughtfully reflect on the life and teaching of Jesus of Nazareth so that our lives may more reflect his. We invite you […]

Advent Yoga

This season we are about to enter is busy. Like, really insanely busy. You’re invited to take an hour to step away from it all. An hour to rest, breathe, connect. Everyone is welcome – regardless of their level of experience with yoga. The class meets at the Branch building at 7:30pm starting 12/1 and […]

December Potluck!

As is our tradition, the first Sunday of the month is a chance to get together, connect, and enjoy some good food. This time, we’ll be having a good ol’ fashioned potluck so bring a dish to pass. We’ll provide water and place settings. We’ll start right after worship is concluded and wrap up around […]

The Two Halves of Life

A number of years ago my wife and I spent some time in Las Vegas. The city was remarkable. But we also knew we wanted to get to the Grand Canyon. Neither of us had ever been. So we got in our rental car and made a long day trip. After about four hours we […]

GROW

Who are you becoming? Often our growth is hard to see. We race through life not realizing that every day we are becoming a certain kind of person. Incredibly, we have a choice about how we become this certain kind of person. We can either be passive in our formation – letting whatever comes along […]

Hurrican Dorian assistance

Hurricane Dorian was a massive storm. Its power was felt for two long weeks. From the severe destruction on the islands of the Bahamas to the wind, rain, and flooding in parts of the southeast US still actively recovering from previous storms, this storm’s impact will be felt for years to come. Hurricane Dorian left […]

Re-Focus

Life is busy. The demands seem endless. So much is clamoring for our attention. Which means it is all too easy to lose focus of the things we say matter. This is true for individuals and for groups — including churches. That’s why we’re taking four Sundays to consider again the things we’ve said are […]

Atonement

a·tone·ment: the reconciliation of God and humankind through Jesus Christ. We all know the image of the cross. It’s the symbol most associated with Christianity because Christ’s death is fundamental to Christianity. And yet, what exactly does Christ’s death mean? What precisely ‘happened’ in his sacrifice? Believe it or not, different Christians would answer those […]

Worship on July 7

Throughout the year, we worship with our sisters and brothers from Communidad Cristiana de Grand Rapids — and this Sunday (7/7) is one of those weeks! Join us at a different time — 11Am to noon — and stay after for drinks and snacks.