Whatever you may have heard or experienced about Baptists, be prepared to find our church refreshingly different.
We believe questions are often as important as answers and every person is loved by God without regard to race, religion, ethnicity, political affiliation, sexual orientation or social class. Jesus didn’t turn anyone away; neither do we.
You are not expected to have arrived morally or spiritually to become part of our congregation, nor are you required to accept a narrow creed or list of tightly-packaged doctrines.
Here you are asked only to be yourself, with all your faith and doubt, strengths and weaknesses, dreams and frustrations. Join us on the journey as we seek to grow in our love and understanding of God, our neighbors, and even our enemies.
“Dear friends, let’s love each other, because love is from God, and everyone who loves is born from God and knows God.” 1 John 4:7 (CEB)
So how do we love each other when a health crisis calls for maintaining social distance?
I saw a story on the news last night that told of a young woman who wanted to let her grandfather know she was engaged. Unfortunately, there was a problem: the nursing home where her grandfather lived was allowing no visitors.
This determined young lady found away. She walked around outside the nursing home until she found her grandfather’s room. When he saw her through his window, she proudly held out her hand for him to see the ring. He beamed with pleasure.
Then something remarkable happened. The young woman placed her hand on the outside of the window and the grandfather placed his hand on the inside.
The reporter said it was a sad moment; I thought it was a beautiful one. Here were two people who left no doubt of their love for each other as they “connected” through the closed window.
I know maintaining social distance is a critical step in slowing the spread of the coronavirus; I also know in times like these, people need to know they are loved and not forgotten.
Maybe today would be a good day to reach out and “touch” someone with a phone call, card, letter, email or some other more creative means. Maybe even just a hand pressed against a window.
Sunday 10:30 a.m.
Contemporary Discussion at 9:30 a.m.
Every Sunday morning in the Clough Room we come together to talk about controversial issues and practice civility toward those who differ from us. Most issues are more complicated than we are led to believe.
Bible Study at 10:30 a.m.
Every Wednesday Pastor Dave discusses the upcoming Sunday scriptures.
Men's Breakfast at 8: 30 a.m.
The third Tuesday of each month (Poor Richard's Cafe, 1105 E.Crosstown, Kalamazoo)
Women's Bible Study at 5:30 p.m.
The third Wednesday of each month ( Professional Offices, 3608 South Burdick Street, Kalamazoo)
315 W. Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Monday - Thursday
10:00 a.m. - Noon / 1 p.m. - 4.00 p.m.
Friday by appointment only
CLOSED - Saturday
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