We invite you to continue to give during this time of building closures and social distancing.  Ministry at Gold Avenue Church continues to take place and in fact things have ramped up since social distancing policies have been enacted.  The church staff and council are diligently at work staying in step with the Holy Spirit to care for and communicate well with our church family and beyond during this time of increased needs.  Your generous gifts enable us to continue this work and to continue sharing the love of Jesus with our family, our neighborhood and the world.

We have many ways to give which are all secure, your gifts will be received and recorded for tax purposes.

Online Direct: Give securely and directly through this link, the default fund is general fund, you can choose others in the drop down menu: https://goldavenuechurch.breezechms.com/give/online

Text:  send amount (number only, no extra symbols) to (616) 319-2259 and follow prompts to give securely (link to help and additional text commands: Breeze Help)  Additionally, different funds can be given to by adding a space and then a keyword as shown below.

  1. No keyword (number only with no words) to give directly to General Fund
  2. “benevolence” to give to Benevolence (Deacons fund)
  3. “van” to give to Van Fund
  4. “special” to give to other designated Special Offering
  5. “empowered” to give to Empowered for Witness (EFW)
  6. “outreach” to give to Urban Missionary Mark Essenburg
  7. “discipleship” to give to Urban Missionary Stephanie McClain
  8. “care” to give to Urban Missionary Jaleesa Stanford
  9. “mission” to give to Missions Fund

PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/donate/…

Check: Make checks out to “Gold Avenue Church” and mail to: Gold Avenue Church, 49 Gold Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Cash: Give in person (when available) at church (no fees incurred).

Online bill pay through your bank – ask for more info on how to set up .

Fees the church pays to use these services:

Online & Text: 2.9% + $0.30/transaction for Credit/Debit Card payments or 1% + $0.25/transaction for ACH payments.

PayPal: 2.2% + $0.30/transaction for Credit/Debit Card payments.

Check, Cash, Online Bill Pay: No fees!

Thank you for your generosity in giving!

At Gold Avenue Church, we’ve been going out and prayer walking regularly in our neighborhood for quite a number of years. We have seen so much fruit as we pray for the neighborhood, interact and pray for and with neighbors, and so much more. We want to say thank you for all who have been participating in prayer walking, and want to let everyone know that with the current situation we are not able to go prayer walking as a group. We would like to take a moment, however, to encourage you to continue to pray for your neighbors and neighborhood, even if you hadn’t previously been able to officially participate in Prayer Walking, aka everyone!

Now is a time when our world needs prayer more than ever! There are many ways you can continue to pray and interceed… You could to go out to prayer walk your neighborhood and to pray as God leads for your neighbors and your neighborhood. Perhaps ask the Holy Spirit to put someone in your path that you could pray for or say hello to respecting social distance, or ask Him to highlight houses and pray for families there.

If you aren’t able to go outside and walk around, you could pray for your neighborhood using a map, look up your address on google or Apple maps and zoom in to see and pray for houses around you. Or you perhaps you might think of encouraging things to do for passers by and then praying for them, again respecting social distancing… we’ll have more ideas posted soon. This is a really difficult time for people and it’s a time where the harvest is plentiful as people are longing for hope, peace and joy. Let’s cover our neighborhood and world in an unprecedented wave of unceasing prayer!

Feel free to share your stories without names to Mark Essenburg, Director of Outreach & Enfolding at mark.goldkids@gmail.com so we can share and encourage one another during this time, keeping our eyes on how God is working in and through us. Here are some pictures of our prayer walking group during the summer:

Good Morning! Watch and follow along in your own Bible as Pastor Gina reads and reflects on Psalm 91. This video originates from FaceBook; we welcome you to comment there with some of your own reflections on the Psalm.

https://www.facebook.com/goldavenuechurch/videos/3449416088421173/

This post is part of a new series of encouraging words from our Church Leadership. Keep an eye out for more!

#goldnuggets

Weekly Worship From Home
We’ve had lots of great feedback on the “At Home Liturgy” that went out in an email last week! If you missed it, it is still available for you to use at home with your family, housemates, etc… here is a link: 3/15/20 At Home Liturgy

Communication
We are working hard to help our congregation stay connected.  This week we are happy to announce:We have also added (this) blog attached to our Gold Avenue Church website!
Here is the web address if you aren’t already here: http://goldavenuechurch.org/blog/
The blog will be our main, streamlined source of information, communication, and resources. Be sure to save it to your favorites in your preferred internet browser! We will link to our FB account and include pieces in our All Church Emails as well. This should help you locate any previous church communications and worship liturgies, along with many new resources that we will be adding.

We want to keep you well informed.  So, each week we will plan to send out two emails. A weekly update sometime during the week and a Sunday service email with the “At Home Liturgy” for the current week. You’ll be able to access these on the blog as well.

Care and Connection
A new way that we can connect is by Zoom, an online meeting space.  Gold Avenue Church now has a Zoom account, so most meetings are able to continue as scheduled virtually using this technology. Staff will be scheduling these meetings and will send out the meeting links ahead of time, if you’re in a meeting, you simply click on the link and follow the prompts. 

Prayer
We tested meeting virtually on Wednesday with Noon Prayer and it worked out really well! Look below for the link to the Noon Prayer Zoom call and you can join us, if you’re able, from 12-1pm on Wednesday by phone or internet. 

Wednesday Noon Prayer

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/672132863

Meeting ID: 672 132 863

One tap mobile
+19292056099,,672132863# US (New York)

Equipping
The Empowered for Witness course concluded a week ago.  The many evaluation forms were overwhelmingly affirming.  We had pastors and members from 48 churches from all around the area attending.  We even had a gentleman drive over weekly from Wisconsin to attend.  The next session of Empowered for Witness is scheduled to start with a makeup session called Foundations on 4/22 and Empowered for Witness 102, starting on 4/23, the Lord willing.  Would you please be in prayer for wisdom, as we think about whether we can continue as planned or need to change to a different format?  Thank you!


The Admin Elders met Wednesday night and have extended our current building closure and group gathering suspension through Tuesday, March 31st.  
They will reassess at that time, trying to make the most wise and loving decision for our congregation and community. If you have questions about this, please see our original post communicating why this is the direction we’ve felt the Lord leading to: Special COVID-19 Announcement

Tithes and Offering

The building may be closed but the Kingdom work continues! At this time of uncertainty, we are doing all that we can to serve, support, and assist our church family and community. One way that you can join in this is by continuing to give through your tithes and offerings. 

Ways to give:

1. Text: COMING SOON! Stay tuned for more details. 
2. Online via goldavenuechurch.org
3. Mailing checks payable to:
Gold Avenue Church
49 Gold Avenue NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Be sure to keep checking back on the blog regularly as we have plans to be posting lots of encouraging stories, activities, resources and much more. Our church leadership is here to serve and we’re keeping busy trying to adapt to this situation. Stay tuned for more!

Have no fear! This morning the care elder team gathered together. As we sought the Lord’s guidance, we were blessed to pray Psalm 23 and Psalm 91 over Gold Avenue Church and the body of Christ.  Praise God, we are held by our Good Shepherd who covers us with his wings!

Psalm 23: The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul… (to continue reading click on the link)

Psalm 91: Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty… (to continue reading click on the link)

On March 13, 2020 President Donald Trump called for a National Day of Prayer. “It is my great honor to declare Sunday, March 15th as a National Day of Prayer,” the President tweeted. “We are a Country that, throughout our history, has looked to God for protection and strength in times like these…No matter where you may be, I encourage you to turn towards prayer in an act of faith.”

We’ve produced a resource to guide your prayers, and it is useful for ongoing prayer and reflection, so please use it even after this day of prayer is over. Every day is a day of prayer and we, our nation, and our world needs prayer more than ever!

National Day of Prayer Resource

Please click on the link below to view our order of worship that we used Sunday March 15.  We encourage you to go through it with your family, even if you are separated, using technology to stay connected. Take part in the prayer times, worship songs, testimony time, sermon, and blessings, and discuss the questions at the end.

Click here to view this Sunday’s At Home Liturgy

Even though we aren’t able to meet together as a group, we are still the body of Christ, and we will remain strong as we are able to serve each other in new and unexpected ways. We encourage you to take time to go through these liturgies as you would experience a Sunday Worship service, and to live a life of worship, dedicated to the Lord and seeking His guidance in all that you do.


Gold Avenue Church Family, with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Kent County, in order to mitigate the spread of the disease and to uphold the safety of our entire church family, all church building activities from now until March 27 are cancelled.  This includes:  Sunday Worship, Gold Rush, Noon Prayer on Wednesday, Prayer Walking, Prayer Ministry Appointments, Team Meetings, outside building rentals of any kind, and other group activities at our church building are suspended until March 27, at which time we will re-evaluate and communicate clearly.

This decision is not one we take lightly and is not one we make out of fear. On the contrary, “As followers of Jesus Christ, living in this world – which some seek to control and others view with despair – we declare with joy and trust, ‘Our world belongs to God!’”  We also recognize that we have a responsibility to one another and that there are practical steps such as social distancing, handwashing, and sanitizing shared surfaces that we can take to equip us to live out that care and concern – including, in extraordinary circumstances, not gathering with each other.  God’s Word says in 2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. (NLT)

We recognize that there may be special needs during this time and are here for you to serve and to continue to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ.  You can reach out to us using the following contact info, or you can connect with us on our Facebook Page.

Economic Help – Deacons

Spiritual Help – Care Elders

Questions about the closure or COVID-19 response – Admin Elders

Church Phone – (616) 454-8833

We will continue to be the body of Christ in the midst of these uncertain times, and the ministry of Jesus will not cease. Please click on the link below to view our order of worship that we planned to use Sunday March 15.  We encourage you to go through it with your family, taking part in the prayer times, worship songs, testimony time, sermon, and blessings.

Click here to view this Sunday’s At Home Liturgy

We believe the Lord will guide each member of our church to put the love of Christ into action. We are witnesses to the King and His Kingdom wherever we are.   

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NLT) 

We have an opportunity during this time in history where much of the world is feeling the currents of chaos to proclaim the King’s reign and hope through our words and deeds.  Praise, worship, and prayer are the spiritual weapons God has given to us to fight this battle. We have peace because we are part of the unshakable Kingdom. God cannot be pulled off His throne, nor does anything surprise Him. He is Lord!

We trust in Him and we join in prayer together for His mercy, His grace, His Kingdom to advance, for His will to be done, and His glory to fill the earth!