Church Update March 20, 2020

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

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:
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. 

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

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Meeting ID: 672 132 863

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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
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!