Do you or anyone you know ever like to drink coffee or tea? We have the perfect gift available for you this holiday season! We have Gold Avenue Church mugs for sale right now! What better way to remind you and others of our shared vision, which is to see the gospel of Jesus Christ transform our lives, our neighborhood, and the world. You can easily be the proud owner of one of these mugs, here is a picture showing what they look like from both sides.

Mugs are available for purchase for only $10, which helps pay for other swag we give free to our guests. Mugs can be bought at church through Mark Essenburg, you can email and we can arrange for your purchase. You can pay in cash or a few other select electronic methods.

We hope that you enjoy your mug and that you have a warm holiday season, surrounded by the joy that comes from knowing Jesus!

At Gold Avenue Church, we are continually asking God how He would like us to show love to those around us. Serving others is one way of showing God’s love by reaching out into the neighborhood and beyond. The Deacons at Gold Avenue Church would like to highlight service opportunities within our neighborhood. Many of our neighborhood ministry partners have opportunities that we can be involved with. We have highlighted two below, and will share more as we hear about them. Please ask the Lord if He would have you give of your time or resources to bless those who will be blessed by these ministries.

The Other Way Christmas Store


We have come a long way in 30 years and have over 160 families registered for the Christmas Store! There’s still time to partner with us and we need your support more than ever as we work together with families in our community for a joyful and meaningful Christmas.

Each December, The Other Way Ministries hosts the Christmas Store, an opportunity for neighborhood parents to purchase affordable gifts for their children. 

To stock the store, we depend on YOU to provide new, unopened presents. Christmas Store partners are absolutely vital to the success of this program! Live out of town or unable to bring in gifts? Consider supporting the Christmas Store with a financial donation to support the purchase of these gifts!

– Alyssa Chartier

(Development and Communications Manager)

Click here to make a financial contribution.




For Gift Donations:

Drop-off Day is Friday, December 10 from 9am – 12pm at

The Other Way Activity Center, 704 Fulton St. West.

For further information and gift guidelines can be found here.
If you are interested in volunteering please contact Natalie Garcia at:

Matthew’s House Needs List – 

Please click here to read Matthew’s House ministry newsletter that describes how we can partner with them.
To give or volunteer, please click on their website here.
Please let us know if you have any questions. We would love to hear testimonies of your experiences serving with the church to encourage others to do the same!
Your Deacons,
Kelli Boender, Dwayne Felver, Jaci Kerkstra, Derek Sterenberg, Mark Essenburg (Deacon Liaison)

Deacon Contact Information:


Gold Avenue Church Family, thank you for praying for the recent prayer event sponsored by PRMI in North Carolina.  Several from our church were able to participate in person or remotely: Neil and Annah Blake, Mary Swierenga, Nancy VanNoord, along with Pastor Dave and myself (Pastor Gina).  This event was so timely for us as a church, as we have recently reviewed prophetic words spoken several years ago about Gold Avenue Church being a place of revival and sparking revival, as we have spent the last year being better equipped to all make disciples, and have continued to pray for revival and are now consecrating ourselves for God’s kingdom purposes, individually and as a church.

We have been expecting a mighty move of the Holy Spirit.  This is why it seemed important to participate in the North Carolina event, designed as three days of worship and prayer that might provide a pattern for future prayer events around the world.  We focused our prayer on three essentials for ushering in revival and the Next Great Awakening, as identified by evangelist R.A. Torrey.  We spent one day focused on each of these 3 essentials: EvangelismEmpowerment with the Holy Spirit (Baptism of the Holy Spirit), and Spirit-led Prayer.  Torrey noticed that prayer would often give people such love for the world, that they would often be drawn into proclaiming the gospel (evangelism), however for that to be effective and sustained, every person needed the empowering work and gifts of the Holy Spirit to effectively witness to the gospel.  Thus, each essential is necessary and interdependent, and creates together an “altar” on which the Holy Spirit will send his manifest presence and power.  This is in fact what happened as we met in North Carolina with approximately 50 people in person and another 30+people online.
Pastor Dave helped serve on the leadership team for the event (see photo) and was used mightily.  Several highlights from this event include:
  • a time for personal surrender to be used in evangelism,
  • the entire group hearing about and praying for the Gospel Tool curriculum developed at Gold Avenue Church and how it could be used by churches who will need to disciple new converts,
  • a mighty outpouring of the Holy Spirit which brought refreshing, callings, and the impartation of many gifts such as supernatural faith, healing, and miracles,
  • an incredible time of sharing God’s heart and grief over the world, and intense times of prayer for millennials and the younger generations, lifting them up in travailing prayer.
As we return, we continue to pray for a mighty outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Gold Avenue Church, and the many other churches from around the world that participated.  If you would like to grow in prayer and have a heart for revival, Mary Swierenga and Nancy VanNoord would love to hear from you! You can email either one of them by clicking on their names. God has marvelous plans for our church, the West Side and beyond.
The world is desperate for hope, and we believe as the Holy Spirit is once again poured out afresh on the church, we will cooperate in ushering in God’s Kingdom plans for this hour, all for His glory!