Sunday, March 14, 2021, Weekly Announcements

Easter Services:  Please be sure to note the time changes for services on Easter Sunday, April 4.  At the Big Rapids campus, services will be at 8:00 am, 9:30 am, and 11:00 am.  There will be toddler/preschool nurseries offered for all three services.  Children’s ministry programming will be at the 11:00 am service.  There will be no infant nursery.  The Newaygo campus service will remain at their usual time – at 9:30 am.

Is the Church Office Open? While there may be some staff in the office during the week, many are working at home to limit the amount of traffic in and out of the building (for Covid-19 cleaning purposes). So, technically, the office is not yet open. If you need to get into the building during the week, please call ahead to make sure someone is in the office. If you leave a message, someone will call you back as soon as possible.

Try It Tuesday:
  Macrame.  Try your hand at this hot and trending decorative craft on March 16, at 7 pm.  Cost is to be determined - $15 or less.  Call Katie by March 9 to RSVP at 615-540-5466.

Senior Luncheon:  Seniors, you are invited to a luncheon on April 7, at 11:30 am, at the Ministry Center (Big Rapids campus).  There will be a time of fellowship around the tables and learning what is available to help seniors in this new season of life.  Space is limited.  You will need to RSVP to the office.

Prayer Chain:  If you would like to commit to praying for requests from individuals, then join the e-mail prayer chain. Call the office (231-796-2600) or send an email to   Please remember that all prayer chain requests are to remain confidential.

Community Board:  Be sure to check the community bulletin board, located just inside the south entrance doors.  This is where we post items for sale, needed items, job postings, community events, etc.  If you would like to post something on the bulletin board, please bring it to the office for approval.  The office staff will then post it for you.
Community Announcements
Refresh Women’s Retreat:  Relax, recharge, refresh at CranHill Ranch, April 23-25.  The deadline to register is April 9.  Get your tickets and more information at

Project Starburst is hosting its Third Annual Souper Supper fundraiser on Wednesday, March 24, serving from 11:00 am-5:00 pm, at Three Girls Bakery, 106 N. Michigan, Big Rapids.  Come enjoy a warm bowl of soup with bread and dessert and take home a quilted bowl buddy.  Curbside service available.  Gluten free available.  Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for youth.  Tickets are on sale at Three Girls Bakery and Project Starburst prior to and on March 24.  For questions, call 231-796-5342.

Mecosta/Osceola Right to Life, Inc. will once again be sponsoring an oratory contest for area high school students.  The contestants will be researching, writing and presenting a 5-7 minute speech on abortion, euthanasia, infanticide, stem cell research or cloning.  Besides building confidence in their public speaking abilities and gaining experience with critical thinking, the top three presenters will be given monetary awards in the amounts of $50, $75, and $100.  The contest is April 13, and the application deadline is March 26.  For more information, contact Peggy at 231-527-5754.

Toys for Tots:  The Mecola Toys for Tots program serves Mecosta, Lake, and Osceola counties and distributes toys to families in these three counties.  In addition to toys, the group is hoping to expand what they can give to local families.  They would like to hand out the following new or like-new items to the children:  winter coats, mittens, gloves, scarves, slippers, and earmuffs.  Afghans, booties, and sweaters are needed for newborn babies.  They would also like afghans, booties, sweaters, and clothing that would go with a baby doll (and Barbie doll clothing).  If you would be interested in making any of these items (yarn can be provided if needed), please contact Theresa Donley at  You can also call 989-588-1779 for more information.
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