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Holland, Michigan 49423


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Letters from

The Lead Elders

Letter of Response to the Middle Hour Survey Results

August 6. 2019 


The more genuine and the deeper our community becomes, the more will everything else between us recede, the more clearly and purely will Jesus Christ and his work become the one and only thing that is vital between us.  We have one another only through Christ, but through Christ we do have one another, wholly, and for all eternity. 

-Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together 


To the Congregation of Christ Memorial Church, 


On July 19, the leadership of Christ Memorial sent out a survey seeking the heart of the congregation as it pertains to a middle hour of discipleship on a Sunday morning. The response was decisive and inspiring. We are a community who wants to learn to be disciples of Jesus together.  


Christ Memorial Church has long been a light in the community when it comes to offering classes, creating fellowship, and encouraging all ages to grow in their faith and understanding of God. The scriptures remind us again and again how our coming together and building unity are a work of the Holy Spirit. Let us fan that spirit into flame in this coming year! 


Beginning September 8, we will be implementing this middle hour on Sunday mornings (fall programming begins September 15). In order to accommodate a sufficient time of discipleship without hurrying from one space to the next, we will be starting our first service at 8:45am and our second service at 11:00am. This will encourage classes and groups to meet between 10:00-10:55 and invite our church to come together. 


Finally, we will continue to seek feedback as these new rhythms guide our time together. Nothing is etched in stone, but we want to be faithful to the movement of the Spirit in our midst. We are hearing from parents that they want their kids to know what big church worship is like. We hear from others how much this hour meant to them as teenagers who invited friends to experience Christ Memorial with them. We hear from volunteers who want to be involved but don’t want to miss the service that ministers best to them. 


We are excited for the new year at Christ Memorial and we are so looking forward to seeing what God has in store for us! 


Grace and peace, 




The Lead Elders of Christ Memorial Church 

Letter of Financial Appreciation

August 5, 2019 


To the Congregation of Christ Memorial Church, 

We would like to share some wonderful news!  As you know, this past year proved to be a challenge from a financial point of view. Over the past three months we did our best to communicate where we were so that as a faith community, we could prayerfully bear this burden together.  

God has proven faithful, you have proven faithful, and the staff at Christ Memorial Church has proven faithful as well.  We are happy to report that at year-end we show a slight surplus when comparing income to expenses. This was accomplished in part thanks to your generosity and your willingness to rise to meet a challenge. In addition, a significant part of this was due to the staff exercising prudent stewardship of your gifts and reducing non-essential expenses. For both of these things we express our deepest gratitude and look forward to a year of partnering together again to share the good news of Jesus Christ with our world. 

To honor full transparency, we also want to share that because there was a capital expenditure incurred last year that we had to write off at the end of the fiscal year, we closed 2018/19 roughly $60,000 shy of breaking even. Part of this capital expenditure was a technology upgrade proposal that we are currently implementing.  

Thank you again for your faithfulness to Christ Memorial Church. We move into this next fiscal and program year with expectation, hope, and diligence, to continue becoming those who think, love, serve, and live like Jesus. Hear these words from Paul as a blessing for our future: 

May your love abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God. Phil. 1:9-11 

In Christ, 


The Lead Elders of Christ Memorial Church