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Holland, Michigan 49423


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WINTER 2020:


“There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens…”-Ecclesiastes 3:1


Have you ever considered what it would have been like to live through winter back in the days when people had to live seasonally? You couldn’t get fresh strawberries in January or tomatoes in April. You probably didn’t travel to a sunny southern location   to escape winter and work on your golf game year-round. And you certainly didn’t stay up until the wee hours of the morning binge watching Netflix.


Instead, you had to roll with the seasons, eating what the ground produced in summer and fall, hoping you had preserved enough to get you through winter and the planting season that followed. As the days grew shorter, you slept longer allowing your body to repair itself and prepare itself for another season of work when the snow melted. Perhaps you repaired your tools, sharpened your sickles, mended your baskets and clothes. You spent time connecting indoors with your family because it was dangerously cold outside. Some have even suggested humans used to hibernate like the animals did during winter. Winter was a season of rest and preparation. There would be time to work. There would be time to harvest. But first you prepared your body, prepared your mind, and prepared your instruments of work for another year.


As you stare out at the gloomy frigid tundra that is West Michigan in winter, consider how you will use this winter season. Will you sharpen your mind through a study? Will you reconnect with your “sisters and brothers” in a group? Will you take time to consider your journey of faith (including God’s faithfulness) so that you are prepared to share it with others? Will you rest more deeply in God’s Word and God’s grace, listening for the Spirit to speak to you so your work becomes more focused, meaningful, and fruitful in the year to come?


Friends, a break from the grind isn’t a fruitless, lazy waste of time. It’s time God uses to shape you as you abide - forming you into the a beautiful artwork of creation that shines amidst the gray canvas of winter.  Whatever you might choose, we hope the classes, groups and volunteer opportunities listed on our website provide you with what you need this season.


Rev. David VanOpstall

Pastor of Discipleship & Administration

Who We Are . . .

Christ Memorial Church is a gathering of people committed to thinking, loving, serving, and living like Jesus. Finding a place to fit within such a gathering can be hard. We want to help you in this process.



Sunday, January 26 (10:00 - 10:55 AM) (1 session)

Hosted by Lynn White & other Christ Memorial Staff

Room 169


Belonging: Ever find yourself in a crowd of people you don’t know, in a new place you’re unfamiliar with, and wonder if you belong? At Belonging we serve a light breakfast, gather around a table, let you know a little more about us, and invite you to share how you found yourself here. You’ll meet other folks, some of the staff, and have time to ask questions. If we succeed, you’ll leave feeling a little bit more like you belong. Congratulations! You’ve taken the first step.



Wednesday, February 5 (6:00 - 7:30 PM) (1 session)

Hosted by Lynn White & other Christ Memorial Staff

Room 169


Believing:  This gathering is designed to help you understand the core set of beliefs here at Christ Memorial as well as share with you the standards of the Reformed Church in America. While we do not have to agree on everything as a group, we want you to know where we stand on humanity, sin, God, Jesus, and salvation. Don’t worry, we will have plenty of time here to ask questions as well. Step two is behind you.


Wednesday, February 12 (6:00 - 7:30 PM) (1 session)

Hosted by Lynn White & other Christ Memorial Staff

Room 169


Becoming: A seed that becomes a plant draws nutrients from the soil, air, and water. So too our process of becoming involves the people and environment around us. This gathering is the final step in becoming a member of Christ Memorial Church. We tell our stories of God at work in our lives, are introduced to ministries and tools for us to discover and utilize our gifts, and make a commitment to love, encourage, and support one another. And if you want them, we will give you offering envelopes.



Sunday mornings (10:00 - 10:55 AM)

Meets March 1, 8 & 15 (3 sessions)

Facilitators: Marylin Bright & Dara Nykamp

Room 169


Have you ever wondered, “Who am I?” Or have you ever thought, “What is my purpose in life?”  Here's the great news: The mystery is over. The S.H.A.P.E. class is filled with tools that will help you discover answers to those questions.