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MISSION

who we are.

Christ Memorial Church exists to intentionally lead people to increasingly full life in Jesus.

VISION

who we are becoming.

Christ Memorial is a loving community of Christ-followers who embrace everyone. We are propelled by the Father’s transformative love, the empowering grace of Jesus, and the mending guidance of the Holy Spirit. We intentionally foster loving relationships that transport everyone to healing community. We purposefully serve to restore hearts, lives, families, neighborhoods and cities to vigor and hope. Simply stated, because of God’s calling and the Spirit’s strength, we think, love, serve, and live like Jesus.

VALUES

how we are going to get there.

We believe Doctrinal Purity is a mark of the New Testament Church, Anointed Biblical Teaching is a catalyst for spiritual transformation of people and the church, and Lifelong Discipleship is normative for all believers.

We believe Loving Relationships are a hallmark of the church and should permeate every aspect of the Body of Christ, Relational Evangelism is a loving process entered into with those searching for hope in Jesus, and Relevant Ministry is essential to communicating the Truth so that it will be understood.

We believe Ministry Excellence in all we do reflects the worship of a Holy God, the church should be led by Spiritually Gifted Leadership, and the Generous Stewardship of all God has given demonstrates gratitude to the Father in Heaven.

 

Bedrock Beliefs

As faithful followers of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, we embrace and proclaim God’s work of creation, redemption, and the fulfillment of His eternal purposes. We believe that:

  1. God, the creator of all and ruler of the universe, is a personal caring God who loves us and reveals his nature, character, and relationship to us:
    – through the world He has created,
    – specifically through the Bible, the revealed Word of God,
    – and supremely through His Son, Jesus of Nazareth.
  2. Despite our unique relationship to God as persons created in His image, we have sinned, deliberately choosing not to follow God’s will, thereby breaking our relationships with God, one another, and creation.
  3. God, by grace alone, provides for a renewed relationship with Himself through the life, death, and resurrection of His Son, Jesus. God calls us to receive this gift by repenting of our sin, receiving God’s forgiveness, and becoming followers of Jesus Christ.
  4. God accomplishes His purposes of love and grace as the the Holy Spirit, in powerful though often unseen ways, enlightens our minds and hearts to know the truth, experience life in Christ, develop Christ-like character, and calls as His church to joyfully participate in God’s continuing desire to lovingly win back all people and the entire creation to Himself.
  5. At God’s appointed time, this present era of grace will close and a new heaven and a new earth will be established in which God’s purposes are fully achieved, with God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – fully present in celebrative fellowship with those who have received His love and grace by faith in Jesus Christ.

As a member of the Reformed Church in America and within the Church of Jesus Christ across the ages, we believe in the truths announced in the Apostles’ Creed, Nicene Creed, Athanasian Creed, Heidelberg Catechism, Belgic Confession, and Belhar Confession.

Heritage

A group of eleven families from Trinity Reformed Church, possessing a certain faith, hope and vision, met in August, 1956, to consider the founding of a new Reformed church in the southwest area of Holland. On November 13, 1956, a steering committee of five men was elected to formulate the necessary plans toward organization. The first service was held in November of 1956.

Forty-one families gathered for the formal organization at Montello Park School gymnasium on January 23, 1957. Our new name became “Christ Memorial Reformed Church” on March 26, 1957. The Rev. Edwin G. Mulder was installed as the first pastor on November 7, 1957. On February 7, 1958, the architects and building committee proceeded with the building of the first educational unit on the property on 24th Street and Graafschap Road. The former sanctuary was built in 1968.

As our congregation continued to increase, in 1975 the new south education wing was completed which consisted of the Fellowship Hall, Fireside Room, the two-story office building and the Frank Meyer courtyard. The new sanctuary seating 1,700 was completed in 1989.

The new east wing construction was completed in October 2006 which consists of a community area, adult classrooms, youth area and chapel.

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