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Local Engagement

Local Engagement is a set of programs designed to join the local and global community in being the body of Christ.

The body of Christ has many parts. To be the whole body each part must be appreciated, valued,and given the space to be and do what God has called them to. Community Engagement seeks to bring all people as Christ followers together to live, work, and serve God.

Imagine feet that walk with the wounded, visit the imprisoned, go to the outcasts, find the forgotten, stand against injustice, carry the weak, and run to the lonely?  Imagine voices that share the Gospel with the lost, counsel the confused, speak up for the voiceless, encourage the depressed, comfort the sick, and pray with the grieving?

We believe that as we are being transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit, we can transform our worlds in Jesus name by engaging our neighborhoods, communities, workplaces, and schools through mentoring, ministry partners, missional communities, and church multiplication.

KIDS HOPE USA

KIDS HOPE USA offers churches and schools a proven, award-winning model of mentoring. Christ Memorial has been a part of the KIDS HOPE USA ministry since 1995. Every week we have eighty-one caring adults enter Holland West School K-7 (right next door to us) to mentor their at-risk child for an hour. They spend time reading, talking, playing and listening to their KIDS HOPE child; thus living out the love of Jesus. Because when kids feel loved and valued, they are better able to learn, grow, and succeed.

Our KIDS HOPE USA program receives $3,000 in special funds from the Deacons for our “Second Time Around” scholarship to Camp Geneva and $1,000 to the KID’S HOPE USA national program for the start up and support of KIDS HOPE programs around the country.

Ministry Contact: Kari Brummel, Email: karib@christmemorial.org

YOUNG LIVES

YoungLives is an international ministry of Young Life especially for teen moms and their babies. In Holland, we currently go in to Holland High, VR Tech, Wavecrest, and West Ottawa High School on a weekly basis to build relationships with the pregnant and parenting teen girls. Mentors: YoungLives teams up with mature Christian women to provide teen girls with timely encouragement, guidance and ongoing support. YoungLives Camp: Teen moms can attend a YoungLives camp with their children at one of Young Life’s camps. Set in beautiful surroundings and packed with adventure, young moms are given the opportunity to experience all the fun their peers do. YoungLives Club and Other Activities: Once a month, YoungLives club, which is held at Christ Memorial, provides a place for teen moms to come together to have fun, build friendships and hear a message about real life and God’s love. Food, activities, music and childcare are a part of every club meeting.

Ministry Contact: Anna Wehrmeyer, Email: anna.wehrmeyer@gmail.com

BARNABAS MINISTRIES

Barnabas Ministries is passionately committed to reaching high risk youth and families with the message of freedom, hope, and healing in Jesus Christ. To create an environment where hurting youth and families can discover their value in Christ, grow in that knowledge, and pass that knowledge on to others. None of the youth or families served by Barnabas Ministries pays a fee for the help they receive. Even the books, Bibles, and discipleship materials are provided free of charge to those in need. Barnabas is very deliberate in refusing any funding that would limit our ability to provide Christ-honoring ministry. We are committed to praying with and for the people we serve, and to sharing salvation in Jesus as the key to true, lasting life change.

Ministry Contact: LoriJo Schepers, Email: barnabas@barnabasmin.org

SAMARITAN FUND

ATLAS is a ministry designed to walk with people through difficult times while showing the way to relief, restoration, and redemption. Some people may be surprised how many individuals and families in our own community are dealing with very serious issues. Our phone rings multiple times a day with people desperate for help. Financial hardship, family problems, addictions and health issues are among the many circumstances that can pile up leaving a person feeling like the weight of the world is on their shoulders. Everything ATLAS does is built on Biblical principles and prayer. We share the gospel with our clients by showing them the unconditional love and grace of God.

Ministry Contact: Faith Avery, Email: atlas.faith@coahm.org

CMC’S OPEN ARMS MINISTRY is a relational ministry that seeks to understand the situations of people in need and discern how best to move forward. We help connect them to resources within the body of Christ to help with personal assistance. We provide accountability, prayer and encouragement for them and their families by connecting them to church ministries and community partners.

Ministry Contact: Terri Caldwell, Email:  terryc@christmemorial.org  Phone: 616-796-3365

Click here for a link to the Open Arms Contact Form
Click here for a link to our Open Arms Document Checklist

READ

Reading Education for adults.  Many adults in our community and our nation don’t read or read below a 7th grade level. We started in 2006 with one tutor and
one student to have teaching 150 students in the past seven yearsto read at a higher level or for the first time ever. Our ministry runs all year long with 90 minute sessions a week.

Ministry Contact:  Sherrie Wolthuis, Email: swolthuis@sbcglobal.net

SPECIAL EDUCATION MINISTRIES

Reaching out to a limited population of our city, with a varity of faith communities and multiple backgrounds. Every Thrusday at 3rd Reformed, we worship together 60 to 70 students of and thier teachers. Founded by CMC 40 years ago, we continue to minister and worship together to those with developmental disabilities and enriching the lives and hearts of our community.

Ministry Contact:  Nancy Cook, Email: ncook@hope.edu

HAND2HAND MINISTRIES

We help combat hunger in the community: providing healthy food to children over the weekend so they have a greater opportunity to succeed academically, emotionally, and physically. Hand2Hand began in October 2008 after a need was discovered in a local elementary school that children risked going hungry on the weekends because of financial strain. The founder of Hand2Hand, Cheri Honderd, attended Fair Haven Church and worked with the Principal of that particular school. A plan was implemented that would provide food to these children in a way that was confidential. Hand2Hand has expanded to other schools as churches have partnered with us. Each church follows the same guidelines and are responsible to raise their own volunteers to stuff backpacks, receive food donations, and bring the backpacks to the schools. Hand2Hand offers continued training and support for all of its church partners.

Ministry Contact: Cindy Bosman Email: cindyjbosman@yahoo.com

HOLLAND YOUTH CONNECTION

Many of our youth today want meaningful work experience. ESCAPE Ministries partnered with the City of Holland to provide work opportunities for students with little or no experience. The Holland Youth Connection Summer Job Program is geared toward youth 14 to 17 years old. Our objectives for the program:

  • To give youth the opportunity to gain work experience and develop useful and appropriate work behaviors.
  • To provide beneficial services to the public and private organizations in our community.
  • To help youth gain a sense of achievement and accomplishment with new found teamwork and work ethic.

Ministry Contact: Willie Watt, Email: willieescape@gmail.com

After School Program

The After School Program is a partnership with Holland West School and Holland West parents after regular school hours. 1st-5th grade students come to CMC for snacks, activities, and homework time. The program meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3pm-5:15pm. Volunteers are needed and welcomed! If you enjoy working with kids and want to engage in an active learning environment, send an inquiry to Johanna Mason. Please include your name, contact information, further questions you might have and level of interest.

Ministry Contact: Johanna Mason, Email: johannam@christmemorial.org

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity is a partnership, house building, home ownership, Christian ministry in the greater Holland area. It is based on the principle that all God’s people deserve a decent place to live and that our community is a better place when that occurs. We have been affiliated with Habitat International since 1990. Since then we have built or restored more than 125 homes, serving over 700 adults and children. We serve families in both Ottawa and Allegan Counties. In 2009, we began to turn more focus to the complete restoration of existing homes in view of the housing and banking crisis that left so many homes vacant. We have restored 8 homes to date with 2 waiting to begin.

Ministry Contact: Allison Meurer, Email: outreach@lakeshorehabitat.org

GOOD SAMARITAN MINISTRIES

Our mission is to cultivate assets and mobilize faith-based and community partners to alleviate homelessness and poverty. NEIGHBORHOOD CONNECTIONS strengthens under-resourced neighborhoods through relationship- building and collaborative efforts of churches and community partners. AFFORDABLE HOUSING CONNECTIONS helps vulnerable individuals and families achieve housing and financial stability by providing effective programs while collaborating with churches and other community partners. CLEARINGHOUSE connects area churches with people in need to engage relationally in multiple ways. FAITH IN YOUTH equips faith-based organizations to provide connections between at-risk youth and caring communities.

Ministry Contact: Linda Jacobs, Email: ljacobs@goodsamministries.com

HOLLAND RESCUE MISSION

OUR VISION The vision of Holland Rescue Mission is to lead people to changed lives in Christ. OUR MISSION We exist to glorify God by proclaiming and
demonstrating His love through Christ-centered programs of excellence for the homeless and less fortunate.

Ministry Contact: Rachael Neal, Email: rachaeln@hollandrescue.org

HOLLAND FREE HEALTH CLINIC

The Mission of the Holland Free Health Clinic is to express the healing ministry of Jesus Christ by facilitating access to health care for those in need in the Holland and Zeeland community with professional excellence and Christian integrity. Holland Free Health Clinic exists to meet the basic human need of health services for the poor and uninsured in our community. We are a Christian health ministry dedicated to providing free care to this vulnerable population.

Ministry Contact:  Jeff Compagner, Email: hfhclinic.org

BUEN PASTOR MINISTRIES

The Mission of Buen Pastor is to provide an early childhood program that incorporates a comprehensive, bilingual and multicultural educational program. Since 1989, Buen Pastor offers Migrant Head Start and Early Head Start to the families and is an extension of the Michigan Migrant Head Start (Telamon Corporation). Michigan Migrant Head Start and Early Head Start is dedicated to providing culturally sensitive quality services to eligible migrant families with children ages two weeks to five years old along with pregnant mothers in our Early Head Start Program.

Ministry Contact: Elvira Garcia, Email: bpastor@macatawa.org

NEW COMMUNITY 4TH REFORMED CHURCH

Breakfast with Baby is a program for mothers who are seven months pregnant until child is one year old. Parents receive breakfast and various needed baby items free of charge. Living in Community is a special time each week when families from our neighborhood and congregation join together over a meal and various age-appropriate classes (nursery through adult). We offer bilingual classes as well.

Feeding America is a monthly food distribution program that gives families fresh food.

Ministry Contact: Rev. Jonathon Brownson, Email: nc4th.info@ameritech.net

3-SIXTY MINISTRY

Founded in 2005 by a group of neighbors, still neighbor-led to become great neighbors together. We commit to listen to one another and collaborate with the people and strengths already within our neighborhood. We are excited to connect with anyone who has a passion for the core city of Holland. We take Christ’s call to love our neighbors quite literally. We believe relationships are the essence of community and presence is an essential part of being a good neighbor. Our service is not to those “in need”, but to the needs of everyone at all times. We at 3sixty believe the Spirit is at work and it is our privilege to serve Jesus Christ by seeking the spiritual, social, and physical well-being of our neighbors in the core city of Holland. Brian Wolthuis is a licensed builder, helped start three different businesses with missional intent, planted and pastored a house church for seven years. He is an Anglican priest, Director of 3-Sixty, serves on various boards and committees that work on housing and community development issues.

Ministry Contact: Brian Wolthuis, Email: info@3-sixty.org

“BE NICE” MINISTRY

Be Nice is a mental health awareness, bullying and suicide prevention initiative that focuses on school-wide change through simple, daily actions.” They have a curriculum that takes the students through stages to notice, invite, challenge and empower one another towards daily kindness.

Ministry Contact: Jeff Elhart, Email: jeff@elhart.com

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Diaconal Board

The Purpose of the Diaconal Boards is to encourage, resource, and support the congregation as it brings Jesus Christ in word and deed to the people in this community and around the world.

The Diaconal Ministries Board is to fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) by proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ through evangelism, discipling, church planting, church development, and training/equipping of Christian leadership.  We recognize the importance of meeting physical needs while carrying on any of these ministries, in accordance with Christ’s Great Commandment (Matthew 22:35-40).

2016-2017 Community Board:

  • Rev. Jay Lindell
  • Marianne Bouwens
  • Carol Disselkoen
  • Jeff Elhart
  • Scott Geerlings
  • Nate Gilbertson
  • Paul Lubbers
  • Jen Lowe
  • Shaun Macomber
  • Jay Rynbrandt
  • Bud Timmer
  • Rita Vander Vliet
  • Todd VanHuis
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