Wednesday Night Lift

Wednesday Night Lift


My Open Hearts Open Minds Open DoorsSupper at 5:30 p.m. in the lower level Social Hall
(September – May 4, 2016)

Adult Classes, Groups and Speaker Series 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Choir rehearsals at 6:00 (children) and 7:30 p.m. (adults)


Here’s a sample of our past Programs and Classes for Adults:


Plenty Good Room – Tuesday mornings March 7 – April 11 or Wednesday evenings March 8 – April 12

John – The Gospel of Light and Love, February 10 – March 23, 2016.


Presented by our Missions and Social Concerns Commission, focus is directed to areas of social concerns which are impacting our nation.

February 17th – Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Holly Seymour, Program Director for the Center for Women in Transition, will give a presentation on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault at 6:30 PM, Ryder Lounge.

December 16 – Child Abuse and Neglect

Brian Charron, a CPS supervisor, will share information on the dynamics and statistics of child abuse and neglect; how cases are investigated and handled; and how you can be a part of the solution.

November 18 – Poverty and Homelessness in the Tri-cities

Matthew Lehr, Director of Sheltered Housing for Love  INC will share important information and his experience regarding poverty and homelessness in the Tri-cities area.

October 14, 6:15-7:15 p.m. – Racism

Floyd Cook, Jr. from the Institute for Healing Racism at Muskegon Community College will share critical information and lead us in dialog regarding ongoing racism, profiling, and racial violence.

September 23 – Non-radical Islam

Dr. Eyas Albeiruti from the Al-Tawheed Islamic Center of Grand Rapids to speak about “Islam in America: Fanatic Threat or Fabric Thread?”


April 15, 2015 – Happiness 101

Happiness 101

Research says a lot about what activities and characteristics are linked to happiness.

Have you ever wondered what those are or how you might incorporate them more fully in your life?

Join Val Martin and Marion Fitch on Wednesdays beginning April 15 – June 10 from 6:00 -7:30 p.m.

Explore the role our faith plays into the equation.  Reserve your seat – sign up now by contacting the church office.

More detail about the research and class can be found at www.

February 18, 2015 – Ash Wednesday Service and Lenten Study

24 Hours Adam HamiltonJoin us in the sanctuary for an Ash Wednesday Family Service, followed by an all church study of the inspiring book, 24 Hours That Changed the World, by Adam Hamilton.

Experience and understand the significance of Jesus’ suffering and death in a way we have never done before as Hamilton guides us, step by step, through the last 24 hours of Jesus’ life.

Throughout Lent, February 25 – April 1, we will meet each Wednesday evening (following the 5:30 p.m. dinner) from 6:15 – 7:15 p.m. to view an on-location presentation from Israel and discuss a chapter reading and the corresponding Sermon for the following Sunday.

If you are involved in a small group and Wednesday evenings do not work for your group, or you would like to host a small group, you are invited to order a set of materials for your group study.

Contact the church office to register for the class and order your book by Wednesday, February 4.  Participant books are $13.

Questions can be directed to Kris DeVries, 842-7980×23 or

Click here for more details about the Ash Wednesday services and breakfast, or see the February edition of the Dunes Digest.

Be sure to register early to obtain your book.


February 11 – Delivery of Cards and Meals to Home-bound Members

loveMeals created by our Wednesday evening cooks and cards that were created the previous week (and signed by members of our congregation) will be delivered to home-bound members after our Wednesday evening dinner.

What a great way to reflect the love of Jesus!  Sign up to deliver a meal after our Wednesday evening dinner by contacting the church office or Kris DeVries.




February 4 – Valentine Card Creation

agapeJoin us in the Wiltse Center from 6:15 – 7:15 in creating cards for our college student care packages and home-bound members.  We’ll also create crosses that will be decorated on Ash Wednesday as part of the craft of the Ash Wednesday Family Service.


January 28, 2015: Introduction to Improvisation

Yes AndImprov is theater made up completely on the spot. No scripts. No lines. No teleprompters. But it’s not just “winging it.” Improv is being totally present in the moment, committing to and practicing a set of rules in collaboration with others to solve a problem through a mind-set of “Yes, and!”

Frequently, suggestions and volunteers from the audience are utilized to make up scenes, characters, and songs right in front of your eyes to hilarious results. (Remember that television show, “Whose Line Is It, Anyway?”) And you can do it, too!

Join us for an introduction to Improv: the Spirit of Cooperation


January 21, 2015: Angela Essick-Dykes – Laughter Yoga

Laughter YogaLaughter Yoga combines unconditional laughter with yogic breathing. Anyone can laugh for no Reason, without relying on humor, jokes or comedy. Laughter is simulated as a body exercise in a group; with eye contact and childlike playfulness, it soon turns into real and contagious laughter. The concept of Laughter Yoga is based on a scientific fact that the body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter. One gets the same physiological and psychological benefits.

Laughter Yoga was started by medical physician, Madan Kataria, from Mumbai, India in 1995 in a public park with only five other people. Today over 6,000 Laughter Clubs meet regularly in 60+ countries.

Angela is a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader, a licensed professional counselor with over 20 years clinical experience and describes herself as “a curious learner of life.” When working with individuals, Angela incorporates simple, easy-to-remember devices to assist clients in “re-thinking” and “re-framing” old thoughts into new A-HA’s.  Laughter Yoga (no yoga poses involved) is one such tool which assists in facilitating these changes.

Chase away the winter blues with Laughter Yoga!

You can read more about Angela here.


January 14, 2015:  Carol Hendershot – Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

MBSRMindfulness is both a practice and a way of approaching life that helps you relate more effectively to your experiences. It involves learning how to pay attention in the present moment to thoughts, feelings and body sensations with full acceptance. Cultivating mindful attention deepens your ability to be present, helps you manage difficult experiences, and creates space for wise choices in all areas of your life.

Supported by over 35 years of research, mindfulness is an effective complementary treatment to many different areas of physical, mental and emotional health, and promotes a sense of well-being.

Carol began her journey into mindfulness more than 35 years ago and has received extensive training and certification by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She has been teaching MBSR Courses in the Greater Grand Rapids Area since 2008 and has led hundreds of students through the program. Carol is also the founder of Expressions of Grace Yoga. Her MBSR classes emphasize safety and self-honoring as she guides students to build resilience and strengthen their mindfulness skills.

Join us for post holiday stress reduction with an introduction to MBSR!

You can read more about MBSR and Carol here.