The Loud and Belong Edition

e Edition June 23

3 Mile Project Encourages Kids to be Loud, to Belong

By Paul R. Kopenkoskey

3mp1Stan Kiste, executive director of the community youth center, 3 Mile Project, says there are a growing number of young people who are disenchanted with Christianity.

"There are barriers they have toward church," Kiste said. "It is perceived as weird, hypocritical or irrelevant. Families have been hurt by the church. And the perception with some churches is it's OK to wait for people to come to see them."

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New Music Review



By Terry DeBoer

The multi-talented choir and other music artists from Resurrection Life Church in Grandville have done it again with another compelling release of lively praise music titled "ResLife Worship: Higher."

Church choir leaders Ken Reynolds and Jonathan Cordero have assembled a wonderful collection of songs recorded live that will be profitable for wide church use.

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Guiding Light Mission Opens Third 'Community of Recovery'


By Paul R. Kopenkoskey

glm1Guiding Light Mission intensified its quest to help homeless and addicted men regain their footing in the community with the recent opening of its third transitional housing facility.

Guiding Light executive director Stuart Ray, the rescue mission's board of director members and the Rev. Nancy Claus, chaplain for Porter Hills retirement home, took part in a house blessing ceremony of the building on June 16.

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Relevant Docs: "Seeds"


seedsSeeds are meant to be sown. Often the sower never sees the harvest, but the seeds still need to be sown. The church must nurture the seeds that are sown, often in creative and unfamiliar ways.

Finance: Dave Says....


Dear Dave,

My wife and I are in our twenties. We have no debt and $50,000 in the bank. Our income is $90,000 a year, and we're cautious to live on less than we make. Still, we can't seem to get motivated to make a budget. How can we get inspired to do this?


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Etcetera: We Need Help


Perhaps something is stirring within you. There is something stirring within us.

What's your passion? Writing? Social Media? Video? Events? Graphics?

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Final Words:


"One reason we are so harried and hurried is that we make yesterday and tomorrow our business, when all that legitimately concerns us is today. If we really have too much to do, there are some items on the agenda which God did not put there."

Elisabeth Elliot

"Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty."

Psalm 91:1





The Gospel in Four Minutes

Catching Up:

In case you missed it last week:

The latest from Diet Eman

Church efforts fuel food booths at Festival of the Arts

Christian racism?


Hope Unexpected - Video, Byron Center ministry

Family Christian Stores' sale to 'indisputable insider' rejected by bankruptcy judge

Grand Rapids to sue Christian school over federal election money

Guiding Light Mission launches The Job Post

Local pastor Daniel Gillett voted vice president of Reformed Church in America General Synod



Farther Away:

Tullian Tchividjian resigns from Florida megachurch after admitting to affair

Hundreds pack into Charleston church Sunday after shooting

Franklin Graham honors Elisabeth Elliot

Supreme Court unanimously upholds church's right to post road signs

Americans' confidence in religion hits a new low




In agreement - Dan Seaborn

An introduction to the series - Clare De Graaf

When the church isn't the church - Jeff Carlson 

'The Silencing' - Metaxas

Time for some Bibliotherapy - Stonestreet


Upcoming Events:

June 21 - 26, Student Statesmanship Institute Summer Program

June 22, The Family Connection

June 22, Creativity Revealed

June 25, Yatec #15

June 25-27, Big Ticket Festival

June 28, Worship On the Waterfront: Mark Shultz

July 5, Worship On the Waterfront: Jaci Velasquez & Nic Gonzales

July 12, Mikeschair

July 12 - 17, Student Statesmanship Institute Summer Program

July 13,The Family Connection

July 17,  Sleeping Beauty

July 19, Worship On the Waterfront: JJ Heller

July 20, Creativity Revealed

July 26,  Josh Wilson - Worship On the Waterfront

July 27, The Family Connection

July 31, American Decency Association's Summer Conference

August 2, Plumb

August 5,  Day Zero - The Unity Music Festival Free Pre-Event

August 5 - 8, Unity Christian Music Festival

August 9, Worship on the Waterfront: Down Home Horns

August 10,The Family Connection

August 16, Jason Gray

August 17, Hudsonville Auto Body Xperts Open House

August 23, Worship on the Waterfront: Peder Eide

August 24, The Family Connection

August 24, Creativity Revealed

August 26, Hudsonville Auto Body Xperts Open House

August 30, Worship on the Waterfront: Finding Favour


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