Safe Haven Reverse Offering
Following our annual tradition, Thornapple is holding a “reverse offering” for Safe Haven Ministries. On Sunday, April 18, you are invited to take a slip of paper from the board in the Lobby or check the list of most-needed items and sign up online, purchase the item needed (you can buy one of the item or as many as you want), and return it the following Sunday (or during the week, between 9am-3pm, M-F), when there will be tables in the Lobby outside of the Sanctuary for your food. There will also be coolers available for those bringing cold or frozen items. All food will be used by Safe Haven for women who have been victims of abuse and who currently reside in their emergency shelter.
Safe Haven’s focus is to end domestic abuse. They offer emergency shelter, support groups, safety planning, children’s programming, and prevention and education for victims of abuse in the Grand Rapids area. More info about Safe Haven Ministries here.
Multi-Generational Outreach Opportunity | Thornapple has a great opportunity to bless the residents at Covenant Living of the Great Lakes Retirement Community who would benefit from some encouragement, especially during the COVID crisis. We can do this by writing cards and/or sending prepackaged treats (some suggestions were Twinkies or chocolate.) The cards should be written generically and placed in an envelope and then sent in a separate envelope to Covenant Living, c/o Rebecca Pohler, 2520 Lake Michigan Dr. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504. Treats can be ordered via Amazon and sent directly to Rebecca. We would encourage you to do this now and continue to over the next few months. Your notes of encouragement will help the residents get through an incredibly difficult period in their lives.
Project Art Box | If you can build or paint art boxes or pickup/deliver artwork to care facilities, please contact Audrey Wendt to get involved with the ministry she shared about with Pastor Remy in worship on December 27.
Vaccinate Kent County
Volunteers Needed Now Through ??
An innovative way to help end the COVID-19 pandemic in our area: The Kent County COVID-10 Church Response Task Force, a partnership between pastors and public health experts, is working to help protect human life for us and our neighbors. Their latest effort is working to reach out to targeted areas of the county where vaccination rates are low but they need 200 volunteers a day to make this effort work. Can you help? Sign up to volunteer with the vaccination sign up process through Volunteers in Service.
Donate Blood | Blood Drive
Partnership with Thornapple Covenant Church and Cascade Fellowship
Working with our neighbor church, Cascade Fellowship, we are hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive every other month from now until May 2022. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, an appointment is needed. Go here to make an appointment (search by zip code and select desired date at Thornapple or Cascade Fellowship – there are multiple slots for each time so spouses can sign up together, you just need two accounts) – allow more time than normal to donate as there are added safety procedures in place.
Volunteers will be needed to help with the drive: loading/unloading supplies; greeting and screening donors; serving post-donations snacks.
Contact Beth Van Over with questions.
Future Blood Drive Dates, 11am-5pm each day:
- May 24 at Cascade Fellowship
- July 19 at Thornapple
- September 27 at Cascade Fellowship
- November 29 at Thornapple
- January 24, 2022 at Cascade Fellowship
- March 28, 2022 at Thornapple
- May 23, 2022 at Cascade Fellowship
Note: Donors can give every 56 days so these are spaced so you can give each time.