Highlights Along the Journey…


From a local elementary school…

Our first worship service was held in September of 1993 at a local elementary school with about 50 people. Pastor Larry Doornbos led the worship service, and we continued to worship there for about six months.

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To a strip mall…

In March of 1994 we moved into the strip mall with only a roof over our heads as we built out the facilities. Worship at EverGreen quickly began to expand.

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Back to a school…

As we continued to expand and grow we moved the entire congregation out of the strip mall and into the gym at Hudsonville Christian Middle School in 2002. During this time we began construction on our current building which was completed in 2005.

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And finally home…

From the beginning, music, drama, and the arts in general have played an important role in the worship service at EverGreen. This emphasis on the arts proclaims that God declares all creation is His. The music is worshipful, contemporary, and has allowed the congregation to begin to draw near to God.

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Connecting to the community…

Community outreach has always been important at EverGreen. It started in 1997 with Jam Fest, which grew into the Big Pig Gig, Kid Fest, and finally Love Your Neighbor Day. Love Your Neighbor Day continues to bless the community with more than 200 people from the congregation going out into the community twice a year to serve in a variety of ways.

Vacation Bible School began in 2000. Although it was relatively successful at bringing in children from the community, our vision for Vacation Bible School changed in 2006 with the beginning of Arts Camp. Classes in visual, performing, and culinary arts are offered during the summertime event.

In addition to worship service dramas, the drama team reaches out to the community by going into area schools with a traveling show. This began in 1999 with Wind In the Willows and has continued with shows such as How To Eat Like a Child, The Just So Stories, and Pippi Longstocking. On the EGM stage, the team does full, Broadway-style productions including Scrooge: the Musical, South Pacific, Seussical the Musical, and Annie.

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Sharing our gifts….

Another way of reaching out to the community is our Corners Offering. This began in 2006 as a way to touch lives both locally and globally with our gifts—$1 at a time. It annually raises more than $20,000 dollars for the poor and various ministries doing good around the world.

Our recovery program had its humble beginning in 2003 and has grown by leaps and bounds in its first decade. Both kids and adults join Bridge to Life activities on Sunday, finding a place of support no matter their background and acknowledging we all need healing from the hurts, hang-ups, and habits that cause us pain. Many meetings happen during the week, supporting recovering people and those who love them.

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