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Worship Sunday Mornings | 9:30a & 11:00a

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10411 Bailey Drive NE | Lowell, MI 49331

Directions | Vergennes Church is located in the beautiful countryside of Lowell, Michigan, on the corner of Bailey & Parnell. Click on map for directions.

"Helping the whole family grow closer to God —
to know, love and serve him."

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blending traditional and contemporary worship styles

What to Expect

Our worship services have a blended style combining both traditional & contemporary expressions of music & prayer. We have a “come as you are” policy. ALL ARE WELCOME!

Nursery is provided during all our Sunday morning worship experiences. Throughout the school year, we offer our children’s L4J (Live for Jesus) Sunday school during our 10:45a service (toddler through 5th grade). Children are invited to begin in worship and are dismissed to Sunday school following the children’s message (toddlers to 5th grade). Throughout the summer we offer toddler/preschool during our 10:00a service following the children’s message.

 

Next Steps

After you have attended our worship services, we would encourage you to attend one of our Starting Point Orientations. In these three weekly meetings (offered quarterly) we share our understanding of spiritual growth, which involves our relationship with Jesus, and how we at Vergennes Church want to help partner with you in your journey. Please see our calendar for dates of upcoming Starting Point Orientations.

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Pastor Tom’s passions fit so well with the Vergennes’ vision

Tom Fifer, Lead Pastor

Family? Married to Cara for 4 years. We take care of two very special cats — Toothless (named after the dragon in Dreamworks' How to Train Your Dragon) and Flynn.

Favorite movies? Remember the Titans, The Princess Bride, Groundhog Day, anything from Pixar, and I try my best to keep up with the Marvel movies (Avengers, Captain America, etc).

Favorite TV shows? While I find myself watching a wide range of shows on Netflix, it’s difficult to not just go back and rewatch The Office and Parks & Recreation — Very funny!

Favorite food? I love grilling out with meat and whatever veggies look good in the grocery store. When it comes to snacking, I love chips and salsa.

Favorite music? Acoustic guitar music is my go-to, but I also love jazz, pop, and other styles.

Most interesting fact many people may not know? One of my hobbies is woodworking. I’ve been slowly working on projects around our house and picking up skills here and there. I built our kitchen table, and I am currently constructing a bench for our master bedroom.

The perfect day (Off)? Golfing with my sister and and brother, or spending time with my family at our family cottage on 8 Point Lake.

You come from? I grew up in nearby Caledonia. I went to Hope College in Holland, MI, and then lived in Durham, NC while attending Duke Divinity School, before moving back to the Grand Rapids area in 2015.

How did you end up at Vergennes Church? After working in full-time Discipleship ministry for three years, I began to sense God’s calling to take the next step in Pastoral ministry and I accepted an appointment to Vergennes Church in July 2018. Already, I can see how God has orchestrated this and how my experiences and gifts complement the ministry happening here at Vergennes.

Best part about working at Vergennes Church? The spirit of hospitality. From the very beginning, Cara and I have felt incredibly welcomed. We can already tell that Vergennes takes seriously the call to reflect Christ-like hospitality to everyone they meet.

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to make disciples who grow in knowing, loving and serving Jesus Christ

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Our Mission

To make disciples who grow in knowing, loving, and serving Jesus Christ

 

Our Vision

Everyone reaching out to grow Christ centered families

 

Our Values

  • Christ-centered: We have a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • Christ-like: We continue maturing to reflect Jesus more (today than yesterday) in our thoughts, attitudes, and actions.
  • Bible based teaching and activities: The study and reflection of the Bible, along with the habits of prayer, fasting, and solitude, guide us closer to Christ and his purposes for us as individuals and as a church.
  • Family oriented: We are a multi-generational church, supporting ministries to the entire family.
  • Serving others: We use our gifts, time, and talents to love our church, community, and world.
  • Open and authentic: We express unconditional love through openness to all people while being real with who we are.

Our Beliefs

The Bible: We believe the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired and holy Word of God…God-breathed. The Bible is our textbook. It is our source of knowledge about God and Christ and contains all the truth necessary for understanding our way to salvation. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)

The Trinity: We believe God is one living and true God, but who forever (and mysteriously) exists in perfect community as three equal and fully divine Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Each form of God, while having different but complementary roles in our lives, has the same nature, characteristics and being, and is worthy of equal praise and obedience. (Matthew 28:19-20; John 1:1-4; Acts 5:3-4)

God the Father: We believe God the Father is the creator of the universe. He has unimaginable intelligence, infinite knowledge and is all-powerful. God has authority and control over all creation and yet desires to love us very personally as His children. (Colossians 1:17; Hebrews 1:3; John 1:12-13)

God the Son: We believe Jesus Christ is uniquely God’s Son—fully God and yet fully human, sent by God, to be born of Mary. He lived a sinless life and serves as our role model for life on earth. It is because of His death on the cross and resurrection from the dead that people are forgiven of their sins, brought into relationship with God, and promised abundant life here and now and eternal life to come. (John 3:16; John 10:10; John 14:9-12,19; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21)

God the Holy Spirit: We believe the Holy Spirit is God’s presence with us on earth today - our primary teacher, comforter and source of God’s power. The Holy Spirit came in a new and mighty way upon Christians at Pentecost and is present in the world today. The Holy Spirit convinces the world of sin, leads people to respond in faith to the Gospel message, and empowers us to follow God’s will. (Acts 2; John 16:7-11; Romans 8)

Salvation: We believe that because of rebellion against God going all the way back to Adam, all people sin, and therefore, are separated from God. People, on our own, can never overcome sin or please God. Jesus’ death on the cross was a sacrifice on our behalf, and makes possible our forgiveness and reconciliation with God. This is not because of anything we might do for God, but out of His grace and love for us. The only requirements for us to receive this gift from God of forgiveness and eternal life is to repent of (acknowledge and turn away from) our sins and trust in Jesus Christ and his sacrifice on our behalf. (Romans 3:23; 6:23; 5:6-11; 10:9-13; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21)

Holiness: As the result of our receiving God’s gift of grace through Jesus, we receive God’s Holy Spirit within us, helping us to grow in grace to reflect Jesus. Through the inner work of the Holy Spirit, our love for God and for one another becomes more complete. As we grow in our Christian faith, our desire to please God and live like Jesus also grows. (Romans 8)

Heaven and Hell: We believe that God desires for all of us as His children to spend eternity with Him in heaven. Jesus alone will judge our eternal destiny, but those who have not accepted Jesus’ offer of forgiveness and new life risk living apart from Him for all eternity in Hell. (2 Peter 3:9)

Baptism: In baptism, we acknowledge and celebrate the grace of God, freely offered to us before we were even aware of it. We confess our sin, accept membership in the family of Christ, and vow to trust in and serve Jesus Christ. Baptism is the public sign of God’s covenant with us. It is a communal celebration; the congregation vows to nurture and support those being baptized—adults or infants. We believe baptism may occur at any age. We enter this world as imperfect beings in need of salvation, and it is through God’s grace that we can be in this covenant relationship with Him. When infants are presented for baptism, parents and the entire church pledge to surround the children with Christian care and teaching until the children profess and confirm their faith for themselves when older. (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:38-39, 16:15,33)

Communion: We believe that communion is a remembrance of the suffering and death of Jesus Christ, his body and blood shed for us for the forgiveness of sin and inclusivity in God's new covenant (Luke 22:14-21). In communion we are reminded of the grace of God freely offered to us through Jesus. And yet, as we receive the physical elements we continue to receive God's grace anew. In communion, Jesus Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit, is truly present with us in a real and spiritual way that we can experience. We believe Jesus invites all to his table, “who love him, who earnestly repent of their sin, and seek to live in peace with one another.” Therefore we practice an open table and welcome all who believe in Jesus Christ as Savior to participate in this blessing from God.

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answers to common questions

What do I need to do to have my wedding at Vergennes?

In order to have your wedding at Vergennes Church, please contact us to schedule an appointment. We require six months advance notice for scheduling a wedding, and during this time period we require pre-marital counseling with the officiating pastor or professional Christian counselor. 

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Can I take communion?

Vergennes is a congregation of the United Methodist Church which practices open communion inviting all to the table to receive the bread (body) and cup (blood) of the Lord Jesus Christ; “who love him, who earnestly repent of their sin, and seek to live in peace with one another.”

What do I need to do to join?

In order to be a member we require participation in the Membership Exploration class offered periodically throughout the year. The only exception is if you are transferring from another United Methodist Church (or possibly another denomination) in which case you will need to send a letter to your previous church requesting a transfer to Vergennes. Please contact us if you are interested in the Membership Exploration class or mark "Wish to Join the Church" on the communication card in the weekly worship bulletin.

 

Baptism

If you wish to be baptized, or have your child baptized, please make an appointment with our pastor to discuss the meaning and practice of baptism. Under normal circumstances baptisms are performed during our Sunday morning worship services, in the presence of our church family (since one of the symbols of baptism is entrance into God's family).

 

Other Questions?

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Vergennes Church
10411 Bailey Drive NE
Lowell, MI 49331

(616) 897-6141

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Sunday Morning @ 9:30a & 11:00a
 

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