Over the past few months Music in Motion has grown and seen new families come each week! We average between 40 and 50 children each week. Music in Motion has become a place where children and moms connect and build relationships. We love to see new friendships made and old friendships strengthened. Each Tuesday we…

The Ivanrest Pillow Drive this February was a great success as we collected over 60 pillows to give to each family from Family Promise! This amazing response is a reminder of God’s work in the Ivanrest Community through our call to be generous and giving. We are so thankful for the Ivanrest Community and your…

On January 24th we were blessed to have Larry and Ruth Spalink here at Ivanrest. They shared with us their excitement of how God is working in Japan helping to bring new members to the churches and igniting the Christians in Japan to reach out and to share the gospel in new and exciting ways!…

The lights were shining. The manger was bright. The star was twinkling and the donuts were warming. The frosting was spreading and the hay was shedding. It was the night of the Live Nativity at Ivanrest. As volunteers began to arrive to set up the sound system, hot beverages and donuts, the air was like…

On November 20, 2015, the Weston Apartments in downtown Grand Rapids made Ivanrest aware of an emergency need. A family of three (mom, six-year old son and one-year old daughter) lost their apartment due to an electrical fire which destroyed almost all of their belongings.  In response to this need, the Ivanrest Community quickly collected…

In a world with so many news headlines and ever changing world events it can be difficult to know what is happening across the globe and how it impacts us. Recently the Syrian Refugee Crisis has been in the news with heart wrenching pictures and videos of families from Syria seeking asylum in the countries…

God called a group of seventeen students and seven adults to embark on a divine adventure to Guatemala. We served alongside Paradise Bound Ministries that served has been in Guatemala since 1997. Our team spent hours meeting together before the trip worshipping, learning, growing and serving alongside each other. These meetings helped prepare us for…

We loaded up the vans with coolers, water jugs and middle school students as we departed to serve the community of West Michigan. We all gathered together and prayed out loud before we started the day. This was the scene every morning for iserve 2015 before we departed the church. The students resided in the…

We’ve been preparing for a trip of a lifetime for many months. Our trip planning began with meeting with Dan Smith the Director of Paradise Bound Ministries. He came to share the vision and what the students and adults would be doing in Guatemala. This began to spark the excitement of students. I’ve seen that…

We needed another excuse to get together and enjoy each other’s company…not really but we made one anyways! It isn’t every day that someone retires after working 23 years at Ivanrest Church. We figured Carole’s retirement was a great excuse to try out Anna’s House for brunch. We stopped our eating and our conversation long…

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