Coronavirus Update: IN-PERSON GATHERINGS TO RESUME ON AUGUST 2ND. Click to learn more.
On Sunday, August 2nd, at 4:30pm, The Commons will begin holding in-person worship gatherings. Because East Lansing Public Schools are not renting out any of their spaces (including MacDonald Middle School) to the public, we will be using temporary space. Cedar Street Church (1705 Cedar St. in Holt) has generously offered their space to us on Sunday afternoons.
We will ask that you wear a mask and practice social distancing while in the building.
For all vulnerable individuals who would be at a higher risk of serious infection, please stay home and continue worship online via facebook.com/thecommonsmi.
For more information, please read our full Guidelines for In-Person Worship Gatherings.
In light of the coronavirus pandemic and public health crisis, we have decided to move our Sunday service, The Salt Company and our Connection Groups to meet online only.
Even in the midst of gathering bans and social distancing, our church is here for you. If you have any needs in this season of uncertainty and change, please let us know through the form below.
If you have the means to support those in need—whether financially or in time or proximity—please let us know through the same form below.
James 1:2-4 says, "Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds [this includes worldwide pandemics], for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect [in other words, don't run from the trial, embrace it, trusting that the Lord is using it], that you may be perfect [a better word here would be 'mature'] and complete, lacking in nothing."
As a church, we want to embrace this season and even lean into it because we are going to come out on the other side much more mature in our faith.
Our elders and our staff team continue to watch, listen and seek counsel. We will update you as we make adjustments to our plans and schedule. The decisions we have made have not been made out of fear but in faith and out of love for our community.
As the coronavirus pandemic has grown worldwide and in our country, public health officials have encouraged measures to slow the spread of the disease. One of the keys to containment of this disease and limitation of community spread is the practice of social distancing. In particular, the risk of widespread transmission of this disease is increased when large groups of people gather. Even if the risk of infection is low in our local community, when strong methods of intervention are adopted widely there is a greater opportunity to lower the total number of infections and the overall death rate in our country.
Additionally, while the full extent of the dangers of this disease are still being uncovered, it is clear that COVID-19 presents a significant health danger to vulnerable members of our community – namely the elderly and immunocompromised. To quote our friends from The Austin Stone Church, “As Christians, we are called by Jesus to care for and defend the vulnerable. In cancelling our worship gathering, we can actively fight to slow the spread of COVID-19. Cancelling our worship services can give health professionals more time to prepare and care for those who are most at risk from the virus.”
Moving all of our gatherings to be online is a difficult and unusual step in difficult and unusual times. We believe it is the wisest and most loving course of action we can take as a church. We are praying we will be able to resume worship together soon. And more importantly, we are praying that God would work for His glory through it all.
Please, if you have needs during this time (physical needs, financial needs, emotional needs, etc…), reach out to us. We are here for you. Though we have had to make some adjustments to how we gather, we are still the church! Our mission has not changed. Let’s continue to do everything we can in this season to help the people around us take their next step with Jesus.
Lastly, remember what Philippians 4:6-7 says, “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”