Let me preface this by saying, that this post is the first in a very short series to highlight our trip to Michigan back in June. I promised you some pictures back then, and I want to make good on my word. :-)
Around two years ago, my brother moved to Grand Rapids, MI to attend school. While there, he has made his church home at New Faith Temple C.O.G.I.C. and has been the church organist for that long.
After we recovered from a really looonnngg drive out, my brother took us to see his church. Fortunately a deacon was there and allowed us to go inside. Immediately, my brother found his way to the organ, kicked out a few tunes, and lured everyone to become a soloist. Ahh, good thing it was just family there. I thought my aunt might go grab a mic or something! She is prone to do that. :-) If you know anything about the C.O.G.I.C. you know any good organist has to learn to play "shout" music. Since being there, my brother has picked up a few new ones.
After leaving the sanctuary, we visited the basement area. It was very nice down there. They had just finished having Vacation Bible School, but all of the props were still up. I just had to get a shot of this "big fish". That section was used to discuss the Bible story of Jonah being in the belly of the great fish. All the kids piled inside for the activities. Too cute! I wish I could have seen it for myself.
I peeked inside the kitchen and was fascinated by the old-time stove. There were like 6 or 8 burners! That must mean that they don't have to rotate pots like we do at our church.
That night we ended up attending the Prayer and Bible Band service. It was really nice. The topic was on giving. They discussed what it means to truly give from the heart.
So this is New Faith Temple.