While churches are unique in many ways, the Cross is a universal symbol found in Christian Churches throughout the world. The Cross doesn't point of the uniqueness of a local church, but to the death of Jesus Christ. Of all the Apostle Paul taught the Church at Corinth, he wrote that the most important thing was "that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures" (1 Cor.15:3). Paul also wrote "may I never boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Gal. 6:14). Churches are unique, but our common need and message is Jesus - his death & resurrection life. His uniqueness is our boast.
As a local church, we gather to worship & grow in Christ. An important part of this growth is rooted in the Scriptures that Jesus often said he must fullfill. We treat the Scripture as "God-breathed" or inspired of God. They are the authoratative basis for both the teaching and practice of our faith. We seek to provide teaching and preaching that is well-studied and rooted in Scripture.
Another important part of growth is found in our relationships. The New Testament scriptures describe the church with the metaphors: "body", "family","bride", & "building." These express a strong relational & functional connection - both with Christ and the church family members. As we are currently small in number, we don't offer a lot of programs, but we do offer a loving fellowship.
Most importantly, we offer Jesus. Jesus was & is unique. John's Gospel writes that he was full of both truth and grace. Jesus didn't compromise truth while also giving incredible grace. He hasn't changed. We all need truth and grace. Social media tools tempt individuals, businesses, & churches to portray ourselves or our organization as who we want others to think we are. Hope Alive is a church of people who need God's grace. We don't have it all together. But we also need God's truth. Without it, we not only tend to create a false self, but a false God of who we want Him to be rather than who He is.
Dennis & Mary Cupery came to pastor Hope Alive in the summer of 2015. Dennis pastored previously in Harbor Beach, MI for 16 years, & in Holland, MI for 12 years. Mary is a Music teacher and serves as our worship leader. We love our church family here at Hope Alive. Outside of work, we enjoy God's creation together in many ways. We believe Jesus Christ is all He claimed to be and we welcome all to investigate and / or worship Him here. "We proclaim Him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone complete in Christ" (Col. 1:28).
Yes, he likes to fish
Dennis & Mary Cupery
Mary is our Music / Worship Director