Our Call to Hospitality

Our Role in Church as The Body Matt preaches about the church not being the building, but about being like-minded believers...and it is! But we are in a building that needs caring for. So what is our role? This building is here so others can be drawn to the heart of Christ. Is this a place where others can do that? Too many distractions or lack of care to a physical thing can make a person feel less valued. So our building is important! It shines a light on what we value. We want others to feel welcomed and loved and not distracted by crumbs on the carpet or empty toilet paper rolls in the bathroom. Just as we prepared our homes for welcoming family and friends during the holidays, we should apply that same effort in displaying genuine hospitality and excellence in our church building. That way others can focus on what’s truly important -- the opportunity to meet Jesus face to face!

So how does this work? God created each of us with different passions and interests for a reason. My challenge to you is this: Take a look at yourself. What do you like to do? What brings you joy? What special talent or gift has God given you to serve the body of Christ? If we truly desire to reach this community for Christ, we need your help! Please pray about how you can contribute by applying your talents in fulfilling our vision at City on a Hill.

“Here at City on a Hill Community Church, our mission is to make disciples by leading people to Jesus Christ and a growing relationship with Him. We strive to bring new life to our community with Christ-centered relationships built on Biblical truth.” (

“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” ‭‭(1 Peter‬ ‭4:8-11‬ ESV)

In Him,

Katie Karlson


3228 Gatewood Ave, Indian River, MI 49749, USA

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Show a three-year-old a rainbow and his eyes pop open, he laughs and murmurs something that sounds semi close to English; that's wonder. Show a third grader how pleasing God connects to honoring her parents and she will most likely look at you funny and continue eating her pizza; that's discovery. As a teacher, church leader, or parent you want a curriculum that will help you connect the love and worship of God to good decision-making for your elementary school students. You want something that will help them see the value of respecting authority and treating their friends like they are human, not SpongeBob®. You need it to be simple. You would love it to be flexible. You want it to suit your individual needs. Time to go to the basics. What if by the time your child reaches 6th grade they will know these five core truths:

God is the Holy Creator.
I can trust God's Word (Bible).
I can trust Jesus with everything.
I should try to live like Jesus lived (make wise choices by His Word).
The world/culture does not usually agree with God's Word.


Most kids form their entire idea of who God is, and choose whether nor not they'll have a relationship with Him before leaving 5th grade!

Sunday at a Glance

The nursery and classrooms will open at 10:15 for check in. 


Each week the kids (ages 0-9) join us for worship in the sanctuary. After worship, the kids head to their respective classrooms to learn more about God and how to apply His word to our lives. 


We are happy to answer your questions in person at any of our locations or you can contact us by email