Why I Go to Church?

Last week I wrote about why we should go to church and some of what the Bible mentions in regards to fellowship with believers.

This week I would like to touch on how the church has gone wrong. After all, humans run the churches and because we are human we will fall and fail. While growing up I always felt the desire to show up at church looking my best and making sure that others saw this as well. I wanted to appear like I had it all together and was doing well. I still find myself doing this. I have come to learn that this is not authentic, this is legalistic and deceiving. Who am I kidding anyways? I do not have it all together. I may have even cried on my way to church a couple of weeks back because I felt so overwhelmed and broken.

I do not go to church because I have to (that is another story: when I was growing up and I had to basically be dragged to church some weeks). I go to church because I need it. I need Jesus. I need you. I do not go to church because I have it all together and find a desperate need to show off my goodness. No!

I do not go to church to hear the Pastor tell me that if I put my faith in Christ I will be happy and good will come - like I will somehow be rewarded for accepting a selfless and sacrificial gift like death on a cross to cover my sin. Putting my faith in Christ has allowed me to experience blessings from God every day, but I know that my true reward is in Heaven. I do not have to spend eternity apart from Him!

I go to church because I have put my faith in Him and I am a work in progress and always will be. I am weak. I know I cannot do this life alone. I know that God created you and me to do this together, alongside one another! Will you join me? Let’s go to church!

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another …”

(Hebrews 10:24 ESV)

“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”

(‭‭Philippians‬ ‭1:6‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

“But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

(‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:9-10‬ ‭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