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Adding Angles Features “Her” Next Week

Join us at 8pm on Wednesday, Oct 22 at Wealthy Theater to watch and discuss the film, Her.

Set in the Los Angeles of the slight future, Her follows Theodore Twombly, a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive entity in its own right, individual to each user. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet “Samantha,” a bright, female voice, who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other.

From the unique perspective of Oscar-nominated filmmaker Spike Jonze comes an original love story that explores the evolving nature—and the risks—of intimacy in the modern world.  

News + Events

Missed Kent’s Study Bible Launch Party? 

You can grab a copy of his NIV First Century Study Bible at Kregel Parable Christian Stores and Baker Book House for 28% off throughout October.

Screen Time: Technology In A Sacred Universe

Join us on Nov 8 at 7pm for "Screen Time: Technology In A Sacred Universe" with Dr. Craig Detweiler. This event is designed for adolescents, emerging adults, and adults, and will provide a “big picture” discussion of this topic, as well as practical tips and ideas for individuals and families. Our experience will be interactive, including discussion time with our guest speaker. We’ll also utilize social media to generate questions and start conversations around this topic, so please feel free to leave your smart phones “on”, and bring your tablets and laptops along with you. Dessert and refreshments will be provided. RSVP at by Nov 4.  

Groups + Classes

Adoption Group Family Night

In October, our Adoption Group will be changing out their regular meeting for a special Family Night at the park! Bring the whole fam and a picnic, and let’s get to know each other better while our kids play.

Monday, Oct 13 | 5:30-7:15-ish | Hager Park

Take A Journey Through The Torah

Learn the Scriptures the way Jesus did by joining the oldest Bible study around. Explore the Torah [the first 5 books of the Jewish and Christian Scriptures] during this year-long class. Registration is required. Join us for an introductory class on Monday, Oct 13 at 7-8pm in Room 509 to learn more.

Mondays, Beginning Oct 20 | 7-9pm | Preschool Rooms

Sign Up For A Sacred Universe Short Circle

Short Circles are a great way to build relationships while digging deeper into our teaching series and learning more about God. This fall, our Short Circles will follow along with our Sunday Sacred Universe teaching series and run for 6 weeks. Grab materials for your current group or sign up to join a new group at A variety of groups for Young Adults, Mixed, Couples, and more are available all over West Michigan.

Groups begin gathering the week of Oct 12

Volunteer Opportunities

Excuse Me: I’m With The Band.

If you’ve ever wanted to say that, and you can play a mean bass or the drums, then you may be in luck. We’re currently looking for 2 bass players and 2 drummers to join our Sunday morning band. Commitment is once a month. Email to learn more and arrange an audition.

Calm. Tranquil. Blue. 2’s.

Just kidding. This is a room of 2-year-olds. It’s going to be fast and fun. So we’re looking for an organized, energetic person to lead the team of volunteers who will be caring for our newest 2 year olds. Interested? Contact to learn more about this 11am Room Leader position.


9-Square In The Air

Not sure what that is? You will be soon. This combo of volleyball and foursquare has quickly become a favorite at The.element. Come and check it out on Sunday nights from 6-7:30pm in the Student Room [North entrance]. [Please drop off at the North entrance and pick up at the West entrance.]

Want To Know What It’s Like To Fly?

Just ask one of our 5th and 6th graders that attended Fifty6 Day Camp this summer, and rode the zipline or was launched into the air from the blob.


Have It? Need It?

Our Have It/Need It Room in Babies is available for anyone to drop off or grab something you need. Share and share alike. Contact with questions.

Give Your Bubbie To God

Dedicating your child to God and committing to raise them in the faith is a beautiful and powerful experience. We hope you’ll consider taking this important step at our fall Child Dedications on Nov 9. Register now at and save the date for our required teaching night on Oct 26.


Backpacks for HQ

In October, both Fifty6 + The.element will collect supplies to fill 100 backpacks for homeless teenagers in Grand Rapids. As part of this experience, Andy Soper, our Director of Mobilization will share a little about HQ with our middle schoolers on Oct 19 and raise their awareness of homeless teens in their own neighborhoods.

Want to help fill a backpack? We’re collecting: deodorant, socks, beanies/hats, bandaids, chap stick, pens/pencils, notepads, nail clippers, feminine hygiene products, body powder/foot powder, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, hand sanitizer. Donations can be dropped at the Welcome Center by Oct 26.

Bundle Up Burton Is Just Around The Bend

On Oct 12 we’ll kick off another important coat drive for the kids at Burton Elementary, so now is a great time to be thinking about what gently used or new coats, hats and mittens that you could donate.


Adding Angles: Her
8pm, Wealthy Theater
Screen Time In A Sacred Universe
With Special Guest Teacher, Craig Detweiler. 7pm at Mars Hill
Creators or Consumers?
Craig Detweiler will be guest teaching at our 9am + 11am Gatherings