Church cross to return

A cross that was removed from a church in the village two and a half years ago will return to its former home on Good Friday.
Marie Havenga
Jan 23, 2013


The 40-foot cross, which sat atop the former Christ Community Church at 225 E. Exchange St., was removed when the church's leaders changed the congregation's name to C3 Exchange and said they wanted to become an inclusive spiritual community not focused solely on Christian beliefs.

When the cross was removed amid public controversy on June 22, 2010, International Aid leaders asked C3 officials if they would donate the steel-crafted structure to the locally based Christian relief organization.

International Aid officials had planned to erect the cross at their headquarters at 17011 Hickory St., but Spring Lake Township zoning and height restrictions nixed that idea.

“We are excited to give this cross back to the original building that it was built for,” said Brian Anderson, president and CEO of International Aid. “It's amazing to see how God had His hand in this the whole time, and how it's being revealed to us.”

Due to budget and mortgage troubles, the C3 congregation moved its worship services to the Grand Haven Community Center in the fall of 2011 and put the Spring Lake building up for sale. After a deal to sell it to the Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids fell through, Harvest Bible Church purchased the property in May 2012.

After being vacant for more than a year, the building is undergoing massive renovations and should be open for its first worship service in late March.

David Wisen, senior pastor for Harvest Bible Church, said they plan to resurrect the cross on the morning of Good Friday, March 29. A public dedication service is planned for noon that day.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.


Back to the Wall

On Good Friday? That's pretty morbid.

Aside from that, this is a good thing.


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What did the triangle say to the circle? "You're pointless!"


The very furthest thing from being pointless. The cross represents truth. Truth sets us free from death.


"The Lord works in mysterious ways" (let the attacks begin...)


It is all according to perspective and I say Yay :)


Give glory to the Lord!


The cross was lowered in 2010 and will be restored 2013. Hmmm, round numbers (ignoring actual dates) gives this absence three years - exactly the number (three days and three nights) that Easter is celebrated for. No coincidence that is being installed on Good Friday - wait for the herald from the Harvest Bible Church regarding this wonderful occasion.


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