Entries by Chris

Ice Cream (9/1)

Our last taste of summery-sweetness is Wednesday, September 1st.  Join us at 7PM for a scoop at Sundaes in the Heights (located on the corner of Alger and Eastern).

Meal Night (8/27)

Picnic tables.  Summer breezes.  Great food. Join us for the opportunity to connect with others this Friday at the Dragt’s home.  Click here for a map. The fun starts at 6ish (emphasis on ‘ish’)  Come whenever you can — stay how ever long your schedule allows.   We hope to see you.


It’s not too late to join the over 20 people who are headed to PJ Hoffmaster State campground on September 10-12.   Sites are still available.  To reserve yours, e-mail chris@thebranchonline.org.

Fantasy Football

Attention football geeks (as well as those who giggle every time they hear that “tight end” is a position in football) — the Branch is having a fantasy football league.  It actually has little to do with the competition and more with relationship.  The draft is happening Sunday, August 21st, immediately after worship.  We’ll provide […]

Meal Night (8/13)

This Friday meal night goes on the road: we’re headed to Jonny B’z. This new hot dog restaurant is anything but ordinary (don’t think boiled dogs and stale buns). And….if you’re not a hot dog lover, there are other options too (including vegetarian ones). You can either…. Meet us at the restaurant (click here for […]

Hands Across the City

There’s a massive movement happening this Saturday to renew and improve our city’s parks.  To join in the effort (everything from building a playground system to spreading mulch) check out: http://grandrapids.rethinkchurchevents.org

Ice Cream!

Mackinaw Island Fudge.  Superman.  Cookies and cream.  Need we say more?  Join us tonight (July 28th) at 7PM for a scoop, a conversation, a summer evening at its best.  Sundaes in the Heights is located on the corner of Alger and Eastern.

CREATE 2023!!!

Join us June 20-22, 2023 from 6:30-8:30 pm for 3 nights of creativity and fun! Thursday night will end with an Open House for parents and friends to see what the kids have been up to all week, as well as an opportunity to join in the creative fun! CREATE is an art camp for […]

Meal Night – July 9

Tonight, we’d love to have you join us for a relaxed meal and conversation — capped off with a summer campfire.  Come anytime after 6PM, stay as long as you’re able.  And while you’re welcome to bring something to pass, it is definitely not required. For a map, click here. We hope to see you there!.

Ice Cream

Mackinaw Island Fudge.  Superman.  Cookies and cream.  Need we say more?  Get a scoop.  Kick back.  Have a conversation. Enjoy summer evenings at their best. Wednesday, June 23, 7PM.  Sundaes in the Heights: corner of Alger and Eastern

Mission: Tanzania

This past Sunday Matt and Lindsey shared the story of how God is calling them to Tanzania.  We assure you, this is worth a listen (at the bottom of this post). When you’re finished, you may be wondering how you can partner with God’s work through the DeYoungs?  Here are a few ways: Stay in […]


Without a Y chromosome?  Perfect.  This is the event for you.  All women (including friends, neighbors, co-workers) are invited to meet at Pietro’s on 28th St. Monday, June 21 @ 7 p.m.  The agenda?  Actually, there isn’t one.  she::gathers is simply conversation, good food, and the opportunity to build relationships.  Hope to see you there.

Guys Night

Ok…so this is a little last minute, but what else would you expect from a bunch of guys? This Friday, June 18 – 5:30pm, join us for disc golfing at Old Farm Park (2298 Embro Dr SE ·  Kentwood).  No experience needed!  We’ll have extra discs if you don’t have any.  We’ll head out for […]