He Is Risen!!!

Are you looking for a church home?  Join Southwest Community Church this Easter Weekend to celebrate our risen King.

Where:  United In Christ Ministries Community Center, 1035 Godfrey Ave. SW.  

When: Friday April 14:  5:30pm Dinner, 6pm service and movie.

Sunday April 16:  2:30pm Easter Egg Hunt!  4:00pm Easter Service, followed by Easter Dinner!

Upward Soccer Southwest Grand Rapids!


UpWard soccer 2017 is open for registration.

Upward features a 7 week soccer league with an award ceremony during the 7th week, jersey, shin-guards, and much more for only $10!!!  This year, athletes will learn how to Rise Up and grow mentally, athletically, spiritually, and socially through the 360 Progression.  They will be encouraged to have fun, develop skills, play hard, and play in such a way that others take notice.  Follow the link for more information about Upward Sports.  http://www.upward.org/

Forms and registration fees may be dropped off at the UICM community center (1035 Godfrey Ave. sw) between the hours of 9am – 3pm.  Contact Troy Williams at 616-309-5443 with any questions.

Diabetes Prevention Program

nkfofmichUnited in Christ Ministries in partnership with the National Kidney Foundation will host a 16 week Diabetes Prevention Program for residents of the Black Hills and Roosevelt Parks beginning February 2017.  Diabetes is a disorder that affects the way your body uses food for growth and energy.  Nearly 25.8 million people in the United States have diabetes.  Of those, 18.8 million are diagnosed and 7 million are undiagnosed.  Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, non-traumatic lower-limp amputation, and new cses of blindness among adults in the United States.

1 Corinthians 6: 19-20      “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?  You are not your own; you were bought at a price.  Therefore honor God with your body.”

Please contact Troy Williams at 616-855-8851, or visit http://www.nkfm.org if you are interested in signing up or would like more information.  We must do our part to prevent the silent killer of diabetes in our families.


Happy New Year 2017!!!


Happy New Year!!!

God is good and His mercy shall endure forever and ever!  We are extremely excited about what’s in store for 2017.  Don’t forgot to visit this site regularly for updates and calendar events.  Stay tuned for some new and exciting programs and opportunities to serve right here in your community.  May your new year be blessed and full of hope and prosperity!!!

Memorial Service

On Tuesday, September 27, 2016, there will be a memorial service to honor the life of Brice Jackson. Brice was a young man who lived here in the light-up-the-darkness3Black Hills neighborhood whose life was tragically cut short on September 14th around 10:30pm in an alleyway near his home. Brice was 27.

Rather than focus on the senseless act of violence that ended his young and promising life, United In Christ Ministries (UICM), the Black Hills Neighborhood Association, Hillcrest Community Church, The Edge Urban Fellowship, and the family & friends of Brice Jackson would like to honor a man whose ambition, smile, laughter, and sense of style & flash will long be missed by his family, friends, and community.

The “Light Up the Darkness” Memorial Service will take place on the grounds of Hillcrest Community Church, located at 850 Norwich Avenue, S.W. Grand Rapids, MI 49503. The memorial service is scheduled to begin at 7:00pm. Members of the news media and the general public are welcome and encouraged to attend. There will be music, candlelight, and an opportunity for those who were touched by Brice’s life to share their experiences and love for him and our neighborhood.

For those wishing to honor Brice by helping his family with funeral expenses, donations can be made online at www.gofundme.com/BriceJackson.  Any financial contributions that can assist the family during this difficult time will not go unnoticed or unappreciated.

We know words alone will not stop weapons; statements will not contain hatred; and prayerful reflections—though powerful—are not enough to completely end violence. Yet, we remain confident that this is the best way to start. Person by person, family by family, neighborhood by neighborhood, we must take our communities back from the evil, fear, and hurt that comes with a culture of violence that leaves loved ones dead on our streets, families afraid in their homes, and others numb to human loss and suffering. We believe our faith in Jesus Christ gives us the values, vision, and HOPE that can bring an important measure of peace to our hearts, our homes, and our streets. We also believe in our ability to bring people together—even under the worst of circumstances—to work for lasting change.

Thank YOU & God Bless!!!

Gone Too Soon

brice-jacksonBrice Carrington Jackson left this Earth way too soon for any of us to ever understand, but God always has a purpose and we believe that Brice is still fulfilling his. Brice was a young man who lived here in the Black Hills neighborhood whose life was tragically cut short on September 14th in an alleyway near his home. Brice was 27. He was one of ours—a young man who grew up in our streets and in our Ministry. Rather than focus on the senseless act of violence that ended his young and promising life, we’d like to tell you of a man whose ambition, smile, laughter, and sense of style & flash will long be missed by his family, friends, and community.

For those of us who know him best, Brice was someone who was just so genuinely real. Behind his warm smile was a man so passionate, so charismatic, so brave, and so sensitive. He was a man who allowed us to see and experience the freedom and beauty that comes from living a life with your heart exposed to the world. In an often unreal and fake world, Brice was the real deal. He was the type of guy who would stand up for what he believed in and for those he loved. He will forever be remembered as a man who valued God, family, and friendships above all things.

For many of us, Brice was the quintessential “sharp-dressed man” who always had an idea, a thought, or a developed plan. Though not always a saint, Brice always made an effort to do right by people. He was a tour de force who possessed such amazing energy, potential, and light right up till his passing. In a world that could so easily give up on him—and often did—Brice never lost his resolve to live his life to the fullest. The abundantly rich stories of his life are both entertaining and uplifting lore but—more importantly—serve as a reminder for all those he leaves behind to never stop imagining, learning, and pursuing the passions in your heart.

In honoring Brice, let us carry his smile in our hearts and give it to those whom we meet along our journey. Let us also remember that Goodbyes are not forever. Goodbyes are not the end. They simply mean I’ll miss you until we meet again.

Born in Illinois, it is the wish of Brice’s mother, Cookie, that her son be returned home to be buried alongside his sister. Immediate funds are needed to help make that happen. Respectfully, the family is requesting the following funds so that a grieving mother can lay to rest her only son:

  • Funeral Service, Transfer & Casket: $4500
  • Burial & Vault: $5500
  • Grave Marker: $1000
  • GoFundMe Cost: $1000
  • Grand Total Requested: $12,000


Thank you so much for your compassion and understanding. Any financial contributions that can assist the family with funeral expenses will not go unnoticed, or unappreciated. Again, we cannot thank you enough for your outpouring of love, support, and kindness. God Bless!!!


“I am only one…I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”