Weekly Announcements
November 18, 2018


Please consider having dinner at Chipotle this Saturday, November 17, from 4-8pm, where 33% of the proceeds will benefit Neighbors Plus!  Please be sure to bring the attached flyer either in paper form or show it on your phone.  

Coffee Mugs: Due to Red Brick kitchen remodeling over the next few weeks, we have lost the ability to wash our ceramic mugs and will be using Paper / Styrofoam cups. Please feel free to bring your own travel mugs to help us reduce waste!!

There will be NO Community Night on Wednesday, November 21.  Instead join us for a special service of Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 22 in the Sanctuary at 10 am.  If you would like to come prepared to give a Thanksgiving contribution,  envelopes are available in your book of yearly contribution envelopes, or you may pick one up near the entrance of the sanctuary.

Dominican Republic Mission Trip: Recruiting now for 9 open spots!  Our team will travel from February 2-9, 2019 to be involved with a building project in Batey Fao, with the focus on building relationships and partnering with others in God's kingdom.  A completed application and a $200 deposit will hold your spot on this exciting mission journey.  Deadline for sign up is November 21 so if  you'd like more information on this trip, please contact Dee Stahl at dee@harderwyk.com or call the church office at 616.399.9190.  

Don't miss the showing of "The Light in Their Eyes" Documentary, hosted by our Orphan Care Ministry Team from Harderwyk Ministries, Sunday, November 18 at 4:00 pm in the Sanctuary.  The documentary was created by Bethany Christian Services and focuses on 3 families who stepped out of their comfort zones to provide a loving home and family for children languishing in a broken system.  

The Harderwyk Book Club will meet on Monday, November 19, 4 pm in the Library/Lounge.  Sandy Elzinga will lead the discussion on Lynn Austin's newest book "Legacy of Mercy."  New members and visitors always welcome.

Only 10 more days to shop for the Hope Christmas Store!  Our annual event is Saturday, December 1. Please help make a child's Christmas brighter by choosing an ornament from one of the Hope Christmas trees on campus.  Simply purchase a gift for the age and gender printed on the ornament label in the $25 range.  Please return the unwrapped gift to church by Wednesday, November 28.  To help you, gift suggestions are located by each tree.  Don't have time to shop? We will shop for you.  Simply place cash donations/ gift cards (along with your name) in the Hope Store box located in the church office and we will do the shopping. Thank you for your help in giving a child a little Hope this Christmas.  Dawn Houskamp, Kids Hope Director, dawn@harderwyk.com.

Cookie Sale: Even though we aren’t having the Harderwyk craft sale this year, Neighbors Plus is still having a cookie sale!  Please join us on Sunday, December 9, from 8:30 - 12:00, in Room 2 of the Red Brick Building.  Choose among an assortment of cookies and you’ll be all set for your next Christmas gathering!  We are planning to have some other non-edible goodies for sale as well!  If you are interested in baking cookies or bars, or volunteering your time that morning, please contact Jennifer at jennifer@harderwyk.com.  Thank you! 

Neighbors Plus is hiring!  Neighbors Plus, a Christian Community Development Organization partnered with Harderwyk Ministries, is looking for an Administrative / Fundraising Assistant.  The primary goal of this position is to support the promotion and fundraising campaigns of Neighbors Plus with hands on assistance to the Director, project teams, and program staff.  If you are passionate about serving those in our community, Neighbors Plus may be just what you’re looking for!  If interested, please visit www.neighborsplus.org or see the attached link for the Job Description and Staff Application.  Please submit resume and application to Jennifer Roudebush via email (jennifer@harderwyk.com) by Monday, November 26.  Thank you!

Christmas Market: Mark your calendars!  We will again host a Christmas Market in conjunction with the Lessons and Carols service starting at 5:00 pm, on Sunday, December 9.  All proceeds from the Christmas Market will benefit Neighbors Plus and our spring Feed My Starving Children event.  Start thinking about what your family project will be.  Please contact Christinemac@harderwyk.com with questions or to RSVP your participation.  

Mom's Matter: Women of Harderwyk, do you have a heart for caring for new and postpartum moms? We have a volunteer opportunity for you! The time commitment is approximately 1 hour every Wednesday evening. Please email Remi Schloff, our Moms Matter postpartum support group facilitator, to inquire for more information about what this opportunity involves! remischloff@gmail.com

Crossroads Prison Ministry is collecting Christmas cards for prisoners.  The collection box is in the red brick building at the information center or the cards can be dropped off in the office.  Please note: no silver or gold foil, glitter, sprinkles or stickers.  Sign the card with your first name only and DO NOT seal the envelope. 


There will be NO Community Night on Wednesday, November 21. 

Enjoy your Thanksgiving Holiday!


Community Night will be back on Wednesday, November 28

Dinner served from 5:00-6:00 pm in the Anchor Gym 

             November 28 menu: Pizza & Salad  

Children & Youth classes from 6:00-7:30 pm

Harderwyk Kids! & Harderwyk Big Kids: ages 3-Kindergarten

GEMS & Cadets: 1st-5th grade

Undertow (Student Ministries): 6th-8th grade

 Adult classes from 6:15-7:15 pm


Women's Bible StudyMonday Sessions     

9-11am    Room 1,  Red brick lower level             

No Other Gods       by Kelly Minter     starts January 7, 2019  

Often, idols are obvious-money, power, fame.  But subtler idols can sometimes take the form of sweet loved ones, Instagramable interiors, and busy seasons of ministry.  Learn to identify the functional gods you are serving daily and the lies they tell.  Learn to dethrone modern-day idols and pursue a deeper relationship with Jesus.    Questions? Contact: hurricanes@charter.net  


Women's Bible Study: Wednesday Sessions     

6:05-7:20pm     Room 21 (council room)            Red Brick Building Lower Level                       

Set Apart: Holy Habits of Prophets and Kings by Jessica LeGrone   November 28-January 16   Examine the holy habits of the prophets and kings who were set apart by their close walk with God.  Each of these characters was trying to follow God while carrying out his calling on earth.  As we consider their example, we will discover that even prophets and kings struggled and grew in their faith through spiritual proactices, and we will learn how to follow God's unique purposes for us in His Kingdom.                                                    Questions? Contact: april@harderwyk.com  

Men’s Ministry Prayer/Study Group       Russ’ Northside 

[2nd and 4th Monday of the Month 6:45 am]
Ever find the sermon troubling (in a good way)? Join us on the second and fourth Monday mornings each month at 6:45am Russ’s on the Northside to discuss the sermon, following Christ and prayer. Leader: Rev. Darwin Glassford

"Moms Matter" 

Moms Matter is a social support group for any interested mothers, including perinatal (pregnant), postpartum, and post-adoption moms. We meet on Harderwyk's campus and are led by a licensed therapist from The Postpartum Support Center of Holland. Meetings occur weekly during the school year and monthly during summer months.  We would love to see you at our next meeting! You can find us in the office area of the Red Brick Building. For more information visit:  supportmom.org 


  • Celebration & Fusion Sunday School for kids 3 years old through 5th grade is available  at both 9:00 am and 10:30 am service times.  

  •  *Children should come for worship with their family in the service and will be               dismissed at the appropriate time.

  • Watershed Sunday School for kids 3 years old through 5th grade is available at both 9:00 am and 10:30 am service times starting September 9.  

   *Children should come for worship with their family in the service and will be dismissed        at the appropriate time.  

 Parent Note: November 18

*The Parent Note is a weekly tool for parents that gives you the "Big Idea" behind that days lesson and great suggestions for family devotions through the week!  Make sure you check it out each week during our ministry year.


  Children's Ministry Construction Plan (click Picture Link below)


  • Celebration Children's Ministry & Nursery Coordinator:                                                      Carrie Steenwyk (carrie@harderwyk.com)

  • Fusion Children's Ministry & Nursery Coordinator:                                                                             April Kiekintveld (april@harderwyk.com
  • Watershed Children's Ministry Coordinator:
      Lori Baumann (lori@harderwyk.com)

  • Watershed Nursery Coordinator:                                                                                                 Samantha Baumann (samantha@harderwyk.com)


This Week @ The Anchor                              

Monday, November 19                       6:30 pm-8:00 pm          High Tide

Tuesday, November 20                       3:00 pm-8:00 pm         Open Anchor 

Wednesday, November 21                  Thanksgiving Holiday

Thursday, November 22                      Thanksgiving Holiday          

For more information about our Student Ministries or how you can get involved, contact NateDewitt at nate@harderwyk.com


Follow Luke and Stephanie Joyce (Watersehd), and their family, while they spend the year in Honduras, where Luke is teaching at Abundant Life Christian School, and Stephanie is volunteering at the Luke Society Clinic in Gracias.

The Joyce Family: https://themostofthese.com 

Catch up with Zach & ChristyAmong Us: September Prayer letter



Part Time AmeriCorps Position at Neighbors Plus:  Applicants needed for Educational Assistant at the Neighbors Plus Alternative Suspension Program, via AmeriCorps.  The position is for assistant leadership staff in tutoring/mentoring middle school students suspended from school (but trying get back on the right track).  Candidates should have a heart for kids and families needing encouragement and guidance.  Excellent opportunity for those pursuing careers in Education, Youth Ministry, or Social Work!  If this sounds interesting to you, or know someone who might be a good fit, be sure to reach out soon!    This is the last remaining open position for the school year.  Alternative Suspension Program Questions: Email angela@harderwyk.com or call 616.399.9190 ext. 325.  Complete Job Description and AmeriCorps Information:  Email Yah-Hanna at yjenkinsleys@goodsamministries.com

Alternative Suspension Program Questions: email angela@harderwyk.com or call 616.399.9190 ext. 325.  


  • You can find the Set Up Instructions for Harderwyk Electronic Giving accounts hereIf you have questions, please contact the office.  616.399.9190.

  • Giving  
    Weekly Budgeted Need $31,301
    Actual Giving Last Week $34,118
    YTD Budgeted Need  $1,408,570
    YTD Actual Giving $1,160,024
    Income - Expense -$246,430
    Operating Cash Balance $39,778



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SAVE THE DATE - Inspire 2019 will once again bring together people from across the denomination for a time of inspiration, connection, and encouragement. Join us August 1-3, 2019 in Windsor, Ontario! Designed for ministry volunteers and leaders from across our denomination, Inspire 2019 is a chance to discover new resources, connect with people in similar types of ministry, share your stories, and learn from others. Get the details at www.crcna.org/inspire

Position Opening - Raise Up Global Ministries (Raise Up), an affiliate of the CRCNA, is seeking a full-time Director. Raise Up provides training, devotional, and education programs for pastors, lay leaders, teachers, and many roles in the Christian church globally. The director will provide vision, organization development and executive leadership including engagement with ministry partners and key donors, oversight of financial and administrative operations, and leading change in educational content and programming. This position is expected to begin around April or May, 2019. For details or to apply, visit www.crcna.org/jobs and complete an on-line application, submitting a current cover letter and resume indicating your interest, by Monday, December 31, 2018.

Position Opening - The Christian Reformed Church in North America has a full-time position opening for a Controller in the Grand Rapids offices. The position will manage the financial resources and the Finance Services staff for the U.S.-based operations of the denomination. The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience in financial software, corporate finance, developing and tracking budgets, managing process, treasury and banking experience, and experience managing staff. This position is to begin March 2019. For details or to apply, visit www.crcna.org/jobs and complete an on-line application, submitting a current cover letter and resume indicating your interest, by Wednesday, December 19, 2018.

POSITION OPENING - Youth Unlimited is looking for their next SERVE Director. This is a full-time position based in Grand Rapids, MI, that will work closely with our host teams in the US and Canada. We are seeking someone who is passionate about Youth Ministry and wants to help guide the future of our SERVE program! For more information, please see youthunlimited.org/us/our-team or email Rick Zomer at rick@youthunlimited.org.