Weekly Announcements
May 26, 2019    

There will not be Men’s Study  at Russ' this Monday with Memorial Day holiday.  See you again on June 10. 

Summer Reading Sign Ups are coming! This program has three options for kids to read God’s Word during the summer and is intended for kids ages 3 and up. Email Carrie (carrie@harderwyk.com) if you have questions. Sign ups will be available this Sunday,      May 26. 

Tunnel Park BBQ and Volunteer Appreciation Event!  June 2, 12:00-1:30.  Everyone is welcome.  Come and join us for a meal as we enjoy community with each other and celebrate all that each one of you contribute to Harderwyk as we work to reach the Lakeshore and beyond with the Gospel of Jesus Christ by forming disciples and equipping leaders.

MISSING: nursery pagers.  Please check your diaper bags, coat pockets, dresser, etc.  Please return them right away.  The pagers are necessary for the security of our children.  The cost to replace one pager is $40.  Please note, we will have a new sign in and sign out system for our pagers for Sunday’s.  Thank you for your attention to this.

Meet Up & Eat Up, our area summer meal program, helps ensure children are receiving a nutritious lunch, as well as encourages kids to spend some time doing physical activity and academic work during the summer.  From June 10 – August 9, we’ll be at Leisure Estates and Pine Creek Elementary School each weekday (11:30-1:00).  We are looking for volunteers to spend time with great kids! Parents, you are more than welcome to bring your own kids and have them join in the fun!  For more information on how you can be a part of Meet Up and Eat Up, please contact Dawn Houskamp at dawn@harderwyk.com. Please come join us!

Fusion Family Dinners: At any family dinner there are the people who help set the table and then people who help clean up!  Do you have that process down to a science at your table? We could use you!!  We are looking for people to help set up the table before the Fusion Family Dinners and people who are able to help us clean up too!  Here are the list of upcoming dinners: June 9. July 14. August 4 & September 8.  Are you planning on being there anyways?  Could you help us set and clean up the table?  Email Karen Gorter at kgorter@hollandchristian.org or Jenna Fox at fox.jeanette@gmail.com   Let us know a date and we will even email you a reminder!  

Harderwyk Summer Brochure is here!  Harderwyk has so much to offer this summer for kids, students, families and adults!  Check out our summer brochure for a close up look at opportunities to stay involved and connected throughout the summer.  There is even a section of ways to get involved here join a team to help all of our summer programs run with success.   The brochure is available here or at the information center of each building.

NP Grocery Bags: Thank you so much to everyone that picked up a grocery bag last weekend – your donations will help us stock the Neighbors Plus Market, fill the Young Lives closet, and help get us ready for our summer ministries of Meet Up & Eat Up and Great Escape.  Please return bags to the Neighbors Plus cubby or the main church office by June 2.  Thank you!

Harderwyk Community Gardens: Spring is here, and the Community Gardens at Harderwyk are open for plot reservations! Please contact Donna Jorritsma at jorritsmad@gmail.com to reserve your plot now. $20.00 annual fee per plot due at registration.  

You are invited to join the Compassionate Care Teams on Wednesday, May 29, 6:30-7:30 pm for a seminar on dementia presented by Shannon March, Certified Dementia Practitioner with Resthaven's Care Community Dementia Team. The topics include: dementia basics, stages, symptoms; as well as giving techniques on how to recognize behavior, tools for better communication, life enrichment, and pastoral care.   To sign up, contact Pastor Mary at maryd@harderwyk.com   

Lunch Volunteers Needed for Great Escape Day Camp: (Bulletin Insert)  Looking for a way to contribute?  Have 45 minutes to an hour?  We sure could use your help as a Lunch Volunteer at Great Escape!  Volunteers typically help prepare simple sandwiches, cut fruit, etc., that’s it!  Request as many as 3 mornings per week or simply pick a handful of dates that would work for you.  Camp runs 6/10-8/9.  Email greatescape@neigborsplus.org or call 616.399.9190 ext. 325 if interested, thanks! 


Harderwyk Ministries Search Update 

The search for two Campus Pastors is beginning. The Council has approved to change the position title from Harderwyk Ministries Teaching Pastor to Harderwyk Ministries Campus Pastor after reviewing the expectations and discussing with the staff what the new title will communicate. As before, each Campus Pastor will primarily serve one of the worshipping communities. In light of the title change, the position descriptions were updated to emphasize the collaborative nature of the Campus Pastor position as well as clarifying several expectations. A copy of the updated position description is available from the Executive Pastor. 

As we embark on the search process for two Campus Pastors, we invite the people of Harderwyk to recommend potential candidates for one of the positions. Potential candidates will be discretely contacted and asked if they are interested in being considered for one of the positions. If you would like to nominate someone, please send their contact information to the Executive Pastor, darwin@harderwyk.com.


Executive Pastor Piece

During this time of year, we look forward to celebrating Jesus’ ascension to heaven. His resurrection affirms that we are created in God’s image, made salvation possible and reminds us that we are in need of transformation. His ascension reminds us that we are God’s children and citizens of a different kingdom. The gospel message is an affirming and transforming message; it calls us to live as God’s adopted children.  

The gospel transforms Christ followers in ways that speak to the deepest longings of the heart. The gospel, for example, invites us to experience an inner peace that is not affected by external circumstances. Jesus in the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-12) describe this state as being “Blessed”. The Beatitudes are integrally linked to each other; they build on each other. They describe a way of being, a posture towards life.  

We’ve seen that the “poor in spirit” (v.3) is the person who sees him or herself as totally dependent on God. When one is totally dependent on God, then mourning over the presence of sin is part of life (v.4). Mourning over the presence of sin enables a person to surrender control to God (v.5). This leads to hungering and thirsting after righteousness (v. 6). The hungering and thirsting after righteousness feed a spirit of mercy, which aids one in understanding and appreciating the God’s mercy (v. 7). Those who appreciate God’s mercy learn to love what God loves; to love God and his word so much that what is contrary to it is rejected (v. 8); this is only possible through the transforming work of the Holy Spirit. This transforming work forms Christ-followers into peacemakers (v. 9). Peacemakers radiate the peace of the gospel in and through their lives. The result of becoming a peacemaker is persecution (v.10). 

Jesus then states, Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you (v. 11-12). Hard words to read. Following Christ may result in some unpleasant situations. Jesus is reminding us that if the beatitudes are being pursued and lived out that one will not fit and be rejected by those who reject Christ, just as the prophets were rejected when they brought God’s Word to the Israelites. One’s dependence on God allows them to trust God in the midst of rejection and at the same time experience an internal peace. To be blessed is truly a unique experience of inward contentedness that reminds us that our citizenship and ultimate home is with God in spite of one’s immediate circumstances. 

The Beatitudes temper our attitude to life. They summon us to a way of being in the world that will lead to rejection by the world. Thankfully, our hope is in Christ! 


Darwin K. Glassford
Executive Pastor


Thank you for a great ministry year, and your flexibility during construction!  

Watch for details about our Kick Off Carnival on September 11!   


Men’s Ministry Prayer/Study Group 

Monday Morning Men: Come as you can!  This gathering of men meets 6:45 am at Russ’s Northside on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month.  For 2019, we will be reading “God’s Wisdom for Navigating Life: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Book of Proverbs by Tim & Kathy Keller, each day (as we can) and then picking a favorite to reflect on.  Books available at gathering. 

"Moms Matter" Support Group   

Moms Matter is a free social support group for any interested mother, no matter how old your children are, including perinatal (pregnant), postpartum, and post-adoption moms.  You don’t have to be diagnosed with depression to attend.  This group’s aim is to support women in our community in the journey of Motherhood and it is professionally led by a licensed therapist from The Postpartum Support Center of Holland. We meet on Harderwyk's campus. 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 room 21 on the lower level of the Red Brick Building at 9:30 am on Thursday mornings.  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 1st grade is available at both 9:00 am and 10:30 am service times for the summer.  

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

 Parent Note: May 26

*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. 

  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     

Tuesday, May 28                      3:00-8:00 pm          Open Anchor                                                        Thursday, May 30                    3:00-8:00 pm          Open Anchor                                                                                               

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


Welcome Patrick & Kara Bloemendal: Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf (CCCD) in Jamaica. They would love to share more with you about their ministry vision and financial goals.  Follow them at www.pkbloemendaal.com

Catch up with Zach & ChristyAmong Us: November Prayer letter                                       Follow them at  https://zachnchristyoder.blogspot.com/     


What's Cookin':  To help restock  for our next dinner, we are in need of the following: large cans of soup, boxed cereal, pasta sauce, pasta, toilet paper, laundry detergent, shampoo, body wash, and brown grocery bags (so our visitors can bag their items).  Donations can be left under the Neighbors Plus bulletin board in either building.  Thank you for your help as we meet the needs of those in our community! 

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 $32,538
    Actual Giving Last Week $26,619
    YTD Budgeted Need  $650,773
    YTD Actual Giving $496,278
    Income - Expense -$154,496
    Operating Cash Balance -$8,586*

                                                                                  *Borrowed from Emergency Reserve Fund



Resident Support Staff for Brothers and Sisters Homes:  The Holland Deacons' Conference is seeking part-time Resident Support Staff (aka Relief Staff) to serve at Brothers and Sisters Homes in Holland.  We are in need of individuals who are interested and available to work on weekends, weekdays, weekday evenings, and as substitutes on an as needed basis.  Interested individuals may apply on-line at brothersandsistershomes.org or call 616.494.6050 to request an application.

14th Annual Senior Community Day, Friday, May 31 from 8:30 am-2:00 pm. Vendors, Seminars and More!  Join us for this special day at Central Wesleyan Church, 446 W. 40th Street, Holland.  This FREE DAY will focus on products, services and education designed especially for seniors, caregivers and families.  Free health screenings &  services like Blood Pressure checks, Blood Sugar checks, Chair Massage, Hearing checks, and many more available.

Spring Concert - Christ Memorial Church is pleased to present “Gloria!” by Antonio Vivaldi and John Rutter on Sunday, June 2, at 5pm, with choir, orchestra, soloists and sacred dance. Invite family and friends to attend this wonderful concert with you! Christ Memorial is located at 595 Graafschap Road, Holland, MI ~ cmcholland.org

MOSES (Making OurSelves Equipped Servants) is accepting registrations for our annual trip: July 9-21 to Ensenada Baja Mexico for VBS, construction and sewing classes.  Teens age 14 or in at east 9th grade are welcome. There is also a need for adults to drive, mentor and chaperone.  Contact Judy VanderArk at 616-949-0344 or mosesjudy@gmail.com.  Check out our website at mosesweb.org. Also check us out on Facebook.

ATTENTION ALL FISHERMEN:      The Calvinist Cadet Corps is hosting it’s seventeenth annual fishing tournament to raise funds to support its ministry – helping boys grow spiritually in all areas of life. The fishing tournament will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Gun Lake State Park in southwest Michigan. For more information, call the Corps office at 616-241-5616 ext 4, or check out the Cadet website under the “Events” tab. Everyone is welcome! Registration forms are available from your Cadet club’s head counselor, or you can register at our website: www.CalvinistCadets.org. Lunch will be served at noon. Join us for a fun filled day!