Weekly Announcements
December 10, 2017

Children’s Ministry is practicing generosity during advent. Thank you kids, for bringing in money from your banks for Mika’s Lunch and for bringing in things to do for Neighbor’s Plus. Next week we will be collecting money for Mika’s  Lunch and THINGS TO MAKE (ex. Craft supplies: such as beads, pipe cleaners, paint, craft sticks, glue sticks, etc) for Neighbor’s Plus.

Are you interested in learning more about the proposed Facilities Expansion project?  We encourage everyone to come for Community Night Dinner On Wednesday, December 13 at 5:45 in the Great Room and hear a Facilities Expansion update. It will be a 15 minute update (during dinner) covering some of the basics of the proposed project.  We will be scheduling additional round table meetings in January for more in-depth discussion – dates will be announced as they are scheduled.

Harderwyk would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest family members: Jerry and Karen Kreuze (Fusion), Carol Smith (Fusion/Celebration), Logan and Lindsey Oonk (Fusion), David and Erin Jeffries (Fusion), Jeremy and Ellie Spindler (Watershed), Jason and Amber Brewer (Watershed), Zach and Angela Backstrom (Watershed), and Mark and Nicole DeRoo (Watershed).

If you wish to share Christmas greetings with those confined to their homes, the Christmas Card List is available at the Information Board.   

Advent Celebration & Christmas Market, Sunday, December 10, 5:00 pm.  All are invited to gather in the sanctuary for songs & carols of the season, readings and music led by Harderwyk community and musicians.  Refreshments and Market to follow.  Market proceeds to benefit Neighbors Plus and Mika's Lunch. We will have a cookie reception following the Advent Celebration, we invite everyone to bring a plate of cookies to share.

Pick up your free copy of Advent Conspiracy in the church office during the Advent season. 

Widows Luncheon:  Thursday, December 14, 11 am -1 pm,  Room 21 (Council Room).  Please RSVP by Tuesday, December 12.   Jolene DeHeer, Widow of Calvin College Biology Professor David DeHeer,  will share some insight and encouragement, especially as the Holiday Season approaches. Jolene is an Author, International Speaker, Mentor, with over 40 years of experience in Youth Ministry, Prayer Ministry, Bible Study Teacher, and Church Elder. There is a sign-up sheet in both buildings at Information Centers or  sign up online. For more information, contact Pastor Mary, maryd@harderwyk.com. 

World Renew Disaster Response needs your help.  The Holland Deacons’ Conference is coordinating volunteers from Holland area churches to travel to Detroit the weekends of February 18-20 and 25-27 to make the basements of elderly and disabled flood victims safe and livable again.  Our goal is to rehabilitate 20 homes during those two weekends. If you can join us (even for one or two days), contact Mark Hoekman at markjohnhoekman@gmail.com or 616-510-1913 for a World Renew application.  Construction skills are welcome, but willing hands and hearts are primary.  Thank you for volunteering to help.           _______________________________________________________________________

A Note from the Executive Pastor

“Today’s problems can be from yesterday’s solutions” according to Tod Bolsinger in Canoeing the Mountains. This at times can be an uncomfortable but true statement. As we have gathered, shared, listened and interacted together around the proposed facilities expansion plan, our goal is to develop solutions that will serve the church well into the future, cost effectively. On behalf of Council, staff and the people of Harderwyk, I would like to thank you for comments, feedback, questions, and affirmations that you have shared with us. Please feel free to ask questions and engage the Council and staff about this project. Your participation in this process is essential.

Our desire is to strengthen Harderwyk’s solid foundation and community impact. The proposed Facilities Expansion Project aims to build on and further enable Harderwyk’s many ministries.

A key piece of this ministry foundation is the people of Harderwyk and their generosity, which makes all that takes place on and off campus possible. As of Dec. 6 we need $215,648 by Dec. 31, 2017 to end the year well.  I am confident that the people of Harderwyk will meet this need, just as the Apostle Paul was confident of the Corinthians generosity (2 Corinthians 8).

In His Grace,

Darwin

WEDNESDAY COMMUNITY NIGHT

Dinner 5:15-6:15 pm     Children/Youth Classes   6:15-7:45 pm      Adult Classes  6:15-7:30 pm

Menu, December 13:  Breakfast     

ADULT SPIRITUAL FORMATION

Face to Face wit the Holy God: A study on Isaiah, by Kay Arthur                                                      Monday mornings, 9:00 – 10:30 am.  January 8-April 16.

This 14-week inductive study of the book of Isaiah enables readers to  observe and interpret the prophet’s message and apply it to their own lives. The brief daily exercises provide the tools readers need to mark key words, list important  insights, interrogate the text, and   discover life answers for themselves. Experienced Bible students and beginners alike will enjoy discovering how they, like Isaiah, can stand strong in the face of attack, persevere in a faithful walk with God, and claim the tremendous promises He has provided. 

Sign up on-line.  For more information, contact either Kristine Kane, (hurrikanes@charter.net) , or Brooke VanTil, (btvantil@gmail.com)

All Things New: a study on 2nd Corinthians, by Kelly Minter                                                          Wednesday evenings, 6:15 – 7:45 pm. January 10-March 7.

Over eight sessions, Kelly Minter will lead you through the Letter of 2nd Corinthians, exploring

¨ the anchoring truths of bearing treasures in jars of clay,

¨ meeting Christ through a pressing thorn,

¨ opening wide your heart in the midst of hurtful relationships, and

¨ what it means to embrace the lost and lonely as ministers of the new covenant.

Each of us has a message to proclaim and live by: Because of Jesus, the old has gone, the new has come.

 Sign up on-line.   For more information, contact Pastor Mary, (maryd@harderwyk.com).

The Quest, by Beth Moore                                                                                                  Wednesday evenings, 6:15 – 7:45 pm.  March 14-May 2

During this six-week excursion with Jesus, Beth Moore uses questions from Scripture to lead you into intimacy with the One who knows you best.

¨ Learn to pray, promoting intimacy with God.

¨ Explore questions & responses from the Bible.

¨ Track your quest, journaling along the way.

   Learn to read and respond to Scripture.

Sign up on-line.   For more information, contact Pastor Mary, (maryd@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

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

  • Sunday School for all kids 3 years old through 5th grade is available to all three worship communities and at both 9:00 am and 10:30 am service times.  Come join the fun!                     *Children should come for worship with their family in the service and will be                           dismissed at the appropriate time.

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

  • Celebration & Fusion Nursery Coordinator:                                                                              Kaleigh Johnson (Kaleigh@harderwyk.com)


  • Watershed Children's Ministry Coordinator:
    Lori Baumann (lori@harderwyk.com)

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

   Parent Note:  December 10, 2017

STUDENT MINISTRIES

This Week @ The Anchor

Monday, December 11                  6:30-8:00 pm      High Tide

Tuesday,  December 12                3:00-8:00 pm      Open Anchor

Wednesday, December 13          6:15-7:45 pm       Riptide/Undertow

Thursday, December 14               3:00-8:00 pm      Open Anchor

MISSIONS

Harderwyk currently has several people who are abroad doing short term missions or intense Bible studying for this year.  You can follow their adventures or stay in touch at: 

Bekah Monroe: http://rebekahmonroe.theworldrace.org 

The Joyce Family: https://themostofthese.com 

Aubrey MacDonald: 749 Welcome Bay Rd.,                                                                                                                             Welcome Bay, Turanga    3175                                                                                                               New Zeeland

Perspectives Course: Interested in better understanding God's global purpose?  Would you like to learn more about the passion of God's heart and to roll up your sleeves alongside of Him? Do you want to read your Bible in one hand, and your newspaper in the other? Is it time to discover your role in reaching the nations? Are you ready to be "ruined for the ordinary?"  Come join Holland Perspectives this Spring!  Monday evenings, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, January 8 - April 30 at Western Theological Seminary. Different levels of participation are offered, from Key Reading to graduate credit. Questions?  Contact Rev. Carolyn Hoffman (616.399.2128, crhoffman@sbcglobal.net).  We would LOVE to have you join us for this life changing course! 

NEIGHBORS PLUS

Save the Date!  The Neighbors Plus Springtime in Paris auction will be held Thursday, April 19, 2018 at the Midtown Center!  As our committee begins preparing for the auction, we would love to learn if members of our church family have items or services they would like to donate (cottage rentals, housekeeping, lawn services, season tickets for sporting and fine arts events, house painting, boat rides, photography, etc.).  Please contact Jennifer Roudebush at jennifer@harderwyk.comThank you! 

SUPPORTING HARDERWYK MINISTRIES

  • Ways to Support Harderwyk and the Journey to Generosity Brochures are available at the Information Centers or online at harderwyk.com/giving

    Give Electronically  through our mobile app (Elexio My Church App), online at harderwyk.com or at the Elexio Kiosks in both the Anchor and Red Brick Building. 

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  • Giving  
    Weekly Budgeted Need $29,536
    Actual Giving Last Week $29,393
    YTD Budgeted Need  $1,447,265
    YTD Actual Giving $1,312,135
    Finances  
    Income - Expense -$111,635
    Operating Cash Balance $108,384

     *Year End: With 3 weeks left in the year, $215,648 or 14% of the Budget is needed to end the year in a healthy financial position.  Your commitment and support of Harderwyk Ministries is deeply appreciated.  

REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS

Immanuel Retreat: January 13, 2018, 9:00 am-4:00 pm.  A one day retreat to learn ways of opening ourselves to vibrant, healthy, interactive relationships with Immanuel and others. Buy tickets today at communityreformed.org,  individuals $20, groups of 4 or more $15 each.  Lunch provided. 

CALVIN SYMPOSIUM ON WORSHIP - You are invited to register and attend the annual Calvin Symposium on Worship, January 25-27, 2018, at Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary. The three-day conference brings together a wide audience of artists, musicians, pastors, scholars, students, worship leaders and planners, and other interested worshipers. There are excellent rates for students and groups from churches. All worship services are free and open to the public. For information and to register, go to worship.calvin.edu/symposium/.

Perspectives: Interested in better understanding God's global purpose?  Would you like to learn more about the passion of God's heart and to roll up your sleeves alongside of Him? Do you want to read your Bible in one hand, and your newspaper in the other? Is it time to discover your role in reaching the nations? Are you ready to be "ruined for the ordinary?"  Come join Holland Perspectives this Spring!  Monday evenings, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, January 8 - April 30 at Western Theological Seminary. Different levels of participation are offered, from Key Reading to graduate credit. Questions?  Contact Rev. Carolyn Hoffman (616.399.2128, crhoffman@sbcglobal.net).  We would LOVE to have you join us for this life changing course!

Tour the Biblical Lands of Israel - February 12 – 23, 2018. Experience a refreshing renewal of your faith, and gain a deeper understanding of the Bible, as you tour the biblical lands with teaching host, Pastor Peter Tuininga, and Sindbad Tours of Israel. See many of the biblical places (Jerusalem, Galilee, Caesarea, Jericho and more), and gain spiritual and historical insights which will make the Bible come alive for you. For complete information, cost, and registration, go to website: toursofisrael.wordpress.com or call Peter Tuininga: 1 289 877-8433 or e-mail: peter.tuininga@gmail.com.