Weekly Announcements
July 22, 2018

Facilities Expansion UpdateThe Harderwyk Facilities Expansion project is currently out to bid, with a bid review meeting scheduled Tuesday July 24. Final plans and color boards have been received are available for review in the main hallway at Red Brick.  The tentative schedule is a groundbreaking ceremony Weds. August 15 at 6pm, with an Ice Cream Social following at The Shelter. The final service for Fusion in the Great Room is currently scheduled for Sunday Aug. 26. Late August will also likely bring movement of the nursery areas at both Red Brick and the Anchor as full construction gets under way. Construction dates are subject to change slightly as the final construction timelines are completed. 

The 14th Annual Student Ministries Summer Service Week begins Sunday evening.   You are all invited to join us any evening for dinner and worship (except for Thursday) and see what it is all about!  Jolene DeHeer is once again our featured guest speaker, with Adam Locker leading Worship. Dinner begins at 6 PM (Great Room) and Worship at 7 PM (Sanctuary).  Thank You to all who have contributed by volunteering their time and through your donations!

The Back to School Event of Bethany Christian Services is an annual event that Bethany holds for fosters and adoptive children as well as their families.  During this event we give each child a new backpack full of school supplies.  The school supplies and backpacks that we receive are donated through local churches and several local business.  We especially need binders, folders, college ruled notebooks, index cards, highlighters, calculators and protractors.  Look for the Bethany collection box in the red brick building.

Dealing Faithfully With Dementia, August 7, 11:30a (Council Room).  Join us for a potluck lunch followed by a presentation from Rev. Dr. Suzanne McDonald, Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Western Theological Seminary.   More information below. 

GEMS could use your help:  Informational Meeting (with snacks) this Sunday, July 22 in the library after the 10:30 service. Women and high school girls we would love to use your spiritual gifts in our GEMS ministry at Harderwyk. GEMS is our ministry to girls in 1st-5th grades on Wednesday nights. If you are interested but unable to attend the Informational Meeting, email Karen at gems@harderwyk.com

GEMS is looking for someone (or some friends) who can transform some bulletin boards and help create a prayer wall (instructions included). We would like this finished by September and after that just a few updates would be needed every month. Curious? Email gems@harderwyk.com


A Note from the Executive Pastor 

Last year the number of people viewing YouTube videos on TV screens grew 70%. That is remarkable growth. This shift indicates that YouTube is becoming another entertainment channel like Netflix, Hulu, etc. 

It is in the midst of these cultural developments that the Church is called to proclaim and testify to the gospel. In Mark 1:35-39 there is a peculiar story. It is early, and Jesus goes off to a solitary place to pray. The disciples look for him and when they find him exclaim, “Everyone is looking for you!” Everyone in this story refers to the crowds who came to see Jesus and the miracles he performed. (Mark 1:29-34). Jesus’ response is surprising, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.”  

The desire to be entertained is strong. The temptation to re-envision preaching as entertainment is strong. Yet preaching does not seek to entertain, but to proclaim the life transforming gospel through the Holy Spirit in a manner that addresses the deeps longings of the human heart – a clear sense of identity, an understanding of our significance and role within the community, and a transcendent sense of purpose. These longings of heart can only truly be met through the gospel. May the Lord continue to bless Harderwyk Ministries as we seek to reach the lake shore and beyond with the gospel by equipping disciples and training leaders who proclaim, testify and live the gospel. 

In His Grace,
Darwin K. Glassford
Executive Pastor


Thanks for a great year!

Community Night will resume again in September.  See you then! 


"Moms Matter"

Summer schedule:  

  • August 1(picnic shelter outside by the anchor building), 6:30-7:30 pm 

Moms Matter is a social support group for any interested mother, 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! For more information visit supportmom.org 

Dealing Faithfully With Dementia          August 7, 11:30 am    (Council Room). Join us for a potluck lunch followed by a presentation from Rev. Dr. Suzanne McDonald, Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Western Theological Seminary.    

The thought of having to deal with dementia bewilders and frightens many of us. Dementia challenges our usual ways of thinking about how God relates to us and how we relate to God, and tests the faith, hope, and love of all of us. In this presentation, we will explore how a neglected day in the Easter Season - Holy Saturday - can become a scriptural 'space' for the experience of dementia. We will also reflect on scriptural approaches to personhood in relation to people with dementia, and how dementia can help all of us to learn what it means to say that our lives are hidden with Christ in God (Col 3:3). Along the way, we will consider some good care practices, and ways to give encouragement in Christ to those who suffer from dementia, and those who love and care for them.  

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


  • Cadet Open Anchor: August 15, Next Event Date:  During the summer, Cadets will have opportunities to attend Open Anchor every 3rd Wednesday of the month from 6:00-8:00 pm, May through August.  This will be a time for Cadets and families to come together and enjoy outdoor time with other Cadets, Cadet families and Cadet Leaders.  These events are open to all incoming 1st graders through outgoing 5th grade Cadet boys, their families and friends.  Each event will include an outdoor activity (indoor if weather is bad), a snack and a time to socialize.  Questions? contact Tim Diekema, 616-690-0022. 


  • Sunday School:
  • 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 through the summer.          

  •  *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 through the summer.  Our full Sunday school schedule will begin in September.
  • *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)


This Week @ The Anchor 

Monday, July 23                        Middle School Summer Service Week - No Anchor Road Trip

Tuesday, July 24                        Middle School Summer Service Week - No Open Anchor

Wednesday, July 25                  Middle School Summer Service Week - No Open Anchor

Thursday, July 26                      Middle School Summer Service Week - No Open Anchor

Friday, July 27                            Middle School Summer Service Week - No Beach Lunch                                         

For more information about our Student Ministries or how you can get involved, contact Nate, email or call.  399-9190


**The Joyce family is home for the summer.  Look for them around Watershed to get updates on their adventures in Gracias, Honduras!

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 



Open AmeriCorps Positions at Neighbors PlusApplicants needed for Educational Assistants at the Neighbors Plus Alternative Suspension Program, via AmeriCorps.  Positions are for assistant leadership staff in tutoring and mentoring middle school students who have been suspended from school.  Candidates should have a heart for kids and families needing encouragement and guidance.  

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

Complete Job Description and AmeriCorps Information:  Contact Yah-Hanna Jenkins-Leys at yjenkinsleys@goodsamministries.com 

Great Escape is accepting applications for Junior Counselors.  Candidates must be at least 14 years old.  This is a fun way to volunteer, contribute, and gain experience working with children and camp staff.  Interested?  Contact greatescate@neighborsplus.org

Both Meet Up and Eat Up Sites are in full swing!  Between Leisure Estates and our new Pine Creek site, we are serving more than 150 kids each day!  In addition to the lunch provided, MUEU also provides books, games, crafts for the kids and ways to cool off! We are looking for donations of Flavorice tubes (we will freeze), water balloons, or volunteers to surprise the kids at a site with frozen treats or cold water.  For more information on how you can be a part of Meet Up and Eat Up, please contact Dawn Houskamp at dawn@harderwyk.com.

The Park2Park Half-Marathon & 5k Race is just a few months away, and we’d like to collect as much water as possible before the race … can you please help? We need 15 cases of water and 20 gallon jugs.  The sooner we collect all the water, the better.  Donations of water bottles can be left at the Neighbors Plus cubbies in either building.  Please contact  Jennifer Roudebush if you have any questions.  Thank you!  

Register Online – www.park2parkrace.com  or contact: traci@harderwyk.com for more information.  


  • 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. 

  • Giving  
    Weekly Budgeted Need $31,301
    Actual Giving Last Week $23,267
    YTD Budgeted Need  $876,443
    YTD Actual Giving $713,383
    Income - Expense -$153,217
    Operating Cash Balance $131,442



 Reaching the Hearts of Your Grandchildren:   Join us for our 2nd annual Reaching the Hearts of Your Grandchildren event - sponsored by The Colson Center for Christian Worldview and the Legacy Coalition. Spend an evening with John Stonestreet (president - The Colson Center) and Larry Fowler (president - Legacy Coalition). John and Larry will be discussing "Leaving a Legacy of Hope for Your Grandchildren" and "Reaching the Hearts of Your Grandchildren," respectively. Registration includes a copy of Restoring All Things (John Stonestreet) and Draw the Circle (Mark Batterson). Manthei Barn - 2616 Townsend Road - Petoskey, MI.  August 1, 6:00-9:00pm.  For more information, Click here.


The Calvinist Cadet Corps is looking for a Marketing and Promotions Coordinator. A part-time role, based in the Cadet office in Grand Rapids, the position will entail helping the Cadet organization reach more boys across North America. From social media to printed media, from helping churches grow their clubs to finding churches that can start a club, the job is ideal for someone passionate about the need for boys to have Christian mentors, helping them grow into Christian men.  For more info contact the Cadet office, 616-241-5616 ext. 4 or submissions@calvinistcadets.org 

Are you looking for a mission opportunity which can be done from the comfort of your own home?  Pannonia Christian Educational Exchange program, is an all-volunteer, non-profit CRC World Mission initiated group.  We are seeking a family who will have a daughter attending Holland Christian High School to host a female student from Hungary for the 2018-2019 school year.  To learn more about the student coming, this ministry or if you have an interest in possibly hosting this student, or others, you may contact Lois Craven -(616) 724-6399, lcraven@crcna.org; Sandy DeVries - 616-366-2141, sdevr10024@gmail.com; Julia (Koscondy) Nagy (616) 455-3139. Attila Simo (616) 634-0597, attilasimo1@gmail.com.   A stipend is available to the hosting family.

Loving Your Neighbor Conference - Join us July 30 - August 1 at Calvin Seminary for this year's Loving Your Neighbor Conference, where we will ask, from a variety of perspectives, “What Does ‘Loving Your Migrant, Immigrant and Refugee Neighbor’ Mean Today?” Hear from Dr. Paul Lin, professor at Vanderbilt Divinity School and this year's keynote, and a variety of other speakers whose ministries focus on migrants, immigrants, and refugees. We invite pastors, ministry leaders, and lay members to attend this conference.  Register at www.calvinseminary.edu/neighbor.

Calvin College Travel Health and Immunization - services are available to the community (age 13 and above). Whether you are traveling alone or with a group, you are welcome to schedule an appointment to meet all of your travel health needs. We offer a variety of travel vaccines and routine immunizations. We bill most insurances (not Medicaid, Medicare, or TriCare). Verify coverage with your insurance. To schedule an appointment, call 616-526-6187.

Calling all Runners and Walkers - Reconciliation of Life is a non-profit, faith-based ministry that connects incarcerated prisoners in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with family and loved ones back home. Our aim is to help reduce the recidivism rate of law violators and maintain a strong support system for individuals serving time. Join us for our “No Retaliation 5k Run/Walk" fundraiser at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 11 at Riverside Park in Grand Rapids. Early bird registration is $25 per person until June 30 ($30 after June 30). Register or donate at Reconciliationoflife.org. Info: contact Doug Howard (dhoward@calvin.edu).