Harderwyk News

christmas services at Harderwyk

Promoting the health and safety of our congregation, Harderwyk is planning to make our special Christmas Worship Services available online only. There will be no special services onsite for this year. Here is what we are at work on:

Online Lessons & Carols – A simple service of Scripture Readings and Christmas Carols. Hear the story and sing-along in your own home. As many times as you like.

Christmas Eve Online Candlelight Service – Have your candles ready as you join in the music, Scripture and reflection in a Fusion musical setting.  Need a candle? Stop in the church office prior to Christmas Eve and we will be happy to share one with you.

Christmas Day Online Service – Our traditional Celebration-style service with Scripture, prayer, reflection and the Hallelujah Chorus. Pour another cup of coffee and don’t worry if you are still in your pajamas. Good News! For unto us a Savior is born!!

Watch for more information and links to come.

Month  at  a  glance

Women's Ministry Book Study

December 9, Wednesday

6:30-8pm - via Zoom meeting

The group will be studying Psalm 40 by Sarah Mae. The book cost is $15 and the group will be meeting at church. Childcare will be available! Questions? Contact April Kiekintveld: april@harderwyk.com

Men's bible study

December 14, Monday

Contact Pastor Bill for Time and platform

This group meets on the 2nd & 4th Monday each month. We will enjoy breakfast together and discuss "Paul David Tripp's "New Morning Mercies" a Gospel Centered daily devotional. Pastor Bill will facilitate.

women's kickboxing goes virtual!

Effective 11/18/2020

every Thursday

7pm, Virtual - Look for us on Facebook.

This class is FREE! Grab your yoga mat and a friend and join Carrie Postma for a kickboxing class that is for all activity levels. Come check it out! For more details about classes, check out our Facebook page at Harderwyk Cardio Kickboxing. 

Pastor Mary's time on staff is quickly coming to a close as she anticipates retirement at the end of December. Since we are all working hard to keep each other safe and healthy during this unprecedented year and are unable to gather in person to celebrate her ministry, we want to SHOWER Pastor Mary with our LOVE from afar. 

While Mary's presence will be missed in the office at church, the great work she did here ensures that she will not be forgotten anytime soon.  Please consider joining us by sending a card, postcard, letter or the like to Mary via US Mail sometime over the month of December so we flood her mailbox with our love!  This might include your favorite memory of serving in ministry with Mary, a special thought or feeling you have experienced because of her encouragement in your life, or a simple sentiment to honor her ministry here over many years.  

Contact the office for Mary's mailing address.  616-399-9190

general  Annoucements

2021 Contribution Envelopes are here and available in the office! To ensure as few contact points as possible we will not be leaving the books out at worship areas this year.  There are still several ways that we can safely get them in your hands:

  • US Mail - we are happy to mail them to your home at your request.  Email Dee or call the office at 616-399-9190
  • Drive Up or Office Pick up - This option will help to defray the $2.20 cost of mailing.  Simply stop by the church office or let us know you are outside and we are happy to run them out to your car.  Office hours: Monday-Thursday 9am-1pm
  • Pick Up at Sunday Service - notify us ahead of time and we can have your book available for you outside of your worship community.  This option will also help us to defray the $2.20 cost of mailing.

Thank you very much for the many toy donations to this year's Hope Christmas Store. With your generosity, we are giving hope to more than 200 children and their families this Christmas. Thank you for being the light that shines this Christmas on those in need. Dawn Houskamp, Kids Hope Director

Thanksgiving Bags: Neighbors Plus will once again be collecting donations for the Neighbors Plus Market, My Brother’s House, and My Sister’s House. Donation bags will be available in the main hallway between the Sanctuary and the Great Room, the Fusion entrance, the East office entrance, and the Watershed entrance. Donation requests are listed on the bags. Please return the bags to church by Sunday, December 13. Our students in the Alternative Suspension Program will happily and safely deliver the bags. 


Thanksgiving Day Worship Service - Still Available Online

In the interest of being COVID-Careful, the 2020 Thanksgiving Day Service was available online only. Of course, that means it is still available if you missed it .  Click Here to view the service now.  Be sure to check out Pastor Bill's Blog post "Giving Thanks Like the Pilgrims" too.

Mission Update:

Rehoboth Christian School update found here

Zach and Christy are on their way!  Want to know when they arrive safely in Nigeria?

Subscribe to their Yodelings blog by checking the Yodelings option in your preferences and they will send you an email as soon as they are able to. 

If you'd like to continue to support the work of all of our Long Term Missionaries through your tithe contributions, simply make the designation on your giving envelope, or use the memo or note area provided on whatever form of electronic giving you use.

Monday Morning Women's Bible Study, Starting January 12th. They will be studying Chasing Vines by Beth Moore. You will be responsible for paying for the price of the book, which should be around $20. Please let April Kiekintveld know by December 14 if you would like to attend. You can email April Kiekintveld at april@harderwyk.com

Children’s Ministry classes have been suspended for the remainder of 2020 due to Covid-19. Be on the look-out for some great at-home Advent activities coming in the mail to your families with CM age kiddos! If you do not receive a packet but would like one, please email Lori and we will get one out to you! We are missing all of our wonderful children! Blessings! Harderwyk Children’s Ministry Staff

GEMS and Cadets

Information for the next "at home" badge project has been sent home via email. Badge information can also be accessed below.  Have you missed a badge, go to our website page (harderwyk.com/get connected/ children) for all available badges.

Money Management Badge/GEMS

Giving Badge/ Cadets

If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact us!

Tim Diekema, Harderwyk Cadets Head Counselor: tjdiekema@gmail.com

Meredith Steenwyk, GEMS Leadership: meredithsteenwyk@gmail.com


Harderwyk has a NEW app!

Want to keep up to date on what is happening on campus?  We have a new app with so much to offer.  Here you can access sign up forms, event information, giving, church directory and more!  ...check it out here.

executive  pastor  notes

December 3, 2020

End of Year Financial Announcement

2020 is drawing to a close, and there are only four (4) Sundays remaining in December. Life during this time of year is extremely busy and further complicated by COVID-19. Advent is here, and Christmas and New Year’s Eve are rapidly approaching. In the midst of all this, we give thanks for God’s faithfulness to Harderwyk and its many members. 

Traditionally giving during the months of November and December has been strong and enabled Harderwyk to end the year in the black as well as providing sufficient funds to carry us through the first several (often lean) months of the new year.

As you are aware, 2020 has brought financial challenges to our variety of ministries. The 2020 budget was fully reviewed, and many planned expenditures were reduced or removed for a budget savings of $155,000. With this revised budget in mind, and a goal of adding an additional $75,000 to our operating cash balance, we prayerfully need a total of $223,522 or $55,880 weekly in December to meet our expected expenses and position us for a strong start in 2021.  Your financial gifts along with your gifts of time and service testify to your gratitude to God for what he has done for us through Christ and profess your dependence on God. 

As the end of the year draws near, I invite you to prayerfully reflect on these words from the Apostle Paul and consider how you might partner with us in addressing our financial challenges as we pursue reaching the Lakeshore and beyond with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:6-7)

Rev. Darwin K. Glassford
Executive Pastor

Fusion Pastor Candidate

Pastor JB Wernlund, a candidate for the Harderwyk Ministries Campus Pastor position serving the Fusion community will be preaching this Sunday (Dec. 6, 2020) in Fusion. Following the service, we will gather for a town hall meeting with JB in the Fusion worship space, this conversation will also be livestreamed. You may submit questions during the livestream by texting them to 616.805.9544. A virtual town hall will also be held via Zoom at this link.

JB currently serves as the Associate Pastor at Providence CRC in Grand Rapids. he served pastoral internships at Tulare Community Church (CA) and Fairhaven Church in Hudsonville while completing his seminary studies at Western Theological Seminary. He is a graduate of Hope College, and prior to seminary served as Pastor of Youth and Outreach at Oaks Community Church (Chino, CA).

Your prayers for wisdom and discernment for JB and his family, the Search Team, Council, Staff, the Fusion community, and Harderwyk Ministries are greatly appreciated as we take this next step in the search process.

neighbors plus

updated 11/18/2020

Thanksgiving Bags: Neighbors Plus will once again be collecting donations for the Neighbors Plus Market, My Brother’s House, and My Sister’s House. Donation bags will be available in the main hallway between the Sanctuary and the Great Room, the Fusion entrance, the East office entrance, and the Watershed entrance. Donation requests are listed on the bags. Please return the bags to church by Sunday, December 13. Our students in the Alternative Suspension Program will happily and safely deliver the bags. 

Neighbors Plus is Hiring! 

Do you enjoy working with at-risk students? If so, we have an ideal opportunity for you!

One of the ministries of Neighbors Plus is the Alternative Suspension Program (ASP), and we are now hiring a part-time Assistant Teacher. Working with area schools, ASP works with middle and high school students that have been suspended from school. Getting to help students with schoolwork so they are prepared to return to school is really just one part of the job - while these students may have made a different choice, we love the opportunity to remind each and every one that they are loved, valued, and worthwhile. The goal of the part-time teacher assistant is to help in all facets of the Alternative Suspension Program, including one-on-one tutoring, developing behavior plans, coordinating community service, and career exploration.

This position is located in the Anchor Building at Harderwyk Ministries, with a goal of 20-30 hours per week, following the West Ottawa school calendar, and reports to the Executive Director. If the opportunity to be part of a local non-profit that works to build relationships and make change with our younger generation interests you, please submit your resume to Jennifer Roudebush at jennifer@harderwyk.com            (job description attached).

Requested Announcements

Hurricane Eta Response in Latin America - Right now, 2.5 million people are facing the many devastating impacts of Hurricane Eta. Since November 3, over 300,000 people have been displaced. World Renew is working alongside its Christian partners in Latin America to deliver essential items like food, water, hygiene kits, and shelter items to families most affected by this disaster. Thank you for making an immediate impact through your gifts and prayers. To donate online, please go to: www.worldrenew.net. To donate by phone, please call us at: 800-552-7972.

World Renew Gift Catalog - Follow Jesus into the lives of the poor during COVID-19 this Advent through the World Renew 2020-2021 Gift Catalog. Choose a gift that helps people who live with scarcity to experience more of the fullness of life that God intends for them. Need a print catalog? Available at the church Information Center or Order yours at bit.ly/ordergc20 or view the online catalog at worldrenew.net/gifts. Call us at 800-552-7972 to find out more and give today!

Devotions for a Blue Christmas - In the midst of hard times, find strength and encouragement through God's word. A set of fourteen encouraging Today devotions reassure you that even during the darkest of Christmas seasons, you’re not alone. Receive this free email series and ebook when you subscribe to Today at todaydevotional.com/bluechristmas

GROUNDWORK: JESUS WILLINGLY HUMBLED HIMSELF - Would you like to see the “Christmas spirit” last all year long? Join Groundwork as we study Philippians 2:1-11 to study why the Apostle Paul challenges us to examine the incarnation and to understand how the humility Christ demonstrates is the secret. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com and subscribe to Groundwork’s weekly emails for future episodes.

SALVATION IS A CHRISTMAS GIFT - Check out our new kids’ devotion at www.kidscorner.net. This week's devotion talks about how God’s salvation is a free gift. Listen now at kidscorner.net and subscribe to KC’s weekly emails for all the new content.

Free Advent Devotional - He Will Be Our Peace is an email devotional series put together by World Renew, Resonate Global Mission, and the CRC Office of Social Justice that features reflections from CRC ministries around the world during Advent 2020. Each devotion will be delivered to your email inbox every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, starting December 2, 2020, through Christmas Day. Join us as we journey through lamenting injustice to looking forward to the coming of the Prince of Peace using the book of Micah. Go to justice.crcna.org/advent to sign up today!

FAMILY FIRE - FAMILY FIRE is an online community exploring Spirit-led family, marriage, parenting, in-laws, blended families, and intimacy. Find encouraging articles and devotions at familyfire.com. Subscribe for regular email updates and connect with our Family Fire community on Facebook.

Handel's Messiah Sing-Along - Messiah is a 101-year tradition at Calvin University. This year, a true “pick-up chorus” of Calvin students, faculty, and staff joined the Calvin Orchestra to keep the tradition alive! Join us for the Messiah Sing-Along Premiere on the Calvin University YouTube Chanel on Friday, December 4 at 8 p.m.

Healer of Our Every Ill - A new twist on a favorite Calvin University tradition! The Campus Choir, Women’s Chorale, and Capella have professionally recorded five sessions, which will debut on the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship’s YouTube channel at 7 p.m. EST each Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve. Each service is 30–40 minutes long and contains songs, Scripture, and prayer. worship.calvin.edu/news-events/events/

Talk is Cheap: Antiracism is Work - Free Webinar Event - Join the CRCNA Office of Race Relations and the Office of Social Justice for an engaging discussion on the work of Antiracism. We'll talk about the challenge of changing attitudes and moving antiracist talk into antiracism actions. Register here: https://loom.ly/Rib3ozA

Opportunities to Work with World Renew - Compelled by God’s deep passion for justice & mercy, we join communities around the world to renew hope, reconcile lives, and restore creation - and we have an opportunity for you to join us in this work! We currently have some RFP’s for SEO Agencies - Content and Optimization in the USA and Canada. More details can be found at worldrenew.net/careers or worldrenew.ca/careers.