Harderwyk News


Harderwyk Playgroup!

September 18th, Friday

10am-11am--Please note the new time!

Huizenga Park - 350 Royal Park Dr, Zeeland, MI 49464

Please RSVP for this playgroup: contact April Kiekintveld if you'll be attending!   

In Person Services

September 20, Sunday

Daniel Series: God Is Here Too

  • Celebration 9:00 am
  • Watershed 9:45 am
  • Fusion 10:30 am

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to worship at Celebration, Fusion and Watershed this weekend! We ask that you please take a moment to review our COVID-19 protocols before attending so you know what to expect when arriving. You are encouraged to wear a mask, and make responsible and appropriate decisions about attendance according to your individual comfort and circumstance. If you choose to continue to worship from home for now, all of our services will be available by Livestream on our website.   

Women’s Prayer Group

September 21, Monday

10:15-11:45 am

Council Room/rm. 21

Beginning Monday, September 21, join us on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month (Through December) for a time of conversation and prayer, centered around Jim Cymbala’s Life Changing Prayer video/book study. A light brunch will be provided. Contact Pastor Mary to sign up. Cost is $8 for the study guide. 

Harderwyk Book Club

September 21, Monday

4pm, RBB Library

We are reading and will discuss the book  "Clock Dance" by Anne Taylor.  

Grief Share Support Group

October 6, Tuesday

5:30-7:30 pm

This 13-week class will provide you with testimonies, encouragement, and tools to equip you as you journey through grief. The Biblically-based videos, workbook, and small group discussion are guided by professionals and also those who have personally gone through a season of grieving the loss of someone they loved. A light supper will be provided. Cost is $13.00, and we will meet in the Council Room. Contact Pastor Mary for more information and/or to sign up. Watch Promo Video here.

Women's Kickboxing

every Thursday

7pm, Great Room

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.


Anchor Custodial Position Opening: Harderwyk has an immediate cleaning position opening at our Anchor Youth Center. This is a 12-15 hour per week cleaning position with quite flexible hours, and salary is commensurate with experience. Please contact Norlyn Compaan, Harderwyk Administrator at ncompaan@harderwyk.com for full job description or to apply. Job descriptions are also available for pickup in the church office. 

Children's Ministry Programming: We are excited to announce that we are planning to begin Sunday Children's Ministry programming in October.   We will be offering nursery, preschool and children's classes through 3rd grade.  If you have a 4th or 5th grader, they are invited to serve as a Jr. volunteer in our younger kids classes.  We ask those who are planning to attend Sunday school to sign up here; if you have a child interested in the Jr. volunteer position - sign up also.  We will be holding smaller classes and working to social distance as much as possible and we will use the sign up forms as a tool to plan accordingly.  Masks are encouraged.

If you are uncomfortable with your kids attending Sunday School Classes, we invite you to our Sunday service with your children to worship as a family. There will be activity bags available each Sunday for your kids and when the service is over your kids may take the bags home with them. We encourage you to bring them back each week, if you forget - we will have one available for your kids when you get there! These bags will be available each Sunday. We are looking forward to seeing you here!


Cadets: Last year our Cadets worked really hard on badges, projects and learning to be more Christ like in all areas of life. Unfortunately, our year had to be cut short and did not allow us to finish out with a pinewood derby race, project pick up, cadet store and plaque acknowledgement.

As we work through some of the changes that will be made for 2020/2021 year, we want to make sure that last year’s accomplishments are acknowledged by having a time for cadets to use their points and pick up any of their projects that they were not able to take home yet. So, on Sunday, September 27 we will be hosting an open house in the van garage (behind the Anchor building) from 10:00am – 12:00 for these activities.

In the next couple of weeks, we will have more information about this year’s activities.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.   Thank you. 

Tim Diekema

Harderwyk Cadets Head Leader


GEMS & GEMS parents:  We had a lot of fun building our derby cars, but unfortunately we won't have an opportunity to race them in 2020. GEMS derby cars will be available for pick-up Sunday, Sept. 27th from 10am to 12:30pm at the pavilion (rain date is October 4th). If you have a derby car at home with GEMS weights, please return the weights! We will need them for future races (hopefully in 2021)!   

Meanwhile, GEMS leadership is working with Cadets leadership to provide learning opportunities throughout this year, and we will keep you posted regarding any changes to the program. Thank you! 

Meredith Steenwyk

GEMS Leadership


Aldea Coffee: Fall has arrived, and so has coffee season! A fresh shipment of whole bean Aldea Coffee is available on the display stands in the main hallway of Red Brick, and the south entrance area of the Anchor. Please consider helping the farmers of La Union Honduras who have been deeply impacted by the effects of COVID-19. 

Secondhand Market & Cookie Sale:  This year’s craft sale is on hold. In its place we will have a social distanced sale of donated new & gently used items and cookie sale.  This fundraiser is so important to our Missions and Neighbors Plus Programs.  Here’s how you can help: 

  • Donate all of your gently used home and holiday items. (No clothing please)
  • If you are a crafter, consider making something new and donating it to our sale.
  • If you are a baker, make up some deliciousness and donate to our cookie sale.
  • SHOP...SHOP...SHOP! Put this date on your calendar and plan to come and shop!

We will begin accepting secondhand market donations starting September 28. We thank you for your support of these ministries. 

A Conversation on Preaching with four of the Harderwyk Pastors

In August 2020, CEP Director Scott Hoezee held a conversation with four members of a preaching team in Holland, Michigan, on the challenges of preaching during this time of quarantine and pandemic. They address the challenges, the surprises, the disappointments, and the strategies being used by pastors everywhere to meet this challenging ministry moment. You are invited to listen in on the conversation!

Check out the conversation at https://cep.calvinseminary.edu/covid-19/

A note from the executive pastor

September 17, 2020

This past week we embarked on a study of the Book of Daniel by reflecting on a passage from Jeremiah that describes how the Israelites found themselves in Babylon. Recall, Babylon is in every way the very opposite of everything the Israelites valued and knew in Jerusalem.


The Book of Daniel invites us to wrestle with what it means to be the church and what does it look like to live faithfully as Christ-followers in a hostile culture – a culture that sublimely invites and encourages you to compromise your faith with the attractive promise of belonging.


Babylon continues to be a reality. It looks different, yet its purpose is the same. It is suggested that our current milieu is best described as Digital Babylon. Digital Babylon is attractive. Our lives are enhanced by it in many ways. It is also fraught with hazards that must be taken seriously. What does it mean to the church in Digital Babylon; and what does it mean to follow Christ faithfully in this cultural context?


Drawing on the book Faith for Exiles: 5 Ways for a New Generation to Follow Jesus in Digital Babylon by Kinnaman & Matlock, we will be paralleling the Daniel series this fall. The descriptor Digital Babylon describes our accelerated complex culture that is marked by phenomenal access, profound alienation, and crisis of authority (p. 19).


Kinnaman and Matlock go on to note, The Babylon of the Bible is characterized as a culture set against the purposes of God - a human society that glories in pride, power, prestige and pleasure (p. 33).


Digital Babylon is similar. Our digital tools deliver information and help us makes sense of and solve problems as well as flatten information. The images capture our attention and disciple us. Digital Babylon thrives on fostering anxiety, seductively inviting us to compare ourselves and lives against the images that others share, knowing we will never measure up and yet inviting us to try.


We all live in Digital Babylon. We are all exiles from the Garden. The questions we must continue to wrestles with as a community and individually are: (1) What does it mean to be a church that proclaims the Good News of the gospel to its community in Digital Babylon, and (2) What does me to follow Jesus faithfully in Digital Babylon in a manner that invites others into a life of discipleship?


These are the questions we will probe in the coming weeks. May the Lord bless our services and our community as we explore the opportunities and hazards of Digital Babylon.



Darwin K. Glassford

Executive Pastor

neighbors plus

updated 9/17/2020

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 by Monday, September 28, 2020               (job description attached).

Kids Hope School Supply Thank You : We so appreciate the donations of school supplies, hand sanitizers and backpacks to help our kids start the school year ready to learn. With your generous donations, we were able to put together 100 backpacks for the kids in our community and 25 for our Kids Hope kids. As one Kids Hope student wrote, "thank you for the stuff like books, pencils, crayons, and markers. Thanks for helping me and see you next time."

Park2Park Race: Are you currently registered or have you considered participating in the 2020 race? If so, please read below ... we are now a virtual event!

First of all, we want to thank you for choosing to run the Holland Hospital Park2Park Race! The Park2Park is the largest annual fundraiser for Neighbors Plus (www.neighborsplus.org). While we had truly hoped to host our 16th annual race as an in-person event, health concerns, state restrictions, and a permit denial have forced us to move this to a virtual event. While a virtual event isn’t what we had hoped for, we still think it can be a lot of fun! You can do it any time and at any location. You can run (or walk) at your own pace with your favorite running partners, whenever and wherever you like. Whether you’re running your first mile or your twentieth half-marathon, we want to be a part of your success! To register for the event, please visit https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/Holland/HollandHospitalPark2Park or contact Jennifer Roudebush at jennifer@harderwyk.com if you have questions.

Requested Announcements

Holland Christian Schools is seeking people who want to build up and encourage young people and families through providing regular school bus transportation for students. Hours are flexible. We are seeking applicants who demonstrate a love for kids, careful, conscientious driving habits, and an interest in providing a needed service to the families of Holland Christian. No previous school bus driving experience necessary. Holland Christian will provide the training necessary. If interested please contact Dan Vos at 616-820-2805 or dvos@hollandchristian.org

CHAMY'S CATASTROPHE - Check out our children’s programs at www.kidscorner.net. In this week’s episode, “Chamy’s Catastrophe,” Chamy’s parents’ divorce is final on Friday. Chamy doesn’t believe it! Is there something she can do to bring her parents back together? Listen now at kidscorner.net and subscribe to KC’s weekly emails for future episodes. Download God’s Got You Covered, an eBook to help kids and parents talk about divorce. kidscorner.net/activities

GROUNDWORK: BE HOLY - The theme of Leviticus—to be holy because God is holy—still applies to followers of Christ today. Join Groundwork as we study Leviticus 11:44-47, Leviticus 19:14-37, and 1 Peter 1:13-16 to help us better understand God’s command and what it means for how we live our lives. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com and subscribe to Groundwork’s weekly emails for future episodes.

World Renew - DRS Responding to Derecho in Iowa - World Renew DRS Regional Volunteer Managers Pat and Rich Grasman traveled through Tama County and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, last week to assess needs and make contacts, including members of Peace CRC and Pastor Gary Brouwers, after a derecho storm hit the state on August 10th. DRS staff plan to travel to Iowa soon to determine the role for 1-day volunteers. If you live in Iowa and are interested in assisting with the World Renew DRS response, please contact Chris Gibson at 800-848-5818 or email cgibson@worldrenew.net. DRS is accepting donations for the derecho storm response in Iowa. Give online at worldrenew.net/drs or send your check, made out to World Renew DRS with “North America Disasters” in the Memo line.

Disability Concerns October Caregiver Series - Join us every Thursday in October, at 12 pm EDT for a conversation on Caregiving. This training event will help caregivers navigate the emotional landscape of their role and will give practical ideas how churches can help these families address the challenges for the person living with a disability as well as their siblings, parents, spouse, or other caregivers. Registration required. View our Network post: Disability Concerns Canada Conference Re-Imagined.

Glenn Bulthuis and the Tonedeafs: For about 35 years (1977 to 2012) we performed concerts at Calvin’s Fine Arts Center.  I’m excited to let you know that we’ve been lined up to do another Benefit Concert for Jenison Christian School.  Glenn Bulthuis and the Tonedeafs: Play the Music of the Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, Peter, Paul and Mary, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen and some Glenn Bulthuis favorites along with Chris Hansen’s Horns.  Friday night, October 9th, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.  

Trinity Christian Reformed Church 60 Port Sheldon St. S.W. Grandville, Michigan 49418   

We’ll have a 12-piece band for this concert so it will be a very fun evening.  Tickets on Sale Now!!! $20.00 General Seating Limited to the first 250 people  Call: 616-457-3301 for tickets. Jenison Christian School 7726 Graceland Drive Jenison, Michigan 49428   Any tickets purchased for the original April concert date will be honored in October. If you would like a refund, please contact Jenison Christian  

For info call: 616-890-8725 or E-mail: glennbulthuis@comcast.net