A MONTH AT A GLANCE
November 28, Thursday
All Harderwyk Thanksgiving Service
10:00 am - Sanctuary
An opportunity for all of Harderwy's worshiping communities and campus pastors to gather in one place and give thanks to God with worship, scripture, prayer and generosity. If you would like to be a part of the choir, simply join a rehearsal at 9:00 am in the sanctuary. Nursery will be provided for kids 3 and younger.
As part of our Thanksgiving Day service this year, we will be bringing our offerings forward during the service. Thanksgiving offering envelopes will be available at the service so that you can designate your gift to a ministry of your choosing. In addition, you are also invited to bring household items to hep stock the Neighbors Plus Market, and gas and food cards (i.e. Subway, Panera, etc.) to share with families who are experiencing unplanned medical travel.
December 3, Tuesday
Women's Ministry Event
6:30 pm - Room 1, lower level Red Brick building
Please join us for a women's night of fellowship, laughter and to celebrate the spirit of Christmas! We are hosting a cookie/treat exchange. We will be making a decorative plate to serve your cookies on. If you wish to participate in the exchange , please bring 6 dozen cookies/treats.. Women of all ages are invited to join us as we sip on a cup of hot chocolate and reflect on the Christmas season.
December 4, Wednesday
Community Night Dinner and Classes
Each week on Wednesday we get together for a community dinner, served from 5:00-6:00p (suggested dinner donations $4 adult, $2 child, $12 family). Dinner is followed by classes for kids and adults,
December 4, Wednesday
December 11, Wednesday
Room 20, lower level red brick building
The 2-part "Fruitful Conversations" series aims to equip Christians with the biblical foundations and practical tools we need to have fruitful conversations about difficult and polarizing topics, that are filled with grace and truth. Facilitated by Branson Parler who serves as Professor of Theological Studies at Kuyper College in Grand Rapids, MI.
December 8, Sunday
Songs and Scriptures of Christmas & Family Market
Gather in the sanctuary to sing the songs and carols of the season! Our celebration will be followed by a Christmas Market in which we invite all families to participate. We challenge families to invest a small amount of money to create a project or product for our market and see how much money you can raise. To sign up, contact: Christine MacDonald or Dee Stahl. All proceeds will benefit Neighbors Plus and Mika's Lunch.
December 15, Sunday
New Harderwyk Adult Small Groups.
5:00 pm Potluck
Engage is a new kind of small group Bible study on different encounters with Jesus in the Gospels designed for Christians of all shapes, states and sizes that combines a provocative Bible study, group interaction and spiritual formation. Led by Pastor Darwin Glassford.
Resolving Everyday Conflict - Bible study with DVD, discussion and workbook designed to unpack the Bible on conflict and relationships. Led by Pastor Bill Lindner. Started in October. If interested in putting together a second group of approximately 10 people, please contact Pastor Bill.
December 16, Monday
Harderwyk Book Club
4 pm in the Library/Lounge
Mary VanDenend will lead the discussion on "Keepsake" by Kristina Riggle. New members always welcome!
Pig in a Blankets for sale: Do you want a delicious and EASY tasty holiday meal? We have Pig in a Blankets available for sale at the red brick building, ½ dozen for $12.00, proceeds benefitting Missions. They are the same homemade Pigs served at our craft sale. Each pig is approximately ¼ plound and is gently wrapped in a French Puff Pastry. No preservatives and no fillers – just meat, egg and seasoning. Enjoy with your family this holiday season!
Children’s Ministry Holiday Schedule for Watershed
- Nov. 24 – Preschool classes only
- Dec. 1 – Preschool classes only
- Dec. 22 – Preschool classes only
- Dec. 29 – Preschool classes only
Two of Holland's very own musical groups, Big Band Of Praise (BBOP) and Lake Effect – The Choir, will combine to present “Music for the Mission” an inspiring evening of music to benefit the Holland Rescue Mission. This concert will be held on Thursday, November 21, 7:00 p.m. at Pillar Church (57 E 10th St, Holland). Your spirits will be lifted with music from traditional to spirituals and from jazz to gospel in the choral and swing band styles. This will be a musical journey you will not want to miss! A free-will offering will be taken as we help support the Holland Rescue Mission and their vision of leading people to changed lives in Christ by offering programs of excellence for the homeless and less fortunate in West Michigan.
Orphan Sunday (Month)
More than 3,000 children in Michigan are waiting for permanent, loving homes to call their own each year. There are 327 children on the MARE website right now that are waiting for a family. If interested in learning more about MARE, visit their website at www.mare.org.
Hope Christmas Store
Help make Christmas brighter this year for a child in need. Our 13th annual Hope Christmas Store is right around the corner on Saturday, December 7. You can help by choosing an ornament from one of the Hope Christmas trees on campus. Simply purchase a gift ($25.00 range) for the age and gender printed on the ornament label. Please return the unwrapped gift to church by Wednesday, December 4. To help you shop, gift suggestions are located by each tree. Thank you for your help in giving a child a little Hope this Christmas. Dawn Houskamp, Kids Hope Director, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fusion Sunday School
Fusion has had overflowing Sunday School classes the last few weeks! We love having so many kids in Fusion but we are growing out of three classrooms and really need to move back to four classrooms. In order to do this, we need 2 more preschool teachers and 2 more 2nd-3rd grade teachers. Please let April Kiekintveld know if you would be interested!
Kids Hope Mentors Needed
From a new Kids Hope mentor this year, "We are a great match! He said I was fun and I made his day and asked me if I could come again tomorrow. I'm pretty sure I am just as blessed as him." We still have 4 students waiting for a special someone to walk alongside them this school year. Contact Dawn Houskamp for more information on how you can become a Kids Hope mentor.
Gateway Center Donations
Did you know that the excess items in your house can not only be a tool to bring life change to individuals at Holland Rescue Mission, but also provide for us at Harderwyk Ministries? Because we are a Corners of Your Field partner with Holland Rescue Mission, every time you donate your gently used items to the Gateway Center, 5% of the value to your items comes back to us at Harderwyk to be used to help those within our own church family or Neighbors Plus families. The Gateway Center is open Monday through Saturday 9am to 8pm. When you drop your items off, make sure you let those helping you know you are from our church and Holland Rescue takes care of the rest. If you have any questions, please contact Christina Terpstra at Holland Rescue (616 928-3416).
December 24, Tuesday
Christmas Eve Service
Acoustic carols and candlelight service.
Nursery provided for children 3 and younger
December 25, Wednesday
Vibrant classical service. Special music includes Brass Ensemble and the Hallelujah Chorus
Nursery provided for children 3 and younger