Harderwyk News

January 26



Winter Classes and Events Brochure 

You can find it at your information center or right here for a printable version.  

January 29, Wednesday

Women's Bible Study

6:00 pm

Wednesday Night Women's Bible Study will be reading the book The Road Back to You-An Enneagram Guide to Self Discovery, starting January 22. 

January 29, Wednesday

Discovery Membership Class

6:00 pm

If you are interested in learning more about Harderwyk or becoming a member of Harderwyk, we invite you to  join us.  Please contact Dee or visit our website/ signup to sign up. 

February 2, Sunday

Women's Ministry: Let's Grow Together as Women in the Word!

2:00 pm

Room 21 - lower level of red brick building

In-depth Bible study starts with our own individual study. We need time with God studying His Word. Learn some tools to dig into personal Bible study, find ways to read the Bible and come away with doctrinal truths and real life applications.  Meets February 2, March 1, April 5. 

February 3, Monday

Gathering for All Harderwyk, Looking Forward

Where We Have Been and Where We Are Going

6:00 pm

Looking Forward through the Rearview Mirror: A Harderwyk Community Gathering

The Harderwyk community is gathering in the Great Room at 6 PM on Monday 3-Feb to reflect on God’s work among and through us this past year to assist us in exploring opportunities the new year presents. We look forward to your presence.

February 16, Sunday

Women's Ministry Winter Hike!

2:00 pm

Riley Trails

Click here for more information.

February 12, Wednesday

Creation Care: Why Should We Care?

4:00-5:00 pm

Room 21, Red Brick Building

Some of us are convinced about the importance of creation care but wonder how to communicate that well to skeptical family and friends. Others of us are those skeptical family and friends, who question whether this is really biblical, or simply part of a political agenda. Still others of us are sympathetic, but think that there are too many other pressing issues that need attention right now. This talk will place creation care in the context of the whole biblical story, and will explore some often overlooked scriptural texts that will give us clear principles for creation care now, and will help us to see that caring well for God’s good creation has always been intrinsic to what it means to be the faithful people of God.

February 17, Monday

Book Club

4:00 pm

The Harderwyk Book Club will meet on Monday, February 17, 4 pm in the Library/Lounge. Sheryl Klaasen will lead the discussion on the book "Midnight Blue" by Simone Van Der Vlugt. For a full list of book and details of upcoming meetings, click here.

February 19, Wednesday

Staff Chili Cook-off & Honduras Bake Goods Auction

5:00 pm

Join us for this night of GREAT fun! We will start the night with our Staff Chili Cook-off benefiting our Feed My Starving Children Event on March 6 & 7. We will end our dinner with a Baked Goods Auction benefiting our Honduras Mission Team. And... I am not sure, but I hear rumors there will Monster Cookies!!!

****For this event we accept cash, check and credit cards. Questions? Call the office, 399-9190

February 22, Saturday

Pancake Fundraiser & Memories Auction

8:00-11:00 am

Join us for a pancake breakfast and an auction that will feature experiences and other memory making events for you and your family to enjoy together.  Help us reach our goal of $15,000 for our 4th Annual Feed My Starving Children Event.  

****For this event we accept cash, check and credit cards. Questions? Call the office, 399-9190


Anchor Custodial Position Opening: After nearly 10 years of very faithful service, Kellie Trujillo will be ending her service at Harderwyk in May of 2020 as she moves to a full time position. 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 for full job description or to apply. Job descriptions are also available for pickup in the church office. 

Join our Women's Ministry Team  

The Women's Ministry Team would love to have more members! This includes anyone across campus who would be interested. Please contact April Kiekintveld if you are interested.  

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).


February 26, Ash Wednesday

5:15 dinner

6:00 service

We invite you to join us in the Great Room for a light dinner followed by our Ash Wednesday service in the Sanctuary.  There will not be community night classes this evening.

March 6 & 7, Friday and Saturday

The 4th Annual Feed My Starving Children Event  

Networking with four local churches, 500 volunteers gather to prepare 140,000 meals which are distributed to countries around the world. The four participating churches are encouraged to sign up for one of the six available shifts beginning Monday, January 27. This runs for three weeks, then it will be open to the public beginning Feb 17.  For our Harderwyk Community to sign up, click here.  Please note you will be asked to set up an account to register.  If you volunteered last year you may use your same log in information.  If you need assistance signing up, please contact Christine.  Don’t delay!!! This event fills up fast.  

  • Fundraising opportunities:    
  • The kids across campus received M and M tubes today (Sunday) as one of our fundraising projects.   
  • February 19 - Staff Chili Cook-off
  • February 22 - Pancake Breakfast
  • Bring $1 - Blue Churches Across Campus.  If everyone gave $1 a week, we could raise $7,000 toward our $15,000 goal.

March 25, Wednesday

Holy Saturday: Insights from a Neglected Day in Holy Week

6:00-7:30 pm

Room 20, Red Brick Building

In our journey through Holy Week, we often mark Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, but what about Holy Saturday? Some Christian traditions hold a vigil that anticipates the joy of the resurrection, and there are several interpretations of the meaning of the day in relation to Jesus and his saving work. But what might that first Holy Saturday have been like for the followers of Jesus? This lecture will focus mainly on what we can discern about how they experienced this day between cross and resurrection, and what we might learn from that for our own faith and discipleship.

May 17, Sunday

Discovery Membership Class


If you are interested in learning more about Harderwyk or becoming a member of Harderwyk, we invite you to join us. Please contact Dee or visit our website/ signup to sign up. 

neighbors plus

Laundry Detergent Needed: Can you please help stock the Neighbors Plus Market with laundry detergent? Although we need many items in our Market, laundry detergent is one of the most requested and most expensive items for us to stock. Our next Market date is Monday, February 10, and we would love to have enough laundry detergent to stock us through March (we have between 20-30 families visit the Market each month, so that’s a lot of laundry detergent)! Thank you so much for helping us reach families along the lakeshore and beyond! 

“Will you be my friend?”  On Monday, just after the holiday break, this sweet, sweet girl approaches her teacher, eyes glistening on the verge of tears, and asks . . . “Will you be my friend?”  Smiling, her teacher responds warmly, “I am always your friend.”  Yet throughout the day this dear girl comes up again and again for reassurance.  This third grader is smart, incredibly kind, has a smile that lights up a room, and yet she has anxiety and yearns for relationship.  She would LOVE a mentor to chat with, work with, and be her special friend. This dear one will bless the one who blesses her for sure!   Will YOU be her friend? Contact Dawn Houskamp, Kids Hope Director, for more information on how you can help this child, and many others, still waiting on a friend this school year.

Executive Pastors piece

This past week I had the privilege of traveling with a team from Harderwyk Ministries to explore ministry opportunities in Greystones, Ireland. The countryside was charming, though the reality of being in a post-Christian context is quickly evident. Within that context, the conversations with ministry leaders and many others were vibrant and hopeful. It was intriguing to learn about the challenges facing the church and various ministries, and how they are seeking to engage those opportunities. It is exciting to imagine how we might partner and serve alongside of them.

Harderwyk Ministries’ commitment to missions is a commitment to serving and partnering with others; it is a relational commitment. As we wrestle with the possibility of investing in Ireland, we are grateful for those in our community who have a global vision and help make this type of trip possible. Please pray for the missionaries Harderwyk supports, the team that is preparing for Honduras and Harderwyk’s ongoing commitment to missions as we seek to testify to the Gospel of Grace “to the ends of the world” (Acts 2:8).


Darwin Glassford

Executive Pastor

Requested Announcements

Think SPRING, SUNSHINE and SERVICE! MOSES offers two Spring Breaks, April 2-11, to Panama City Florida and McLain Mississippi. Trips are open to high school students and adults. Middle school students are welcome with a parent or grandparent. See mosesweb.org for details and registration.

Café Assistant needed at City on a Hill Cafe: Looking for an energetic Christ follower to work with our current staff and volunteers. Daily duties may include food prep, cleaning, customer service. No prior kitchen experience required. Must be able to work early mornings and lift 40lbs. 16-20 hours a week. Please contact Megan Behler, Café Director, at 616-748-6005 or café@coahm.org

Free Family Event: The Compassion Journey.  January 24-26 at Providence Church.  This free event connects visitors to some of the realities faced by children growing up in extreme poverty. Step into a new culture, see life from a different perspective and participate in thought-provoking conversations with the rest of your group during this audio-guided journey through a series of interactive exhibits. Check it out here: https://journey.compassion.com/events/98?fbclid=IwAR0sd8UiIqa-1A6nmAgJsPDIq-6DCaUKkxPI9kDwTYycIIiYLbkvnN-TeKE

Bethany Christian Services of Holland is looking for a consistent volunteer who would be available and willing to help us manage and maintain our fleet of agency vehicles. Bethany of Holland owns 5 vehicles that are used for transportation for clients, as well as staff use, and this volunteer would be essential in ensuring our vehicles are safe and reliable for the children, clients and staff who ride in them! This volunteer would be willing to track and schedule regular maintenance appointments for these vehicles, as well as be a contact for any unexpected appointments that may need to be made when an issue arises. This role would include some phone or email communication, as well as checking in on the vehicles a few times a month to ensure all looks well. If this sounds like something you have the time and excitement to manage and would like more information, please contact Joe from Bethany: jstyf@bethany.org or 616-499-6318.

Church Leadership, A Home-Rebuilding Opportunity - Do you wonder how your church offerings to World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) make a difference? Have you wanted to experience what it is like to repair disaster-damaged homes? Consider volunteering Monday – Friday, March 23-27, 2020, in North Carolina and find out for yourself! This is a week specifically for pastors and/or church staff leaders to work together and get directly involved in this ministry. Contact Chris Gibson at cgibson@worldrenew.net or 800-848-5818 to learn more. 

Paul's Missionary Journeys in Greece - (April 2-14, 2020) Travel by motor coach (8 days) and cruise ship (3 days) to sites connected with Paul’s second and third missionary journeys, as well as other major sites of biblical, archaeological, and cultural interest. Jeff Weima, professor at Calvin Theological Seminary and leading Pauline scholar, hosts this inspirational tour. For more information, contact Dr. Weima at 616-328-3110 or weimje@calvinseminary.edu

MUSIC AT CALVIN - The community is invited to two evenings of worship and choral artistry on the campus Calvin University. Joins us Friday, January 31, 7 pm for Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing, a Symposium on Worship festival service led by The Aeolians of Oakwood University under the direction of Jason Max Ferdinand in the Covenant Fine Arts Center Auditorium. On Friday, January 31, 7 pm in Calvin University Chapel, come for A Festival of Psalms, a Symposium on Worship service led by Wendell Kimbrough. And on Saturday, February 1, at 8 pm, join us for the St. Olaf Choir Winter Tour Concert under the direction of Anton Armstrong in the Covenant Fine Arts Center Auditorium. Tickets available through the Calvin Box Office: calvin.universitytickets.com/Learn more about the Calvin Symposium on Worship at worship.calvin.edu/

From Office of Social Justice - Sanctity of Human Life Sunday Worship Materials - “Together know and bear one another's burdens, thereby fulfilling the law of Christ that we need one another and upbuild one another, admonishing and comforting one another; that we suffer with one another for the sake of righteousness.” These words from the Belhar Confession along with verses from 1 Corinthians 12:26-27 are the focus of the CRC Office of Social Justice’s worship materials to help your church honor Sanctity of Human Life Sunday on January 19. Together, we grieve the reality that racism threatens the health and flourishing of moms and babies. Visit crcna.org/life for worship resources including a prayer and a responsive reading.

Volunteer Close to Home - Are you looking for a robust volunteer experience but don’t want to be away from home for months? Consider volunteering for up to three weeks with World Renew Disaster Response Services this winter or next spring. Volunteer by yourself, or with a friend or spouse, to repair homes for disaster survivors who are still awaiting help. Make new friends from across the country -- and make a real difference. Contact Diana Marquez at dmarquez@worldrenew.net or 800-848-5818 to find your fit.