Harderwyk News

Fall Sermon Series


September 22

HARDERWYK nEWS


A MONTH AT A GLANCE




September 22, Sunday

Sunday Motorcycle Ride

Join us for our 2nd Sunday motorcycle ride. Take an enjoyable ride with us through West Michigan, savor some ice cream at our mid ride stop point, and fellowship with others who love their Sunday therapy day on the bike as much as you do! Meet in the parking lot near the Anchor building by 1:15 pm, to hit the road by 1:30 pm, arriving back in Holland by approximately 4:30 pm. 



September 23, Monday

Blood Drive

Noon-5:45 pm

To schedule and appointment visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor code "Hchurch", or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).  Walk-ins also welcome.  Give Blood. Help Save Lives.



September 25, Wednesday

Women's Ministry Event

4:15-5:15 pm

Mark your Calendar! The next Women's Ministry Event is on September 25th from 4:15-5:15. We will be making a craft with the ASR kids at church. We would love to have you join us! Please contact April if you plan to attend.



September 25, 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, 6:00-7:30p. Click here for the younger kids classes offered (grades 1-5). Click here for student ministries (grades 6-12). Click here for the adult classes offered.



September 26, Thursday

Immanuel Prayer Presentation

Learn ways to open yourself to vibrant, healthy, interactive relationships with Immanuel and others: We can learn to perceive God’s thoughts toward us and interact with Him. Building and deepening a securely attached relationship (intimacy) with the Lord increases our capacity to stay connected to Him even in difficult life situations or painful experiences. Increased awareness of our secure connection with God also frees us up to build joyful connection in our relationships with people. Discover ways to increase your capacity for joy through gratitude, enhancing your sense of peace and strengthening your relationship with the Lord and others. Join Pam Howard and Sheila Markvluwer on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 7:00 PM (Room 21 - Red Brk Bldg) to hear more about coming opportunities to learn and practice the Immanuel Approach to life, endorsed by Jill Vander Bent, LMSW, of Watershed, who says, “My relationship with God grew so deeply and in ways I didn’t even know was possible. My life has changed in so many powerful ways I can’t even describe.“



October 5, Saturday

Mom2Mom Sale

9:30 am-1:30 pm

Seller information and application available on our website under signups.



October 13, Sunday

New All-Harderwyk Adult Small Group Opportunities

"The Resolving Everyday Conflict" small group Bible study is an eight-week DVD and discussion study with workbook and 30 minutes of preparation/reflection time between sessions that unpacks the amazing things the Bible has to say about conflict and relationships in a fun and non-threatening way. Facilitated by Pastor Bill Lindner and limited to 10 participants in this group.  Would consider starting additional small groups at different times as well.  

 

"Engage" is a new kind of small group Bible study for Christians of all shapes, states and sizes that combines a provocative Bible study, group interaction and spiritual formation. After an intro session, there will be 6 study/interactions on different encounters with Jesus in the Gospels.  Material was Developed by Bill Senyard - developer of the Forgiving Path - and will be led by Pastor Darwin Glassford.  





GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS




P2P Donations

The Park2Park is quickly approaching and we are looking for donations of granola bars for our runners (750 registered so far!). Any brand, any flavor will do! Please leave donations under the Neighbors Plus bulletin boards in either building. Thank you!



ESL Childcare

Neighbors Plus is hiring for one additional adult to help with childcare during our ESL class. Needed every Tuesday & Thursday evening from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Harbor Lights Middle School (September - May, follows the West Ottawa School calendar). Pay is $10.75/hour. Please contact Jennifer Roudebush for additional information. Thank you!



Kids Hope & ASR

Harderwyk Ministries and Lakeshore Elementary School have been in partnership together for more than 20 years! Last year, we were able to mentor, pray and encourage 23 students! Many of these students also attend our ASR (After School Recess) program. This year it is our hope to have each child on the Kids Hope waiting list paired with a mentor (we have 2 girls waiting for a mentor already after the first day of school).

Here are some ways you can support Lakeshore Elementary: MENTOR-spend an hour each week with one student building a one-on-one relationship. PRAY: pray for a mentor and student weekly and ENCOURAGE-by baking once a month for the teachers and staff at Lakeshore. For more information, please contact Dawn Houskamp, Kids Hope Director at dawn@harderwyk.com.



Sensible Shoes is starting up again! 

Please contact April Kiekintveld if you want to spend some time developing closer community with other women desiring to “grow closer to the heart of God” through this study. The price of the book is $10.  



Medical and Security Volunteers Needed

Harderwyk is in the process of assembling an Emergency Response Plan for fall implementation. If you have a medical background, and are willing to be on a contact list, we would like to hear from you. We are also looking for limited duty Security volunteers on Sundays and Community Nights. Please contact Gary Hoort, or Norlyn Compaan to volunteer or for more details.  




GEMS & Cadets Volunteers

Wednesday Nights

Cadets & GEMS leadership searches every year for the next group of dedicated and impactful leaders.  Are you able to mentor our youth?  Needed are grade leaders and assistant leaders, grade helpers, and substitutes.  Email Meredith Steenwyk or call 616.389.0637 for more information or to sign up.  A full list of support and supply needs is available at the Information Centers. 






LOOKING AHEAD



November 1 & 2, Friday & Saturday

Christian Chaplaincy Class

Would you be interested in learning more about Christian Chaplaincy? Harderwyk is hosting a Christian Chaplaincy Class Friday, Nov 1 (6-10 pm) and Saturday, Nov 2 (8a – 5p). Chaplaincy becomes an equipping tool that enables our mature believers and ministry leaders to hold a nationally recognized credential that opens doors for ministry. Come for the enrichment of learning, and/or receive your Chaplain’s Certification ($250 cost) upon completion of the seminar. For more information, contact Pastor Mary.  



November 9, Saturday

Harderwyk Craft Sale and Second Hand Market

9:00 am-3:00 pm

We invite you to shop at our Craft Sale and Second Hand Market this November! We will have over 70 booths filled with quality products from homebased business and handcrafted items from our local artisans. Do you need treats for an event coming up? Stop by our cookie room and fill a plate with all your favorites, proceeds benefit Neighbors Plus. We will also have a second hand market filled with books, home and holiday items. Be sure to enjoy lunch while you are here, we will have homemade pigs in the blanket – preservative free meat topped with the fluffiest French puff pastry and they are BIG! Don’t have time to enjoy lunch with us? Take home a ½ dozen frozen pigs to enjoy later. Mark your calendar, this is one sale not to miss!  All proceeds from the sale will benefit our Missions at Harderwyk.



November 15 & 16, Friday & Saturday

Fresh Ground Faith Event-Women's Event

Community Reformed Church

Discounted tickets through Harderwyk at $35 per ticket

Please contact April Kiekintveld for more information .



Monday, October 21, 4 pm

Author Visit at Book Club

Holland author Lynn Austin will be at the monthly Harderwyk Book Club to talk about her book at the Harderwyk Library in the Red Brick Building.  Start reading now so you can be a part of the conversation.  CLICK HERE to order from Amazon.com


From the Executive Pastor

This past weekend, Janet and I needed to drive through 8-10 hours of thick fog as we traveled through South Dakota and Minnesota. Driving through fog is tiring, intense, and nerve racking.


Life can sometimes feel like one is driving through thick fog as well, which can be draining. As followers of Christ teaching, we hold tightly to the words of the Psalmist during these times: I lift up my eyes to the mountains-- where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth (121:1, 2).


It is the Lord who creates fog, sustains it, and who will clear it away when the time is of his choosing.

At time the fog feels thick here at Harderwyk as well. Financial challenges it difficult to see very far ahead. But even during this time, the Council and staff look to the Lord to sustain us even as we make adjustments to our programming in faith.


The fog often feels even thicker during a pastoral search process. Search processes by their very nature are slow and deliberate, forcing us to rely on God’s leading. Trying to discern the illusive “fit” is challenging. We advertise, invite people to apply, enter conversations and end conversations all the while seeking to discern through prayer and conversations the next steps.


In many areas of Harderwyk though, the horizon is much clearer - reminding us that God is at work among and through us. Each week we gather to greet, encourage and build each other up in the Lord. Sarah, Zach, Jane and the countless musicians they disciple enrich our worship services. Pastors Aaron, Bill and Luke study, pray, wrestle with the scriptures, and offer us gospel-centered sermons that speak to our deepest longings. Small groups gather to study, fellowship and pray for each other and the ministry through the week. Community Night invites us to gather, share a meal together and fellowship together.


Spending time in our children and youth ministry programs pushes the veil of fog away as well. Programs that serve not only our children and young people, but their families as well are meeting many needs. Our partnership with Neighbors Plus is clear as they challenge us to move out into our community to serve others in Christ’s name.


The fog at times is still present at Harderwyk, yet in other places dissipating or gone. However, our commitment to the gospel and each other remains secure and challenges us to reach out to others with the gospel.


Reaching out is not easy. It can feel like moving in fog, not knowing exactly where it will lead. I invite you to consider reaching out to someone or a family you know causally at Harderwyk. Invite them over for a meal, and spend sometime swapping stories, eating, and offering a simple prayer.


May we guard against being overcome by the fog we are experiencing in places, and may we find joy and comfort in those places where the path forward is clearer. As a community, let us move forward in prayer confident that God will sustain us.


Grace+Peace,

Darwin K. Glassford

Executive Pastor


neighbors plus

P2P Volunteers

Thank you for joining us on race day! Please join us in the Council Room on Sunday, September 22 (8:30 – 10:30 a.m.), to pick up your volunteer instructions and materials. THANK YOU!


Kids Hope and ASR

Harderwyk Ministries and Lakeshore Elementary School have been in partnership together for more than 20 years! Last year, we were able to mentor, pray and encourage 23 students! Many of these students also attend our ASR (After School Recess) program. This year it is our hope to have each child on the Kids Hope waiting list paired with a mentor (we have 2 girls waiting for a mentor already after the first day of school). 

Here are some ways you can support Lakeshore Elementary: MENTOR-spend an hour each week with one student building a one-on-one relationship. PRAY: pray for a mentor and student weekly and ENCOURAGE-by baking once a month for the teachers and staff at Lakeshore. For more information, please contact Dawn Houskamp, Kids Hope Director at dawn@harderwyk.com.



P2P Donations

The Park2Park is quickly approaching and we are looking for donations of granola bars for our runners (750 registered so far!). Any brand, any flavor will do! Please leave donations under the Neighbors Plus bulletin boards in either building. Thank you!


Requested Announcements

Greetings from Christians Uniting in Song and Prayer (CUSP).

This is a reminder of our third annual Hymn Fest to be held at 5:00 PM on Sunday, October 6 at First Reformed Church in Holland.   The program will consist of hymns based on the gospel readings of the fourteen Sundays from Lent through Pentecost, using the year 2020 readings of the three-year lectionary. These Gospel readings chronicle the life of Jesus beginning with the temptation in the desert, through his passion, death and resurrection, and on up to Pentecost. Some of the hymns will be very familiar, some will be newer. All will be faithful to our mission to unite in song and prayer.  Churches, please help us spread the word by announcing the hymn fest in your church bulletin and at your worship services. A sample bulletin notice is provided below.   In Christ,  Chris Dorn, CUSP President.



fall.fashion.friends (and fun) - September 28 at 10:00 AM, ending around 11:30 AM

Join us for a Fundraising Fashion Show – All proceeds will go towards a new bus/van that can accommodate all our participants, including those in a wheelchair.  This event will take place at Compassionate Heart Ministries, 404 Centerstone Court, Zeeland, MI 49464.  Models for this fashion show will feature our participants and our volunteers. Partnering stores are: • Studio K• jb and me• Spring Sweet• Blu Veranda• Frances Jaye  We will have coffee, tea and juice, along with muffins, donuts and scones.  Each store will be raffling a bag.  Tickets can be purchased at Compassionate Heart Ministries or at any partnering store.  For more information about Compassionate Heart, please visit our website.



"Life After Breath" Widow's Retreat - A special weekend designed specifically to minister to your unique needs as a widow. Featured speakers: Sue VandePol, Jolene DeHeer, Miriam Neff. be INSPIRED. be EQUIPPED. be TOUCHED. be HERE. Fri, Oct 18, 2019 5:30 PM -  Sun, Oct 20, 2019 11:30 AM.  Scholarships Available. For more information and to register, visit our webiste.  



Part-Time Maintenance Assistant: Brothers and Sisters Homes (of the Holland Deacons' Conference) is looking for a part-time maintenance person to assist with upkeep and repairs of Brothers and Sisters Homes and the HDC office building. This position is for 2-8 hours a week. This person would join the Maintenance Team alongside the Supervisor and another Maintenance Assistant. Applications are available on-line at brothersandsistershomes.org/careers or can be requested by calling Carrie at the HDC office at 616.494.6050