Harderwyk News

November 24



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

Fruitful Conversations

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

5:00 pm

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, dawn@harderwyk.com.

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

6:00 pm

Acoustic carols and candlelight service.

Nursery provided for children 3 and younger

December 25, Wednesday

Christmas Service

10:00 am

Vibrant classical service. Special music includes Brass Ensemble and the Hallelujah Chorus

Nursery provided for children 3 and younger

From the Executive Pastor

Ecclesiastes is one of the most intriguing books of the Bible. The writer is honest about the everyday challenge of finding meaning in life. “Meaningless” is a consistent refrain throughout the book. Yet, in the midst of declaring “meaningless”, the author reminds the reader that “there is a time for everything!”

Ecclesiastes is a heavy book, one is easily overwhelmed by the author’s pursuit of wisdom and the overwhelming pressure it creates. Just when you identify with the overwhelmed author and want to give up and shout “Everything is meaningless”, the author masterfully pens these words:

Now all has been heard,

Here is the conclusion of the matter:

Fear God and keep his commandments,

For this is the whole duty of humankind.

For God will bring every deed into judgment,

Including every hidden thing,

Whether it is good or evil.

The author reminds us that this is God’s world, not ours. He reminds us that we are called to “fear” him, perhaps a better term would be “lovely respect” him. Meaning is not found in our day-to-day activities and achievements, it is found in God. Our calling as Christ-followers finds meaning through God’s grace and love, allowing his grace and love to transform us through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Meaning is ultimately rooted in one’s relationship with God. Like the writer of Ecclesiastes, each one us susceptible to being overwhelmed by life’s events. When we are overwhelmed, life feels heavy and lonely. These feelings ought to drive one to trust God; for in Christ we walk by faith confident that this is God’s world and that his will, in spite of how bizarre it feels, will be accomplished. The author assures us that apart from God, life does in fact feel meaningless.

Grace + Peace

Darwin K. Glassford

Executive Pastor

neighbors plus

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 4 kids waiting...). 

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.

Requested Announcements

Christians Uniting in Song and Prayer (CUSP) is busy organizing our annual community-wide Thanksgiving Worship Service, to be held at Pillar Church (57 E 10th St, Holland) at 5:00 PM on Sunday, November 24. The Holland Ecumenical Choir and the St. Francis de Sales Brass will both be featured at the service, and we invite all to join is in lifting our hearts and voices to our gracious God.  

Free Advent Devotional - How Long, Lord? is an email devotional series put together by World Renew and the CRC Office of Social Justice that features reflections from CRC ministries around the world during Advent 2019. Witnessing destruction and injustices can often lead us to ask the same question that God’s people and the prophets in the Bible asked: “How Long, Lord?” As we continue to wrestle with that question we can also have hope that our pain will not be forever and that the God who made us is with us, now and forever. Each devotion will be delivered to your email inbox every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, starting December 2, 2019, through Christmas Day. Go to crcna.org/advent to sign up today! 

Christmas at the Commons: "My Favorite Things".  The Evergreen Chorale celebrates the Christmas season by singing about "things" that make the holiday season so special.  Tickets-call 616.355.5120.  $22 member, $26 non member

  • Tuesday, Dec. 10          11:30 am Luncheon/Show
  • Wednesday, Dec. 11     11:30 am Luncheon/Show
  • Thursday, Dec. 12         6:00 pm Dinner/Show

Tour the Biblical Lands of Israel - March 9–20, 2020. Experience a refreshing renewal of your faith, and gain a deeper understanding of the Bible, as you tour the biblical lands with teaching host, Pastor Peter Tuininga, and Sindbad Tours of Israel. See many of the biblical places (Jerusalem, Galilee, Caesarea, Jericho and much more), and gain spiritual and historical insights which will make the Bible come alive for you. For complete information, cost, and registration, go to toursofisrael.wordpress.com or call Peter Tuininga at 1 289 877-8433 or e-mail peter.tuininga@gmail.com .