Weekly Announcements
September 24, 2017

Alpha Course: There is still time to sign up!  We will be meeting on Sunday, September 24 from 5:00-7:30 pm for dinner, a video and a time to ask some basic questions about Christianity.  For a more detailed information, see our Adult Spiritual Formation section below.

Beacon Tree Senior’s Ministry begins Wed, September 27, from 3:45 – 5:15, in the Council Room (rm 21), Red Brk Bldg. Missionaries Zach and Christy Yoder will be leading us through The Scripture Encounter – an interactive event giving deep insights into God’s Word. 

Kids Hope Mentors Needed:  We have children waiting for loving, caring Kids Hope mentors this year at our partnering school, Lakeshore Elementary.  "Sometimes what's needed most in life is a friend to show up and just grab your hand." (David Staal, Kids Hope USA) If interested in being a friend to a child for only one hour a week, please contact, Dawn Houskamp, Kids Hope Director at dawn@harderwyk.com.

Relish Cooking Class, Saturday, October 14, 9 – 10:30 am, Red Brick Bldg-Kitchen.  Join Personal Chef Rachel Johnson, owner of Relish, as she guides us through three healthy/nutritious harvest-time meals.  Cost is $10. Sign up here, or email Pastor Mary at maryd@harderwyk.com

Are you looking to meet more women at Harderwyk? Come join us for A Mug and a Muffin on Saturday, October 21 anytime between 9-11AM, Anchor Loft.  This is a casual get-together to make new friends over coffee and conversation. Let's foster community and build relationships with one another! For more information, contact Alyssa Leys at alyssanoele.08@gmail.com

Growing Kids God's Way is a curriculum from Growing Families, which views parenting as a sacred trust, established by God for the welfare of children and society.  Chris and Meredith Steenwyk are leading a Growing Kids God's Way course entitled "Parenting from the Tree of Life".  Classes will be Wednesday evenings at 6:15pm in the Red Brick Building, starting September 20th.  Part 1 is life, children, and relationships (6 sessions), part 2 is life,  children, and character (6 sessions), and part 3 is life, children, encouragement, and correction (5 sessions). The intent is to follow the schedule of Wednesday Community Night (childcare is available). Please contact Meredith Steenwyk at meredithsteenwyk@gmail.com or (616) 389-0637 if you are interested. 

The 9th Annual Ripple Effect Dinner/Concert, to benefit missions, is coming up Sunday, October 29.  This year’s theme is Rock of the Ages, featuring songs from the past seven decades. You can have a say in the playlist by purchasing a song.  Song request forms are found at all Information Centers. Monies raised will benefit Mika’s Lunch, Honduras Mission Team, World Renew (Hurricane Relief), Feed My Starving Children, and Neighbors Plus.  Last year’s event raised $7452, our goal this year is $9000! 

With the Fusion Worship Service going to two services, beginning this Sunday,  we are seeking people to serve in the following areas (once a month):

  • 9 am: Collection (need 3), kitchen help (need 2), Sunday School teacher/assistants (need 4)
  •        10 am: Collection (need 3), kitchen help (need 2), Nursery (need 5)

  For more information, please contact Pastor Mary, maryd@harderwyk.com.  


Dinner 5:15-6:15 pm     Children/Youth Classes   6:15-7:45 pm      Adult Classes  6:15-7:30 pm Menu- September 27:  Pulled Pork                                   

The Fall Semester Brochure is now available!  The brochure can be viewed here or it is available at the information centers.  


The Alpha Course         Sunday evening                    5:00-7:30 pm     Childcare provided      (begins September 24 and continues for 11 weeks)                                                                      

We will gather together for a meal, a video, and then a chance to ask some of the more basic questions regarding Christianity:  “Who is Jesus and Why did He have to die?, How can I have Faith?, Does God still Heal Today?.  Go to our  Alpha Course Sign Up to register.  More information and video.

Women's Ministry        Monday morning -sign up     9:30-11:00 am   Childcare provided           All Things New: a study on 2nd Corinthians      by Kelly Mintner                                                 (Sept. 11 to Oct. 30)                                                                                                                          Over eight sessions, Kelly Minter will lead you through the Letter of 2nd Corinthians, exploring the anchoring truths of bearing treasures in jars of clay, meeting Christ through a pressing thorn, opening wide your heart in the midst of hurtful relationships, and what it means to embrace the lost and lonely as ministers of the new covenant. Each of us has a message to proclaim and live by: Because of Jesus, the old has gone, the new has come.

  • Women's Ministry        Wednesday evening -sign up         6:15-7:45 pm    Childcare provided A Woman Who Doesn’t Quit: a study on the life of Ruth    by Nicki Koziarz                       (Sept. 20-Oct. 25)                                                                                                                    Through a six-week study of the life of Ruth, we will learn that perseverance is one of the greatest skills but also the hardest lesson we will learn in our lifetime. We are living in a day where we are  encouraged to do life based on how we feel. But the problem is most days we don’t feel like doing much of anything hard. Then there is Ruth. Through her life we uncover five life-giving habits that help us to persevere when things get hard, complicated, and messy.

  • The Journey: Small Groups (a.k.a   Sensible Shoes Groups)

    These intergenerational groups of 4-6 women meet regularly, to pray and experience spiritual disciplines together, sharing authentic life    experiences, guided by the Sensible Shoesbook collection. Each group determines the day, time, and place where they wish to meet, according to what works best for the entire group. When you sign up, we ask for a 12-session commitment.

    New groups are forming soon, so find out how you can get involved by contacting Pastor Mary, maryd@harderwyk.com, or Pam Howard, howardp145@gmail.com

     Men’s Ministry Prayer/Study Group       Russ’ Northside 

    [2nd and 4th Monday of the Month 6:45 am]
    Ever find the sermon troubling (in a good way)? Join us on the second and fourth Monday mornings each month at 6:45am Russ’s on the Northside to discuss the sermon, following Christ and prayer. Leader: Rev. Darwin Glassford


  • Sunday School for all kids 3 years old through 5th grade is available to all three worship communities and at both 9:00 am and 10:30 am service times.  Come join the fun!                     *Children should come for worship with their family in the service and will be                           dismissed at the appropriate time.

  • Celebration & Fusion Children's Ministry Coordinator:
    Carrie Steenwyk (carrie@harderwyk.com)

  • Celebration & Fusion Nursery Coordinator:                                                                              Kaleigh Johnson (Kaleigh@harderwyk.com)

  • Watershed Children's Ministry Coordinator:
    Lori Baumann (lori@harderwyk.com)

  • Watershed Nursery Coordinator:                                                                                              Samantha Baumann (samantha@harderwyk.com)

   Parent Note:  September 24, 2017


This Week @ The Anchor

Monday, September 25         6:30-8:00 pm      High Tide

Tuesday,  September 26        3:00-8:00 pm      Open Anchor

Wednesday, September 27   6:15-7:45 pm      Undertow/Riptide

Thursday, September 28       3:00-8:00 pm      Open Anchor 


Up Coming Mission Fundraiser Events:

Sunday, October 29                          Ripple Effect Dinner Concert                

Saturday, November 4                     Mom 2 Mom Sale   (in cooperation w/Child. Min.)

Saturday, November 11                   Be Merry Craft Sale                          

Craft Sale, November 11, 2017: This year we will be building on our Second Hand Market and we are asking for your donations of gently used home good items and holiday items.  Please bring all donations to the church office anytime during our office hours. We are also accepting craft sale applications for our sale .  You can use the link attached or email: christinemac@harderwyk.com with questions.


Interested in Becoming a Kids Hope Mentor?  "What many people need most in this world is one person, just one, willing to spend time, to offer encouragement, to prove that there is someone who cares, who listens. Smiles." (David Staal, Show-Up). If you are interested in becoming a Kids Hope mentor, or would like more information about mentoring, please contact Dawn Houskamp, Kids Hope Director, at dawn@harderwyk.com or call 399-9190 ext. 310.


  • Ways to Support Harderwyk and the Journey to Generosity Brochures are available at the Information Centers or online at harderwyk.com/giving

    Give Electronically  through our mobile app (Elexio My Church App), online at harderwyk.com or at the Elexio Kiosks in both the Anchor and Red Brick Building. 

  • Giving  
    Weekly Budgeted Need $29,536
    Actual Giving Last Week $18,605
    YTD Budgeted Need  $1,122,369
    YTD Actual Giving $997,438
    Income - Expense -$99,309
    Operating Cash Balance $117,689



Royal Atrium Inn Assisted Living in Zeeland, Michigan is accepting applications for resident assistants to assist with the personal care needs of our elderly residents. No experience is necessary, we will train the right person. Part-time shifts are available on 1st & 2nd shift. Must be 18 and able to work every other week-end and holiday. Starting wage is $11.00. Call 616-772-2935 to come join our great team!

Men’s Bible Study Fellowship will begin its season Monday, October 2 and end March 26, 2018.  This year Pastor Scripps is leading a study of the book of Revelation.  This is open to men of all churches, meeting 7:30 PM, Monday nights at Graafschap Church.  We’re expecting you.

A Life After Breath Experience:  A Widow's Calling: October 20-22, 2017.  Starlight Ministries and once-widowed author/speaker Susan VandePol invite you to attend a special weekend designed specifically to minister to your unique needs as a widow. You’ll laugh and cry, and you’ll be surprised too. We’ll love you, teach you, gird you up, equip you, and prepare you to step into your sacred and set-apart calling, but we’ll never tell you: “You just need to get over it,” “You just need to move on,” or “Have more faith.” “A Life After Breath Experience” is the first-of-its-kind and is set, just for you, beside beautiful Lake Michigan.  For  more information on the event, click the link:  http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eeaxyet2cc3b592c&llr=5xxs7srab.  If you prefer Conference only-no over night stay (Friday PM, Saturday, Sunday AM) the cost is $140 .   

Q Commons Holland: Thursday, October 26, 7:00-9:00 pm.  We live in a world that feels overwhelming and chaotic. How do we live with hope in the middle of a situation that oftentimes feels hopeless? This is a time our friends, neighbors, colleagues and family are looking for leadership, clarity, insight and new solutions to big problems. This is the Church's opportunity to lead the way toward a place of unity and healing. 

On October 26th, we will come together and gather in local contexts across the world, hearing from global leaders and those in the places we live, asking the question: How can we heal our divided nation?  You are part of the solution. Your city needs your voice. Reserve your seat at: http://qcommons.com/holland.

Tour the Biblical Lands of Israel - February 12 – 23, 2018. 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 more), and gain spiritual and historical insights which will make the Bible come alive for you. For complete information, cost, and registration, go to website: toursofisrael.wordpress.com or call Peter Tuininga: 1 289 877-8433 or e-mail: peter.tuininga@gmail.com.