Weekly Announcements
March 24, 2019

Love Offering for Pastor Dominic:  If you would like to participate in the Love Offering, but were unable to attend the farewell, you can give in the following ways:

  • A Love Offering basket and envelopes will be available at the Watershed Information Desk in the new front lobby through March 24. 
  • A Love Offering basket and envelopes will be available at the Information Desk in the Main Hall of Red Brick through March 24.
  • You may send / drop off checks or cash to the Harderwyk Church Office through March 24.

Please designate “Love Offering” on the envelope or on the memo line of your check.

Ripple Effect Dinner/Concert is Sunday, April 14:  Dinner begins at 5:15 pm with concert to follow.  Join us in the Great Room.  Childcare is provided.  RSVP at the Mission Display Board, or contact Pastor Mary at maryd@harderwyk.com.  If you would be able to help us by providing a dessert, a sign up sheet will be available, also at the mission display.

We are still accepting donations for the Feed My Starving Children Event, with $2235.00 yet to raise to cover the cost of the additional meals that were made.  Please make checks payable to Harderwyk, in memo put FMSC, and place in one of the wooden churches or offering boxes.  Thank You! 

Great Escape Day Camp Registration Now Open:  Camp is open to children going into K-7th grade, for the 2019-2020 school year.  Come for a day, a week, or the whole summer!  Campers enjoy outings, games, crafts, fun with friends and more, all in a Christian setting.  Head to www.neighborsplus.org  or call 616.399.9190 ext. 303 for registration information.  -Hurry, slots are filling! 

Neighbors Plus:  We are in need of the following items to replenish the Market for our next What's Cookin' dinner and open Market night: cereal, pasta sauce, pasta, canned soup (big cans preferred), toilet paper, shampoo, body wash, and laundry detergent.  Donations can be dropped off at the Neighbors Plus cubbies or in the church office.  Thank you so much for your donations, allowing us to help those in our community.  If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer at jennifer@harderwyk.com.   

Eat Pizza for a Good Cause!  During the month of March, please visit Hops at 84 East to help support the ministries of Neighbors Plus!  Each month Hops features a community pizza, and this March, $5 from the sale of each pizza will go to Neighbors Plus. In addition, Hops will donate $1 for each growler filled from their huge selection of craft taps.  The pizza chosen for the month of March that will support Neighbors Plus is a Chicken-Chorizo Alfredo pizza ... yum!!  https://hops84east.getbento.com/giving-back/


A Note from the Executive Pastor

Do you want to experience an inner peace that is not affected by external circumstances? Jesus in the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-12) describe this state as being “Blessed”. The Beatitudes are integrally linked to each other. They build on each other. They describe a way of being, a posture towards life.  

We’ve seen that the “poor in spirit” (v.3) is the person who sees him or herself as totally dependent on God. When one is totally dependent on God, then mourning over the presence of sin is part of life (v.4). Dependence on God results in mourning over the presence of sin, which enables a person to surrender control to God (v.5). This leads to hungering and thirsting after righteousness (v. 6). The hungering and thirsting after righteousness cultivate a spirit of mercy, which aids one in understanding and appreciating the God’s mercy (v. 7). 

All the above characteristics are the basis for following Beatitude, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God” (v. 8). The pure in heart are those who love what God loves; to love God and his word so much that was is contrary to it is rejected. To love the things of God with our whole being is a result of the transforming work of the Holy Spirit in one’s life. Those who are pure heart see God’s presence. 

An inward state of contentedness that is not affected by external circumstances is reinforced when we declare our dependence on God so that the Holy Spirit transforms our hearts so that we love more deeply the things that God loves. 

May the desires of our heart be for the things God loves. 


Darwin K. Glassford 

Executive Pastor


5:00 pm Dinner served in the gym at the Anchor

Menu March 27: Fried Chicken

Undertow from 6:00-7:30 pm

Harderwyk Kids! & Harderwyk Big Kids: ages 3-Kindergarten from 6:00-7:30 pm

 Adult classes from 6:05-7:15 pm

Community Night:  PDF version of the Winter Brochure.


 Spiritual Practices: Taking Your Faith Deeper                                                                            Music Room, Red Brick Building, 6:05-7:20 pm 

Starts January 9.  “How can ancient approaches to faith help my relationship with God today?” In this class, we will be studying and practicing ancient spiritual practices to deepen our faith now. We will be studying: Silence, Solitude, Fasting, as well as other practices, via the book “The Sacred Way” by Tony Jones. Come with an open spirit and a willingness to get out of your spiritual comfort zone.   Facilitator: Zach Backstrom, zach@harderwyk.com.

Women's Bible StudyMonday Sessions     

9-11am    Room 1,  Red brick lower level             

No Other Gods       by Kelly Minter     starts January 7, 2019  

Often, idols are obvious-money, power, fame.  But subtler idols can sometimes take the form of sweet loved ones, Instagramable interiors, and busy seasons of ministry.  Learn to identify the functional gods you are serving daily and the lies they tell.  Learn to dethrone modern-day idols and pursue a deeper relationship with Jesus.    Questions? Contact: hurricanes@charter.net                                

Women's Bible Study: Wednesday Sessions     

6:05-7:20pm     Room 21 (council room)            Red Brick Building Lower Level                       

Nehemiah: A Heart That Can Break by Kelly Minter                                                                  March 13-April 24                                                                                                                            Examine the holy habits of the prophets and kings who were set apart by their close walk with God.  Each of these characters was trying to follow God while carrying out his calling on earth.  As we consider their example, we will discover that even prophets and kings struggled and grew in their faith through spiritual practices, and we will learn how to follow God's unique purposes for us in HIs Kingdom.  

Questions? Contact: april@harderwyk.com

Men’s Ministry Prayer/Study Group 

Monday Morning Men: Come as you can!  This gathering of men meets 6:45 am at Russ’s Northside on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month.  For 2019, we will be reading “God’s Wisdom for Navigating Life: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Book of Proverbs by Tim & Kathy Keller, each day (as we can) and then picking a favorite to reflect on.  Books available at gathering. 

"Moms Matter" Support Group   

Moms Matter is a free social support group for any interested mother, no matter how old your children are, including perinatal (pregnant), postpartum, and post-adoption moms.  You don’t have to be diagnosed with depression to attend.  This group’s aim is to support women in our community in the journey of Motherhood and it is professionally led by a licensed therapist from The Postpartum Support Center of Holland. We meet on Harderwyk's campus. Meetings occur weekly during the school year and monthly during summer months.  We would love to see you at our next meeting! You can find us in room 21 on the lower level of the Red Brick Building at 9:30 am on Thursday mornings.  For more information visit:  supportmom.org 


  • Celebration & Fusion Sunday School for kids 3 years old through 5th grade is available  at both 9:00 am and 10:30 am service times.  

  •  *Children should come for worship with their family in the service and will be               dismissed at the appropriate time.

  • Watershed Sunday School for kids 3 years old through 5th grade is available at both 9:00 am and 10:30 am service times starting September 9.  

   *Children should come for worship with their family in the service and will be dismissed        at the appropriate time.  

 Parent NoteMarch 24

*The Parent Note is a weekly tool for parents that gives you the "Big Idea" behind that days lesson and great suggestions for family devotions through the week!  Make sure you check it out each week during our ministry year.


  Children's Ministry Construction Plan (click Picture Link below)


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

  • Fusion Children's Ministry & Nursery Coordinator:                                                                             Beth Diekema (bethd@harderwyk.com


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

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


This Week @ The Anchor                              

Monday, March 25                       6:30 pm-8:00 pm          Hightide                                                Tuesday, March 26                      3:00 pm-8:00 pm          Open Anchor                                    Wednesday, March 27                6:00 pm-7:30 pm           Undertow                                 Thursday, March 28                     3:00 pm-8:00 pm          Open Anchor                                                             

For more information about our Student Ministries or how you can get involved, contact Nate Dewitt at nate@harderwyk.com


Welcome Patrick & Kara Bloemendal: Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf (CCCD) in Jamaica. They would love to share more with you about their ministry vision and financial goals.  Follow them at www.pkbloemendaal.com

Catch up with Zach & ChristyAmong Us: November Prayer letter                                       Follow them at  https://zachnchristyoder.blogspot.com/     


Great Escape Day Camp Now Hiring Camp Counselors & Assistant Camp Counselors for Summer 2019!  Candidates should be outgoing and have experience mentoring or leading children.  College students perusing careers working with children or adolescents, preferred.  Assistant counselor applicants must be going into their Junior year of high school for 2019-2020 school year, or older.  If interested, email greatescape@neighborsplus.org or head to www.neighborsplus.org and follow the links under the FOR YOUTH tab.

What's Cookin':  To help restock  for our next dinner, we are in need of the following: large cans of soup, boxed cereal, pasta sauce, pasta, toilet paper, laundry detergent, shampoo, body wash, and brown grocery bags (so our visitors can bag their items).  Donations can be left under the Neighbors Plus bulletin board in either building.  Thank you for your help as we meet the needs of those in our community! 

Meet Up & Eat Up: Summer will be here before we know it, and we are collecting books written in Spanish for Meet Up & Eat Up.  If you have chapter books or picture books in Spanish that you would like to donate, we would love to use them at Meet Up & Eat Up!  Book donations can be left under the Neighbors Plus bulletin board in either building.  Thank you for your help!

Alternative Suspension Program Questions: email angela@harderwyk.com or call 616.399.9190 ext. 325.  


  • You can find the Set Up Instructions for Harderwyk Electronic Giving accounts hereIf you have questions, please contact the office.  616.399.9190.

  • Giving  
    Weekly Budgeted Need $32,538
    Actual Giving Last Week $29,138
    YTD Budgeted Need  $357,925
    YTD Actual Giving $266,429
    Income - Expense -$96,860
    Operating Cash Balance $77,546



Crop Walk- Two Opportunities: Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Holland Christian High School, 8-9 am AND Sunday, April 28, 2019 at Beechwood Reformed Church, 1:30-2:30 pm.  

CRCNA Position Opening - The Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA), has a full-time opening for an Associate Editor working in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This position will be responsible for planning, scheduling, and substantive editing of all Banner articles for publishing in print and online, as well as provide support for day-to-day Banner functions. Details at www.crcna.org/jobs for details. Apply by March 29, 2019.

The Ball Brothers in Concert: Ferrysburg Community Church is presenting a concert featuring Christian music artists The Ball Brothers! Plan to join us April 7 at 7:00PM at 17785 Mohawk Drive in Spring Lake.  No tickets are required but a free will offering will be taken. For further information, visit www.theballbrothers.com or call the church at 616-842-3880 or the Schaafs at 231-206-2964.

Pannonia Christian Educational Exchange program is an all-volunteer, non-profit CRC World Mission initiated group.  We have been placing Hungarian students in West Michigan Christian schools for the last 25 years.  We are seeking a family who has a child attending Holland Christian High School to host a student from Hungary for the 2019-2020 school year.  To learn more about this ministry and it’s students or if you have an interest in hosting a student, please contact Lois Craven -(616) 724-6399, lcraven@crcna.org; Julia (Koscondy) Nagy (616) 455-3139; Attila Simo (616) 634-0597, attilasimo1@gmail.com; or Liz Van Horn (616-443-6379), Lvanhorn@yochefscatering.com.  A stipend is available to the hosting family.