Weekly Announcements
November 19, 2017

Budget Affirmation Vote: Harderwyk Council will be leading a vote of affirmation for the 2018 Budget on Sunday, Nov. 19 during or after all services. Copies of the Budget Summary and a Budget Recap of are available in the church office or by request to Norlyn Compaan, ncompaan@harderwyk.com.

Facilities Expansion Roundtables:

  • Wednesday, November 29, 4:00p     Council Room
  • Wednesday, November 29, 6:15p     Red Brick Library
  • Sunday, December 3, 10:45a     Council Room
  • Wednesday, December 6, 4:00p     Council Room
  • Wednesday, December 6, 6:15p     Red Brick Library

GRIEF SHARE EVENT, Surviving the HolidaysSunday, November 19, noon – 2 PM.  The holidays can feel unbearable after heart-rending loss.  Join us for dinner at noon, in the Great Room, followed by a 40 minute video, and a time of commentary/discussion.  Each participant will receive a Surviving the Holidays Survival Guide, which addresses questions like, What do I do with my holiday emotions? How will I make it through that Holiday event? 

Book Club:  book club will meet on Monday, November 20, at 4:00p in the library.  We will discuss "Waves of Mercy" by local author Lynn Austin

Craft Sale Thank You:  We are very thankful for all of our bakers and helpers in the cookie ans soup room at last week's Be merry Craft Sale and Second Hand Market.  We sold out of cookies and raised more that $1200 for Neighbors Plus!  The Second Hand Market did very well also, and we are thankful to all those who donated to our market.  All proceeds from the second hand market benefitted Harderwyk Missions.  We will be having the market again next year - so please keep us in mind for all home and holiday items.  We will begin collecting in September.

HOPE CHRISTMAS STORE:  Help make Christmas brighter for a child in our community by buying a gift for one in need. Our Annual HOPE Christmas Store is Saturday, December 9. You can help by choosing an ornament from one of the HOPE trees decorated on campus. Simply purchase a gift ($15-$25 range) for the age and gender printed on the ornament label. Or let us do the shopping for you, and choose an envelope from the tree for your monetary donation and return to the church office. Please return your unwrapped gift and cash donations to church by December 6. If you have any questions, please contact Dawn Housekamp, Kids Hope Director, at dawn@harderwyk.com or 399-9190 ext. 320.  Thank you for your help in giving a child a little HOPE this Christmas! 

Save the date: Advent Celebration & Christmas Market, Sunday, December 10.  All are invited to gather in the sanctuary for songs & carols of the season, readings and music led by Harderwyk community and musicians.  Refreshments and Market to follow.  Market proceeds to benefit Neighbors Plus and Mika's Lunch.

Christmas Market – for the 3rd year in a row,  we are asking families to participate in our market.  We are challenging families to invest between $5-$10 in a project, craft or product and bring it to our market to sell and see how much together we can raise for Mika’s Lunch and Neighbors Plus.  The market will be on December 10 immediately following the Advent Celebration.  To sign up for a table – please contact christinemac@harderwyk.com  or call the church office at 616.399.9190.

Save the Date: Widow’s Luncheon: Thursday, Dec. 14, 11 am – 1 pm. Great Room. Jolene DeHeer, widow of Calvin College biology professor, David DeHeer, will share some insight and encouragement, especially as the Holiday Season approaches.  Jolene is an author, international speaker, with over 40 years of ministry experience.   Sign up at the Information Center or online.

Beacon Tree Senior's Ministry: We will be joining the Kids Hope After School recess kinds on Wednesday, November 29, at 3:45 to create Christmas cards to be delivered to Cross roads Prison Ministry.  We will meet at the Anchor.  For more information, contact Pastor Mary

Crossroads Prison Ministry: A clearly marked box for Christmas Cards has been placed in the Red Brick building at the Information Center.  Please place UNSEALED cards for prison inmates in it by the end of October. The cards cannot have any silver or gold leaf or sparkles and should have a meaningful message  Please no Santas.  You can write a brief message and sign your first name.  Any questions, contact Shirley Waterway.


A note from the Executive Pastor

The early part of November is always an intriguing time at Harderwyk for many reasons. It is a very busy ministry time. Countless hours will be invested by the people of Harderwyk in our upcoming Thanksgiving, Advent and Christmas services and all the related activities surrounding them. The finishing touches are complete on the 2018 Budget and round tables discussions have taken place across campus. The budget will be  presented to the people of Harderwyk for affirmation on Sunday, November 19. It is also the time of year we calculate the end of the year “hockey stick” or the amount that needs to be raised to finish 2017 well. With 7 weeks to go,  $314,118 or 20.5% of our yearly budget is needed– the same percentage as this time last year. In addition, we are preparing to launch a facilities expansion project to address the needs generated by our growing ministries. 

As Harderwyk’s Executive Pastor, I deeply appreciate a Council and staff that dream big and collaborate to frame a realistic budget. I am also grateful for the feedback the people of Harderwyk provide through our round tables and discussions about ministry and budgeting priorities. 

I am thankful for the people of Harderwyk’s financial support and generosity, and confident that your gifts will exceed the $314,118 needed to end 2017 well. Your investments in Harderwyk’s ministry and its subsequent growth has created the need to enhance our facilities, and am confident that you will rally together in support of this strategic project. I look forward to many round tables and input opportunities in the coming months regarding our facilities. 

As your Executive Pastor, I continually thank the Lord for you, the people of Harderwyk, for the role you play in reaching the Lakeshore and beyond with the Gospel of Jesus Christ by forming disciples and growing leaders. 

Grace and Peace to you in abundance,

Darwin K. Glassford


Dinner 5:15-6:15 pm     Children/Youth Classes   6:15-7:45 pm      Adult Classes  6:15-7:30 pm

No Community Night on November 22.   

Community Night will resume on November 29.      


The Quest, by Beth Moore                                                                                                        Monday mornings, 9:00 – 10:30 am.  November 6 – December 11.

During this six-week excursion with Jesus, Beth Moore uses questions from Scripture to lead you into intimacy with the One who knows you best.

¨ Learn to pray to promote intimacy with God.

¨ Explore questions and responses from the Bible.

¨ Track your quest by journaling along the way.

¨ Learn to read and respond to Scripture.

Sign up on-line.  For more information, contact either Kristine Kane, (hurrikanes@charter.net) , or Brooke VanTil, (btvantil@gmail.com)

Finding I Am, by Lisa TerKeurst                                                                                          Wednesday evenings, 6:15 – 7:45 pm. November 1 – December 13.

What is the deep cry of your heart? The ache in your soul that keeps you up at night? The prayer you keep repeating? Jesus not only cares about this deep, spiritual wrestling, but He also wants to step in and see you through it. Lisa will lead us as we explore the seven I AM statements of Jesus found in the Gospel of John. Through this six-week, interactive, in-depth study, we will be trading feelings of emptiness and depletion for the fullness of knowing who Jesus is, like never before.  

Sign up on-line.   For more information, contact Pastor Mary, (maryd@harderwyk.com).

 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:  November 19, 2017


This Week @ The Anchor

Monday, November 20                  6:30-8:00 pm      High Tide (Meet and p/u at BAM)

Tuesday,  November 21                3:00-8:00 pm      Open Anchor

Wednesday, November 22            Closed for Thanksgiving Break

Thursday, November 23                Closed for Thanksgiving Break 

Friday, November 24                      Closed for Thanksgiving Break


Harderwyk currently has 2 young people, and one family who are off doing short term missions for this year.  You can follow their adventures or stay in touch at: 

Bekah Monroe: http://rebekahmonroe.theworldrace.org 

The Joyce Family: https://themostofthese.com 

Aubrey MacDonald: 749 Welcome Bay Rd.,                                                                                                                             Welcome Bay, Turanga    3175                                                                                                               New Zeeland


Save the Date!  The Neighbors Plus Springtime in Paris auction will be held Thursday, April 19, 2018 at the Midtown Center!  As our committee begins preparing for the auction, we would love to learn if members of our church family have items or services they would like to donate (cottage rentals, housekeeping, lawn services, season tickets for sporting and fine arts events, house painting, boat rides, photography, etc.).  Please contact Jennifer Roudebush at jennifer@harderwyk.comThank you! 


  • 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 $22,546
    YTD Budgeted Need  $1,358,657
    YTD Actual Giving $1,213,304
    Income - Expense -$113,901
    Operating Cash Balance $98,727



Mika's Lunch Fundraiser:  Tuesday, December 5 from 3:00-9:00p Crazy Horse is donating 10% of all business to Mika's Lunch.  come our for a great meal and a great cause.

INVITATION TO THE CHURCHES OF CLASSIS HOLLAND: Please join Central Avenue CRC and Cambodian Fellowship CRC for the ordination in unity service of Sophat Duch on Sunday, November 19 at 9:30am at Central Avenue CRC in Holland.

Secretary position - The Calvinist Cadet Corps is looking for a part-time secretary, 20-24 hours/week. Job responsibilities include general reception/secretarial tasks, maintaining a deposit register and controlling Accounts Receivable, proof reading magazines, newsletters and program materials, and responding to inquiries via personal contact, telephone, email and web chat. Pay starts at $14/hr. Email submissions@calvinistcadets.org for more information. Applications due by November 30.

Perspectives: Interested in better understanding God's global purpose?  Would you like to learn more about the passion of God's heart and to roll up your sleeves alongside of Him? Do you want to read your Bible in one hand, and your newspaper in the other? Is it time to discover your role in reaching the nations? Are you ready to be "ruined for the ordinary?"  Come join Holland Perspectives this Spring!  Monday evenings, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, January 8 - April 30 at Western Theological Seminary. Different levels of participation are offered, from Key Reading to graduate credit. Questions?  Contact Rev. Carolyn Hoffman (616.399.2128, crhoffman@sbcglobal.net).  We would LOVE to have you join us for this life changing course!

Wanted: Banner News Writers - The Banner is looking for correspondents to write and report news from local congregations. Are you a curious story teller with some writing skills and the desire to share from your church and neighboring regions? Please reply to news@thebanner.org with your name, church, and reason why you would like to be one of The Banner's freelance writers. The News Editor will respond regarding your application.

Attention, Fathers and Sons! - Camp Roger, in Rockford, Michigan, is holding its sixth annual Man Camp. Join us February 2-4 in doing such things together as riding a zip-line, playing broom ball, building sleds and building relationships. This weekend is designed to equip fathers as role models of Christian integrity for their sons through shared experiences and adventures. Please go to camproger.org for registration forms and more information or call Deb at camp at 616-874-7286. Registration begins November 6.

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.