HCC Informer: 1/7/2021

Good Afternoon HCC!

Included in this Informer email are information on SMALL GROUPS (launching January 24) and other Discipleship opportunities, Community Engagement, Prayer updates, and our Sunday morning worship service.
On Sunday, January 24 we will be launching a new round of SMALL GROUPS!  The Covid pandemic really cut us off early last year and so we are reorganizing and relaunching small groups using ROOTED as our primary small group material as well as the next step of NEW ROOTED material, Life in Rhythm, for those who have already been through the original stuff!  There is something for everyone in these groups!  Get ready to experience God’s transformative work in your life!  Sign up at:
Please remember that we have a number of different giving options for you whether in person, via mail, ACH, and also online.  You can check them out at:
We are continually grateful for your ongoing generosity and support and encourage your continued commitment to God through faithful tithing and giving.
Discipleship Opportunities:
Thursday Evening Discipleship Group: 
EXPECTANCY: Learning to grow, pray, and operate in the power of the Holy Spirit.
We will be AT CHURCH from 7:00 – 8:30 PM.  No prior participation required!  You can also join the meeting via ZOOM.  If you would like the ZOOM link, please contact Pastor Jon via text or Facebook.
People of the Book (Sunday evening Bible study) will now be meeting after church on Sunday mornings from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM.  
Community Engagement:
Our next Blood Drive will be on February 2, 2021.  More information will be posted when it is available.  We will be hosting a blood drive at church every 8 weeks during 2021!
Prayer Updates:
Mitch Punches, a member of the Hopkins Community, was involved in a head-on collision and is in the hospital fighting for his life after receiving critical injuries in several parts of his body.  Please pray for God to work a miracle in Mitch’s life leading to his full healing.
Amanda Sal’s uncle, John, was diagnosed with cancer this week.  Please pray for God’s healing hand on his life and for wisdom for the doctors as they determine courses of treatment in the coming days.
This weekend we will be hosting the God Dreams Vision Retreat for the search team and members of the consistory.  Please pray for God to give us wisdom and discernment as we consider together God’s Vision for HCC over the next several years!
The Consistory will meet for the first time in 2021 on January 18.  Please pray for wisdom and clarity as we prayerfully consider our direction as we move forward as a church!
Braden Wamhoff fell on the ice and broke his arm.  Please pray for full healing for him!
Lenora Kas 91, mother of Pat Lodensteins’s is under the care of Hospice.  Please pray for Lenora and her family as she goes through this hard time, may God give her comfort and healing.

Joan Riksen’s Daughter, Renee Gorman has been diagnosed with breast cancer and will be having a mastectomy on Jan 12th.

Joan Riksen has a good friend, Carolyn Schafer, that has an open sore on her leg that will not heal, please pray that God will lay His healing hands on her leg and heal it. Carolyn also has family members that are suffering from the Covid-19 and other severe illnesses,  please keep this whole family in your prayers. 

Esther White (grandmother of Liz Antvelink) is improving.
Louise Allen, sister of Carol Boverhof, continues to battle cancer.
The liver cancer that June Krug continues to battle liver and lung cancer.  Please pray with us that the chemo is effective and the side effects are mild. She remains at home in strict quarantine.
Howard Lodenstein is home!  Please continue to pray for Howard and Jo as he needs to continue to regain his strength.
Prayer for many of those who are dealing with COVID-19, whether personally or in extended families at this moment.  Pray for the hospitals and medical personnel that are dealing with so much sickness right now.
Roger and Pat Modreske (friends of Florence Balfort) continue to recover from a car accident.  Roger is on his way to a full recovery.  Pat, however, is in a critical care facility in Grand Rapids as they continue to try to save her leg.  She remains in good spirits.
We continue to hold up Donna Kerber and her family, the Maher family, the Paffhouse family, the Kerber family, the Wamhoff family, the Robyler family, and the Kitler and VanderSyde family as they continue to mourn recent losses in their families.
Sunday Morning Worship (9:30 AM):
We will return to in-person worship and Pastor Jim will be preaching this Sunday from Luke 9:1-6, 10 and 2 Timothy 2:2 in a message called “Making Disciples Jesus’ Way“.
The Community Room (multipurpose room) will be open and available for use during worship by those desiring to follow CDC physical distancing and masking guidelines.  Everyone is welcome in this room (regardless of wristband color choice); we ask that all those who choose to be there respect the guidelines laid out.  A screen, projecting the service, as well, as speakers will be set up to allow those that choose to use this room to participate fully in the worship service in a physically distanced and safe space.  An alternative entrance is available for those with health concerns; you may also enter through the front doors and foyer area.
For those that would prefer to remain in their vehicles, we welcome you to tune your radio to 97.3 FM.
We will continue to Livestream our worship services for those unable to make it or uncomfortable gathering in large groups.
You can join us live on Youtube here:
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You can also join us live on Facebook here:
Please remember to evaluate your own health and that of your family for the consideration of our whole church family.
Have a blessed weekend  


Jonathon VanderWall (Lead Pastor)

Jim Harrison (Prayer, Discipleship, Leadership Development)


Dick Boverhof (District 4: M-R) – Vice President

 Sally Burgess (District 3: I-L)

 Curt Leep (District 2: F-H)

 Dan Kisner (District 1: A-E) – Clerk

 Kyle Hoffmaster (District 5: S-Z)


Troy Clement (District 2: F-H) – Head of Deacons

Joel Eding (District 3: I-L)

Rich Huizinga (District 4: M-R) – Executive Team

Mike Maule (District 5: S-Z)

Tyler VanderSyde (District 1: A-E)

Eric Porter (District 3: I-L)


Kathy Westendorp (Office Administrator)

Lisa Harms (Cleaning & Custodial)

Kevin Dewey (Facilities Management)


Rachael Dewey (GEMS)

Bill Hennip (Cadets)

Carrie Mulder (Children’s Discipleship, 3 yrs – 5th Grade)

Cindy Kukor (Youth Discipleship, 6th – 12 Grade)

Cindy Lowman (Walk-out Worship)

Carol Boverhof (Hospitality)

Dan Kisner (Security)

Thanksgiving Like No Other

Scripture: Psalm 34:1-10

Of David. When he pretended to be insane before Abimelek, who drove him away, and he left.

I will extol the Lord at all times;
    his praise will always be on my lips.
I will glory in the Lord;
    let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
Glorify the Lord with me;
    let us exalt his name together.

I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
    he delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant;
    their faces are never covered with shame.
This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
    he saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him,
    and he delivers them.

Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
Fear the Lord, you his holy people,
for those who fear him lack nothing.
10 The lions may grow weak and hungry,
but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.


As we prepare for the celebration of Thanksgiving, it is no secret that we are supposed to be thinking about things that we are thankful for.  We are reminded of pilgrims who had nothing, barely surviving their first year in North America, and celebrating a “feast” that would likely appear meager to us by today’s standards.  Many will ask around the table this Thanksgiving holiday, what we are thankful for and will, undoubtedly, struggle to find answers.
2020 has been a rough year.  It is likely that your Thanksgiving celebration will look like no other you have experienced in your life.  It may be lacking people or comfort, depending on where you find yourself.  There is much that would take our focus off of the many blessings we experience daily as both the People of God in Christ and as citizens of the United States of America.
As I reflect on this Psalm, the title line is telling.  David is “extolling the Lord” despite the fact that he has just survived an encounter with an enemy king by pretending to be insane.  He is the Lord’s anointed King of Israel and yet he was humbled to the point of feigning insanity, drooling on himself amongst other things, in order that he might get away from an enemy’s clutches.
Yet, reflecting on this later, David praises the Lord.  He could have been dismayed at the humility he felt, acting like a fool in front of royalty.  What he recognizes, though, is God’s work of protection and deliverance that has taken place.  Truly God’s faithfulness was on display here.
It would truly be easy for us to focus on the negative this year.  Less family, more restrictions, pandemic, and politics.  There is so much that could be said.  David chose to glorify the Lord despite his constant trials, and what we see… what he sees time and again is God’s continued faithfulness.  As he writes, “those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.”
I wonder what this looks like for us in our current situation?  When we choose to look for the good things that the Lord is doing rather than at the difficulties of our situation, perhaps we will gain a new perspective, not just on our current situation and the things for which we have and give thanks, but also on what the Lord is preparing us for as we continue to move forward in Him.


Omnipotent and eternal God, you watch over your children, with your tender and loving care. I thank you this day for your mercy and grace. I am grateful for your healing power, and for the abundant blessings, you have given me. But most of all, I am thankful for the promise of salvation, given through your Son, our Lord. Through him, when all is completed, there will be no more sickness or pain. I pray in his name. Amen.  (written by David Bennett)

State of the church (Part 7 of 7): Mission Framework

This post is part of a six-part series. Links to other posts can be found below:

State of the church (Part 7 of 7): Mission Framework


Hopkins Community Church MISSION

Hopkins Community Church exists to connect people to Christ and Community


Hopkins Community Church VALUES

Absolute Truth

We affirm the supremacy of Christ, the centrality of the Gospel, and the absolute truth of scripture.

Living out our value of Absolute Truth is demonstrated by:

  • Endeavoring to glorify Christ in all we say and do;
  • Ensuring that all of our ministries, programs, and events are centered and rooted in Christ;
  • Upholding scripture as the sole source of absolute truth.

Holy Spirit Power

As individuals and as a church, we have a growing desire to be led by the Holy Spirit, and to experience the power of the Holy Spirit.

Living out our value of Holy Spirit Power is demonstrated by:

  • An ever-increasing desire to more deeply experience the power of the Holy Spirit;
  • Equipping people to grow in their ability to recognize and follow the Spirit’s leading;
  • Equipping people to grow in praying in accordance with the Holy Spirit’s leading.

Lifelong Growth

We are committed to cherishing and enfolding children and youth, and to discipling people of all ages, so that all might experience an increasingly full life in Christ.

Living out our value of Lifelong Growth is demonstrated by:

  • Making sure that every young person feels welcomed, valued, and able to connect with others;
  • Teaching and modeling for children and youth what a vibrant, healthy life in Christ entails;
  • Equipping, encouraging, and praying for all who connect with Hopkins Community Church.

Connecting in Community

We are a welcoming, accepting, compassionate church that strives for deep connection with Christ, with one another, and with the greater Hopkins community.

Living out our value of Connecting in Community is demonstrated by:

  • Embracing our call to be ambassadors for Christ by sharing Christ’s love with words and actions.
  • Warmly welcoming and enfolding all who enter our doors;
  • Being active participants in, and contributors to, the greater Hopkins community.


Hopkins Community Church STRATEGY


          Every person regularly participating in Spirit-filled worship of God


          Every person growing deeper in their relationship with Jesus Christ


Every person using their Spiritual Gifts to build the church both inside and out

Hopkins Community Church MEASURES

Our measures tie to our values and reflect mission attainment:

Absolute Truth

I am firmly rooted and centered in Christ, above all else.

Scripture informs my faith and deeply influences how I live my life.


Holy Spirit Power

Prayer is a high priority, and in times of prayer, I feel closely connected to God.

I am increasingly tuned in to the Holy Spirit’s leading and am obedient to follow.

I have a solid grasp of my spiritual gifts and am actively using my gifts.


Lifelong Growth

Compared to a year ago, my faith has deepened and my fears have lessened.

I seek opportunities to study God’s Word and grow deeper in my relationship with God.

I seek opportunities to share my testimony of how I came to faith in Christ.

I seek opportunities to share with others what God is doing in my life now.


Connecting in Community

I actively seek opportunities to share the Gospel with people.

I actively serve in our church.

I seek opportunities to serve the broader Hopkins community.

I am generous with my time, talent, and treasure. 

Check out our Giving Options:  http://www.hopkinscommunitychurch.net/giving

State of the Church (Part 6 of 7): Reopening Details

This post is part of a seven-part series. Links to other posts can be found below:

State of the Church (Part 6 of 7): Reopening Details

This video contains many of the details about how corporate worship will look like in the new “normal.”  If you haven’t watched any of our updates so far, PLEASE watch this one!

Check out our Giving Options: http://www.hopkinscommunitychurch.net/giving

State of the church (Part 5 of 7): HCC Future: Fall Ministry Opportunities

This post is part of a seven-part series. Links to other posts can be found below:

State of the church (Part 5 of 7): HCC Fall Ministry Opportunities

As we get ready to kick off the fall season, Hopkins Community Church has a myriad of Fall ministry opportunities for you and your family to be involved in! From Volunteer ministries to Small Groups, Sunday worship to Wednesday Discipleship, we desire to be an organization that helps to connect people to Christ and Community. Check out all of our opportunities below!


Hopkins Community Clean-up
On September 26, from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM Hopkins Community Church is partnering with the Hopkins Village Counsel to offer a day to clean up and dispose of items no longer wanted. Drop off location is Southwest of Mill Street, East of Oak street, by Sebright Products [CLICK HERE TO SEE ON MAP].
Items not accepted include tires, paint, refrigerators, and household garbage.
Seniors and those needing assistance, please use contact Pastor Jon VanderWall
Blood Drives

October 13, 2020 – 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM @ Hopkins Community Church

December 8, 2020 – 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM @ Hopkins Community Church

Due to the restrictions placed on the schools during the COVID-19 Pandemic, the American Red Cross has sought another location to host their blood drives in Hopkins for the time being. Hopkins Community Church is pleased to be able to offer our facility for this cause.

To Sign up to give blood, go to www.redcrossblood.org and use the sponsor code “hopkinscommunitychurch” or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
We are also looking for volunteers to work at the blood drive.




This fall we will again be launching a Small Group ministry here at Hopkins Community Church.  We will again be using ROOTED, a 10-week Small Group intensive to kick us off.  Even if you have gone through this already, it is a great study to do again!  We encourage everyone to sign up and be a part of small groups this fall.  Now, more than ever, we need to be firmly ROOTED and established in the Word of God!  In this time where things are a bit different, having a little extra time available (due to other things being canceled) may offer the right opportunity to do something new!
Last year didn’t end so well.  Everything was cut short and we didn’t have the opportunity to complete our groups the way we had hoped.  We have done some refining work to improve the small group experience and have a new leader in Pastor Jim Harrison to encourage and guide our small group leaders.  Join us on this journey as we work to create sustained Life Groups that build and support each other in our walk of faith.



GEMS Girls Club ministers to girls ages 2nd through 8th Grade.  GEMS meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month.
7th and 8th Grade girls will meet from 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
2nd – 6th Grade girls will meet from 6:15 PM – 8:00 PM
Check out more information and SIGN UP on our GEMS Page


Cadets ministers to boys ages 4th through 6th Grade.  Cadets meet every Wednesday from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Check out more information and SIGN UP on our Cadets Page


HCC Middle School Youth Group is a group of students who love to talk about Jesus. We love to hang-out and play games with each other as well as serve others. We meet the 1st and 3rd Sunday night during the school year from 5:30-7pm, at the home of Doug and Sally Hoffmaster (3077 17th Street, Hopkins MI). We hope to see you there!

R-GEN (High School Youth Group)

R-Gen is a high school community of Jesus followers. We welcome anyone, whether you are a seeker or believer. We are all just figuring out how to live a Christ-filled life in this crazy world. We meet at Hopkins Community Church Sunday evenings from 6-8. We have fun playing games and doing challenges We like to do service projects both in our community and abroad, we do life with each other supporting one another along the way
Check out the R-GEN Facebook Group
Check out our Giving Options: http://www.hopkinscommunitychurch.net/giving

State of the church (Part 4 of 7): Resuming In-Person Worship Services

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State of the church (Part 4 of 7): Resuming In-Person Worship Services

In this video, you will hear about the basics of our reopening plan for the target date of September 13.
You can read the full reopening ministries plan here: Resuming In-Person Ministries

For more information, check out our Reopening Page
Check out our Giving Options:  http://www.hopkinscommunitychurch.net/giving

State of the church (Part 3 of 7): Statement of Faith & RCA Vision 2020

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State of the church (Part 3 of 7): Statement of Faith & RCA Vision 2020

In these two videos, you will see a synopsis of the RCA’s Vision 2020 recommendations as well as the work that we have done to develop a Statement of Faith/Beliefs for Hopkins Community Church.  Please post comments and questions in the comments below!

Hopkins Community Church Statement of Faith & Beliefs


RCA Vision 2020

Related Material:
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State of the church (Part 2 of 7): Temporary Adjustments

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State of the church (Part 2 of 7): Temporary Adjustments

In this video we talk about the need to move forward in ministry despite some of the holes that need to be filled.  As we await the work of the “Search Team,” we are making some “temporary adjustments” to drive ministry forward and follow God’s calling to connect people to Christ and Community.

Check out our Giving Options:  http://www.hopkinscommunitychurch.net/giving

State of the church (Part 1 of 7): HCC Overview and 2020 Updates

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State of the church (Part 1 of 7): HCC Overview and 2020 Updates


Good Morning Hopkins Community Church,

As I sit and reflect on 2020 so far, how unpredictable it has been and how God has guided us, as a church, in ministry through this time, I am immensely grateful.  God has shown His faithfulness to us through difficult times and has showered us with blessings and opportunities we might not have thought possible just 6 months ago.
It is hard to believe that we have not been in the church building as a gathered body in 19 weeks.  It is even harder to believe that our “exile” from our normal worship space will continue until at least the 26-week mark.
One thing that I have come to realize over this time is how dependent we as a church are on these gatherings for communication.  We would typically place information in mailboxes or in bulletins.  Given the number of transitions that have taken place over the last 4 months, and with the hopeful transition back into a more “normal” pattern of ministry life here at HCC, the Consistory and I feel the need to do some specific communicating with the church to bring everyone up to speed on where are as a community of faith.

Video Update

We are going to do this via recorded videos each week for the next six weeks.  This is happening over the source of several weeks due to the large nature of content that we have to cover.  One long video would be difficult to watch and digest all at the same time.
We welcome comments and feedback on these posts as well as questions that need clarifying.
I also want to encourage you to help us in this communication.  If you know of people in our church family who are not on Facebook or don’t receive emails, please consider showing them this video so that they may be brought up to date as well.


Links for documents and websites referenced in this video can be found below.

Consistory Minutes & Financial Updates:  https://www.hopkinscommunitychurch.net/church-reports/

Hopkins Community Church Communication Tools:

HCC Informer Email Updates:  To register, send an email to inform.HCC@gmail.com
Check out our Giving Options:  http://www.hopkinscommunitychurch.net/giving

Revelation 3:14-22 “To the Church in Laodicea”


Holy Spirit, as I open the word of God today and read this letter that you have written to Your Church, may my heart be opened to the message you have for me, for my family, and for Hopkins Community Church.  Reveal Your Truth to Your Church that we may shed those things which bind us and blind us to what it means to be Your people, Your witnesses, Your light in this world.  Convict us, Lord, and call us to repentance.  Break the chains of comfort and complacency and empower us for the mission and ministry you uniquely call each of us to.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Revelation 3:14-22

To the Church in Laodicea

14 “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:

These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. 15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.

19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. 20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

21 To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”


Follow-up Questions:

  1. Why is God speaking to the specific church that this passage is addressed to?
  2. How do you think God is speaking through this passage to my church?
  3. What is God saying specifically to me through this passage?