Enter Through the Narrow Gate: Emerging Opportunities

Last week, in one of our updates, I mentioned that we would be taking some time over the course of the next week to look at the conflict that has come to a head within the denomination that Hopkins Community Church is affiliated with, the Reformed Church in America.  This is not a new discussion by any stretch of the imagination.  However, for many, this may be the first time that you are hearing about this. 
 
While some churches have put this in the forefront of things to talk about, HCC has chosen to keep it on the periphery as our affiliation with a denomination is ultimately subservient to our loyalty to Christ.  So, as things have continued to transpire, the leadership has been watching and waiting for the right time to have this conversation as a congregation.  We feel that the right time is now.
 
Two days ago, I released a short video laying out the history of our current struggles and how we got here.  Yesterday was information on our current reality and the immediate decisions in front of the General Synod (our national gathering as a denomination) in October.  The final video, today, will then involve some information on what we have done, can do, and some potential opportunities that may be in our future as a church.
 
Before you watch each of these videos, though, I want to ask you to take some time to read the following Scripture passage and prayerfully reflect on it in light of the current events of our day and the current cultural context that we are faced with.  Below that you will find a link to the video as well as some additional resources that I reference in them.
 
On Sunday, we are going to hear from this passage and others in a message about Biblical authority and our foundation in Scripture.  After the worship service, there will be some informal time for questions and answers regarding these videos and the denominational issues that we face.  We will likely be having some district meetings following this as well with dates to be determined.

Matthew 7:13-20

The Narrow and Wide Gates

13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

True and False Prophets

15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
 
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The Wide Gate: The RCA’s Current Situation

Last week, in one of our updates, I mentioned that we would be taking some time over the course of the next week to look at the conflict that has come to a head within the denomination that Hopkins Community Church is affiliated with, the Reformed Church in America.  This is not a new discussion by any stretch of the imagination.  However, for many, this may be the first time that you are hearing about this. 
 
While some churches have put this in the forefront of things to talk about, HCC has chosen to keep it on the periphery as our affiliation with a denomination is ultimately subservient to our loyalty to Christ.  So, as things have continued to transpire, the leadership has been watching and waiting for the right time to have this conversation as a congregation.  We feel that the right time is now.
 
Yesterday I released a short video laying out the history of our current struggles and how we got here.  Today will be information on our current reality and the immediate decisions in front of the General Synod (our national gathering as a denomination) in October.  The final video, tomorrow, will then involve some information on what we have done, can do, and some potential opportunities that may be in our future as a church.
 
Before you watch each of these videos, though, I want to ask you to take some time to read the following Scripture passage and prayerfully reflect on it in light of the current events of our day and the current cultural context that we are faced with.  Below that you will find a link to the video as well as some additional resources that I reference in them.
 
On Sunday, we are going to hear from this passage and others in a message about Biblical authority and our foundation in Scripture.  After the worship service, there will be some informal time for questions and answers regarding these videos and the denominational issues that we face.  We will likely be having some district meetings following this as well with dates to be determined.

Matthew 7:13-20

The Narrow and Wide Gates

13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

True and False Prophets

15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
 
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The Long, Broad Road: A Brief History of the RCA’s Current Situation

Last week, in one of our updates, I mentioned that we would be taking some time over the course of the next week to look at the conflict that has come to a head within the denomination that Hopkins Community Church is affiliated with, the Reformed Church in America.  This is not a new discussion by any stretch of the imagination.  However, for many, this may be the first time that you are hearing about this. 
 
While some churches have put this in the forefront of things to talk about, HCC has chosen to keep it on the periphery as our affiliation with a denomination is ultimately subservient to our loyalty to Christ.  So, as things have continued to transpire, the leadership has been watching and waiting for the right time to have this conversation as a congregation.  We feel that the right time is now.
 
So, for the next three days, I will be releasing a short video laying out various aspects of the current denominational strife.  We will start by talking about the history of our current struggles and how we got here.  Following that will be information on our current reality and the immediate decisions in front of the General Synod (our national gathering as a denomination) in October.  The final video will then involve some information on what we have done, can do, and some potential opportunities that may be in our future as a church.
 
Before you watch each of these videos, though, I want to ask you to take some time to read the following Scripture passage and prayerfully reflect on it in light of the current events of our day and the current cultural context that we are faced with.  Below that you will find a link to the video as well as some additional resources that I reference in them.
 
On Sunday, we are going to hear from this passage and others in a message about Biblical authority and our foundation in Scripture.  After the worship service, there will be some informal time for questions and answers regarding these videos and the denominational issues that we face.  We will likely be having some district meetings following this as well with dates to be determined.
 
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Matthew 7:13-20

The Narrow and Wide Gates

13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

True and False Prophets

15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
 
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Celebrations & Information: 7/8/2021

Good Morning HCC!

 
Coming to you with information regarding the ministry life of Hopkins Community Church including Sunday Church Information, Discipleship opportunities, community engagement opportunities, Church App Information, and prayer updates!
 
BUT FIRST A COUPLE OF OPPORTUNITIES TO CELEBRATE GOD’S WORK HERE AT HCC!
 
The High School Youth Group has returned safely from a great mission trip in Alaska!  We look forward to hearing more from them on Sunday, July 25!
 
The 4th of July was a great success for HCC’s community engagement push!  Thank you to everyone who helped with set up, tear down, donations, and participation!  We were able to share the Gospel message with nearly 400 people in the morning and celebrate with the community during the parade in the afternoon!
 
HCC’s first VISION CONNECTION EVENT was a great success!  Our GOAL is to make contact with every household in the Village of Hopkins (approx: 250) and get to know them, asking two specific questions:
  • How can we serve you?
  • How can we pray for you?
As of July 1, we have made 141 attempts and made contact with 78 households!  We have surpassed our JUNE GOAL of 25% completion!  Thanks to all of those who came out!  Another event will be scheduled for later in July!
 
Finally, a message from Caleb Nykamp and his family regarding our call to him to join us as our Youth and Families Pastor:
Dear Brothers & Sisters of Hopkins Community Church,
 
We are so excited as a family to join your congregation as Caleb accepts the call to be the Youth and Family Pastor at HCC! We both loved meeting many of you through the Sunday morning meet and greet as well as the picnic with consistory members, and we can’t wait to meet you all and get to know you on a deeper level in the coming weeks and months. This whole process has been such an answer to our prayers as a family, and we ask for your continued prayers for not only our family – but for HCC too as we all journey through this time of transition together. We look forward to seeing you all soon! 
 
Caleb, Rita, and Renee Nykamp
 
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SUNDAY CHURCH INFORMATION:
 
Sunday Morning Worship (9:30 AM):
It is going to be a beautiful morning to worship outside!  We will be opening God’s Word to 1 Thessalonians 1:4-8 as we continue in our sermon series on Effective Evangelism in a message titled: “The ART of Serving Together”. Pastor Jon will be preaching.
 
We have 3 LIVESTREAM options for those unable to attend in person:
On the CHURCH CENTER APP
 
AFTER CHURCH we will be having a COOKOUT!  The Menu will be Pulled Pork, Coleslaw, and Potato Chips.  Water and Lemonade will also be available.  Hang around and enjoy some great food!  Bring your favorite yard games to set up and play too!
 
For those remaining in their vehicles, we welcome you to tune your radio to 97.3 FM.
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PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Download the “Church Center” app and get connected to HCC!  You can check out the updated information regarding this here:
 
Download it on Google Play or in the App Store

Please remember that we have a number of different giving options for you whether in person, via mail, ACH, and also online through the Church Center App.  You can check them out at: https://www.hopkinscommunitychurch.net/giving/

We are continually grateful for your ongoing generosity and support and encourage your continued commitment to God through faithful tithing and giving.  Your giving furthers the mission of God and His Vision for HCC!

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Discipleship Opportunities:
There is No Expectancy Tonight as Pastor Jim is on Vacation.
 
People of the Book will be taking a break this week Sunday for both the cookout and due to Pastor Jim’s vacation. 
 
ROOTED small groups will be launching and re-launching in the fall.  There will be options for both the first series and the follow-up second series of ROOTED.  More information will be forthcoming.
 
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Community Engagement:
HCC is hosting an AED/CPR Refresher course on July 14 at 6:00 PM.
 
Our next Blood Drive will be on September 7, 2021.  More information will be posted when it is available.  We will be hosting a blood drive at church every 8 weeks during 2021!  
Please sign up at www.redcrossblood.org.  Sign-ups for this are important as walk-ins are never guaranteed a spot.
 
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Prayer Updates:
We offer our deepest sympathy to the Lodenstein family following the passing of Howard.
 
Sandy Morris is recovering from Gall Bladder surgery.  Pray for her full recovery.
 
Mike Stearns continues to heal after his eye surgery.
 
We extend our sympathies to the Grant and Antvelink families in the passing of Margaret
 
Tom and Nancy Scobey has asked for prayers for their brother-in-law, Al Kornoelje, and his wife, Karen.
 
Hollie Roblyer’s father, Leon Huff, continues to recover from a series of heart attacks and surgery.  The doctors found a mass in his abdomen and are running tests to figure out what it is and how to treat it. 
 
Cindy Kukor’s niece, Ashley Momber, has gone through the IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) process. Please pray for this couple, Curtis and Ashley, as they continue on this journey to become parents. 
 
Amanda Weber’s uncle, John, continues his radiation treatments for cancer but has received a great report that all but one tiny spot has disappeared!  We praise God for the healing work He has done in John!
 
Pastor Arlan Tenclay continues to battle cancer.
 
Eric Porter’s Aunt, Sherry Zandstra continues to recover.
 
Lauren Wolffis, a friend of Kristin VanderSyde, continues to battle stage 4 breast cancer.
 
Dale Talsma, Grandfather of Allison Halstead, is fighting bladder cancer & has dementia.  Please pray for healing for him and for wisdom for the family as they walk with him through this difficult time.
 
Ginger Talsma, Aunt of Allison Halstead, is struggling with Addison’s disease.
 
Mitch Punches continues to recover from his car accident..
 
Louise Allen, sister of Carol Boverhof, continues to battle cancer.
 
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Have a blessed weekend  

PASTORS

Jonathon VanderWall (Lead Pastor)

Jim Harrison (Prayer, Discipleship, Leadership Development)

ELDERS

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)

DEACONS

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)

ADMINISTRATIVE & SUPPORT STAFF

Kathy Westendorp (Office Administrator)

Lisa Harms (Cleaning & Custodial)

Kevin Dewey (Facilities Management)

Faith Reurink (Worship Intern)

VOLUNTEER LEADERS

Alicia Kent (Nursery, 0 – 2 yrs)

Cindy Lowman (Walk-out Worship, 3 yrs – Kindergarten)

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

Rachael Dewey (GEMS)

Bill Hennip (Cadets)

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

Carol Boverhof (Hospitality)

Dan Kisner (Security)



Maundy Thursday & Monday Updates

Hello HCC!

 
We have some updates for you about things going on this week and some of the announcements that we shared yesterday:
 
First and foremost: Maundy Thursday Worship will be held at 6:00 PM.  Pastor Jon apologizes for missing this crucial detail.  This service will be live-streamed as well in our usual place.
 
We have posted the video of the updates Pastor Jon gave in church yesterday.  You can view that segment here:
 
The Youth & Families Pastor position is posted on our website.  You can find it using the following link:
 
The Church Center App can be downloaded from either the google play store (Andriod) or the app store (apple).  Search for Hopkins Community Church and it will prompt you to log in.  Please note: we are in the initial phases of this project and so not everything is functional as of yet.  If you are newer to our community, your information may not be updated yet either.  We are working on it though!
You can also check out the online version of this here:
 
Just a reminder too that our Lent blog posts continue to be posted at https://www.hopkinscommunitychurch.net/pastors-blog/
 
Have a blessed Holy Week!
 


HCC Informer: 3/25/2021

Good Morning HCC!

 
Coming to you with A LOT of information regarding the ministry life of Hopkins Community Church including LENT readings, Palm Sunday “Easter Breakfast”, community engagement opportunities, worship team info, prayer requests, and service information!
 
Easter Breakfast Information:
On Sunday, both before and after church, we will be hosting an “Easter Breakfast”!  We are excited to do yet one more thing that moves us back towards whatever “normal” is.  Please be aware that, as we have always sought to support our local health codes, the Allegan County Health Department has asked that, while in line for food, everyone must wear a mask to help prevent any cross-contamination of the food.  You are welcome to remove it once you have received your food and are heading for your seat.  Thank you for understanding our need to do this to maintain our church food service license.
We will create some time prior to and after the worship service for the transition to the COVID-precautions space that this area has been as well.
Please help us to have an accurate number and appropriate amount of food for this event by “signing up” using the link below:
 
Reminder:  Tonight from 5:30 – 7:00 PM we invite anyone who has any interest in the Sound Board to come and check out a “Sound Board Basics” experience during our worship team practice.  Jason will show people some basic information about running sound and you will get to experience a bit of what goes into it with no strings attached.  If you are interested, we’ll start working with you more specifically to learn how to run sounds here at HCC!
 
Here is the link for all of the Lent Readings (they post each morning at 6 AM):
In Small Groups, the ROOTED curriculum guides people through a number of discussions about God, prayer, faith, spiritual gifts, and much more.  One of the conversations has to do with how God views finances.  Pastor Jon has put together a teach for these groups and has shared it on the HCC Youtube site as well as our giving page.  We encourage you to check it out: https://youtu.be/gz1diK2n0Fc
 

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: https://www.hopkinscommunitychurch.net/giving/

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 using the following link:
…or by using the following meeting ID and password:
Meeting ID: 823 8607 1626
Password: HCRC1237
 
People of the Book meets after church on Sunday mornings from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM.  
 
Community Engagement:
Our next Blood Drive will be on May 11, 2021.  More information will be posted when it is available.  We will be hosting a blood drive at church every 8 weeks during 2021!  We are looking for some volunteer help for these events; you can sign up here:
 
Hopkins Community Clean-up will be happening on Saturday, May 15, from 8 AM to 1 PM!  You can sign up to be a part of this here:
 
Prayer Updates:
Brian Ballard’s mother, Phyllis, is in Hospice care. Please be with Brian and his family as they cope with this.  May God give the family and Phyllis peace and comfort as they go through this time.
 
Lauren Wolffis, a friend of Kristin VanderSyde, is battling stage 4 breast cancer that has spread to her liver.  She has just finished her first round (12 weeks) of Chemo and begins her second round (12 weeks) on March 30.  Please hold her up in prayer that God would continue to do a great work of healing in her life.
 
Allie Blauwkamp, a friend and co-worker of Kathy Athearn, is struggling with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).  Please pray for her, her family, and friends as she continues to deal with the increasing symptoms ALS brings.
 
Dale Talsma, Grandfather of Allison Halstead, is fighting bladder cancer & has dementia.  Please pray for healing for him and for wisdom for the family as they walk with him through this difficult time.
 
Ginger Talsma, Aunt of Allison Halstead, is struggling with Addison’s disease.
 
Pastor Mark Heijerman from Martin Reformed Church returned home last weekend and is receiving care and therapy as he continues to recover from COVID.  We praise God for the great work of healing in his life and pray for growing strength for Pastor Mark.
 
Mike Stearns continues to heal after his eye surgery.  The doctors will continue to monitor him over the next 2 months as his eye continues to heal.
 
Mitch Punches, a member of the Hopkins Community, is home but is still dealing with a lot of pain.  Pray for healing, patience, and strength as he goes through therapy.
 
Amanda Weber’s uncle, John, continues his radiation treatments for cancer.
 
Louise Allen, sister of Carol Boverhof, continues to battle cancer.
 
Prayer for many of those who are dealing with COVID-19, whether personally or in extended families at this moment.
 
Sunday Morning Worship (9:30 AM):
This Sunday, Pastor Jim will be preaching from Luke 9:53-62 as we continue to lay the groundwork for HCC’s new Vision:” Boldly Bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to the community of Hopkins through expectant prayer, effective evangelism, and radical obedience to the Holy Spirit.  The message is entitled “Following Jesus”.
 
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:
Please subscribe to the channel for future updates!
 
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  

PASTORS

Jonathon VanderWall (Lead Pastor)

Jim Harrison (Prayer, Discipleship, Leadership Development)

ELDERS

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)

DEACONS

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)

ADMINISTRATIVE & SUPPORT STAFF

Kathy Westendorp (Office Administrator)

Lisa Harms (Cleaning & Custodial)

Kevin Dewey (Facilities Management)

VOLUNTEER LEADERS

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)



HCC Informer: 3/18/2021

Good Afternoon HCC!

 
Coming to you with information regarding the ministry life of Hopkins Community Church including LENT readings, Palm Sunday “Easter Breakfast”, worship leader job description, prayer requests, and service information!
 
In Small Groups, the ROOTED curriculum guides people through a number of discussions about God, prayer, faith, spiritual gifts, and much more.  One of the conversations has to do with how God views finances.  Pastor Jon has put together a teach for these groups and has shared it on the HCC Youtube site as well as our giving page.  Feel free to check it out: https://youtu.be/gz1diK2n0Fc
 
Here is the link for all of the Lent Readings (they post each morning at 6 AM):
 
On Palm Sunday, March 28, we will be hosting an “Easter Breakfast” at the church!  We are looking forward to having this annual event again with some adjustments, per the Allegan County Health Department guidelines.  Breakfast will be served both before and after the service to help “spread people out” and will be in the Community (multi-purpose) room.  We will create some time prior to and after the worship service for the transition to the COVID-precautions space that this area has been as well.
Please help us to have an accurate number and appropriate amount of food for this event by “signing up” using the link below:
 
HCC continues our search for a Worship Leader.  See the following link for more information about this!  Please feel free to pass this along to anyone you know that might be interested!

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 using the following link:
…or by using the following meeting ID and password:
Meeting ID: 823 8607 1626
Password: HCRC1237
 
People of the Book meets after church on Sunday mornings from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM.  
 
Community Engagement:
Our next Blood Drive will be on May 11, 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:
Brian Ballard’s mother, Phyllis, is in Hospice care and has taken a turn for the worse. Please be with Brian and his family as they cope with this.  May God give the family and Phyllis peace and comfort as they go through this time.
 
Lauren Wolffis, a friend of Kristin VanderSyde, is battling stage 4 breast cancer that has spread to her liver.  She has just finished her first round (12 weeks) of Chemo and begins her second round (12 weeks) on March 30.  Please hold her up in prayer that God would continue to do a great work of healing in her life.
 
Allie Blauwkamp, a friend and co-worker of Kathy Athearn, is struggling with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).  Please pray for her, her family, and friends as she continues to deal with the increasing symptoms ALS brings.
 
Dale Talsma, Grandfather of Allison Halstead, is fighting bladder cancer & has dementia.  Please pray for healing for him and for wisdom for the family as they walk with him through this difficult time.
 
Ginger Talsma, Aunt of Allison Halstead, is struggling with Addison’s disease.
 
Pastor Mark Heijerman from Martin Reformed Church returned home last weekend and is receiving care and therapy as he continues to recover from COVID.  We praise God for the great work of healing in his life and pray for growing strength for Pastor Mark.
 
Mike Stearns is anticipating another eye surgery, his third in the last several months.
 
Mitch Punches, a member of the Hopkins Community, is home but is still dealing with a lot of pain.  Pray for healing, patience, and strength as he goes through therapy.
 
Amanda Weber’s uncle, John, continues his radiation treatments for cancer.
 
Louise Allen, sister of Carol Boverhof, continues to battle cancer.
 
Prayer for many of those who are dealing with COVID-19, whether personally or in extended families at this moment.
 
Sunday Morning Worship (9:30 AM):
This Sunday, Pastor Jim will be preaching from John 10:1-16, 25 as we continue to lay the groundwork for HCC’s new Vision:” Boldly Bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to the community of Hopkins through expectant prayer, effective evangelism, and radical obedience to the Holy Spirit.  The message is entitled “Listening to God”.
 
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:
Please subscribe to the channel for future updates!
 
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  

PASTORS

Jonathon VanderWall (Lead Pastor)

Jim Harrison (Prayer, Discipleship, Leadership Development)

ELDERS

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)

DEACONS

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)

ADMINISTRATIVE & SUPPORT STAFF

Kathy Westendorp (Office Administrator)

Lisa Harms (Cleaning & Custodial)

Kevin Dewey (Facilities Management)

VOLUNTEER LEADERS

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)



HCC Informer: 2/11/2021

Good Morning HCC!

Coming to you with information regarding the ministry life of Hopkins Community Church!

First, thank you to everyone who helped make the Huizinga funeral luncheon happen.  Your donations of food and time are GREATLY appreciated and a blessing to the Huizinga family in their time of loss.  It truly represents the best of the love that HCC shows to each other and the community.

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 using the following link:
…or by using the following meeting ID and password:
Meeting ID: 823 8607 1626
Password: HCRC1237
 
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 March 9, 2021 (please note the date change).  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:
We lift up the Huizinga family after the passing of Rich’s brother Tom.  May God grant them comfort and peace.
 
Lauren Wolffis, a friend of Kristin VanderSyde, was just diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer that has spread to her liver.  She is 26 years old and is looking at a mastectomy and chemotherapy for at least 4 months.  Please hold her up in prayer that God would do a great work of healing in her life.
 
Pastor Mark Heijerman from Martin Reformed Church continues to struggle with COVID.  We praise God that he has been trending slowly upward in this fight but he is still in critical contidition.  Please continue to pray for him that God would do a great work of healing in his life.
 
Mike Stearns continues to recover from his eye surgery.
 
Mitch Punches, a member of the Hopkins Community, is home but is sill dealing with a lot of pain.  Pray for healing, patience, and strength as he goes through therapy.
 
Amanda Weber’s uncle, John, received word that he will not need Chemotherapy to fight the cancer they found.  They will have to do radiation, however, which will be much better for him.
 
Lenora Kas 91, mother of Pat Lodenstein, passed away.  Pray for peace and comfort for Pat and Dave.
 
Louise Allen, sister of Carol Boverhof, continues to battle cancer.
 
Prayer for many of those who are dealing with COVID-19, whether personally or in extended families at this moment.
 
Sunday Morning Worship (9:30 AM):
This Sunday, Pastor Jim will be preaching from 1 Kings 18:36-45 as we begin to lay the groundwork for HCC’s new Vision:” Boldly Bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to the community of Hopkins through expectant prayer, effective evangelism, and radical obedience to the Holy Spirit.  The message is entitled “Vision in Action: Praying Radically“.
 
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:
Please subscribe to the channel for future updates!
 
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  

PASTORS

Jonathon VanderWall (Lead Pastor)

Jim Harrison (Prayer, Discipleship, Leadership Development)

ELDERS

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)

DEACONS

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)

ADMINISTRATIVE & SUPPORT STAFF

Kathy Westendorp (Office Administrator)

Lisa Harms (Cleaning & Custodial)

Kevin Dewey (Facilities Management)

VOLUNTEER LEADERS

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)



HCC Informer: 2/4/2021

Good Morning HCC!

Coming to you with information regarding the ministry life of Hopkins Community Church!

With the reports of rather extreme winter weather, at least for this year, coming this weekend, we just wanted to remind you of our closing policies:
1. Sunday morning closings will be posted by 7:30 AM on Sunday morning.  Sermons will be posted online (live or pre-recorded).
2. Evening Event cancellations will be made at least an hour ahead of the time of the event.
3. All closings and cancellations will be posted here on our website, social media websites, sent out via email & REMIND texts.
4. All closings will be posted on regular TV and radio stations.

As always, we will do our best to communicate information as quickly as possible when we make decisions about our ministry events and gatherings.

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 using the following link:
…or by using the following meeting ID and password:
Meeting ID: 823 8607 1626
Password: HCRC1237
 
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 March 9, 2021 (please note the date change).  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:
Lauren Wolffis, a friend of Kristin VanderSyde, was just diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer that has spread to her liver.  She is 26 years old and is looking at a mastectomy and chemotherapy for at least 4 months.  Please hold her up in prayer that God would do a great work of healing in her life.
 
Mike Stearns, had another successful eye surgery at U of M. Please pray for peace for Mike as he continues to recover.
 
Mitch Punches, a member of the Hopkins Community, came home last week but is sill dealing with a lot of pain. God has truly worked a great miracle in bringing him through the last week and we continue to pray for His work in Mitch’s recovery.
 
Amanda Weber’s uncle, John, received word that he will not need Chemotherapy to fight the cancer they found.  They will have to do radiation, however, which will be much better 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 had a mastectomy on Jan 12th.  The surgery was successful!  Please pray for ongoing healing for her and that she wouldn’t need any more treatment for this cancer. 

 
Louise Allen, sister of Carol Boverhof, continues to battle cancer.
 
The liver cancer that June Krug has received a great report that her cancer is gone!!  We praise God for His healing work in her life!
 
Howard Lodenstein is home!  Please continue to pray for Howard and Jo as he does therapy to regain his strength.


Prayer for many of those who are dealing with COVID-19, whether personally or in extended families at this moment.
 
Roger and Pat Modreske (friends of Florence Balfort) continue to recover from a car accident.
 
Sunday Morning Worship (9:30 AM):
This Sunday, Pastor Jon will be preaching from James 5:13-20 as we begin to lay the groundwork for HCC’s new Vision:” Boldly Bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to the community of Hopkins through expectant prayer, effective evangelism, and radical obedience to the Holy Spirit.  The message is entitled “Vision in Action: Effective Prayer“.
 
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:
Please subscribe to the channel for future updates!
 
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  

PASTORS

Jonathon VanderWall (Lead Pastor)

Jim Harrison (Prayer, Discipleship, Leadership Development)

ELDERS

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)

DEACONS

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)

ADMINISTRATIVE & SUPPORT STAFF

Kathy Westendorp (Office Administrator)

Lisa Harms (Cleaning & Custodial)

Kevin Dewey (Facilities Management)

VOLUNTEER LEADERS

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)



HCC Informer: 1/28/2021

Good Morning HCC!

 
Coming to you with information regarding the ministry life of Hopkins Community Church!

As Hopkins Community Church continues to seek ways to extend and offer discipleship opportunities to our partners in ministry here, we are taking a look at Discipleship Hour and the possibilities surrounding it currently.  We recognize that this is a very multi-faceted discussion, particularly in this ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic.  We are also considering what this looks like in light of our Mission and Vision and how we can best equip and empower people and families here at HCC.  We are committed to Lifelong Growth and discipleship for all ages and want to offer options and opportunities that will best fit our community of faith!

This information will be used to gauge the church’s feelings on this matter and determine if a viable option can be created and support this.  

At this time this is an information stage only.  We understand that there are concerns with these types of decisions and there are families that can view this topic very differently.  This Survey is intended to see where we are at and determine what options we can perused and supported with the resources we have.

You can use the following link to take this short survey:

 https://www.hopkinscommunitychurch.net/discipleship-hour/

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 using the following link:
…or by using the following meeting ID and password:
Meeting ID: 823 8607 1626
Password: HCRC1237
 
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 March 9, 2021 (please note the date change).  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:
Lauren Wolffis, a friend of Kristin VanderSyde, was just diagnosed with breast cancer.  She is 26 years old and is looking at a mastectomy, chemo, and radiation in the very near future.  Please hold her up in prayer that God would do a great work of healing in her life.
 
Mike Stearns, had another successful eye surgery at U of M. Please pray for peace for Mike as he continues to recover.
 
Mitch Punches, a member of the Hopkins Community, will be coming home on Friday (tomorrow)! God has truly worked a great miracle in bringing him through the last week and we continue to pray for His work in Mitch’s recovery.
 
Amanda Weber’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.
 
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 had a mastectomy on Jan 12th.  The surgery was successful!  Please pray for ongoing healing for her and that she wouldn’t need any more treatment for this cancer. 

 
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 does therapy 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.
 
Sunday Morning Worship (9:30 AM):
This Sunday, Pastor Jon will be preaching from Acts 2:42-47; Matthew 6:5-15;  1 Timothy 2:1-4; James 5:13-20, and a variety of other Scripture passages as unpack HCC’s new Vision:” Boldly Bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to the community of Hopkins through expectant prayer, effective evangelism, and radical obedience to the Holy Spirit.  The message is entitled “It All Begins with Prayer“.
 
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:
Please subscribe to the channel for future updates!
 
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  

PASTORS

Jonathon VanderWall (Lead Pastor)

Jim Harrison (Prayer, Discipleship, Leadership Development)

ELDERS

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)

DEACONS

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)

ADMINISTRATIVE & SUPPORT STAFF

Kathy Westendorp (Office Administrator)

Lisa Harms (Cleaning & Custodial)

Kevin Dewey (Facilities Management)

VOLUNTEER LEADERS

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)