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:
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)



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

Worship

          Every person regularly participating in Spirit-filled worship of God

Grow

          Every person growing deeper in their relationship with Jesus Christ

Serve

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!
 

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

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.

SIGN UP HERE to VOLUNTEER

 

SMALL GROUPS

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.
 
 
 

 MINISTRIES

 GEMS

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

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

MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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
 
 


HCC Informer & Service Information

Good Morning Hopkins Community Church!

Coming to you with some updates and information about HCC and things coming up!
 
If you ordered clothing for the Costa Rica mission trip fundraiser, the Blieks will have your order at church on Sunday in their car.  Please find them after worship to pick it up.
 
On Monday, June 15, the Consistory will meet together.  One of the things that will be at the forefront of our agenda will be a continuing discussion on “reopening” and the return to in-person worship inside the church building.  We ask that you be in prayer for us over the next week and a half as we approach this meeting!
 

Drive-In Church: Sunday 6/7/2020

 
Join us for Drive-in Church at 10 AM Sunday! We will be opening Scripture together looking at Revelation 1:9-20 as we begin our summer series talking about the “End Times,” bringing as much clarity as we can to the subject. I would encourage you to read a handful of passages in preparation for Sunday as well from the Old Testament. Isaiah 2:2-5; Daniel 2; and Ezekiel 1. These passages contain visions that are had and, in some cases, interpreted by the prophets. They are strange… sometimes wild… but are very important as we enter into a conversation on the “End Times” or the “Last Days”. I encourage you to prayerfully read these, and let them set with you, even if you don’t feel like you understand them. Ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten you in the coming days as God speaks through these passages.
 
You can join us in person (in your car) at HCC, tuning your radio to 97.3 FM.
 
You can join us live on Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCE-yIUv3Mc6wTTledxAKIww
Please subscribe to the channel!
 
You can also join us live on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/HopkinsCommunityReformedChurch
 
Attached you will find a printable worship sheet as well. Please remember that we cannot provide them at the time of the service.

*PLEASE NOTE THIS CHANGE*

The Consistory decided, on Monday, that with upcoming services, we are welcoming people to bring their lawn chairs. You are welcome to sit in front (or behind) your vehicle. We also ask that everyone respect each other’s distance, if they wish, and decisions in this regard, being mindful of those who choose to remain in their vehicles and, particularly with the honking, that you are also mindful of those who are outside of their vehicles. The church will continue to be closed and we heavily encourage you to plan on not using the restrooms here at HCC. A P.A. system will broadcast the service in the parking lot.

Giving

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!
 
There will be a place to drop off donations of food as well as your tithes/offerings on the way in and on the way out. Our In-Gathering this week is for the Hopkins food Pantry. Non-perishable food items can be brought for donation. See the following message from Diane Stone:
The first Sunday of June is upon us, Happy summer everyone!  Our regular food pantry donation week is this week, please consider bringing an item with you to drive-in church to help individuals in our community.  Some suggestions:
 
Mac & cheese
Spaghetti O’s / Ravioli
Pop-tarts
Canned fruit
Rice
Tuna/hamburger helper
Feminine hygiene products
Dish soap
 
Additionally, this week, there will be large crates on the North end of the parking lot. YoungLife is doing a pop can collection drive. You are welcome to drop off any pop cans that you have on Sunday and YoungLife will hold on to them and return them when that is a possibility.
 
We look forward to seeing you, whether in person or online, on Sunday!
 
Have a blessed weekend!


HCC Informer and Sunday Service Information

Good Evening Hopkins Community Church!

First, let me begin this email with congratulations from myself, Bethany, and on behalf of HCC to the 2020 Graduates!  It was great to see all of you in the parade this evening.  We continue to hold you in our prayers as you close this chapter of your lives and begin a new one in the coming weeks & months.
 
Second, as this weekend is Memorial Day, I want to take a moment to thank all of the veterans within our congregation for your service.  We are forever grateful for you!  We also take a moment to remember that there are several members of our congregation who are actively serving in the military as well.  Some are local, some are abroad.  Wherever they are, we continue to lift them up in prayer, thankful for their continuing service to our country, and mindful of their physical absence from this community.

COVID-19 Update

On Monday evening, May 18, the Consistory met together, spread out across the sanctuary to keep social distancing protocols, to discuss a number of matters of importance for HCC.  Of chief concern for us was a discussion on “re-opening” Hopkins Community Church.  For us, thankfully, that means a return to in-person worship services inside of our building… not a consideration of whether we can meet together at all.  God has blessed us with a venue and format for worshiping together as a community that has, for the vast majority, been a really great way to worship and also feel comfortable as it pertains to health concerns.  These times have also pushed us to take steps advancing our audio/video capabilities and moving to live streaming our services, an option for worship that we will continue indefinitely, regardless of worship location.
 
Ultimately, after a time of listening prayer, the consideration of the survey results, and a good discussion about what the best move for us as a church that is seeking, more than anything, to communicate the Gospel of Jesus to as many people as possible, we decided unanimously to continue doing Drive-In Church through June 21.  As we learn more from state and local officials, understand the laws and orders that are coming down, as well as considering what the federal government recommendations are, we will reevaluate what comes next at our June consistory meeting on June 15.  On Tuesday we will be hosting a Facebook/Youtube live stream to talk more about this decision, about some of the factors that went into it, and would also be happy to take questions through the live stream during that time.  More information, including time and links, will be made available as that approaches.
 

Drive-In Church: Sunday 5/24/2020

Join us for Drive-in Church at 10 AM Sunday! Pastor Jim Harrison will be speaking on “How to Pray with Boldness”
 
You can join us in person (in your car) at HCC, tuning your radio to 97.3 FM. We will still host a live service on Sunday morning with the radio available. However, we cannot guarantee that Pastor Jim will be either outside on the lift or visible for everyone if he is under the entrance overhang. Determinations will be made based on our ability to safely record the service and not risk damaging technology as well as Pastor Jim’s safety in the event of a thunderstorm. If we continue to gather using the drive-in church model, we will undoubtedly experience more difficult weather situations. Your feedback about this service, and your experience in the rain, would be greatly appreciated.
 
You can join us live on Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCE-yIUv3Mc6wTTledxAKIww
Please subscribe to the channel!
 
You can also join us live on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/HopkinsCommunityReformedChurch
 
Attached you will find a printable worship sheet as well. Please remember that we cannot provide them at the time of the service.  You can find that here:

*PLEASE NOTE THIS CHANGE*

The Consistory decided, on Monday, that with upcoming services, we are welcoming people to bring their lawn chairs. You are welcome to sit in front (or behind) your vehicle. We still ask that you keep your physical distance with each other, complying (to the best of your ability) with federal and state standards for physical distancing. We also ask that everyone respect each other’s decisions in this regard, being mindful of those who choose to remind in their vehicles and, particularly with the honking, that you are also mindful of those who are outside of their vehicles. The church will continue to be closed and we heavily encourage you to plan on not using the restrooms here at HCC. A P.A. system will broadcast the service in the parking lot.
 
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!
 
There will be a place to drop off donations of food as well as your tithes/offerings on the way in and on the way out. Our In-Gathering this week is for the Hopkins food Pantry. Non-perishable food items can be brought for donation.
 
Additionally, this week, there will be large crates on the North end of the parking lot. YoungLife is doing a pop can collection drive. You are welcome to drop off any pop cans that you have on Sunday and YoungLife will hold on to them and return them when that is a possibility.
 
We look forward to seeing you, whether in person or online, on Sunday!
 
Have a blessed weekend!