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:


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:
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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)

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