Hope Church News VOLUME 53, NO. 6 JUNE/JULY, 2010 SUMMER AT HOPE CHURCH WORSHIP TIMES FOR JUNE , JULY, AND AUGUST: Sundays, 10:00 a.m.in the Sanctuary Children’s worship time will be in the Youth Room, for ages 3 through the completion of grade 2, when they are dismissed from the 10:00 a.m. worship service. More information on Children’s Ministry is on p. 4. There will be no Early Worship during the summer months. SUMMER OFFICE HOURS: Monday—Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Friday, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon CO-ED SOFTBALL: KNOW HOPE! The Hope Church softball team plays Friday evenings through July 23. PIZZA SUNDAYS Pizza Sundays will be on June 27, July 25, and August 29 FOR ADULTS s Roland and Jane Van Es, missionaries at St. Paul' University in Limuru, Kenya, will be speaking after church in Commons I on June 6 after the 10:00 a.m. worship service. Quiet Morning Prayer and Spirituality Retreat Worship, Prayer, and Spirituality Ministry is again sponsoring a “Quiet Morning” on Saturday, June 12. More details on p. 3. On June 20, Hope Church members Tony and Melissa VanderArk, who served as faculty members at the Lithuanian Christian College International University this past academic year, will recount their experiences after the 10:00 a.m. worship service. See p. 2 for more information. Advent Planning hosted by the Worship, Prayer, and Spirituality Ministry, will be on Monday, June 28, at 5:30 p.m. Full information on p. 3. CAMPING Cran Hill Family Camping Weekend is July 30 - August 1, sponsored by Fellowship Ministry EVENTS AT MORAN PARK Saturday, July 10 and Sunday, July 25 PAGE 2 VOL UME 53, NO. 6 J U N E/ J U L Y , 2010 WELCOME, NEW MEMBERS! In early May a number of people met with the elders of Hope Church after a marvelous meal prepared by members of the Outreach and Hospitality Ministry. The dinner included the new members, sponsors, youth making profession of faith, their mentors, and elders of the Consistory. These people were welcomed into the fellowship of Hope Church on May 23 during 11:00 a.m. worship. Following are short descriptions of these new members. Please take the time to welcome them into the family of Hope Church. Calvin and Barbara Bouma join by letter of transfer from Christ Community Church in Lemont, Illinois. They are both retired and enjoy reading, swimming, and orchids. The Boumas are sponsored by Janet and Paul Elzinga. Steve and Susan Griffore join by letter of transfer from Christ Memorial Church in Holland, Michigan. Steve is a lab technician at Herman Miller. His hobbies include cycling, running, and choral music. Susan is a registered dental assistant. She loves to read, cycle, walk, and sew. They are sponsored by Randy and Laurie Braaksma. Stephanie Krom joins by letter of transfer from New Hackensack Reformed Church of Wappingers Falls, New York. Stephanie is retired and lives at Freedom Village. She is sponsored by Beverly Schoch. Steve and Heather Remillard join by reaffirmation of faith. Steve previously attended Evangelical Covenant Church of Evanston, Illinois, and Heather attended Full Gospel First Church of Long Grove, Illinois. Steve is a professor at Hope College and Heather is a piano teacher. They are sponsored by Andrew Bunnell and Jill Russell (and Cassidy!). The youth who made profession of their Christian faith are Cecily Carder, Megan Israels, Gabe Jarzembowski, Simon Jarzembowski, Jon Jerow, and Avery Wilson. Their sponsors are Gretchen Schoon Tanis, Anne Duinkerken, Greg Accardo, Dave Dirkse, and Kevin Rosenau. We rejoice with these young people as they express the faith that the Spirit has nurtured in their lives. On Sunday, June 20, shortly after the worship service, Adult Education will host a special session on Lithuanian Christian College International University (LCCIU). Hope Church members Tony and Melissa VanderArk, who served as LCC faculty members this past academic year, will recount their experiences. They will be assisted by Hope Church member Ron Mulder, who serves as an advisor to the LCCIU Board of Directors; and by Steve Dintaman, who is a Professor of Theology and Director of Church Relations there. LCCIU is a Christian college founded by European and North American Mennonites in 1991. Today it enrolls more than 600 students, largely from countries of the former Soviet Union. Numerous Calvin and Hope College professors have served as LCCIU staff members. All are invited to learn about this ministry outreach. The class will meet in Commons I. VOL UME 53, NO. 6 J U N E/ J U L Y , 2010 PAGE 3 QUIET MORNING ~ PRAYER AND SPIRITUALITY RETREAT “PRACTICING RESURRECTION” Saturday, June 12, 8:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Hope Church in CIW room 208 in the Education Wing Coffee and bagels at 8:00 a.m. “So, my friends, every day do something that won’t compute. Love the Lord. Love the world... Ask the questions that have no answers... Be like the fox who makes more tracks than necessary, some in the wrong direction. Practice resurrection.” Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front by Wendell Berry During the season of Easter we speak often of resurrection. We celebrate it in worship through music, word, and liturgy. We celebrate it in nature as Mother Earth springs to life, pulling us free of winter’s grasp and inspiring within us the hope of new life. There is a bounce to our step, a lilt to our voice, and a joy in being fully alive. The world seems fresh and new, pregnant with possibilities. Though resurrection calls forth images of Easter, its life-giving force should not be limited by a day or a season. Resurrection is all around us. It is possible in every transition of life, those we anticipate and those thrust upon us unexpectedly. When one chapter of life comes to an end, we are often faced with the possibilities of resurrection, of becoming something new. Broken relationships, retirement, marriage, the birth or departure of children, job change or loss, failed dreams, mid-life crises, and serious illness are but a few of the significant endings in life that make way for the hope of resurrection. In this retreat time we will reflect on the experience of resurrection in our lives through the three-fold movement of grace: letting go of the past, navigating the in-between time, and emerging to new life. We will ask important questions about each movement: How do we let go? How do we cope with the chaos and uncertainty of in-between places? How do we nurture and practice resurrection in our lives? Our time concludes with a non-threatening, creative ritual to express and celebrate our hope of resurrection. You don’t need to prepare for the retreat, other than to anticipate God’s blessings for you in this time. All are welcome. Sign up in the Gathering Area, call the church office at 392-7947, or email email@example.com, by June 9. Sponsored by the Hope Church Worship, Prayer, and Spirituality Ministry THE WORSHIP, PRAYER, AND SPIRITUALITY MINISTRY is hosting an Advent planning session on Monday, June 28 at 5:30pm. Our intent is to "think ahead" so that creativity can simmer well in advance of the liturgical season. We re welcome input from the larger Hope Church community--and you' welcome to join us for this planning session. So that we can give you the reading assignments (the lectionary texts), please let Cindi Veldheer DeYoung (firstname.lastname@example.org) know of your intent to join us. PAGE 4 VOL UME 53, NO. 6 J U N E/ J U L Y , 2010 SUMMER CHURCH SCHOOL Children ages 3 through those that have completed 2nd grade will leave the 10:00 a.m. service after the Word with the Children and meet in the Youth Room. To begin this summer we will be continuing our Church School study of the early church with the stories of Tabitha, Peter and Paul. The children will experience the stories through games, music, storytelling and crafts. That’s to get excited about spreading the good news of Jesus with others as the early Christians did. THANK YOU TO YOUTH INTERNS Thirteen youth volunteered their time and talents this past year. We would like to thank all of them for using their talents to help in the nursery, being doorkeepers in the Children in Worship centers and helping during special events. Hope Church appreciates that they are such great models for all of us by showing their willingness to be of service to others and their joy in sharing their lives with the youngest members of the church. The younger children thrive on the special attention that they receive each Sunday morning. CHILDREN IN WORSHIP LEADERS AND GREETERS NEEDED The CIW leaders ask you to prayerfully consider joining them in the wonderful experience of worshipping with the children of Hope Church. The leadership schedule can be very flexible to match your availability and your level of commitment. The Children in Worship program is an integral part of the nurturing of the children as they begin their faith journey. We are in need of storytellers, whether experienced or willing to learn, to help staff the current worship centers and others to aid in the room as greeters. It is a great way to meet and get to know the wonderful children in our faith community. Talk to leaders who have spent time in the centers or to me if you have any questions. Some training is necessary but that also can be worked into any schedule. If you have been a leader in the past, please consider sharing your talents again. If you have a Sunday a month, or a few consecutive weeks that you would be willing to be involved, you can be of great service. You will be enriched as much as, if not more than, the children themselves as you worship together. Thanks for your consideration. Jocelyn Van Heest, Children’s Ministries Coordinator LOOKING AHEAD TO SUMMER WORSHIP During summer worship, we have opportunities for guest musicians to bring their talent and faith to our worship service. If you would like to be part of the summer music plan or know of a gifted family member/friend visiting this summer, please contact Brian Carder, 396-6030 or email at email@example.com. GROUPS AT HOPE CHURCH Stop by the Fellowship Ministry bulletin board in the gathering area to peruse the new display of the various groups meeting at Hope Church. Are you in one of these groups? Would you like to be? Is there a small group you’d like to be in but do not see listed among the current offerings? Please contact the church office or speak with one of the pastors if you’d like help in starting a new group. VOL UME 53, NO. 6 J U N E/ J U L Y , 2010 PAGE 5 HOPE CHURCH’S KIDS HOPE program concluded its 2009-2010 program year on April 30, with a celebration on Thursday evening, April 29. Approximately 100 persons participated in this celebration as we recognized 15 children whom we mentored during this school year. We have now completed seven years of partnership with VanderBilt Charter Academy. Many persons from Hope Church have participated in this program, as we share God’s love with the children of our community. Our two graduating fifth graders were part of our program for six years, each working with the same mentor the entire time. I want to recognize Kathy Brownson and Barbara Borr-Veurink for their commitment to the two boys who were our graduates. Thanks, Kathy and Barbara! Additionally, I want to thank many Hope Church people who were part of our program this past year. This year’s mentors were: Judi Boogaart, Peter Boogaart, Barbara Borr- Veurink, Kathy Brownson, Don Buteyn, Stephanie Croom, Keith Derrick, Anne Duinkerken, Renie Geary, Rachelle Oppenhuizen, Nancy Rock, Loretta Smith, Marlin VanderWilt, and Phil VanEyl. Substitute mentors were: Margaret Boelkins, Linda Cook, Barbara Joldersma, Brad MacLean, Michael VanderWilt, and Nancy VandeWater. Prayer partners included: Ann Anderson, Laurie Baron, David Boelkins, Randy Braaksma, Joanne Brooks, Marilyn Cook, Helen DeWeerd, Jan Fike, Carole Hintz, Ruth Hoekstra-Telgenhof, Norma Killilea, Char Laman, Earl Laman, Judy Mastenbrook, Kim McGraw, Kari Miller-Fenwood, Karen Mulder, Barbara Osborn, Stan Rock, Jill Russell, Jan Smith, Eloise VanHeest, Gordon Wiersma, and Judy Werkman. I also appreciated special support from Lois Maassen and Judy Bultman, members of the Community and World Ministry. Thanks, too, to members of the church staff who provide support services for what we do: Laurie Beyer Braaksma, Barbara VandeVusse, Karla Bos-Kammeraad, Ric Beltran, Jill Russell, and Gordon Wiersma. This is quite a list – approximately 50 strong! You can see that it takes the commitment of many people for our Kids Hope program to run smoothly. So, when you see the folks mentioned above, do express your gratitude to them for their steady and unwavering commitment to bringing hope to children in Holland! I also want to introduce you to Barbara Joldersma who will join me, beginning July 1, 2010, as co-director of Hope Church’s KH program. Barbara will participate in the training for this position on July 12 and 13 and in the fall you will see her assuming some of the responsibilities for the leadership of our program. I am grateful for Barbara’s willingness to assume this responsibility and I look forward to the work we will do together, continuing to maintain and improve what we do for children in our church’s neighborhood. Finally, I offer a special thanks for the on-going support of the entire congregation, especially for including the funding for this program within its budget and for its support to me over these past seven years. I am grateful for the opportunity given me to implement and work with this program at Hope Church and look forward to my on- going involvement with it, though at a reduced level. Judy Vander Wilt Director, Kids Hope USA PAGE 6 VOL UME 53, NO. 6 J U N E/ J U L Y , 2010 Health Ministry received, with gratitude, three new members at their April meeting. As part of these new (and quite wonderful, we think) resources for Hope Church, we have asked each of them to share a little about themselves and the passion they bring to Hope Church and Health Ministry. This month, we would like to introduce Ellen Hale. Health Ministry Ellen Hale, RN, MSN holds a BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) from the University of Iowa, and a MSN (Masters of Science in Nursing) from Grand Valley State University. Her "hands-on" clinical experiences include Labor and Delivery and Critical Care. She has also served in management positions in acute care and home care settings. Currently Ellen works for Clinical Practice Model Resource Center in Grand Rapids. This organization serves a consortium of hospitals throughout the United States and Canada. The Center’s mission is to strengthen professional practice and integrate the care of the various disciplines in the acute care t t setting. (Translated: this means that when you are a patient you won' ask "Don' they talk to one another?") The Center’s work includes intentionally designed documentation that supports holistic caring and evidence-based practice. There is often a major time gap (often cited as 15 years) between research and application of research at the bedside. The Center creates guidelines for care that support critical thinking and incorporates the latest in research, and these guidelines are built into the documentation tools that clinicians use every day. The Center’s work also supports healthy organizational culture and relationships, recognizing that the best care is given at places that are also the best places to work. Ellen’s personal passion began years ago when she was given the opportunity to lead the work at Holland Community Hospital to implement advance directive education and policies. She loves to talk to people about what it means to have a Healthcare Durable Power of Attorney (DPOA). Ellen says her ideal job would be to provide education regarding Healthcare DPOA, and then be available to families for support and serve as an "interpreter" of clinical language when the time comes to make difficult medical decisions. For example, it makes perfect sense for an otherwise healthy 92 year old with fractured ribs from a car accident to be on a ventilator for a few days, but a ventilator may not be the right choice for a 40 year old with a terminal illness. (Too often, Ellen says she has heard people say "I never want to be placed on a ventilator", but that should depend on the situation!) Even decisions about administering antibiotics and blood transfusions may need to be made by the designated spokesperson when an individual is not able to communicate. Health Ministry looks forward to Ellen’s contribution to the lives of members of Hope Church. UNDERSTANDING & TRANSFORMING CONFLICT: A WORKSHOP Thursday, June 10, 7:00 p.m., Sponsored by Lakeshore Women for Peace This workshop will be facilitated by nationally credentialed Dusty and Vicki Rhoades. Limited to 20 people; reservations required. Contact Sara Leeland at (616) 335-2686 or firstname.lastname@example.org. At DeGraaf Nature Center, 600 Graafschap Rd., Holland. VOL UME 53, NO. 6 J U N E/ J U L Y , 2010 PAGE 7 " & ( ' ) ! " # $ $ %& ' FAITH? OR DELUSION? JUST LOVE MORE I’m lucky enough to have a friend with whom I can talk about matters of faith. We were having lunch one day, me describing a continuum I’d constructed, ranging from self-confidence to faith to delusion, she musing about the dichotomy of faith and denial. Both of us wondered: How do you know you’re believing a reasonable thing? How do you know your faith isn’t an excuse or an illusion? Through conversations with each other and with Gordon, and some serendipitous (or providential—I can never tell) reading, we sorted some things out. First, while my continuum was tidy, it really didn’t hold up. While the topics are related, they don’t have a linear relationship. And you don’t have to choose just one. Faith is communal, not individual. A communal faith means we can cover for each other in times of doubt, and that those who are full of faith—even just for a moment— can share the wealth. My friend can e-mail me to say, “It’s not about how bad you are or how much you fall short. It’s about how good God is.” And this can change the whole tenor of my day. Some of that serendipitous reading led me to Mary Karr’s Lit, in which she talks about faith as a verb, not a noun. As a young doctor treating Karr says, “Faith is not a feeling…. It’s a set of actions.” And, more serendipitous reading, 1 John 4 helped me clarify what kind of action faith calls for. The logic train—to the extent that logic is helpful in matters of belief—is this: God is love. When we love, we “live in God,” which is a pretty good definition of faith. When I’m tempted to question whether I have faith or whether my faith is good enough, the answer is always “love more.” 1 John 4 also includes a notion that literally makes me breathe easier: Perfecting in love. It recognizes the verb-ness of faith, of the steps we take, sometimes big, sometimes tiny. Instead of an impossible ideal, we have a continuing process. Karr speaks to this, too, in Lit: “I was made—from all the possible shapes a human might take—not to prove myself worthy but to refine the worth I’m formed from, acknowledge it, own it, spend it on others.” In other words, “Love more.” It’s not easy. But at least it’s not complicated. You can read a longer version of this essay, including the origins of the self-confidence/faith/delusion continuum, at clevertitletk.wordpress.com/2010/04/24/faith-or-delusion-just-love-more/ Lois Maassen PAGE 8 VOL UME 53, NO. 6 J U N E/ J U L Y , 2010 PERSONNEL UPDATE: GRATITUDE & WELCOME A few updates about Hope Church staff changes from your Personnel Committee: ♦ High Hopes Coordinator ~ Thanks to Kristen Hintz as she completes her good work with High Hopes over the past few years as a sponsor and coordinator. And welcome to Gretchen Schoon-Tanis who has been a High Hopes sponsor and is now taking on the coordinator role. ♦ Kids Hope Director ~ Judy VanderWilt has served for a number of years as our director for the Kids Hope program. We’re grateful that Judy will be continuing that work as we also welcome Barbara Joldersma to join her as a co-director. Judy and Barbara will be sharing the director responsibilities through the year, and we believe this team will provide strong support to the Kids Hope program. ♦ Seminary Intern ~ Thank you to Jessica Kast-Keat for her faithful service to Hope Church over the past program year as our seminary intern. Although Jes has concluded this role with us, she is still a member of Hope Church. and as she works toward completion of her seminary degree and ordination in the RCA we’ll continue to pray for and support Jes each step of the way. TAKE A RETREAT DAY AT BETHABARA ~ funded through the Les Beach Memorial ~ You are invited to enjoy a retreat day at Bethabara Retreat Center in Saugatuck. Bethabara is run by Mary VanAndel and Ben Sikkink, and you can find out more about Bethabara and taking a retreat day at http://bethabara.net. Just contact Mary at 269-857- 7010, or email email@example.com, to schedule a time and tell them to contact Hope Church for payment – it’s that simple! Bethabara offers a beautiful setting for retreat for body and soul, and we’re grateful for the costs to be covered through the ongoing support of the Les Beach Memorial Fund at Hope Church. ISLAM AS A DYNAMIC SOCIAL NOTICE SOMETHING PHENOMENON MISSING? At the general meeting of The June and July calendars are not Alliance for Cultural and Ethnic Harmony in the newsletter! We will (ACEH) be printing the calendars Fri, June 11, 7:00 p.m. at the beginning of each at the Center for Women in Transition month in order to keep 411 Butternut, Holland. them more up-to- date. They will be Presentation by Dustin Byrd, a convert to Islam. distributed with the Call 392-5086 for more information. worship bulletins in early June and Open to the public. July. VOL UME 53, NO. 6 J U N E/ J U L Y , 2010 PAGE 9 RLP FOSTERS DIVERSE RELATIONSHIPS As Hope Church explores what “multi-cultural” or “diverse” might mean for our congregation, Reciprocal Language Partnership (RLP) offers a simple, personal way to get started: two people teaching each other their language and sharing their cultural identities with each other. According to its brochure, RLP is for native English speakers who want to learn Spanish, teach English, and develop relationships with native Spanish speakers. Participants must commit to a 12-week evening class, led by an experienced ESL/Spanish-certified teacher. You must attend an informational meeting before signing up for the class. If you have thought about learning Spanish, here is your chance. Classes are fun and non-judgmental. With half of each class conducted only in English and the other half only in Spanish, participants soon realize that all are both learners and teachers. The one-on-one pairing throughout the 12 weeks promotes friendship and the desire to help each other. Classes run from January to March and from September to December. Visit the RLP website at www.rlpprogram.org, or call 392-9022 for more information. COMMUNITY & WORLD DISTRIBUTES SUPPORT ON BEHALF OF HOPE CHURCH The Community & World Ministry had the unexpected blessing of being able to allocate $8,330 of additional funding for 2010, made available by Consistory through the recent disbursement of unspent funds Hope Church has accumulated over recent years. We were able to give additional support to several organizations we know to be under extra stress because of prolonged economic pressure and unemployment in our community: Community Action House and the Holland Free Medication Clinic. We were also able to make a gift to Resthaven Care Community for benevolent care for residents. Our second focus was on organizations active locally in building multicultural diversity. We were able to increase our support of the Lakeshore Ethic Diversity Alliance to sponsor the Summit for Racism and the Migrant Mentoring program. We also made a small gift to the Alliance for Cultural and Ethnic Harmony to equip their meeting facilities, and to the Reciprocal Language Program, which brings together native English- and Spanish-speakers to teach language to one another. Finally, we were able to allocate about $1,600 to the Mission Opportunity Fund, which is available throughout the year to support special projects and mission trips undertaken by Hope Church members. If you have any questions about any of the agencies we’re supporting, contact me or another member of Community & World Ministry. We appreciate the continued generosity and faithfulness of the Hope Church community. Lois Maassen PAGE 10 VOL UME 53, NO. 6 J U N E/ J U L Y , 2010 THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU Dear Women of Hope Church, On behalf of Women’s Ministries Third Reformed Church I want to thank you for the hospitality you extended to us for the Lenten Brunch. It was lovely to spend that morning in meaningful reflection and fellowship with you. Sincerely, Eleanor VanDyke, Program Chairwoman CIRCLES Circle 1 Wednesday, June 2, 9:30 a.m. At N.VandeWater’s cottage Circle 2 Wednesday, June 2, 9:30 a.m. Commons II Circle 4 June 9, 6:30 p.m. L. Heyboer’s home HOPE CHURCH READERS The group will meet at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, June 16, at Jean M’s home, This is our annual Salad Luncheon at which we will select our books for the 2010-2011 season. Please call Jean (786-9832) or Ruth (394-3075) if you need directions. GOT AN IDEA? If you’ve got a suggestion for the life of Hope Church or our contribution to the community and world around us—but you’re not sure who to talk to, send your idea to the Ideas Ministry. Use our online form, available from the “Ministries” or “Contact Us” tabs on: www.HopeChurchRCA.org, or pick up a paper form in the office or Gathering Area. P.A.C.T. (PARENTS AND CHILDREN TOGETHER) will not meet in June or July VOL UME 53, NO. 6 J U N E/ J U L Y , 2010 PAGE 11 ENDOWMENT FUND NEARS $1,000,000 MARK Yes, market crash and all, the Hope Church Endowment Fund—struggling along at less than $616,000 in January-March of ’09—has since performed better than the market to be at over $972,500 at the end of March this year. How’d that happen? The market as a whole has done well the last year or so. And the Hope Endowment Fund was carefully spread over all of the primary market segments. The largest share is in stocks (targeted at 60%), which have done especially well lately. 1. Last year the board revised its investment philosophy, how it would approach the market (see number one). 2. The board hired a local financial advisory company (CAP Trust) last summer to implement that new approach. Since then, the Fund has outperformed the market by 1.2 percentage points. 3. Recent contributions to the Fund, including a $25,000 memorial gift, exceeded withdrawals. 4. At the board’s April meeting, it learned that the current bull market is one of the strongest, if not the strongest, since 1962. Hope Church was well positioned to take advantage of the market’s upsurge. A word of caution, however: while it is great to celebrate having been prepared to exceed a bull market, the market is not immune to the law of gravity—which means it goes down sometimes, too. But the board is confident that the Hope Church Endowment Fund is being managed in such a way that it will be able to withstand and recover from any downturns. Questions, comments? Talk to any of the board members. And you’re welcome to attend the next meeting at 5:30, July 28. IT’S TIME TO THINK BLUEBERRY PIES! Once again it’s time to think about blueberry pies. For the last several years Larry and Karen Mulder have graciously donated their blueberries, recipes, and pie making expertise to the Blueberry Pie Team! Proceeds from the pie sales have gone to support our mission endeavors in Mexico. From sewing with the Bible school girls in Chiapas, organizing a library, refurbishing a school, medical clinic construction work in Palenque, and most recently the Water Missions group, the pie loving attitude of Hope Church members and friends have supported these great causes. Not only can you EAT pies, you can help MAKE THEM! This is a family friendly team, and there are jobs for all skill levels. Usually, Friday evening is making dough, and Saturday morning is spent in rolling out crusts, mixing blueberries, and assembling pies. It is always a lot of laughs and fun! Mark your calendars with these dates: Throughout early July: ♦ Order pies on Sunday mornings. They are $8 each – what a bargain! ♦ July 23 & 24: Pie making with the Blueberry Pie Team! ♦ July 25, Sunday: Pick up your pies after the 10:00 service. For more information, you can ask Janet Elzinga, Kyle Vohlken, and Jean DenHerder when you see us around church, or e-mail Janet at firstname.lastname@example.org. PAGE 12 VOL UME 53, NO. 6 J U N E/ J U L Y , 2010 CELEBRATING 150 IN 2012 Hope Church celebrates its 150 year anniversary in 2012, and planning for this special occasion is already underway. An anniversary planning committee is in place, and three focal areas have surfaced as a result of our early discussions: history, celebration, and missions. The seed is planted and excitement is growing. We want you to be part of this special time. Do you have a knack for history or enjoy celebration event planning? Do you have celebratory ideas you would like to share? Do you have ideas for mission and service to develop? If so, let us know your thoughts, and consider joining one of our planning teams. Remember, we only turn 150 years old once! Let’s make this a celebration to remember. For more information, please contact Gordon Wiersma, (392-7947 or email@example.com). THREE AVENUES OF CARING: A SUMMERTIME EFFORT TO AID STRUGGLING PEOPLE WHO LOOK TO COMMUNITY ACTION HOUSE Last year we gave remarkable summer-long help by recognizing that “Hunger Takes no Vacation”. This year we want to confront three glaring areas of need that CAH finds it difficult to provide. Why a summertime effort? Because support has already fallen off severely, but the need definitely increases. Three ways to make a big difference: 1- For the Community Kitchen: #10 cans of fruit for better nutrition. Because of cost, fruit has been served very rarely in past months. 2- For the Pantry: Canned meats - especially turkey, chicken, ham, etc., (mostly tuna is available) which can be added to dishes for protein so commonly missing from poorer people’s diets. 3- For the Pantry: Baby products - baby oil, powder. lotions, soap; canned and boxed cereals; and bottles and nipples. Too often not available, the need is greatest in summer with migrant families coming in. How can we provide these things? 1- The Big Basket in the Gathering Area will receive your weekly purchases, which will go directly to the Pantry shelves! 2- Your money gifts will be received at the Three Avenues table in the Gathering Area (or can be mailed in). These joined-together gifts will enable these products to be purchased in large cost-effective lots! We’ve found a way - Three Avenues - to wonderfully affect the lives of people in our community who struggle daily! VOL UME 53, NO. 6 J U N E/ J U L Y , 2010 PAGE 13 OUR JOURNEY TOWARD MULTI-CULTURAL DIVERSITY It’s been over a year since our more focused exploration of multi-cultural diversity began, a milestone when it’s useful to recap where we’ve been and where it led us. Of course, Hope Church’s mission statement reflects our long-time commitment to inclusiveness and diversity: “TO BE OPEN: Hope Church seeks to nurture the diversity in which she finds strength.” Within the Community & World Ministry, we received a number of suggestions, either from our own members or through the Ideas Ministry, that reflected different approaches to connecting with, embracing, or increasing diversity, especially across ethnic and racial divides. We realized two things: first, that we weren’t comfortable that we understood enough about the intent and spirit of the Hope Church community to make good decisions, and second, that many of the things we might undertake involved additional or different ministries or other church structures. To get more clarity, Community & World Ministry asked Consistory last March to engage the congregation in a broader discussion so that we have a shared vision for our future together. Consistory discussed the request and decided to have an open, workshop-style meeting for a more in-depth discussion. That meeting was held in August. About 50 people attended, and we identified “polarities”— things that appear to contradict each other that, in fact, complement and complete each other—that we want to be conscious of as we continue our journey. An example of a polarity might be our desire to be open to people of all backgrounds and traditions and our own strong tradition of liturgical worship. At that meeting, we also spent time brainstorming ideas for steps to take or programs to investigate to help us progress in our journey of learning, change, and growth. All of those ideas were captured and distributed to the ministries, so that each ministry could determine what could be acted upon, what needed to be researched or thought about, and what just didn’t feel like a fit. Each of the ministries was asked to prepare an update to Consistory for December, outlining their priorities and initiatives. Another discussion was held, then, in February, for ministry leadership to compare notes, identify places where they needed to work together, exchange ideas with each other, and decide what few priorities we should all attend to together. The three ideas that emerged for additional focus were: ♦ Find meaningful ways to engage with our neighborhood ♦ Develop deeper relationships with our existing Child Development Services and Community Housing Partnership connections ♦ Engage with other churches who share our pursuit To help us engage with other churches, Hope Church is taking advantage of an RCA initiative which began in May. A Multi-Racial Journey is “a learning process for churches desiring diversity and engagement in their neighborhoods.” The RCA Multi-Racial Initiatives and Social Justice Office, The Synod of the Great Lakes, and the Center for the Church’s Learning at Western Theological Seminary are partnering sponsors; Jill, Gordon, Ric Beltran, John Koch, Lois Maassen, Kyle Vohlken, and Beverly Zell, will attend sessions over the next two years. You’ll read and hear more about that and the other initiatives as the work continues. Consistory will continue to follow the progress of projects through, across, and beyond ministries to help guide our journey. Get as involved as you like; share your thoughts with church staff, ministry chairs, or through the Ideas Ministry’s in-box in the Gathering Area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will hold its annual picnic on Thursday, June 24, at 6:00 p.m. at Kollen Park. All are welcome! Cost of the meal is $5.00, payable at the picnic. Reservations are necessary and may be made with the telephone committee members who will be calling, or by calling Lois Boersma at 396-7247 by Monday, June 21. Should it rain on the 24th, the event will be held in the Commons at Hope Church. FROM THE FELLOWSHIP FILES: CO-ED SOFTBALL: KNOW HOPE! The Hope Church softball team plays Friday evenings through July 23. Spectators and cheerleaders are also needed! The schedule will be listed in the bulletin with the times of the games. Come and cheer on the Hope Church team! ICE CREAM SOCIAL Coming in August – watch the bulletin and the August HC News for more details. HOSTING PIZZA SUNDAY A host is needed for the June 27th Pizza Sunday. Please sign up in the gathering area if you are willing to serve as host. Pizza Sundays for the summer will be held on June 27, July 25, and August 29. A hodgepodge of a few things I’ve been thinking about… AND FINALLY… I’ve been thinking that it’s summer! As I write this in May it feels like summer, and once it is June/July it will actually be summer. I’m a fan of summer. I look forward to a change of pace in some of the rhythms of family, work, leisure. I’ve been thinking about the lectionary gospel lessons from John during the Easter season. I’m a fan of John’s gospel. I’ve been struck by Jesus speaking often about the Holy Spirit and how the Spirit will continue to teach and guide us in God’s ways – teach us new things, even! I’ve been thinking about Celtic Christian spirituality. I’m a fan of the Celts. The Celtic emphasis on the goodness of creation, the wideness of God’s grace, the presence of God in all things, and the Triune Oneness of God resonates deeply with me (and resonates with my daughters too – an interesting cross-generational thing). The Celtic way has been one of the new things the Spirit has taught me in recent years. (I also enjoy saying “Celtic” with a hard “C”! ~ dictionary says hard or soft “C” is ok.) Summer & the Gospel of John & the Celts…all of which together have led me to feel that the Spirit is calling me to learn a new daily pattern for prayer, so this summer I am going to use some resources from the Celts to do that (see how that all goes together?!). There is a Rising/Morning prayer and a Midday prayer and an Evening/Bedtime prayer. My goal is to pray each prayer each day of the summer. You can save the green insert page of prayers, and join in this summer pattern for Celtic prayer. But whether you do or not, part of what will be in my heart as I’m praying each day is that we all are open to what the Spirit is teaching us each day, this summer and beyond. Peace, " $ ! . " ! ! ! ! % ) ! ! ! - " ) " ! ! ! $ , ( ) ! " " ! ! ! # !( & ( ! " ! ! ! ! $! %! ) ! () ' ! ,( %! & ' # - ) ! ( ( , 0 ! " , ( !# ! ! " ! ! ! ! ( ) , " ! ! ! ! !( ) ( ) , ! )! ! " ! ! ! , ) ) (' ! )! ! " , " ! ! ! ! ! " ! ! ( ! " ! ! ) (( " / . ! ( " ! ! ! * ! ! $! ' " ! ! ! * ! " ! ! ! *+( ' !
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