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1 Olivia Fredericksen Loretta Tiethof 2 Russell Hopkins Beth VanLangevelde 3 Marsha McGeehan 17 Robert Curtis Michael Mulder George Wolters 18 JoAnn Benes Scotty Poll Jeremy VanSlooten Jerry VanSlooten 20 Michael DuMez Harold VandeBunte 21 Marianne Daubenspeck Jennie DeWeerd Mark Kaniff 22 Lukas Hegg John VanIngen 23 Eric Simmons Keith Slenk Christian Zwyghuizen 24 Dia Eggers Robert Riemersma, Jr. 25 Michael Bosgraaf Robert Chandler Trudy Smith 26 Doris Boerigter Maxine Laman Eleanor VanDyke 27 Karin Lance MaryJane Wiersema 28 Adam Clark Amy Seguna 30 Glenn Chittenden Russ Larson Richard Struik Derek Vlietstra Tom Weersing 31 Alvin Viening
HAPPY MAY ANNIVERSARY!
Kenneth & Joan Vos Roger & Beverly Mulder Tim & Joan Aalberts Mike & Heidi Horn Mark & Michelle Timmer Bryon & Kathryn Simmons Mark & Tiffany Reifsnyder Bruce & Barbara Alderink Todd & Amy Johansen Jeff & Tamara Vos Paul & Tina Reynen William & Norma Ashby Daniel & Kathy Meulenbelt Gilbert & Kerri Hernandez Jeff & Myka Nienhuis Thom & Linda Samuelson Scott & Jean Hamberg Chris & Karin Lance Richard & Judy Wyman Clarence & Susan Liang 5/1/1964 5/4/1962 5/5/1989 5/7/1988 5/8/1982 5/13/1989 5/15/2004 5/16/1974 5/18/2000 5/19/2000 5/21/1977 5/22/1981 5/23/1998 5/23/1998 5/23/1975 5/24/1974 5/25/1996 5/26/1978 5/27/1978 5/27/1978 Larry & Mary Wisner James & Courtney Voss Mark & Lora Kolean David & Rachel Schwartz Jack & Mary Jo Voss 5/27/1977 5/28/2005 5/31/2003 5/31/2008 5/31/1974 David & Sandra Cammenga 5/28/1982 5/16/1992
4 Emma Houskamp Ruth Kuipers Linda Samuelson Marie VanderBroek 5 William Ashby 6 Sandy Sokolowski 7 Judy Bylsma James Nykerk 8 Mike DeVries Jill Raywood 9 Joel Cosgrove Mark Cosgrove Betty Essenburg Jarod Riemersma 10 Emily Mulder 11 Jerome Wassink 12 Verna Otto Mark Kaniff Eleanor VanDyke 14 Beverly VanderWilk Joan Vos Steve Wiegerink Taylor Nienhuis 15 Kirk Johnson Taylor Nienhuis 16 Noah Bosgraaf Marty Evert
LeRoy & Diane Engelsman 5/11/1962
The following is dedicated to all men and women who have fought and continue to fight for our freedom.
MEMORIAL DAY ~ MAY 31
A Memorial Day Tribute
When I lay my head down every night, and go to sleep in peace, I can lay there knowing all is well while you’re standing on your feet; Keeping watch from every shore to shore, in the air and ocean too, Defending freedom at all costs for the red, white and the blue. To the soldiers who have traveled on to countries far and near, In peace and war you paid the price for the cause you hold so dear, That we may wake each morning bright and know that freedom rings. Because of your great sacrifice your country joins to sing….. Thank you, oh thank you, men and women brave and strong, For those who served so gallantly we sing this grateful song.
~ lyrics and music by Michael and Angela Souders
Richard & Paula Van Langevelde
The Chimes is published by First Reformed Church ● 630 State Street, Holland, MI 49423 ● 616-392-8085 ● www.firstchurchofholland.org Volume 29, Number 5 ● Submit articles to email@example.com by the 20th of each month ● Editor: Ellen DeLong
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WE REMEMBER AND HONOR THE MEN AND WOMEN OF FIRST REFORMED CHURCH WHO HAVE SERVED OR ARE SERVING IN THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES 0F AMERICA
Mother’s Day is May 9. Color the picture and on the lines write (or have someone write for you) what you would like to thank your mom for doing for you. Don’t forget to write your name on the bottom line.
World War II
Paul Alderink Paul Boerigter Gerald Borgman Betty Bussies *Marianne Daubenspeck Phil DeKorn Al Kleis Martin Miller Russ Norden Harry Nykerk Henry Pathuis Ruth Purnell Jacob Roelofs James Smith Clarence Timmer Howard Topp Harold Vande Bunte Ade Vlietstra George Wolters Navy Air Force Air Force Marines Army Navy Army Air Force Navy Air Force Army Army Army Air Force Navy Navy Army Navy
*Lorraine DeJonge Warren DeWitt Paul Dunning Bill Keizer *Phyllis Kragt Robert Larson Jack Marcus *Cleone Meulenbelt *Marlene Mokma Bill Mulder Paul Mulder Laverne Nienhuis Jim Van Wyk Norm Veldhuis Army Navy Army Army Army Navy Army Army Army Army Army Army Army Army
Charlie Blodgett Randall Kool Army
Peace Time Vietnam War
*Jane Chandler Larry DeVries Larry Horn Loretta Horn Mike Pathuis Army Army Navy Navy Navy Russ Hopkins Ken Strabbing Ron Weersing Tom Weersing Army Army Navy Navy
Jake Dickens Army Army Army National Guard Jonathan Etterbeek Tom Metzger Lane Meurer
*Spouse or parent of a veteran who has passed away or was killed in combat. If your name is not on our list, please notify the church office.
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THE BIG RED TULIP AWARD
Some of you thought I was nuts. Some of you didn’t hear, but here is how my spring break went.
The Wednesday night dinners were again a huge success this year thanks to a whole kitchen full of willing volunteers. The dinners were served from 5:00 to 6:00 P.M. with many arriving at 4:45 to get in line first for another delicious meal. By 5:15 the line usually stretched from the entry door of the Family Life Center to the serving window of the kitchen. We honor Mark DeHaan and his crew for another great year of a job ‘well done’. Under his wing was Alyce Prins who served as ‘Chief Cook & Bottle Washer’. Those who helped in food preparation were: Marlene Mokma, Eleanor VanDyke and Barb Veldhuis. Our Counter Servers with there pleasant smiles were: Rog & Ginnie DeWeerd, Ken & Jean Dozeman and Ron & Betty Fortney. You can’t eat without dirty dishes and those who helped in that role of dishwashers were: Barb & Con Kleinheksel, Pam & Kirk Johnson, Karen & Gary Collings and Dave Geertman and Chris Lance. There was also a cleanup crew supervised each week by Linda Samuelson and they were: Tammy & Chuck Kleis, Chris & Dale Nienhuis, Denise & Rob Buit and Joan & Tyler Aalberts. As you can see, it takes a lot of volunteers to complete such a huge task each week and we thank each of you for your ‘serving’ spirit. Oh, by the way, the ‘kitchen staff’ would like to thank the ‘church staff’ for being so willing to be the Official Cookie Tasters each week. It was their job to sample each cookie for ‘quality control’ purposes. Yeah right!!!!
I left on Thursday night after our Maundy Thursday service for Florida about 9:00 p.m. I had Josh and four of his friends (most of them TALL basketball players) and we headed south, driving straight through. We arrived at my folks place south of Tampa Friday evening. Mom and Dad fed the boys at an all you can eat pizza buffet (great choice for five teenage boys) and then they crashed with my folks. I left their place about 3:30 am to head to the Tampa airport to fly home for Easter. Grandpa took the boys to their spring break destination west of Tampa (Barrier Islands) Saturday afternoon to meet up with the other Zeeland families arriving. Steph had already arrived in Florida on Friday afternoon, riding with a friend who also had grandparents in the same park as my folks. Monday I went to the airport early and flew back to Tampa, and Sherrie had another flight a little later because she booked her ticket later when we knew she could also attend. We enjoyed our week in the sun at pool, beach and sight-seeing, and then left on Friday to pick up the boys and all headed back through the traffic to return to Michigan. Yes, it was hectic. Yes, it was a little tiring. Yes, the traffic home was incredible. Would I do it again?
LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE...
That Tom Daubenspeck, son of Marianne, recently received his doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. That Darryl Koopmans, calling pastor, leads worship once a month at Tendercare and occasionally at many other care facilities in the area. That Phyllis DeHaan and Jodi Geerlings have been taking training since September 2009 and recently received national certification as therapeutic riding instructors. Nathan Walker was recently invited to compete in the Michigan Arts Youth Fair competition. He was chosen as one of 9 string bass players from throughout the State of Michigan to even have a chance to compete. He was chosen from among those who competed at the State solo and ensemble festival.
On the day the children were to recite Psalm 23 little Johnny was so nervous. When it was his turn, he stepped up to the mike and said proudly, “The Lord is my shepherd and that’s all I need to know.”
Absolutely. Why? Because it was time with my family. And that is precious time. We do a lot of things for our families. And we actually find those ‘extra’ things to be a joy rather than a burden. Consistory, Staff, and I are proposing something that might seem like a ‘stretch,’ but because we’re family I think it will be a joy, not a burden. On Sunday, June 13, we would like to do something ‘old’ and ‘new.’ We would like to have an ‘old’ fashioned church picnic. It was a tradition at First for many decades, something that the church family looked forward to all year. And for the ‘new’ part, we’d like to hold it out at the Embody site. In fact, we’d like to do a combined outdoor worship with Embody and then have a picnic, invite the neighborhood, give ‘Embody’ a real boost in visibility, and have a great celebration together. Yes, it will take some work. We’ll have to have ‘many hands’ to do many things, but we really think it will help put Embody on the map AND we can celebrate with our ‘daughter’ plus have a lot of fun as a church family. I figure AT LEAST 5 kids will end up in falling into the creek, and remember it the rest of their lives. We’ll be making some provisions for those who would find the ‘Embody’ outdoor worship challenging. More details will come later. And if you want to volunteer to be on the team that will put this together, please contact Pastors Mary or Jim. We’ll need to do everything from grilling food to renting a big tent. But it should be a ball, and get the word out about ‘Embody.’ Blessings, Pastor Dan P.S. And PLEASE pray about the weather!!!!!
Ethel Zwemmer has started bringing another friend to First Church. Ethel manages to bring several friends every year to our fellowship. Jeff Horn is one of Holland High's top pitchers.
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NEWS & NOTES FOR THE CONGREGATION
A HUGE THANK YOU to Mark DeHaan, hospitality chairperson, and his faithful right hand assistant Alyce Prins, and their team of preparers, servers, and clean up crews. Mark and Alyce oversaw most of the special dinners here at First Church, like the staff Christmas dinner, these past couple of years. But he and Alyce really shone in the planning and preparation of the fabulous Wednesday night dinners. September through March they planned, shopped for and prepared the food while keeping an eye on the budget. Every week those who came enjoyed the fellowship around ta the tables while eating a hot delicious meal. Thank you Mark and and Alyce for your dedication, and for using your gifts of hospitality here at First Church. Thank you also Eleanor Van Dyke, Barb Veldhuis, and Marlene Mokma,
FIRST-FIRST AMAZING RACE June 12 ……beginning at church promptly at 2:30 p.m.
This is an event you won’t want to miss. We are currently taking registrations for the First-First Amazing Race. Deadline for sign-ups is June 6. Registration forms can be found at the Information Post in the church foyer, and can be turned in to the church office (or to Aalberts, Bylsmas, Carlsons, Everts, or McGeehans). This is an intergenerational event that is sure to bring out some hidden skills and talents from all involved!! Join in the fun!
Walking through the doors at First Church last Sunday felt really good for the heart. It was great to be wel‐ comed back! Yes, we are home but our very definition of “home” continues to evolve with every passing trip. You, the people here at First, are a big reason we feel at home here. Thank you for that! Our three months in India were amazing. We learned new things, visited new places, ate incredible food, but most of all, we had front row seats to what God is doing in this world. We are now back but our ministry contin‐ ues. We have witnessed some of the most incredible ways in which we see God at work. Our job now is to share that with God’s people. People here need to be encouraged that in spite of the turmoil that this world continues to unfurl on us that God is at powerfully at work! Enjoy these photos from our last few days in India! Your love and support continue to overwhelm us. We thank the Lord for you! ‐ JP, Katy and Leila •9•
Rev. Clarence & Susan Liang are planning to lead a group to Chinatown in Chicago sometime in June for a Dim Sum lunch. What is Dim Sum? The best way to describe Dim Sum is: it is a meal of desserts, appetizers, snacks and street foods. Dim Sum is uniquely Chinese! At the restaurant waiters will move among the tables with push carts full of different items. You pick from the cart what appeals to you. At the end, the waiter will add up the empty dishes to come up with a price for the whole table. The tentative plan is to arrive in Chinatown before noon (11:00 a.m.?) by South Shore from Michigan City, Indiana (Adult $7 each way). See Clarence or Susan if you have any questions or would like more information. Please sign up at the Information Post. Complete details to follow. •4•
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27
Adult Education Helping People Grow in Christ
⇒ Knowledge in God’s Word ⇒ Spiritual Disciplines ⇒ Christian Life Skills
WRAPPING AROUND ADOPTIVE AND FOSTER FAMILIES
HOW TO PROVIDE SUPPORT TO THOSE CALLED TO ADOPT or FOSTER
Coffee and Current Events
Grab a cup of coffee and join facilitator Bruce Eckert in the library every Sunday for an informal discussion of current events and their relationship to our life and faith.
Many of the world’s children are born into families unable or unwilling to provide for them and consequently experience some form of trauma and consequently develop special needs or difficult behaviors. For the families who choose to adopt or foster this can lead to many challenges and difficult emotions and often times they are in need of support from their church families. While not every family is called to open their home to a child in need, everyone can be involved in “caring for orphans.” In a recent adult education class, a representative from Bethany Christian Services shared some ideas on how the church family can WRAP around an adoptive/foster family and make an enormous difference.
“The Myth of the Perfect Parent” Facilitators: Pastor Mary and Larry Wisner
For many Christian parents the most consuming concern is that their children ‘turn out’ meaning church going, God honoring adults. They’ve adopted the behaviorist philosophy that if they parent perfectly this will be what will happen. In this class we will be debunking this theory and other myths that tie parents into knots while raising their children. Good things for parents with children of any age to know. Regular nursery will still be available but please feel free to bring your infant or toddler to class. This class will meet from 11-11:45 to accommodate parents who need to pick up their children from Sunday School.
Wrestle in Prayer:
Pray for the family and the child who often has special needs. Form a prayer team that
will communicate with the family and count it a privilege to intercede on their behalf.
Respite care: Defined as “short-term or temporary care to provide relief to the regular caregiver.” Take
time to get to know the children through conversation and activities. In time offer to take them for an extended period.
of Service: Meals, errands, shopping, transportation, chores, and financial assistance are among the
May “American Idols” Teacher:: Rev. Gerald VanHeest Many ‘American Idols’ distract Christians from a strong commitment to Christ. Rev. Van Heest, a long time favorite teacher here at First Church, will identify what those idols are and how they keep us from living as Christ intended.
many ways the church community can be involved in supporting and blessing an adoptive/foster family.
Promises of God: Providing encouragement with God’s Word through notes, calls, or email can be a powerful source of comfort and strength. From: Focus on the Family: iCareAboutOrphans.org
Mark your calendars for August 15-20 if you and your family would like to take part in an intergenerational mission trip/work project at Cran Hill Ranch in Rodney, Michigan. There is a lodge available for those who do not have a camper. We will be working on projects within the ranch. All skill levels are accepted. The cost for either a campsite or a room in the lodge is $38/ night. This is always a great time to get to know one another better and to work together for a great cause. If you are not available for the entire time, a shorter time is possible. Please sign up at the Information Post as soon as possible. Please contact Pastor Paul if you have any questions. •6•
Steve Miller has written a brief parent driver training brochure with simple ideas to help their new driver and themselves to be able to relax. The ideas encompass 35 years of driving experience with student drivers. The methods described are proven to work. (This is in manual form, not a book)
YOUTH NEWS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Easter is one of the most important holidays in the Christian faith. We celebrate that our Lord is risen. But here at First we definitely don’t celebrate the empty tomb on empty stomachs. A fine group of guys arrive early each Easter morn to flip on the coffee pots and fire up the griddles. Soon the buffet table is overflowing with pancakes, eggs, hash browns, sausage, fruit, pastries and cereal. A crowd begins to form outside the Family Life Center as the aroma of good food fills the air. Over 100 people came to enjoy the hearty meal, before being further filled by an incredible Easter worship service. Ahh, life is good!
May Youth Schedule
SENIOR HIGH May 2 – Junk Food Night!! May 16 – Dead Man Walking? Acts 1 May 23 – End of the Year Party!
May 2, AM – Rev. Chuck VanEngen (Last Bell Choir) May 2, PM – The Singing Crusaders concert May 9, AM – Pastor Dan, 1 Cor. 15, “Resurrection of the Body, REALLY!” (Mother’s Day) May 9, PM – Evening Worship here at First Church May 16, AM – Pastor Dan, 1 Cor. 2:1, “Conversion. Not Logic But God’s Power.” (Teacher appreciation, memory work awards, Shepherd Sunday) May 16, PM – Evening Worship here at First Church May 23, AM – Pastor Dan, Eph. 1:3-6, “Royals All Are We.” May 23, PM – Evening Worship here at First Church May 30, AM – Morning Worship (Last Chancel Choir) May 30, PM – Evening Worship here at First Church
JUNIOR HIGH May 5 – Junk Food Night!! May 12 – Questions and Answers May 19 – End of the Year Party!
A Simple Hug Can Go A Long Way…..
Two stories were related to me this past week that moved me to the core. The one incident occurred in recent weeks here at First Church, the other years ago. Both tell of how a simple hug can be the very arms of God bringing untold healing. In both cases the persons had been contemplating suicide. Here at First, the person was leaving the sanctuary after worship when a stranger approached half asking, half telling, “Do you need a hug?” and then proceeded to wrap her arms around him. The other story was told to me this past week by a friend from years ago who struggled with depression. She related that one night she prayed for God to just let her know that he was actually there. The next day she attended a weekly women’s Bible study. It was afterward that one of the other women in the group came up to my friend and gave her a great big hug and told her, “God told me to do that.” That’s it. Just hugs. But for those who were touched, it brought healing to their souls. Pastor Mary
Junior High Fun!
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