Babylon Day 1

The Marketplace is abuzz. There is talk of someone named Daniel, who was taken captive and is in the charge of Ashpenaz, a very important man in Babylon – the king’s chief of staff. He is the one who changed Daniel’s name to Belteshazzar. He also changed the names of Daniel’s three friends to Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. What strange names!

Fall Retreats coming up…

FAN THE FLAME – Community women’s Conference at Lakewood United Methodist Church
September 15, 9 am to 3 pm
Lunch provided
Register through August 31 at https://tinyurl.com/LakewoodWomen or Call 269-367-4800
This is a free event, however donations would be appreciated.

WINSOME WOMEN on Mackinaw Island – Oct. 16/17; 17/18; 18/19 (3 identical retreats)
Cost is $226.00 (2-3 in a room) or $206.00 (4 in a room) and includes ferry ride, meals at the retreat, all sessions, room, taxes and fees (all inclusive)

HARVEST MEN’S RETREAT at Camp Barakel – October 19-21
Cost is $115 per person. Sign up at Harvest Church or call 616-374-8697

ALL NEW FULL CIRCLE TOUR for Women at Fair Haven Church in Hudsonville
November 2
Register by August 31 at Harvest Church or call 616-374-8697
Cost is $24 per person with group of 10 or more or $29 per person for less than 10 people

Church-wide Picnic

August 19 from 2:00 pm to ?
At DeJong’s lake
Supper at 5:00 pm (Burgers, hot dogs, lemonade and tableware furnished)
Bring a dish to share (side dish and dessert contest)
Bring swimming gear including life jackets, lawn chairs

Join us this Sunday

A glimpse into this Sunday’s sermon:

Peter tells his readers that the “end of all things is near.” That being true, how then shall we live?  If we believed that the return of Christ is right around the corner, how would our lives be different?  If we knew we had but a couple months left in this life, what changes would we make?  If  you’re one of those folks that answer that question with some variation of “Nothing!” I have two words for you: Egotistical and Liar.  Peter gives believers at least three suggestions as to what we ought change in view of “the end of all things is near.”

 

CoffeeBreak Season 2017-2018 concluded 05-09-2018.  We had a wonderful year of sharing and learning God’s word.  Marshann Ludema led as ladies from Harvest Community Church and other area churches met together to learn, share and pray.  Our most recent studies were in Thessalonians.  The blessing of coming together is shared by 12 to 18 ladies on a regular basis each Wednesday morning from September thru May.  The younger women brought  their preschool children who were cared for by Karilynn Ridder, Harlene Westendorp, Marv Raffler, and occasionally Bonnie Frost and Pastor Ben Ridder during our study time.  When told this week would be our last week until the fall many expressed that they were not ready for us to stop meeting.  Marshann who has led Coffeebreak for 23 years was shone much appreciation for her faithfulness in teaching.  We all look forward to next autumn when we will come together once more.  We were all privileged to be a part of this vital ministry!