Meet the Candidates for Elder and Deacon

The Church Council approved the nomintations of Sara VanTongeren and Daniel Woolesy to the office of elder and Abigail deRoo and Andy Bast to the office of deacon. The slate of elders and deacons will be affiremd by the congregation at the December 14 congregational meeitng at 3:30pm. The affirmation will happen in December (instead of June as in past years) to allow them to participate in a 6 month process of leadership preparedness before beginning their terms on council in July 2015. At that same congregational meeting the 2015 budget will be presented for affirmation.



Sara VanTongeren

My husband, Daryl, and I moved to Holland 3 years ago. We feel called to this community to help be a part of the work in ushering in a greater authenticity both within the Church as well as within the larger community. I have a passion for those who have been stigmatized by their past church experiences and I have a desire to help others, through love and grace, wrestle with the difficult questions of their faith - to come to a deeper understanding of the redemption, healing, and freedom that can only come through God.

Daniel Woolsey

Hello! My name is Daniel Woolsey. I am a Spanish professor at Hope College and I grew up on the mission field, in Santiago, Chile. My wife Lisa and I, and Joshua (9) and Nora (8), have found a long-searched-for church home at Pillar. We love Pillar for the commitment to reconciliation, the vision for working with Hope students, the warmth of the congregants, and the inspiring leadership and preaching of the pastors.



Abby deRoo

Originally from Mt. Pleasant, Taylor & I met at Hope College, we were married on campus, and now, eight years later, we have two little boys, Murphy, age 3 & Harry, age 1.5. We are raising our family in an 130 year old house, downtown Zeeland. I work (part-time) as the Marketing Director for the City of Zeeland; our family spends a lot of time participating in community events and neighborhood gatherings. I am excited to serve Pillar Church because I find the message, the people and the vision for this church to be inspiring. I look forward to deepening our roots in the Pillar family and learning from and with the congregation as Pillar grows.


Andy Bast

I am honored to be considered for the office of deacon at Pillar church! I was born here in Holland, but moved to South Holland, IL as a young child and then back to Grand Rapids as a teen, as my father (David Bast) served RCA churches. For the past nearly twenty years I've lived in the Twin Cities, where I met my wife Katie and where we had our two kids, Maggie and Joseph. I've recently transitioned from a career in music education to work in the Advancement office at Western Seminary, where I've felt God's call to participate in the work of raising up leaders for the church. I am particularly excited to join how God is at work at Pillar in our shared ministry of mercy.

November Distribution Offering for My Brother's House II

The November Distribution offering will be given to My Brother's House II. The offering will be taken on Sunday November 23rd. My Brother's House II has requested the following items:

Finish™ brand dishwasher pods, plastic spoons, men’s deodorant, toilet paper, paper towels, juice boxes, apple sauce, cream of chicken soup, cream of mushroom soup, cereal, mouthwash, toothbrushes, decaf coffee, napkins (regular size) and Veg-All mixed vegetables.

You can pick up this list in the fellowship area as well!

Family Advent Workshop on Friday 21!

The Family Advent Workshop will take place on Friday November 21 at 5:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall (in the lower level). Supper will be served at 5:00 PM and the program will start at 5:45 PM. Come and join us as we prepare for Jesus’ coming by making a unique nativity calendar, create a Christmas ornament, sing, and enjoy a story.

In order to make sure that we have a enough supplies for each family and numbers so that we can prepare for dinner, please RSVP below by November 19. You can sign-up for the event here.

Pigs in a Blanket!

Pigs in a Blanket Making:  Pillar is up to it again, an age old Pig in the Blanket making custom.  Join in the joy on Monday, December 8 and help to make the homemade "pigs."  We need your help! The "pigs" made will be available for purchase to those in the church and wider Holland community just in time for the holidays and the proceeds will be go to support the work of "Songs against Slavery," a non-profit in the area that seeks to address issues around human sex trafficking. There is a sign-up sheet in the lobby if you'd like to help.  Contact Bethany with questions ( Order forms will be available in the next week if you'd like to buy some “pigs.”


A Note on this Sunday's Distribution Offering

IMPORTANT UPDATE: If you forgot to bring your box yesterday, you can still bring them in today! Office hours, as per usual, are until 4:30pm. The mission will be picking them up early tomorrow, so try to get them in today!


Dear Friends,

This Sunday we have the opportunity to answer an invitation from last Sunday’s sermon.  An invitation to "a deep longing that translates into real time action." Please remember to bring your filled box to Pillar with you this Sunday. There will be a designated place for you to leave the box in the lobby. During the offertory, after the deacon has passed the offering plate down your row, please go to the lobby, take any box and bring it to the pulpit area on the stage. Can you picture it? The "deep longing translated into real time action" as box after box is stacked before us.

If you missed the opportunity to get a box at Pillar you may still get one by contacting Martha Wing at 616.928.3407 or email Martha at
Together participating in the all things new reality God intends for the world,  


Hope College Luncheon

We held our first Hope Luncheon for the 2014-2015 academic year last Sunday October 19. The Fellowship Hall was packed with students. Thank you all who helped out and made this possible! Please keep the next luncheon on November 16 in mind.

The Hope College Gospel Choir at Sunday Worship on October 19

The Gospel Choir helped lead us into worship on Sunday October 19. Thank you so much!

The Gospel Choir under the leadership of Choir Director, Edye Hyde, is a group of students who have come together from all different backgrounds, cultures, and denominations to glorify God through worship in a variety of Gospel and Contemporary Christian music styles. We have found our identity in the Lord Jesus Christ and in His saving grace. We are worshippers of the Almighty God.

Hope College Gospel Choir

Hope College Gospel Choir

Running for Reconciliation

Thank you Pillar Church and the "Running Roosters" for raising $15,129 for the cause of peace and reconciliation in the Middle East. FRRME Please remember to keep the work of Andrew White and his church in Baghdad in your prayers.

The Running Roosters!

The Running Roosters!

Prayer Partners Needed!

Pillar Church has a vibrant college ministry. Included in that is a prayer partner program, and we need more non-students to sign up to partner with students in prayer during the school year. If you are interested, you will find sign up cards in the lobby and near the reception desk in the office wing. Please sign up and email with any questions.

October Distribution Offering --- Holland Rescue Mission

The Distribution Offering this month goes to Holland Rescue Mission. In the back there are cardboard boxes and a list of the items that the Mission is requesting. We will be receiving this offering on Sunday October 26. If you have further questions please email Pastor Chris or Cathy at or

Here are some preliminary instructions:

Fill and Decorate

Decorate the box on the plain end. Kids or adults can decorate; we love all ages of art! Make sure any words will face the right way when the box is assembled. You can use paint, crayon, marker, anything you’d like.

Color the coloring page (included with care box) and tape to the end of the box that says “Room Menu”; please do not cover the Boer’s logo.

Feel free to include a Thanksgiving card, bought or handmade, in your box as well.

Fill box will all products on the list (approximate cost $20 at Dollar Tree).

Seal the box – clear packing tape works best; make sure to tape both top and bottom!

You can also download the list of items that the Mission is requesting here.

Fundraiser for Ministries in Iraq

In light of recent events in Iraq, Canon Andrew White has appealed for support of his ministry in Baghdad: The Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East (FRRME). Canon White preached at Pillar last year and continues to lead a ministry for Christians throughout Iraq. Many Iraqi Christians are internally displaced, having been forced out of their homes into rapidly shrinking safe havens. Canon Andrew White was recently awarded the inaugural Anne Frank Award for Human Dignity and Tolerance by the Dutch government for his work with FRRME (see here). There is an update from FRRME at the bottom of this post.

On Sunday 21 you’ll have the opportunity to give a financial gift to this ministry as we give our offerings and tithes that day. If you wish to give to Canon Andrew White’s ministry, please put “FRRME” in the memo line of your check or on your offering envelope. Pastors Jon Brown and Chris DeVos also invite you to participate in the Park2Park 1/2 marathon or 5K (run, bike or walk). Registration costs for the race go to support Neighbors Plus, a local outreach ministry led by Sheri Santos, that Pillar supports. As part of the event, you can also pledge a set amount per mile set aside for FRRME.

Our goal is to raise $15,000 in support of FRRME through our September financial offering and pledges for runners. If you haven’t already registered, please do so ASAP!  Pledge forms for runners are available on the back table in the lobby. Email for further information.


Wednesday Noon Organ Series Videos

The Wednesday Noon Organ series continues every Wednesday at Pillar Church. Videos from these performances are now available online! You can view the performances at:


The performance schedule for the rest of the summer is as follows:
July 23        Mark DeWitt
July 30        Dr. Norene Walters, D.M.A.
August 6    David Schout
August 13    Kristen Baron
August 20    Rhonda Edgington
August 27    Jonathan Tuuk

Summer Preaching Schedule

The preaching schedule for this summer is as follows:

June 22 - Reverend Jon Brown

June 29 - Reverend Jon Brown

July 6 - Reverend Jon Brown

July 13 - Mary Hulst, College Chaplain at Calvin College

July 20 - Trygve Johnson, Hinga-Boersma Dean of the Chapel at Hope College

August 3 - Reverend Jon Brown

August 10 - Denise Kingdom-Grier, Senior Pastor at Maple Avenue Ministries

August 17 - Reverend Chris DeVos

August 24 - Reverend Jon Brown