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 marthaw@hollandrescue.org.
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 annastasia.bonczyk@westernsem.edu 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 chris@pillarchurch.com or cathy@pillarchurch.com.

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 chris@pillarchurch.com 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: https://vimeo.com/channels/organseries


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

Meet the Candidates for Elder and Deacon

The council has approved the following candidates for elder and deacon (under their name is a quick introduction from the people nominated):


Ken Beukelman - Elder

"My name is Ken Beukelman and I have been a member of Pillar Church for 28 years.  My wife Laurel and I have been married for 28 years and we have two daughters, Merideth and Lydia. Maria Roth has joined our family for her Junior and Senior year of high school at Holland Christian. Merideth, a recent Calvin graduate, will be moving to Germany later this summer to teach at Black Forest Academy (a middle and high school boarding school for children of missionaries).  Lydia will be a Junior at Hope and she's studying Creative Writing, Business Administration, and Japanese.  Siblings at Hope and Calvin...who would have guessed it? Maria is the daughter of Don & Bev Roth who are Wycliffe missionaries in Mexico and sister to Josh Roth. Maria has become like a third daughter for us. I am the business manager at Dykstra Funeral Homes and Laurel is a State Farm agent.  Pillar has been a huge part of our family's life.  I look forward to serving on the board and being open to what God has in store for the Pillar Community."


Leah Luyk - Deacon

"My name is Leah Luyk. My husband is Daniel and we've been married almost six years. I am currently a student at Calvin Seminary in the Master of Theological Studies program with a concentration in Missions. I love learning languages, listening to stories, and traveling. I think Apollo 13 is the greatest movie of all time."


Josh Bauman - Deacon

"I had the privilege of growing up in Manistee, MI, then moving to Holland to attend Hope College. It was at Hope, through a variety of experiences, where I truly began to feel God's calling on my life. While there I met my wife, Stephanie, and we are now blessed with two boys, Jonathan (4) and Charlie (2). As a family, we love spending time together; in fact, that's probably my favorite pastime. We enjoy living in Holland and taking advantage of all of the outstanding recreational opportunities it offers. Personally, I have a passion for sports of all kinds, and in my spare time enjoy doing home improvement projects, eating and cooking great food, and spending time outdoors, especially at the beach. Professionally, I am grateful to work for Holland Hospital as the Facilities Manager, which I truly enjoy.

Our family has been attending Pillar for nearly two years and put simply, we love it. During this time, we as a family and myself personally, have experienced much growth in our faith and in fellowship. We are thankful for the opportunity to worship at Pillar and are excited to be a part of the work that God is doing here. I am humbled at the prospect of becoming a deacon, and thrilled with the opportunity to serve God where such amazing things are happening each and everyday."


Ken, Leah, and Josh are being recommended for approval of the congregation at a congregational meeting on Sunday, June 29.

The Tours Continue!

The tours continue! If you haven't had a chance to take part in one of the historic tours of our church you are not too late! Tours continue Thursday and Friday at 8:30am until noon, and Saturday 8:30am- 10:30am. Come visit!

2014 Summer Organ Concert Schedule

The schedule for the 2014 Organ Concert Series at Pillar Church has been announced. 





12:15 PM

JUNE 4                       Jane Bosko

JUNE 11                      David Heinze

JUNE 18                     Fredrick DeHaven

JUNE 25                    Dr. Greg Crowell DMA

JULY 2                       Marie Blauwkamp

JULY 9                       Dr. Joan Ringerwole DMA

JULY 16                     Jim Folkert

JULY 23                    Mark DeWitt

JULY 30                    Dr. Norene Walters DMA

AUGUST 6                David Schout

AUGUST 13              Kristen Baron

AUGUST 20             Rhonda Edgington

AUGUST 27             Jonathan Tuuk

Holy Week Schedule

Holy Week Services


April 17 - Maundy Thursday 7pm

April 18 - Good Friday Noon- Rev. Chris Dorsey

April 18 – Stations of the Cross 5pm dinner 5:45 Stations begin

April 20 - Easter 9:00am and 10:30am - Rev. Jon Brown


The Maundy Thursday Service will be located in the basement and will be a worship gathering of reflection on Mark 14 and 15 with scripture recitation, song, prayer, and communion. Childcare will be provided.


Good Friday will be structured similar to our Sunday worship services with communion, preaching, songs, and prayer. Childcare will be provided.


Stations of the cross is structured to be a more family oriented event, specifically with children in mind. There will be a light dinner served at 5pm with the stations to follow at 5:45


Easter Sunday morning will be a full celebration of the resurrection. Children will be involved, sacred dance will be included, and the choir will be singing.  You are welcome and encouraged to invite your neighbors, friends, and coworkers to join us!