Ice Cream Social on August 21 (Thursday)!

Pillar Church is invited to come out to an ice cream social, organized by Norm VerHage, at the MOPAR Museum on August 21 (Thursday)! Feel free to drop in any time between 6:30pm-8:00pm for some ice cream and socializing.

The address for the MOPAR museum is 341 E 7th Street, immediately north of
the VerHage Mitsubishi of Holland dealership on 343 E 8th Street.

Summer Discipleship Series

Having rounded the bend into August, the Summer Discipleship Series (including events such as Christ in the City) has come to an end.

Please be on the look out next year for more offerings!

Enescu Players Concert

Join us on August 14 (Thursday) at 7:30pm-8:30pm for a concert performed by the Enescu Players!

Enescu Players was founded by its current members in 2007, at the Illinois Chamber Music Festival where they are ensemble-in-residence performing and teaching every summer.

The group’s musicians, Mihai Craioveanu, Lisa Nelson, Nina Gordon, and Mark Clinton, have since performed together in the United States.

Enescu Players made their European concert debut to great acclaim in Sofia, Bulgaria, 2014, where they have been invited already for return performances.

Future European concert engagements also include England, and Israel.

You can read a little more about each member of Enescu here.

The August Cackle

The August Cackle is now available! You can pick up a hard copy at church or download it here.

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

Pictures from the Philadelphia CSM trip!

Here are some of the pictures from the recent Youth Group mission trip to Philadelphia. You can also read Matt's update here.

Keep an eye out for a more detailed update in the July Cackle!

Pillar Church Mentioned in National Media

Pillar Church was recently featured in national news in an article, penned by Rev. Wesley Granberg-Michaelson (the previous General Secretary for the RCA), on the joint RCA & CRC synod held in Pella, IA last week.

Rev. Wesley Granberg-Michaelson

Rev. Wesley Granberg-Michaelson

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!

Organ Concert Tonight

There will be an organ concert at Pillar Church tonight at 7:45 featuring David Troiano. 

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!

The Hope College Hageman faith Series

The Hope College Hageman faith series is proud to host Os Guinness. He is an author, social critic, and great great grandson of Arthur Guinness, the Dublin brewer. Please join us at Pillar Church on March 5, at 8PM to hear his presentation, “Renaissance: The Power of the Gospel However Dark the Times.”