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Holland, Michigan 49423


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Classes, programs,

and events

Discipleship classes, programs and events are intended to be stepping stones for people on the journey toward or in the with-God life.  The Bible studies, book studies and other classes that we offer all collectively help us to “grow to become in every respect the mature body of Him who is the head, that is, Christ” (Ephesians 4:15).




For more information or to sign up, contact

Lori at or 616.796.3361.

Contemporary Christian Life Issues (CCLI)

​Sunday mornings (10:00 – 10:55 AM)

Meets January 12 - April 26 (not meeting on April 5 and 12)



Come and explore current and relevant faith and justice issues affecting our community, nation, and world. The goal of each session is to “think Christianly” about each topic, so that we can live well in God’s world. Speakers are often experts in their field. Feel free to just show up! Advance registration is not required. Advance registration is not required. Questions: Contact Lori at

January 12:  The Life of a Sparrow: A Non-Worry Teaching for the Worry-Prone 

Dr. Temple Smith, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Hope College

Life's daily challenges and troubles very commonly lead to feelings of worry. So many of us, even those strong in faith often deal with worrying. Living in a fallen world gives you lots to worry about, but living in relationship with Jesus offers life-sustaining peace, freeing us from the bondage of worry. The Bible provides very effective tools for avoiding worries as well as responding to these emotions when they occur. No matter what happens in your life, you don’t have to be captive to worry if you choose to rely on Jesus and the peace that is your inheritance as a child of God.


January 19:  Protecting the Great Lakes Watershed and Preserving the Beauty of Our Lakes

Congressman Fred Upton

Growing up on the shores of Lake Michigan instilled in Congressman Upton a deep appreciation for Michigan’s wildlife and natural resources. As an active member of the Great Lakes Task Force, he has an extensive record of working in a bipartisan manner to protect the Great Lakes watershed and preserve the beauty of our lakes for future generations. He will be discussing his work in Congress to protect our Great Lakes and provide clean, safe drinking water to Michigan.

January 26: Transformed by the Renewing of Your Mind: Bringing College to Prison

Dr. Richard Ray, Professor of Kinesiology, Hope College;

Dr. David Stubbs, Professor of  Ethics and Theology, Western Theological Seminary

The Hope-Western Prison Education Program is a new initiative that provides a rigorous Christian liberal arts education to prisoners at the Muskegon Correctional Facility with the hope of transforming the hearts and minds of everyone involved. But what is transformation, and how can education play a role in bringing it about? Can communities (such as the prison, the communities of the prisoners, Hope College, and Western Theological Seminary) be transformed, and if so, how do the people that belong to those communities change? This presentation will help you better understand these questions through the lens of our experience with the prison program. Join us to learn about the benefits of a college education behind bars - benefits to students, prisons, our communities, and the state.


February 2: The Moral Challenge of Economic Disparities in the U.S.

Dr. Steven McMullen, Associate Professor of Economics, Hope College

There are large gaps in income and wealth between the richest and the poorest members of our country. Even among those who work full time we see large gaps, with some people becoming fantastically wealthy while others can barely afford to meet basic needs. Christians have long been concerned with economic ethics, but there is substantial disagreement about how much concern we should have about inequality. This class will cover some of the basic trends, some of the explanations for why these disparities exist, and then think about different reasons why we might be concerned about economic inequalities.


February 9: Reformed Church in America: Vision 2020 Options

Rev. David VanOpstall

For the past year and a half, a team formed by the RCA General Synod has been discerning options for the future of the RCA. Working with The Leader’s Journey, they’ve proposed three potential options that will be discussed at this summer’s General Synod. Pastor Dave will walk us through those options and hold a dialogue about the implications on local churches, missionaries, etc.


February 16: Digging Deep:  Sport, Ethics, Faith & Life

Dr. Chad Carlson, Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Director of General Education, Hope College

Sport is one of many social entities that can provide us with great joy. It also comes with great peril. In this session, we will discuss the ways in which the relationship between sport and Christianity has complex ethical implications for the athlete and the fan alike. We will draw upon both local and international examples to illuminate this topic.

February 23:  Homelessness / Affordable and Low Income Housing

Lyn Raymond, Director of the Lakeshore Housing Alliance

Through stories of families and individuals facing housing crisis, Lyn will paint a picture of homelessness in Ottawa County and identify the barriers people encounter. She will also provide a description of assistance available to people in need. Using data, Lyn will illustrate the history of homelessness in the Holland area and beyond, and share the challenges we all confront when seeking an end to homelessness.


March 1:  Housing Next

Ryan Kilpatrick, Executive Director at Housing Next

Ryan will discuss the role that every citizen can play in supporting (or undermining) the availability of housing at all price points. His presentation will highlight the way that neighborhoods have traditionally grown organically to accommodate a variety of needs and respond to market changes, as well as the time-tested methods for supporting more attainable and accessible housing that were mostly forgotten after WWII. Finally, he will discuss what is needed now to re-balance the housing market and support local families and workers.


March 8: What Does It Mean to be Catholic Today?

Dr. Jack Mulder, Professor of Philosophy, Hope College (Author of the book, What Does It Mean to be Catholic?)

Most of us no longer think of differences among Christians as the kinds of things that give rise to wars or as the kinds of things that separate whole nations or ethnic groups.  But there are still real divisions that exist within traditions that claim the name "Christian."  What are some distinctive features of the contemporary Catholic tradition that set it apart from other Christian traditions and how are those features understood in the Church today? 


March 15: Journeys of Hope: A Refugee Story

Adam Baker, Transitional Foster Care Site Supervisor, Bethany Christian Services - Holland

As the Transitional Foster Care Site Supervisor at Bethany Christian Services in Holland Adam has worked with underprivileged and behaviorally challenging youth since 2011.  This includes almost five years focused on refugee minors and refugee issues. As an associate of the Unaccompanied Refugee Minor, Unaccompanied Children, and Refugee Treatment Foster Care programs within Bethany Christian Services, Adam has had the privilege of working alongside local advocates, national policy makers, government officials, and children from around the world to educate and examine the plight of refugees.


March 22:  Community Policing for Peaceful Living

Sgt. Larry Matzen, Holland Police Department

Sgt. Matzen will cover what the Holland Police Department's philosophy of Community Policing is and what exactly the Community Policing unit does.  There will be time available for Sgt. Matzen to answer any questions people may have about the Holland Police Department and Community Policing.


March 29: The Sabbath

Dr. Travis West, Associate Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament, Western Theological Seminary

One of Dr Travis West's passions is connecting the worlds of the academy and the church by making the cultural and theological insights of the Hebrew Bible accessible to “normal" people. Another of his passions is the Sabbath, which he is excited to explore with us in this session.


April 5 & 12: No Class - Spring Break and Easter


April 19: Engaging Community to Advance Racial Justice in Schools

Andrea Mehall, Director of Holland Early College Program, Assistant Principal of Holland High School,

Active member of the HPS Equity Alliance

Holland Public Schools (HPS) is a majority non-white and economically disadvantaged district, nestled in the heart of a majority white resort/tourist destination.  As one might imagine, this duality presents a number of challenges and benefits alike.  One such benefit is that HPS is fortunate to have numerous community members who are willing and able to donate time and resources to support various district needs when they arise.  Despite the countless relationships that we have developed over the years, our achievement and discipline data continue to show disproportionate levels of success. This might suggest a need to look more deeply into the ways that we have engaged with, and perhaps leveraged, the expertise that community brings to enhance the work of Holland Public Schools.  During this interactive session, participants will gain a greater understanding of inequities (and opportunities) that exist and persist in a school setting, considering approaches to engage differently with schools to advocate for and advance equity, moving beyond basic needs.


April 26: Why We Need to Keep Reading "The Blood of the Lamb"

Mark Hiskes, English Teacher at Holland Christian High School 

In The Blood of the Lamb Peter DeVries tells a somewhat autobiographical tale in which he powerfully illustrates that “what people believe is a measure of what they suffer.”  DeVries’ character, Don Wanderhope, is raised in a rigid Dutch Calvinist community in Chicago and suffers numerous setbacks throughout the novel.  Although this is the most serious of his novels, it is packed with DeVries’s signature word play and hilarious scenes. The story’s climax has often been cited in Reformed pulpits for its potent blend of faith and sense of betrayal.  Unlike most novels written today, DeVries dares to ask the most dangerous questions about God and life. In discovering his various answers, consider whether it is more a book about the desire for faith or a recognition of life’s meaninglessness.  

Good News - The Book of Acts

A Drop-in Bible Study group

Sunday mornings (10:00 - 10:55 AM)

Facilitator: Dara Nykamp

Room 160-161

This drop-in study group is focusing on reading and discussing the book of Acts, looking at the way God shaped and formed the early church. As we approach each chapter, the discussion centers around the core question: “How is this good news for the world today?” Feel free to stop in anytime - joining this chapter by chapter study of Acts in community with others.

The Me I Want to Be: Becoming God’s Best Version of You

​Sunday mornings (10:00 - 10:55 AM)

Facilitator:  Janet Rodriguez

Room 164


If God has a perfect vision for your life, why does spiritual growth seem so difficult? In this video-based study, author John Ortberg has some intriguing answers to that question, and he has organized his thoughts and God's words into a straightforward and timely guide for living your best life. This study will show how God's perfect vision for you starts with a powerful promise. All those who trust in God “will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit” (Jeremiah 17:7-8). Ortberg urges you to recognize your brokenness, understand that God is the project manager, and follow His directions. The author first helps gauge your spiritual health and measure the gap between where you are now and where God intends you to be. Then he provides detailed tasks and exercises to help you live in the flow of the Spirit, circumventing real-world barriers - pain and sorrow, temptations, self-doubt, sin - to flourish even in a dark and broken world. As you start living in the flow, you will feel: a deeper connection with God, a growing sense of joy, an honest recognition of your brokenness, less fear, more trust, a growing sense of being ‘rooted in love’, and a deeper sense of purpose. God invites you to join Him in crafting an abundant and joy-filled life. The Me I Want to Be shows you how to graciously accept His invitation.


Hosted by Open Hearts, Open Hands (OHOH) Growth Community. Despite differences in age, gender, marital status, life experiences, and length of involvement at Christ Memorial, OHOH is dedicated to living humble lives of service. This group uses  Scripture, the preached Word, prayer, and each other’s wise counsel to strengthen their walk with their Lord. Their trust, vulnerability, and genuine care for one another give this group a family feel.

Prophets & Kings: Being in the Culture and Not of It

Sunday evenings (5:45 - 7:00 PM)

Contacts:  Paul & Nancy Vryhof

Room 165 - 166


Part of the That the World May Know Series by Ray VanderLaan with Stephen & Amanda Sorenson, this study focuses in on the question: “Whom shall I serve?” In ancient times, the Hebrews faced that decision daily. The consequences of their choice are the stories that make up the Old Testament.  Join us as we explore  the turbulent history of Israel’s prophets and kings and learn from their story how to build your own devotion to and trust in God.


Hosted by Prime Time Growth Community: A fun group of Christ - followers who study, serve, and pray together. This group of believers supports each other in both good and bad times with their prayers, cards and meals as they grow together in Christ’s love. Whether single or married, you are welcome to join the group. Expect good food and good fellowship from this vibrant, caring, and joyful group!


Meets Sunday, April 26 (10:00 - 10:55 AM) (1 session)

Hosted by Lynn White & other CMC Staff

Room 169


Belonging: Ever find yourself in a crowd of people you don’t know, in a new place you’re unfamiliar with, and wonder if you belong? At Belonging we serve a light breakfast, gather around a table, let you know a little more about us, and invite you to share how you found yourself here. You’ll meet other folks, some of the staff, and have time to ask questions. If we succeed, you’ll leave feeling a little bit more like you belong. Congratulations! You’ve taken the first step. (Part of the series: Belonging, Believing, Becoming; S.H.A.P.E.)  Sign up by contacting Lynn White at or 616-796-3362.


Sunday mornings (10:00 - 10:55 AM)

Meets March 1, 8 & 15 (3 sessions)

Facilitators: Marylin Bright & Dara Nykamp

Room 169


Have you ever wondered, “Who am I?” Or have you ever thought, “What is my purpose in life?”  Here's the great news: The mystery is over. The S.H.A.P.E. class is filled with tools that will help you discover answers to those questions.  Sign up by contacting Lori at or 616-796-3361.




For more information or to sign up, contact

Lori at or 616.796.3361.


The Colossian Way - Christian Practices for Polarized Times:

Women & Men in God's Image

Monday evenings (7:00 - 8:30 PM)

Meeting March 2 - May 18

Facilitators: Elissa Lappenga, Ron Wolthuis & Jen Prince


The Colossian Way is a small-group experience built on hope. Our hope is in Jesus Christ who holds all things together (Colossians 1:17).  And our hope is that as His people we actually can learn to behave like Him even while engaging and discussing together “hot topic” issues. We do this in the hope that, when done in faithful ways, we will witness the body of Christ built up. This experience is not intended to “solve” a specific issue once and for all, but rather to build a capacity for working on important questions in a way that reflects faithful obedience to Christ. This is a ten-week commitment to a group of about 10 - 12 people eager to learn and grow together guided by God’s Word and God’s Spirit. We have trained leaders, excellent materials, and engaging videos.


Christ Memorial again has the unique opportunity to host a pilot class of The Colossian Way. In the class Women and Men in God's Image participants will tackle some of our most challenging issues surrounding men and women through grace filled listening and dialogue. In a culture of deepening division, come be a part of God’s movement toward unity amidst uniqueness.  Sign up by contacting Lori at or 616-796-3361.


Your Money Made Simple

Wednesday evenings (6:00 - 7:30 PM)

Meeting March 4 - April 22

Facilitators: Kevin Klok


More than a class on how to budget or get out of debt, Your Money Made Simple explores and de-mystifies the confusing and often daunting task of managing the resources God has given us. After learning key Biblical financial concepts, participants will have the opportunity to go deeper in specific areas of financial and resource management as needed.

​Sign up by contacting Lori at or 616-796-3361.



Apprentice for Men

Wednesday evenings (6:00 - 7:30 PM)

Facilitators: Roger Perkins & Leon Meiste

Room 168


The Apprentice series provides a structure for integrating the core teachings of Jesus into daily life to such a degree as to mature men into fully devoted Christ-led servant learners. This series is designed for men who desire character growth.


Meets Wednesday, February 5 (6:00 - 7:30 PM) (1 session)

Hosted by Lynn White & other Christ Memorial Staff

Room 169


Believing:  This gathering is designed to help you understand the core set of beliefs here at Christ Memorial as well as share with you the standards of the Reformed Church in America. While we do not have to agree on everything as a group, we want you to know where we stand on humanity, sin, God, Jesus, and salvation. Don’t worry, we will have plenty of time here to ask questions as well. Step two is behind you.  (Part of the series: Belonging, Believing, Becoming; S.H.A.P.E.)  Sign up by contacting Lynn White at or 616-796-3362.



Meets Wednesday, February 12 (6:00 - 7:30 PM) (1 session)

Hosted by Lynn White & other Christ Memorial Staff

Room 169


Becoming: A seed that becomes a plant draws nutrients from the soil, air, and water. So too our process of becoming involves the people and environment around us. This gathering is the final step in becoming a member of Christ Memorial Church. We tell our stories of God at work in our lives, are introduced to ministries and tools for us to discover and utilize our gifts, and make a commitment to love, encourage, and support one another. And if you want them, we will give you offering envelopes. (Part of the series: Belonging, Believing, Becoming; S.H.A.P.E.)  Sign up by contacting Lynn White at or 616-796-3362.



Wednesday evenings (6:00 - 7:30 PM)

Facilitator: Rick Dernberger

Room 165


Having clear boundaries is essential to a healthy, balanced lifestyle.  Furthermore, good relationships depend on maintaining effective personal boundaries. But, many people don’t know where to start. Based on the bestselling book, Boundaries and drawing on principles from the Bible, this DVD-based study can help make a life-changing difference. As a participant, you’ll learn how to live your life more fully, display truth, and love more freely.


Something Needs to Change -

A Call to Make Your Life Count in a World of Urgent Need

Wednesday evenings (5:15 - 6:45 PM)

Contact:  Doris VanKooten

Room 167


While leading a team on a week-long trek of the Himalayas, bestselling author and pastor David Platt was stunned by the human needs he encountered, an experience so dramatic that it “changed the trajectory of my life.” Meeting a man who'd lost his eye from a simple infection and seeing the faces of girls stolen from their families and trafficked in the cities, along with other unforgettable encounters, opened his eyes to the people behind the statistics and compelled him to wrestle with his assumptions about faith. In this video-based study, Something Needs to Change, Platt invites us to come along on both the adventure of the trek, as well as the adventure of seeking answers to tough questions like, “Where is God in the middle of suffering?” “What makes my religion any better than someone else's religion?” and “What do I believe about eternal suffering?” Platt has crafted an irresistible message about what it means to give your life for the gospel - to finally stop talking about faith and truly start living it.


Hosted by Diners Club Growth Community. Diners Club meets for dinner and a time of fellowship before Bible study/discussion. The group participants represent various ages and backgrounds. Diners Club meets until 6:45 to honor their members who have choir rehearsal.

Small Group Bible Study

​Wednesday evenings (6:00 - 7:30 PM)

Meets year round

Facilitator: Wayne Lazarock

Green Room, just inside Entrance D


If you are looking for a verse by verse by verse study of the Bible this small group is for you!  The group is currently studying Matthew using John MacArthur’s study guide on this gospel. In this study of Matthew, you’ll be digging deep into  God’s Word as you explore Jesus’ miraculous birth, His response to the test of His kingliness, His inauguration, His miracles, His teachings, and His public ministry. The focus of this study and discussion group is not simply on growing in knowledge, but in seeking to live out God’s Word in your daily walk, and sharing what those life experiences look like with others in the group.  This group meets year-round and is continuously open to new people joining in.


MacArthur Bible Studies provide intriguing examinations of the whole of Scripture. Each guide incorporates extensive commentary, detailed observations on overriding themes, and probing questions to help you study the Bible.