By Dave Van Noord
Greetings to all members of Sandy Pines. My name is Dave Van Noord and I am the Coordinator of our Chapel. To our Sandy Pines Chapel family regulars, I can’t wait to see you again. To Sandy Piners who have not been part of our ministry, I invite you to join our Chapel family and worship with us at the Chapel on the point. We are a non-denominational Chapel with the Bible as our guide and Jesus as our Lord.
As a resort, Sandy Pines is celebrating 50 amazing years. As a Chapel, we also celebrate 50 years. I personally am so looking forward to this summer. Yes, there are some lingering questions with respect to Covid; however, as I write this note, there is definite optimism about things really opening up. Currently we are planning a full slate of worship services and concerts at our Outdoor Chapel. Please go to www.sandypineschapel.com where you can see who is speaking for each of our morning worship services and who will be performing at our Sunday evening concerts. Check it out and mark your calendars. Vacation Bible School for our children is being planned for the last week of July. Youth group for young people will begin in June.
There remain a few lingering questions that I will inform you on as soon as I have the answers, such as the early May worship services in the Pavilion and the Pancake Breakfasts. I will let you know as soon as concrete plans are made.
One of the real supporters of our Chapel was our former Park President, Gene Van Koevering. As you already know, on February 17, Gene went to his eternal home in glory. As our Park President for seven years, Gene led our park in an amazing way. Gene also loved the Lord and was not afraid to share his faith. Beyond that, he loved the Chapel and supported it in whatever way he could. The family decided that memorial gifts in honor of Gene should be given to our Chapel. As a Chapel committee we have decided that in memory of Gene, we would like to purchase the needed equipment to stream our worship services live on our park TV, as well as on the Internet. Internet capabilities out at the Chapel will be installed and we will purchase the necessary computer and camera. If you would like to be part of this, you can send your memorial contribution to Sandy Pines Chapel, in care of Dave Van Noord, 3794 Rain Tree Hudsonville, MI 49426. Thank you.
Again, I can’t wait to see you soon. Stay tuned for more info as we get closer to our Summer 2021 season.