Welcome, Lu Nieuwkoop!

Lu Nieuwkoop Resized We are happy to announce that Lu Nieuwkoop has joined the staff of VIS as our new Administrative Assistant.  She is replacing Julie Van Voorst, and will be working Monday and Wednesday mornings.  Lu had been the Administrative Assistant at First Cutlerville Christian Reformed Church in Cutlerville for the past 14 years, so she brings a wealth of information and experience with her.  

Lu is no stranger to VIS as she has been our official photographer at the annual Leadership Training Event (LTE) the past number of years, and she has helped out with creative and art work for power point and other publications for VIS.

Lu's email address at VIS is:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , and she can be reached via telephone at (616) 459-7500, Ext. 10.

 Welcome, Lu!

The Gift of Presence reflection



“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him.” 1 John 4:9

I love this time of year when we get to celebrate God’s amazing gift!

Out of His deep love for us, God gave His one and only Son and as Christians we know that through this gift we no longer have to fear death! It’s an eternal, life-changing gift and it’s free to all who believe! Hallelujah!

Although I feel excited to celebrate this God-given sacrifice, I also find myself struggling with the outpouring of material giving at this time of year. When I reflect, I wonder if present giving outweighs presence giving. As Christians, if we believe long-term, eternal impact happens through presence, do our behaviors support our beliefs?

After spending time on Thanksgiving with my mother-in-law... Read more

Grand Rapids Housing Commission Appreciation Award

12Volunteers In Service was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation on November 13 by the Grand Rapids Housing Commission for the work VIS does placing volunteers in the many different housing complexes in Grand Rapids.  The complexes include Mt. Mercy, Leonard Terrace, Hope Community, Ransom Towers, and Adams Park.  VIS is honored to work with the Grand Rapids Housing Commission, and we are thankful for all the many volunteers who give of their time to serve in these complexes.  

Pictured above is Bernita Tuingenga (second from left) and Debbie Jones (end on the right) accepting the award for VIS with some of the GR Housing Commission social workers with whom we work.

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