Monday, Demember 8, 2008
We will celebrate the life and legacy of President Emeritus Dr. William Spoelhof with a 3:30 p.m. memorial service today (Monday) in the Calvin Chapel. The service will include spirited singing, including the Calvin Alumni Choir, meditations by Dale Cooper and John Primus, and remarks by friends George Harper, John Vanden Berg, Larry and Mary Jo Louters and Abram Van Engen. It also will include Dr. Spoelhof's favorite hymn, "Faith Cannot Do Too Much Expecting," and participation from both President Emeritus Dr. Anthony Diekema and current President Dr. Gaylen Byker.
Overflow seating will be available in Gezon Auditorium and the Fine Arts Center. A reception follows the service in the Chapel Undercroft.
Finally the college expects many guests for the memorial service. To accommodate the large number of anticipated guests, we are requesting that if you will be on campus after 3 p.m. you would consider parking in the Prince and DeVos parking lots so that as many as possible parking spaces would be available in the southwest parking lot near Burton Street. Your help with this is greatly appreciated.
—Office of the President
Friday, December 5, 2008
To: Calvin students, faculty and staff
Subject: Parking for Dr. Spoelhof's Memorial Service on Monday 12/8
On Monday, December 8, the college expects many guests for the memorial service for Dr. William Spoelhof, which will to be held in the Calvin Chapel at 3:30 p.m. To accommodate the large number of anticipated guests, we are requesting that if you will be on campus after 3:00 p.m. you would consider parking in the Prince and DeVos parking lots to insure as many as possible parking spaces would be available in the southwest parking lot near Burton Street . Your help with this is greatly appreciated.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
The final service in Calvin's Wednesday "Chapel from the Word" series on the Lord's Prayer was led by Rev. Mary Hulst, professor of preaching at Calvin Theological Seminary. She concluded the series with an Advent message on the last word of the Lord's Prayer, "Amen." Download "Amen" by Rev. Mary Hulst (.mp3, 6.5 Mb)
"...and we are waiting again. We are praying again. We are mourning again.
We are not praying, or waiting, or mourning without hope.
Because we look to Jesus. We look to Jesus.
Not just as the fulfillment of some ancient longings long ago. But as the fulfillment right here, right now of our deepest desires. Right here, right now is the answer to our greatest questions. Right here, right now—on this day of grief—as the source of our only comfort. This little word 'amen' is a statement of faith." (audio excerpt 10:11)
—Rev. Mary Hulst, professor of preaching, Calvin Theological Seminary
Wednesday, December 3, 2009
Dr. William Spoelhof, president of Calvin College from 1951-1976, died peacefully in his sleep at 1:45 a.m. on December 3.
We praise God for his long and fruitful life, his love for his family, and his long and loving service to Calvin College, service which continued well after his official retirement three decades ago. Dr. Spoelhof would have celebrated his 99th birthday on Monday, December 8, but now rests instead in the arms of his Lord and Savior.
We will have a memorial service for Dr. Spoelhof on campus; service details to be announced in the near future.
—Office of the President
Newspapers and other media organizations have begun reporting on Dr. Spoelhof's passing.
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