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The following was supplied by Mr. Ben Wigger. We thank him for the interesting information! The Hudsonville, MI PRC was organized on July 26, 1926 at a meeting in Cornelius Spoelman’s barn. A classical committee consisting of Revs. H. Danhof, H. Hoeksema and G. Ophoff led the organizational meeting. At that meeting a group of 22 families and several individuals presented their membership papers and were organized into one of the first PR congregations besides the three already in existence through the deposition of their pastors in 1924. Hull, Iowa had been first to organize; Hudsonville followed about a year...

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School Activities Friends and supporters of Heritage Christian School in Hudsonville, MI were invited to eat at Heritage’s full service restaurant at the annual Hudsonville Community Fair the week of August 18-23. Volunteers from Heritage cooked and served breakfast, lunch, supper, and desserts and snacks all six days of the fair. Speaking from past experience, I would say that this must have been an enjoyable but extremely busy and intense week for all involved. Countless hours are spent leading up to that week, and then even more during that week, helping this restaurant succeed. But in the end it also...

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Young Adult Activities Once again this summer the Young Adult Society of the Lynden, WA PRC, with the help of their congregation, hosted their annual Young Adults Retreat on June 30 through July 3 at the Warm Beach Camp, about an hour’s drive from Lynden in Stanwood, WA. The theme of this year’s retreat was, “Wisdom: A Gift from God.” Rev. Ron Hanko, pastor in Lynden, spoke on Monday evening from God’s Word found in James 1:5, 6 on “Asking for Wisdom,” and Rev. Allen Brummel, pastor at Heritage PRC in Sioux Falls, SD, spoke Tuesday evening from Ephesians 5:15...

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Congregation Activities With apologies to our Wingham, Ontario PRC, we include this bit of information taken from their church bulletin of April 27. Even though it’s about three months old, the news is still interesting enough to include here. Members of Wingham were invited to a COAH (Come Over and Help is an organization of Reformed men and women committed to spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union) meeting. Cees Brouwer, project director of COAH, and Istvan Visky, pastor of the Hungarian Reformed Church in Romania, shared their experiences regarding the work COAH...

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Minister Activities Rev. Rodney Kleyn, pastor of the Covenant of Grace PRC in Spokane, WA, declined the call extended to him from the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI to serve as their next pastor. On Sunday morning, May 18, Rev. Clayton Spronk, pastor of the Peace PRC in Lansing, IL, announced that he was led by the Lord to decline the call extended to him from the Doon, IA PRC. On May 25, Rev. Garrett Eriks, pastor of the Hudsonville, MI PRC, declined the call from the First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI to serve as their next pastor. School...

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School Activities A recent bulletin from the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA included a note that we thought would be good to pass along to our readers. “From Hope Christian School Board: The School Board has completed preliminary work on planning for a high school in Redlands and is ready to present a proposal to the school society. The written proposal will be handed out to all society members or interested persons this morning after church (April 27). The board has scheduled a society meeting for the evening of May 8 to present the board’s work and to request society...

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Young Adult Activities The Young Adult Society of the Loveland, CO PRC hosted their annual Young Adults’ Retreat on April 7-10 at Bear Trap Ranch, near Colorado Springs. This was the first retreat held at Bear Trap Ranch in the mountains west of Colorado Springs, where the elevation was just over 9,100 feet. There was fresh mountain snow when the young adults arrived, but the weather during the rest of the retreat was spectacular. The theme of this year’s retreat was, “God’s Sovereignty in the Life of Job.” Two of our pastors spoke on that subject. Rev. Steve Key spoke...

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Evangelism Activities The Evangelism Committee of the Peace PRC in Lansing, IL sponsored a Spring Lecture the evening of March 21 at their church. Rev. Nathan Langerak, pastor of the Crete, IL PRC, was the featured speaker. Rev. Langerak addressed the important subject of the truth of God’s providence and the power God has over all the events that occur in this life. Sadly, the prevailing view of salvation today centers on man’s power, and, consequently, the truth of God’s providential power is not widely understood. A new website was created to discuss this topic for the March 21 lecture...

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Congregation Activities We here at the “News” have often felt that as congregations we do not express enough thanks to those who lead us in congregational singing each Lord’s Day. Some of these individuals have been playing church organs or pianos for many years. Do we ever take a moment to thank them for that? Well, one congregation did just that on Sunday morning, February 23, when the Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI held a surprise celebration for Mrs. Mary Velthouse after their service. After the Council and Pastor shook hands, the congregation remained standing in their spots instead...

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