Trivia question

Who was Grandville PRC’s first pastor? Answer to be found in the church profile. More trivia next time.


Sister-church activities

From the bulletin of Provident PRC in the Philippines (November) we learn the following:

Our church worship services have been canceled today due to the flooding of Provident Village caused by Typhoon Ulysses last week. The Lord’s Supper has been postponed and will be rescheduled when it is feasible to gather again in our sanctuary for worship. Our members are encouraged to remember the Sabbath day by watching the livestream, if they have an Internet connection, of our brethren in the Berean PRC (8:30 and 10:30 a.m.), the PRC in Bulacan (8:00 and 10:00 a.m.), or the Maranatha PRC (9:00 and 11:00 a.m.) on their Facebook pages.

The Essentials class will not meet today since several students do not have an Internet connection. This Saturday, the children’s catechism class will meet, if possible, on Zoom for Lesson 13 on “Jehu, King of Israel” (the same lesson as last week, since catechism was canceled yesterday).

The missionary families experienced lots of rain in their sub-division. The Holstege family lost their electricity for a couple days and their Internet connection for about a week due to downed tree branches.


Minister activities

Cornerstone PRC in Dyer, IN has extended a call to home missionary Rev. A. Spriensma. Hudsonville, MI PRC extended a call to Rev. C. Spronk (Faith PRC, Jenison, MI) who was led to decline it on December 6. Wingham, Ontario PRC called Rev. J. Engelsma (Doon, IA PRC). Kalamazoo, MI PRC formed a trio of Rev. D. Holstege and Rev. D. Kleyn (both foreign missionaries in the Philippines), and Rev. J. Laning (Hull, IA PRC). Rev. Holstege received this call. May God grant these ministers a clear indication of His will.

On November 16 Rev. Bernard Woudenberg, a retired pastor in our churches, passed away. He was preceded in death by his wife Fran 12 days earlier and their bodies were laid to rest together on Wednesday, November 18. Rev. Woudenberg served churches in Grand Rapids, Edgerton, Lynden, and Kalamazoo. He was also instrumental in the formation of the congregation in Edmonton, and loved to travel in his later years for mission work—this included an extended time in Tasmania in 1992. He retired from fulltime ministry in 1996.


Young people’s activities

The Federation Board canceled the Young People Thanksgiving Mass Meeting in W. Michigan due to COVID restrictions.


Evangelism activities

Mexico: In mid-November Rev. R. Kleyn participated, with Prof. Cammenga and Rev. Griess, in giving a virtual family conference for the saints in Mexico. Rev. Kleyn gave two speeches Saturday afternoon on “The Duties of Parents” and “Youth Preparing for Marriage” followed by a Q/A session that lasted about an hour. This was a conference that Doner Bartolon organized and had people tuning in, not only from Mexico, but also Bolivia, Columbia, Peru and other parts of Central and South America. Rev. Griess gave two speeches on Thursday and Prof. Cammenga two on Friday. Doner translated the speeches into Spanish, live, for all who were tuned in, and then took questions in Spanish and put them to us in English. It really is amazing how God gives us opportunities like this, during COVID, to use technology to do something that is otherwise impossible. Pray that God will bless these labors.


School activities

Hope school (Walker, MI) once again sold Moelker Orchard fudge for holiday gift giving. It was said to be a safe and convenient way to remember your teachers, bus drivers, neighbors, and friends and also, a great customer gift for business owners. Sounds delicious! “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:3