News From Our Churches

Mission Activities

A very special welcome was extended to all visitors Sunday morning, January 31, at the worship service of the Heritage PR Fellowship of Sioux Falls, SD. That Sunday Heritage celebrated their third year of worship services in Sioux Falls. Rev. Allen Brummel, our denomination’s missionary pastor to Sioux Falls, preached from Psalm 29:2 under the theme, “Worshiping in Holiness.” A brief program was held immediately following the worship service that morning. May God bless Heritage’s continued labors for the glory of His name.

Missionary-pastor Rev. Daniel Kleyn, along with his wife, Sharon, worshiped with the congregation of the All of Grace PR Fellowship in Gabaldon on January 31. Rev. Kleyn led the service, which was translated into Tagalog by Elder Rod Bongat. Rev. Kleyn also has plans to provide a Bible story time for the children before the worship service, beginning at 8:30 on the Sundays he is there. The children will be studying Old Testament Bible history. Immediately following the service, Rev. Kleyn hoped to hold an adult instruction class focusing on instruction in the truths of the Bible and the Reformed faith, by leading the adults through the Heidelberg Catechism.

The Consistory of the Berean PRC in Manila also approved the requests of the First Reformed Church in Muzon, Bulacan and the Christian Faith Ministry in Batsan Hills, Quezon City for once per month pulpit supply and lectures. This work will be fulfilled by Rev. Kleyn, who will work out the details and scheduling of this work.

The deacons of the Doon, IA PRC were happy and thankful to report that “On behalf of the Berean PRC in the Philippines and the Council of Doon PRC, we thank you for your donation to the Berean Benevolence Fund. Due to the overwhelming response of the PR denomination, including your donation, the disaster relief needs have been met and all the affected members of the Berean PRC and their contacts have been cared for. We ask for your continued prayers for the BPRCP and our missionaries as they continue in their labors (Col. 1:16-17).”

Evangelism Activities

A public lecture was held on January 25 at the Edgerton, MNPRC. This lecture was sponsored by Edgerton’s subcommittee of the broader Reformed Witness Committee. Edgerton’s pastor, Rev. Dennis Lee, spoke on the topic, “Trusting God in Tough Economic Times.”

Congregation Activities

The Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI showed their appreciation for the six-month internship of Seminarian Martyn McGeown on Sunday, January 24, after their evening worship service. This farewell program was postponed until then since immediately after the first of the year Seminarian McGeown spent two weeks in the Lynden, WA PRC, filling their pulpit. Upon his return from Lynden, Southwest held the program. After the program there was a time of fellowship and lunch in the fellowship hall.

Once again this year the young adults and young people of the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI, hosted a Special Needs Program. This year’s program was held January 29 at Faith. What a blessing to be able to come and witness the special needs members of various West Michigan congregations glorify God with the talents He has given them.

Members of the Reading Club of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA met together on Sunday evening, January 24, after their evening worship service. They continued their study of Calvin’s Calvinism by John Calvin.

Beginning Sunday, January 31, the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada returned to the practice of reading one or two articles of the Confession of Faith (Belgic Confession) after the reading of the Apostles Creed.

The Covenant Ladies Circle of First PRC in Edmonton, AB, Canada met together the evening of January 25 to discuss the Standard Bearer article by Mrs. Jan Miersma, “When Thou Sittest in Thine House: Royal Children—Hiding God’s Word in the Hearts” (vol. 83, p. 492).

Friday evening, January 22, the young people and adults, young and old, of the Immanuel and Edmonton congregations were welcome to come for an evening of volleyball at the Gull Lake Center in Lacombe. Immanuel made available the use of the gym for volleyball, as well as another meeting room for refreshments and visiting. Pizza, pop, and coffee were provided.

On Tuesday evening, January 19, the members of the Lynden, WA PRC took their turn again and sang with and for the elderly saints of the Health Care Center in Lynden. If you have ever had a similar opportunity, then you know how very thankful the residents are when these types of activities are held in their residences.

Sister-Church Activities

The Covenant PRC in Ballymena, NI continues making progress on their church building. In their latest bulletin we read that all the slates have been laid on the roof and porch, the upstairs rooms and much of the downstairs has been plastered, and the building has been hooked up to the electricity grid. New photos are on their website (http://www.cprf.co.uk/articles/building.htm).

Minister Activities

Rev. Steve Key accepted the call from the Loveland, COPRC to serve as their next pastor.

Rev. Ken Koole declined the call he received from First PRC in Holland to serve as their next pastor.

Rev. James Laning declined the call he was considering to serve as pastor of the Cornerstone PRC in Dyer, IN.

The Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI extended a call to Rev. Andrew Lanning to serve as their next pastor.