Congregation Activities

Reflecting on the Word of God found in Romans 12:5: “So we, be­ing many, are one body in Christ,” we call your attention to the an­niversary of the Cornerstone PRC in Dyer, IN, organized on May 5, 1999, and the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada, orga­nized on May 13, 1987.

The combined Men’s Societies of the Churches in Iowa and Min­nesota met together on April 1 at the Doon, IA PRC. The Bible discussion was taken from II Peter 1. The after-recess program, led by the men of the Edgerton, MN PRC, looked at the “Practical Benefits of the Doctrine of the Resurrection,” based on I Corinthians 15:29-34. Questions addressed included: What are baptisms for the dead? and is Paul condoning the practice? Have Christians historically baptized their dead? Is Paul condon­ing fighting wild beasts? and what works of the Lord does the doctrine of the resurrection encourage you to do?

The Martha’s Ladies Society of the Hull, IA PRC invited all the ladies of the area PRCs to join them for their annual Spring Ladies League meeting on April 4. Rev. James Laning, pastor at Hull, spoke on the theme, “Teaching Love, Honor, and Respect.” A des­sert luncheon followed the speech and a collection was taken toward the purchase of a concert piano for Trinity Christian High School.

Sunday evening, March 24, Rev. David Overway preached his farewell sermon as the pastor of our Doon, IA PRC. Rev. Overway chose to address the congregation from the Word of God found in II Corinthians 13:11 under the theme, “Finally, Brethren, Farewell.” That same evening the congregation was invited to reassemble in the sanctuary shortly after the conclusion of the evening worship service to thank the Overways for their labors the past eight years and to bid them the Lord’s blessings as they take up their place at Hope PRC in Walker, MI. After the program, there was also a time of refreshment and fellowship as the members of Doon said their goodbyes to Rev. Overway, his wife Rebecca, and their children.

The congregation of the Imman­uel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada was invited to remain after their evening worship service Easter Sun­day, March 31. First they enjoyed a light supper together, followed by a singspiration, with special numbers from their choir.

The congregation of Hope PRC in Redlands, CA was invited to an Easter program given by their choir on Sunday evening, March 31. What better opportunity than to end the Lord’s Day in song com­memorating the death and resurrec­tion of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Young Adult Activities

The Young Adults’ Society of the Loveland, CO PRC hosted their annual Spring Young Adults’ Re­treat on March 18-21, at the Glen­wood Canyon Resort in Glenwood Springs, CO. The speakers for this year’s retreat were Rev. Steven Key, pastor of the Loveland, CO PRC, and Rev. Garrett Eriks, pastor of the Hudsonville, MI PRC. The re­treat theme was, “Eyes on the Prize,” based on Philippians 3:13-16.

The members of the First PRC in Edmonton, AB, Canada were invited to show their support for their Young Adults’ Society by at­tending their recent fundraiser on March 23, a Black Tie Dinner and Silent Auction, with proceeds go­ing to fund their upcoming Young Adults’ Retreat this summer. We should also note, in passing, that evidently a large group of members of Immanuel PRC in nearby La­combe made the hour and one half trip to Edmonton to show their support as well. My expert “on all things Canadian” informed me that there was also money raised when someone from Edmonton shaved off his beard in exchange for a sizable donation.

Sister-Church News

A recent bulletin from our sis­ter church in Northern Ireland, the Covenant PRC in Ballymena, included the following, which we include here before it’s no longer ac­curate because of additional transla­tions.

The last two months have seen the addition of 33 translations (wwwcprf.co.uk/languages.htm), 10 Italian, 3 Spanish, 3 Portu­guese, 3 Esperanto, 2 Afrikaans, 2 Hungarian, and 1 each in Russian, Czech, Danish, Norwegian, Finn­ish, Romanian, Greek, Arabic, Twi, and Fante (the last two being languages spoken especially in Ghana). I [Rev. Angus Stewart] was very pleasantly surprised at the number of translations we now have on our website (or links to), the top languages being Ital­ian 482, Portuguese 427, German 154, Afrikaans 92, Spanish 77, Russian 51, Dutch 51, Hungarian 48, Tagalog 33, French 20, Ukrai­nian 19, Chinese 19, Korean 13, and Danish 12. The total number of translations in 116 languages is now 1,761, though there may be the odd counting mistake! It is amazing the progress that can be made over a few years with adding a few translations each week.”

Sunday morning, March 24, the Lord delivered to his eternal home Pastor Lau Chin Kwee of the Cov­enant ERC in Singapore. Funeral services were held Thursday, March 28. Rev. Arie den Hartog, past min­ister-on-loan to Covenant, was sent by our Contact Committee to assist in the funeral, as well as to express the condolences of our churches to our sister church in her loss.

We thank the Lord for Pastor Lau’s faithful ministry and commit his family and all the members of ERCS to God’s all-sufficient grace.

Young People’s Activities

The Young People’s Easter Mass Meeting was held at First PRC in Holland, MI Sunday afternoon, March 24. Rev. Daniel Holstege, pastor at Holland, spoke on Colos­sians 3:1-4, with the theme, “Seek­ing the things which are above.” Rev. Holstege chose this text in connec­tion with Good Friday and Resur­rection Sunday. The text teaches us how Jesus’ death and resurrection have fundamentally changed our identities as Christians. Our old man is dead, the new man is risen within us. Rev. Holstege then ap­plied this truth to the young people. We no longer seek the things of the earth, earthly treasures, pleasures, entertainment, and attitudes. We seek the things that are above where Christ, who is our life, sits at the right hand of God.

Minister Activities

Rev. Clayton Spronk received the call to serve as pastor of our Doon, IA PRC.

Rev. Rodney Kleyn declined the call he received from our Faith PRC in Jenison, MI to serve as their next pastor.