Congregation Activities

With the Word of God found in Galatians 6:10 in mind, “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are the household of faith,” we extend our congratulations to our sister church in Singapore, the Cov­enant Evangelical Reformed Church, organized November 9, 1986, and the Peace PRC in Lansing, IL, organized on November 11, 1988.

The bulletin of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA of Sunday, September 29, included a thank you to all in their congregation who were able to spend some time at Hope the day before. That day was a scheduled work-day for the members. Various projects were lined up for completion, including trimming trees and shrubs, checking the sprinkler systems, painting porch poles and trim, and recoating the social-hall roof.

The congregation of the George­town PRC in Hudsonville, MI continues their efforts to place their Pictorial Directory on line. Mem­bers were encouraged to send in any updated pictures to their website. If they were hesitant to do that, they could make arrangements with those in charge of the project to have a new picture taken. So, if curiosity gets the better of you, we encourage you to go to Georgetown’s website and have a look. We did!

Evangelism Activities

The Evangelism Committee of the Loveland, COPRC sponsored a lecture on September 26 at their church. Prof. David Engelsma spoke on, “The Coming of the Kingdom of Christ: Christianizing the World?” This lecture promised to critique the common grace and Christian Reconstruction projects of turning this world into the kingdom of Christ before the second coming, but Prof. Engelsma also promised to emphasize the Reformation’s “office of all believers” in living and advancing the king­dom of Christ in all areas of everyday earthly life.

The Evangelism Committee of First PRC in Edmonton, AB, Canada reminded their congregation to invite family and friends to a lecture held on September 27. This lecture featured guest speaker Rev. Steven Key, pastor of the Loveland, COPRC, speaking on the topic, “The Reformed World View: How shall we live?” In this lecture Pastor Key hoped to address such questions as: How are we to view the world? What is our call­ing in the world? and What is the church’s calling?

Sister-Church Activities

We thank Stephanie Lanning, wife of our denomination’s minister-on-loan to Singapore, Rev. Andrew Lan­ning, for providing the “News” with the following from her blog, “Stories From Singapore.” “On September 21 we had a Mooncake Gospel Meeting at church [the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church]. This is a meeting held around the time of the Moon­cake Festival each year. The meeting is completely in Chinese, so that peo­ple can invite their Chinese-speaking relatives and friends to hear the gos­pel. Elder Lee Kong Wee spoke on John 18:12-30 under the theme, ‘The Light of the World.’ After the speech there was dinner, with mooncakes for dessert. The Mooncake Festival, also called the Mid-Autumn Festival or Lantern Festival, is a Chinese harvest celebration. There are legends linked to the beginning of it, but from what I can gather, what remains today is mainly the lighting of lanterns and the eating of mooncakes. Around the festival time, mooncakes are sold all over Singapore. These are pastries filled with a variety of ingredients, in­cluding red bean pasta and lotus.”

Members of our sister church in Northern Ireland, the Covenant PRC in Ballymena, welcomed Rev. J. Y. Paulraj to their fellowship on Sunday, September 8. Rev. Paulraj, pastor of a Reformed church in Vellore, India, has had contact with our churches, especially the George­town PRC in Hudsonville, MI, and their pastor, Rev. Carl Haak, over the past several years. Rev. Paulraj was in Northern Ireland for a few days in September, so Covenant invited him to give a PowerPoint presentation after their Sunday eve­ning service on September 8. His speech about his work in Vellore proved to be very interesting and should be online soon at youtube.com/cprcni, if you want to take a look.

Denomination Activities

By all accounts, the annual meeting of the Reformed Free Publishing As­sociation, held September 19 at the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, was a wonderful evening. In addition to a large crowd of readers, families, and friends, the night also marked a record high attendance for Asso­ciation members, with 84 present. Also encouraging was the addition of 14, mostly young, new members. Rev. Brian Huizinga, pastor of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA gave an excellent and timely speech entitled, “Encouraging the Next Generation to Read.” The audio recording of the meeting is available for download on SermonAudio.com and the text of the speech will be published in upcoming issues of the Standard Bearer.

Young People’s Activities

The Young People’s Society of the Kalamazoo, MI PRC hosted an evening of volleyball games and bonfire with the young people of the Providence PRC in Hudsonville, MI on Saturday, September 21.

On Sunday, September 29, the Young Calvinists presented a “Con­tate Domino” event at First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI. This singing event was designed for young people and young adults.

The Young People of the Hull, IA PRC were invited to Kooima’s Corn Maze, with a bonfire to follow, the evening of September 19, and then, we assume, in an effort not to be outdone, the Young Adults of Hull followed with a trip to Kooima’s Corn Maze, with bonfire following, on Sep­tember 27.

School Activities

On the evening of October 3, parents and teachers of Hope PR Christian School in Walker, MI were invited to Hope’s fall PTA meeting. Rev. David Overway, pastor of the Hope PRC in Walker, MI, spoke on applying Scripture to our children, teaching our children the meaning of Scripture as it applies to them, and the importance of practical applica­tion of biblical stories and doctrines.