News From Our Churches

Congregation Activities

With the Word of God found in I John 4:11 in mind, “Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another,” we extend our congratulations to two congrega­tions celebrating anniversaries: the Wingham, Ontario PRC, or­ganized November 25, 1979, and the Lynden, WA PRC, organized in November, 1951, the exact day unknown.

Members of the Hudsonville, MI PRC were invited to ride along on their bikes for their fourth annual Church Bike Ride on Saturday, Oc­tober 12. It proved to be a colorful ride through falling leaves along the shore of Lake Michigan, from Tun­nel Park to Holland State Park and back again. Dinner was provided, and riders were also challenged to climb the stairs over the dunes if they still had some energy left.

The congregation in Spokane, WA, the Covenant of Grace PRC, enjoyed their Fall Family Supper on October 19. Everyone was reminded to bring a pot of either soup or chili and a salad to share. We are certain that a night of good Christian fellowship was also en­joyed that day by all.

Members of the Peace PRC in Lansing, ILwere invited to cel­ebrate together their 25th anniver­sary as an organized congregation on Sunday evening, October 20. Peace planned their evening wor­ship service to be held in the Illiana Christian High School auditorium/chapel. This is the location where Peace gathered for worship for their first seven years. A short program was also planned after the evening service, and a light lunch followed in the school’s cafeteria.

Rev. Martyn McGeown, mis­sionary pastor to the Limerick Reformed Fellowship in Limerick, the Republic of Ireland, made the trip to Michigan and the Heidel­berg Catechism Conference in Hudsonville, held in mid October; and since he was in the area over a Sunday, the Providence PRC in Hudsonville arranged for Rev. Mc­Geown to preach for them Sunday evening, October 20. Shortly after that service, Rev. McGeown gave a PowerPoint presentation concern­ing his work as missionary.

Evangelism Activities

The Evangelism Committee of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA sponsored a lecture on the campus of Westminster Seminary in Es­condido, CA on Friday, October 4.

Professor David Engelsma spoke on the subject, “The Coming of the Kingdom: Christianizing the World?” As a follow-up to that lecture in Escondido, Rev. Brian Huizinga, pastor of Hope, led an evangelistic preaching service at the Best Western in Escondido on Sunday afternoon. Prof. Engelsma was originally scheduled to lead this service, but due to his recent infirmity did not preach. Rev. Hu­izinga brought God’s Word found in II Timothy 4:1-4 under the theme, “Preach the Word”; I—The Command; II—The Urgency of It; and III—Our Obedience to It. We echo Hope’s congregation when we add, may God be pleased to use these two events for the coming of His kingdom through the preserva­tion and increase of His church.

Did you know that the Heidel­berg Catechism was approved for use in the church on January 18, 1563? With that, and other facts concerning the Heidelberg Cat­echism in mind, the Evangelism Committee of the Edgerton, MN PRC sponsored a presentation given by their pastor, Rev. Doug Kuiper, entitled, “Presentation Commemorating the Heidelberg Catechism’s 450th Anniversary,” on October 4 at the Chandler Com­munity Center in Edgerton.

The Evangelism Committee of the Randolph, WI PRC hosted a lecture on October 4 in their church auditorium. Dr. Nathan Lanning, a cancer biologist at the Van Andel Research Institute in Grand Rap­ids, MI, spoke on “Understanding Evolution from the Reformed Per­spective.” Dr. Lanning showed that being a dedicated Christian scientist does not mean caving in to the pres­sures of modern evolutionism, but that one can and must maintain a faithful biblical stand while working in the sciences today.

On Friday, October 11, the Beth­el PRC in Roselle, IL sponsored a special Reformation Day Lecture at their church. This year’s lecture was entitled, “The Comfort of Be­longing,” in commemoration of the 450th anniversary of the Heidelberg Catechism. The speaker was Prof. Barrett Gritters, professor of Prac­tical Theology and New Testament Studies at our Protestant Reformed Seminary.

Mission Activities

On Sunday evening, October 13, Missionary Pastor Wilbur Bruinsma gave a presentation at the Cornerstone PRC in Dyer, IN, on the Pittsburgh, PA PR Fellowship and the work being done there.

School Activities

On Friday evening, October 11, and then again on Saturday evening, October 19, supporters of PR Special Education were invited to a Special Needs Benefit Concert featuring a performance of Han­del’s Messiah. These two concerts featured an orchestra of 19 musi­cians, a chorus of 34 voices, and 15 different soloists, all from our PR churches. The concerts were held at Central Reformed Church and St. Cecilia Music Society, both in Grand Rapids, MI.

Young People’s Activities

All the Young People of the

Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI were invited to play mud foot­ball at a farm belonging to one of Georgetown’s members on Saturday, October 5.

In appreciation to their congre­gation for all of their financial sup­port over the past years, the young people of the Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI offered their help to members of their congregation for free. This was not intended to be a fundraiser, but simply a way to say thanks. Whether it was yard work, house cleaning, babysitting, or whatever, the young people wanted to lend a hand. The only stipula­tion was that the help offered come between the dates of November 4 and 16.

The Young Adult Society of the Lynden, WA PRC hosted a des­sert and service auction on Friday, October 18. Proceeds from the

auction were to be used for the up­coming 2014 Young Adults Retreat to be held at Warm Beach Camp and sponsored by Lynden’s Young Adults Society.

Minister Activities

Rev. Rodney Kleyn, pastor of the Covenant of Grace PRC in Spokane, WA, declined the call to serve as pastor of the Doon, IA PRC.