News From Our Churches

Congregation Activities

The Activities Committee of the Providence PRC in Hudsonville, MI had a fun night planned for their congregation on Saturday, November 23. Plans called for Providence to meet that night at the gym of Hope PR Christian School for a pizza dinner, followed with the playing of a fun game called 9 square in the air. Volleyball was also available to play. Members of Providence were also encouraged to bring board games as well, for those desiring a somewhat less active eve­ning, following dinner.

Members of the PR churches around the Chicago, IL area who were of retirement age or older were invited to a night of fellowship and Christian sing-a-long on Sunday evening, December 13, at the Crete, IL PRC. In addition to the singing and fellowship, a light dinner was also served.

The month of December sees many of our congregations hold­ing their annual Congregational Meetings for the important work of electing men to the office of elder and deacon, and for approving an­nual operating budgets. In addition, some congregations may also face important proposals regarding ma­jor expenditures and improvements. Such was the case for the First PRC of Holland, MI, who approved a proposal to allow their Council to spend a certain amount to investi­gate possible plan alternatives to ex­panding their church building. The Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI passed a proposal at their annual Congregational Meeting to replace a large air conditioning and heating unit. The congregation of the Trin­ity PRC in Hudsonville, MI did not approve a proposal from their Council that would have started the process of a future addition to their sanctuary.

This Christmas season the dea­cons of the Byron Center, MI PRC encouraged their congregation to take part in their annual food drive. The deacons planned to col­lect food and gift cards during the month of December for distribu­tion to the needy in January.

Since our last News, several of our churches have had oppor­tunity to enjoy Christmas con­certs given by their choirs. The choir of the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI presented their annual Christmas concert on Sunday evening, December 8. In addition to the choir, special num­bers, including an accordion solo by Gerry Dykstra, a violin solo by Abigail Miedema, and a duet by Matt and Brianna Fisher, were given. The audience also had the opportunity to join the choir in some numbers. Members of area PR churches in west Michigan were also invited to join the choir of the Hudsonville, MI PRC on Sunday evening, December 8, as they sang praise to our great God. On Sunday evening, December 15, the choir of the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI presented their an­nual Christmas program. Friends of Faith were extended an invita­tion to join them in singing joyful praise to our heavenly Father. And the choir of the Loveland, CO PRC presented their Christ­mas program on Sunday evening, December 15. Certainly an enjoy­able way to bring the Lord’s Day to a fitting close.

Sister-Church Activities

Each December, when the schools in Singapore have a break from regular classes, the members of the Covenant Evangelical Re­formed Church host their annual Vacation Bible School. This year’s Vacation Bible School was held from December 3-6 at the Fairy Point Chalet in eastern Singapore. VBS consists mainly of four Bible lessons, some craft time one after­noon, games, and an outing the last day. One item that especially caught our eye was the video pro­vided on the “Stories from Singa­pore” blog, of the children reciting I Corinthians 13 together in Eng­lish and then in Chinese. On the last day, the group took a chartered bus to the sea aquarium on Sentosa Island. In the evening they had a dessert party, including roasting marshmallows.

Rev. M. McGeown, missionary pastor to the Limerick Reformed Fellowship, Limerick, Republic of Ireland, a mission field of the Covenant PRC in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, gave a lecture in South Wales on December 12 at the Round Chapel in Port Talbot. Pastor McGeown spoke on “Eternal Life in Heaven.”

Young People’s Activities

If you were a supporter of the Young People of the Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI, then you had to make plans to eat at least one of your meals on November 20 at the Rainbow Grill restaurant in Hudsonville, MI. That day, from 6:30 a.m. until 10 p.m., the Rain­bow Grill donated 10 percent of the day’s proceeds to the young people of Southeast to defray the costs of this year’s convention.

Along those same lines, the Young People of First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI invited all their supporters to a nearby Culver’s restaurant on December 11. Ten percent of all sales from 5-8 p.m. went toward First’s Young People’s Convention Fund.

The Young People of the Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI organized a fund-raiser for December 4. Fam­ily and friends of the young people were encouraged to order Jet’s Pizza any time that day. When an order was called in, and a mention was made that one was a supporter of Trinity’s young people, fifteen percent of the sale amount went to them for this year’s convention expense.

School Activities

The Student Council of Cov­enant Christian High School this Christmas season again sponsored their Gift Certificate Drive (Nov. 25-Dec. 19) to help those who have need in our area PR churches. To participate, one could simply send money or gift certificates/cards to area gas stations, grocery stores, etc. to Covenant in care of the Student Council.

The Foundation of Heritage Christian School in Hudson­ville, MI sponsored an “Evening of Praise” at Grandville High School on Saturday, November 30. Cer­tainly God was praised through the gift of music with instruments and voice, including a new Children’s String Group.