News From Our Churches

Evangelism Activities

The Evangelism Committee of the Peace PRC in Lansing, IL sponsored a Spring Lecture the evening of March 21 at their church. Rev. Nathan Langerak, pastor of the Crete, IL PRC, was the featured speaker. Rev. Langerak addressed the important subject of the truth of God’s providence and the power God has over all the events that occur in this life. Sadly, the prevailing view of salvation today centers on man’s power, and, consequently, the truth of God’s providential power is not widely understood. A new website was created to discuss this topic for the March 21 lecture (www.providenceconference.org). When we looked in early April, that website was still up and running, so you might find it yet in early May, if you are interested.

In other evangelism news from Peace, we read recently that you can now listen to their worship services on line. Simply go to their website, wwwpeaceprc.org, click “sermonaudio. com,” and after the Sermon Audio page appears, click the on air icon.

Congregation Activities

The members of the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI enjoyed their annual Winter Family Conference on March 7. This year’s guest speaker was Tim Challies, associate pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Toronto, Canada and author of the blog “Informing the Reforming” www.challies.com. Pastor Challies spoke on the important topic of technology and social media, under the theme, “Friends, Facebook, and the Family of God,” and how we, as Christians, should responsibly use these things. Pastor Challies pointed out that technology always brings opportunities and risk, and while the opportunities may be immediately apparent, the risks may only become apparent over time.

Technology took another step forward in our denomination on Sunday evening, March 30. The Cornerstone PRC in Dyer, IN, unable to find pulpit supply for their evening service, asked the Hudsonville, MI PRC if they could join them for their evening service. Now, before you imagine the entire Cornerstone congregation driving up to west Michigan on Sunday afternoon, let me add that that did not happen. Instead, Cornerstone connected to Hudsonville’s live streaming video of their service through the Internet. But instead of watching the service on a computer, it was transferred to a large screen in the front of the auditorium where everyone could see it. So I guess you could say that Rev. Eriks, Hudsonville’s pastor, may be the first in our denomination to preach live to two separate congregations at the same time.

In the latest information from the Covenant of Grace PRC in Spokane, WA regarding the recent purchase of a new church property, we read in their March 30 bulletin that closing on their new property was held up a little, but it should have been finalized within the next few days. Cleaning and moving was scheduled for the first week in April and, the Lord willing, Covenant of Grace held their first services in their new church building on Sunday, April 6.

The Council of the Grace PRC in Standale, MI called the men of their congregation to a special congregational meeting on March 27. At that meeting the Council presented a proposal to extend their parking lot to the west of their property for an additional 88 parking spaces. Grace currently has space for 95 vehicles, so this addition would double the size of their parking lot. That proposal passed.

In addition to voting to call a pastor, the men of the Doon, IA PRC recently met to consider a couple of proposals from their Council. One proposal was to remodel the men’s rest room and the other was to cement much of their church parking lot. These two proposals also passed.

All the members of the Grandville, MI PRC were invited to a speech on March 18 by Prof. David Engelsma on “Covenant Theology on Rapture and Antichrist: Reformed Truth about the Last Days.”

The Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI invited all area PR congregations to join them Sunday night, March 23, for a program on the January 2014 trip to the Reformed Christian Church of Vellore, India, made by Prof. Barry and Lori Gritters and Deane and Donna Wassink.

The Men’s Society of the Hull, IA PRC hosted the Combined Men’s Society Meeting on March 24. The discussion centered around the Word of God found in Ephesians 5. After the Bible study, the men looked at Article 12 of the Belgic Confession, dealing with creation.

The Choir of the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI presented their annual spring concert on March 30. Everyone was encouraged and invited to attend as the choir sang praise to God.

School Activities

An evening of sacred music commemorating the passion, death, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, entitled “What Wondrous Love” was held Saturday evening, March 29, at First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI. The program for the financial support of Eastside Christian School featured Eric and Crista Phelps on the cello and piano, Jared Langerak on the organ, with Michelle Pipe (voice) and Gabrielle Phelps (violin).

The students and faculty of Heritage Christian High School in Dyer, IN hosted the choirs of Covenant Christian from Michigan and Trinity Christian from Iowa, for a combined choir concert at the Crete, IL PRC, the evening of March 28. Supporters of Heritage were encouraged to come and enjoy an evening with these three choirs. The choirs each performed some numbers, and then the combined choir of some 219 strong sang a few numbers.

The student body of Covenant Christian School in Lynden, WA presented their annual All School Program on March 28, under the theme, “The Christian Soldier.”

The PTA of Genesis Christian School in Lacombe, AB, Canada invited friends and supporters to join them for their annual Spud Supper on March 21. Following the meal of baked potatoes, ham, salads, and dessert, the students of Genesis presented a program, including recitations, singing, instrumental numbers, and a variety of other entertaining selections. Student projects and artwork were also on display.

Minister Activities

The Doon, IA PRC extended a call to Rev. Brian Huizinga to serve as their next pastor.

The congregation of the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI extended a call to Rev. Rodney Kleyn to become their next pastor.