News From Our Churches

School Activities

A recent bulletin from the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA included a note that we thought would be good to pass along to our readers. “From Hope Christian School Board: The School Board has completed preliminary work on planning for a high school in Redlands and is ready to present a proposal to the school society. The written proposal will be handed out to all society members or interested persons this morning after church (April 27). The board has scheduled a society meeting for the evening of May 8 to present the board’s work and to request society permission to proceed toward formally beginning plans and preparation to open the high school in the 2017-2018 school year.”

Friends and supporters of Hull PR Christian School were invited to the 5th and 6th grade chapel held on Monday morning, May 5 at the Hull, IA PRC. The theme was, “Fruitful Branches in God’s Kingdom.” Rev. Steve Key, of the Loveland, CO PRC, was the featured speaker. All were invited to school for refreshments after chapel. NexGen, the fund-raising arm of Genesis Christian School in Lacombe, AB, Canada, took part in a highway clean-up on Saturday, May 3.

NexGen invited all interested persons aged 9 and up to help with the event. The proceeds for the event were directed to Genesis. Plans called for the volunteers to meet together around 9a.m., carpool to their section of the highway, complete the cleanup, and return for some food and fellowship around a fire.

The supporters of Hope PR Christian School in Walker, MI sponsored a Spring Flea Market at Hope School on Saturday, May 3. Supporters were invited to come and shop for vintage finds, antiques, re-purposed and up-cycled goods, home decor, furniture, hanging baskets, handmade items, rummage sale, and baked goods. Lunch was also available, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. As the saying goes, this sale had “something for everyone.”

Congregation Activities

The ladies of the First PRC in Edmonton, AB, Canada, along with the ladies of the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada, were invited to their annual Spring Ladies Lecture, held this year at Immanuel on May 6. The morning began with a cup of coffee around 10:30, followed by Rev. John Marcus, pastor at First, speaking on “God’s Word Our Guide,” based on Psalm 119:105. After the speech the ladies could collect their infants or toddlers and they enjoyed lunch and fellowship together.

The members of the Hope PRC in Walker, MI were welcomed to join their church’s Men’s and Ladies Societies April 29 to hear a speech by Seminarian Josh Engelsma entitled, “Simon Van Velzen: Watchman on the Walls of Zion.”

The combined meeting of the Junior Bible Studies of the churches in the Chicago, IL area met on April 22 at the Crete, IL PRC. Rev. Nathan Langerak, pastor at the Crete PRC, led the Bible study based on Ephesians 6:10-18, in connection with the theme, “Putting on the Armor of God.”

The spring season always seems to be the time of year many of our church choirs present their annual Spring Concerts. This year was no exception.

On Good Friday the Trinity Men Singers, a men’s group from the Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI, presented a concert commemorating our Lord and Savior’s crucifixion and death.

Sunday, April 20, the choir of Hope PRC in Redlands, CA gave their Easter choir concert following their evening worship service.

On Sunday evening, April 20, the congregation of the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada enjoyed a light supper, followed by an Easter song service, lifting up their voices in praise to our risen Savior. There were also several special numbers by their choir as well.

Friends of Grace PRC in Standale, MI were invited to join them on Sunday evening, April 27, for their choir’s annual Spring Choir Concert.

The choir of the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI presented their Spring Program on May 4. In addition to selections by the choir, there was also audience singing, special numbers that included a vocal duet by Arial Bosman and Hailey Overbeek, a young ladies’ quintet, a violin solo by Julie Groenhof, and Matt Fisher on the piano.

April 27 the choir of the Loveland, CO PRC presented their spring concert of praise to our heavenly Father after their evening worship service.

On May 4 the members of our churches Psalm Choir presented a concert at the Grandville, MI PRC.

The mothers and daughters of the churches in Iowa enjoyed a Mother-Daughter Banquet on April 23 at the Calvary PRC in Hull, IA. This year’s theme was, “Precious Memories,” and in order to capture the precious memories of the evening, there were photo booths set up for those attending to take pictures. One booth was set up for a formal shot, one had fun props to dress up with (mustaches, glasses, masks…), and one had dress-up clothes from days gone by.

Evangelism Activities

On Friday, April 25, the Randolph, WI PRC sponsored their annual Spring Lecture. Prof. Barry Gritters spoke on “Post-Modernism and the Church—Today’s Christians are ‘Rethinking’ Church.”

Young Adult/ Young People’s Activities

The young people and young adults in west Michigan were invited to attend a Young Calvinists Talking Points at the Kalamazoo, MI PRC on May 3. Dinner was provided by Kalamazoo’s YP/YA between 5:30 and 6:15, followed by singing around 6:30 p.m. The speech/discussion, “A Challenge to the Youth: Be Committed to Serve in the Church,” led by Rev. Mike DeVries, followed around 7:00 p.m.

The Young People of First PRC in Holland, MI invited their congregation to a “Chinese Night” on May 3. This fundraiser included dinner and a silent auction, as well as games and crafts for children.

Minister Activities

Rev. Garrett Eriks received the call from the First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI to serve as their next pastor.