News From Our Churches

School Activities

Friends and supporters of Heritage Christian School in Hudsonville, MI were invited to eat at Heritage’s full service restaurant at the annual Hudsonville Community Fair the week of August 18-23. Volunteers from Heritage cooked and served breakfast, lunch, supper, and desserts and snacks all six days of the fair. Speaking from past experience, I would say that this must have been an enjoyable but extremely busy and intense week for all involved. Countless hours are spent leading up to that week, and then even more during that week, helping this restaurant succeed. But in the end it also proves to be an excellent fundraiser for Heritage and well worth the effort.

When you read this in mid- September, all of our Christian schools should be well into their first month of another school year. We could not help but notice that two of our schools, the Northwest Iowa PR Christian School and Trinity Christian High School, began their school year on August 18, with convocation services led by Rev. John Marcus, pastor of the First PRC in Edmonton, AB, Canada. Rev. Marcus was in Doon, IA filling a classical appointment for two Sundays, was available, and agreed to speak. Rev. Marcus spoke first at 9:00 a.m. at Northwest Iowa on the theme, “A Workman That Needeth Not To Be Ashamed,” based on II Timothy 2:15. Then again at 11:00 a.m., Rev. Marcus spoke at Trinity Christian High School. Although no theme is mentioned for Rev. Marcus at Trinity, we will assume it was the same as at Northwest Iowa.

Even though we may not typically think of our Seminary as a school, it would qualify as one, so we include some Seminary news here. Our Seminary invited those who were interested, and whose schedules allowed it, to attend selected classes for this coming school year. Two classes were open to auditors the first semester: The first locus of Dogmatics, Theology, taught by Prof. Ronald Cammenga, and Medieval Church History taught by Prof. Russell Dykstra.

Congregation Activities

With thankfulness to our heavenly Father, we extend a big thankyou to all the Sunday School teachers in our churches. We extend a big thank-you to all the parents as well, for their support of our Sunday School programs. And we especially extend a big thank-you to all the students of Sunday School for the efforts and enthusiasm they displayed week after week. As we reflect back on a rewarding season of instruction, we are thankful for the active role each of these three groups played, and pray that it will serve in a small way in bringing our children up in the fear of the Lord.

The Activities Committee of the Edgerton, MN PRC invited their congregation to join them for three planned discussion groups this summer. On July 27 their study focused on Abraham. Sarah was added to the discussion on August 24, and a discussion centering on Lot was planned for Sunday, September 21.

The Marriage Mentoring Com mittee of the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI arranged three summer classes on marriage for their congregation. The first class was held on August 6, followed by classes on August 20 and September 3. Topics and speakers were: August 6: “The Foundation of Marriage, God’s Good Creation,” Rev. Van Overloop. August 20: “Keeping Love Alive in Marriage,” Rev. Garrett Eriks. And September 3: “Resolving Conflict: Mirroring Grace to One Another,” Rev. Carl Haak. Group discussion followed each meeting.

Young Adult Activities

Saturday, August 16, the Young Adults Society of the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI joined young singles and married couples from the Cornerstone, Crete, Peace, and Bethel churches for a bike outing along the waterfront bike trail in Chicago, IL.

The Young Adults of the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada planned an outing at Emerald Lake for Saturday, July 19. The day started with an early morning meeting at Immanuel for muffins, coffee, and directions. After arriving at Emerald Lake, they could choose from among various activities. They could enjoy a leisurely walk around the lake, rent a canoe, go fishing, or if they were a bit more adventurous, they could do part or all of a 20 km loop around the Emerald Triangle.

Young People’s Activities

The annual Young People’s Convention was held this summer at the Idyllwild Pines Camp and Conference Center in southern California on August 4-9 and was sponsored by the young people and congregation of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA. From all accounts, a safe, exciting, and spiritually enriching week was enjoyed by all. This year’s theme was “Living in the Last Days,” based on I Thessalonians 5:1-8. Revs. Garrett Eriks, Nathan Decker, and Brian Huizinga were the featured speakers. We are thankful for all the efforts of the Hope congregation, the leaders, chaperones, and speakers. May Jehovah use this convention as an occasion for our young people to strengthen each other’s hand in God (I Sam. 23:16).

Evangelism Activities

The congregation at First PRC in Holland, MI enjoyed an Evangelism Workshop on July 14- 15. This year’s theme, “Clash of Worldviews and Our Witness,” proved to be very beneficial, since postmodernism is becoming a greater and greater threat to the church and her witness. What must be our witness to people who are indifferent to truth and to God? Discussion on this subject was led by our missionary to Pittsburgh, Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma.

On Friday, August 8, the area churches were invited to Calvary PRC in Hull, IA for a lecture by missionary pastor Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma entitled, “Today’s Evangelism.” Rev. Bruinsma also gave a presentation on his work in Pittsburgh at Calvary PRC after the evening worship service on Sunday, August 10.

Minister Activities

Rev. Steven Key, pastor of the Loveland, CO PRC, declined the call extended to him to serve as missionary pastor to the Philippines.