In January, newly elected officebearers were installed in many Protestant Reformed Churches. This quote from the adopted Form was included on one of our church bulletins and serves as good counsel for officebearers and congregations alike:
Therefore, ye elders, be diligent in the government of the church which is committed to you and the ministers of the Word. Be also, as watchmen over the house and city of God, faithful to admonish and to caution every one against his ruin. Take heed that purity of doctrine and godliness of life be maintained in the church of God…. On the other hand, beloved Christians, receive these men as the servants of God; count the elders that rule well worthy of double honor; give yourselves willingly to their inspection and government… (“Form of Ordination of Elders and Deacons”).
At a special congregational meeting held January 19 the members of the Loveland, CO PRC voted to replace the pews and carpeting in the sanctuary with the work to be completed in the coming months.
Taken from the bulletin in our Edgerton, MN PRC and applicable to all of us:
“distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality” (). Some of our members are elderly, while others experience various infirmities of the flesh. Pray for them, that God give them patience. Some of our members are young and impressionable. Pray for them, that God give them discernment and wisdom, and they might grow in grace. Some of our members are parents and adults. Pray for them, that they glorify God in all their decisions and actions. Some of our members are single. Pray for them that they might glorify God in singlehood. Some of our members are absent for a time. Pray that they might return in safety, in God’s time. One of our members is in the nursing home, unable to worship with us. Pray for her, and visit her to show the communion of saints. One of our members bears a young unborn child. Pray for her and the child. Perhaps as you read through the church directory you will think of particular needs of other members. Do we bear up each other in prayer every day?
The Council of the First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI announced a new trio consisting of Rev. Nathan Decker (Trinity PRC, Hudsonville, MI), Rev. Carl Haak (Georgetown PRC, Hudsonville, MI), and Rev. Richard Smit (missionary to the Philippines). From this trio a call was extended to Rev. Smit on January 18. May God show His way clearly to Rev. Smit and bless First PRC with her own pastor in His perfect counsel.
The Council of Peace PRC in Lansing, IL, announced a trio including Rev. Cory Griess (Calvary PRC, Hull, IA), Rev. Rodney Kleyn (Covenant of Grace PRC, Spokane, WA), and Rev. William Langerak (Southeast PRC, Grand Rapids, MI). On January 22, the congregation called Rev. R. Kleyn.
As of the printing of this issue, Rev. William Langerak was still considering the call to be the next missionary to the Philippines. May God bless these men as they consider the calls set before them.
We rejoice with Rev. Erik Guichelaar (Randolph, WI PRC) and his wife Cherith in God’s gift of a son, Jayden Gerry, born January 8. And also congratulations to Rev. Brian Huizinga (Redlands, CA PRC) and wife Michelle in the birth of a son, Benjamin Asher, born January 14! Wonderfully made, covenant children are a great blessing, and the joy of their parents. And with the news of the baby in Redlands, assurances also that there have been no earthquakes felt there lately!
Sister Church Activities
The Contact Committee of the PRCA reports that a delegation traveled to Northern Ireland from January 9-19. Prof. Barrett Gritters along with Dave Kregel (from Grandville, MI PRC), members of the Contact Committee, (and their wives) made the trip. Prof. Gritters preached twice in the Covenant Protestant Reformed Church located in Ballymena on January 11 and twice in the Limerick Reformed Fellowship on January 18. Church visitation was conducted in the CPRC and the lecture entitled “The Prince of Darkness Grim—the Reformed Teaching on Satan” was given by Prof. Gitters in Ballymena. In Limerick Prof. Gritters’ lecture topic was “The Meaning of Reformed.”
Classis East met at First PRC of Holland, MI on January 14. In addition to adopting a pulpit supply schedule for First PRC of Grand Rapids, MI, Synodical delegates and other committee members were elected. Classis did not sustain a protest that contended that to change the date for Prayer Day requires an overture. We are thankful for the faithful labors of our classical delegates. Classis East plans to meet next on May 13 in Hudsonville, MI PRC.
Classis West will meet March 4 in Doon, IA, D.V.
The Classis of the Protestant Reformed Churches in the Philippines plans to meet February 25.
Young People’s Activities
The Young People’s Society of the First PRC of Holland, MI hosted a Saturday morning fresh, made-to-order breakfast with many delicious options to choose from.
“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1.