News From our Churches

School Activities

The Hope Protestant Reformed Christian School Foundation planned to host their third annual Sporting Clay fund-raiser at the Kent County Conservation League in Ada, MI on Saturday, May 9. More than 20 five-person teams were entered and competed in shooting sporting clays and trap targets. Prizes were to be awarded and lunch provided. We imagine the scatter guns were oiled and blazing and a good time was had by all. Those of us who lived too far away to compete felt a bit jealous, especially a couple left-handed shooters we know.

Thursday evening, April 16, the bands of Trinity Christian High School of Hull, IA and Covenant Christian High School of Grand Rapids, MI met together in Trinity’s gym for a combined program. Each band performed separately, and then joined together for some numbers to conclude the program. The next night both bands joined with six other bands from Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan at the biennial Dordt College high school band festival, held in Sioux Center, IA. The Dordt College campus-community band and concert band also took part in this event. The mass band numbers at the end are always amazing to behold and to hear, as nearly 400 musicians play together to conclude the evening. This year some of the selections were British Eighth March, If Thou Be Near, Lead On, O King Eternal, and Lone Star Celebration.

Mission Activities

The former Smit residence, house number twelve on 7th Avenue in the Beverly Hills Subdivision of Antipolo/Taytay, Rizal, Republic of the Philippines is certainly quieter with the Smit family gone. But it is not desolate. In addition to the occasional house lizard, there are human occupants there! And that is good. The Doon Council and the FMC agreed early on to continue the rental agreement for that property. We hope that in the near future another PRC missionary family will move in. In the meantime, the young lady that helped the Smits as a groundskeeper, Liza, and her husband Lino have taken up residence there. Until another missionary occupies the home, it is anticipated that future delegations and visiting ministers will use the house for a temporary lodging. This is ideal, as the property is only about a ten-minute walk from the Kleyn residence at 34 Sunrise Drive in the same subdivision.

Missionary-pastor Martyn McGeown of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship in Northern Ireland gave a lecture entitled “Christian Comfort” at the round chapel in Port Talbot on Thursday, April 23.

Minister Activities

On April 26, Rev. Nathan Decker, pastor of the Trinity PRC of Hudsonville, MI, after considering the call extended to him to be the denomination’s next missionary to the land of the Philippines, declined that call.

Peace PRC located in Lansing, IL announced a new trio consisting of Rev. Nathan Decker (Trinity PRC, Hudsonville, MI), Rev. Garry Eriks (Hudsonville, MI PRC), and Rev. Steven Key (Loveland, CO PRC). On April 26, Peace extended the call to Rev. Nathan Decker.

Rev. Richard Smit was installed as the pastor of First PRC, Grand Rapids, MI on April 19, with Prof. Herman Hanko leading the service. Rev. Smit preached his inaugural sermon that evening from II Kings 2:9-15 on the theme “Taking up the Mantle.” May God bless the congregation of First PRC and the Smit family as Rev. Smit takes up his labors there.

Congregation Activities

The congregation of First PRC, Grand Rapids, MI held a welcome program for their new pastor, Rev. Richard Smit, and his family after their evening service on April 19. A light lunch was served, followed by the program. An enjoyable time of fellowship was experienced, and the members gave thanks to God for His gracious provision of a minister.

Various musical groups of Calvary PRC in Hull, IA presented their spring program after the evening service on April 19, inviting area congregations to join the listeners. Numbers were presented by the church choir, band, men’s chorus, women’s chorus, woodwind ensemble, and brass ensemble with a theme centered on Christ’s work for His people. The program was enjoyed by a large audience, and sentiments were voiced that this become an annual event.

Young People’s Activities

The Young People’s Society of Crete, IL PRC held a fundraiser entitled “Night of Song” on April 17. The Young People’s Society along with the Heritage Christian High School alumni choir, the current Heritage choir, the junior high choir of the Protestant Reformed Christian School, and a mass choir comprised of members of the choirs from Peace PRC, Crete PRC, and Cornerstone PRC all gave special numbers. The kindergarteners and first graders presented special numbers too. An offering was taken to defray expenses involved with sending the Crete young people to the upcoming convention, and refreshments were enjoyed after the program. No doubt an enjoyable evening for those in attendance!

“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:3