Sister Church Activities
Rev. Angus Stewart, pastor of the Covenant Protestant Reformed Church in Northern Ireland, and his wife Mary spent nearly a month in the USA from early July through early August. Rev. Stewart preached in five PR churches while in the States and also gave presentations about the work in Northern Ireland. During this time Rev. Carl Haak, pastor of Georgetown PRC, Hudsonville, MI, and his wife traveled to Ballymena, Northern Ireland from July 18-August 4 to provide pulpit supply in Rev. Stewart’s absence.
Classis East plans to meet in regular session September 9, 2015 at the Byron Center, MI PRC. Classis West plans to meet September 30, 2015 in the Edgerton, MN PRC.
Rev. Allen Brummel, pastor in Heritage PRC of Sioux Falls, SD, had been considering the call extended to him by the calling church in Doon, IA to be the second missionary to the Philippines. In his letter of decline read Sunday morning, July 26, Rev. Brummel expressed heartache for Rev. Daniel Kleyn and his wife Sharon in hearing another decline. He also expressed thanksgiving to God who gave peace with the decision to remain at Heritage. May God continue to bless Rev. Brummel’s labors in Sioux Falls and bring the man of His choosing to our mission field in the metro Manila area, using the labors of the calling church in Doon, IA to this end.
Peace PRC, Lansing, IL announced a new trio on July 19. Their trio consisted of Rev. Daniel Holstege (First PRC, Holland, MI), Rev. Steven Key (Loveland, CO PRC), and Candidate Ryan Barnhill, who recently graduated from our Seminary. On July 27 the congregation at Peace voted to extend their call to Candidate Barnhill. On August 9 Candidate Barnhill announced that he had accepted the call to Peace PRC. We thank our God for this confirmation of the internal call Candidate Barnhill felt long ago, and pray for him going forward as God continues to prepare him for the gospel ministry. We rejoice also with Peace PRC that God is caring for them in this way. Candidate Barnhill will be examined when Classis West meets next in Edgerton, MN on September 30, D.V.
Many of our congregations recently approved improvements to their properties. In Lynden, WA new carpeting and lighting in the church were items of change. In Loveland, CO it was decided to carpet the basement of the church, and in Grandville, MI PRC approval was given to replace windows in the parsonage as well as two heating and cooling units at the church. In Edgerton, MN the congregation approved the replacement of some basement windows and window wells, rocks, and shrubbery. In Doon, IA the remainder of the church parking lot has been paved, and at Peace PRC, Lansing, IL landscaping was approved.
A summer singspiration, “God is King Forever,” was held at First PRC of Grand Rapids, MI on July 26. Selections that night reminded those who attended that the Lord reigns and is in control of all things. The Majestic Brass accompanied the singing and there were instrumental and vocal special numbers. In a time of natural catastrophes, rapidly changing cultural standards, and changing attitudes toward Christianity this was certainly a timely theme, and an encouragement to those who joined in praising God there that night.
Young People’s Activities
The annual Young People’s Convention, sponsored by Southeast PRC, Grand Rapids, was scheduled from August 10-14, with the pre-convention singspiration slated for the evening of August 9 at Fairhaven Ministries in Jenison, MI. A gym night was arranged for August 8 at Covenant Christian High School. We are thankful for this opportunity given to the youth of our denomination to make new friends and rekindle acquaintances past.
Many small Midwestern rural towns hold annual celebrations. Doon, Iowa is no exception, with two plus days of festivities attended by many from the surrounding area. And when Doon Days takes place every fourth weekend in July, the Ladies’ Circle of the Northwest Iowa PR School springs into action. Their pizza stand in the Doon city park is well known and welcomed by a large crowd. Serving pizza by the slice along with soda, the group does a fine business. Annually, in just over two hours’ time, over 100 large Pizza Ranch pizzas are sold and devoured. The pizza stand—a fine place to head when the grand parade is finished!
Summertime and fishing certainly go together. School groups combined the interest in fishing with the opportunity for good fellowship in at least two cases. On August 8 the Annual Hope Foundation Bass Fishing Tournament was conducted, while the 5th Annual Adams Foundation Charter Fishing Tournament was scheduled to take place on August 22. Possibly by the time this issue hits the press you will have heard fish stories of immense proportions. We hope the anglers had a good time, and that they left a few fish in the lake for next year’s competition.
The Grandville, MI PRC Evangelism Committee planned a timely speech with Rev. Ronald Van Overloop speaking on the topic “Teaching Our Children and Grandchildren to Witness.” This speech took place in Grandville PRC on August 4 and was directed to all ages.
A one-day conference was planned on August 21 in Provident Village in Marikina. August 21 was a Philippine public holiday and Prof. R. Cammenga from the PRC Seminary was on hand to give a conference on the topic of “The Theology of John Calvin.” August 31 was another public holiday. Members of the Berean PRC, PRC in Bulacan, Maranatha PRC, and Provident Christian Church gathered under the covered basketball court in Muzon (PRCB) to engage in sporting competitions including basketball, volleyball, badminton, table tennis, chess, and darts. Great to hear that the churches in metro Manila can get together for fellowship in ways like this. Sounds like a very enjoyable time.
Oh, the mangos have stopped falling in Beverly Hills subdivision! The Kleyns seem to be glad.
“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:3