On December 27, 2015 the calling church for the mission field to the Republic of the Philippines published their latest trio consisting of Rev. Cory Griess (Calvary PRC, Hull, IA), along with Rev. Brian Huizinga (Hope PRC, Redlands, CA), and Rev. Jonathan Mahtani, pastor in Cornerstone PRC, Dyer, IN. The congregation in the PRC of Doon, Iowa extended a call to Rev. Mahtani on January 3. We pray that God may clearly reveal His will to Rev. Mahtani regarding this call as He says to one “Come” and he comes, and to another “Go” and he goes. May the saints in the Philippines, the Kleyns, the congregation at Doon, and our entire denomination be content with the direction of the King of the Church “for of him, and through him, and to him are all things: to whom be glory forever. Amen” ().
The congregation at First PRC, Edmonton, AB, Canada shared coffee and oliebollen after their New Year’s Day service.
The congregation at Loveland, CO is planning a camp-out at Carter Lake in June of this year. Members at Kalamazoo, MI PRC have the opportunity to camp at Markin Glen County Park in late July.
The Council of First PRC, Holland, MI approved the purchase of an Automated External Defibrillator (A.E.D.) machine, as well as some new tables and chairs for use in the council room and for special events, and the replacement of audio wiring in the auditorium.
The annual concert of the Protestant Reformed Student Orchestra (PRSO) was held Thursday evening, January 28, at the Grandville, MI Middle School auditorium. The group, made up of 30 students from the Grand Rapids area schools and churches who study stringed instruments, performed various styles of orchestral music including classical, folk, seasonal, and sacred. A beautiful evening of music, we are sure!
Providence PRC in Hudsonville, MI held a chili cook-off for January 27. A perfect time of year for such an activity.
Rev. Daniel Holstege, pastor of First PRC in Holland, MI, along with his wife Leah, traveled to the Republic of the Philippines in January to provide assistance to the work there. The Holsteges were scheduled to arrive in Manila on January 8. Rev. Holstege preached in the Berean PRC on January 10, in Maranatha PRC on January 17, and in Provident Christian Church of Marikina on January 24. Plans also included speaking at the 7M meeting and on the monthly trip to Southern Negros Occidental, D.V.
Rev. Ronald VanOverloop, pastor at Grace PRC, Standale, MI spent a few weeks at the turn of the year preaching in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Australia in Brisbane. Rev. VanOverloop also gave four presentations at the church’s Youth Camp. Rev. David Torlach is the pastor at the church in Brisbane. EPC congregations also exist in Launceston, Londonderry/Sydney and Winnaleah.
On Friday, January 8, 2016, Rev. Nathan Decker, pastor at Trinity PRC, Hudsonville, MI traveled with Mr. Pete VanDer Schaaf (Faith PRC) to Northern Ireland as a delegation of the Contact Committee of our churches. The primary purpose of the visit was to conduct church visitation with the Council of our sister congregation, the Covenant PRC of Ballymena and to visit the Limerick Reformed Fellowship. The men planned to be gone two Sundays and return on Tuesday, January 19.
Members of the Adams Christian School Association met on January 11 to decide whether to purchase a two-acre parcel adjacent to the school property.
The Ladies Aid of the Covenant Christian School in Lynden, WA made and sold almost 2,800 banket (almond patties) recently as a school fundraiser. Girls, moms, and grandmas came together to enjoy fellowship and work together—all for a good cause. And delicious too!
Sister Church Activities
The congregation at Covenant PRC, Ballymena, Northern Ireland was invited to the manse to join Rev. and Mrs. Stewart for games and fellowship on New Year’s Eve. They also planned a congregational dinner for January 15. On the 28th of January Rev. Angus Stewart planned to present a lecture entitled “Our Identity in Christ” in Port Talbot, South Wales.
Young People’s Activities
The Young People’s Society in Loveland, CO PRC sponsored a soup supper on a Friday in December that was followed by mother/ daughter and father/son basketball games. Hopefully those dads and moms did not eat too much soup before they hit the court! That might have slowed them down a bit.
In Hope PRC of Redlands, CA the YPS plans to serve a French toast breakfast in early February to benefit financially those young people wishing to attend the annual Young People’s Convention.
First semester seminary classes were concluded and exams taken in mid-December. After a two-week break the 2016 Interim class began on January 4. This class is entitled “Reformed Covenantal Ethics” and was taught by Prof. Barry Gritters. The class emphasized the Reformed principles of Christian conduct as well as the application of those principles to Christian behavior. We are thankful to God for His mercies and grace in granting a good first semester and for the physical and spiritual refreshment given to students and professors during the break.
“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1.