News From our Churches

School Activities

The Ladies’ School Circle of Faith Christian School in Randolph, WI recently held their annual “Across the Border” supper. We are told the name was used early in the history of the event as the menu began as a Mexican-style supper. Even though the menu is not always Mexican any more, the name has stuck and is a favorite annual event.

The eighth-grade class of the Protestant Reformed Christian School in Dyer, IN hosted their eleventh annual bean bag tournament recently. Just over $3,000 was raised for the class ski trip and class gift to the school, to be presented at graduation. Friendly competition and good fellowship was enjoyed by all in attendance.

The Loveland, CO Protestant Reformed Christian School Fundraisers hosted their first ever “Game Night” recently. Everyone post-high and older was invited to a fun night that included appetizers, refreshments, dessert, and games in the church basement. Some of the games included Clue, Chess, Euchre, Boggle, Spoons, Pictionary, Scattergories, Balderdash, and Dutch Blitz. There were also sign-up sheets for Bible Trivia, Rook, and the arm wrestling contest, with all proceeds going to support the school. Everything sounds like great fun! Hopefully, the arm wrestling contest didn’t get “out of hand.”

Eastside Christian School welcomed all to their Pizza Night recently. Delicious pizza was served to eat in, or it could be taken to go, with those to-go orders available baked or unbaked. An open gym was available for use during the evening also. Hope School Circle made their appealing Pig-in-the-Blankets; the Adams School Mother’s Club and the Ladies’ Circle of the Northwest Iowa PR School in Doon both hosted their annual soup suppers; and the Covenant Christian High annual Taste of Covenant VIII is planned for March 17. Good to see the various school groups planning and hosting delicious events that also promote vital fellowship around our schools!

Minister Activities

Rev. Audred Spriensma, pastor of Byron Center, MI PRC, will have opportunity for a few weeks in March and April to travel to the land of the Philippines where he served as missionary until 2007. It will be good for Rev. Spriensma and his wife Alva to reacquaint themselves with the saints and churches there, as they help missionary-pastor Rev. Daniel Kleyn in the work.

Every second summer our Philippine missionaries are granted a furlough. This allows them to use up to six weeks to travel back to the United States for refreshment and relaxation. They also use about half of this time visiting various churches giving presentations and meeting with the Council of the calling church and the Foreign Mission Committee. Our missionary-pastor also attends the meeting of synod (to convene June 14, 2016 in Hull, IA PRC). To enable Rev. Daniel Kleyn and his wife to travel to the USA on furlough, Rev. Richard Smit will be traveling to the Philippines over the four Sundays of June 19 through July 10. To help make this possible, emeritus pastor Rev. James Slopsema has agreed to supply the pulpit of First PRC in Grand Rapids in the place of Rev. Smit. For Rev. Smit, it will be a reacquainting with many he came to know as missionary-pastor in the Metro Manila area for approximately six years. And for Rev. Kleyn, perhaps an opportunity to enjoy another meal at the Doon Steakhouse! Ah, yes.

Mission Activities

Plans are proceeding to have the Philippine churches’ joint-family outing in Bulacan on March 25, D.V. The event will be held at Barangay San Vincente, Sta Maria, with details still being finalized.

Young People’s Activities

Grace PRC (Standale, MI) Young People’s Society hosted their “Night of Music” on February 27 as a fundraiser for those attending the 2016 Young People’s Convention.

The Southeast PRC (Grand Rapids, MI) young people are planning a Talent Program in April with a collection to be taken to defray expenses for attendance at this summer’s convention.

Sister-Church Activities

Rev. Ken Koole and Mr. Dave Kregel and their wives traveled to Singapore over the Sundays of February 21 and 28 on behalf of the Contact Committee of the PRC. Church visitation was conducted with the Session of the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church and Rev. Koole preached at a couple of the CERC worship services.

Congregation Activities

The Protestant Reformed churches in Edmonton and Lacombe, Alberta observed Family Day on February 15, the same day as President’s Day in the United States. Family Day is observed in the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Ontario, and Saskatchewan on the third Monday of February. This holiday celebrates the importance of families and family life to people and their communities. On Family Day, many people plan and take part in activities designed for their whole family. These include visiting art exhibitions, skating on outdoor ice rinks, playing board games, and taking part in craft activities. Some communities plan special public events, and art galleries and museums may have reduced price or free entry.

Since this is a statutory holiday, most people have the day off work, so it is a great opportunity to have something like a pancake breakfast to gather with church family. The Young People’s Society of First PRC of Edmonton sponsored exactly that. There was an excellent turnout for the delectable meal. Of particular delight was seeing the various members in fellowship well beyond the time that it took to eat—“How good and how pleasant it is when brethren dwell together in unity.”

“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1.