News From our Churches

Sister Church Activities

We have mentioned before the extensive website of the Covenant Protestant Reformed Church of Ballymena, Northern Ireland. The following quote shows just how God can and does work through technology today!

Greetings in the name of our Lord! Yesterday at our church meeting, I met a man who works on a mission field in Kenya. The mission is conducted under the auspices of a Pentecostal denomination, but the man has become interested in the Reformed faith and so while in Moscow he decided to visit the worship service of our Evangelical Reformed Church. He said what has affected him most in terms of making him gravitate towards Reformed theology were two books—…Calvin’s Institutes and…Doctrine According to Godliness by Rev. Ron Hanko! He read the Russian translation that he downloaded from your website! Isn’t this something? Praise the Lord! His ways are past finding out!—from Russia.

Missionary Activities

The Classis of the PRC in the Philippines met Thursday, February 25. The meeting was chaired by Rev. Vernon Ibe and held in the Maranatha PRC in Valenzuela. Most of the work of classis was routine. The most significant item that classis treated was the request of Rev. Leovino Trinidad (the pastor of the Maranatha PRC) to be examined by the classis according to Article 9 of the Church Order with a view to being declared a minister of the Word and Sacraments in the PRCP. The classis approved his request and scheduled his examination for the next classis meeting. Classis will hold its next meeting on Monday, June 13, the Lord willing.

Young People’s Activities

Grace PRC (Standale, MI) and Wingham, Ontario, Canada PRC are hard at work planning the 2016 Young People’s Convention. The dates are August 8-12 and the place is Lake Williamson Christian Conference Center located in Carlinville, IL. The theme this year is “Contentment in an Age of Entitlement,” with a banquet theme of “Bon Voyage.” Speeches are being prepared by Revs. Ryan Barnhill, Rodney Kleyn, and Ronald Van Overloop. The text from which the theme is taken is found in Philippians 4:11: “I have learned, in whatever state I am, therewith to be content.”

The Young Calvinists presented a “Talking Points” event for all young people and young adults, with the Young People’s Society at Grandville PRC hosting the event. Led by Rev. G. Eriks, the theme for the speech and discussion was “Praying with and for Each Other.” Those in attendance considered the basics of prayer in order to encourage us to be praying Christians, while also considering the calling Jesus gives us to pray with each other and for each other.

The Young People’s Easter Mass Meeting was held on March 20 at Hudsonville PRC with Rev. G. Eriks the featured speaker. A great time for our young people to fellowship and grow together under God’s Word!

The Young People’s Society at Cornerstone PRC in Dyer, IN recently had a timely Spring Flower Fundraiser. Those who were interested could order beautiful Easter lilies, tulips, or hyacinths. Ah, Spring has sprung, and gorgeous plants show forth the beauty of our God!

Denominational Activities

Classis West of the Protestant Reformed Churches met March 2 at Crete, IL PRC. The labors were routine. A particular cause for thanksgiving to God was the church visitor’s testimony of seeing “God’s work and faithfulness in the churches of Classis West,” in which “unity, peace, and love” prevails. Classis is scheduled to meet next on September 28 in Randolph, WI PRC; the body also voted to convene next March in Hope PRC of Redlands, CA. We give thanks to God for His care over the meeting.

Minister Activities

At a congregational meeting held February 29 the men of the calling church to the Philippine mission field (Doon PRC) voted to extend a call for a second missionary to Rev. Daniel Holstege, pastor of First PRC of Holland, MI. Rev. Holstege has recently visited the field and we pray God’s blessing upon him as he now considers this call.

School Activities

Students of the Hull Protestant Reformed Christian School in Hull, IA presented their all-school program “Singing the Song of the Redeemed,” while the school children at Loveland, CO held their all-school program also, using the theme “Creation.”

The Covenant Christian High School presented “Taste of Covenant VIII” in March with a delicious dinner. Proceeds assist in providing our children a distinctly Reformed education.

Have you started training for the fifth annual Spring Sprint scheduled for April 30 and planned by our Protestant Reformed Christian School in Dyer, IN? Perhaps you need to order new running shoes. Such was the case with someone we know.

Congregational Activities

The congregation at Doon, IA PRC voted recently to purchase and install a projector and screen in the sanctuary, enabling them to view sermons by that method when no pulpit supply is available. The elders led such services with reading sermons previously, as some in our churches still do.

“God’s Good Gift of Music Night” took place recently in Hope PRC of Redlands, CA. According to testimony from those in attendance, it was “inspiring and thoroughly enjoyable!” Some of the musical selections included piano and organ solos, vocal solos, many instrumental duets, and a male chorus. With the psalmist, we declare God’s great name and wondrous works through music! Praise to the King!

Many congregations of the PRC answered a call to worship on March 9 for their annual Prayer Day service.

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