News From our Churches

Mission Activities

On Saturday, April 9, a youth conference was held in the church building at Maranatha PRC, Valenzuela City organized by the PRC of Bulacan. The topic was “Biblical Courtship and Marriage,” which was divided into three speeches. Rev. Leovino Trinidad gave opening remarks and led devotions. The first speech by Rev. Daniel Kleyn was entitled “Defining Biblical Courtship,” followed by Rev. Vernon Ibe speaking on the topic “Proper Behavior When Dating,” and then Rev. John Flores on the topic “Using Dating as Preparation for Marriage.” All three speeches were followed by interesting question and answer periods, with Rev. Aud Spriensma joining in to answer questions and providing closing remarks. The book table was busy all day too, with 150 books sold! At the end of the conference each young person was allowed to choose one free book from the table.

Rev. Daniel and Sharon Kleyn plan to leave Manila Tuesday, June 14 (after the PRCP Classis on the 13th), for their furlough to the USA, and plan to spend the first week in Iowa. Rev. Kleyn will attend the annual synod of the PRCA in Hull and the annual church picnic of Doon PRC before heading to Michigan on June 20. Their return home to Antipolo City is expected to be July 28. May God grant safety in travel and enjoyable experiences with family and friends in the U.S.

School Activities

More than 200 voices strong! God has blessed our schools bountifully, and that was evident from the God glorifying event held Thursday, April 14, at 7:00 p.m. A large audience descended on the B.J. Haan auditorium on the campus of Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA to hear the choirs of Covenant Christian High School (Grand Rapids, MI), Loveland, CO Protestant Reformed High School, and Trinity Christian High School (Hull, IA) perform individual and combined numbers. As expected, it was an edifying evening of praise to God! We are glad that the students had a chance to share some time and fellowship together also.

From the bulletin of the PRC of Lynden, WA we find this concerning the Lynden Covenant Christian School Program:

You can see it in the first rays of the morning sun. You can see it in the flowers and creatures of creation. You can see it in the starry nighttime sky. You can even see it…in YOU! The signature of God is everywhere in creation! Do you see it? Come to Covenant Christian School’s spring program on Friday, April 1, at 7:30 and see, through music, video, and song, the signature of our great Creator! Invite family and friends!

Eastside Christian School in Grand Rapids, MI invited all supporters to a Night Out at the Horseshoe Smokehouse Restaurant for a delicious supper, with 50% of the proceeds going directly to the school. The restaurant name itself sounds really inviting! We are guessing that some moms took the night off from cooking so their families could give this activity a try!

Faith Christian School in Randolph, WI held their annual Hostess Supper Friday, April 1, at Friesland Reformed Church. This year the junior/ senior choir from Trinity Christian High School in Hull, IA made the trip to Randolph to sing after the supper. The choir stayed overnight in Randolph and traveled back to Iowa the next day.

Supporters of Heritage Christian School held their Spring Children’s Clothing Sale on a Saturday in March in the large gym there. Many different items were sold, including delicious baked goods!

Denominational Activities

From the April 17 bulletin of the PRC of Doon, Iowa, the calling church for the mission field in the Philippines, we read this notice:

The Council would like to inform the congregation that the FMC [Foreign Mission Committee], with the concurrence of our Council, is proposing to Synod 2016 that we begin calling a third missionary to labor in the Philippines. We are convinced that there is an abundance of work on the field, particularly in the area of theological education. We wait now for the judgment of synod, which will treat the matter when it convenes on June 14.

Congregational Activities

Providence PRC in Hudsonville, MI recently approved a recommendation from their building committee to purchase sound boards to be installed in their narthex to reduce the noise/ echo in this location. The Council there also approved the installation of a video surveillance system.

The Adult Bible Study of Cornerstone PRC of Dyer, IN invited the area Adult Bible societies to a combined meeting, discussing Paul’s missionary work among the Athenians according to Acts 17. Refreshments and a time of fellowship followed the meeting.

The Reading Club of Hope PRC of Redlands, CA planned to begin reading and discussing a new book, Spiritual Warfare: A Biblical and Balanced Perspective by Brian Borgman and Rob Ventura. This book was reviewed in the February 15, 2016 Standard Bearer.

Southwest PRC in Wyoming, MI held their annual potluck recently, with Prof. R. Cammenga presenting a program on his recent trips to the Philippines.

Young Adult Activities

The Young Adult Society of Crete, PRC in IL hosted their annual all-day co-ed 4 on 4 volleyball tournament on Saturday, April 16.

Evangelism Activities

The Evangelism Committee of Edgerton, MN PRC sponsored a presentation in their church by Rev. D. Kuiper on the topic of “Signs, Wonders, and Mighty Deeds: Miracles in the Bible.” All the non-B’s brought bars or cookies.

Sister-Church Activities

We find this interesting correspondence from Covenant PRC of Northern Ireland and Limerick Reformed Fellowship:

Thank you for Rev. McGeown’s CDs on Psalm 139 and the good book, Just Dad. Reading that led me to read again For Thy Truth’s Sake, which led me to break off to read some of Calvin’s Calvinism! Having just read the end of chapter 11 of For Thy Truth’s Sake, it has whet my appetite for reading Hoeksema’s Reformed Dogmatics. It is lovely being taken on this voyage of discovery!—Yorkshire, England

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