News From our Churches

Denominational Activities

The congregations of the PRCA held Ascension Day services on May 5, marking the glorious entrance into heaven of our Savior. Classis East of the Protestant Reformed Churches met in regular session on May 11 at Providence PRC.

Mission Activities

Most of our readers likely know that the Republic of the Philippines, in which our denomination’s missionaries labor, is a tropical country, warm and humid. Those who live there are used to very warm, even hot weather. There is a rainy season, a moderate season, and a hot season. The hot season is now upon them. A recent bulletin of the Maranatha PRC in Valenzuela City stated: “The Church Order lecture will be rescheduled due to the severe heat of our weather.” Dear readers, when Filipino residents acknowledge that the weather is hot, you can be sure it is. Members of the churches there were urged to drink plenty of water and to use umbrellas for the sun.

Minister Activities

Rev. Daniel Holstege, former pastor at First PRC of Holland, MI, is preparing, with his family, to take up his labors in the mission field of the Philippines. Rev. Holstege preached his farewell sermon in Holland on May 1, and the congregation there prepared a farewell program for that evening also. The Doon PRC Council has set the date of Rev. Holstege’s installation for Friday, July 1 at 7:00 p.m. Rev. Holstege will preach an inaugural sermon on Sunday, July 3, D.V.

Seminary Activities

The PRC Seminary has now completed the 2015-16 school year, with the last day of classes on May 6 and a week of exams May 9-13. March and April were busy “visitation” months for the Seminary, with visits from the fourth-grade classes at Heritage Christian School (March 30 and April 13), from the fifth-grade class of Adams Christian School (April 20), and from the church history students of Heritage Christian High in Dyer, IN (April 22). On April 1, the seminary faculty and the students attended the Junius Institute Colloquium and on April 15-16, the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology. On April 28 and 29 the Seminary hosted two lectures by Prof. Tom Reid (Reformed Presbyterian Seminary in Pittsburgh) on the Reformation in France and the French Reformed churches. These lectures were given to the student body, faculty, and area ministers, but were also live-streamed on the Seminary YouTube channel where they are available for viewing. The students are eagerly anticipating their summer internships, which run from July 1-December 31. Once again, those are scheduled as follows: Matt DeBoer in Georgetown PRC (Hudsonville, MI), under Rev. C. Haak; Brian Feenstra to Loveland PRC (Colorado), under Rev. S. Key; Joe Holstege to Calvary PRC (Hull, IA), under Rev. C. Griess; Jonathan Langerak to Edgerton PRC (Minnesota), under Rev. D. Kuiper; David Noorman to Hope PRC (Redlands, CA), under Rev. B. Huizinga; Stephan Regnerus to SE PRC (Grand Rapids, MI), under Rev. W. Langerak; Justin Smidstra to Faith PRC ( Jenison, MI) under Rev. C. Spronk.

Congregational Activities

The Spring Ladies League meeting was held at Edgerton, MN PRC on Thursday, April 28. Rev. Douglas Kuiper spoke on “Managerial Martha and Meditative Mary.” Ladies of the five Siouxland area churches attended, with a time of fellowship and dessert after the speech. This annual event is a great time for the women of all ages to enjoy one another’s company around a scriptural theme.

Evangelism Activities

From May 20 into September the Evangelism Committee of the Hope PRC of Redlands, CA will have a Reformed literature booth at Market Night events in Redlands (Thursdays) and Yucaipa (Fridays). They look forward to providing a witness to the community around them, and encouraged members of the congregation to sign up to attend the literature booth for a night or two. “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear” (I Pet. 3:15).

Calvary PRC of Hull, IA organizes a summer Bible camp, with this year’s camp to be held every evening from June 6-9. This event, hosted by Calvary’s Evangelism Committee, is an attempt to reach out to the Hispanic population in the area with the truth of the Reformed faith. Last year’s response was very encouraging and anticipation is high for this year’s camp. As personal contact is by far the best way to get visitors, all were encouraged to invite any Hispanic families they knew. The event is also open to children from the Calvary congregation, with the targeted age for the lessons and activities being lower elementary. However, parents may use their discretion to sign up their children who they believe would enjoy attending.

School Activities

Supporters of the Loveland PR Christian School gathered in the school gymnasium on Friday evening, April 29, for the high school’s biennial Science Night. The students demonstrated the science behind sound with a Newton’s Cradle that they had constructed from 2 x 4s and bowling balls, faced off in robotic tug-of-war, played Carol of the Bells on water-filled wine glasses, and delighted children and adults alike with the wonders of liquid nitrogen. For the grand finale, the students (and their teacher) presented a resounding rendition of The Battle Hymn of the Republic on a PVC pipe organ they had made, accompanied by their toilet bass and punctuated by “cannon” blasts of liquid-nitrogen-filled plastic bottles.

As if that wasn’t enough excitement for one weekend, even snow didn’t hinder the LPRCS Fundraisers’ “Adventure Quest” the following afternoon. Teams of four to six adults solved riddles in a scavenger race that took them all around town, from the annals of the Loveland Public Library to the Benson Sculpture Garden. Participants earned extra points for completing certain detours along the way—like finding Waldo or purchasing a single beverage and drinking it simultaneously—but everything needed to be photographed for proof! The entire LPRC congregation was invited to join the questers for a delicious Italian beef dinner in the church basement following the event. Reminds one of the Edmonton First PRC Remembrance Day Car Rally! Such fun!

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