News from our churches

Trivia Question

The Heidelberg Catechism, one of the three Forms of Unity, is dear to us. It was composed in the city of Heidelberg in 1563 at the request of Elector Frederick III. The first edition contained 128 questions and answers. The second and third editions contained 129 questions and answers. Do you know which question and its answer were added at the behest of the Elector? Answer later in this column.

Young People’s Activities

The Young People’s Society of Cornerstone PRC of Dyer, IN held a basketball game fund raiser on March 4. The Heritage Christian School varsity team challenged some of the area ministers and seminarians on the hardcourt at Heritage School. An entry fee was charged, and concessions made available to help fund YPS convention expenses. Some of us would love to see the roster and box score of that game! With Sunday the next day, we hope all team members made it to the services. Perhaps the ibuprofen bottle was of some aid and relief to the participants.

Congregational Activities

The activities committee of Providence PRC in Hudsonville, MI invited adult members of the congregation to go snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in February. Hopefully there was enough snow to allow that. If not, the gym at Covenant Christian High was reserved for indoor activities.

Denominational Activities

We have a new congregation! In February Zion PRC, a daughter of Faith PRC, was organized. At the meeting of Classis East in January approval was given to a group of families and individuals from Faith PRC to organize as a new congregation, with Faith to oversee the activities. Rev. C. Spronk, pastor at Faith preached the message “The Life of a Spirit-Filled Church” from Acts 4:31-32. Following the regular portion of the service, a congregational meeting was held in which Zion’s male confessing members chose officebearers from nominations Faith’s Council had approved. Zion PRC is temporarily meeting in the Heritage Christian School music room at 9:30 and 5:30, with Rev. James Slopsema leading the morning services and teaching the Heidelberg Catechism. Second services are supplied by ministers from Classis East and the PRC seminary. We welcome our newest congregation and pray for God’s blessing upon her!

Sister Church Activities

Covenant PRC of Ballymena, Northern Ireland held a unique party for the congregation in late February. Interested members met for an evening they called the “Puzzle Party.” Those attracted could take their own jigsaw puzzles or join in with friends to complete one of theirs. I’m sure lots of good discussion took place in the meantime! Sounds like fun!

Following are two pieces of correspondence concerning the website of Covenant PRC NI:

If you’ve noticed an “uptick” in hits on your site from the USA over the past month or so, I am responsible for a great deal of it…. Your and Prof. Engelsma’s sermons and writings on the three marks of a true church, and the responsibility of joining with a true church are completely convincing to me…. [The] content-rich, yet always pithy and absorbing orations and writings have been used by the Lord in fortifying my soul with correct doctrine. I thank the Lord for you! There are many gifted preachers and teachers in the PRCA, but you have played a unique and special role in my development. You and your flock are in my prayers.—Connecticut, USA

I am a South African Reformed Christian and non-residential missionary to Madagascar. I was very pleased to come across your website. As things go and following debates and discussions on the social media, someone pointed to an article on your website. What a nice surprise even to see a lot of material in my own language. I have to commend you highly.—South Africa

School Activities

Save the date! The Adams Christian School Amazing Race is scheduled to take place on May 6 at 4:00 p.m. Have you been training?

On a Friday in February the Covenant Christian School Ladies’ Aid in Lynden, WA held a dinner. They called it a Spud Fest, which amounted to baked potatoes with all the fixings! After the dinner various games were played before dessert was served. The games included a Baggo tournament. If that term is puzzling to you, we must tell you that it is the equivalent of Cornhole and Bean-Bag Toss. Why so many names for the same game? We are not sure.

Alumni, past teachers and board members, supporters, and parents were invited to the 2017 All-School Program of the Northwest Iowa Protestant Reformed School in Doon, IA on March 10. This one was special in Doon, as a thankful throng there celebrated God’s covenant faithfulness to the school family for 50 years! The theme of the program was “Praising Our Faithful Covenant God in Our 50th Year.” Refreshments were served in the school after the program. Those who remember the day the school opened wonder, where did the time go? What a blessing to our churches are our covenant schools!

Trivia Answer

Question 80 was added to the second and third editions of the Heidelberg Catechism. The third edition was also divided into 52 Lord’s Days with the view to the Catechism’s being explained in one of the services on each Lord’s Day. Better look up Q&A 80. More trivia next time.

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