Trivia Question

The 2016 PRC Acts of Synod lists five current PRC ministers whose last name begins with the letter “K.” Can you name them? Answers later in this column.

Congregational Activities

The sanctuary at Heritage PR Church in Sioux Falls, SD gets filled up once a year. That’s the Sunday evening before President’s Day when the congregation there hosts an annual singspiration for the five Siouxland churches. That date is chosen because there is no school the next day, making it more conducive to a larger crowd. This year the temperature was a balmy 55 degrees (F) on a February night, about 25 degrees above normal, making it even more favorable for a great gathering! And sing they did! The area young people contributed some enjoyable special numbers, and refreshments concluded the evening. Many are looking forward to next year in Dakota!

Minister Activities

Zion PR Church formed the trio of Rev. G. Eriks, Rev. C. Haak, and Rev. R. Kleyn. Rev. Haak received the call on March 7 to serve as their first pastor.

Byron Center PR Church formed a new trio from which to call a home missionary. This trio included Rev. C. Haak, Rev. S. Key, and Rev. W. Langerak. On February 26 the call was extended to Rev. Langerak. May God grant him a clear indication of His will in this matter.

The Council of Southwest PR Church in Wyoming, MI formed a new trio from which to call their next pastor. The men included Rev. Steven Key, Rev. William Langerak, and Rev. Jon Mahtani, with the call issued to Rev. Key on March 8. The congregation also approved a list of improvements to their parsonage.

Sister-Church Activities

The Family Support Ministry group of the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church in Singapore has chosen to discuss the book Leaving Father and Mother by C. Hanko beginning March 19.

School Activities

The Covenant Christian High School Robotics Team hosted the Second Annual Grand Rapids Invitational FTC Tournament on March 11. More than ten teams from all over the Midwest competed with matches running throughout the day. Some of the robots were made available to be run by the public. Imagine the fun! Speaking of robotics…the team from Trinity Christian High in Hull, IA competed in the Iowa State Robotics championships recently and did very well.

The freshmen and sophomore classes of Trinity Christian High School in Hull, IA invited those from the five Siouxland area churches to their annual Volleyball Tournament/Pasta Feed. Tournaments were also held in Rook and Bean Bag Toss. A lasagna and bread supper was provided for a free-will offering.

Evangelism Activities

The Evangelism Committee of Byron Center, MI PRC provided an opportunity for each of its members to invite friends, neighbors, and members of the community to a special worship service on March 19. The topic “Wonder of Holy Scripture” was to be taken from II Timothy 3:16-17. Flyers were available for handout and refreshments were served after the service.

Young People’s Activities

The young people of Heritage PR Church in Sioux Falls, SD held an interesting fundraiser in late February. A Pinewood Derby racing event took place, with weigh-in for the 36 registered cars at 11:00 a.m. and racing to follow into the afternoon. Derby car kits had been made available sometime in advance so racers young and old could prepare and refine their machines to top performance! The young people served grilled cheese sandwiches and soup for a free-will donation. A grand time was had by participants and spectators alike. For a short time some of the men thought they were boys again.

The YPS of Randolph, WI PRC planned a fundraiser at the Pizza Ranch in Waupun recently.

Mission Activities

The Classis of the Protestant Reformed Churches of the Philippines met Saturday, February 15 in the Maranatha PR Church of Valenzuela City with all the business being normal and routine. We have noted before concerning different church bodies that when all business is normal and routine there is something to be thankful for. That means difficulties and calamities are not occurring, for which we praise God.

Denominational Activities

Classis West of the PRCA met March 1 in Hope PRC of Redlands, CA. Classis approved a request from Lacombe, AB, Canada for the emeritation of Rev. Thomas Miersma. Subsidy requests were approved and synodical delegates selected. Classis West will meet next on September 27 in Hull, IA PR Church, D.V.

Classis East will meet on May 10, 2017 at Byron Center church. On May 9, at 7:00 p.m., the Byron Center PR Church Council invites all past and current officebearers to hear a timely speech regarding an increasingly important issue in the world around us, but also behavior that has found its way into God’s church. Professor David J. Engelsma has agreed to speak on “Pastoral Treatment of Spousal (wife) Abuse in the PRC.” This officebearer’s conference will be held at Byron Center PR Church. A time for Q&A and fellowship will follow the speech. All men desiring to serve in God’s church are also welcome, regardless of having previously served.

Trivia Answers

The five PRC ministers whose last names begin with the letter “K” are: Rev. Steven Key in Loveland, CO; Rev. Daniel Kleyn, missionary to the Philippines; Rev. Rodney Kleyn in Spokane, WA; Rev. Ken Koole in Grandville, MI; and Rev. Doug Kuiper from Edgerton, MN. More trivia next time.

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