Trivia Question

How did it come to be that the small town of Hull, IA (population about 2,500) is home to two PR churches? Answer later in this column.

Congregational Activities

At their meeting held in March the congregation of Providence PRC in Hudsonville, MI voted to change the time of their second worship services from 6:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. beginning April 2.

The choir of Faith PRC presented their spring concert on March 26. Many attended this evening of praise to God! Psalter 259 comes to mind: “Sing to the Lord, sing His praise all ye peoples, New be your song as new honors ye pay; Sing of His majesty, bless Him forever, Show His salvation from day to day.”

Minister Activities

The Council of Doon, IA PRC presented to the congregation a new trio from which to call a third missionary to the Philippines. From the trio of Rev. A. Brummel, Rev. G. Eriks, and Rev. B. Huizinga that call was extended to Rev. Huizinga on March 19.

Zion PRC called Rev. C. Haak to be their first pastor. Southwest PRC called Rev. S. Key, who also received First PRC-Holland’s call on March 19. On March 26, Rev. W. Langerak declined the call from Byron Center PRC to serve as home missionary. May the King of the church guide and direct these men to determine His will for them.

Senior Activities

Advance Notice: A senior retreat is planned for September 26-29, 2017 at beautiful Gull Lake Ministries in Michigan. The theme “Magnifying Christ in Life and Death” is taken from Philippians 1:20, 21. Speakers will be Rev. G. Eriks, Prof. D. Engelsma, and Rev. J. Slopsema. Registration is May 1-July 31.

Evangelism Activities

The Evangelism Committee of Hope PRC in Redlands, CA is organizing a lecture to be held August 1 and to be presented by Rev. Daniel Kleyn, missionary to the Philippines. In addition to the lecture, Rev. Kleyn will be giving a presentation on his missionary labors in the Philippines, D.V.

Mission Activities

Rev. Daniel Kleyn supplies this story:

In the process of helping Rev. Holstege get a phone line and DSL, I called PLDT to find out what services and speeds they offered. They currently have a 3,000 peso plan that gives you speeds up to 15 MBPS. That sounded odd to me, specifically in relation to my memory of our current plan. So I checked, and my plan was a 4,000 peso plan with speeds up to 10 MBPS. So I was paying more and getting less. That prompted me to call them back and ask if I could switch to a new plan. Eventually got that to work. It involved “downgrading” (their word for it) and yet really it was an “upgrade” to a faster speed. I am paying less and getting more.

You may remember that each car in Manila is prohibited from driving on city streets one day a week, with the day determined by their license plate number. The reason is to alleviate some of the traffic congestion. As it turns out, because both the Kleyn and Holstege vehicles are prohibited on Monday, they recently had to hire someone to drive them downtown to the immigration office for the Holstege’s visa processing. The Holsteges had to sign papers and get their pictures and fingerprints taken. They finished in time to beat the rush hour, so the trip that took 2-1/2 hours in the morning took only an hour in the afternoon. Lots of adventures in the Philippines!

Rev. Kleyn traveled with a delegation of the Classis of the Protestant Reformed Churches in the Philippines to the island of Leyte in late March to investigate the possibility of doing more mission work there. You may recall that the PRC of Bulacan has done past work in the city of Albuera, Leyte, located on the western shore of the island with a population of about 50,000. A group called the “Protestant Reformed Fellowship” exists there.

Young People’s Activities

The Young People’s Easter Mass Meeting is scheduled to be held at Grace PRC on April 23 at 2 p.m. with a speech by Rev. R. VanOverloop. All young people are encouraged to attend for a time of fellowship and growth.

The YPS of Immanuel PRC, Lacombe, AB, Canada is selling Easter flowers and spring Mother’s Day flowers as a fund raiser to help their members attend the convention or retreats. A variety of beautiful flowers are available.

Trivia Answers

Hull Protestant Reformed Church was organized in 1925, one of the original churches in Classis West. They worshiped in their new church building that still stands in the center of town at 1204 3rd Street. In 1953 the congregation lost possession of that building, but gained it back in 1964. In 1993 the congregation built a new church building on Hayes Avenue on the west side of town; the old church building was sold to the Heritage Reformed congregation, which continues to worship there. Hull PRC grew larger in the late 90s, and in 2007 a daughter, Calvary PRC, was born. Calvary constructed a new church building and parsonage on the very east end of town. Since that time both congregations have continued to grow and their buildings are again beginning to fill. God has blessed these congregations in this small Midwest town. May He be praised for His covenant faithfulness!

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