Trivia Question

First, please add the great state of Indiana to the list of those as home to only one PRC. Cornerstone PRC is located in Dyer, IN.

When did the Beacon Lights, the periodical of the Protestant Reformed Young People’s Federation, begin publication? Answer later in this column.

Sister-Church Activities

This summer Rev. Angus Stewart and his wife Mary plan to take their biennial holiday in North America, D. V. Rev. Stewart is to preach a total of eight times in these PRC congregations: Spokane, Edmonton, Lacombe, Lynden, Providence, and Hudsonville. The Stewarts look forward to worshiping with the saints in these six churches again. Rev. Stewart also plans to present a slideshow in four of these churches. Rev. Stewart and Rev. Allen Brummel are scheduled to speak at an evangelism conference in Lacombe on July 29.

Mission Activities

The Protestant Reformed Churches in the Philippines held its first overnight Youth Camp recently. About 65 young people plus 10 staff were in attendance. The Youth Camp (“convention”) was held from Wednesday through Friday in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan. The three PRCP pastors gave the speeches. All went well, and both Rev. Holstege and Rev. Kleyn enjoyed being with the young people and some of the members of the PRCP for the three days of the camp. We thank God for enabling this to take place and for His blessing upon it.

Young People’s Activities

The YPS of Crete, IL PRC recently hosted their annual pancake breakfast.

Aussie Burgers! The Trinity PRC Young People invited all in the area to join them at Heritage Christian School for freshly grilled burgers served the Aussie way—egg, pineapple, beets available. They also served grilled hotdogs, salad, and decorate-your-own cupcakes with gluten-free options available. There are those in our churches who grew up with Aussie Burgers and wouldn’t have it any other way.

The young people at Wingham, Ontario, Canada encouraged members of their congregation to save their unwanted treasures and donate them to the Young People’s Yard Sale in late May. Proceeds were to help the young people register for and travel to the 2017 Young People’s Convention.

The Byron Center young people hosted a hanging basket flower sale on May 13 at Adams Christian School, from 9-1. Beautiful hanging baskets sold for $15, or 3 for $40. Many supported this convention fundraiser, and bought their Mother’s Day flowers, Secret-Pal flowers, or flowers for their own home and garden.

Congregational Activities

The congregation at Grandville, MI PRC decided recently to rebuild the church parking lot.

The Protestant Reformed Psalm Choir presented a concert on May 7 in Grandville PRC, singing a wonderful selection of psalms, including some from the proposed revised Psalter. Many joined for an evening of praise. On May 21 they performed it again at First PRC of Grand Rapids.

Lots of interesting tidbits were seen on a recent bulletin at Hope PRC of Redlands, CA. These notes included a craft night, Adult Fellowship outing, Reading Club, Olympics Day, a summer basketball league, and the approval to host a Young Adults Retreat in 2018! Things are happening in Redlands! Also, it’s a nice place to visit on your vacation.

Members at First PRC of Holland, MI joined the building committee on a recent Saturday to spruce up the church grounds. Shovels and wheelbarrows were recruited to spread topsoil and dispose of chipped branches. And a congregational father/ daughter campout was held in early May. Hope it wasn’t too chilly!

The congregation at Peace PRC in Lansing, IL voted in early May to replace the roof of the church building.

Southeast PRC members who like baseball arranged a night of fellowship at the West Michigan Whitecaps baseball game in early May. The $5 entry fee included a hotdog and pop. Hopefully the home team won the game!

In light of the upcoming emeritation of Rev. Thomas Miersma the Council at Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB Canada will soon be forming a trio from which to call a new pastor. Members of the congregation were invited to suggest names for the trio to a Consistory member.

Minister Activities

First PRC of Holland, MI formed a trio of Revs. C. Haak, R. Kleyn, and D. Kuiper. On April 30 the congregation voted to call Rev. Haak to be their next pastor.

Southwest PRC issued a call to Rev. Cory Griess of Calvary PRC in Hull, IA. On May 7 he declined this call.

Zion PRC formed a trio of Revs. N. Decker, G. Eriks, and R. Kleyn, calling Rev. Eriks on April 23. On May 14 he declined this call.

Byron Center PRC voted to call Rev. Haak on May 7 for home missionary from a trio that included Revs. S. Key and C. Spronk.

Doon formed a new trio from which to call a third Philippine missionary. The congregation voted on May 14 to call Rev. H. Bleyenberg from a trio that included Revs. G. Eriks and C. Spronk.

Evangelism Activities

A “Contact in Africa” program was held at the Kalamazoo PRC on April 28. This multimedia presentation was given by Prof. R. Cammenga on the 2016 trip of a delegation of our Contact Committee to Namibia and South Africa. Refreshments followed.

Trivia Answer

The first issue of the Beacon Lights was printed January, 1941. The light blue cover included a lighthouse as its main feature. It included editorials by Rev. C. Hanko, Bible Outlines by Rev. P. De Boer, a book review by Rev. L. Vermeer, Tomorrow’s Man of God by Rev. A. Cammenga, and Discussion on the Canons. In God’s providence the Beacon Lights is still going strong over 75 years later. Praise God for this excellent publication! If you are not a subscriber, sign up now. You will be glad you did!

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