Trivia question

When it is 7:00 p.m. in Doon, IA, what time is it in Antipolo City, Rizal, The Philippines, where our missionaries live? Answer later in this column. Young people’s activities Chaperone and nurse registration for the 2018 Young People’s Convention hosted by the five Midwest churches remains open. The convention is planned for August 13–17, 2018, at Lake Geneva Christian Center in Alexandria, MN. To register, go to and follow the instructions under the chaperone or nurse tab. If you have any questions, email

Congregational activities

From the bulletin of Hudsonville, MI PRC:

Internship: The consistory announces to the congregation that they have approved the request of our seminary to supervise the internship of Mr. Jacob Maatman from July 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. The internship is valuable in preparing men for the ministry and, we trust, will be a blessing for the congregation as well. We will provide more details closer to the beginning of the internship.

We note here too that the internship of Seminarian Matt Kortus will take place under Rev. Nathan Decker and the Council of Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI.

Sister-church activities

Rev. Arie denHartog and his wife Sherry are making their home in Singapore to help with preaching and other work while the group there is vacant. The following is from the CERC of Singapore’s bulletin in its “pastoral voice” section:

Finally, we want to express our hearty thanks to many members of Covenant who have helped to prepare a home for us at Bishan Park. Many we know have also donated articles to use while we live in our condo. We have pretty much all that we need and more for a daily comfortable home. We want you to know how much all of this is appreciated by Sherry and me. Over the course of our stay in Singapore we hope many will have an opportunity to see the inside of this condo and we will be able to enjoy your visits and fellowship.

And this encouraging note of correspondence is addressed to Covenant PRC of Northern Ireland:

I would like to tell you that I have benefited a lot from listening to mp3s from the Protestant Reformed Churches and the Covenant Protestant Reformed Church. Thus far I have read some articles written by Prof. David Engelsma and listened to some of his sermons and teachings and Prof. Herman Hanko’s teachings on Ephesians and am currently listening to his teachings on I Peter. I have also listened to several of your teachings on various subjects and some other mp3 files from the CPRC. All this has been of considerable benefit to me. Furthermore, I have bought the 2-volume e-book of Reformed Dogmatics written by Herman Hoeksema. So far I have read most of the first one and it has been very encouraging and also a learning process to me…. I wish to thank you for the faithfulness and love you show towards the holy Word of God. We live in a time where most people hate the truth and we who preach the truth are being ridiculed and hated for it. So I just wanted to let you know that you are not alone. It is very encouraging for me to listen to things from the PRC and CPRC. Thank you. Keep up the good work to the honour and glory of God. All glory be to God.—Denmark

Also from Northern Ireland, we note that among those planning to attend the July British Reformed Fellowship Conference are those from Germany, Wales, America, Northern Ireland, Brazil, England, Australia, Hungary, and the Republic of Ireland. Wow! Time for you to sign up?

Mission activities

The annual delegation of the Council of the Doon, IA PRC and the Foreign Mission Committee made the trip to the Philippines February 15-27. Deacon Joel Van Egdom (and his wife Michelle) represented Doon PRC, while Rev. Cory Griess represented the FMC. The Classis of the PRC of the Philippines met February 26 at Maranatha PRC with the delegation in attendance. Rev. Griess preached once each in Provident Christian Church in Marikina, the Berean PRC of Antipolo City, and Maranatha PRC in Valenzuela City.

Denominational activities

Classis West of the PRCA met on March 7 in Loveland, CO PRC with routine business on the agenda.

Trivia answer

When it is 7:00 p.m. in Doon, IA…, it is the time that the Philippine sub-committee of Doon’s Council meets via Skype with our missionaries on the last Thursday of each month. And it is the time that the entire Doon Council meets with the missionaries via Skype on the first Tuesday of each month. It is also the time that the FMC meets with our missionaries on the third Tuesday of each month. And in all cases…it is 9:00 a.m. in the Philippines (the next day). Unless…it is daylight savings time in the USA! Then 7:00 p.m. in Doon equals 8:00 a.m. in the Manila area. So the missionaries are greeted with a “good morning,” while they greet the various bodies in Iowa with a “good evening.” And through the open windows in Beverly Hills Subdivision roosters are heard greeting the day.

Also, when the annual delegation travels from Iowa to the Philippines, they cross the International Date Line (line of demarcation) and add or move forward one day. A delegation traveling from northwest Iowa to Manila can expect to travel roughly 8,300 miles (via Tokyo, Japan) and be in the air more than 17 hours total. From home in the USA to home in Antipolo it may be more like 25 hours. Quite the trip!