News from our churches

Trivia question

Seminary internships are a valuable part of the training of our young men for the gospel ministry. Do you know which year the first internship took place? Maybe you also know the students’ names and which pastors they interned under? Or the church where the internships took place? Answers later in this column.

Regarding worship

This from a recent PRC church bulletin:

It is good for us to gather as a congregation to worship our covenant God once again. As we come, let us be conscious that we enter into the presence of the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy, but Who also dwells with him that is of a contrite and humble spirit. May the Lord humble our hearts that we may exalt His Name in reverent praise and worship.

Congregational activities

From a recent bulletin:

Our annual Prayer Day service will be this Wednesday, March 14, at 7:00 p.m. This is a regular worship service, set aside at the beginning of Spring and another season of growth. We acknowledge our dependence on God for daily bread and pray that He will provide for us again in this coming year as He, in His providence, governs the natural creation and the growth of plants for man.

Many congregations were called to worship on March 14 as they observed the annual Prayer Day service.

Evangelism activities

The Evangelism Committee of the Edgerton, MN PRC has scheduled a lecture for April 20. Rev. Matt DeBoer plans to present the topic of “Sabbath Observance.”

The congregation at Kalamazoo, MI PRC was privileged to gather for a lecture on April 13 as Rev. J. Slopsema spoke on the topic: “Persecuted for Christ’s Sake.” All were encouraged to invite others to come.

Young people’s activities

The Young People’s Society at Hudsonville, MI PRC recently hosted their third annual Wiffle-ball Tournament, with junior high and high school divisions.

The Young Calvinists invited all young people and young adults to enjoy an evening of fellowship and spiritual growth at their “Talking Points” event. This was held at Hope PRC on Tuesday, March 27. Rev. A Lanning spoke about “The Five Points” and how they relate to the 400th anniversary of the Synod of Dordt as well as to the lives of our young people today. Refreshments and fellowship followed.

The Young People’s Easter Mass Meeting was held at Georgetown PRC on March 25, with a speech given by Prof. Doug Kuiper. All young people were encouraged to attend for a time of fellowship and growth. Refreshments followed.

Classis activities

Classis West met March 7 in Loveland, CO PRC at the foothills of the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Representing the 14 churches were 13 ministers and 17 elders, with Rev. Dennis Lee chairing the meeting. (Cf. the stated clerk’s report in this issue.) The next meeting is scheduled for September 26, 2018 at Heritage PRC in Sioux Falls, SD, D.V.

Minister activities

A special worship service was held March 7 in Southwest PRC, as the Consistory called the congregation to worship for the purpose of the ordination and installation of Pastor-elect David Noorman. Prof. R. Cammenga led the service and conducted the installation. Refreshments followed the service. A welcome program was held March 11 after the evening service with refreshments following.

Rev. A. Spriensma planned to visit a Reformed Fellowship group (TULIP Fellowship) in St. Petersburg, FL. He was to preach there March 18, 25 and April 1, lead Bible studies, and begin the investigation of possible future work in this area. The group has expressed interest in the teachings of the PRC and has requested preaching. We give thanks for the opportunity God has provided and remember Rev. Spriensma in this and all of his labor as home missionary.

The Council at Calvary PRC in Hull, IA formed a new trio consisting of Rev. Allen Brummel, Rev. Jonathan Mahtani, and Candidate Jonathan Langerak. The congregation called on March 29.

School activities

Covenant Christian High School in Grand Rapids, MI held their band concert on March 27 at the Hudsonville Fine Arts Auditorium and their choir concert on March 28 at the Jenison Fine Arts Center.

This from the Lynden, WA PRC bulletin:

Eagles are all around us! We see them perched watchfully in the trees and soaring majestically in the sky. What can we learn from eagles? What do the habits of eagles teach us about God and about how we are to live as Christians? What does the Bible say? Learn about the ways of eagles—and the works of our great God—at Covenant Christian School’s Spring program, entitled, “As the Eagle…So the Lord,” scheduled for Friday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m., at Lynden PRC. Join us for an evening of singing, video presentations, meditation, and inspiration! Hope to see you there!

Trivia answers

The PRCA internship program was first implemented in 1994. The two students were Allen Brummel and Doug Kuiper. Allen Brummel interned under Rev. Jason Kortering in Singapore while Doug Kuiper interned under Prof. (Rev.) Russell Dykstra in Doon, IA PRC. More trivia next time.