News from our churches

Trivia question

How many PRC congregations have hosted seminary interns? And which ones have hosted the most interns over the years? Answers later in this column. Mission activities On March 25, Rev. Daniel Holstege, missionary-pastor in the Philippines preached for the first time for a group named the “Bearers of Light Community Church” in Guiguinto, Bulacan. This group had prior contact with Provident Christian Church of Marikina where Rev. Holstege’s labors are centered. For now we are only exploring the possibility of working with them, as they have asked to be taught about the Reformed faith.

On March 30 Rev. Holstege and his wife Leah hosted at their home in Antipolo City any who are attending Provident Christian Church of Marikina. It was a great time of food and fellowship!

Sharon Kleyn writes a monthly newsletter for the congregation of Doon PRC. Here are a couple of snippets from the March letter:

Saturday, and it’s a hot one. I think we are into summer now. The days have been in the low 90s for quite a while and the nights are getting warmer too.

Monday, we had three ladies knock on our gate. They said they were from a church in Antipolo and wanted to tell me about “god the mother.” We had a lengthy discussion together. They use one verse to prove God is a mother as well as a father—Genesis 1 where God says, “Let us make man in our image…male and female created he them.” They also believe in the Passover which they equate with the Lord’s Supper (if I understood them right) and have their services on Saturday. They say that if you eat the Passover, you will be delivered from catastrophes, especially those at the end of the world. They left a flyer with me (I made sure I gave them a couple of ours as well), and I looked them up on the web after they left. They are a cult that started in Korea and now is worldwide. Interesting. But sad that they are so deluded.

Evangelism activities

The churches of West Michigan invited their members to attend a Spring lecture held on Friday, April 13 at Kalamazoo, MI PRC. Rev. James Slopsema spoke on: “Persecuted for Christ’s Sake,” answering questions such as these: Are the thunder clouds of persecution gathering for us? How can we prepare ourselves and our children for persecution? Refreshments were served after the speech.

Young people’s activities

2018 PR YP Convention: August 13-17 (hosted by the five Midwest PR churches at Lake Geneva Christian Center in Alexandria, MN)

• Chaperone and nurse registration is now open at Follow the instructions under the chaperone or nurse tab. If you have any questions, send or email to

• Young People registration opened March 15! The hosting churches of the Midwest are excited to have the young people join them for an up-building week of fellowship and fun! For more information and to register, please visit

• Bussing to convention from Michigan: Due to housing limitations in Iowa, the Iowa convention steering committee has asked that the people coming from Michigan go directly to the camp on Monday. Bussing is lined up to leave from the Grand Rapids area Monday morning around midnight in order to get to the camp in time for registration. Cost to ride the bus is around $100. To register or for more information, contact Chris Dykstra at

The young people of the First PRC of Holland, MI are planning a wood-fired pizza fundraiser for May 12. Yum-m-m!

Hudsonville, MI Young People’s Society hosted their third annual Co-Ed Wiffleball Tournament on April 21.

The young people of Immanuel PRC of Lacombe, Alberta, Canada held their annual Black-Tie Dinner on April 20.

Sister-church activities

Candidate Jonathan Langerak supplied the pulpit of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship of Ireland for a few weeks in April after preaching in the Covenant PRC of Northern Ireland on April 8. During this time Rev. Martin McGeown traveled from Limerick to the USA to be married. We wish Rev. McGeown and his new wife Larisa God’s blessings in their married life!

Minister activities

On March 29 the congregation at Calvary PRC in Hull, IA called Rev. Allen Brummel, pastor at Heritage PRC of Sioux Falls, SD, to be their next pastor. On April 15 he was led to accept this call. Heritage Council adopted this trio: Rev. G. Eriks, Rev. S. Key, and Candidate J. Langerak.

Denominational activities

Classis East is scheduled to meet May 9 at Faith PRC in Jenison, MI.

School activities

Hope PRC School Foundation will host their 6th annual Clay-Shoot Event on May 5.

Adams Christian School Foundation is planning their 29th annual ACS Foundation Golf Scramble for May 7 at Egypt Valley Country Club.

Trivia answers

Twenty-two (22) different PRC congregations have hosted seminary students as interns over the years. Two of those have hosted four (4) interns—Southeast PRC and Hudsonville PRC, both in Michigan. More trivia next time.