News from our churches

Trivia question

In addition to Christmas wreaths and door swags, which Ladies’ School Circle in which locale sold their well-known Kissing Balls as a holiday fundraiser? Answer later in this column.

Evangelism activities

Lynden PRC Evangelism Committee hosted a Fall lecture on Friday, October 26 with Prof. R. Dykstra speaking on “The Believer’s Assurance in the Canons of Dordt.”

We note this from the bulletin of Grandville, MI PRC: “The evangelism committee would like to remind the congregation of the second evangelism workshop. This second speech and discussion will be focusing on the topic ‘Speaking of Our Faith to Those “Without.”’ As with last week’s workshop, this will consist of a short speech by Prof. Gritters, followed by group discussions.” For those unable to attend, the speech by Prof. Gritters was live-streamed. Anyone of high school age or older was encouraged to attend.

On Sunday, November 11 Prof. R. Cammenga, Rev. C. Griess, and Mr. Doner Bartolon presented information regarding their trip this past summer to the Mexico City area, where they were able to preach and give lectures to saints from two Presbyterian denominations as well as to professors and students at the John Calvin University. A large crowd learned about the interest that was expressed by our fellow saints in this country as well as the possibility of more work that could be done there.

Congregational activities

All women of the Siouxland area churches were invited to attend the Fall Ladies League at Edgerton PRC on Thursday, November 1. The theme this fall was “Contentment,” with Rev. Matt De Boer speaking. Following the program, the ladies were invited to join for some fellowship and fall refreshments.

From the bulletin of Heritage PRC in Sioux Falls, SD: “From the Building Committee: Please save Saturday, November 3 for a fall cleanup day at church. We will be raking leaves, trimming trees and doing a deep clean inside the church building. Many hands are needed, all are encouraged to participate in the upkeep of the church property that God has graciously given us.”

Minister activities

News from Grandville PRC: “Lord willing, Rev. Koole will lead our Sunday morning worship service on October 28, for Rev. Decker’s installation. Rev. Decker will then preach his inaugural sermon, leading us in worship Sunday evening. Following our evening service there will be a short welcome program for Rev. Decker and his family. Refreshments will be served afterwards.”

On November 11, Rev. W. Langerak announced his decline of the call from Grandville PRC to serve as minister-on-loan to Covenant ERC in Singapore.

Immanuel PRC of Lacombe, AB, Canada extended a call to Rev. Joshua Engelsma, pastor in Doon, IA PRC.

Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI announced the trio of Rev. Joshua Engelsma (Doon, IA PRC), Rev. Brian Huizinga (Hope PRC, Redlands, CA), and Rev. Bill Langerak (Southeast PRC, Grand Rapids, MI). The congregation there voted to call Rev. Huizinga on October 28.

We rejoice with Rev. W. Bruinsma and his wife Mary as he commemorates 40 years in the ministry. Rev. Bruinsma was ordained in Faith PRC in October of 1978.

Professor Herman Hanko celebrated his 88th birthday on October 10.

Young people’s activities

Trinity Young People held a Culver’s Fundraiser at the Jenison location. All were invited to join for a night of fun and food while the Trinity young people served them. A percentage of the sales, including drive-thru, and 100% of the tips for the evening were donated to the Young People’s Society for the 2019 YP Convention. Thank you for your support!

Save the date! On the evening of December 1, Cornerstone PRC invites the young people and young adults of the area churches to an important discussion led by Rev. R. Van Overloop on marriage. Anyone dating or interested in a godly dating relationship would profit from attending.

The Young People’s Society of Peace PRC in Lansing, IL sold Little Caesar’s Pizza Kits to raise funds for the 2019 convention. Pizza kits, desserts, cookie dough and more were available for purchase.

The Doon, IA Young People’s Survival Run took place recently with participants enjoying beautiful weather and grand comradery!

School activities

The 4-on-4 Volleyball Tournament for Covenant CHS (Grand Rapids, MI) will be held on December 8 this year. There will be men’s and a women’s divisions. This tournament is open to all post-high school adults and helps support the volleyball program at CCHS.

Young adult activities

Lynden PRC Young Adults Retreat Updates: As previously announced, the retreat will take place at Mt. Baker Bibleway Camp from July 1-5, 2019. Speakers for the retreat will be Prof. B. Gritters and Rev. S. Regnerus. The retreat theme is “An Unchanging God in an Ever-changing World.” Registration is set to open in February 2019! Any young adults post-high school age are encouraged to attend. Further details have been posted to their Facebook page: Lynden PRC Young Adults Retreat 2019. Request an invite to see these details or message the group if you have any questions!

Sister-church activities

The Classis of the Protestant Reformed Churches in the Philippines met on October 31 at the Maranatha Protestant Reformed Church in Valenzuela City.

Mission activities

During the time Rev. Joe Holstege supplied the pulpit of the Covenant ERC in Singapore recently, he also had the opportunity to visit the mission field in the Philippines, where his older brother, Rev. Daniel Holstege, labors. His wife and son made the trip with him, and Rev. J. Holstege had occasion to address the Wednesday night class at Provident Christian Church in Marikina on the topic of “Evangelism.”

Trivia answer

The Faith Christian School Ladies’ School Circle in Randolph, WI sells their Kissing Balls annually as a school fundraiser. Too late for this season, but try again next year!