News from our churches

Trivia question

The new PRC denominational directory, under “sister churches,” unintentionally gives an old address for Rev. M. McGeown, missionary pastor in Limerick, Ireland. His current address is 38 Abbey Vale, Corbally, Limerick, Ireland, V94 K7ER, as correctly listed in the SB and the Acts of Synod. In which year did he move into his current home? Answer later in this column.

Mission activities

On December 16 at 2:00 p.m. a presentation was given at the church building of the Berean PRC of the Philippines. This was conducted by the delegates of the

Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church of Singapore along with officebearers of the Protestant Reformed Churches in the Philippines. The discussion centered on a sister-church relationship between the two. Church members were invited to attend as observers with a potluck supper to be provided.

Rev. Vernon Ibe and one of the officebearers of the Berean PRC were scheduled to visit the saints in Gabaldon on December 30 to lead them in worship. This usually happens one Sunday a month. Gabaldon has been a focus of work by our missionaries in the past, and is located approximately four hours northeast of metro Manila.

Young people’s activities

Sunday evening, February 10, Cornerstone PRC is hosting a presentation by Prof. R. Cammenga and Rev. C. Griess on their trip to Mexico. This is hosted by Cornerstone’s Evangelism Committee and the Young People’s Society. The young people will serve a lunch before the presentation. The young people will also present two special numbers. A collection will be taken to help defray upcoming Convention expenses.

Seminary activities

Work began in December on the seminary addition project that will house the new PRC archives and two offices during the professor transition period in the next few years. For more updates, look on the PRCA website under “current” and “news.”

Congregational activities

All at Loveland, CO PRC are invited to their annual church camp-out held at Carter Lake South Shore Campground. The dates for the 2019 campout are June 24-June 29 and reservations can already be made.

From the bulletin of Heritage PRC in Sioux Falls, SD:

The 3rd Annual Pinewood Derby Event is scheduled to be held at Heritage PRC on February 23, 2019. $15 entry fee includes a kit and lunch. Feel free to come to watch, have lunch, and fellowship as well. A free will donation will be taken to help offset the costs for lunch and support the School Association. All proceeds will go to the Association for Protestant Reformed Education in Sioux Falls. Save the date and RSVP your entries!

Zion PRC (Jenison, MI) recently voted to approve the purchase of the building and parsonage of 12th Ave CRC (near corner of 12th Ave. and Baldwin St. in Jenison) after that congregation voted to disband and sell her property. Zion worshiped in her new place for the first time on Old Year’s night, December 31. We rejoice with them in God’s good providence and gracious pro­vision.

Sister-church activities

All in Covenant PRC of Ballymena, Northern Ireland were invited to the manse on New Year’s Eve for games and fellowship. And their congregational dinner was set for January 11 at Ross Park Hotel.

The CPRC is also planning a mini-conference on Saturday, 13 April, 2019, on the theme “The Original Five Points of Calvinism: The 400th Anniversary of the Canons of Dordt” with Prof. D. Engelsma as the speak­er. Prof. Engelsma will also give two other lectures relating to the Synod of Dordt in the weeks following the conference.

The delegation of the CERC of Singapore met with Committee 2 (Contact Committee) of the Protestant Reformed Churches in the Philippines on December 17, 2018, discussing pertinent matters that are essential in establishing a sister-church relationship. Both parties were convinced that there is a “complete organic union” in all points of doctrine and all other practices, and thus CERC and PRCP are ready to make a necessary report and recommendation(s) to PRCP Classis (Feb. 25, 2019) and to the Session of the CERC for approval, D.V. Our churches are encouraged to pray that God may bless this ongoing work for His glory and for our union in Christ as members of His body! Soli Deo Gloria!

Minister activities

Rev. S. Key, pastor at Loveland, CO PRC announced his decline of the call to be minister-on-loan to the CERC in Singapore. The calling church, Grandville, MI PRC, formed the trio of Revs. J. Engelsma, G. Eriks, and E. Guichelaar. On December 30, Rev. Guichelaar received this call.

Rev. G. Eriks received the call from Trinity PRC of Hudsonville, MI on December 2; on January 6 he de­clined it.

Rev. W. Langerak was led to decline the call from Immanuel PRC of Lacombe, AB. From her new trio of Revs. R. Barnhill, B. Huizinga, and J. Laning, they called Rev. Huizinga on January 6.

Prof. R. Cammenga and his wife left December 19 for four weeks of service in the CERC on behalf of the Contact Committee.

Trivia Answer

Rev. M. McGeown has lived in three places since he moved to Limerick. He has resided in his present home since 2014. Now you know! Please make his address correction where necessary. More trivia next time. And feel free to send trivia about your congregation our way!