News from our churches

Trivia question

The old church building still stands on the corner on Doon’s Main Street. Purchased by the Doon PRC in the 1920s from a Baptist congregation, it served the Doon congregation until 1975. The building was sold to a local carpenter for his workshop. He is mostly retired today. The tile floor in the basement remains, upon which the shoes of pacing ministers clacked as they conducted catechism classes. Another item remains in the basement from the days of congregational life there. Any ideas what that might be? Answer later in this column.

School activities

From the Siouxland area bulletins:

You are invited to Trinity Christian’s Pasta Feed and Game Night on Friday, March 22, featuring a freewill donation, lasagna supper (5-7:30 p.m.), volleyball (high school age and older, $ 10/person), bean bags (grade school, free), and Rook (all ages, $5/person). The volleyball tournament will again have separate divisions based on competitive edge, as indicated by your team captain upon sign-up.

The Fundraising Committee of the Protestant Re­formed Christian School of Wingham invited all to their first ever school auction on Friday, March 8, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Many came to sup­port the school and joined for a fun evening that was filled with good company, good food, and good items to bid on!

Minister activities

Rev. J. Laning of the Hull PRC was led by God to decline the call from Immanuel PRC, (Lacombe, AB) on March 3.

The Council of Grandville PRC extended a call for minister-on-loan to Covenant ERC in Singapore to Rev. C. Haak (Georgetown PRC). On March 10 he declined the call.

Rev. J. Engelsma (Doon, IA) declined the call from Trinity PRC, Hudsonville, MI. Trinity’s Council formed the new trio of Revs. E. Guichelaar, W. Langerak, and J. Mahtani, with Rev. Langerak receiving the call on March 3.

From the Contact Committee

A joint delegation of the FMC and the CC left this past Thursday (Feb. 14) for the Philippines. Rev N. Decker is representing the CC, and Rev. J. Engelsma is representing the Doon Council and the FMC. They will be visiting our sister churches in the Philippines over the next two weeks, the Lord willing. In addition, Rev. Decker will be going to Singapore to conduct church visitation with the CERC with Rev. Regnerus who will be preaching for the CERC in Singapore at that time. Please pray for the Lord’s blessing upon their labors and their travel.

Indeed the safe travel was provided and the men re­turned in good shape after a busy visit. We are thankful these men could observe and experience many aspects of the work there. Their extensive reports are crucial to the work that the various bodies here oversee.

Young people’s activities

From one of our bulletins:

Young People’s Society: One by one, churches, seminaries, Christian high schools and colleges are denying the literal interpretation of the creation account of Genesis 1. In doing so, they are destroying the very foundation of Scripture and of the Christian faith. How about you? Does it matter what you believe? Is it really a “salvation issue”? We begin our study of Genesis 1 tonight, examining the false theories concerning the creation of all things—and why it makes all the difference what you believe! Come prepared to think…discuss…and examine your own foundation! Study sheets were handed out this past week. We look forward to another good discussion!

Western Young People’s Retreat: Young people, re­serve the dates of July 16-19 for the annual retreat in Spokane. This year it will be at Camp Sanders, in Idaho (same location as last year). Registration information is coming soon.

Young adult activities

Save the date! The Crete Young Adult Society will be hosting a Yard Game Tournament to raise funds for the Achieve Program on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at Crete PRC. In case of bad weather, the tournament will take place the next Saturday, May 4. In addition to the tournament, there will also be a pay-to-play ax throwing contest with the winner receiving the coveted golden ax! Registration forms and further information will be provided at a later date.

Lynden PRC Young Adults Retreat Updates: Reg­istration opened on Monday night, February 25! The link is posted to their Facebook page and in upcom­ing bulletins. Complete the forms on their website to secure your spot! The event will be capped out at 60 retreaters, so make sure to register early on! If you have any questions about the registration form, email lynden-prcya@gmail.com or leave a message on the Facebook group: Lynden PRC Young Adults Retreat 2019. “We look forward to seeing you!”

Mission activities

The Protestant Reformed Church in Bulacan plans to undertake the Youth Camp on April 18-20, 2019 at Paradise Adventure Camp 2, City of San Jose del Monte. Theme is “Salt of the Earth and Light of the World.” Registration fee is P2,000.00/person inclusive of board and lodging. Rev. Flores and Rev. Ibe will be the speakers for the event.

From the bulletin of the Maranatha PRC in Valenzu­ela City, Philippines:

A scheduled conference on the Synod of Dordt that the Protestant Reformed Theological School is sponsoring in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of that Great Synod will be held at Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI from April 25-27, 2019, the Lord willing. Because of a generous donation they have received from an individual for this cause, they are able to offer to pay for two ministers from our churches to attend. [And}…they can arrange the necessary accommodations for them while they are staying in the States for the conference. The PRCP Contact Committee has decided that Revs. Flores and Ibe will be attending the conference with an alternate Rev. L. Trinidad, the Lord willing. Let us pray that the U.S. Government Embassy in Manila will issue their visas.

Trivia answer

You may have guessed what still remains in the basement of the old church on Main Street. The piano. It is hard to imagine how it got down there in the first place. And no one wanted to try to get it out. Those narrow wooden stairs would not permit that. So it stayed. If that old piano could talk, what would it tell of Hoeksema, Hanko, Decker, and the rest? More trivia next time.