Trivia question

Can you name the four churches in the Protestant Reformed Churches in the Philippines? Can you name the pastor of each? Answers later in this column.

Minister activities

At her congregational meeting on December 18, Unity PRC voted to call Rev. R. VanOverloop (Grace PRC). From her bulletin we learn this: “Due to the busyness of the holiday season, the Council has extended the time frame in which Rev. VanOverloop has to respond to our call to January 19, 2020.”

Rev. Erik Guichelaar (Randolph PRC) was consid­ering the call to Kalamazoo PRC. On January 5 he declined this call.

Also on January 5 the congregation of Cornerstone PRC voted to call Rev. G. Eriks for her new pastor from the Council’s trio that also included Revs. J. Engelsma (Doon PRC) and R. Kleyn (Covenant of Grace PRC, Spokane, WA). On December 15, Rev. Heath Bleyenberg received the call to Immanuel PRC, Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. He was to answer by January 19. Pastor Wilbur Bruinsma of Pittsburgh, PA PRC and his wife Mary traveled to India on January 29 to fol­low Rev. and Mrs. C. Haak and Mr. and Mrs. Deane Wassink. They were scheduled for a three-week stay in India during which time Pastor Bruinsma was to preach and teach among the saints there.

Rev. K. Koole was in Covenant Protestant Reformed Church of Northern Ireland, January 2–13, to preach for Rev. A. Stewart while he and his wife were in the States for the funeral of her father.

Young people’s activities

Chaperone registration for the 2020 Young People’s Convention hosted by Georgetown PRC is now open! The convention is planned for August 10–14, 2020 at the Lake Williamson Camp in Carlinville, IL. To register, go to www.prcconvention.com, and follow the instructions under the chaperone tab.

School activities

The Fourth Annual Pinewood Derby Event is scheduled to be held at Heritage PRC in Sioux Falls, SD on February 29, 2020. The $15 entry fee includes a standard class kit and lunch. Races begin at 11:00 a.m. with weigh-in starting at 10:00 a.m.  Visitors are free to come to watch, have lunch, and fellowship as well. A free­will donation will be taken to help offset the costs of spectator lunches and support the Sioux Falls Protestant Reformed Christian School.

The congregation and school society in Loveland, CO are excited! Why? Because with God’s blessing things are falling into place to alleviate their school space concerns. About a year ago God opened the door for the school to purchase a 10-acre property only a quarter mile from their present location. The option to purchase this property was presented to the school so­ciety and on May 20, 2019 the society overwhelmingly voted to purchase the property with an eye towards con­structing a new building. On September 18 the school officially took ownership! In December 2019 their ex­pansion committee met with an architectural firm that specializes in helping schools and churches with build­ing projects. The committee spent three days working closely with this firm to develop a conceptual floor plan as well as a conceptual plan for a three-phase building project. When the architectural plans are completed, the plan will be submitted to the county to obtain the official “green-light” for the project. Exciting times in Loveland, CO!

Trivia answer

The churches in the PRCP are: Berean PRC (Pastor Vernon Ibe), Protestant Reformed Church of Bulacan (Pastor John Flores), Maranatha Protestant Reformed Church (Pastor Leovino Trinidad) and the Provident Protestant Reformed Church (Missionary-pastor Daniel Holstege). More trivia next time.