This question was sent in by a reader. It goes back a ways, perhaps to the late 1930s or early 1940s. It is trivia, but it is also a riddle. See what you can do with it! What congregation in our denomination once made a trio consisting of three “non-persons?” A hint about the congregation: it is found in a State of the U.S. where no other PRC churches are found. And a hint about the trio: You need to put your knowledge of the Dutch language to use. If you translate the English version of the trio’s last names into Dutch you have found the answer. Answer later in this column.
At the time of this printing Rev. G. Eriks was considering the call from Cornerstone PRC. Rev. Erik Guichelaar had declined the call from Kalamazoo, MI PRC. Kalamazoo’s new trio was Rev. R. Barnhill, Rev. J. Engelsma, and Rev. C. Spronk. On January 26, Rev. Barnhill received this call.
Rev. R. Van Overloop was led by God to decline the call from the newly established Unity PRC in Michigan. God led Rev. H. Bleyenberg, pastor at Providence PRC in Hudsonville, MI to accept the call extended to him from Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada. The answers to these calls always cause disappointment for some and put smiles on the faces of others. May God grant peace to all in the clear indication of His will.
The First PRC of Edmonton, AB issued a call to all its congregation’s painters! The task was to paint the church basement, in anticipation of laying new carpet in the main room and vinyl plank in the kitchen and bathrooms. Mudding, sanding, and removing baseboards was to begin on January 16 and 17 at 7 p.m. Painting was to begin on Monday, January 20 and continue throughout the week, with morning and afternoon shifts available. All were encouraged to bring their own painting items, with babysitting provided. Hopefully all went as planned and that good fellowship was enjoyed by the artists who contributed!
The new Unity PRC announced that their young people’s first fundraiser for the 2020 Convention would be a Chili Cook-Off Dinner with a Service Auction on Friday, January 31, 2020 at Adams Christian School. A dinner of chili, hot dogs, chips, and desserts was served from 6-7:30 p.m. followed by an auction of service work volunteered by the young people. They were looking for the best chili cook in the congregation! Sounds like a delicious way to spend a cool winter evening, with good food and opportunity to contribute to a worthy cause!
The congregation that made the trio is found yet today in Edgerton, MN. The three ministers were De Wolf (the wolf), Vis (fish), and Vos (fox). Thanks to Prof. Herman Hanko for supplying this trivia question. It was good to hear from him again! Prof. Hanko was the first pastor I remember in Doon as a young boy. At his age he still types a delightful email containing stories of his days in Doon before moving on to our seminary. Prof. Decker followed on his heels, another young man I enjoy greeting from time to time. More trivia next time. Readers, feel free to send your questions!