Mr. Charles Terpstra, member of Faith PRC in Jenison, Michigan and full-time
registrar/librarian/archivist at the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary

PRC news (denominational)

On Friday night, March 31, Hull PRC witnessed and rejoiced in the installation of the thirteenth different pastor in her history, Rev. S. Regnerus, who came from Lynden PRC in Washington but grew up in that NW Iowa area. Rev. A. Brummel of Calvary PRC (also in Hull) led the special service.

Meanwhile, Lynden PRC called Rev. M. DeBoer (Edgerton, MN PRC) on March 19 from a trio that included Revs. A. Brummel and M. Kortus (Hope PRC-Redlands, CA).

Rev. Kortus declined the call from Doon, IA PRC on March 19. On that same Sunday, Rev. J. Maatman (SE PRC-Grand Rapids, MI) declined calls from Hosanna (Edmonton, AB) and Hudsonville, MI PRCs.

In First PRC’s (Grand Rapids, MI) latest call, Rev. J. Holstege (Zion PRC) accepted it on March 26.

On March 26, Randolph, WI PRC extended a call to Rev. N. Decker (Grandville-MI PRC) from a trio that included Revs. J. Maatman, and D. Noorman (Southwest PRC-Wyoming, MI).

Georgetown PRC’s Consistory announced a new trio from which the congregation would call a new pastor: Revs. M. DeBoer, A. Spriensma, and D. Noorman. The congregation was to vote on April 10.

Hosanna PRC’s Consistory also formed a new trio following Rev. Maatman’s decline: Revs. N. Decker, Kortus, Mahtani (Hope PRC-Walker, MI). The congregation voted to call Rev. Decker on March 26.

Congregational news

In the Siouxland area (South Dakota, Iowa, and Minnesota), all the men of the area churches are invited to participate in a group study of I John 3 led by Rev. R. Barnhill at the Doon PRC on Monday, April 17. What a wonderful way to conclude the season! We hope there is a good turnout.

And, for the ladies in that region, Heritage PRC is hosting the Spring Ladies’ League on Thursday, April 27.

Mention of Heritage PRC makes me ask our readers, Did you know that they hold a monthly “fellowship luncheon”? Their latest one was held April 2 after the morning service. Ah, the benefits of a smaller congregation.

And so, speaking of those benefits, consider what Hosanna PRC (Edmonton, AB) did back in late March: “The congregation [ages 12+] is invited to a Games Night at the Zeldenrust’s on Friday, March 24th at 7:30 p.m. Please bring your favorite games, and a snack to share.” What fun through more good fellowship!

Young people/young adult activities

While winter brings soup suppers to the agenda of young people fundraisers, spring brings breakfasts. Southwest PRC’s young people held one on Saturday, March 11 at the church in Wyoming, MI. First PRC-Holland’s young people have a Made-to-Order Breakfast planned for Saturday, April 15, from 7:30-10 a.m. at the church. If it’s not too late to get there, be sure to get your order in!

The Crete PRC Young People’s Society hosted an Easter Singspiration on Sunday night, April 9. The goal was to bring “praise to God for the wonderful gift of our risen Savior.” To which we add a hearty, “Amen”!

The Hull PRC Young Peoples’ Society likewise sponsored a “Resurrection Singspiration” on April 9 in Hull church.

Young Calvinists (West Michigan) is hosting an Easter Singspiration for all young people and young adults at Zion PRC (Jenison, MI) on April 16 beginning at 7:45 p.m. “Grab a friend and join us in celebrating our risen Lord!”

Trinity PRC young people are sponsoring a Spikeball Tournament on Saturday, April 29, for $50 per team at Heritage Christian School in Hudsonville. High school age and up are invited to competitive or non-competitive divisions. To register, send an email to trinityprcspikeball@gmail.com.

The Young Adults Society of Hope PRC-Redlands, CA is excited and eager to host a retreat this summer at Luther Glen Camp. The dates are July 3-6 and the theme is “A Peculiar People: Living the Antithesis,” with lectures and discussions surrounding that topic. Registration is now open! The form to register may be found on the Hope PRC website.

Library feature—Immanuel PRC, Lacombe, AB

With this news report we can continue our look at church libraries. Our featured one this time is Immanuel PRC’s in Lacombe, AB, Canada. We thank Deb Bleyenberg for taking the picture and writing up a brief description of the history of their library. Looking at Immanuel’s recent bulletin, I saw this notice for the congregation about the ‘new’ library: “Just a reminder that our church library is now in operation! Books may be browsed and checked out after the second service each Sunday. A book drop basket will be available by the library door on Sundays for books being returned.”

For many years, Immanuel PRC has had a church library in a small room off the narthex. However, since the available books were mainly theological reference material, our library has been largely unused and ignored. Happily, this has all recently changed, thanks to a couple ladies who volunteered to start a church library committee. With some funding from our Evangelism Com mittee, they were able to purchase two additional, sturdy bookshelves and a good number of new books from the Reformed Book Outlet. Most of the books purchased were for children and young adults in order to make our library more usable and exciting for the many young, avid readers of Immanuel.

After purchasing new books, the library committee covered the softcover ones with contact paper and then put envelopes and check-out cards in all the available books.

From now on, our church library will be open for browsing following our afternoon service each week, and judging by how crowded the room was on the first Sunday of being open, these books will be well used!