Did you know that this school year the list of Protestant Reformed Christian Schools grew by one? The Loveland, CO PRC is in the process of expanding their church building. This expansion has enabled the families in Loveland to start their own high school this year. School opened this fall with seven students in the ninth and tenth grade, with five teachers teaching them! The Lord willing, Loveland will continue to grow their student body, adding the eleventh grade next year and the twelfth grade the year after. This addition to their school was made possible through the generous donations of the families in Loveland, as well as from many others throughout our entire denomination, for which they are very thankful. Presently Loveland is in the process of putting together different pictures, attached to their website, www.lovelandprc.org, so that interested people can view some of the exciting changes being done to their church. When we wrote this, toward the end of September, Loveland was having some trouble with that link to their website, so if you are not able to access those pictures that way, you can try http://s1011.photobucket.com/home/mkgriess.
We also note here that the students in Loveland organized a car wash for Saturday, September 17. They were trying to raise money for a class trip to Washington D.C.
We haven’t said much recently about the Hope Heralds, thinking that we would do that when the men came near to the end of their season of singing. Well, that time has come. As you may know, the Hope Heralds are a men’s chorus made up of men from our west Michigan churches. This year they have 68 members and sing most weeks during the summer months in retirement homes, manors, and churches in the area. What you may not know is that this year the Hope Heralds celebrated their 50th year of ministry in song. This celebration has included some extra concerts. In addition to singing at First Jenison CRC on September 11, they also gave their usual society kickoff concert for the Kalamazoo, MI PRC on September 13. This was followed by concerts at the Crete, ILPRC Sunday, September 18; the Randolph, WI PRC on September 22; and in First CRC in Sioux Center, Iowa on September 23. We should also add that they provided special music at the PRC Seminary Conference on September 16. It would be interesting to find out just how many concerts these men gave this year, and how many miles they traveled to get to those concerts. We are sure that each member of the group thanks God for the opportunity to worship Him in song.
The PR Seminary has begun another school year. There are four students this year: Erik Guichelaar (third year), Joshua Engelsma (second year), Ryan Barnhill (first year), and Vernon Ibe, a special student from the Philippines. In addition, there are seven pre-seminary students studying New Testament Greek.
We are also happy to include here that the faculty of our seminary has informed our churches that they have licensed Mr. Vernon Ibe to speak a word of edification in our churches. Mr. Ibe is a member of the Berean PR Church in the Philippines and is presently completing an internship at Grace PRC in Standale, MI, under the mentorship of Rev. R. VanOverloop.
No doubt many of our readers were able to come and celebrate the 400th anniversary of the publication of the KJV of the Bible on September 16 and 17 at First CRC of Byron Center. This conference was presented by our PR Seminary and featured our three professors. Friday evening Prof. R. Dykstra opened the conference, speaking on “Restoring the Bible to the Believer: The Reformation’s Concern Over Bible Translation.” This was followed Saturday morning by Prof. R. Cammenga speaking on “‘Ere Many Years, the Boy that Driveth the Plow…’: The History of the King James Version.” Professor B. Gritters brought the conference to a close speaking on “Should the KJVbe replaced?: A Critical Assessment of the KJVand of Some More Recent Bible Translations.” Following the conference, there was an open house at the Seminary to view the recently completed renovations. Also on display was a portion of the library of the late Dr. Theodore Letis, a prominent New Testament scholar and proponent of the KJV. Of special interest was the display of a very rare copy of the Greek New Testament produced by Theodore Beza, a student and successor of John Calvin.
The Consistory of the Berean PRC in Manila, the Philippines, and the calling church for our denomination’s mission work there, the Doon, IA PRC, have approved the missionaries visiting the All of Grace PR Fellowship in Gabaldon twice each month. Rev. D. Kleyn will continue visiting on the second Sunday of each month, and Rev. R. Smit will visit on the fourth Sunday of each month. In addition, Pastor J. Flores, pastor of the First Reformed Church in Bulacan, and Rev. Kleyn have plans to investigate some mission work of the FRC on the island of Leyte. They plan to leave Friday, September 23, and return again on the following Monday, September 26, D.V.
In order to help the students from other PR churches that are attending the Hull, IA PRC while at Dordt College feel welcome, Hull set up a schedule for them to have Sunday dinners with families from their church. Those who signed up could expect anywhere from three to six students to join them for Sunday dinner.
Rev. A. Lanning declined the call he was considering to serve as the next pastor of the Hope PRC in Walker, MI.