News From Our Churches

School Activities

In our “before it gets too late to mention department,” we want to let our readers know about an apple pie fundraiser the PTA of Genesis PR Christian School in Lacombe, AB, Canada organized this fall. Volunteers were needed for three dates in September and October to prepare pie for distribution. Volunteers were asked to meet at Immanuel PRC armed with apple peelers, cutting boards, rolling pins, and other essential items necessary for making pies. Genesis’ goal was to make and sell 300 pies, and they met that goal, realizing a profit of over $2,000 for their school. A quick look at the 2010 yearbook of our churches shows that Immanuel PRC has a total of 22 families, which means that pies were probably sold to neighbors, coworkers, and family and friends of Immanuel as well. This time of year what could be better than a piece of warm apple pie, maybe with some ice cream on top, and a cup of hot coffee to warm up a cold December night?

The South Holland, IL PR Christian School held their Fall Promotional Dinner on November 5 at the PRC in Crete, IL. After dinner, Prof. R. Dykstra gave a slide presentation about the recent trip that he and Prof. Gritters made to Namibia.

Mission Activities

The Lord’s Day of November 7 marked the 4th anniversary of the Berean PRC in Manila, the Philippines, as an instituted congregation. We join them in humble thanksgiving as we remember Jehovah’s great and undeserved goodness to them and us in allowing us to work together for the furtherance of His church. The Berean congregation planned to have a special merienda (meal) between services as part of their commemoration of that anniversary.

Prof. and Mrs. H. Hanko left on October 25 for Singapore for approximately seven weeks, to labor among the saints in the Covenant ERCS. The Hankos went to Singapore primarily at the request of the CERC to speak at their Reformation Day Conference and to assist in the work there, but also on behalf of our Contact Committee. Prof. Hanko will be preaching and lecturing extensively in Singapore. May God grant to them safety, and may God bless their labors with much fruits. En route to Singapore the Hankos also spent a week in the Philippines visiting with our missionaries, their families, and the churches there.

Young People’s Activities

On Sunday evening, October 24, the Young People’s Society of First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI sponsored a singspiration under the theme, “Faith of our Fathers.” As the theme indicates, singing and special numbers centered on the churches’ commemoration of Reformation Day. The collection taken helped defray costs for the 2011 PR YP convention.

The Young People’s Society of the Doon, IA PRC invited their congregation and other nearby PR congregations to join them for a Reformation Day singspiration after their evening worship service on October 31.

The young people of the Hull, IA PRC were invited to a photo scavenger hunt on October 23. Plans called for the young people to meet at their grade school at 3:00 in the afternoon. Pizza and pop were provided afterwards.

Congregation Activities

The ladies in the Iowa and Minnesota churches were invited to the annual Ladies League Meeting on October 28, at the Hull, IA PRC. Rev. Laning spoke to the ladies on “Seeking the Main Ideas of Passages in Scripture.” A collection was taken for kitchen supplies for Trinity Christian High School.

The Adult Bible Class of the Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI began their new season of Bible study early in October with discussion on Article 1 of the Belgic Confession. Before each meeting Rev. Langerak will be presenting a 1/2 hour lecture on the Reformation in the Netherlands.

Plans are under way for the 2nd Seniors’ Retreat. If you like plenty of advance notice, then you should make a note that this retreat will be held, the Lord willing, September 17-21, 2012 in Sioux Falls, SD, hosted by the Heritage PRC. The conference will be held at the Holiday Inn downtown Sioux Falls. Tentative plans include registration Monday evening, the 17th, and the conference ending after breakfast on Friday, the 21st. If you are a senior, or will be, reserve those dates.

At a special congregational meeting in late October, the Loveland, CO PRC gave approval to the concept of a building remodel, and of proceeding with the design work for that project.

Evangelism Activities

In our churches, October and November are months for lectures. This year was no exception. By our count, there were 15 lectures given. Hopefully CDs of some of these will be made available to reach even a wider audience.

The Evangelism Committee of the Lynden, WA PRC hosted a lecture series on the end times October 22-23. Prof. D. Engelsma spoke on “The Two Witnesses” from Revelation 11:3 on Friday evening and the “Battle of Armageddon” from Revelation 16:6 on Saturday morning. The sermons scheduled for Sunday also continued that theme.

The Bethel PRC in Roselle, IL welcomed Rev. R. VanOverloop to their fellowship on October 22 for their Reformation Day lecture. Rev. VanOverloop spoke on “A Reformed Response to the Catholics Come Home Movement.”

The Redlands’ Tucson Sub-Committee and Evangelism Committee of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA hosted a Reformation Day lecture in Tucson, AZ on October 28. Rev. Lanning gave a lecture on the “Reformation’s View of Mission Work.” The lecture was held at the Comfort Suites in Tucson. There was a small group from Hope who made the trip to Tucson Thursday morning and stayed at the hotel that night before returning to Redlands on Friday morning. Rev. Lanning also gave the same lecture in Redlands on October 29 and preached for the congregation that weekend.