Young People’s Activities 

Although we cannot say for certain, we are rather confident that all of our young people’s societies, in all of our congregations, in one way or another, have the opportunity during the month of December to spend an evening caroling together. This caroling is usually done to the elderly, the widows and widowers, and the shutins in the various churches, but it can also include a trip to a nearby retirement home, or hospital, or even just a tour of the neighborhood around the church. But we are certain that no matter how it is done, or even to whom it is done, the caroling is much appreciated. Our senior citizens deeply appreciate being thought of, and they appreciate all the cards and messages from their congregations. So for all of them, we extend a heartfelt thank-you to all our young people for showing you are part of a wonderful caring family of fellow believers.

Not only did our young people spend time together caroling last month, many of them also sponsored Christmas singspirations in their churches. Such was the case in the Loveland, CO PRC on Sunday evening, December 12, with a collection taken to help meet expenses for this summer’s PR Young People’s Convention.

One week later, Sunday, December 19, the young people of the Edgerton, MN and Heritage PRC in Sioux Falls, SD hosted the annual Christmas singspiration for the area Protestant Reformed Churches (including also Calvary, Doon, and Hull). This year’s singspiration was held at Edgerton.

The young people of the Hull, IA PRC invited all those 60 and older in their congregation to a night of playing games and having fellowship together on December 7.

The young people of the Calvary PRC in Hull, IA hosted a young people/grandparents game night on December 9 in the music room at Trinity High School.

Congregations also had the opportunity to support their young people’s fund-raising efforts for this summer’s convention in Wisconsin by means of attending different dinners. The young people of the First PRC in Holland, MI sponsored a spaghetti dinner on November 30, and the young people of the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI held their annual chili dinner on December 4.

Mission Activities

The young people of the Berean PRC in Manila, the Philippines, were invited to a day activity by the young people of the First Reformed Church of Bulacan on December 21 at the ECO-Park in Quezon City. This activity began at 8:00 a.m. at the park.

Prof. and Mrs. H. Hanko returned home in mid-December after six weeks of preaching and teaching in Singapore. Prof. Hanko reports that he is greatly encouraged by the continued interest in the distinctives of the Reformed faith and church polity in the Covenant ERCS. Especially he is encouraged by the development of and interest shown by the young people. We can also add that the Hankos were a bit shocked when they arrived in Grand Rapids, MI from Singapore last month. Imagine, if you can, going from 90 degrees F to 6 degrees F. It takes a bit of getting used to! In fact, we are not sure one ever does get used to it.

A delegation from the Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI made an official visit to the Pittsburgh Mission the weekend of December 10-12. This delegation included elders Steve Kuiper and Tom Vander Woude and deacons Marc Kuiper and Eric Lubbers. They visited with missionary Rev. W. Bruinsma, and with Pittsburgh’s Steering Committee. They also supervised the administration of the Lord’s Supper on December 12 and made several family visitations.

Congregation Activities

The choir of the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI invited their congregation, and others from neighboring churches, to join them on Sunday evening, December 12, for their annual Christmas concert.

The Christmas concert of the Georgetown PRC choir was held on Sunday evening, December 12, following their evening service. Their congregation, and others from around Hudsonville, MI, were invited to hear selections by the choir, sing along with them, and enjoy a piano solo and a piano-flute duet.

The Hull, IA congregation enjoyed a choir program and singspiration sponsored by their choir on Sunday afternoon, December 5.

The deacons of the Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI hosted a widow/ widower breakfast for those members of their congregation on Saturday morning, December 11.

Bound to Join, the new book on church membership by Prof. D. Engelsma, is the next book the Reading Club of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA plans to read and discuss. Their first discussion began already in late November, with more to follow each month, D.V.

On Sunday evening, November 21, Rev. C. Haak, pastor of the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI, preached his annual sermon on the persecuted church. This worship service is meant to call attention to the reality of the persecuted church of God on earth and our call to prayer for God’s sustaining grace to rest upon our persecuted brethren. Rev. Haak preached from Acts 12 (II Cor. 4:9) under the theme, “Persecuted but Not Forsaken.”

The deacons of the Byron Center, MI PRC planned on conducting a food-drive again during late December. Byron’s congregation was encouraged to drop off their donations between December 26 and January 2.

Minister Activities

Rev. G. Eriks received the call from the Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI to serve as their next pastor.

Rev. D. Overway declined the call extended to him to serve as the next pastor of the Wingham, Ontario PRC.