The Council of the Hudsonville, MI PRC has been busy the past year or so working on a proposal to update and renovate Hudsonville’s existing church building. Continued growth in Hudsonville has resulted in the congregation outgrowing their space for catechism classes, Bible study, and Sunday school, as well as in their nursery, restrooms, and fellowship hall. Hoping to address those needs, the Council presented the congregation with a proposal to renovate their fellowship hall and the existing rooms around it, including an addition to the north side of their building and an entire parking lot reconstruction. The men of Hudsonville met on January 25 and voted to approve this proposal.
In perusing bulletins each week we often notice the different announcements concerning Bible societies and what they are studying. One such announcement caught our eye last week. The Men’s Society of the Hope PRC in Walker, MI was considering the topic, “Is a Democracy Compatible with Christianity?” An interesting question, and one that gave us something to think about. I guess we will have to ask a member of that society what answer they came up with.
The Prayer Sister group of the Byron Center, MI PRC held their “reveal” get-together in late January. This group of women, 18 years old and older, provides a simple way for the ladies of Byron Center to get to know each other better, and it offers a way to encourage each other and pray for others specifically. This group sends cards to their “secret prayer sister” throughout the year and gives a small gift at the party when the year wraps up. They also have the opportunity to send cards to various members of their church throughout the year.
Rev. A. Stewart, pastor of the Covenant PRC in Ballymena, NI, our sister church, presented a public lecture in the Lurgan Town Hall, in Lurgan, NI, on February 4 on the topic, “Predestination: What the Bible Says.” Rev. Stewart hoped to answer various questions regarding predestination, including: What is predestination? Why are so many people scared of it? and How is it denied and opposed in our day?
The Evangelism Committee of the Providence PRC in Hudsonville, MI gave to the members of their congregation two CDs. One CD was by Rev. W. Bruinsma, entitled, “The Witness of the Reformed Believer,” and the second by Rev. R. Kleyn, entitled, “Sounding Out the Word.” These are of a lecture and a sermon given last year at the Covenant of Grace PRC in Spokane, WA, and were meant to serve as a help in personal witnessing.
The Evangelism Committee of the Loveland, CO PRC also made these two CDs available to their congregation. But rather than give each family a copy, they made them available through their church library.
Something new has been added to the website of the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada (www.reformedalberta.cn): “Our Covenant God: An Exposition of the Doctrine of the Covenant from Scripture,” by the late Rev. Herman Veldman, with an appendix, “The Expression ‘Sanctified in Christ’ in our Baptism Form.” This is a series of seventeen articles from the Standard Bearer, written in 1947-1949, after meetings of representatives of the PRC with Prof. K. Schilder of the Liberated. This material touches on the issues underlying the Federal Vision heresy.
The Evangelism Committee of the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI continues their work at the Men’s Building of the Holland Rescue Mission in Holland, MI. Georgetown has been leading a Bible Study there each week on the Ten Commandments. In addition, they distributed cassette albums of a series of sermons preached by their pastor, Rev. C. Haak, to area rest homes.
Highlights from the January meeting of the Evangelism Committee of the Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI included a report that Southeast continues to supply about 300 pamphlets per month to 12 area restaurants. The committee also discussed the program that has been used in the past to supply audio cassettes of the Standard Bearer to about 30 blind people.
The Young People’s Society of the Hull, IA PRC hosted a lock-in at the Dordt College Rec Center on January 21, starting at 10 p.m. In addition to serving pizza, snacks, and drinks throughout the night they organized a 3-on-3 basketball tournament for both boys and girls and a co-ed volleyball tournament to help keep the young people awake and active.
The congregation of the Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI were invited to stay after their evening service on January 9 for a young people’s fundraiser. Jared Langerak gave a repeat performance of the organ program he gave earlier at the PRC of Crete, IL. After the service the congregation was able to enjoy a light supper, which was followed by an hour of organ music. A collection was taken for this year’s convention expenses.
The Young People’s Society of the Doon, IA PRC hosted a skiing/ snowboarding/tubing outing at the Great Bear Resort on January 24.
In the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Australia, the denomination with which our denomination has a Corresponding Relationship, David Torlach, who was trained in our seminary, was ordained and inducted into the office of the ministry of the Word and Sacraments on February 5 in the Winnaleah, Tasmania congregation. We rejoice with the Torlachs, the Winnaleah congregation, and the denomination at this gift of God. To Him be the praise and glory.
Rev. J. Marcus declined the call extended to him from the Wingham, Ontario PRC.
Rev. C. Spronk declined the call he received to serve as the next pastor of the Hope PRC in Walker, MI.
Rev. W. Langerak received two calls, besides the one from Southeast PRC—one to serve as pastor of the Edgerton, MN PRC, and the other to serve as pastor of the Hope PRC in Walker, MI.