Young People’s Activities 

When reading your church bulletins each week, we at the “News” are always on the lookout for variations on a theme. The theme in this instance is the fund-raisers by the young people’s societies of our churches for the annual Young People’s Convention in the summer. One such instance we saw just this week. It was a different look on the time-tested “pancake breakfast.” The Young People’s Society of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA hosted a French-toast breakfast on Saturday, February 19, for their congregation, proceeds going toward their convention expenses.

The Young People’s Society of the Lynden, WA PRC had the opportunity back on February 20 to discuss the topic, “The Christian and Facebook.” Quoting now, “‘If it isn’t on Facebook, it hasn’t really happened,’ someone once said. Would you agree with that, young people? That popular social networking site that ‘everybody is using,’ Facebook, will be the topic of our discussion. To help you prepare for our discussion there are two short articles for you to read. One is entitled, ‘Should a Christian Be On Facebook?’ by RC Sproul, a well-known Reformed radio teacher and pastor in Florida. He presents the use of Facebook in a negative light. The other article is by Rev. G. VanBaren, a retired pastor in our denomination. It is entitled, ‘Facebook,’ and presents the site in a more positive light—with some warnings.” The young people of Lynden were asked to read these two articles and to be prepared to discuss the use and abuse of Facebook, and how Scripture principles can be applied even to this “modern” form of communication. Lynden’s bulletin announcement ends with this question, “OK, and by the way, do you REALLY think you have 150-200 friends?”

The Young People’s Society of the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada invited their congregation to a Black-Tie Dinner on the evening of February 18. My dictionary defines Black-Tie as “tuxedo and the proper accessories,” so we may assume that this was a formal evening. Maybe no tuxedos, but we also assume no jeans either.

The young people and young adults of the First PRC in Edmonton, AB, Canada spent Saturday afternoon, February 19, sledding at Rundle Park. In addition to sledding, they also enjoyed hot dogs roasted over an open fire and hot chocolate.

The young people of the Hope PRC in Walker, MI enjoyed a Saturday afternoon together on February 12 with a sleigh ride, followed by ice-skating at a nearby home. Although we do not know for certain, we can almost assume that ice-skating may have led to a good hockey game. After all, what’s the point of skating if it does not involve hockey?

The Young People of the Grace PRC in Standale, MI invited their congregation, along with the members of all our nearby churches, to a “Night of Music” on Saturday, February 12, at Grace Church. The evening was advertised as a fun-filled night of music featuring many talented musicians. A freewill offering was taken to help defray the costs of the convention.

The Young People’s Society of the Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI joined with the members of the Byron Center Young People’s Society for a fun night of tubing at Pando Winter Sports Park on Saturday, February 5.

The young people of the Peace PRC in Lansing, IL enjoyed a “Where’s Waldo Scavenger Hunt” on Saturday, February 12. The young people met at the food court in Southlake Mall at 5:00 p.m., followed with games in the gym of Heritage High School.

Congregation Activities

The congregation of the Byron Center, MI PRC presented their pastor, Rev. A. Spriensma, with a gift to commemorate his 30 years in the ministry, on Sunday evening, February 6. This was followed with a light lunch in their fellowship room, where opportunity was given to extend a word of congratulations to Rev. and Mrs. Spriensma.

Rev. A. Spriensma and Elder L. Looyenga from the Byron Center, MI PRC left February 8 for a two-week visit with Rajastephen in Chennai, India. These men hoped to hold classes with Rajastephen on biblical interpretation and sermon making, as well as assist in the work of missions in the area. Byron Center has been guiding this brother and assisting him in his orphanage since this work was relinquished by the churches in Singapore. May God have used this means to enrich spiritually the body of Christ in India.

The Georgetown PRC held their annual Winter Conference on February 11 and 12 at their church. This year’s featured speaker was Dr. Joseph Pipa. He addressed the gathering on the topic, “Getting Back to What Matters: Focusing on What is Truly Important,” based on Matthew 6:33: “Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God….”

Members of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA were heartily invited and encouraged to attend the lectures given to the pre/post confession class back in February. Practical instruction on church membership was given and discussed, including subjects such as congregational unity, life, contributions, church government, and the process of Christian discipline.

The Council of the Grace PRC in Standale, MI received a request for a hearing loop to be placed in their church. At a recent meeting, the Council decided to go ahead and install the system as requested. This system has been installed in many of our other PR churches and has proved to be quite profitable for those with hearing loss.

School Activities

A father/son basketball game was held on February 18 at Hull Christian School. The competition was between the 5th-8th grade boys and their fathers. Pizza, pop, and ice cream was provided. Grandfathers were also invited to come and watch and eat the food. Something we could do.

Minister Activities

Rev. R. VanOverloop declined the call he was considering to serve as the next pastor of the Cornerstone PRC in Dyer, IN.

The vacant Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI met together Sunday evening, February 13, and voted to extend a call to Rev. A. Lanning to serve as their next pastor.

The vacant PRC in Wingham, Ontario, Canada has extended a call to Rev. M. VanderWal.