News From Our Churches

School Activities

On the night of February 17 the parents and teachers of Heritage Christian School in Hudsonville, MI were invited to their annual Spring PTA meeting. Rev. G. Eriks, pastor of the Hudsonville PRC, spoke on the topic, “Covenant Communication with our Children.” Following his speech, teachers and parents, over cookies and coffee, were encouraged to continue the discussion on how we communicate with our children.

One week earlier, on February 10, the supporters of the PTA of Hope PR Christian School in Walker, MI were invited to gather together to hear Mrs. Tina Mingerink speak on how children learn with their whole bodies, not just their brains, and how learning is dependent on gross motor development. Parents were encouraged to come and see how early intervention can improve a child’s academic success.

Friends and supporters of Hope Christian School in Redlands, CA were invited to a Tasting Bee on Friday evening, March 4, at their school. Everyone enjoyed a fun-filled evening of tasting various recipes taken from Hope’s latest fund-raising effort, the just-published cookbook, “Our Favorites with a Twist!” On a personal note, we just received our copy this week and are looking forward to trying some recipes, especially Elephant Stew.

Evangelism Activities

The Evangelism Committee of the First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI invited their congregation to a special program on Sunday evening, February 27, to learn more about the work that is being done under the supervision of the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI, with Paul Raj in India. Georgetown’s India Committee gave a PowerPoint presentation, with time for questions and answers following. A light lunch was provided between the evening service and the program.

The Redlands Tucson Sub-Committee of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA hosted a lecture in Tucson, AZ on February 25. Prof. D. Engelsma spoke on the subject, “Church Membership: A Necessity,” at the Hampton Inn in Tucson. A group from Hope went to Tucson Friday morning, attended the lecture, stayed at the Hampton Inn Friday night, and returned home on Saturday.

Mission Activities

The Consistory of the Berean PRC in Manila, the Philippines, announced in a recent bulletin that, starting on March 13, they will be making Reformed Doctrine catechism instruction available in the Tagalog language for those adults who are more fluent in the Tagalog and who wish to make confession of faith and become members of the congregation. The Tagalog Reformed Doctrine Class began with a study of the Heidelberg Catechism, and planned to meet between worship services on Sundays, and will be led by the elders.

The young people of the PR Fellowship in Pittsburgh, PA enjoyed a day of snow-tubing at Hidden Valley on Saturday, February 26. Other members of the fellowship were also invited to join the young people. After snow-tubing, all, young and old, were invited for lunch at the home of a fellowship family.

Young People’s Activities

The Young People’s Society of the Wingham, ON PRC hosted a church skating-day at the Belgrove Arena on Saturday, February 26. For the first hour, plans called for family skating, with the second hour reserved for hockey.

The young people and young adults of the Heritage PRC in Sioux Falls, SD were invited to join with the young people and young adults of the Edgerton, MN PRC on February 21 for a fondue supper and game night. Those who came were encouraged to bring something that would go well with either cheese or pizza fondue.

Rev. James Laning, pastor of the Hull, IA PRC, plans to host a time of Bible study, food, and fellowship for the young adults of Hull at the parsonage on Sunday evenings. This study began already on March 6. Plans called for two groups, the first consists of those who are in their first or second year out of high school, and the other group consists of those who are older than that. Each group will meet every other Sunday and will be discussing the book of Acts.

The Young People’s Society of Hope PRC in Walker, MI invited their congregation, as well as others around the west Michigan area, to a soup-supper on March 5 before the Hope Foundation travelogue. Four delicious homemade soups and desserts were promised.

Denomination Activities

At the request of our denomination’s Contact Committee, Rev. Ron and Sue VanOverloop, of the Grace PRC in Standale, MI, left on February 23 for Singapore in order to preach for Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church of Singapore for four Sundays. This visit is intended to assist the CERC and help develop the relationship between that congregation and our denomination, and to provide pulpit supply while their pastor works with a group in Pnang, Malaysia, which will be organized into an instituted congregation in March, D.V.

Sister-Church Activities

Rev. Martyn McGeown, missionary pastor to the Limerick Reformed Fellowship in Ireland, gave two lectures during the last week of February—one on Monday night in Limerick, under the title, “What Does It Mean to Be Born Again?” and the other on Thursday night in Porthcawl, South Wales, on “God Is Love.”

Minister Activities

Rev. William Langerak declined two calls he received to serve as pastor. The first decline was to the Edgerton, MN PRC, and the second decline was to the Hope PRC in Walker, MI.