News From Our Churches

Young People’s Activities 

The young people and congregation of the Randolph, WI PRC hosted the 70th annual Young People’s Convention on August 8-12 at the Green Lake Conference Center in Green Lake, WI. Plans for this year’s convention began already three years ago and Randolph deserves all our thanks for a job well done. We may be wrong about this, but we think that this was the first convention hosted by the Randolph congregation. The theme of this year’s convention was, “Lessons from the Life of Joseph,” with the theme text, “But God meant it unto good,” from Genesis 50:20. Rev. D. Holstege spoke Monday night on “The Purpose of Suffering”; Rev. A. Brummel spoke on Wednesday evening on “The Power of Sanctification”; and Rev. S. Key provided the final speech Thursday morning on “The Privilege of Serving.” From what we heard, this year’s convention went very well, with 377 young people present. We are thankful for the godly attitude and conduct of the young people, which was noticed and appreciated by the employees at the camp.

We add our prayers for God’s rich blessings on our young people as they seek to grow spiritually by fleeing temptation, forgiving others, and living holy lives of service to God, as did Joseph, by the power of God’s grace and Spirit.

The Sunday evening before the annual convention, the young people, along with the older members of many of our PR churches, had the opportunity to gather together for pre-convention singspirations. One was hosted by the Randolph, WI PRC; another took place at the Crete, IL PRC; and yet another at Fairhaven Ministries in Hudsonville, MI. Taking into account the time zones in which each singspiration took place, and the time each started, we see that all were singing praises to God at the same time. So even though the young people attending the convention were not together until Monday, they were already together spiritually by way of song on Sunday night.

The Young Adults and Young People’s Societies of the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada were involved in a fundraiser on August13 at South Side Dodge Chrysler Jeep in Red Deer. There was a car washing/car bashing and barbecue from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Christianity on Campus, a Bible study group meeting at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI during the school year, had a kickoff meeting/mixer at Grace PRC in Standale, MI on Saturday, August 20. The event included a burger fry, as well as volleyball, bean bag toss, and other activities.

The young adults and young people of Immanuel PRC in Lacombe and First PRC in Edmonton, AB, Canada were invited to gather together for a group hike in Jasper National Park on Monday, August 1. August 1 was a civic holiday, Heritage Day, in Canada.

The Young People’s Activity Committee of the Calvary PRC in Hull, IA hosted a canoeing outing for their church’s young people on August 20.

Congregation Activities

A new Bible study has been formed this year for the special needs members of our churches in West Michigan. The Bible study will meet, D.V., at Faith PRC in Jenison, MI on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. It began already on September 8. The Bible study will include a Bible story, singing, and a time of fellowship. Each special needs member will be assisted by a PR friend/helper. Snacks will be provided. This Bible study is sponsored by members of Faith PRC and will look at Old Testament saints from Adam and Eve, to Joseph, David, and Daniel.

On Friday evening, August 5, our churches in NW Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota got together for a “Celebration of the Psalms Singspiration.” As the name implies, there was lots of good singing, in addition to various special numbers provided by the different congregations.

The Christian Fellowship Society of the Hull, IA PRC held their summer picnic on August 10 at the Boyden Centennial Park in Hull. The menu included pizza and pop, and activities centered on a splash pad for the kids, and some sand volleyball for the grown-ups.

The girls of Life Group, of the Hudsonville, MI PRC, held their final meeting of the summer on August 9. At that meeting an older member of their congregation came and spoke about her personal experience with an eating disorder. She told the girls how God had used that difficult trial for her good and His glory. Moms were especially encouraged to join the meeting, as well as any other members of the congregation who wanted to listen to the guest speaker.

The members of the Heritage PRC in Sioux Falls, SD once again sponsored a booth at the Sioux Empire Fair on August 9-14.

The Ladies Summer Reading Club of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA met in early August to discuss drama and entertainment, using four pamphlets: “The Christian and the Film Arts” (Prof. Hanko), “The Christian and Entertainment” (Rev. Dale Kuiper), “The Evil of Drama” (Rev. Smit), and “The Movie”(Rev. R. Veldman). If you are interested in reading these as well, the first three can be found

Sister-Church Activities

In our last “News,” we wrote about Rev. and Mrs. Bleyenberg spending time in Northern Ireland filling the pulpits of the Covenant PRC and the Limerick Reformed Fellowship, while their pastors spent time in the United States. What we failed to tell you was that while in Limerick, Rev. Bleyenberg also had opportunity to present a lecture on August 15 entitled “Proper Sabbath Observance.”

Minister Activities

Candidate Nathan Decker has accepted the call extended to him from the Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI to serve as their next pastor.

Candidate Brian Huizinga has accepted the call extended to him from the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA to serve as their next pastor.