We include here a recent update sent to our churches from Rev. and Mrs. Kleyn in the Philippines. “Recently two typhoons hit northern Luzon (Manila is in central to south Luzon), causing much flooding and damage to crops. Typhoon Pedring (international name, Nesat) came on September 27 and Typhoon Quiel (international name, Nalgae) just a few days later on October 1. In Manila we received a lot of rain, but nothing like they had further north. On our drive to Gabaldon this past weekend (October 8), we saw much evidence of the damage done to trees, roads, homes, and crops. Many of the members of the All of Grace PR Fellowship in Gabaldon had two feet or more of water in their homes, but thankfully none lost their homes or their lives.”
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In other “news” from the Philippines, we also note that the Berean PRC in Manila marks its 5th anni-versary as an instituted church on November 19, D.V. Part of their remembrance of God’s goodness and faithfulness to them will include a special merienda (snack) on November 20 between their worship services. We also extend to them our prayer of thanksgiving and our petition that our heavenly Father will provide all their needs in the days to come as He has done in the days past.
The congregation of the Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI got together on Tuesday evening, October 18, for a House-Warming Shower for their new pastor, Rev. Nathan Decker, his wife, Jessica, and their daughter, Kate.
The congregation of the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI met together on Sunday evening, Octo-ber 16, for a brief farewell program for Pastor-elect Jon Mahtani, his wife, Keri, and their children, Levi, Shane, and Mayla. Some of Georgetown’s high school girls sang a special number, and the elders spoke words of encouragement.
Georgetown’s congregation was also invited to join in fellowship together that same Sunday evening for a commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the King James Version of the Bible. A supper was planned, and historical posters and a table of interesting historical memorabilia were also on display.
A conference celebrating the 400th anniversary of the King James Version of the Bible was held October 7 and 8 in the sanctuary of the Hull, IA PRC. The three speeches of the conference featured our seminaries’ three professors. Prof. Dykstra spoke Friday evening, followed by Prof. R. Cammenga and Prof. B. Gritters on Saturday morning. These men looked at three aspects of the KJV: restoring the Bible to the believer; the history of the KJV; and the question of replacing the KJV with another translation. The audio of these three speeches is now available for free download at king-james400years.com. In addition, you will also find there an order form that can be used to order CD or DVD sets of the speeches.
Our seminary gives the second-year seminary students an assignment to observe and teach catechism in an area church for five weeks. With the approval of the consistory of the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI, Seminarian Joshua Engelsma completed his assignment at Faith with the 4th-5th graders. Seminarian Engelsma observed the class for Lessons 1-3 and then taught Lessons 4 and 5 under the observation of Rev. A. Lanning, Faith’s pastor.
The Loveland, CO PRC had the opportunity on September 28 to hear one of their former pastors, Prof. D. Engelsma, speak on the subject, “Earthquakes, Tsunamis, and Other Human Suffering—Because Almighty God Exists and Is Both Almighty and Good.” Prof. Engelsma also preached for Loveland the following Sunday.
The NWI PRS Ladies Circle invited supporters of their school to an afternoon of food and fellowship at the home of Rev. Allen and Crysta Brummel on Saturday, October 15. Grilled burgers and hot dogs were served, followed by fun games and activities including a coloring contest and candy hunt. A free-will offering was taken for the Northwest Iowa Christian School.
Hope PR Christian School in Walker, MI held their fall PTA meeting Thursday evening, October 20. Rev. G. Eriks spoke to the parents and teachers on “Covenant Communication with Our Children.”
The 2011 Fall Festival at Covenant Christian High School in Walker, MI was held on October 8. There were activities for the kids and a delicious pig roast dinner. The Fall Festival Market was open and featured baked goods, award winning Applebarn Apple Cider, pumpkins, mums, and much more. The day featured good food, good fellowship, and an opportunity to look at the progress made on the building project.
From a trio of the Revs. G. Eriks, N. Langerak, and A. Lanning, the Edgerton, MN PRC extended a call to Rev. A. Lanning to “come over and help.”