News from our churches

Trivia question
What is the second most western congregation in the PRCA? See the church profile section for the answer. Lynden, WA is farther west. More trivia next time.

Sister-church activities
From the bulletin of the Covenant ERC of Singapore:

Our nation celebrates her 55th birthday amid the COVID-19 pandemic and dengue fever outbreak. We are thankful to God for giving us a stable government that allows us to freely worship Him without fear or persecution and for keeping the country’s coronavirus under control. This has allowed us to return to church for worship though only for a maximum of 50 people at one time. God willing, when the situation improves, we will be allowed up to 100 people to gather back in church. We are also thankful that most of our brethren are still employed and able to support themselves and their families, though some have suffered pay cuts or were forced to take compulsory unpaid leave to prevent being retrenched and a few even, got retrenched from their jobs at short notice.

From the bulletin of the Maranatha PRC in the Philippines:

Metro Manila and nearby provinces were placed under the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) up to August 18, 2020. The guidelines are 1) Everyone should stay home under the MECQ, except front-liners and those who are buying essentials with their ID card. 2) Limited outdoor exercise will be allowed such as outdoor walking, jogging, running, and biking, but safety protocols should be observed, like wearing of masks and two-meter distancing. 3) Small gatherings, including religious ones, are allowed in areas under MECQ if they have five participants or less. 4) No inter-island travel and domestic flights will be permitted under MECQ, but biking and nonmotorized transport are encouraged. International flights are limited to those carrying overseas Filipino workers or returning Filipinos. 5) School premises will remain closed in MECQ.

Let us remember in prayer these fellow saints as they too suffer under the effects of the pandemic.

Minister activities
Kalamazoo PRC extended a call to Rev. C. Spronk. Rev. Spronk was led to decline this call. Edmonton PRC extended a call to Rev. M. VanderWal, who has accepted this call. Cornerstone PRC formed a new trio of Rev. M. DeBoer, Rev. E. Guichelaar, and Rev. C. Spronk, with Rev. De Boer receiving the call. Rev. G. Eriks preached his farewell sermon in Hudsonville PRC on August 16. His installation at Unity PRC was held the following week, August 23, during the morning worship service.

Congregational activities
All the ladies in the Byron Center, MI congregation were invited to a morning of fellowship at Douglas Walker Park on Wednesday, August 12. Coffee, juice, and snacks were provided. Anniversary! On July 6 of this year, Grace Church in Standale, MI marked the 25th year since she was organized. The Lord willing, they hope as a congregation to celebrate that anniversary on Sunday, September 19. During the evening service, Pastor R. VanOverloop will preach a sermon centered on the theme “Praising the Glory of God’s Grace” as found in Ephesians 1:3-6. There will be a short break with coffee/cookies after the service, after which a program is being planned. The Church Directory Committee is also working towards having a new pictorial directory available during that time. We thank God for His grace and mercy toward Grace congregation in this significant milestone.

“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1.