Prof. Decker is professor of Practical Theology in the Protestant Reformed Seminary.
Again this year we pass along our thanks to the Young Adult Society of the Loveland, CO PRC for the fine work they did in serving as hosts for their annual Spring Retreat. This year’s retreat was held March 23-26 at Covenant Heights in Estes Park, CO and had for its theme, “Putting on the Whole Armor of God”—Ephesians 6:1-20.
For the most part, all 38 young adults (from 17 of our congregations) arrived the weekend before the retreat and stayed in homes of the members of the congregation. Saturday, many of them went skiing, though some stayed behind to recover from a long car ride. Sunday was busy in worship, ending with a singspiration for all, followed by activities in the church basement for the young adults. Monday brought them together for breakfast at a Loveland restaurant, registration, and the ride to the camp at the foot of Long’s Peak, one of the highest mountains in Colorado.
The Young Adults spent the time together enjoying each other’s company and showing their desire for spiritual fellowship and growth. Discussion groups centered in how and when to defend our faith, and debates looked at the questions of Sweepstakes, Drawings, etc., and “Which Do I Sacrifice First, Family or Church?” Reportedly they even managed to sing “How Great Thou Art” at the top of one of the “Twin Sisters” mountain peaks, even though the wind was so strong one could hardly stand up.
Rev. G. VanBaren, Loveland’s pastor, spoke about our enemy, the devil, explaining that his attacks are centered on God’s Word and God’s Cross. Rev. B. Gritters, pastor of the Hudsonville, MI PRC, whom I thank for giving me all these details about the retreat, spoke on the battle and the armor God gives us to use. We heartily echo Rev. Gritters’ comment that he would encourage all our young adults to start making plans for 1999’s retreat. The Lord willing, it will be another great time.
From a March 29 bulletin from the First PRC in Holland, MI, we find an update concerning their church building project. On the inside, the drywall has been completed and the ceilings have been sprayed (textured). The interior walls are also about ready for wallpaper and paint. On the outside, block work has begun.
First is also looking at a couple of changes that they could possibly incorporate when they move, the Lord willing, into their new church home this spring. One would be a change of their evening start time, from 6:30 to 6:00 pm; and the other would be a change in the name for their church, from First PRC of Holland to Holland PRC.
On March 26 the congregation of the Bethel PRC in Itasca, IL met and approved a proposal to begin construction of their own church building. Their council also appointed a committee to investigate various methods of loans, including personal notes. You might also be interested to note that on March 29 Bethel celebrated their ninth anniversary since organization, and, the Lord willing, they could quite possibly celebrate their tenth in their own church home. What a date to remember!
The Choral Society of the Hudsonville, MI PRC presented their annual Spring Concert for their congregation on March 29.
Rev. B. Gritters has declined the call he had been considering from the South Holland, IL PRC.
Rev. M. DeVries, pastor of the First PRC in Edmonton, Alberta, CN, was able to speak to a recent Senior High Religious Studies Class at Parkland Immanuel Chr. School on the subject of the King James Version of the Bible.
The Evangelism Society of the Randolph, WI PRC recently sponsored their annual Spring Lecture. Rev. A. Spriensma, pastor of the Grandville, MI PRC, spoke on “God’s Covenant of Grace: Agreement or Relationship?” Rev. Spriensma spoke from his own personal experience in coming to a clearer understanding of this truth.