The congregation of the Loveland, CO PRC extended a hearty welcome to those attending the Young Adult Retreat sponsored by their young adults on August 22-25. Rev. S. Key, pastor of Loveland, was this year’s featured speaker. He spoke on “Seeking First God’s Kingdom,” from Matthew 6. No doubt those attending the retreat enjoyed a beneficial discussion on submission to authority. Those attending this year also enjoyed the wonderful accommodations at the Glenwood Suites Hotel and some great Colorado activities, including whitewater rafting, hiking in the magnificent Rocky Mountains, and a relaxing trip to one of the world’s largest mineral hot springs pools.
The Young People’s Society of the Hull, IA PRC recently reminded their congregation about their upcoming fall pop-can drive on Saturday, September 10. The young people were “volunteering” to pick up any pop cans the members of Hull might have lying around. The young people also used the opportunity to remind their congregation that they had set up accounts at two stores, one in Sioux Center, the other in Sheldon, that made it possible for one to return pop cans there and have the deposit refund applied to the Young People’s account. Proceeds were being applied to the 2012 Young People’s Convention.
Anyone looking for a good breakfast on Labor Day morning, September 5, was invited to a Pancake Breakfast hosted by the Young People’s Society of the Grace PRC in Standale, MI. The breakfast took place in the gym of Hope PR Christian School. Donations went toward the 2012 Young People’s Convention.
It appears that the young people who attended this summer’s young people’s convention may have been exposed, unawares at the time, to MRSA. In response to this possibility, the host congregation, the Randolph, WI PRC, sent out an e-mail to inform all the conventioneers of the possibility of their having come in contact with someone who had MRSA, and they also felt it would be beneficial to inform each congregation as well, because the infection may have spread beyond conventioneers. MRSA is an extremely serious bacterial infection that cannot be left untreated. The symptoms, which may not show themselves for several days or weeks, may first appear as a skin rash or as small red bumps that resemble pimples, and may be accompanied by fever. The rash is only a symptom. If it is treated right away, this is not a serious infection. If you see any of these symptoms, go to the doctor ASAP. MRSA can become life-threatening if left untreated.
On Monday morning, August 29, from 8:00 a.m. to noon, all of the young people and young adults of the Berean PRC in Manila of the Philippines and those from Christian Faith Ministries were invited to join the YP/YA from First Reformed of Bulacan, at the home of Rev. Daniel and Sharon Kleyn at the Beverly Hills Village. There was scheduled a time for Bible devotions, singing, food, and various activities together.
A recent bulletin from the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI included an update of their on-going work in India. Their India Committee reports that the English services, followed by a service in Tamil each Sunday, are going well, and have attracted some from the Christian Medical College in Vellore. The orphanage is now able to offer computer training to the orphans. The tutor program is going well, with 15-20 children in two different villages receiving instruction in Bible history. Emanuel Shigh, a young man interested in the ministry, and living in Calcutta, India, has joined the Monday doctrine studies with Paul Raj and Georgetown’s Doctrine Committee.
Rev. Martyn McGeown, missionary pastor of our sister church, the Covenant PRC in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, working with the Limerick Reformed Fellowship in Limerick, Republic of Ireland, traveled to Wales on September 1 to give a lecture in Porthcawl on the subject, “Friendship with God,” looking at how friendship with God is possible, and on what its blessedness consists.
The members of the Grace PRC in Standale, MI were reminded to sign up for a bowling outing at nearby Lincoln Country Club on August 31. The outing was for any member of Grace Church and was free of charge. Just imagine if our other congregations around Grace knew about this ahead of time. Grace’s membership would have swelled to double or triple its normal number for those two hours.
The children of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA presented their annual year-end Sunday School program Sunday evening, August 28, after their evening worship service.
The Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI, sponsored a Dave Ramsey Financial Peace Class Tuesday evenings at Georgetown beginning on September 6. The class featured Dave Ramsey videos, teaching practical, godly lessons on saving, debt elimination, investing, and real estate, to name a few.
With the acceptance of calls by Candidates Nathan Decker and Brian Huizinga, our three remaining vacant churches formed new trios and extended calls on Sunday, August 28.
The Edgerton, MN PRC extended a call to Candidate Jonathan Mahtani.
Candidate Mahtani also received the call from the Cornerstone PRC in Dyer, IN to serve as their next pastor.
Rev. Andrew Lanning, presently serving our denomination as pastor of the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI, received the call to serve as pastor of the Hope PRC in Walker, MI.