The consistory of the Heritage PRC in Sioux Falls, SD recently formed an Evangelism Committee to serve on behalf of their consistory and congregation. The consistory appointed five men to that committee, and they held their first meeting on September 13.
The congregation of the Covenant of Grace PRC in Spokane, WA sponsored a special lecture on Friday evening, September 17. Rev. W. Bruinsma, our denomination’s missionary to Pittsburgh, PA, was the guest speaker. Rev. Bruinsma spoke on the topic, “The Witness of the Reformed Believer.” Rev. Bruinsma was also invited to preach once the following Lord’s Day.
Covenant of Grace PRC has also put together a new welcome-packet for any visitor who may attend Covenant’s services. This packet contains an information card, two introductory pamphlets, and an informational DVD.
For some time now the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI has had an on-going contact with Rev. Paul Raj and fellow saints in Vellore, India. A recent Georgetown bulletin contained a brief update on that work. The congregation hopes to be organized sometime this fall. At organization, they look forward to receiving ten confessions of faith, and performing fifteen baptisms. The name they have chosen for their future congregation is the Reformed Christian Church of Vellore, India. Georgetown’s India Committee is presently investigating ways of support for Paul Raj’s ministry, either through an assistant, or by improving their means of transportation, or possibly by a trip to India sometime in the near future.
The consistory of the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI gave their approval to the formation of a new Bible Study for the residents of Sunset Manor, a nearby retirement home. This study was intended primarily for PR members living at Sunset, and will be led by Faith’s pastor, Rev. A. Lanning. The Bible Study hopes to meet every other week. Their first meeting was held on September 14, with a brief meditation on Psalm 73:23-28, after which the members were to choose a portion of Scripture to study for the season.
A recent bulletin from the Lynden, WA PRC reminded their congregation that in our increasingly busy lives we need times of fellowship together. And what better time to do that than on the Lord’s Day “for the edifying of the body of Christ” (Eph 4:12). So on the first Sunday of each month (through May) a soup luncheon will be provided for the congregation after their morning worship service further to support and promote that fellowship.
Rev. Doug Kuiper, pastor of the Randolph, WI PRC has agreed to teach a class for adults on the Canons of Dordt this year during the society Bible study season. Early plans called for two meetings in September, followed by once a month after that.
While filling a classical appointment to our vacant congregation in Edgerton, MN, Rev. R. Kleyn, pastor of the Covenant of Grace PRC in Spokane, WA, gave a short presentation on the congregation in Spokane.
The congregation of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA was invited to attend a Sunday School program and singspiration following their evening worship service, August 29. This program marked the end of Hope’s Sunday School season.
At a congregational meeting held September 16, the congregation of the Loveland, CO PRC gave approval for a committee on future expansion to begin the work of bringing their property, together with that of the school, into conformity with current zoning laws, and straightening the property lines between the two parcels.
Young Adult/ Young People’s Activities
The young adult society of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA enjoyed a potluck and bonfire at the mountain cabin of one of their congregation’s members on September 10. Members were asked to bring a dish to share and their own chair. Everything else, including marshmallows, was provided.
The Young People’s Society of the Kalamazoo, MI PRC sponsored a car wash on Saturday morning, September 18, at a nearby Taco Bell restaurant. We were near Kalamazoo that morning, and dodged rain drops. Hopefully the weather was good enough there for a successful fundraiser.
The consistory of the Berean PRC in Manila, the Philippines, has been studying, since January, various aspects of a future request for a sister-church relationship with the PRC. In order to keep their congregation involved and informed about this effort, and since the congregation needs to approve a future request before it is sent, the consistory approved that Rev. Smit provide some instruction on the subject of sister-church relationship on the Sundays during the Reformed Doctrine class times. The first lecture was planned for September 19.
The Hope Heralds men’s chorus completed their summer season of singing at West Michigan area rest homes and manors with an areawide concert at First Jenison CRC on Sunday, September 12, followed by a concert at the Kalamazoo PRC on September 14, and a concert in the Indiana area on September 19.
Seminary Convocation took place on September 15 at the Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI. Prof. B. Gritters spoke on the topic, “The Minister As Physician.” The seminary was open after the convocation to allow everyone opportunity to see the newly renovated classrooms. There are currently five students attending seminary classes, and three senior students serving internships through December.
Candidate Dan Holstege has accepted the call to the Holland, MI PRC.
Rev. D. Kuiper declined the call he received from the Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI.
We can also report that Cornerstone PRC in Dyer, IN, has called Rev. C. Haak; and Wingham PRC, in Ontario, CN, has called Rev. A. Lanning.