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Congregation Activities

Summer coming to a close also means that many of our congregations have now also brought their yearly Sunday Schools to a close as well. We pray that the lessons taught were as big a blessing to our children as they were to the teachers and parents who taught them. To celebrate their last day of Sunday School, the children of the Lynden, WA PRC invited all their fellow church members to a sing-along at 12:00, after their shortened lesson from 11:30 to noon on Sunday morning, August 29. Singspiration-goers were encouraged to sit next to their favorite little person. This year Lynden’s Beginners learned a great deal about the inspiration of Scripture, the Fall, and our need for a Savior. The Elementary children studied the positive and negative requirements of the Ten Commandments and also memorized the Books of the Bible. The Junior High students wrapped up a unit on Parables.

The Sunday School of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA wrapped up their school year on Saturday, August 28, with a pool party. The outing was limited to Sunday School children and their parents. Swimming began in late afternoon, with dinner following.

This past summer the congregation of the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI took part in what now has become their annual Bible Memory project. This summer’s reciting was done under the theme, “Following in Christ’s Footsteps.” To encourage those involved, the committee organizing the summer-long event placed brightly colored footprints across the back wall of their narthex. For every ten verses of God’s Word memorized, one footprint went up on the wall. All the verses were pooled together so that this project truly became a group effort. How far could they get in the journey? Georgetown’s last Sunday for reciting was August 29, with those involved reciting all or part of Malachi 3:6-18.

On Tuesday evening, August 24, the congregation of the Wingham, Ontario PRC held a farewell evening for Rev. and Mrs. DeVries. There was a short program followed by coffee and refreshments. The DeVrieses expected to load their belongings Thursday and Friday, August 26 and 27, with help from Wingham’s congregation, and a few people from Kalamazoo, with departure for Kalamazoo, MI set for Saturday morning.

Rev. M. DeVries was installed as the tenth pastor of the Kalamazoo, MI PRC on Sunday morning, August 29. Prof. R. Cammenga conducted the service, preaching from Numbers 20 on a sermon entitled, “The Fall of Moses.” Rev. DeVries preached his inaugural sermon that evening, preaching from Ephesians 6, under the theme, “The Army Exhorted to Pray.”

The Covenant of Grace PRC in Spokane, WA had a need for some articles of furniture for their sanctuary. In response to that need, the Consistory of the Lynden, WA PRC offered to donate to them the baptismal font, pulpit, and communion table that were used in Lynden’s old church building and which were currently in storage.

On August 23, First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI held a special congregational meeting, at which they approved a proposal to repave their parking lots and driveways and to improve the lighting in their lower parking lot. We assume the work was done already that same week, since the next Sunday’s bulletin at First contained an apology from their Building Committee for the inconvenience of not being able to use the parking lot that day since it needed another day to harden before driving on it. Parking was available across the street.

Evangelism Activities

The Evangelism Committee of the First PRC in Edmonton, AB, Canada is advertising their church on SHINE FM radio with ads running four times a day until October 15. With this two-month effort Edmonton was looking to hear any feedback from members who hear the ads, and they also reminded the congregation to be prepared to welcome any visitors who might attend in response to the ads.

The Evangelism Committee of the Loveland, CO PRC developed a business card for their church that could be passed out to friends, neighbors, and other contacts that Loveland’s members may come across in their daily walk and conversation. A box full of the cards was on the table in the back of their narthex. Congregation members were encouraged to grab a few and pass them out.

The Evangelism Committee of the Hudsonville, MI PRC, with the approval of their Consistory, have placed in their pew racks laminated cards with the order of worship on them for visitors. Although the order of worship is on the back of their bulletin, visitors may not see it or get a bulletin, so the EC thought it would be helpful to have this information available for visitors.

Mission Activities

Our missionaries in the Philippines have started a Metro Manila Ministers Monthly Monday Meeting. They had their initial meeting with two pastors and an aspiring student on Monday, August 23. They will meet to study Dogmatics twice a month in the church building of Christian Faith Ministries in Batasan Hills. Taking turns on their respective Mondays, Rev. Smit will teach Introduction to Dogmatics and then Anthropology, and Rev. Kleyn will teach Theology. This is with a view to these men sitting for an examination sometime in the future. We pray that it may be God’s will so to bless the work that these men and their congregations can join with the Berean PRC in establishing a denomination in the Philippines.

Minister Activities

First PRC in Holland, MI extended a call to Candidate Daniel Holstege to become their next pastor. On Sunday, September 12, Candidate Holstege accepted that call.

The Hope PRC in Walker, MI voted to extend a call to Rev. C. Haak to serve as their next pastor.