Since our last “News,” Rev. R. Kleyn declined the call he received from the Randolph, WI PRC to serve as their next pastor; and Rev. C. Haak declined the call he received from the Doon, IA PRC to serve as their next pastor.
Candidate Erik Guichelaar has been extended two calls since our last “News.” Our vacant churches in Randolph, WI and Doon, IA have both called him to be their next pastor.
Due to Candidate Guichelaar considering two calls from churches in Classis West, and his anticipated examination at the next meeting of Classis, that meeting has been postponed one month, from September 4 to October 9, in the Loveland, COPRC.
A recent bulletin from our sister church in Northern Ireland, the Covenant PRC in Ballymena, included the following encouraging quote, and it reminded us that God has His church in every nation. “Thank you for your e-mail and the Covenant Reformed News. It is a great opportunity to receive it every month. I am pastor of a small church in Cuba. When I converse with others I am as a ‘strange bug’ for my position on supralapsarianism and my position regarding common grace. I have read all the material on your website in Spanish and it has been very good.”
And from the “Stories from Singapore” blog, we include the following about our sister church in Singapore, the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church. “The CERC has a committee called the Family Support Ministry (FSM). One of the ongoing projects of the FSM right now is the showing of videos on Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp, followed by discussions on the videos. The FSM also sponsors an annual family seminar. This year’s seminar was held Saturday, July 27. The topic chosen was, ‘Growing Together in Faith As Husbands and Wives.’ There was a speech, followed by discussion groups and then a question and answer session. During all these things there were activities for the children. The evening concluded with dinner together.”
The Evangelism Committee of the First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI sponsored a summer singspiration entitled, “Come Before His Presence with Singing,” July 28, in their auditorium. There was audience singing and special numbers, with participation by old and young. An offering was taken for the work of evangelism at First. Refreshments and fellowship were enjoyed afterwards.
The congregation of First PRC in Holland, MI was invited to an Evangelism Workshop on July 15 and 16 at their church, entitled, “God’s Calling to Witness.”
Members of our churches in West Michigan were invited to a speech on Congregational Evangelism by Missionary Pastor Wilbur Bruinsma, on the topic, “Today’s Evangelism,” Wednesday, July 24, at the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI. In this speech Rev. Bruinsma showed the connection between planting new congregations and the work of evangelism as done by the local congregation. A question and discussion period followed the speech.
Young Adult Activities
The young adults and congregation of First PRC in Edmonton, AB, Canada hosted a Young Adults Retreat on the theme, “The Antithesis in History.” This retreat was held at the Goldeye Center, near Nordegg, Alberta, from July 29 to August 1. The speakers were Rev. T. Miersma, pastor of the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, and Rev. J. Marcus, First’s pastor.
The young people and young adults of the Bethel PRC in Roselle, ILhosted a canoe trip at the Boundary Waters in Northern Minnesota July 29 through August 3.
The Young Calvinist group hosted a Bike Hike on Saturday, July 20, riding the Kent Trails around Grand Rapids, MI. The group met at John Ball Park on the west side of Grand Rapids at 8:30 in the morning. The bike ride would take place rain or shine, so everyone was reminded to dress accordingly.
Missionary Pastor Wilbur Bruinsma gave a presentation on the important work going on in the PR mission in Pittsburgh, PA on Sunday evening, August 4, at the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI. All interested were encouraged to come and hear how this important work is going and the efforts being made by Rev. Bruinsma, the Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI, the calling church, and our denomination’s Domestic Mission Committee, to spread the gospel in the greater Pittsburgh area.
Early in July, while Missionary Pastor R. Smit and his family were in the United States on furlough, four young adults from our sister church in Singapore, the CERC, were able to visit the Philippines, the churches there, and Missionary Pastor D. Kleyn and his wife. The Kleyns wrote that they enjoyed getting to know them and taking them around. “But most of all we were thankful for the fellowship they could have with various groups and churches here, especially the young people.”
The congregation of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA was invited to their church on Friday, July 12 for a volleyball tournament. All ages and skills were welcomed, and fans were invited to come and support their favorite teams and enjoy some ice cream along the way. Donations were for the Young People’s Society.
On Friday, July 19, the members of the Hudsonville, MI PRC met together for dinner. The occasion that brought them together was Hudsonville’s first (we hope annual) Grill Off and Tasting Bee. Dinner was served from 6-7 and consisted of tasting a variety of meats and fish prepared by Hudsonville grill masters, desserts, potatoes, salads, and rolls. The younger members also were able to enjoy their favorite menu of hot dogs and ice cream. Money raised went for the support of their Activities Committee and the boys Build Group.
The Council of the Hope PRC in Walker, MI approved a request to survey their congregation to gauge interest in starting another daughter congregation.
The Byron Center, MI PRC was invited to join their Sunday School July 28 to hear from Mr. J. VanBaren and Mr. H. VanderWaal regarding their recent trip to Myanmar.