We at the “News” extend our congratulations to Rev. Nathan and Jessica Decker, pastor of the Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI, who were blessed with the birth of their daughter, Emma Kay, born on November 13.
At a special congregational meeting held on December 8, Doon, IA PRC voted to extend a call to Rev. Bruinsma to serve as their next pastor.
For your prayers: While the Philippine churches in Manila and further north were unaffected by the recent typhoon, the Protestant Reformed Fellowship in Albuern, Leyte has suffered loss. Their worship building has been destroyed, and eleven families that are members of the mission there have lost their homes and possessions. Currently, the families are surviving in evacuation shelters. They are now without their own homes and a house for their Lord’s Day worship together. The consistory of the First Reformed Church of Bulacan will be providing benevolent assistance. Their pastor, Rev. Flores, along with Deacon Lito Tries, were scheduled to visit the area the last week of November. The Lord has abundantly provided FRCB with the means to provide the mercies of Christ, for which we are very thankful. May God in His good pleasure keep His people safe, and also reveal to all that He is the God of the storm.
Our missionary pastor to the PR Fellowship in Pittsburgh, PA, Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma, along with his wife, Mary, traveled to Loveland, CO after Thanksgiving to visit with family. While in Loveland, he was scheduled to preach on Sunday, December 1, and give a presentation on the work being done in Pittsburgh.
Rev. Andrew Lanning, minister-on-loan to the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church in Singapore, was the featured speaker at a Mission Seminar entitled, “Bearing Witness to the Truth—Speaking the Timeless Truth in a Postmodern Age,” on Saturday, November 16. The seminar began at 3:30 p.m., followed with breakout and discussion and questions and answers from 4:45-6:30, and concluded with dinner and fellowship from 6:30-7:30.
Professor Russell Dykstra, of our PR Theological School, was the featured speaker at the Edmonton, AB School Society Lectures held on November 30 at the First PRC in Edmonton, AB. Prof. Dykstra spoke in the morning on “The Reformation’s Zeal for Christian Schools,” followed in the afternoon with, “The Foundation of the Christian School: God’s Everlasting Covenant of Grace.”
The Student Council of Heritage Christian High School in Dyer, IN sponsored a blood drive with Heartland Blood Centers in their school gym on November 14 from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. The students of Heritage encouraged all eligible supporters and students to participate.
The freshman and sophomore classes of Trinity Christian High School in Hull, IA organized volleyball, ping-pong, foosball, and Rook tournaments, along with a freewill donation pasta supper on Saturday, November 23, beginning at 4:00 p.m. All the friends and family of Trinity were invited to enjoy the meal, watch competitive tournaments, and enjoy good fellowship.
The annual Fearfully and Wonderfully Made presentation at Heritage Christian School in Hudsonville, MI was given Friday, November 22. Fearfully and Wonderfully Made is a program designed to teach children about various handicaps and how children with those disabilities cope with them. It also helps children understand that they each have a purpose in the body of Christ. They do not have to be the best at everything to be crucial to the body. Each child has his unique gifts. The areas covered this year included, blindness, hearing loss, motor and orthopedic disabilities, learning disabilities, and autism, to name a few. One disability is presented each year to students at age-comprehension level. This year’s Fearfully and Wonderfully Made chapel speech was given by Rev. Ron VanOverloop and was based on: “For as the body is one and hath many members….”
The members of the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI hosted a “Girlz Get Real” Conference on Saturday, November 16, under the theme, “Man looketh at the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh at the heart.” Around 120 young ladies from the 8th grade through post high school, took part in the daylong event. Three ladies, Heidi Boven, Rebecca Koops, and Helen VanderWall, were the speakers, and they exhorted the young ladies to consider questions like: Are you preoccupied with your looks, your clothes, your social life, your popularity, and your attention from the opposite sex? Are you willing to give up these temporary pleasures and shallow, trivial pursuits? Are you ready to serve God’s sacred call in your life? His intent for you is to abandon the world’s temporary pleasures and shallow pursuits and to seek an ardent fellowship with Him, your King. Are you ready to embark on an adventure with your King?
Young People’s Activities
The Young People’s Society of our Wingham, ON PRC organized a volleyball tournament as a fundraiser to help offset the cost of plane tickets for this summer’s Young People’s Convention in Southern California. The tournament was held on Saturday, November 30, at F.E. Madill High School in Wingham.
On Friday evening, November 22, the Young People’s Society of the Kalamazoo, MI PRC sponsored a gym/game night for all the members of their congregation. The young people had reserved Lighthouse
Community Church for this activity. Each family was asked to bring a snack to share, along with any board games they wanted to play. Donations were accepted to help pay for the building, and we assume help pay for convention expenses as well.
Members of the Edgerton, MN PRC enjoyed a bowl of soup together on November 21. They could choose between pea, cheesy vegetable, tomato, and chili, as well as BBQ. Proceeds went toward the travel expenses of this summer’s convention.
The annual Young People’s Mass Meeting to celebrate Thanksgiving was held on November 24 at the First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI. Rev. James Slopsema spoke on “Avoiding Materialism to Be Truly Thankful.”