The Adult Bible Society of Crete PRC in Crete, IL invited the area Adult Bible Societies to a combined Bible study on March 24. The topic for discussion was “The Christian’s Inheritance.” Refreshments and a time of fellowship followed in the fellowship hall.
Crete also opened the registration for the Senior Retreat they are hosting from September 22-25 at the Cedar Lake Conference Grounds in Cedar Lake, IN. Visit the website www.creteprc.org to download registration forms and other information. Or you may phone in your registration to (219) 718-8732. The theme for the retreat is “The Christian Life” with speeches planned by Prof. David Engelsma, Rev. Carl Haak, and Rev. Nathan Langerak, D.V. We look forward to your attendance at the retreat!
The Adult Bible Society at Grandville, MI PRC invited everyone in the congregation to a speech by Prof. David Engelsma on March 17 entitled “The Real and Grave Threat to Reformed Christianity of Antinomianism.”
Young People’s Activities
The Young People’s Society of Hull, IA PRC invited the area congregations to a singspiration, moving it to the later date of April 12 so that all might gain advantage from the new organ recently installed in the Hull church.
The annual meeting of the Society for Protestant Reformed Secondary Education was scheduled to take place at Covenant Christian High School (Grand Rapids, MI) on March 30.
The Genesis Protestant Reformed School of Lacombe, AB Canada held their spring potluck and program March 27 at their new Satinwood location. In addition to a delicious meal, those in attendance enjoyed a short program of song and recitations provided by the school children, and a display of some of their school work.
Taste of Covenant VII was held March 20 at Hudsonville, MI PRC, organized by Covenant Christian High School’s Foundation to assist in providing distinctive Protestant Reformed education for the children enrolled at Covenant. Punch bowl and a presentation by the CCHS Robotics Team were followed by a delightful meal.
Young Adult Activities
Over 40 young adults were scheduled to attend the Young Adult retreat hosted by Loveland, CO PRC and held in Estes Park, CO from April 6-10. With the theme “Our Calling to be Holy,” taken from Colossians 3, Pastors Steven Key (Loveland PRC), and Joshua Engelsma (Doon, IA PRC) were scheduled to deliver timely speeches. Attendees could participate in activities such as skiing, hiking, zip line, and volleyball. We note that this was the 23rd Young Adults’ Retreat sponsored by Loveland PRC—an event that many have enjoyed over the years.
Another Young Adults’ retreat is upcoming! Edmonton PRC, Alberta, Canada Young Adult Society is hosting this event from August 4-7, 2015 using the theme “Knowing God Even as We Are Known.” Speakers will be Rev. John Marcus and Rev. Tom Miersma, with registration slated to open in April. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org .
On behalf of the PRC Contact Committee, a delegation consisting of Rev. Garry Eriks (Hudsonville, MI PRC) and Rev. Steven Key (Loveland, CO PRC) traveled to visit the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church of Singapore from March 20-30 to conduct church visitation with our sister church and to provide pulpit supply while they were there.
The Evangelism Committee of the Randolph, WI PRC is organizing a Spring Lecture to be held April 24. Rev. Audred Spriensma, pastor of Byron Center, MI PRC, plans to speak on the topic “Heavenly Citizens in Earthly Kingdoms.” More information is forthcoming. Please reserve the date and spread the word about this lecture.
You may remember that over a year ago the Consistory of the Berean Protestant Reformed Church located in Antipolo City, Rizal, Philippines discontinued their work in the All of Grace Protestant Reformed Fellowship of Gabaldon in the northern province of Nueva Ecija. This was due to the decline in attendance there and the shortage of qualified men in the group. For a time the BPRC provided transportation for the saints in Gabaldon to attend the worship services in the BPRC. This was no small gesture, as the trip between the two was over four hours in one direction. After a while, this transportation was discontinued also due to a drop in attendance of those from Gabaldon. Still today, the family of Brother Lando uses public transportation to make that trip twice a month to attend services led by Rev. Vernon Ibe. And now, a possible new development: the Berean Church plans to hold twice a month Bible studies in the Gabaldon area as requested by some of the saints there. We shall see what God has in store for those in this remote area that many of us have come to embrace.
Rev. Cory Griess (Calvary PRC, Hull, IA) had been considering the call from Peace PRC in Lansing, IL. On March 22, Rev. Griess announced that he was led to decline this call as directed by the Almighty. We thank God for clear revelation of His will, and look forward with Peace to the man of God’s choosing.. On March 8, the calling church for the Philippine mission field located in Doon, IA heard the decline of Rev. Daniel Holstege to her call. Without delay the council formed a new trio and announced it to their congregation on March 15. That trio consists of Rev. Allen Brummel (Heritage PRC, Sioux Falls, SD), Rev. Nathan Decker (Trinity PRC, Hudsonville, MI), and Rev. Garry Eriks (Hudsonville, MI PRC). The next call was to be extended on April 3, D.V. We pray the King of His church and the Lord of the harvest to send another man to work in this corner of His vineyard as He determines.
“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:3).