From the trio of Rev. Allen Brummel, Rev. Nathan Decker, and Rev. Rodney Kleyn, the Lord of the harvest chose Rev. N. Decker to receive the call to be the denomination’s third missionary to the Republic of the Philippines. This was done through the voting of the male members of the Doon PRC on September 18. We pray that this same Lord might make His way known to Rev. Decker in the consideration of this call. Rev. Decker planned to answer on October 16.
Rev. Dennis Lee, pastor at Bethel PRC in Roselle, IL along with his two oldest sons, Jonathon and Benjamin, became United States’ citizens on September 19. With that, the entire Lee family is now of U.S. citizenship, as Rev. Lee’s wife, Foong Ling, obtained citizenship earlier in the year and youngest son Jason was born in the U.S.A. The other members of the Lee family (minus Jason) were born in Singapore.
Rev. Brian Huizinga was led of the Lord to decline the call extended to him by the congregation at First PRC of Holland, MI. May we continue to keep the flock at Holland in our thoughts and prayers as they await their next undershepherd. Holland announced the new trio of Revs. Nathan Decker, Steven Key, and Rodney Kleyn, calling Rev. N. Decker on October 9.
From the bulletin of the Hull, IA PRC we find the following:
With thanksgiving to the Lord of the harvest we remind our fellow saints of the 45th anniversary of the ordination and installation into the ministry of Rev. Rodney G. Miersma (September 1971). He and his wife Sharon have faithfully served our churches in Isabel, SD; Pella, IA; Holland, MI; Wellington, New Zealand; Lacombe, AB Canada; foreign missionary to Ghana; and Loveland, CO. Our emeritus minister continues to serve our churches in northwest Iowa. “So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel, therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me” ().
September marked the 30th anniversary of Rev. Steven Key (Loveland, CO PRC) in the ministry of the Word and sacraments in our denomination. He has served faithfully in our congregations of Southeast Grand Rapids, MI; Randolph, WI; and Hull, IA, in addition to his present charge in Loveland. We are deeply thankful for Rev. Key’s work in our churches and wish him the Lord’s continued blessing in his work.
Classis East met September 14 and approved the emeritation of Rev. A. denHartog effective at the end of this year. We thank God for Rev. denHartog and his 42 years of faithful labors in our churches as a pastor, missionary, and ministeron- loan. May the Lord continue to bless him as he labors in the service of our God.
The Council at Southwest PRC of Wyoming, MI voted to place the following ministers on trio from which their congregation would call a man to replace Rev. denHartog upon his emeritation: Rev. Brian Huizinga, Rev. Martyn McGeown, and Rev. William Langerak. On Sunday, October 9, the congregation voted to call Rev. B. Huizinga.
We rejoice with Rev. Erik and Cherith Guichelaar, and give thanks to God with them on the occasion of the birth of a covenant daughter, whom they have named Bethany Alice. Bethany was born September 20.
Sister Church Activities
On September 30 Rev. Angus Stewart, pastor at Covenant Protestant Reformed Church of Ballymena, Northern Ireland, spoke in South Wales on the topic: “Are Unbelievers in God’s Image?”
The Siouxland area churches received the “latter rains” spoken of in Scripture, where as much as 5 inches fell in one day, and around 9 inches of water in a few weeks’ time—near record proportions. This caused the grass to grow at a rapid rate and mowing of the lawns to commence there in haste. Ordinarily at this time of year such mowing is about done for the season.
While this much rain is an exception there, it is fairly common in the Philippines. On a recent Sunday Rev. Daniel Kleyn preached in the Maranatha PRC in Valenzuela City, and upon returning home the heavens poured forth rain, three inches in a few hours. Rev. Kleyn was glad to be home before this downpour, as rain there often slows traffic. Those who mow the lawns there most often use their mechanical, reel-type push mowers or hand clippers, and not gas-powered mowers.
The roof on the parsonage at Wingham PRC of Ontario, Canada needed some work. On a recent Saturday many men of the congregation rolled up their sleeves and dug in. With all the men who showed up, the work was done in good time… and the roof looks great! Good job, gentlemen.
Young People’s Activities
October’s full moon is in Native American lore the Hunter’s Moon. A perfect time for Midwest small town America’s “Survival Runs” to commence. Just mention it to Siouxland area young people, then watch and listen as smiles and stories abound!
The Covenant Christian High School Fall Festival took place on Saturday, October 8. Wagon rides, dunk tank, pony rides, carnival games and face painting are just a few of the fun activities that took place from 4-7 p.m. A delicious dinner included pulled pork, hot dogs, salads and sundaes, while a bake sale, farm market, and apple sale were also held. All proceeds benefit the CCHS’ senior class trip in May, 2017, D.V.
“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1.