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Trivia question

Can you tell me the name of the First Tech Challenge Robotics team at Trinity Christian High School in Hull, Iowa? Answer later in this column.

Young people’s activities

The 2019 convention will soon be here. All information for the conventioneers is available on the convention website prcconvention.com. Southwest and Providence PRCs are looking forward to a great week of fellowship and fun for our young people!

The Hull, IA PR Young People’s Society hosted the annual Resurrection singspiration for the five Siouxland area churches on a Sunday evening in April. It was a very fitting and enjoyable way to end the Sabbath!

The Grace Young People invited the congregation to an Ice Cream Social fundraiser following their Good Friday evening service. Family and friends joined for re­freshments/fellowship after the service, with donations going to the 2019 YP convention. The young people also thanked the congregation for the support given through the recent sub/soup sale and the “Night of Mu­sic.”

Congregational activities

The Men’s Society of the Doon, IA PRC hosted the annual Bible Study meeting of the five area churches. The men from Edgerton, MN introduced the after­-recess topic on “Personal Evangelism.”

From the bulletin of Covenant of Grace PRC in Spo­kane, WA:

Men’s Bible Study will meet on Saturday morning at 8 a.m. SPRING CLEANUP: After the men’s Bible Study this Saturday, around 9:30 a.m., we will do our annual Spring Clean Up. This will be a yard clean up, as well as a thorough cleaning of our church building, inside and out. Bring your rakes, shovels, buckets, rags, wheelbarrows, children etc., and come ready to work (and eat).

All in the Siouxland area were asked to reserve Thursday, May 9 for a presentation at Calvary PRC in Hull, IA by Mr. Ron Klaasen of the Trinitarian Bible Society entitled: “What are the differences between the King James Version and Modern Translations of the Bi­ble?” Refreshments followed the presentation.

Young adult activities

From Lynden PRC concerning their Young Adults Retreat:

Registration for our 2019 retreat has been opened. Thank you to all that have registered already. Come join us July 1-5 for a week filled with spiritual encouragement, white water rafting, campfires, hiking, and other fun activities with like-minded believers! Check out our website (https://lyndenprcya.wixsite.com/mysite) to register and for more details. We also have a Facebook page (Lynden PRC Young Adults Retreat 2019). Email us at lyndenprcya@gmail.com with any questions you may have. We look forward to hosting all of you in Washington!

Young Calvinists invited area young people and young adults to “Taste of India” to be held at George­town PRC recently. The evening began with an au­thentic Indian dinner. Following dinner they present­ed a documentary on Grace Foster Home of Vellore, India. Pastor Paul Raj was to be there for Q&A af­terwards.

Sister-church activities

From the April 21 bulletin of the Maranatha PRC:

The Protestant Reformed Seminary of the PRCA has invited two ministers of the PRCP, Rev. V. Ibe and Rev. L. Trinidad to attend the Conference of Dordt 400, a celebration of the great Synod of Dordt 1618-19 at Trinity PRC in Grand Rapids, MI on April 25-27, 2019. Our two ministers will be leaving on the 24th. Please remember them in your prayers that the Lord will guide them on their travel, meeting the delegates, and grant them the abundant blessing.

And another item was noted too: “The Classis of the PRCP will hold their regular meeting on June 12, 2019 at the Berean PRC, Mayamot, Antipolo City.”

From the bulletin of Provident Christian Church of Marikina:

The third and final meeting of Provident’s Council and Committee 2 (Contact Committee) of the Protestant Reformed Churches in the Philippines was recently completed. We are thankful to God for the good outcomes of these meetings and look forward, according to the will of our Father in heaven, to be received as the fourth congregation of the PRCP this June.

Minister activities

We remember Rev. W. Langerak and his family as they have bid farewell to the congregation of Southeast PRC. He was installed as pastor of Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI on May 12.

Rev. C. Spronk was led by God to decline the call extended to him to be minister-on-loan to the CERC in Singapore. May God continue to bless this sister in her vacancy.

Advance notice:

The Protestant Reformed Special Education Peer-to-Peer walk will take place September 21 at 10:00 a.m. in Millennium Park at 1415 Maynard Avenue SW in Walker, MI.

Evangelism activities

Georgetown PRC invited all to a slide program Sunday evening, May 12, on the work of the PRC of Vellore, India in the spread of the Reformed faith. Pastor Paul Raj related the history of the Vellore congregation, the outreach into Hindu villages with the Reformed faith, the training of area pastors, and the group of doctors and students from the Christian Medical College and their zeal for the faith, as well as the present opposition of the Indian government to Christianity.

School activities

The Adams’ Amazing Race—4 cities, 20 stops, and scavenger hunt! The Race took place on May 18!

Senior activities

“God’s Care For Us “ is the theme for the fifth Protestant Reformed Senior Retreat being held this Fall, September 17-20, at Gull Lake Ministries in Hickory Corners, MI. Scheduled from late afternoon Tuesday through breakfast on Friday, the retreat will be a time of speeches, discussion, and relaxing social interaction with fellow believers. The three speeches will be given by Rev. C. Spronk, Rev. W. Bruinsma, and Rev. K. Koole, after which the attendees will separate for discussion groups. Other programs and special numbers are being planned. There will be plenty of time for coffee, snacks, and conversations with new and former friends. Registration is open from May 1-August 1. Forms can be downloaded from the website—go to Zion PRC’s website (zionprc.org) and click on “Senior Retreat.”

Forms will also be sent to each of the churches and available there. Looking forward to seeing you there. Did we mention lots of coffee and goodies?!

Trivia answer

The Trinity Christian High School Robotics team is labeled the “bzBots.” The “Bots,” of course, comes from Robots. The “bz” is derived from the biblical figure Bezaleel, of whom we read in Exodus 31:36-39, a man known to be the chief artisan of the tabernacle and a highly gifted master workman.

And how did the bzBots do this season? After sweep­ing the table in northwest Iowa, they traveled in March to Coralville for the State of Iowa championships. They finished second in the State there, and would have finished first had their alliance partner not failed to latch to the lander in the last seconds of play. Second place in the State of Iowa earned them a spot in the World First Tech Challenge Competition in Detroit, MI in April. 160 teams gathered in Detroit. Many teams from the USA were there, but also teams from Cyprus, China, In­dia, Israel, South Africa, South Korea, the Netherlands, Germany, Romania, and the United Kingdom. Over the course of four days the bzBots won six of their nine challenge matches and finished with an 18th place rank­ing of the 80 teams in their division. Congratulations to the team on a fine season and for representing Trinity Christian High so well!