The Evangelism Committee of the Hudsonville, MI PRC sponsored a personal-witnessing conference on consecutive Tuesday evenings, September 28 and October 5. Each session followed the same format. First there was a short speech, followed by splitting into smaller groups to discuss various aspects of witnessing, meant to encourage those who attended in their own personal witnessing. On September 28 Rev. A. Spriensma spoke on “Personal Evangelism: A Duty and a Delight,” and on October 5 Rev. R. VanOverloop spoke on “Seeing and Entering Open Doors in Evangelism.”
The Evangelism Committee of the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI invited the men of their congregation, ages junior high and older, to a night of food, fun, a good Christian fellowship, on Friday, October 15, under the theme, “First Line of Defense: Tackling Our Role As Men of Integrity.” This evening was advertised as a great opportunity for fathers to bring their sons and for anyone to invite a friend.
In our last “News,” we reported that Missionary-pastor Rev. W. Bruinsma was invited to speak at the Covenant of Grace PRC in Spokane, WA in mid-September. That same weekend Rev. R. Kleyn, Covenant’s pastor, preached on “Sounding Out the Word,” from I Thessalonians 1:5-10. Audio CDs of these two addresses have been mailed out to all the evangelism committees of our churches and can be ordered by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. While he was in Spokane, Rev. Bruinsma joined Rev. Kleyn at a radio station to record four half-hour radio segments with a neutral host introducing the PRCA to the Spokane community. These were aired on Wednesdays during the month of October on a network of six stations covering all of Eastern Washington, as well as northern Idaho and northern Oregon. They can be downloaded at www.reformedspokane.org.
On Friday evening, October 8, the Evangelism Committee of the Kalamazoo, MI PRC hosted Rev. W Bruinsma, our denomination’s Eastern Home Missionary, for an informative hour about our churches’ work in Pittsburgh. Rev. Bruinsma gave a PowerPoint presentation of the families of the mission and the labors we are doing in Pittsburgh. Included in that presentation was information about some of the latest developments in our mission there, as well as about some of the more recent additions to the Pittsburgh Fellowship. Kalamazoo also invited the congregations of the Immanuel Fellowship Church and Covenant URC to this event.
The Evangelism Committee of the Byron Center, MI PRC hosted a Fall Lecture on October 14. Prof. H. Hanko spoke on the subject, “Biblical Parenting in a Sexually Depraved Culture.”
We thank God for adding to our churches another minister of the gospel, as the Rev. Daniel Holstege was ordained into the gospel ministry and installed as pastor in First PRC in Holland, MI, on October 14. May it be our prayer that God bless him and all our ministers with faithfulness to their callings and that their ministries be a clear and shining light of the glory of God.
Rev. Holstege preached his inaugural sermon as pastor of First the following Sunday morning, October 17. Rev. Holstege chose to preach from Isaiah 40:1-2 under the theme, “Comfort Ye My People.” Following that morning service, First hosted a welcome program, so the entire congregation would have opportunity to welcome their new pastor.
We should also note here that the October 10 bulletin of First also included a note of sincere appreciation and thanks to Prof. B. Gritters for providing their catechism preaching on Sunday mornings (about a year and a half ) and also for teaching their Monday evening catechism classes during their vacancy.
At a special congregational meeting September 21, the members of the Providence PRC in Hudsonville, MI approved a proposal to purchase acreage/house/and pole barn at the southeast corner of 8th Avenue and Quincy, just off M-6, a little to the east of Jamestown. We can also report that workbees are scheduled to prepare the property for an open house on November 13. So if you want to take a look, save that date.
At the request of our denomination’s Contact Committee, Professors Dykstra and Gritters showed pictures and talked about their visit this past summer to South Africa and to six churches in Namibia. This presentation was given in the auditorium of Grandville High School in Grandville, MI, Sunday evening, October 3. Judging from the size of the crowd, there is a lot of interest in this particular contact between our denomination and the churches there. If you have opportunity to see this presentation at a later date, we strongly urge you to do so. It was a very interesting hour.
The members of the Reformed Free Publishing Association met on September 23 at Hope PRC in Walker, MI for their annual society meeting. Besides hearing reports about the various aspects of their work, the members also heard Prof. H. Hanko speak about his soon-to-be published commentary on the book of Galatians.
There are many benefits of having two pastors laboring in the British Isles for the Covenant PRC in Ballymena, and one of those benefits was realized for the first time on Sunday, October 10, when Rev. A. Stewart and Rev. M. McGeown did a pulpit exchange, with Rev. McGeown preaching in Ballymena, and Rev. Stewart preaching for the Limerick Reformed Fellowship.
Since our last “News,” Rev. C. Haak declined two calls. One from the Hope PRC in Walker, MI and the other from the Wingham, Ontario PRC.
Rev. Bruinsma has received two calls, one from the Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI, and the other from the Edgerton, MN PRC.