In an effort to stir up interest in an upcoming lecture, the members of the Evangelism Committee of the Randolph, WI PRC asked their congregation the question, “What profit are we getting from our Bible study?” That question was answered on Friday evening, April 16, when the Evangelism Committee presented its annual spring lecture, “The Profitableness of Scripture,” given by Rev. Arie denHartog, pastor of the Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI. The lecture was presented in Randolph’s sanctuary, with fellowship and refreshments following.
The Evangelism Committee of the Hudsonville, MI PRC recently encouraged their congregation to take a look at their new and improved home page on the Internet (www.hudsonvilleprc.org). The committee has been busy working to update the website so it can be more useful to the congregation, and so that it can continue being a useful tool for those who may be looking for a church home. The site will now also include a blog by Hudsonville’s pastor, Rev. Garrett Eriks, on which he will start providing a summary of the Sunday sermons, thus serving as a refresher throughout the week.
The Evangelism Committee of First PRC in Edmonton, AB, Canada has been busy this spring. They report that they continue to receive around 200 visitors to their website (www.edmontonprc.org) every month. In addition, they placed a sign on 107th Avenue, the street their sanctuary is on, advertising their services, and the committee is also looking into running an advertisement on the radio for around eight weeks.
Calvary PRC in Hull, IA hosted the annual Ladies League Meeting on Monday, April 19, at the Hull PRC. Mrs. Lori Gritters spoke to the ladies on the theme, “Walking in Fellowship with God.”
At a congregational meeting in March, the congregation of the Covenant of Grace PRC in Spokane, WA approved a proposal to purchase new seating for their sanctuary. Covenant of Grace also received, as a gift from the Young People of Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI, a new supply of Psalters and Bibles. The new chairs should have a place for storing these.
Members of the Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI enjoyed their third annual Spring Break Roll and Bowl at the Lowell bowling rink, April 6. Activities included bowling, roller skating, and laser tag.
At a congregational meeting in early April, the members of Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada approved proposals regarding their mortgage and their building fund, and decided to proceed with upgrading the speakers and sound system in their sanctuary.
In April, Seminarian Martyn McGeown, from the Covenant PRC, our sister church in Northern Ireland, was filling the pulpit of the Edgerton, MN PRC. After the evening service on April 11, he gave a presentation about himself and the work in Northern Ireland. Seminarian McGeown is in his final year at our seminary in Grandville, MI and looks forward to returning home and serving our Lord in his homeland, D.V. Everyone was invited to the church basement, following his presentation, for a time of fellowship and lunch.
The choir of the Hudsonville, MI PRC presented their annual spring concert after Hudsonville’s evening worship service on April 11.
The Choral Society of Grace PRC in Standale, MI invited their congregation, as well as other area churches, to join them for an evening of praise to our great God on Sunday evening, April 18.
We pass along our congratulations and admiration to the catechism students from several of our churches who closed out this year’s season of catechism instruction by reciting Hebrews 11 in its entirety. That’s forty verses! “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light upon my path” (Ps. 119:105).
Rev. Angus Stewart, pastor of Covenant PRC in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, gave a lecture entitled, “Preaching: The Voice of Christ,” on April 9 at the Protestant Hall in Ballymena. Rev. Stewart answered some very important questions regarding preaching: What does the Bible say about preaching? Who may preach? What is preaching’s role in the church’s worship? How are we to listen to preaching?
Young People’s Activities
The Young People’s Society of the Kalamazoo, MI PRC hosted a pancake breakfast on Saturday morning, April 17, to help raise money for the registration fees for the upcoming convention being hosted August 16-20 by Hudsonville, MI PRC. We also remind you that if you have opportunity this spring to help support your own congregation’s young people, please do so. Registration for each of the young people attending this year’s convention will be $340. They need our help!
Young Adult Activities
The Young Adult Societies of the west Michigan churches held their second annual end-of-year discussion on Sunday evening, April 18, at the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI. This year they chose the topic, “Growing Spiritually in a Selfish Age,” for their evening’s discussion.
The choir of Covenant Christian High School in Grand Rapids, MI, along with the choir of Heritage Christian High School in Dyer, IN, presented a combined concert on March 25 at the Grandville High School Auditorium. And then on April 15 Covenant’s choir joined together with the choir of Trinity Christian High School in Hull, IA at the Hull PRC for a combined choral concert.
Rev. Carl Haak declined the call from Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI; Rev. Doug Kuiper the call from Hull PRC in Hull, IA; and Rev. Martin VanderWal the call from Bethel PRC in Roselle, IN.
Bethel PRC extended a call to Rev. Dennis Lee; Cornerstone PRC in Dyer, IN to Rev. Garrett Eriks; Heritage PRC in Sioux Falls, SD, to Rev. Allen Brummel; First Holland (MI) PRC to Rev. Andrew Lanning; and Kalamazoo (MI) PRC to Rev. Carl Haak