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Minister Activities

Rev. John Marcus, pastor of the First PRC in Edmonton, AB, Canada, received the call from the Hope PRC in Walker, MI to serve as their next pastor.

We add our congratulations, along with the congregation of the Peace PRC in Lansing, IL, to Rev. Clayton and Allison Spronk in the birth of a daughter, Amber Nicole, born on April 2.

Professor David Engelsma, emeritus professor of theology in our seminary, has agreed to supply the pulpit of our vacant Hope PRC in Redlands, CA from May 1 to June 19, D.V.

Congregation Activities

Professor Engelsma and his wife were also assured that they would be staying in a furnished and freshly painted parsonage in Redlands, since Hope’s Building Committee asked their congregation to help by lending furniture for the parsonage and volunteering at the parsonage on Saturday, April 16, to clean and paint.

The choir of the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI presented a concert on Palm Sunday, April 17, after their evening worship service. All were invited to attend as the choir sang praises to our risen Lord.

The Jr. and Sr. Adult Bible Societies of the Hope PRC in Walker, MI met together on April 12 to hear Professor David Engelsma speak on “The Significance of Herman Hoeksema for the Reformed Faith and the Christian Church.”

The ladies of the Edgerton, MN PRC invited the ladies of the surrounding PR churches to the annual Spring Ladies Meeting on April 12 at their church building. Rev. Thomas Miersma, pastor of the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada, and in Edgerton to fill a classical appointment, was this year’s featured speaker.

On Sunday afternoon, April 17, Rev. Martin VanderWal was installed as the second pastor of the Wingham, Ontario PRC. Rev. Ronald Van Overloop, pastor of the Grace PRC in Standale, MI, led the worship service, preaching from Titus 1:1-4, under the theme, “Preaching in the Interests of God’s Elect.” Everyone was invited, after that second service, for a time of fellowship to welcome Rev. and Mrs. VanderWal and their children, Cameron and Olivia, into the congregation. Rev. VanderWal was able to lead the Wingham congregation for the first time as their pastor on April 22 for their Good Friday service.

Evangelism Activities

The congregation of the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI was invited to remain after their evening worship service on April 10 to view a slide show program on the recent trip of their delegates, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Jabaay and Rev. and Mrs. Carl Haak, to the Reformed Christian Church of Vellore, India.

The Evangelism Committee of the Peace PRC in Lansing, IL put out an invitation to their community, as well as to members of surrounding PR congregations, to join them on Monday evening, April 18, to hear Prof. Herman Hanko, emeritus professor in our seminary, speak on the theme, “The Believer and Money.” The ladies of Peace were also asked to bring a plate of bars or cookies for refreshments following the lecture.

The Evangelism Committee of the Randolph, WI PRC invited all those interested in questions regarding the Holy Spirit to their annual Spring lecture. This year’s topic: “Sins Against the Holy Spirit.” Jesus says that one who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven—neither in this world, nor in the world to come. This lecture explained what this sin is, and why it is unforgivable. The Bible also warns God’s people of other sins we must not commit against the Holy Spirit—we must not grieve Him, vex Him, resist Him, quench Him, or lie to Him. This lecture explained what these various sins are, how God’s people are very much prone to commit these sins, and why they must guard against them. The lecture was given by Rev. Douglas Kuiper, pastor of Randolph, on April 8. Fellowship and refreshments followed the lecture.

Sister-Church Activities

Rev. Martyn McGeown, missionary pastor of our denomination’s sister church in Northern Ireland, the Covenant PRC in Ballymena, presently laboring with the Limerick Reformed Fellowship in Limerick, Republic of Ireland, gave a lecture on Monday, April 18, in Limerick under the theme, “Friendship with God.”

School Activities

On Saturday evening, April 16, those in and around west Michigan were invited to enjoy a special evening of music, “The Passion, Death, and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ,” featuring Eric and Crista Phelps (cello/piano) and Dan Kwekel (organ) presented by Eastside Christian School, held at First PRC in Grand Rapids. A freewill offering was taken for the school. A dessert reception followed the concert.

Young People’s Activities

The young people of the west Michigan churches were invited to attend the Easter Young People’s Mass Meeting. This year’s meeting was held Sunday afternoon, April 17, at the Southwest PRC in Grandville. Rev. Arie den Hartog, pastor at Southwest, was this year’s featured speaker.

The young people of Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI sponsored their 9th annual Aussie Burger Fry on Saturday, April 16, at the gym of the Hudsonville Christian Elementary School, with proceeds going towards the young people’s convention fund.

The church family of Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI joined together on Saturday, April 16, for their annual fund-raising potluck. Southeast could not only enjoy a good meal, but they could also help defray some of the cost for this summer’s young people’s convention.

In our never-ending efforts to “get it right,” we also add this correction to the “News.” The Young People of the Edgerton, MN PRC hosted a rescheduled fondue supper and game night on April 15, not February 21, as reported in the “News” of April 1.