This November Peace PRC will celebrate her 30th year as an organized church. Peace is the elder of two daughters of South Holland PRC (now Crete PRC) and was organized November 11, 1988. We began worship services in the local Christian high school in Lansing, Illinois. We worshiped in the chapel of Illiana for seven-plus years. In 1995 the Lord blessed us with our own brand-new building in Lansing. Even then, we anticipated needing expansion later as we grew, possibly adding a sanctuary to the west. The Lord did bless us with growth, along with three pastors, many young families, and many baptized children. Today, we have 100 baptized children, over half the number of our entire congregation.
During those years it became more and more apparent we would outgrow our Lansing building; it also became apparent that the trend for the area’s Protestant Reformed people was moving south. Our South Holland congregation formed a second daughter church, Cornerstone PRC, which located in Dyer, Indiana. South Holland PRC also relocated south to Crete, Illinois, and eventually our school was relocated to Dyer, Indiana.
At our last service in the Lansing building our current pastor, Rev. R. Barnhill, had a sermon on “The Eternal God Our Dwelling Place” from Psalm 90. Rev. Barnhill brought out the truth of that passage that everything here on earth is temporary; there is constant change through history, but the only constant is that God is our “real” and eternal home, as Psalm 90:12 explains: “so teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts into wisdom.”
Providentially, on October 5, 2018 we dedicated our second church building, now 30 years later, in Dyer, Indiana. Providently, the Lord blessed us again by making available to us an existing building in close proximity to our school that, with extensive remodeling, would suit our needs and be affordable. This building has a separate, larger sanctuary, a large lobby area, several classrooms, and other rooms for our use. It stands on five acres with room to expand if future growth demands.
As we continue to worship our God, now in our new location, we pray with the psalmist in Psalm 90:16, 17: “Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children, and let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.” May the Lord continue to bless Peace in her new home. We give all the glory to God alone.
Our new address is 14864 101st Ave., Dyer, Indiana. If you are ever in our area, we would love to have you come and worship with us in our new home.