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Trivia question Of the 19 churches in Classis East, how many are not in Michigan? Answer later in this column. School activities The Federation of Protestant Reformed School Societies is pleased to offer the “History and Principles of Reformed Education” course this coming fall and winter at the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary. The instructor will be Prof. R. Dykstra. Although the purpose of this course is to educate teachers, it is open to all interested individuals. School board members, parents, grandparents, and lovers of Christian education will benefit from gaining a better understanding of the history and principles of Reformed...

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Trivia question Can you name the students in our Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary? Answer later in this column. Sister-church activities The installation of Rev. Vernon Ibe as missionary-pastor to the fellowship in Albuera, Leyte is scheduled for November 17, 2019 at 3 p.m., at PRC in Bulacan, the Lord willing. Evangelism activities The Evangelism Committee of the Edgerton, MN PRC hosted a speech Friday, September 20, with Rev. Matthew De Boer giving the speech on witnessing. First PRC of Holland, MI planned a presentation they named “Living and Dying Happily” on September 25. The Evangelism Committee of Peace PRC in...

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Trivia question You may have heard the Latin phrase in loco parentis. Do you know what that means? Answer later in this column. Sister church activities There is a Protestant Reformed Theological School—a seminary—in the Philippines! That is a noteworthy statement! Here’s what more we know: Regarding the school, the first week was completed. Classes were taught as scheduled on Tuesday through Friday mornings. Bro. Jeremiah Pascual seemed to enjoy his first week as a seminary student and seems glad to be underway with training. Our missionaries are too! Rev. D. Holstege teaches the class in Hermeneutics; Rev. D. Kleyn...

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Trivia question Four current ministers in the PRCA have a last name beginning with the letter B. Can you name them and tell in which congregation they labor? Answers later in this column. Minister activities Grandville PRC announced a new trio of Revs. J. Engelsma, G. Eriks, and B. Huizinga from which to call a minister-on-loan to our sister church in Singapore. Rev. Joshua Engelsma, pastor in Doon, IA PRC received this call and planned to answer by August 18. Immanuel PRC of Lacombe, AB Canada announced their new trio of Rev. D. Lee, and Candidates Matt Kortus and Jacob...

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Trivia question Do you know who represented the Protestant Reformed Churches in the Philippines at the 2019 Synod of the PRCA? Answer and more, later in this column. Mission activities From the bulletin of Provident Christian Church in Marikina, the Philippines: “Last Wednesday, the Protestant Reformed Churches in the Philippines Classis approved our request for membership in the PRCP! We rejoice and thank God for His goodness in guiding us to manifest the oneness of the church by joining the communion of Protestant Reformed Churches with their sister churches throughout the world. May the Lord richly bless us as we...

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Trivia question Where is the Senior Retreat this summer? Answer later in this column. Evangelism activities Calvary PRC of Hull, IA, in conjunction with the Domestic Mission Committee of the PRCA, invited area residents to attend a special mission presentation by our home missionary, Rev. Aud Spriensma, in their sanctuary on Sunday, June 16. The title of his presentation was: “Our Home Missions: Reaching the Nones and the Dones.” Refreshments followed the presentation. The Evangelism Committee of Grace PRC in Mich­igan invited the congregation to a speech by Prof. B. Gritters after their worship service on May 26. The speech...

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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...

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Trivia question In looking for a trivia question, I randomly picked a bound volume off my shelf. The report of Classis West held March 2–3, 1977 stared out at me. So…where was that Classis held? And how was the weather? Answers later in this column. Congregational activities Attention all Sunday School teachers, parents of Sunday School children, and any others in the Grand Rapids area who are interested: Plan now to attend a lecture by Rev. J. Smidstra on “The Value of Sunday School for the Body of Christ.” The lecture will be sponsored by the Protestant Reformed Sunday School...

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Trivia question Can you guess which type of animal I am thinking of? You may not have known that sometimes their owners race these animals. They often live to be 18-20 years old and often deliver one young per year. Sometimes they can reach a mature weight of 800-1,100 pounds. Most often they are slate grey in color. Answer later in this column. Minister activities On March 3 Rev. W. Langerak, pastor at Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI received the call from Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI. On March 24 Trinity received the blessed news of his acceptance. Also...

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Trivia question The old church building still stands on the corner on Doon’s Main Street. Purchased by the Doon PRC in the 1920s from a Baptist congregation, it served the Doon congregation until 1975. The building was sold to a local carpenter for his workshop. He is mostly retired today. The tile floor in the basement remains, upon which the shoes of pacing ministers clacked as they conducted catechism classes. Another item remains in the basement from the days of congregational life there. Any ideas what that might be? Answer later in this column. School activities From the Siouxland area...

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