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School Activities

The students of Hope PR Christian School in Walker, MI invited parents, grandparents, friends, and supporters to their Science Night Friday evening, February 17. This year's theme was, "Body of Evidence: Made in His Image," an evening of investigation into the science of the human body. 

Psalm 139:14 says, "I will praise thee: for I am fearfully and wonderfully made." "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made" is a program at Heritage Christian School in Hudsonville, MI, designed to teach children about various handicaps and how children with these disabilities cope with them. It also helps our children understand that they each have a purpose in the body of Christ. They don't have to be the best at everything to be crucial to the body; each child has his unique gifts. The goal is to help everyone know and care for the person behind the disability, and to create a climate in which students feel at ease with one another's differences. Areas covered this year included blindness, hearing impairment, cognitive impairment, motor and orthopedic disabilities, learning disabilities, chronic conditions, serious illness, bullying, and autism. One of these areas is presented each year to students at their specific age-comprehension level. The program hoped to emphasize that although some children and adults may appear different, they are still basically the same as everyone else. The Fearfully and Wonderfully Made presentation, including a chapel service, was held on February 3 at Heritage. 

We also include here that the students of Heritage Christian School in Hudsonville, MI took up their annual Christmas collection back in December. This year's collection will be used toward the upcoming High School computer lab at the Loveland, COPR Christian School. We thought this would be a good way to remind our readers that the construction of this school continues. If you are interested in the progress of the building, go to to updates.

Sister-Church Activities

With joy and thanksgiving to God, we share with you the news that the Council of the Covenant PRC in Ballymena, NI has approved baptism in the Limerick Reformed Fellowship in Limerick City, the Republic of Ireland (a mission field of Covenant). This is a significant development for Covenant and Limerick and an evidence of God's covenant faithfulness and mercy wherein He promises to be our God and the God of our children after us (Gen. 17:7Acts 2:39).

Congregation Activities

On Saturday, February 17, Rev. R. Kleyn, pastor of the Covenant of Grace PRC in Spokane, WA, spoke by invitation on "The Importance and Use of Confessions/Catechisms in the Life of the Church" at "Aspire 12," an annual conference hosted in Spokane by Faith Bible Church. 

The Activity Committee of the Hudsonville, MI PRC invited their congregation to help choose Bible verses to apply to five walls in their church building. The committee was looking for suitable texts for their Nursery, their Library, the Council Room, their East entryway, and a back hallway. The Activity Committee planned on reviewing all the entries and choosing three verses for each wall. The three top choices for each wall will be placed in the April edition of Hudsonville's Closer Look, where the congregation will then vote for their top choice for each location. 

The Fellowship Club of the First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI planned a church breakfast for Saturday, February 11. Donations were accepted to cover cost, and any donations given above their cost were given to the Young People's Society for convention expenses. 

The members of the Heritage PRC in Sioux Falls, SD were invited to go snow-tubing at Great Bear on February 7, and the Hudsonville, MI congregation was invited to have some fun on Saturday, February 11, sliding at Charlie's Dump—which isn't as bad as it sounds. Legend has it that this particular site, now a park with a nice hill, was the site of a former dump, and the unofficial name has sort of stuck over the years. There is no visible trash to avoid while going downhill. 

Rev. D. Holstege, with his wife and family, planned to travel, D.V., to Singapore on February 29 and return on March 26. The Consistory of the First PRC in Holland, MI released Rev. Holstege to teach and preach for the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church in Singapore at the request of our denomination's Contact Committee.

Young People's Activities

The congregation of the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada was asked by their Young People's Society to reserve Friday, February 10, for a special evening. That night the young people hosted a Black Tie Dinner at Central Alberta Christian High School. The Young People of the Hull, IA PRC hosted a soup supper on Saturday evening, February 18, at the Hull Community Building. There was also a reminder for the congregation to check out the Service Table at the soup supper. The young people had available for purchase that night "service" certificates for varying services, such as babysitting, yard work, etc. 

The young people of the Crete, IL PRC planned an ice-skating outing for Saturday, February 4. They met at Crete PRC in the afternoon and went ice skating in downtown Chicago, with pizza afterwards. 

The young people of the Bethel PRC in Roselle, IL organized a Young People's Game Night on February 3 for their congregation. In addition to some friendly competition over board games, delicious ice cream sundaes and a blessed time of fellowship were also promised.

Minister Activities 

Rev. C. Spronk, pastor of the Peace PRC in Lansing, IL, declined the call he was considering to become the next pastor of the Edgerton, MN PRC.

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