News From Our Churches

Congregation Activities

The men of the Edgerton, MNPRC invited all the men of the area churches to a combined men’s society meeting on March 27. The meeting began with a Bible study taken from the book of Jude, fol­lowed after recess by a discussion on the February 15, 2012 Stan­dard Bearer article by Mr. Brian Van Engen on “Religion and Dis­crimination in Employment.”

The members of the George­town PRC in Hudsonville, MI enjoyed their annual Church Con­ference on Friday and Saturday, March 23 and 24. This year it was held at the Holland Rescue Mis­sion in nearby Holland, MI, under the theme “Witnessing Around Us,” with the guest speaker, Mr. Daryl Bartlett, director of the Holland Rescue Mission.

At the “News,” we are always on the lookout for something just a little on the unusual side from our churches’ bulletins. A recent bul­letin from the Randolph, WI PRC caught our eye with just such an announcement. The members of their Adult Bible Study had plans to do a rock-climbing activity on Saturday, March 24. Plans also called for the society going out for dinner afterward. We assume, bar­ring any injuries.

The Catering Committee of the Hudsonville, MI PRC sponsored a fundraiser with a view to purchasing new tablecloths for the recently ac­quired round tables for their church’s newly expanded all purpose room on Saturday morning, March 24, with a brunch under the theme, “The Fes­tival of Tables.” In total there were 21 tables sponsored under various themes from “Dr. Seuss,” “Hicks from the Sticks,” “A Day at the Beach,” “His Eye Is on the Sparrow,” and “Take Time to be Holy.” Also featured was harpist Shari Faber. We would be remiss if we did not add that the food was outstanding, as well as the service of the tables, which was provided by men from Hudsonville’s congregation.

The members of Heritage PRC in Sioux Falls, SD got together Fri­day evening, March 23, for a Dessert and Game Night. All those high-school age and older were divided into groups to meet at various host houses for an informal evening of fun and fellowship.

Sunday evening, March 25, the members of the Choral Society of the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI presented their annual Spring Con­cert.

After their evening service on March 25, the members of the Calvary PRC in Hull, IA enjoyed a presentation by elder Glenn Kooima of his recent visit to the Philippines, along with Perry Van Egdom of the Doon, IA PRC, on behalf of our denomination’s Foreign Mission Committee.

The men’s quartet Voices of Vic­tory presented an evening of praise and thanksgiving to our heavenly Father in the Loveland, COPRC on Friday evening, March 23. Love­land’s congregation was invited and encouraged to attend this concert of thanksgiving to the One who holds us in His hands at all times. A time of fellowship was planned in the church basement following the concert.

Sister-Church Activities

With thanksgiving to God, we include here a note that Rev. Martyn McGeown, pastor of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship, a mission field of the Covenant PRC in Ballymena, NI, had the honor and experience of conducting his and the Fellowship’s first baptism on March 25, under the theme, “Our Children: Infant Citizens of Christ,” from Luke 18:15-17. If you are interested you can view the baptism on-line at youtube.com.

Evangelism Activities

The Evangelism Committee of the First PRC in Edmonton, AB, Canada sponsored a seminar by Prof. B. Gritters, entitled “Re­formed Evangelism: The Role of the Individual Believer.” The two topics covered were: 1) Does the Individual Believer Have a Role in Reformed Evangelism? and 2) What Biblical Instruction Can Be Given to Individual Believers for Christian Witnessing? The seminar was held Saturday, March 24.

The Evangelism Committee of the Georgetown PRC in Hud­sonville, MI was excited to inform their congregation about the fact that they had been invited to lead chapels at the Family Hope Center, which is the women, children, and family shelter of Holland Rescue Mission in Holland, MI. These chapels take place on Tuesday evenings from April 3 to June 26. Georgetown’s Evangelism Commit­tee was hoping that their congrega­tion would continue to be involved in this activity. They even went so far as to extend a special invitation to families to join in this witness to hurting and needy families.

Young People’s Activities

The Young People’s Society of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA invited everyone in their congrega­tion to a French Toast Breakfast at their church on Saturday, March 17. The young people used this as a fundraiser for this summer’s young people’s convention.

The young people of the Kalama­zoo, MI PRC hosted an ice cream social as a fundraiser following their annual Prayer Day Service on March 14.

The young people of the Lynden, WA PRC sponsored a Parents’ Night Out on March 23. The young people provided games, crafts, and activities for children at the church between 6:00 and 9:00 p.m. Snacks were also provided for the children. Discount coupons at a variety of local restaurants were also available for any parent who wanted to use them.

Minister Activities

Rev. Rodney Kleyn, pastor of the Covenant of Grace PRC in Spokane, WA, declined the call he was considering to become the next pastor of the Edgerton, MN PRC.