News From Our Churches

Congregation Activities

The “News” begins this first is­sue of the year with a new feature. Starting this month and continuing through December, D.V., we will highlight the dates of the organiza­tion of our 31 congregations and our two sister churches. The News will give a reminder to you, our readers, of those anniversaries, as they come along during the year. There are no anniversaries of any of our churches this month, so you will have to wait until February. There are two that month. Do you know which ones they are?

On Sunday evening, November 18, the Choir of Hope PRC in Redlands, CA presented a program in the celebration of the 100th an­niversary of the Psalter. The Choir sang Psalter numbers that helped develop the theme “The Psalms: Saving Speech.” The first part of the program dealt with songs of God Speaking to Us, followed by Our Speaking to God, and God’s People Speaking to Each Other. In addition to the choir’s singing of the Psalms, about 25-30 young la­dies of the church sang Psalter 218 in beautiful three-part harmony. There were also instrumental ver­sions of Psalter 115 and 381, the singing of Psalter 53 by children 2 years old through the 3rd grade, and the singing of Psalter 416 in English and Dutch by a Children’s Choir of Kindergarten through 9th grade students.

On November 30 the members of the Heritage PRC in Sioux Falls, SD held a dedication program for their new church building. An open house followed that program and continued on into Saturday morning and afternoon as well. We join with Heritage in praise and thanksgiv­ing to our heavenly Father on this momentous occasion in their church history.

The Junior and Senior Bible Studies of Peace PRC in Lansing, IL planned a trip to Olivet Naza­rene University in Bourbonnais for Saturday, December 1, to hear the Messiah.

Evangelism Activities

On Thursday, November 1, the Evangelism Committee of the Love­land, CO PRC sponsored a lecture given by their pastor, Rev. Steven Key, entitled, “Amazing Grace: The Life of John Newton.”

The Evangelism Committee of the Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI planned an area-wide Reforma­tion Day celebration on November 2 at First CRC of Byron Center, MI. Prof. David Engelsma spoke on the timely subject, “The Coming of the Kingdom of Christ: Christianizing the World?” This speech not only critiqued the common grace and Christian Reconstruction projects that seek to turn the world into the kingdom of Christ before His second coming, but also emphasized the calling of the “office of believers” championed by the Reformation.

The Randolph, WI PRC spon­sored a Fall Lecture on November 9. Rev. Doug Kuiper spoke on “Guided into All Truth: The Formation of the Canon of Holy Scripture.”

Mission Activities

Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma, mission­ary pastor to the PR Fellowship in Pittsburgh, PA, gave a lecture on November 2 at their church. Rev. Bruinsma spoke on the subject, “William Farel: Bearer of the Cross.” We should also mention that Rev. Rodney Kleyn, pastor of the Covenant of Grace PRC in Spokane, WA, was in Pittsburgh the Sundays of December 2 and 9, doing work for the DMC, helping Rev. Bruinsma investigate interest in our churches in the Cranberry area of north Pittsburgh.

Pastor John Flores, of the First Reformed Church of Bulacan, was examined the last week of Novem­ber by the combined consistories of the First Reformed Church of Bulacan and the Berean PRCP. He preached a Reformed, edifying, and lively sermon on John 6:44, in Ta­galog, and was examined orally for three hours, in English. Afterwards the consistories voted unanimously to approve the examination. This significant decision of the combined consistories also means that Rev. Flores will be accorded the full rights and privileges of a minister of the Word and Sacraments in a fu­ture PR denomination in the Phil­ippines when that is established, the Lord willing.

Sister-Church Activities

Rev. Andy Lanning, pastor-on-loan to the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church in Singapore, preached his first sermon as their new pastor Sunday morning, De­cember 2. Rev. Lanning preached the Word of God found in Num­bers 10:1-10 under the theme, “The Two Trumpets of Silver,” looking at Their Identity, Their Use, and Their Blessing.

Rev. Angus Stewart, pastor of the Covenant PRC in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, gave a special lecture on November 9 in Limerick, Republic of Ireland, on the subject, “Martin and Katie Luther: The Reformation of Marriage.”

Rev. Stewart also gave a lecture on “The Spirit of the Age and the Church” in Lurgan Town Hall on November 22. Rev. Stewart prom­ised to answer the following ques­tions in that lecture: What is the spirit of the age? How does it affect the church? and What is the calling of the church regarding the spirit of the age? Remember, the church is to be militant!

School Activities

The Genesis PTA, of the Imman­uel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada, invited all parents, teachers, and supporters of Genesis to a night of fun and fellowship on November 23. The PTA reserved some 5-pin bowling lanes at Heritage Lanes in nearby Red Deer for two hours of interesting bowling challenges.

Minister Activities

Seminary student Erik Guichelaar, his wife, Cherith, and their baby daughter were in Cov­enant of Grace PRC in Spokane, WA to supply their pulpit, Decem­ber 2 and 9, while their pastor, Rev. Rodney Kleyn, did some work for the DMC in Pittsburgh, PA.