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Grace PRC, Standale, MI

Grace PRC, Standale, MI

Pastor: Rev.Ron Van Overloop

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0-11225 8th Ave. NW 

Tallmadge Twp., Michigan 

Services: 9:30 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. 

PR Young People's Convention This Week, August 8-12, 2016 (Updated)

Grace WinghamYPsConv Flyer 2016 Page 1The annual Protestant Reformed Young People's Convention is about to begin (August 8-12, 2016), with all the plans and preparations made and the week now before the nearly 450 young people and chaperones.

If you would like to see what the young people are doing each day, check out the attached 2016 Convention booklet. And, keep your eye on Mr. Nick Kleyn's YouTube channel. The video from the pre-Convention Singspiration has been added here too (go to the 5:15 min. part of the video for the start).

Grace PRC, one of the sponsoring churches (with Wingham PRC), has this important note in its bulletin this week (Sunday, August 7):

This is the week of the annual PRCA YOUNG PEOPLES’ CONVENTION, which is being hosted by our church (with help from Wingham PRC for the banquet on Thursday night) at Lake Williamson Christian Center in Carlinville, IL. While some of you have been greatly involved in planning and arrangement, and some of you will be greatly involved at the convention, all of you have been contributing to the cause at fund-raisers for the young people of our congregation. Now the prayers of everyone are requested. Pray for travel safety for all the young people and the adults involved. Pray for the young people, that they may be spiritually edified. Pray that the young people and the adults may seize every opportunity to learn how to work and play together – something which is a vital function in the body of Christ. Pray that everyone there may exercise themselves in being kind and merciful, humble and meek, longsuffering and forbearance, forgiving and charity. May God bless!

Along with that are these other significant convention notices:

PRE-CONVENTION SINGSPIRATION will be held TONIGHT at Fair Haven Church at 8:15 PM. Note that there will be no printed song sheets this year. Fair Haven will project the lyrics, but you are welcome to bring your own Psalter if you would like.

BUS INFORMATION: The convention buses will once again be staged at CCHS. We ask that you arrive at Covenant TOMORROW morning between 6:00-6:15 AM.  This is a seven-hour bus ride with a stop for food.  Plan accordingly to bring money or snacks along.

CONVENTION REGISTRATION will take place at Lake Williamson on Monday, August 8 from 1:00–3:00 pm (Central Time), but we will accommodate early arrivals.  Pizza and beverages will be available between 1:00–3:00 PM for all conventioneers and chaperones.  Following the conclusion of the convention on Friday, August 12, buses will leave the camp around 10:00 am (CT).  If you have any questions, feel free to email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

May we remember this event in our prayers this week, along with the needs of all involved.

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2016 PRYP's Convention June/July Update

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With the 2016 PR Young People's Convention only a few weeks away now, the two host congregations for the 2016 PR Young People's Convention - Grace PRC (Standale, MI) and Wingham PRC (ON, Canada) - want to keep the event before the young people with these updated notices:

For those who signed up for busing at the same time that they registered for Convention, the buses will once again be staged at CCHS.  We ask that you arrive at Covenant the morning of Aug. 8 between the times of 6:00 and 6:15 a.m.  This is a seven hour bus ride with a stop for food.  Plan accordingly to send money or snacks along. 

Attention Young People: Tournament signup is now live! Tournaments this year include: 6-on-6 coed soccer, 6-on-6 coed volleyball, 3-on-3 boys basketball, 3-on-3 girls basketball, and Rook and Euchre. You can sign up with your team at www.prcconvention.com/2016/ under the "Activities" page OR by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please sign up as a full team.  If you do not have a team, but would still like to participate, let us know! Tournament signups will only be open until registration at the camp on Monday.  Additionally, if you are interested in participating in the high ropes course, please let us know via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Attention YP Convention Chaperones: If you are interested in refereeing tournament games during convention week, please let us know by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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2016 PR Young People's Convention Update - Registration Now Open!

From the two host congregations for the 2016 PR Young People's Convention - Grace PRC (Standale, MI) and Wingham PRC (ON, Canada) - comes this updated notice of this year's event:

Young People: Registration for the 2016 Young People's Convention hosted by Grace/Wingham PRC is now open.  The convention is planned for August 8-12 at Lake Williamson in Carlinville, Illinois.  To register, go to our website www.prcconvention.com, and follow the instructions under the Registration Tab.  Please note that if you need bussing from Grand Rapids to the camp, you must mark that on your registration form and include the $100 bus fee when you send in your forms and payment.  If you have any questions, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Special Newsletter from the Publicity Committee (also attached in pdf):

2016 Convention News (www.prcconvention.com)

The Grace and Wingham churches have been hard at work planning this year’s convention to be held Lord willing at Lake Williamson from August 8-12.  We’d like to share with you a few of the decisions that are being made, but for more details, please visit our website at prcconvention.com.

Chaperone registration is happening at this time!  You can sign up TODAY by going to the “CHAPS” tab of the website and following the instructions.  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have questions.     

Conventioneer registration is open as well. The young people can sign up TODAY by going to the “REGISTRATION” tab of the website and following the instructions.  The registration deadline is May 14 and all necessary forms must be postmarked by May 31 or there will be a $25 late fee.  If you have any questions regarding registration please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Michigan Churches Transportation:

The transportation committee has their work cut out for them this year because the busing company traditionally used is in in the middle of restructuring.  Because we now pay market rate, busing to the convention from the GR area has been set at $100 per conventioneer. The transportation committee early on made contact with all the young people’s societies because of this increased cost for two reasons:

1. So the societies can plan fundraisers with this increased transportation cost in mind.

2. To provide the option for each church to organize their own transportation.

Transportation using 12-15 passenger vans can be done more cheaply than a coach bus.  A few churches have expressed interest and have secured the use of a large vehicle cheaply.  If a convention chaperone can be found to drive the van, the cost per conventioneer might be half the cost of a seat on the coach bus.  Because the transportation committee needs to keep this process organized and because they need to ensure that individual conventioneers do not drive, they ask each church to communicate their plans to them.

Churches outside Michigan:

You do not have to go to Michigan prior to the convention. It makes sense for those driving from Iowa and the Chicago area to go directly to the camp. Those who desire to fly, can fly into St. Louis and the transportation Committee will pick you up there and bring you to the convention.

Regardless of where you are from or how you are getting to the convention, please make sure your young people’s society communicates with the transportation committee.  Please email Dave and Pam Moelker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your church society’s plans.  (You will also individually relay your plans when you register for the convention online.)  Please note that contrary to previous years, reserving a seat on the coach will happen when you register, and your transportation payment will be added to your convention fee.  

Because of the increased cost of transportation, a tough decision was made regarding chaperone transportation cost.  Typically this was free of charge.  This year we hope that many chaperones will choose to drive conventioneers to Lake Williamson.  If however, a chaperone needs to use the coach bus, the ticket will still cost $100.

The steering committee was involved this past month in establishing the price of the convention at $335 per conventioneer.  (This does not include transportation.)  Lake Williamson gets great reviews for their accommodations and especially their food!  We think it’s well worth the price.    

The activities committee is fine-tuning their list of events that will keep the conventioneers busy.  They held a trial run with many members at Grace Church to get reactions and opinions.  A follow up is being planned sometime this spring.  Wingham Church is planning the banquet and has decided on the theme of Bon Voyage; highlighting the countries of Netherlands, Scotland, France and Egypt.  A Pinterest page will be added to the website soon for suggestions on what to wear.    

The program committee presents a theme of “Contentment in an Age of Entitlement” based on a theme text of Phillipians 4:11 which reads, “I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.”  Rev. Rodney Kleyn will speak on “Content with God’s plan”, Rev Barnhill will deliver a speech on “Content with what you have” and Rev VanOverloop will talk about “Content with what you are”.  The program committee is also looking for anyone interested in performing a special number.  Please contact Dave & Joan Hanko at (616) 677-1855 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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2016 PR Young People's Convention Notice - Chaperones Needed!

From the two host congregations for the 2016 PR Young People's Convention - Grace PRC (Standale, MI) and Wingham PRC (ON, Canada) - comes this initial notice of next year's event:

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UPDATE: Chaperones are needed for the 2016 YP Convention to be hosted by Grace Church on August 8-12, 2016 at Lake Williamson in Carlinville, IL.  Chaperone applications and medical forms should be submitted online via the convention web site at http://www.prcconvention.com/2016/chaperones.cfm.  Please submit your applications soon to participate in this opportunity of service and Christian fellowship.  Email any questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Conference on Elders' Supervision of Preaching - Audio/Visual Recordings Now Available

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In late February and early March the Consistory of Grace PRC sponsored a three-part conference/seminar on Elders' supervision of preaching. The presentations were led by Prof.R.Cammenga of the PRC Seminary and were recorded in both audio and video.

Grace PRC has now made these recordings available on her website, but the video are also included here (by clicking on the "Read More" tab below).

It is Grace PRC's and Prof.R.Cammenga's hope that these classes may be of help and encouragement to elders and pastors alike, and that the churches may be further strengthened and the saints further edified as a fruit of this supervision.

For more materials for officebearers, visit the officebearer resource page on the PRC website.

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