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RCA Prayerline Alerts

Prayerline Alerts share prayer requests that concern RCA ministries, clergy, missionaries, staff, laypeople (those known throughout the denomination), and natural and human-caused disasters and tragedies.

Requests for prayer are posted online as they come in and sent out via a news feed. In addition, periodically certain prayer requests are emailed to the prayer partners who have signed up to receive Prayerline Alerts.

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Prayerline Obituary: Aletha Daniels
4/14/2014

(From RCA Communication)
Aletha Daniels, wife of retired RCA pastor Wilbur Daniels, died April 8. She was 79 years old. Wilbur and Aletha served congregations in Cedar and Holland, Michigan; Lake Worth, Florida; Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona; Fonda, New York; Lynden, Washington; Hemet and Canoga Park, California; and Pella, Iowa. Condolences may be sent to Wilbur Daniels at 1640 High Pointe Dr., Zeeland, MI 49464.

Prayerline Obituary: Norma Jean Girod
4/14/2014

(From RCA Communication)
Norma Jean Girod, widow of RCA minister Gordon Girod, died April 4. She was 90 years old. Gordon and Norma served congregations in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Chicago, Illinois. Gordon died in 1992.

Prayerline Obituary: Soo Sik Lim
4/11/2014

(From RCA Communication)
Soo Sik Lim, a retired RCA minister, died January 30. He founded Nakwon Reformed Church in Long Island City, New York, and served there until his retirement.

Prayerline Obituary: Jacob Van Holst
4/10/2014

(From RCA Communication)
Jacob (Jack) Van Holst, a retired RCA minister, died March 22. He was 78 years old. Jack and his wife, Jean, founded and served a congregation in Parksville, British Columbia. Condolences may be sent to Jean Van Holst at 763 Ermineskin Ave., Parksville, BC V9P 2L5.

Prayerline Obituary: Gordon Webster
4/10/2014

(From RCA Communication)
Gordon Webster, a retired RCA minister, died March 28. He was 79 years old. Gordon and his wife, Lois, served congregations in Newark and Owasco, New York, and Ravenna, Michigan. Condolences may be sent to Lois Webster at 2500 Breton Woods Dr. SE Apt. 2048, Grand Rapids, MI 49512.

Prayerline Request: Fort Hood Shooting
4/8/2014

(From RCA Communication)
On April 2, three unarmed soldiers were killed and 16 others were wounded in a shooting at Fort Hood in Texas. RCA military chaplain Maury Millican, who is stationed at Fort Hood, is currently on duty at the hospital supporting the wounded soldiers. Pray for the victims and their families, as well as for all those stationed at Fort Hood as they seek understanding in the face of this unexpected violence and tragedy. Pray also for God’s strength and support for Maury and his wife, Linda, as they minister to a hurting community.

Prayerline Obituary: Jean Weener
3/31/2014

(From RCA Communication)
Jean Weener, widow of RCA pastor Jay Weener, died March 20. She was 86 years old. Jay and Jean served congregations in Zeeland, Grand Rapids, and Kalamazoo, Michigan, and Santa Ana, California. Jay died in 1995.

Prayerline Obituary: Jean Cook
3/18/2014

(From RCA Communication)
Jean Cook, widow of RCA pastor and Western Theological Seminary professor James Cook, died March 17 after suffering a stroke on March 11. James died in 2007.

Prayerline Request: Jean Cook
3/17/2014

(From RCA Communication)
Jean Cook, widow of RCA pastor and Western Theological Seminary professor James Cook, suffered a stroke on Tuesday, March 11. She was able to be moved home on Wednesday, March 12, with the help of hospice care. Pray for peace for Jean, and for strength and grace for her family.

Prayerline Obituary: Adeline Gruis
3/13/2014

(From RCA Communication)
Adeline Gruis, widow of RCA pastor Herman Gruis, died March 5. She was 81 years old. Herman and Adeline served churches in Vicksburg, Michigan; Edgerton and Clara City, Minnesota; Morrison, Illinois; Firth, Nebraska; and Belmond, Iowa. Herman died in 2004.

Prayerline Obituary: Allen Verhey
3/13/2014

(From RCA Communication)
Allen Verhey, a retired RCA pastor, died February 26. He was 68 years old. Allen taught at Hope College for more than 30 years. Condolences may be sent to Allen’s wife, Phyllis Verhey, at 11 Plumas Dr., Durham, NC 27705.

Prayerline Obituary: Richard Evers
3/13/2014

(From RCA Communication)
Richard Evers, a retired RCA pastor, died March 2. He was 82 years old. Richard and his wife, Dorothy, served congregations in Carmichael, Sacramento, and San Francisco, California, and Grand Rapids, Michigan. Condolences may be sent to Dorothy Evers care of Daniel Evers, 15 Ranch Ct., North San Juan, CA 95960.

Prayerline Obituary: Richard Lake
3/13/2014

(From RCA Communication)
Richard Lake, a retired RCA pastor, died March 4. He was 81 years old. Richard and his wife, Phyllis, served congregations in Bloomington, St. Remy, Rosendale, Canajoharie, and Albany, New York. Condolences may be sent to Phyllis Lake at 1 Mark Pl., Beacon, NY 12508.

Prayerline Obituary: Carol MacDonald
3/13/2014

(From RCA Communication)
Carol MacDonald, widow of RCA pastor Doug MacDonald, died March 10. She was 94 years old. Doug and Carol served churches in Brooklyn and Hicksville, New York. Doug died in 2000.

Prayerline Obituary: William Heynen
3/12/2014

(From RCA Communication)
William Heynen, a retired RCA pastor, died February 25. He was 96 years old. William began his service in the CRC and later transferred to the RCA. He served an RCA congregation in Passaic, New Jersey.

Prayerline Obituary: Richard Baukema Sr.
2/19/2014

(From RCA Communication)
Richard Baukema Sr., a retired RCA pastor, died February 16. He was 75 years old. Richard and his wife, Marjorie, served churches in Muskegon, Holland, and Kentwood, Michigan. Condolences may be sent to Marjorie Baukema at 367 Mourning Dove Dr. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508-7216.

Prayerline Request: Dave Vander Laan
2/14/2014

(From RCA Communication)
Dave Vander Laan, pastor of First Reformed Church in Melvin, Iowa, has been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. He underwent surgery in January to remove parts of the tumor, and began chemotherapy and radiation treatments on February 10. Pray for God’s peace and strength for Dave, his wife, Lori, and their family as Dave goes through treatment. If you’d like to send a note of encouragement, the Vander Laans’ address is 311 E. Iowa Ave., George, IA 51237-7735.

Prayerline Obituary: John Heeg
2/12/2014

(From RCA Communications)
John Heeg, a retired RCA pastor, died February 5. He was 74 years old. John and his wife, Hendrika, served congregations in Matlock, Iowa; Harriston, Ontario; and Westerlo, New York. Condolences may be sent to Hendrika Heeg at 3254 Woodhaven Dr., Schenectady, NY 12303-4728.

Prayerline Obituary: Arvella Schuller
2/12/2014

Arvella Schuller, who helped her husband, Robert Schuller, found the Crystal Cathedral (RCA) in Garden Grove, California, and the Hour of Power televangelism program died on February 11. She was 84.

Prayerline Obituary: Carolyn Folmsbee
2/5/2014

Carolyn Folmsbee, retired RCA missionary, died January 30. Carolyn and her husband, Glenn, served on the mission field in India and Mexico for more than 25 years.

Prayerline Obituary: Norman Menning
2/3/2014

(From RCA Communication)
Norman Menning, a retired RCA pastor, died January 30. He was 87 years old. Norman and his wife, Fannie, served congregations in Allison, Lester, and Doon, Iowa, and Firth, Nebraska. Condolences may be sent to Fannie Menning at 1113 12th Ave., Rock Valley, IA 51247.

Prayerline Request: South Sudan
1/24/2014

(From RCA Communication)
After five weeks of fighting that left thousands dead and forced nearly half a million people to flee their homes, the government of South Sudan and opposition forces have signed a ceasefire agreement.

Give thanks for the ceasefire agreement, and pray that both sides will honor it. Pray for a peaceful resolution of the issues that led to the violence.

Pray also for healing, peace, and reconciliation for the hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese who have been affected by the violence. Pray for the work of RCA mission partner organization RECONCILE, which promotes peace-building through training in trauma recovery, peace studies, and addressing inter-ethnic conflict. Pray that God will use RECONCILE’s work to bring greater peace to South Sudan.

Shelvis and Nancy Smith-Mather, RCA mission partner personnel working with RECONCILE, returned to the United States on January 17 for an early home assignment since the situation in South Sudan remains volatile.

Prayerline Obituary: Shirley Buis
1/17/2014

(From RCA Communication)
Shirley Buis, widow of RCA pastor Harry Buis, died January 10. She was 86 years old. Harry and Shirley served congregations in Brooklyn Village, Ohio; Vriesland, Kalamazoo, and Hudsonville, Michigan; Morrison, Illinois; and De Motte, Indiana.

Prayerline Obituary: James Seawood
1/13/2014

(From RCA Communication)
James Seawood, pastor of Brighton Heights Reformed Church in Staten Island, New York, died January 12 after a battle with cancer. He was 66 years old. Earlier in his ministry, Seawood served a congregation in Cambria Heights, New York, and served as a chaplain in the U.S. Army. He is also a former faculty member and dean of New Brunswick Theological Seminary. Seawood served as president of General Synod 2010. Condolences may be sent to James’s wife, Emra Seawood, at 11 Edgeworth Pl., New Brunswick, NJ 08901-3021.

Prayerline Request: James Seawood
1/9/2014

(From RCA Communication)
James Seawood, pastor of Brighton Heights Reformed Church in Staten Island, New York, and president of General Synod 2010, has been fighting cancer and is now in a coma in critical condition. Please pray for James, his wife, Emra, and their family.

Prayerline Request: South Sudan
12/18/2013

(From RCA Communication)
An outbreak of ethnic violence in Juba, South Sudan, on December 15, has left several hundred people dead and many more fearing for their lives. RCA missionaries Shelvis and Nancy Smith-Mather and mission partner personnel Elly Kajaminyo are all safe; they live in Yei, five hours from the epicenter of the violence.

Pray that the violence does not escalate any further and comes to a swift resolution. Pray also for safety and comfort for South Sudanese who have lost loved ones and who are still afraid for their lives. Pray for peace and reconciliation between the Dinka and Nuer tribes, that future violence may be prevented, and for the work of the RECONCILE Peace Institute, the Smith-Mathers’ partner in mission, which equips South Sudanese church leaders to work for peace, community development, and trauma recovery.

Prayerline Obituary: John Drost
12/11/2013

(From RCA Communication)
John Drost, a retired RCA pastor, died November 26. He was 86 years old. John and his wife, Joan, served congregations in Lethbridge, Alberta; Montreal, Quebec; and Wainfleet and Stoney Creek, Ontario. John was also the leading organizer of the RCA Archives in Canada. Condolences may be sent to Joan Drost at 19 Msgr Henkey Ter., Hamilton, ON L9B 2M2.

Prayerline Obituary: Gladys Cordes
12/9/2013

(From RCA Communication)
Gladys Cordes, widow of RCA pastor Ralph Cordes, died December 4. She was 91 years old. Ralph and Gladys served congregations in Davis and Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Freeport, Pekin, and Raritan, Illinois; George, Iowa; and McKee, Kentucky. Ralph died in 2010.

Prayerline Obituary: Claire VanderTuin
11/26/2013

(From RCA Communication)
Claire VanderTuin, widow of RCA pastor John VanderTuin, died November 17. She was 87 years old. John and Claire served churches in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and Kinderhook and East Williamson, New York. John passed away in 2009.

Prayerline Obituary: Ruth Spierenburg
11/26/2013

(From RCA Communication)
Ruth Spierenburg, wife of retired RCA minister Marinus Spierenburg, died November 18. She was 68 years old. Marinus and Ruth served congregations in the Bronx, New York; Teaneck, New Jersey; and Pella, Iowa. Condolences may be sent to Marinus Spierenburg at 660 195th Ave., Pella, IA 50219.

Prayerline Obituary: Barbara Hendricks
11/26/2013

(From RCA Communication)
Barbara Hendricks, wife of retired RCA minister Roger Hendricks, died November 22. She was 87 years old. Roger and Barbara served congregations in Falmouth, Moddersville, Royal Oak, Decatur, Portage, and Grand Rapids, Michigan. Condolences may be sent to Roger Hendricks at 2044 Little Heron Ct. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546-5785.

Prayerline Obituary: Sharon Davis
11/20/2013

(From RCA Communication)
Sharon Davis, wife of retired RCA pastor Grover Davis, died August 21. Grover and Sharon served churches in Raritan and Berwyn, Illinois. Condolences may be sent to Grover Davis at 18154 Vermont Ct., Orland Park, IL 60467-8989.

Prayerline Obituary: Allen Buurma
11/12/2013

(From RCA Communication)
Allen Buurma, a retired RCA minister, died November 10. He was 74 years old. Al and his wife, Linda, served congregations in Williamson and Staten Island, New York, and Millstone, New Jersey. Condolences may be sent to Linda Buurma at 30 Forest Dr., Flemington, NJ 08822.

Prayerline Obituary: Dorothy Studley
10/29/2013

(From RCA Communication)
Dorothy Studley, wife of retired RCA pastor Al Studley, died October 9. Al and Dorothy served congregations in Red Hook, Johnstown, and Ghent, New York. Condolences may be sent to Al at 311 Sicomac Ave. Rm. 202, Wyckoff, NJ 07481.

Prayerline Obituary: Leona Zylstra
10/29/2013

(From RCA Communication)
Leona Zylstra, widow of RCA pastor Henry Zylstra, died October 23. She was 93 years old. Henry and Leona served congregations in Hudsonville, Grand Rapids, Grandville, and Holland, Michigan; Maple Lake, Minnesota; and Lafayette, Indiana. Henry passed away in 1989. Condolences for Leona’s family may be offered online.

Prayerline Obituary: Hermina Reardon
10/25/2013

(From RCA Communication)
Hermina Reardon, widow of RCA pastor David Reardon, died October 17. She was 101 years old. David and Hermina served congregations in North Brunswick, New Jersey; Scotland, South Dakota; Ackley, Iowa; and Wallkill, New York.

Prayerline Request: Mark Wilson
10/24/2013

(From RCA Communication)
Mark Wilson, who serves on the mission field in Cambodia, has been battling an infection. He is being treated with antibiotics, and although the infection is still causing pain, the medication is beginning to work. Pray that Mark will experience continued healing and relief from pain.

Prayerline Obituary: Virginia Young
10/8/2013

(From RCA Communication)
Virginia Young, widow of RCA pastor John Young, died September 30. She was 80 years old. John and Virginia served churches in High Bridge and Middletown, New Jersey, and Long Island City, New York. John passed away in 1994. Condolences may be sent to Virginia’s son, Christopher Young, at 35 Paddock Farm Rd., Brewster, NY 10509.

Prayerline Obituary: Jacob Van Heest
10/8/2013

(From RCA Communication)
Jacob (Jack) Van Heest, a retired RCA minister, died Oct. 1. He was 91 years old. Jack and his wife, Josephine, served congregations in Alsip and Fulton, Illinois, and Grand Rapids, Hudsonville, and Holland, Michigan. Josephine passed away in 2005.

Prayerline Obituary: Peter Shortway
9/26/2013

(From RCA Communication)
Peter Shortway, a retired RCA minister, died September 24. He was 95 years old. Peter served an RCA congregation in Amsterdam, New York.

Prayerline Request: Attack in Nairobi, Kenya
9/25/2013

(From RCA Communication)
Pray for the people of Kenya following the four-day hostage situation in Nairobi. More than 60 people were killed and many others were injured or traumatized. All RCA missionaries and partner personnel in Kenya are safe, but Rowland Van Es reports that one of the students at St. Paul’s University, where he and Jane teach, was injured in the attack and her father was killed. Pray for comfort for those who have lost loved ones and healing for those who are injured. Pray also for RCA missionaries and local pastors as they minister to those who are grieving.

Prayerline Request: Maasai families in Kenya
9/16/2013

(From RCA Communication)
Pray for Maasai families in Kenya who were displaced in late July when attackers burned their village in an attempt to force them from their land. Ten people were injured, and more than 2,000 people lost not only their homes, but also their sheep and goats, which are their livelihood. RCA mission partner Simon Muntolol, who directs Maasai Outreach Mission, reports that while the situation is peaceful now, they are concerned about further attacks. Pray that no further violence occurs.

Prayerline Obituary: Ida Faas
9/10/2013

(From RCA Communication)
Ida Faas, widow of RCA pastor John Faas, died September 1. She was 87 years old. Ida and John served congregations in German Valley, Illinois; Muskegon, Michigan; and Deerfield Beach, Florida. John died in 1993. Condolences may be sent to Ida’s son, Steve Faas, and his wife, Carol, at 817 Clancy Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-1505. Steve and Carol are RCA mission partner personnel serving with Clancy Street Ministries.

Prayerline Request: Christina Sayer
9/3/2013

(From RCA Communication)
Christina Sayer, daughter of RCA pastor Steve and Jeri Sayer, sustained an injury to her spinal cord this weekend that left her paralyzed. Doctors expect that she will have permanent paralysis in her legs but are hopeful that she will regain partial function in her arms. Christina was in Holland, Michigan, preparing to start her junior year at Hope College. Pray for recovery and healing for Christina, and lift up the whole Sayer family in prayer.

Christina is the second Hope student to sustain severe injury in the past several weeks (Andrew Holbrook, son of RCA pastor Taylor and Cathy Holbrook, was critically injured in a car accident on August 20). Both Steve and Taylor say the most helpful thing the RCA community can do for their families at this point is to be supportive and keep praying.

Prayerline Obituary: Joyce Grant
8/23/2013

(From RCA Communication)
Joyce Grant, widow of RCA pastor John Grant, died July 23. John and Joyce served congregations in New York City, New Baltimore, Leeds, Athens, West Coxsackie, Coxsackie, Germantown, Feura Bush, and Hudson, New York, and Long Branch, New Jersey. John died in 1997.

Prayerline Request: Political Violence in Egypt
8/21/2013

Pray for peace in Egypt, where ongoing political violence has included attacks on several churches. Pray for safety and strength for Egyptian Christians as they seek to mirror Christ in the midst of uncertainty and fear.

Prayerline Request: Andrew Holbrook
8/20/2013

Andrew Holbrook, son of RCA minister Taylor and Cathy Holbrook, is in critical condition in Grand Rapids, Michigan, after a car accident in Zeeland early this morning. Please pray for Andrew, 19, and also for his family members as they travel from New York to West Michigan.

Prayerline Obituary: Don (Gordon) Bloemendaal
8/5/2013

(From RCA Communication)
Don (Gordon) Bloemendaal, a retired RCA pastor, died July 7. He was 76 years old. Gordon and his first wife, Barbara, served congregations in Alexander and Rock Valley, Iowa, and Luverne, Minnesota. Barbara died in 1996. With his second wife, Marlou, Gordon served a congregation in Sheldon, Iowa. Condolences may be sent to Marlou Bloemendaal at 212 E. Veterans Dr. Apt. 17, Luverne, MN 56156.

Prayerline Obituary: Morrie Swart
7/31/2013

(From RCA Communication)
Morrell (Morrie) Swart, a retired RCA missionary to Africa, died July 30. She was 92 years old. Morrie and her husband, Bob, served on the mission field in Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya for 40 years. Bob died in 2000. Morrie is the mother of RCA missionary Dick Swart and the grandmother of RCA missionary Caleb Swart. Condolences may be sent to Dick and Donna Swart and Caleb and Joanna Swart care of Tim Mittlestaedt, 12427 Dogleg Dr., Boynton Beach, FL 33437.

Prayerline Obituary: Rick Van Haitsma
7/30/2013

(From RCA Communication)
Rick Van Haitsma, pastor of Mason County Reformed Church in Scottville, Michigan, died July 23. He was 64 years old. Rick and his wife, Laurel, previously served an RCA congregation in Holland, Michigan. Condolences may be sent to Laurel Van Haitsma at 93 S. Amber Rd., Scottville, MI 49454.

Prayerline Obituary: Don Bekkering
7/11/2013

(From RCA Communication)
Don Bekkering, a retired RCA minister, died July 10. He was 74 years old. Don and his wife, Donna, served congregations in Marion, New York, and Martin, Jenison, Grand Haven, and Zeeland, Michigan. Condolences may be sent to Donna Bekkering at 727 Apple Ave. Apt. J-9, Holland, MI 49423.

Prayerline Obituary: Bill Vermilyea
7/9/2013

(From RCA Communication)
Bill Vermilyea, an RCA elder who served on General Synod Council from 2003 to 2007, died on July 8. Bill was diagnosed with an advanced stage of lung cancer in April. Condolences may be sent to Bill’s wife, Audrey, at 6209 W. 97th St., Bloomington, MN 55438-1725.

Prayerline Obituary: Lois Speckman
7/8/2013

(From RCA Communication)
Lois Speckman, widow of RCA pastor H. Eugene (Bud) Speckman, died July 2. Lois was 91 years old. Bud and Lois served an RCA congregation in Franklin Park, New Jersey. Bud passed away in 1998. Condolences may be sent to Bud and Lois’s daughter, Alison Mandelbaum, at 237 Irving Ave., Providence, RI 02906.

Prayerline Obituary: Ann Veldhuis
7/2/2013

(From RCA Communications)
Ann Veldhuis, widow of RCA pastor Stephen Veldhuis, died June 11. She was 82 years old. Stephen and Ann served congregations in Ireton, Knoxville, and Ackley, Iowa; Stoney Creek, Ontario; and Ellsworth, Minnesota. Stephen died in April.

Prayerline Obituary: Louise Ondra
7/2/2013

(From RCA Communications)
Louise Ondra, widow of RCA pastor Robert Ondra, died June 7. She was 88 years old. Robert and Louise served an RCA congregation in Palmyra, New York. Robert died in 2000.

Prayerline Obituary: Dean Wolbrink
6/11/2013

(From RCA Communications)
Dean Wolbrink, an RCA minister, died June 3. He was 70 years old. Dean and his wife, Candy, served congregations in Jamaica and Tarrytown, New York, and Venice, Florida. Dean also served as a chaplain in the U.S. Navy Reserves and as a hospice chaplain in Washington D.C. and southwest Florida. Condolences may be sent to Candy Wolbrink at 7501 River Rd. Apt. 12G, Newport News, VA 23607.

Prayerline Praise: First Reformed Church, Chatham, Ontario
6/4/2013

(From RCA Communications)
Join First Reformed Church in Chatham, Ontario, and their new pastor Barry Wynveen in giving thanks that Barry’s application to work in Canada has been approved by Canadian immigration officials. From First Reformed: “Please pass on our thanks to all the prayer warriors who prayed on our behalf. It goes to show when God’s people unite in prayer, obstacles fall away and God answers prayers in marvelous ways.”

Prayerline Obituary: David Breen
6/4/2013

(From RCA Communications)
David Breen, an RCA pastor, died June 1. He was 63 years old. David and his wife, Linda, served RCA churches in Kalamazoo, Holland, and Hudsonville, Michigan. He also served as a denominational staff member. He was currently serving as senior pastor of Sunrise Ministries, a nondenominational congregation in Hudsonville, Michigan. David is the brother of Stephen Breen, pastor of Middleburg Free Grace Reformed Church in Orange City, Iowa. Condolences may be sent to Linda Breen at 7769 Hidden Lake Dr., Hudsonville, MI 49426-9775.

Prayerline Obituary: Cleo Ludwick
6/4/2013

(From RCA Communications)
Cleo Ludwick, a retired RCA minister, died May 27. She was 86 years old. Cleo served a congregation in Coopersville, Michigan. She also served as a hospital chaplain in Grand Rapids and Grand Haven, Michigan. Cleo was one of the first women ordained in the RCA.

Prayerline Obituary: C. Keith DeJong
5/30/2013

(From RCA Communications)
C. Keith DeJong, a retired RCA missionary, died May 16. He was 84 years old. Keith and his wife, Marcine, served on the mission field in India for 25 years. Marcine died in 2011. Condolences may be sent to Keith’s son, Bruce DeJong, and his wife, Tamar, at 3600 12th Ave. S. #3, Minneapolis, MN 55407-4449.

Prayerline Request: Oklahoma Tornado
5/23/2013

A two-mile-wide tornado ripped through Moore, Oklahoma, on May 20. Twenty-four people were killed—including nine children—and 240 were injured. As many as 13,000 homes were destroyed. Pray for the people who have lost loved ones, suffered injury, or sustained damage to their homes or businesses. Pray too for the rescue workers, first responders, and early response coordinators.

Prayerline Request: Carolyn Voss
5/20/2013

(From RCA Communications)
Carolyn Voss, wife of retired RCA pastor Melvin Voss, fell and broke her pelvis. Carolyn will be on total bed rest for four to six weeks to allow the bones to heal before she puts any weight on them. If you’d like to send Carolyn a note of encouragement, she is at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond, 1107 7th St. NE, Belmond, IA 50421.

Prayerline Request: First Reformed Church, Chatham, Ontario
5/16/2013

(From RCA Communications)
Pray for First Reformed Church in Chatham, Ontario, and for RCA pastor Barry Wynveen, who has accepted a call to the church, as they navigate the immigration processes necessary for Barry to work in Canada. Recently tightened immigration rules in Canada have made the process more difficult; pray that the necessary paperwork will be swiftly approved so that Barry can begin the ministry God has called him to in Chatham.

Prayerline Obituary: Carol Granberg
5/16/2013

(From RCA Communications)
Carol Granberg, widow of former Northwestern College president Lars Granberg, died May 15. She was 93 years old. Carol is the mother of RCA chaplain Karin Granberg-Michaelson. Condolences may be sent to Wes and Karin Granberg-Michaelson at 5977 W. Lyn Haven Dr. SE, Kentwood, MI 49512-9317.

Prayerline Obituary: G. David Korsen
5/1/2013

(From RCA Communications)
G. David Korsen, an RCA pastor, died April 23. He was 57 years old. David and his wife, Joanie, served RCA congregations in Lynden and Bellingham, Washington; Anaheim Hills, California; and Middleville, Michigan. Condolences may be sent to Joanie Korsen at 8450 Rainbows End Rd. SE, Caledonia, MI 49316-7957.

Prayerline Request: Bill Vermilyea
4/23/2013

(From RCA Communications)
Bill Vermilyea, an RCA elder who served on General Synod Council from 2003 to 2007, has been diagnosed with an advanced stage of lung cancer. Pray for peace and comfort for Bill and his wife, Audrey. Notes of encouragement can be sent to Bill and Audrey Vermilyea, 6209 W. 97th St., Bloomington, MN 55438-1725.

Prayerline Obituary: George VanSandt
4/23/2013

(From RCA Communications)
George VanSandt, a retired RCA pastor, died April 11. He was 81 years old. George served RCA congregations in Lodi and Bogota, New Jersey. Condolences may be sent to George’s wife, Laurel VanSandt, at 716 Harold St., Paramus, NJ 07652-2218.

Prayerline Obituary: John Hart
4/23/2013

(From RCA Communications)
John Hart, a retired RCA pastor, died April 19. He was 91 years old. John served RCA congregations in Accord and West Nyack, New York; and Marlboro, Highland Park, Bedminster, Nutley, Asbury Park, Old Tappan, and Clifton, New Jersey. Condolences may be sent to John’s wife, Linda Hart, at 368 Hillside Ave., Nutley, NJ 07110.

Prayerline Obituary: Albert Van Dyke
4/23/2013

(From RCA Communications)
Albert Van Dyke, a retired RCA pastor, died April 11. He was 95 years old. Albert served RCA congregations in Matlock and Sheldon, Iowa; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; DeMotte, Indiana; Berwyn, Illinois; and Oostburg, Wisconsin. Albert also served as director of American Indian ministries for the RCA and as president of the Particular Synod of Chicago. Condolences may be sent to Albert’s wife, Alice VanDyke, at 1236 Wisconsin Ave., Oostburg, WI 53070-1103.

Prayerline Request: Ebenezer Reformed Church in Stoney Creek, Ontario
4/9/2013

(From RCA Communications)
A fire at Ebenezer Reformed Church in Stoney Creek, Ontario, on April 6 caused extensive smoke damage to the entire church building. The congregation will be unable to use its building for several months as cleanup and repair take place. Ebenezer Reformed has already dealt with one fire this year; in mid-February, a fire destroyed the church’s kitchen and caused smoke and heat damage throughout the basement. Pray for the congregation as they begin the cleanup and repair process all over again. Join them in praising God that no one was hurt, and that their building is still structurally sound.

Prayerline Obituary: David Sterk
4/8/2013

(From RCA Communications)
David Sterk, pastor of Rehoboth Reformed Church in McBain, Michigan, died April 5. He was 55 years old. Dave and his wife, Karen, also served congregations in DeMotte, Indiana; Fulton, Illinois; and Orange City, Iowa. Condolences may be sent to Karen Sterk at 9565 W. Broadway, McBain, MI 49657.

Prayerline Obituary: Stephen Veldhuis
4/8/2013

(From RCA Communications)
Stephen Veldhuis, a retired RCA pastor, died April 4. He was 84 years old. Stephen and his wife, Ann, served RCA congregations in Ireton, Knoxville, and Ackley, Iowa; Stoney Creek, Ontario; and Ellsworth, Minnesota. Stephen was serving First Christian Reformed Church in Pella, Iowa, as minister of calling at the time of his death. Condolences may be sent to Ann Veldhuis at 1006 W. 3rd St., Pella, IA 50219.

Prayerline Request: Bill Wilbur
4/1/2013

(From RCA Communications)
Retired RCA pastor Bill Wilbur suffered a stroke on March 17. Bill and his wife, Eleanor, are serving Gamboa Union Church in Gamboa, Panama. Bill’s daughter reports that he is recovering well, though he will need some speech therapy. Praise God for Bill’s recovery so far, and pray for patience and healing as Bill begins therapy.

Prayerline Request: Herkimer shooting
3/15/2013

(From RCA Communications)
Pray for the people of Herkimer, New York, where a mass shooting took place on March 13. Five people, including the gunman, died, and two more were wounded. Pray for healing and peace for the family and friends of those who were killed, and pray for the rest of the town as they cope with violence so close to home. One of the people killed in the shooting was a former worship leader at Herkimer Reformed Church, and one of the wounded is a member of Mohawk Reformed Church.

Prayerline Request: First Hispanic Reformed Church of Newark
3/15/2013

(From RCA Communications)
On March 12, both First Hispanic Reformed Church of Newark’s church van and pastor Rolnand Perez’s personal van were stolen. Please join the congregation in praying that the vehicles will be located and returned to them.

Prayerline Obituary: Robert Robinson
3/12/2013

(From RCA Communications)
Robert Robinson, a retired RCA pastor, died February 17. He was 84 years old. Robert served churches in Dulce, New Mexico; New York and Brooklyn, New York; and Toms River, New Jersey. He also served on the mission field with the American Bible Society for 15 years.

Prayerline Obituary: Hilda Staal
2/28/2013

(From RCA Communications)
Hilda Staal, a retired RCA missionary, died February 26. She was 89 years old. Hilda and her husband, Harvey, served as RCA missionaries in the Middle East for 38 years. They served in Iraq, Kuwait, and Lebanon. Harvey died in 1999. Condolences may be sent to Hilda’s son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Ann Staal, at 1205 Princeton Pl., Rockville, MD 20850.

Prayerline Obituary: Diane Reck
2/26/2013

(From RCA Communications)
Diane Reck, wife of David Reck, pastor of Emmanuel Reformed Church in Springfield, South Dakota, died January 23. She was 62 years old. Condolences may be sent to David Reck care of Emmanuel Reformed Church, P.O. Box 525, Springfield, SD 57062-0525.

Prayerline Obituary: Annabelle Buseman
2/26/2013

(From RCA Communications)
Annabelle Buseman, widow of RCA pastor Fred Buseman, died February 19. She was 90 years old. Fred and Annabelle served churches in Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, and Hawarden, Iowa; Denver, Colorado; Chicago and Lansing, Illinois; and Fishers, Indiana. Fred died in 1997.

Prayerline Obituary: John Bandt Sr.
2/22/2013

(From RCA Communications)
John Bandt Sr., a retired RCA pastor, died February 7. He was 77 years old. John and his wife, Phyllis, served churches in Roxbury, New York; Mount Prospect, Illinois; and Dulce, New Mexico. They also served on the mission field in the Philippines, and John served as a hospital chaplain in Louisiana. Condolences may be sent to Phyllis Bandt at 14152 E. Linvale Pl. Apt. 311, Aurora, CO 80014.

Prayerline Request: Ebenezer Reformed Church in Stoney Creek, Ontario
2/18/2013

(From RCA Communications)
A fire at Ebenezer Reformed Church in Stoney Creek, Ontario, on February 16, destroyed the kitchen and caused smoke and soot damage throughout the rest of the building. Please join the congregation in giving thanks that no one was hurt and that the fire damage was limited, and pray for them as they begin to repair the damage.

Prayerline Obituary: Jean Groome
2/15/2013

(From RCA Communications)
Jean Groome, widow of RCA pastor Thomas Groome, died February 1. She was 89 years old. Thomas and Jean served RCA congregations in Lawyersville and Sharon, New York. Thomas died in 2011.

Prayerline Obituary: Warren Bull
1/25/2013

(From RCA Communications)
Warren Bull, a retired RCA pastor, died January 18. He was 84 years old. Warren and his wife, Joy, served churches in Hempstead, Poughkeepsie, Walden, and Schenectady, New York. Condolences may be sent to Joy Bull at 3620 Happy Woods Ct. Apt. 45, Myrtle Beach, SC 29588-2925.

Prayerline Obituary: John Mac Lean
1/24/2013

(From RCA Communications)
John Mac Lean, former RCA missionary to Appalachia, died January 19. He was 78 years old. John and his wife, Alice (Chickie), served in Jackson County, Kentucky, from 1986 to 2005. Condolences may be sent to Chickie Mac Lean at 532 Cady Dr. #C9, Richmond, KY 40475.

Prayerline Request: Second Reformed Church of Claverack
1/16/2013

Church Fire Pray for the congregation of Second Reformed Church of Claverack in Philmont, New York, after a fire broke out in the church yesterday. The church building, which was more than 130 years old, suffered major fire damage and is reportedly a total loss. Give thanks to God that there are no injuries, though the congregation is grieving the serious damage to their historic building.

Prayerline Request: John Mac Lean
1/14/2013

Please pray for John Mac Lean, former RCA missionary to Appalachia, who is in the hospital in Kentucky with severe flu and pneumonia. Please also pray for John's wife, Chickie.

Prayerline Obituary: Evelyn Schmidt
1/10/2013

(From RCA Communications)
Evelyn Schmidt, widow of RCA pastor Paul Schmidt, died January 8. She was 83 years old. Paul and Evelyn served churches in Holland, Iowa; Baldwin and West Bend, Wisconsin; Munster, Indiana; and Muskegon and Holland, Michigan. Paul died in 2006. Evelyn is the mother of RCA pastors Edward Schmidt and John Schmidt. Condolences may be sent to Ed and Jennifer Schmidt at 315 Trafalgar Trl., Portage, MI 49002-7025 or to John Schmidt and Dawn Boelkins at 172 W. 15th St., Holland, MI 49423.

Prayerline Obituary: Richard Kooistra
1/7/2013

(From RCA Communications)
Richard Kooistra, a retired RCA pastor, died January 5. He was 81 years old. Richard and his wife, Fonda, served churches in Paterson, New Jersey, and Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin. Condolences may be sent to Fonda Kooistra at 313 N. Oak St., Inwood, IA 51240.

Prayerline Obituary: Geraldine Atwood
1/3/2013

(From RCA Communications)
Geraldine Atwood, widow of RCA pastor Austin Atwood, died December 25. She was 89 years old. Austin and Geraldine served churches in Bristow and Hawarden, Iowa, and Yakima, Washington. Austin died in 1998.

Prayerline Obituary: William Miedema
1/3/2013

(From RCA Communications)
William Miedema, a retired RCA pastor, died December 23. He was 85 years old. Bill and his wife, Joanne, served churches in Traverse City and Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Long Beach, California. Condolences may be sent to Joanne Miedema at 1302 Brewley Ln., Vista, CA 92083-9030.

Prayerline Obituary: Roger Vander Kolk
1/2/2013

(From RCA Communications)
Roger Vander Kolk, a retired RCA pastor, died December 25. He was 76 years old. Roger and his wife, Joan, served churches in Kalamazoo, Muskegon, and Hamilton, Michigan. Condolences may be sent to Roger's son, Bruce, and daughter, Martha, at 3578 Ridgewood Dr., Hamilton, MI 49419-9605.

Prayerline Obituary: Arthur Caliandro
12/31/2012

(From RCA Communications)
Arthur Caliandro, a retired RCA pastor, died December 30. He was 79 years old. Arthur and his wife, Sandra, served Marble Collegiate Church in New York City. Condolences may be sent to Sandra Caliandro at 249 E. 48th St. Apt. 17C, New York, NY 10017-1535.


Prayerline Obituary: Doretha Coles
12/13/2012

(From RCA Communications)
Doretha Coles, wife of retired RCA pastor William Coles, died December 3. She was 97 years old. William and Doretha served a congregation in Brooklyn, New York. Condolences may be sent to William Coles at 70 W. Lucerne Cir., Apt. 1604, Orlando, FL 32801.

Prayerline Obituary: Blanche Thayer
12/5/2012

(From RCA Communications)
Blanche Thayer, widow of RCA pastor Cuyler Thayer, died November 9. She was 88 years old. Cuyler and Blanche served churches in Rosendale, New York; Closter, New Jersey; Attleboro, Massachusetts; and Montreal, Quebec. Cuyler died in 2000.

Prayerline Obituary: Ruth Dickson
11/27/2012

(From RCA Communications)
Ruth Dickson, widow of RCA pastor Robert Dickson, died April 3. Robert and Ruth served congregations in Hurley, North Marbletown, Saugerties, and Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, and New Brunswick, New Jersey. Ruth also served as treasurer of the Particular Synod of New York.

Prayerline Request: Rob McNiven
11/8/2012

(From RCA Communications)
Rob McNiven, husband of Albany Synod communication and discipleship coordinator Nancy McNiven, is doing well after undergoing surgery on October 11 to remove a mass in the lining of his brain. Rob will soon begin a six-week course of radiation that will take place five days a week. Please continue to pray for healing for Rob and for comfort and peace for the McNiven family. If you’d like to send a note of encouragement, mail it to PO Box 493, Altamont, NY 12009-0493.

Prayerline Obituary: Carl Kleis
11/7/2012

(From RCA Communications)
Carl Kleis, a retired RCA pastor, died November 4. He was 80 years old. Carl and his wife, Helen, served North & Southampton Reformed Church in Churchville, Pennsylvania. Carl also served as president of the Particular Synod of New Jersey. Helen died in 2003.

Prayerline Request: Carl Kleis
11/1/2012

(From RCA Communications)
Carl Kleis, a retired RCA pastor, has been placed in hospice care. He has a very aggressive form of cancer, and his prognosis is not good. If you’d like to send a note of encouragement or prayer to Carl, email it to his daughter, Gretchen, at dutchgirl3@verizon.net, and she will share it with her father.


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