On March 23, 1959 a meeting was called at the Loveland Protestant Reformed Church for all parties interested in organizing a school society.  This meeting and those following were conducted under the able leadership of the Rev. H. Kuiper until a society was formed on April 24, 1959.

The first society consisted of thirteen members, and at present has fourteen.  From this a board of five men was selected.  The school first opened its doors in September of 1961, with Miss Ruth Kuiper as the first teacher.  Now the school has twelve pupils, but then there were only seven.  The physical plant was located in the basement of the Loveland church.  When a new church was built, the school moved along with the church, and it is now located in the basement of this new building.  Since the school first opened its doors, Mr. Tom DeVries, Miss Mary Pastoor, and Miss Beverly Hoekstra have been its teachers.

The school is located three miles north of Loveland.  Six of the children live within walking distance, whereas the others ride along with the teacher.  Three of the children moved to the Loveland area within the past year.

The school is unique in many ways.  There are no Christian schools for at least sixty miles.  With only twelve pupils, it is the smallest of our Protestant Reformed schools.  The curriculum provides for only the first six grades, and sometimes not all of the grades are represented.  It is operated just like an old country school with all of the pupils in one room.  A beautiful view of the snow capped mountains can be seen from the west windows.

The people of Loveland feel that they have been bountifully blessed in having been provided with a school of their own.  Even though the school is very small and seemingly stands all by itself, it stands as a witness of God’s truths to his people.

The book of Proverbs was written by King Solomon to his young adult son. Solomon’s purpose in writing Proverbs was “that the generation to come might know them [God’s wonderful works]…that they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments” (Ps. 78:6–7). Throughout the book, Solomon […]

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The Christian is placed in many different circumstances while on this earth. Some are characterized by hardships and trials, and others are full of joy and peace. How should the Christian respond? Throughout the Bible there are numerous times where God’s people sang in response to their various circumstances. Singing in response to God’s ordering […]

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The group of churches that John writes to in this trio of epistles had recently experienced a split because of doctrinal controversy. We do not know the exact content of the error that these false teachers were spreading, but it is apparent from John’s writing that their teaching somehow denied the truth of the incarnation—that […]

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Jael: An Example of Christian Warfare

This article was originally presented as a speech at a Protestant Reformed mini convention held at Quaker Haven Camp in August 2021. Jael lived during the era of the judges. Deborah the prophetess was the judge who served Israel at the time of Jael. During this time, the Canaanites under the rule of king Jabin […]

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Indiana Mini Convention Review 2021

One of this year’s “mini conventions” was hosted by Grace and Grandville Protestant Reformed Churches at Quaker Haven Camp. Located just over two hours away in northern Indiana, the camp was a perfect fit for the 120 kids and 15 chaperones who attended. A total of twelve different churches were represented: Byron Center, Faith, First […]

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Editorial, November 2021: Catechism Season

At the point that this edition of Beacon Lights arrives in the homes of our subscribers, most young people in the Protestant Reformed Churches will have been sitting under the catechism instruction of their pastor or elders for more than a month. If our readers are honest, that observation probably comes with a (quiet) sigh […]

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