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PRC and Sister-Church News for the Week of August 19, 2018

On this thirty-third Lord's Day of 2018, August 19, we provide the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, mission fields, and sister churches.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • The 2018 PRYP's Convention is now history. From the Council of Hull PRC comes this wonderful note: "The Young People’s Convention went very well this past week. We express our thanks to the steering committee and subcommittees for all of their work. They spent many hours preparing for this convention and their work is much appreciated. Thanks also to those who helped out in other ways, donating their time or items to assist in the work of hosting this year’s convention. We thank God for His blessings upon us and upon our covenant youth." *For more on this, see the young people section below.


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  • SE PRC (Grand Rapids, MI) also had a special note in her bulletin this week: "Southeast PRC has recently sold their church facility and anticipates worshiping at Adams School beginning Sunday, September 9. A luncheon and short program will be held Sunday, September 2 following the final worship service at the church at 5pm. We welcome all those interested in attending!”

  • The congregation of Grandville PRC voted Sunday August 5 to call Rev. R. Kleyn (Covenant of Grace PRC, Spokane, WA) from the Council's trio for calling a minister on loan to serve in our sister church in Singapore.  We pray for the good guidance of the Holy Spirit as he considers this special call.

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  • Grandville PRC's Council has also formed its first trio from which to call a new pastor, following the emeritation of Rev. K. Koole. Its consists of Revs. N. Decker (Trinity PRC), Rev. J. Engelsma (Doon, IA PRC), Rev. E. Guichelaar (Randolph WI PRC). The congregational meeting will be held on Sunday evening August 26.

  • On May 13 Candidate J. Langerak accepted the call he had received from Heritage PRC (Sioux Falls, SD) on April 29. His examination will now take place at the meeting of Classis West on August 29 at Peace PRC (cf. note below under "Denominational News). In that conection, this additional information was given in Heritage's recent bulletin: "Pastor-Elect Langerak’s ordination and installation service is scheduled for Friday, August 31, 2018 at 7 PM. at Heritage PRC. The service will be conducted by Rev. Rodney Kleyn." Untll then, Pastor-elect Langerak is keeping busy supplying various pulpits in the churches of Classis West.
  • From today's bulletin of Heritage PRC in Sioux Falls, SD re her pulpit supply for the next two Sundays: "Pastor-Elect Langerak will supply our pulpit this morning, and Rev. R. Kleyn our evening service. We welcome our Pastor-Elect Langerak back to our pulpit and Rev. Kleyn and family to our fellowship. Rev. Kleyn is Pastor of Covenant of Grace PRC in Spokane WA. Next Sunday, Seminarian Jacob Maatman will supply our pulpit."

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

  • Synod 2018: The PRC Synod completed its work for now on Thursday June 21. It will reconvene at Byron Center PRC on August 28 for a special examination. Summary reports on the decisions reached may be found under the News section of the PRC website. In that connection we have this announcement from Byron Center PRC: Synod will reconvene, D.V., on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 8:00 a.m., at Byron Center PRC in Byron Center, MI (please note the change of venue from the June meeting).  Delegates in need of lodging should contact Mr. Mike Elzinga (clerk-at-byronprc.org).
  • Classis West meeting (note date and place changes): At the request of Heritage PRC (and Doon PRC), the Classical Committee of Classis West has changed the date for the next meeting of Classis West to August 29. It had previously been scheduled for September 26. Also, at the request of Heritage PRC, the location also has been changed. Peace PRC will host the August 29 meeting of Classis where Pastor-elect Jonathan Langerak will be examined, while Heritage PRC will host Classis on March 6, 2019, the Lord willing.

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PRC Seminary News:

  • The internships of Seminarians Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman officially began July 1. Sem. Kortus is interning at Trinity PRC under Rev. N. Decker and his Council. Sem. Maatman is interning at Hudsonville PRC under Rev. G. Eriks and his Council. The internship program runs from July 1 to December 31.

  • The beginning of the new season of instruction is only a week away, with classes scheduled to begin on Wednesday, August 29. Besides our seniors (Matt K. and Jacob M. - internships), we will have two other seminary students this year: third-year student Josiah Tan and first-year student Marcus Wee (who arrived this week with his wife and son), both from our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC. In addition, four young men will be taking different levels of pre-seminary Greek from Profs. R. Dykstra and B. Gritters.

  • Seminary Convocation will be held Wednesday, September 5, at Providence PRC, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Prof. Gritters will be speaking on Acts 20:24 "None of these things move me..."  After the convocation address the student body will be introduced.  All are invited to attend. The program will be live-streamed (details on that to come).

  • The Spring 2018 issue of the PRT Journal is now available and may be picked up at the seminary. If you would like to receive a print copy and are not on our mailing list, contact the seminary (616-531-1490). The pdf version is also still available for free download. Visit this page to find out the contents and begin reading.

  • The PRC Synod 2018 took a decision urging “the churches and the pastors in particular in their public prayers to pray the Lord of the harvest for able, faithful, and devoted pastors and teachers (Ephesians 4:11) for us and our children, as well as for the gathering of the elect out of the nations (Matthew 28:19).” A number of ministers are nearing the age of emeritation, and the number of students in the seminary at this time will not be sufficient to fill the upcoming needs of our churches either in our own congregations or in the work of missions. Please remember this urgent need in your prayers and encourage young men whom you observe to have the gifts to consider the ministry.

  • The seminary is open daily during the summer months, including the library and archives. Staff will be available for assistance with any needs you may have.

  • The Seminary faculty along with Trinity PRC Evangelism Committee are working on plans for a Spring 2019 conference to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the great Synod of Dordt, 1618-19-2018-19. Look for details on this in the future.

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SISTER-CHURCH NEWS

  • Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, we may note the following items:
    • From the PRC Contact Committee: "On behalf of our churches, Prof. R. Dykstra will be assisting our sister church in Singapore during their vacancy by preaching for them for 5 Sundays this summer. Prof. and Mrs Dykstra will be returning on August 21, the Lord willing. We as sister churches are thankful for the opportunity to be of assistance to our brothers and sisters in the CERC in Singapore."

    • Synod 2018 gave approval to the request of Covenant ERC in Singapore that a minister-on-loan be called to labor in their midst during their present vacancy, and appointed Grandville PRC the calling church. On August 5 the congregation voted to call Rev. R. Kleyn from a trio that also included Rev. G. Eriks and Rev. S. Key.

    • Her latest newsletter (JUNE 2018) - Reformed News Asia - was recently posted and may be found on this page. Watch for the next issue soon!

    • The latest young peoples' magazine, Salt Shakers, was received and posted recently (May 2018 - cf. image above). Check that out on this page.

  • Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC, we call attention to the following:
  • The PRC now has an official sister-church relationship with the PRC in the Philippines, confirmed at this year's synod! We rejoice in this evidence of the Lord's blessing on the work in the Philippines and of the unity of Christ's church, which He gathers from all nations, tribes, and tongues. May the Lord grant us a mutually edifying and God-honoring relationship.
  • The PRC also has a "corresponding relationship" with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) of Australia. We remember these brothers and sisters in our prayers and labors too.

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SPECIAL NOTICES:

  • Considering some pamphlets published by the PRC for use in evangelism and/or witnessing? Visit the PRCA Evangelism page for a complete list of materials available in digital format or by order from the publishing church.

  • Looking for Reformed literature and a solid Reformed and biblical magazine to read? Visit the Reformed Free Publishing Association's website (www.rfpa.org), where you will find information on books in all major Christian categories, as well as on the bi-monthly periodical, the Standard Bearer.

  • If you are in need of spiritually edifying music as well as of Bibles and other Reformed literature, visit the Reformed Book Outlet in downtown Hudsonville, MI or visit their website.

  • The PRC Denominational Directory is now for sale for just $15.00. To order please fill out an order form or by emailing Laura Huizinga @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Directories will be delivered to your church 1-2 weeks after payment is received.

  • The Psalter App is now available for Android as well as for IOS (Apple) devices. For more info visit: https://psalterapp.weebly.com

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  • Don't forget to listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday! Today Rev. C. Haak (Georgetown PRC, Hudsonville, MI) brings part 3 a series on the OT prophecy of Jonah. The title of today's message is "The Second Time" based on Jonah 3:1-4.

  • From the Reformed Witness Hour (RWH) Committee: the RWH has a new, updated website! Please visit reformedwitnesshour.org to watch our introduction video, view pictures and audio from our history, and read and listen to almost 20 years of past radio broadcasts! If you haven’t visited the RWH website recently, now is an excellent time to familiarize yourself with this important radio-internet ministry of the Reformed faith.

ESPECIALLY FOR THE YOUTH OF THE PRC:

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  • The 2018 PRYP's Convention was held this past week, August 13-17, at Lake Geneva Christian Center in Alexandria, MN. Pictures from the week can be found on Facebook and at the following link:

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  • Lynden PRC Young Adults Retreat updates: We have secured a location for our retreat during July 1-5, 2019! It will take place at Mt. Baker Bibleway Camp. Check it out at http://www.mtbakercamp.org/home.do. We hope to include activities such as a day trip to beautiful Artist Point, white water rafting, and more. Registration is set to open in February 2019, so don’t miss out! We encourage any young adults post-high school age to attend. Further details have been posted to our Facebook page: Lynden PRC Young Adults Retreat 2019. Request an invite to see these details, or message the group if you have any questions!

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 MISSION NEWS:

  • Remember in prayer our home missionary, Rev. A. Spriensma, who continues to labor in the West Michigan area and beyond.

  • The August 2018 newsletter of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship mission station is now posted on this page. We rejoice in this wonderful news from the Limerick bulletin today: "For a number of years, beginning in 2011, Chester and Dale Mansona have been receiving catechetical instruction—Old and New Testament Bible History, Heidelberg Catechism, Essentials of Reformed Doctrine, etc.—with Pastor McGeown. Recently, they met with a delegation of the CPRC Consistory to request baptism and membership in the Limerick Reformed Fellowship, in which interview they expressed their trust in Jesus Christ, their agreement with and love for the truth as it is taught here, as well as their determination to live in godliness. With joy we announce that the CPRC Council approved this request. Therefore, their baptism and public confession of faith will take place, barring any lawful objections, on 2 September."
  • Have you read Rev. Titus' most recent report on the work going on in Myanmar (May 2018)? Find that on this page.

  • The latest Philippines mission newsletter was received and recently posted (July 2018) and may be found on this PRC webpage.
  • Don't forget to follow the Kleyn's blog on life and activities in the Philippines. And that also includes the Holstege's! And the Smits once again too!

  • From this Sunday's bulletin of the Provident Christian Church in Marikina, the Philippines we find the following notes concerning their pastors as well as concerning our missionaries and their labors today and in this coming week:

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      •  Rev. Holstege will preach both times today. Rev. Kleyn is preaching for the Bearers of Light Community Church in Guiguinto, Bulacan today.

      • Today, the SC and Rev. Holstege will continue to meet with each family regarding membership in this congregation and asking the three questions in the Form for Public Confession of Faith in the back of the Psalter.

      • Revs. Kleyn and Smit will travel to Negros Occidental this Monday-Tuesday to teach the pastors’ classes in Sipalay. May the Lord prosper their journey.

    • Maranatha PRC:
      • Our Pastor, Rev. L. Trinidad will lead us in both services. Next week Rev. R. Smit will lead us in both in services.

      • Let us continue to pray for this item that our Contact Committee II of the PRCP had written the Session of CERC, Singapore re establishing Sister Church Relationship with them.

Let us continue in prayer to the Lord for the fulfillment of the needs of these busy pastors and missionaries in the Philippines. May the Lord of the harvest give them grace to be faithful and encouraged in all their labors.
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Covenant Reformed News - July 2018

 

Covenant Reformed News


July 2018 • Volume XVII, Issue 3



God’s Wisdom (2)

In the previous instalment, we saw from Romans 11:33-36 that God’s wisdom is both infinite and self-sufficient, just as He is both infinite and self-sufficient. Now we shall turn to Proverbs 8 to make four additional points regarding this divine perfection.

First, God’s wisdom is eternal. Wisdom declares, “The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth: While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world” (22-26). This is a poetic description of God’s only begotten Son, the eternal wisdom of God (Belgic Confession 8). God never was without His wisdom!

Second, God’s wisdom is omnipotent. Thus He proclaims, “Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength” (Prov. 8:14). God’s wisdom never fails, nor is it ever impotent or weak. The divine wisdom never desires an end without obtaining that end by using the most appropriate means.

Third, God’s wisdom is true. He professes, “For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips” (7). Jehovah never lies as a means to attain His end. The all-wise God never adapts Himself to uttering falsehood.

Fourth, God’s wisdom is righteous. The divine wisdom states, “All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them” (8), for “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate” (13). God’s wisdom is always virtuous and perfectly good; it never resorts to wickedness.

In keeping with this, we read in Proverbs 6, “These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren” (16-19). Here we learn that the Most High hates and abominates iniquity, the bodily parts employed in sin and wicked people.

The God who is wise in His Persons and perfections is also wise in His eternal decree. The purpose or goal of the whole created universe is that infinite majesty is ascribed to God through all eternity: “For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever” (Rom. 11:36). Absolutely “all things,” “yea, even the wicked,” are means to that supreme end (Prov. 16:4). Everything is decreed, created, preserved and used by Jehovah for His honour, “For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen”!

In God’s eternal wisdom, all things are adapted to the highest end: His glory! Jesus Christ serves Jehovah’s honour. The elect church serves the Lord Jesus, the great servant of the Trinity, and so God’s glory. Reprobation serves the elect church which serves Christ and so God’s praise, as do “all things” in creation and providence, in heaven and in earth. All of this is according to God’s wisdom in His eternal decree or counsel.

God’s first work outside Himself is that of creation—the product of astounding wisdom! “The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens” (Prov. 3:19).

No wonder the divine wisdom confesses, “When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep: When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth: Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him; Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men” (8:27-31).

Genesis 1 describes the all-wise God’s preparation of the world for man. He created the sky on day two for man needs air to breathe. The dry land and vegetation of day three provided terra firma and food for humanity. The sun, moon and stars of day four give us light. The fish, birds and animals made on days five and six serve mankind in many ways. All these things are perfectly adapted as means to serve man as the subordinate end, so that man may serve God his Creator (Belgic Confession 12).

Yet foolish man claims that the universe is not the product of the wisdom of God. Instead, it is a random occurrence involving trillions of accidents merely according to lucky chance and going all the way back to a gigantic explosion. “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good” (Ps. 14:1; 53:1). 

Let us also consider Jehovah’s great work of providence: His upholding, governing and directing of all things, according to His eternal purpose. Think of all the stars in the heavens, the myriad fish in the depths of the sea and the many nations of the earth. What infinite and omnipotent divine wisdom is required to sustain and rule over 7 billion people every second of every day! We sing with the psalmist, “O Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches” (104:24).

Of all the figures in the Old Testament, it is perhaps Joseph’s life that most displays God’s wisdom. Delivering the family of Israel from the famine in Canaan was the end for which Jehovah employed him: “God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive” (Gen. 50:20; cf. 45:5, 7-8). The strange means to achieve that wise end included the sin of Joseph’s ten brothers in selling him into slavery; his imprisonment for a crime that he did not commit; his interpretation of the dreams of the butler, the baker and Pharaoh; etc.  Rev. Stewart
 

Did God Pray to God? (1)

A reader asks, “In the garden of Gethsemane, did Christ pray to the Triune God and thus to Himself, as the Second Person? Or is it wrong for us to say that He who is God prayed to God?”

The question the reader asks is a difficult one. It deals with the great mystery of the Trinity, that God is three in Person and one in essence or Being. It also deals with the doctrine of Christ, the eternal Son of God in our human nature, a nature that was like us in all things except our sin. The creeds of the church have defined this doctrine thus: The Second Person of the holy Trinity, namely the Son, united in His Person the fulness of the divine nature and a complete, though sinless, human nature. Our Lord Jesus Christ was as much a human as any of us. In fact, Paul tells us in Romans 8:3 that Christ came “in the likeness of sinful flesh:” not in sinful flesh but in the likeness of sinful flesh. He came with all the weaknesses of our flesh, the powers of which were eroded by sin and subject to death.

It feels here as if one ought to take off his shoes for he is standing on holy ground. About all we can do is bow in awe and wonder at the marvel of Immanuel: God with us. One hears the voice of the Canons of Dordt warning us that we ought not inquire too far into the deep things of God. Our minds are so small, our understanding so limited and our thought so under the curse of death that we, it seems, should put our hands on our mouth lest we say something foolish and thus put a blemish on our infinitely holy God and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Yet the Bible tells us that our Lord prayed. He prayed often and He sometimes prayed all night. He prayed to God and addressed God as His Father. How are we to explain this?

The explanation that Christ prayed only to the First Person of the Trinity will not do, for that position makes a division between God the Father (and the Holy Spirit) and God the Son. Israel must learn to say, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord” (Deut. 6:4). The Scriptures teach us everywhere that the Triune God is one God. Not the First Person of the Trinity to the exclusion of the Second and Third; not the Second Person of the Trinity to the exclusion of the First and Third. God is eternally three Persons in one divine nature—always and in all He does.

He, as the Triune God, is Father. He is the Father of all His elect family. The Triune God begets them through regeneration. He loves them eternally. Not one of the three Persons love the church; not two of the three Persons loves the church. All three Persons in the union of one nature or essence unchangeably and eternally love the church.

On the other hand, the Triune God did not become man. The First Person, the Father, did not become flesh. There was an old heresy condemned by the church as Patripassianism, the notion that the Father suffered on the cross. The ancient church father, Tertullian, explained that to mean that those heretics put to flight the Holy Spirit and crucified the Father (Against Praxeas 1).

Because the Lord our God is one Lord, it is impossible that one Person of the holy Trinity does some work to the exclusion of the other two Persons. Yet there is a certain priority of Person in each work. The Heidelberg Catechism in Lord’s Day 8 speaks of God the Father especially in connection with our creation, God the Son and our redemption, and God the Holy Spirit and our sanctification. Thus the revelation of God includes the truth of three Persons in God united in their essence and work.

The key is the word “revealed.” God reveals Himself through these works as the God who is three in Person and one in essence.

That Christ is divine need not be proved here. Every creed of the Christian church, beginning with Nicea in AD 325, teaches this biblical doctrine emphatically. Nicea even says of Christ that He is “true God of true God.” Not to be overlooked is our Lord’s emphatic statement to the Jews: “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30).  Our Saviour cannot possibly mean that the First Person of the Trinity and Christ, to the exclusion of the Holy Spirit, are one.

John 1:1-3 speaks of the logos, another name for Christ, as the One through whom God, the Triune God, created all things. The same is true of Colossians 1:16 and Hebrews 1:2. Even in the Old Testament, Christ, called by the name “wisdom,” is spoken of the One through whom the world was made (Prov. 8).

Nor is the Holy Spirit neglected in the work of creation (Gen. 1:2).

The Second Person of the Trinity was not the author of redemption alone. “God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself” (II Cor. 5:19). Nor is God spoken of here as the First Person of the holy Trinity. The Triune God reconciled the world to Himself through Christ.

Did Christ, in His human nature, pray to the Triune God, addressing Him as His Father? Of course, He did. Moreover, when He prayed to the Triune God, calling Him “my Father,” Christ said, “not as I will, but as thou wilt” (Matt. 26:39). The first will here is Christ’s human will and the second will is that of the Triune God.

It is at this point that the miracle of the incarnation becomes very deep and Scripture has very little to say about it, for our understanding is very limited. Most probably the Bible is silent because we are too lacking in understanding to grasp the mystery of God become flesh (I Tim. 3:16).

When our Lord asked who touched Him, after a woman was healed by making contact with the hem of His robe unbeknownst to Him, Christ’s human nature was reflected in this consciousness, according to which He, in fact, did not know who touched Him. The same is true of Jesus when He said that He did not know the time of His second coming (Matt. 24:36), where Christ refers to the Triune God as “my Father.” However, according to His divine nature, He knew all things!  Prof. Hanko

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South Wales Lecture

FRIDAY, 31 August, 2018
 7:15 PM


Speaker:
Rev. Angus Stewart


Subject:
Christ Our Sacrifice in Isaiah 53
 
Leviticus 1-7 sets forth 4 bloody sacrifices and the 6 stages in offering them. Isaiah 53 extols God’s suffering servant using sacrificial language and ideas. Come to learn more of our Saviour’s redemptive work, fulfilling the Old Testament sacrificial system!

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4. Jesus’ Coming as a Thief in View of Great Apostasy and Abounding Lawlessness
5. The 2 Witnesses of Revelation 11
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PRC and Sister-Church News for the Week of August 12, 2018 *(Updated News from the Philippines)

Psalms 103 8On this thirty-second Lord's Day of 2018, August 12, we provide the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, mission fields, and sister churches.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • For those in the NW Iowa area, don't forget this event TONIGHT: The Midwest Pre-Convention Singspiration will be held Sunday, August 12, at 8:00 p.m. at Hull PRC. All are invited to come and sing God's praises with the young people as they begin their week of convention at Lake Geneva Christian Center in Alexandria, MN.

  • The exploratory mission trip to Mexico sponsored by First PRC-Grand Rapids concluded last Sunday, with the team returning home on Monday. In First PRC-GR's bulletin today we find this note (Rev. C. Griess was part of the delegation): "Prof. Cammenga, Doner and Susannah and their two children, and Rev. Griess returned home from Mexico this week safely in God's Providence.  Rev. Kleyn returned home safely last week.  The trip was very enjoyable and profitable.  Many connections were made and speeches given.  The delegations were well received.  They hope to do a presentation sometime in the near future in First church for whoever would like to attend."

  • The congregation of Grandville PRC voted last Sunday night to call Rev. R. Kleyn (Covenant of Grace PRC, Spokane, WA) from the Council's trio for calling a minister on loan to serve in our sister church in Singapore.

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  • Grandville PRC's Council has also formed its first trio from which to call a new pastor, following the emeritation of Rev. K. Koole. Its consists of Revs. N. Decker (Trinity PRC), Rev. J. Engelsma (Doon, IA PRC), Rev. E. Guichelaar (Randolph WI PRC). The congregational meeting will be held on Sunday evening August 26.

  • On May 13 Candidate J. Langerak accepted the call he had received from Heritage PRC (Sioux Falls, SD) on April 29. His examination will now take place at the meeting of Classis West on August 29 at Peace PRC (cf. note below under "Denominational News). In that conection, this additional information was given in Heritage's recent bulletin: "Pastor-Elect Langerak’s ordination and installation service is scheduled for Friday, August 31, 2018 at 7 PM. at Heritage PRC. The service will be conducted by Rev. Rodney Kleyn." Untll then, Pastor-elect Langerak is keeping busy supplying various pulpits in the churches of Classis West.
  • Today Rev. S. Key has a classical appointment to Heritage PRC in Sioux Falls, SD, while Rev. S. Regnerus fills his pulpit in Loveland (CO) PRC.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

  • Synod 2018: The PRC Synod completed its work for now on Thursday June 21. It will reconvene at Byron Center PRC on August 28 for a special examination. Summary reports on the decisions reached may be found under the News section of the PRC website.

    • Announcement from Byron Center PRC: Synod will reconvene, D.V., on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 8:00 a.m., at Byron Center PRC in Byron Center, MI (please note the change of venue from the June meeting).  Delegates in need of lodging should contact Mr. Mike Elzinga (clerk-at-byronprc.org).
  • Classis West meeting (note date and place changes): At the request of Heritage PRC (and Doon PRC), the Classical Committee of Classis West has changed the date for the next meeting of Classis West to August 29. It had previously been scheduled for September 26. Also, at the request of Heritage PRC, the location also has been changed. Peace PRC will host the August 29 meeting of Classis where Pastor-elect Jonathan Langerak will be examined, while Heritage PRC will host Classis on March 6, 2019, the Lord willing.

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PRC Seminary News:

  • The internships of Seminarians Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman officially began July 1. Sem. Kortus is interning at Trinity PRC under Rev. N. Decker and his Council. Sem. Maatman is interning at Hudsonville PRC under Rev. G. Eriks and his Council. The internship program runs from July 1 to December 31.

  • The beginning of the new season of instruction is only a few away, with classes scheduled to begin on Wednesday, August 29. Besides our seniors (Matt K. and Jacob M. - internships), we will have two other seminary students this year: third-year student Josiah Tan and first-year student Marcus Wee (who arrived this week with his wife and son), both from our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC. In addition, four young men will be taking different levels of pre-seminary Greek from Profs. R. Dykstra and B. Gritters.

  • Seminary Convocation will be held Wednesday, September 5, at Providence PRC, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Prof. Gritters will be speaking on Acts 20:24 "None of these things move me..."  After the convocation address the student body will be introduced.  All are invited to attend. The program will be live-streamed (details on that to come).

  • The Spring 2018 issue of the PRT Journal is now back from the printers and has been mailed out. If you would like to receive a print copy and are not on our mailing list, contact the seminary (616-531-1490). The pdf version is also still available for free download. Visit this page to find out the contents and begin reading.

  • The PRC Synod 2018 took a decision urging “the churches and the pastors in particular in their public prayers to pray the Lord of the harvest for able, faithful, and devoted pastors and teachers (Ephesians 4:11) for us and our children, as well as for the gathering of the elect out of the nations (Matthew 28:19).” A number of ministers are nearing the age of emeritation, and the number of students in the seminary at this time will not be sufficient to fill the upcoming needs of our churches either in our own congregations or in the work of missions. Please remember this urgent need in your prayers and encourage young men whom you observe to have the gifts to consider the ministry.

  • The seminary is open daily during the summer months, including the library and archives. Staff will be available for assistance with any needs you may have.

  • The Seminary faculty along with Trinity PRC Evangelism Committee is working on plans for a Spring 2019 conference to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the great Synod of Dordt, 1618-19-2018-19. Look for details on this in the future.

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SISTER-CHURCH NEWS

  • Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, we may note the following items:
    • From the PRC Contact Committee: "On behalf of our churches, Prof. R. Dykstra will be assisting our sister church in Singapore during their vacancy by preaching for them for 5 Sundays this summer. Prof. and Mrs Dykstra will be returning on August 21, the Lord willing. We as sister churches are thankful for the opportunity to be of assistance to our brothers and sisters in the CERC in Singapore."

    • Synod 2018 gave approval to the request of Covenant ERC in Singapore that a minister-on-loan be called to labor in their midst during their present vacancy, and appointed Grandville PRC the calling church. On August 5 the congregation voted to call Rev. R. Kleyn from a trio that also included Rev. G. Eriks and Rev. S. Key.

    • Her latest newsletter (JUNE 2018) - Reformed News Asia - was recently posted and may be found on this page. Watch for the next issue soon!

    • The latest young peoples' magazine, Salt Shakers, was received and posted recently (May 2018 - cf. image above). Check that out on this page.

  • Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC, we call attention to the following:
  • The PRC now has an official sister-church relationship with the PRC in the Philippines, confirmed at this year's synod! We rejoice in this evidence of the Lord's blessing on the work in the Philippines and of the unity of Christ's church, which He gathers from all nations, tribes, and tongues. May the Lord grant us a mutually edifying and God-honoring relationship.
  • The PRC also has a "corresponding relationship" with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) of Australia. We remember these brothers and sisters in our prayers and labors too.

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  • Don't forget to listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday! Today Rev. C. Haak (Georgetown PRC, Hudsonville, MI) brings part 3 a series on the OT prophecy of Jonah. The title of today's message is "The Conversion of Pagan Sailors" based on Jonah 1:14-16.

  • From the Reformed Witness Hour (RWH) Committee: the RWH has a new, updated website! Please visit reformedwitnesshour.org to watch our introduction video, view pictures and audio from our history, and read and listen to almost 20 years of past radio broadcasts! If you haven’t visited the RWH website recently, now is an excellent time to familiarize yourself with this important radio-internet ministry of the Reformed faith.

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  • The 2018 PRYP's Convention will be held August 13-17, 2018 at Lake Geneva Christian Center in Alexandria, MN. The hosting churches of the Midwest are excited to have you join us for an upbuilding week of fellowship and fun!
    • The Midwest Pre-Convention Singspiration to be held TONIGHT, August 12, at the Hull PRC. Join us in singing praises with the young people as they begin their convention week hosted by our area churches.
    • Busses for the 2018 Convention will load at the Hull PRC parking lot on Monday, August 13. Loading will take place from 6:15-6:45 AM with departure at 7:00 AM. We will be traveling over lunch, so there will be a sack lunch provided. Please park at the back of the church parking lot (east side) as we need to leave the front of the parking lot open in case the church needs to be used for an event during the week of convention. If you are able to carpool or be dropped off, please consider doing that. After convention the Iowa buses will be traveling back around/over the lunch time. Lunch will not be provided for the trip home, but we will be stopping at a fast food restaurant. Continue to look at the Protestant Reformed Young People’s Facebook page for updated information.

  • Lynden PRC Young Adults Retreat updates: We have secured a location for our retreat during July 1-5, 2019! It will take place at Mt. Baker Bibleway Camp. Check it out at http://www.mtbakercamp.org/home.do. We hope to include activities such as a day trip to beautiful Artist Point, white water rafting, and more. Registration is set to open in February 2019, so don’t miss out! We encourage any young adults post-high school age to attend. Further details have been posted to our Facebook page: Lynden PRC Young Adults Retreat 2019. Request an invite to see these details, or message the group if you have any questions!

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 MISSION NEWS:

  • Remember in prayer our home missionary, Rev. A. Spriensma, who continues to labor in the West Michigan area and beyond. From Byron Center PRC's bulletin today we find this news about his labors:
    • Our missionary Rev. Audred Spriensma will be preaching today in Randolph PRC and doing a home missions presentation there this evening.
    • The Dorr Bible study meets at the library this Thursday, August 16, at 7:30 PM. We look next at Philip and Nathanael coming to Christ (John 1:43ff).

  • The August 2018 newsletter of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship mission station is now posted on this page.

  • Have you read Rev. Titus' most recent report on the work going on in Myanmar (May 2018)? Find that on this page.

  • The latest Philippines mission newsletter was received and recently posted (July 2018) and may be found on this PRC webpage. 

    *UPDATE: We received the following special note from missionary R. Smit Monday morning concerning recent monsoon rains that have hit Manila and other areas:

    For your information, worship services were cancelled in the Berean PRC and the Provident Christian Church yesterday due to monsoon rains that the area received in the Lord’s providence from Friday night to Sunday afternoon.  Rainfall accumulation (at the Kleyns’ rain guage) was about 165mm (6 ½ inches) in about a 48 hour period.  The average rainfall in August in the Manila area is usually about 392 mm (15.7 inches).  We received 40% of the average August rainfall in the 2 day period.

    Worship services at Maranatha PRC and First PRC-Bulacan were held as normal.  Monsoon rains had affected the Leyte area earlier in the week, but not yesterday when Rev. Kleyn led the services and preached yesterday (in Tagalog).

    There was flooding in the Provident-Marikina and the Mayamot-Antipolo subdivisions where these two congregations have their worship buildings.  PCC’s building had floodwater in the ground floor, and the Berean PRC’s parsonage had water in its ground floor.  Roads to the church buildings were not passable by vehicles or pedestrians on Sunday.

    In the next couple of days, the congregations will be busy in the task of cleanup and restoration of the buildings, properties, and parsonage.

    Classes at both government and Christian schools, including Faith Academy, were cancelled in the metro Manila area today.  We expect classes to resume on Tuesday morning, the Lord willing.

  • Don't forget to follow the Kleyn's blog on life and activities in the Philippines. And that also includes the Holstege's one! And the Smits once again too!

  • From this Sunday's bulletin of the Provident Christian Church in Marikina, the Philippines we find the following notes concerning their pastors as well as concerning our missionaries and their labors today and in this coming week:

    • Provident CC:
      • Today Rev. Holstege will preach both times at PCC.

      • Beginning Aug.5, the SC and Revs. Holstege or Kleyn plan to meet with each family regarding membership in this congregation. Each family will be asked the three questions in the Form for Public Confession of Faith in the back of the Psalter. The SC asked Rev. Holstege to explain the process of reorganizing PCC and joining the PRCP after the services today.

      • Today Rev. Kleyn and Sharon will be in the Protestant Reformed Fellowship in Albuera, Leyte (PRFA) and he will preach for them.

Let us continue in prayer to the Lord for the fulfillment of the needs of these busy pastors and missionaries in the Philippines. May the Lord of the harvest give them grace to be faithful and encouraged in all their labors.
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Limerick Reformed Fellowship Newsletter - August 2018

Limerick Reformed Fellowship
Rev. Martyn McGeown, missionary
38 Abbeyvale, Corbally Co. Limerick, Ireland

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Dear saints in the Protestant Reformed Churches,

This is my first newsletter as a married man: as all of you know, Larisa (DeJong) and I were married on April 6. We honeymooned in California (April 9-17), beginning in San Francisco and traveling southwards on Highway 1 to San Diego, and stopping for a few days to stay with Travis and Kayla Feenstra (Kayla is one of Larisa’s cousins), during which time we spent a few days with the saints in Hope PRC (Redlands, CA). Married life is a great blessing for both of us and Larisa is settling well into life in Ireland: she has already learned to drive a man-ual (“stick shift”) car, having mastered the clutch and the art of navigating roundabouts, for example; she is getting used to grocery shopping, cooking/baking with the metric system; and she is acclimatizing to doing laundry in a rainy country without a dryer. She also hopes to compensate for the lack of fresh Michigan fruit (raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries are expensive here) by growing her own. (We shall see how that goes in the Irish climate.) In addition, we have made good progress in our application with the Irish immigration service for permanent residency for Larisa in Ireland.

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Rev. and Larisa McGeown cutting cake

Unusual for newly married couples is the number of wedding receptions (and cake-cutting ceremonies) that we have had: we cut cake on April 6, then at a second reception for my Irish/Northern Irish relatives/friends in Cookstown on May 12, and then finally in Wales on May 24, when some of the women brought a cake for us after one of the speeches! As I always say, you can never have too much cake, especially if it is chocolate cake!

While I was in the USA for the wedding (with all the preparations that such things entail, including entertaining my family—my parents, siblings, brother-in-law, and three nieces—who were there for the occasion, and spending time with my American friends), Jonathan Langerak, now pastor-elect Langerak, was ably holding the fort: he and his grandparents, Harry and Evelyn Langerak, occupied my house during that time, and Jonathan preached, taught catechism, and led Bible study: the saints greatly enjoyed his ministry; our only regret is that he was not able to finish his sermon series on Jonah, for which he has an open invitation to come back.

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Pastor-elect J. Langerak with Jimmy Hogan and Noel Kelly

My last newsletter was March 2, so I did not mention the kerfuffle we had on March 4: on that Sunday morning we arrived at the hall to discover that the access code had been changed and that the employees at the building did not know the new one. After some scrambling, we all managed to get to the Wattersons’ house by about noon (about 30 minutes outside of Limerick city centre), but because one of our regulars had to pick up his wife at 1 P.M. we decided to shorten the service and rearrange the order so that he could hear the preaching: I preached the sermon at the beginning of the service, prayed the congregational prayer after the sermon, and cut the number of psalms down to two. Thankfully, we were able to have the full service at the right time (although again at the Wattersons’ house) that evening. Such flexibility is necessary on the mission field.

Recent sermons in Limerick have included a series on Romans 1:18-32 (“The Operation of God’s Wrath in the World”) from February 11 to March 18, a series on Romans 5:6-11 (from April 29 to May 20), and a series on Hebrews 12:12-17 on “Responses to Chastisement” (from June 3 to July 15). Yesterday, I finished the section of Christ’s humiliation in the Heidelberg Catechism with “Our Saviour Descending into Hell,” a sobering and comforting section of the great Reformation catechism. Catechism for the children finished in May: Sebastian Kuhs and Jason Watterson successfully completed Old Testament History for Beginners (Book 1), as did my two younger nieces, Lily and Hope, while my older niece, Anna, finished Old Testament History for Juniors. We look forward to resuming catechism in September, when Penelope Kuhs will be joining the class for Old Testament History for Beginners (Book 2).

My catechumens are very intelligent, which a few stories will illustrate. When asked: “What sign did Rahab put in her window to show the Israelites that it was her house?” Sebastian Kuhs (then aged 6) answered, “A sign that said, ‘I love God.’” When I explained that it was more of a secret sign that the people of Jericho would not understand, namely a piece of scarlet rope, Sebastian referred to it as a “nothing sign,” for it was a wordless sign! Moreover, when I asked how an army might conquer a walled city such as Jericho, Sebastian answered, “A trebuchet!” When I expressed surprise, Sebastian began to explain what a trebuchet is. “I know what a trebuchet is,” I responded, “but how do you know the word trebuchet?” It is always a delight to teach children the Word of God. May the Lord bless His Word to their hearts and lives!

In addition, Colm and Irini have been taking an Essentials of Reformed Doctrine class on Saturday mornings. We have made very good progress, for both are very keen to learn. We finished Lessons 1-7 on Theology proper. Irini is on vacation for a few weeks in Greece, but after she returns we hope to continue with Lesson 8 on Creation.

On May 25 the Irish electorate voted to remove the right to life of the unborn from the Irish Constitution. Around that time (May 16), I was interviewed on a radio station in Cork (Life FM) in connection with a lecture I gave on “The Bible and Abortion” in Limerick (May 19). I reported more fully on the referendum in the August 2018 issue of the Standard Bearer.

The British Reformed Conference (July 21-28) has just ended: it was such a wonderful, spiritually uplifting, and encouraging week: excellent speeches, delightful fellowship, enjoyable activities, and good food. The airlines managed to make the return journey from Wales to Ireland unpleasant, however: although we should have been back in Limerick on Saturday (July 28) at about 10:30 am, we arrived at 1 A.M. on Sunday morning (July 29)! Although we were tired, we had our two worship services and a congregational get-together with food in the afternoon. It was good to have many pre- and post-conference visitors: Joanna Koerner, Danae Overweg, Kristen Pawloski, Rose and Kate Doezema, Emily Feenstra, Rachel Buiter, and Dave and Linda Poortinga stayed at our home (not at the same time). The Poortingas left this morning—our next guests will be (this evening) Lidi Cecilio (from Brazil) and (on Friday) Joshua Harris (from Wales), DV. Others visited the LRF, but did not stay at our house: Ed Bos, Phil Harbach, Christine Wierenga, Hannah Bos, Marco Barone, Paula Kuiper, and Greg, Candace, Patrick, and Megan Duerr. Visitors are always welcome!

Pray for us, as we do for you,

In Christian love,
Rev. Martyn & Larisa McGeown

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PRC and Sister-Church News for the Week of August 5, 2018 *(Updated)

1 Peter 3 15On this thirty-first Lord's Day of 2018, August 5, we note the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, mission fields, and sister churches.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • For those in the Grand Rapids, MI area, don't forget this event TONIGHT: The annual Pre-Convention Singspiration will be held at Fair Haven Church TONIGHT at 8:15 pm.  Please note that there will be no printed song sheets.  Fair Haven will project the lyrics, but you are welcome to bring your own Psalter if you would like.  Please note that this is a week earlier than the convention week.  This is due to the fact that some conventioneers will already be gone, and because the busses will be leaving at midnight on Monday morning the week of convention.

  • The exploratory mission trip to Mexico sponsored by First PRC-Grand Rapids concludes today:   Prof. R. Cammenga and Rev. C. Griess are both preaching today beforel returning home tomorrow, D.V.  Please remember this work in your prayers and for traveling mercies for those involved. Reports are that all went well this past week, and that the conference speeches by Prof. Cammenga and Rev. C. Griess on the five points of Calvinism were well received. Here is small part of an encouraging note from Prof. R. Cammenga sent yesterday: "These are dear saints that we have come to know and love.  We had no idea of their existence, and even after Doner told us about them, we had no idea of the number of God’s people in Mexico—believers who want to hold to the Reformed truths and grow in their understanding of them.  Just as we in the U.S. think sometimes that we are all alone, so do they.  How heartening it has been for them and for us to become acquainted with each other."

  • The congregation of Grandville PRC will vote TODAY from her Council's trio for calling a minister on loan to serve in our sister church in Singapore. The trio is Rev. G. Eriks (Hudsonville PRC), Rev. S. Key (Loveland PRC), and Rev. R. Kleyn (Covenant of Grace PRC). *UPDATE: Rev. R. Kleyn has received this call. May the Lord guide him in considering this special call and make His will plain to him.

  • On May 13 Candidate J. Langerak accepted the call he had received from Heritage PRC (Sioux Falls, SD) on April 29. His examination will now take place at the meeting of Classis West on August 29 at Peace PRC (cf. note below under "Denominational News). In that conection, this additional information was given in Heritage's recent bulletin: "Pastor-Elect Langerak’s ordination and installation service is scheduled for Friday, August 31, 2018 at 7 PM. at Heritage PRC. The service will be conducted by Rev. Rodney Kleyn." Untll then, Pastor-elect Langerak is keeping busy supplying various pulpits in the churches of Classis West.

  • Today and next Sunday Rev. S. Key has a classical appointment to Heritage PRC in Sioux Falls, SD.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

  • Synod 2018: The PRC Synod completed its work for now on Thursday June 21. It will reconvene at Byron Center PRC on August 28 for a special examination. Summary reports on the decisions reached may be found under the News section of the PRC website.

    • Announcement from Byron Center PRC: Synod will reconvene, D.V., on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 8:00 a.m., at Byron Center PRC in Byron Center, MI (please note the change of venue from the June meeting).  Delegates in need of lodging should contact Mr. Mike Elzinga (clerk-at-byronprc.org).
  • Classis West meeting (note date and place changes): At the request of Heritage PRC (and Doon PRC), the Classical Committee of Classis West has changed the date for the next meeting of Classis West to August 29. It had previously been scheduled for September 26. Also, at the request of Heritage PRC, the location also has been changed. Peace PRC will host the August 29 meeting of Classis where Pastor-elect Jonathan Langerak will be examined, while Heritage PRC will host Classis on March 6, 2019, the Lord willing.

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PRC Seminary News:

  • The internships of Seminarians Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman officially began July 1. Sem. Kortus is interning at Trinity PRC under Rev. N. Decker and his Council. Sem. Maatman is interning at Hudsonville PRC under Rev. G. Eriks and his Council. The internship program runs from July 1 to December 31.

  • The beginning of the new season of instruction is only a month away, with classes scheduled to begin on Wednesday, August 29. Besides our seniors (Matt K. and Jacob M. - internships), we will have two other seminary students this year: third-year student Josiah Tan and first-year student Marcus Wee, both from our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC. In addition, four young men will be taking different levels of pre-seminary Greek from Profs. R. Dykstra and B. Gritters.

  • Seminary Convocation will be held Wednesday, September 5, at Providence PRC, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Prof. Gritters will be speaking on Acts 20:24 "None of these things move me..."  After the convocation address the student body will be introduced.  All are invited to attend.

  • The Spring 2018 issue of the PRT Journal is now back from the printers and has been mailed out. If you would like to receive a print copy and are not on our mailing list, contact the seminary (616-531-1490). The pdf version is also still available for free download. Visit this page to find out the contents and begin reading.

  • The PRC Synod 2018 took a decision urging “the churches and the pastors in particular in their public prayers to pray the Lord of the harvest for able, faithful, and devoted pastors and teachers (Ephesians 4:11) for us and our children, as well as for the gathering of the elect out of the nations (Matthew 28:19).” A number of ministers are nearing the age of emeritation, and the number of students in the seminary at this time will not be sufficient to fill the upcoming needs of our churches either in our own congregations or in the work of missions. Please remember this urgent need in your prayers and encourage young men whom you observe to have the gifts to consider the ministry.

  • The seminary is open daily during the summer months, including the library and archives. Staff will be available for assistance with any needs you may have.

  • The Seminary faculty along with Trinity PRC Evangelism Committee is working on plans for a Spring 2019 conference to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the great Synod of Dordt, 1618-19-2018-19. Look for details on this in the future.

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SISTER-CHURCH NEWS

  • Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC, we call attention to the following:
  • Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, we may note the following items:
    • From the PRC Contact Committee: "On behalf of our churches, Prof. R. Dykstra will be assisting our sister church in Singapore during their vacancy by preaching for them for 5 Sundays this summer. Prof. and Mrs Dykstra will be returning on August 21, the Lord willing. We as sister churches are thankful for the opportunity to be of assistance to our brothers and sisters in the CERC in Singapore."

    • Synod 2018 gave approval to the request of Covenant ERC in Singapore that a minister-on-loan be called to labor in their midst during their present vacancy, and appointed Grandville PRC the calling church.  In the coming weeks, Grandville will begin the calling process not only for a minister-on-loan for our sister church, but also for their own upcoming vacancy. The Contact Committee, at the request of Covenant ERC, is trying to make arrangements for ministers to supply pulpit in Singapore for 3 weeks or more at a time, until God provides a minister-on-loan for our sister-church. ) *cf. note above under Grandville PRC for her trio for calling a MOL.)

    • Her latest newsletter (JUNE 2018) - Reformed News Asia - was recently posted and may be found on this page. Watch for the next issue soon!

    • The latest young peoples' magazine, Salt Shakers, was received and posted recently (May 2018 - cf. image above). Check that out on this page.

  • The PRC now has an official sister-church relationship with the PRC in the Philippines, confirmed at this year's synod! We rejoice in this evidence of the Lord's blessing on the work in the Philippines and of the unity of Christ's church, which He gathers from all nations, tribes, and tongues. May the Lord grant us a mutually edifying and God-honoring relationship.
  • The PRC also has a "corresponding relationship" with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) of Australia. We remember these brothers and sisters in our prayers and labors too.

 
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  • Looking for Reformed literature and a solid Reformed and biblical magazine to read? Visit the Reformed Free Publishing Association's website (www.rfpa.org), where you will find information on books in all major Christian categories, as well as on the bi-monthly periodical, the Standard Bearer.

  • If you are in need of spiritually edifying music as well as of Bibles and other Reformed literature, visit the Reformed Book Outlet in downtown Hudsonville, MI or visit their website.

  • The PRC Denominational Directory is now for sale for just $15.00. To order please fill out an order form or by emailing Laura Huizinga @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Directories will be delivered to your church 1-2 weeks after payment is received.

  • The Psalter App is now available for Android as well as for IOS (Apple) devices. For more info visit: https://psalterapp.weebly.com

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  • Don't forget to listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday! Today Rev. C. Haak (Georgetown PRC, Hudsonville, MI) brings part 3 a series on the OT prphecy of Jonah. The title of today's message is"Prayer from the Whale's Belly"

  • From the Reformed Witness Hour (RWH) Committee: the RWH has a new, updated website! Please visit reformedwitnesshour.org to watch our introduction video, view pictures and audio from our history, and read and listen to almost 20 years of past radio broadcasts! If you haven’t visited the RWH website recently, now is an excellent time to familiarize yourself with this important radio-internet ministry of the Reformed faith.

ESPECIALLY FOR THE YOUTH OF THE PRC:

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  • The 2018 PRYP's Convention will be held August 13-17, 2018 at Lake Geneva Christian Center in Alexandria, MN. The hosting churches of the Midwest are excited to have you join us for an upbuilding week of fellowship and fun!

    • Busses for the 2018 Convention will load at the Hull PRC parking lot on Monday, August 13. Loading will take place from 6:15-6:45 AM with departure at 7:00 AM. We will be traveling over lunch, so there will be a sack lunch provided. Please park at the back of the church parking lot (east side) as we need to leave the front of the parking lot open in case the church needs to be used for an event during the week of convention. If you are able to carpool or be dropped off, please consider doing that. After convention the Iowa buses will be traveling back around/over the lunch time. Lunch will not be provided for the trip home, but we will be stopping at a fast food restaurant. Continue to look at the Protestant Reformed Young People’s Facebook page for updated information.

    • Mark your calendars for the Midwest Pre-Convention Singspiration to be held Sunday evening, August 12, at the Hull PRC. Join us in singing praises with the young people as they begin their convention week hosted by our area churches.

    • And for those in the Grand Rapids, MI area, note this singspiration: "The annual Pre-Convention Singspiration will be held at Fair Haven Church on Sunday, August 5, at 8:15 pm.  Please note that there will be no printed song sheets.  Fair Haven will project the lyrics, but you are welcome to bring your own Psalter if you would like."

  • Lynden PRC Young Adults Retreat updates: We have secured a location for our retreat during July 1-5, 2019! It will take place at Mt. Baker Bibleway Camp. Check it out at http://www.mtbakercamp.org/home.do. We hope to include activities such as a day trip to beautiful Artist Point, white water rafting, and more. Registration is set to open in February 2019, so don’t miss out! We encourage any young adults post-high school age to attend. Further details have been posted to our Facebook page: Lynden PRC Young Adults Retreat 2019. Request an invite to see these details, or message the group if you have any questions!

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 MISSION NEWS:

  • Remember in prayer our home missionary, Rev. A. Spriensma, who continues to labor in the West Michigan area and beyond.

  • The February/March 2018 newsletter of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship mission station is now posted on this page.

  • Have you read Rev. Titus' most recent report on the work going on in Myanmar (May 2018)? Find that on this page.

  • The latest Philippines mission newsletter was received and recently posted (July 2018) and may be found on this PRC webpage.

  • Don't forget to follow the Kleyn's blog on life and activities in the Philippines. And that also includes the Holstege's one! And the Smits once again too!

  • From this Sunday's bulletins of the Provident Christian Church in Marikina, the Philippines and the Maranatha PRC in Valenzuela we find the following notes concerning their pastors as well as concerning our missionaries and their labors today and in this coming week:

    • Provident CC:
      • Rev. Holstege will preach the first time today and Rev. Smit will preach the second. Next Sunday, Lord willing, Rev. Holstege will preach both times at PCC.

      • Beginning today, the SC and Revs. Holstege or Kleyn plan to meet with each family regarding membership in this congregation. Each family will be asked the three questions in the Form for Public Confession of Faith in the back of the Psalter. The SC asked Rev. Holstege to explain the process of reorganizing PCC and joining the PRCP after the services today.

      • Rev. Kleyn will preach for the Maranatha PRC today. Next Sunday, he and Sharon will be in the Protestant Reformed Fellowship in Albuera, Leyte (PRFA), Lord willing, and he will preach for them.

  • Maranatha PRC:
    • Our Missionary, Rev. D. Kleyn will lead us in both services and will continue the Articles 12-13 of the Belgic Confession after the Second Service.

    • This coming weekend (August 10-13), Rev. and Sharon Kleyn will travel to Leyte where Rev. Kleyn will preach in the Protestant Reformed Fellowship in Albuera. The PRFA is an official mission work of the PRCP, with the PRC in Bulacan as the calling church for this mission work. May God bless the visit and bless also our fellow believers in the PRFA in Leyte.

Let us continue in prayer to the Lord for the fulfillment of the needs of these busy pastors and missionaries in the Philippines. May the Lord of the harvest give them grace to be faithful and encouraged in all their labors.
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Reformed Witness Hour Messages for August 2018

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First PRC of Grand Rapids, MI and the Reformed Witness Hour Committee announce the messages scheduled for August 2018 on the RWH radio/Internet program.

haak smallRev. Carl Haak, pastor of Georgetown PRC (Hudsonville, MI), continues his four-month service for the RWH program by continuing a series on the OT book of Jonah (cf. schedule of messages below).

August 5 - Prayer from a Whale's Belly - Jonah 2:1ff.

August 12 - The Conversion of Pagan Sailors - Jonah 1:14-16

August 19 - The Second Time - Jonah 3:1-4

August 26 - The Wonder of Nineveh's Repentance  - Jonah 3:5-9

You are encouraged to listen to these important messages and to let others know about them too. Help spread the word about the Reformed Witness Hour, now in its 77th year of broadcasting the truths of God's sovereign, particular, efficacious grace!

Check out our new website, launched in May of this year!

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Use the attached flyer (pdf) to spread the news of these important gospel messages!

PO Box 1230, Grand Rapids MI, 49501 | reformedwitnesshour.org | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you wish to be added to the mailing list to receive the printed booklet of the messages each month, send an email to Judi Doezema at doezema at prca.org.

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PRC and Sister-Church News for the Week of July 29, 2018

On this thirtieth Lord's Day of 2018, July 29, we note the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, mission fields, and sister churches.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

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Sitting area at Juan Calvin University, Mexico City, site of the PRC conference on the covenant this past week (cf. flyer below)

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Cf. the first note below for more on this trip to Mexico and the activities of the men involved

  • We repeat this week the note of last week from the bulletin of First PRC-Grand Rapids:  "The exploratory trip to Mexico which our congregation is sponsoring is quickly approaching.  Plans are, D.V., for Prof. R. Cammenga and Rev. R. Kleyn to travel to Mexico City July 24 accompanied by two translators, Mr. Doner Bartolon (Georgetown PRC) and Mr. Samuel Vasquez (Redlands PRC).  They will be speaking four consecutive nights at the Juan Cauvin University.  Rev. Griess will join them on Saturday, July 28.  They will be preaching on Sunday, July 29 at three churches in Mexico City.  On Monday, July 30, Rev. Kleyn will return home.  Prof. Cammenga and Rev. Griess will then shift their focus to other contacts that Mr. Bartolon has in the National Presbyterian Churches.  Their time will include a youth conference (with speeches on God's Will and Sexual Purity), a church conference on the Five Points of Calvinism, a lecture on Postmodernism, and preaching on August 5.  They will return home on August 6.  Please remember this work in your prayers, asking also for the Lord’s leading regarding this endeavor." Reports are that all went well this past week, and that the conference speeches were well received. For pictures and more information, visit Rev. R. Kleyn' Facebook page.

  • With the emeritation of Rev. K. Koole near, this notice will be of interest to those in the Grand Rapids, MI area (from Grandville PRC's bulletin today): "The open house for Rev. Koole's retirement after faithfully serving our churches for 40 years will be held this evening. We will be having a short program immediately following the evening service so please stay in the sanctuary. Nursery will be provided throughout the program. The open house will be held at Hope School starting at 8:00 p.m."

  • The Council of Grandville PRC announces the following concerning the calling of a minister on loan to our sister church in Singapore: "Council reminds the congregation of our acceptance of Synod's appointment to be the calling church for the minister on loan (MOL) to Singapore. At our recent meeting we formed a trio consisting of Rev. G. Eriks, Rev. S. Key and Rev. R. Kleyn. We have scheduled a Congregational Meeting for August 5, 2018, directly following our evening service, to vote for one from among these men to receive the call to serve as MOL for our sister church in Singapore. May the Lord of the Church bless this endeavor for the glory of his name."

  • On May 13 Candidate J. Langerak announced his acceptance of the call he had received from Heritage PRC (Sioux Falls, SD) on April 29. His examination will now take place at the meeting of Classis West on August 29 at Peace PRC (cf. note below under "Denominational News). In that conection, this additional information was given in Heritage's recent bulletin: "Pastor-Elect Langerak’s ordination and installation service is scheduled for Friday, August 31, 2018 at 7 PM. at Heritage PRC. The service will be conducted by Rev. Rodney Kleyn." Untll then, Pastor-elect Langerak is keeping busy supplying various pulpits in the churches of Classis West.
  • Today Rev. A. Brummel has a classical appointment to Heritage PRC. Following him, Rev. S. Key (Loveland PRC) will be there for two Sundays.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

  • Synod 2018: The PRC Synod completed its work for now on Thursday June 21 - it will reconvene on August 28 for a special examination. Summary reports on the decisions reached may be found under the News section of the PRC website.

    • Announcement from Byron Center PRC: Synod will reconvene, D.V., on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 8:00 a.m., at Byron Center PRC in Byron Center, MI (please note the change of venue from the June meeting).  Delegates in need of lodging should contact Mr. Mike Elzinga (clerk-at-byronprc.org).
  • Classis West meeting (note date and place changes): At the request of Heritage PRC (and Doon PRC), the Classical Committee of Classis West has changed the date for the next meeting of Classis West to August 29. It had previously been scheduled for September 26. Also, at the request of Heritage PRC, the location also has been changed. Peace PRC will host the August 29 meeting of Classis where Pastor-elect Jonathan Langerak will be examined, while Heritage PRC will host Classis on March 6, 2019, the Lord willing.

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PRC Seminary News:

  • The internships of Seminarians Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman officially began July 1. Sem. Kortus is interning at Trinity PRC under Rev. N. Decker and his Council. Sem. Maatman is interning at Hudsonville PRC under Rev. G. Eriks and his Council. The internship program runs from July 1 to December 31.

  • The beginning of the new season of instruction is only a month away, with classes scheduled to begin on Wednesday, August 29. Besides our seniors (Matt K. and Jacob M. - internships), we will have two other seminary students this year: third-year student Josiah Tan and first-year student Marcus Wee, both from our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC. In addition, four young men will be taking different levels of pre-seminary Greek from Profs. R. Dykstra and B. Gritters.

  • The Spring 2018 issue of the PRT Journal is now back from the printers and has been mailed out. If you would like to receive a print copy and are not on our mailing list, contact the seminary (616-531-1490). The pdf version is also still available for free download. Visit this page to find out the contents and begin reading.

  • The PRC Synod 2018 took a decision urging “the churches and the pastors in particular in their public prayers to pray the Lord of the harvest for able, faithful, and devoted pastors and teachers (Ephesians 4:11) for us and our children, as well as for the gathering of the elect out of the nations (Matthew 28:19).” A number of ministers are nearing the age of emeritation, and the number of students in the seminary at this time will not be sufficient to fill the upcoming needs of our churches either in our own congregations or in the work of missions. Please remember this urgent need in your prayers and encourage young men whom you observe to have the gifts to consider the ministry.

  • The seminary is open daily during the summer months, including the library and archives. Staff will be available for assistance with any needs you may have.

  • Two of our professors have special trips planned this summer: Prof. R. Dykstra will labor in our sister church in Singapore (Covenant ERC) for five weeks (from mid-July to the end of August) and Prof. R. Cammenga is  part of an exploratory mission trip to Mexico with Rev. R. Kleyn (Covenant of Grace PRC in Spokane, WA), Rev. C. Griess (First PRC, Grand Rapids, MI) and Doner Bartolon, one of our pre-seminary students who comes from the area to be visited.

  • The Seminary faculty along with Trinity PRC Evangelism Committee is working on plans for a Spring 2019 conference to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the great Synod of Dordt, 1618-19-2018-19. Look for details on this in the future.

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SISTER-CHURCH NEWS

  • Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC, we call attention to the following:
  • Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, we may note the following items:
    • From the PRC Contact Committee: "On behalf of our churches, Prof. R. Dykstra will be assisting our sister church in Singapore during their vacancy by preaching for them for 5 Sundays this summer. Prof. and Mrs Dykstra will be returning on August 21, the Lord willing. We as sister churches are thankful for the opportunity to be of assistance to our brothers and sisters in the CERC in Singapore."

    • Synod 2018 gave approval to the request of Covenant ERC in Singapore that a minister-on-loan be called to labor in their midst during their present vacancy, and appointed Grandville PRC the calling church.  In the coming weeks, Grandville will begin the calling process not only for a minister-on-loan for our sister church, but also for their own upcoming vacancy. The Contact Committee, at the request of Covenant ERC, is trying to make arrangements for ministers to supply pulpit in Singapore for 3 weeks or more at a time, until God provides a minister-on-loan for our sister-church. ) *cf. note above under Grandville PRC for her trio for calling a MOL.)

    • Her latest newsletter (JUNE 2018) - Reformed News Asia - was recently posted and may be found on this page. Watch for the next issue soon!

    • The latest young peoples' magazine, Salt Shakers, was received and posted recently (May 2018 - cf. image above). Check that out on this page.

  • The PRC now has an official sister-church relationship with the PRC in the Philippines, confirmed at this year's synod! We rejoice in this evidence of the Lord's blessing on the work in the Philippines and of the unity of Christ's church, which He gathers from all nations, tribes, and tongues. May the Lord grant us a mutually edifying and God-honoring relationship.
  • The PRC also has a "corresponding relationship" with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) of Australia. We remember these brothers and sisters in our prayers and labors too.

 
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Free book on the basic doctrines of Calvinism available on the PRC website

SPECIAL NOTICES:

  • Considering some pamphlets published by the PRC for use in evangelism and/or witnessing? Visit the PRCA Evangelism page for a complete list of materials available in digital format or by order from the publishing church.

  • Looking for Reformed literature and a solid Reformed and biblical magazine to read? Visit the Reformed Free Publishing Association's website (www.rfpa.org), where you will find information on books in all major Christian categories, as well as on the bi-monthly periodical, the Standard Bearer. You will also want to read the RFPA's Spring Newsletter!

  • If you are in need of spiritually edifying music as well as of Bibles and other Reformed literature, visit the Reformed Book Outlet in downtown Hudsonville, MI or visit their website.

  • The PRC Denominational Directory is now for sale for just $15.00. To order please fill out an order form or by emailing Laura Huizinga @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Directories will be delivered to your church 1-2 weeks after payment is received.

  • The Psalter App is now available for Android as well as for IOS (Apple) devices. For more info visit: https://psalterapp.weebly.com

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  • Don't forget to listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday! Today Rev. C. Haak (Georgetown PRC, Hudsonville, MI) brings part 3 a series on the OT prphecy of Jonah. The title of today's message is "The God Who Would Not Let Go," based on Jonah 1:4-17.

  • From the Reformed Witness Hour (RWH) Committee: the RWH has a new, updated website! Please visit reformedwitnesshour.org to watch our introduction video, view pictures and audio from our history, and read and listen to almost 20 years of past radio broadcasts! If you haven’t visited the RWH website recently, now is an excellent time to familiarize yourself with this important radio-internet ministry of the Reformed faith.

ESPECIALLY FOR THE YOUTH OF THE PRC:

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  • The 2018 PRYP's Convention will be held August 13-17, 2018 at Lake Geneva Christian Center in Alexandria, MN. The hosting churches of the Midwest are excited to have you join us for an upbuilding week of fellowship and fun!

    • Mark your calendars for the Midwest Pre-Convention Singspiration to be held Sunday evening, August 12, at the Hull PRC. Join us in singing praises with the young people as they begin their convention week hosted by our area churches.

    • And for those in the Grand Rapids, MI area, note this singspiration: "The annual Pre-Convention Singspiration will be held at Fair Haven Church on Sunday, August 5, at 8:15 pm.  Please note that there will be no printed song sheets.  Fair Haven will project the lyrics, but you are welcome to bring your own Psalter if you would like."

  • Lynden PRC Young Adults Retreat updates: We have secured a location for our retreat during July 1-5, 2019! It will take place at Mt. Baker Bibleway Camp. Check it out at http://www.mtbakercamp.org/home.do. We hope to include activities such as a day trip to beautiful Artist Point, white water rafting, and more. Registration is set to open in February 2019, so don’t miss out! We encourage any young adults post-high school age to attend. Further details have been posted to our Facebook page: Lynden PRC Young Adults Retreat 2019. Request an invite to see these details, or message the group if you have any questions!

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Seminar on Reformed church doctrine held in Myanmar 2017 (*cf. note below) - remember to pray for this work too!

 MISSION NEWS:

  • Remember in prayer our home missionary, Rev. A. Spriensma, who continues to labor in the West Michigan area and beyond. In that conection, pray for this specific work: "The Dorr [MI]Bible study meets at the library this Thursday, August 2, at 7:30 PM. We to continue our study in the gospel of John in chapter 1 at verse 35."

  • The February/March 2018 newsletter of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship mission station is now posted on this page.

  • *Have you read Rev. Titus' most recent report on the work going on in Myanmar (May 2018)? Find that on this page.

  • The latest Philippines mission newsletter was received and recently posted (July 2018) and may be found on this PRC webpage.

  • Don't forget to follow the Kleyn's blog on life and activities in the Philippines. And that also includes the Holstege's one! And the Smits once again too!

  • From this Sunday's bulletins of the Provident Christian Church in Marikina, the Philippines and the Maranatha PRC in Valenzuela we find the following notes concerning their pastors as well as concerning our missionaries and their labors today and in this coming week:

    • Provident CC:
      • The Holsteges arrived back to the Philippines last Tuesday, July 24. Thanks to our heavenly Father for safety in the thousands of miles traveled and for enabling us to see each other again today.

      • Rev. Holstege will preach both times today. After the first service, he will show some pictures from their trip to the U.S.

      • Rev. Kleyn will preach for the Bearers of Light Community Church today in Guiguinto, Bulacan. May the Lord bless our evangelism work there.

      • The Wednesday night class will meet this week at 7:30. Rev. Kleyn will finish teaching “The Declaration of Principles of the PRC.”

    • Maranatha PRC:
      • Our Pastor, Rev. L. Trinidad will lead us in both services and will continue the lesson of the Book of Revelation.

      • The Translation Committee will meet on July 31, 2018 at MPRC at 9:30 in the morning.

      • As we all know that the PRCA and PRCP is officially Sister-Church Relationship and now the Contact Committee of the PRCP wrote the Session of CECR of Singapore to establish the Sister-Church Relationship with them. Let us pray that the Lord will bless their meeting on July 26, 2018.

Let us continue in prayer to the Lord for the fulfillment of the needs of these busy pastors and missionaries in the Philippines. May the Lord of the harvest give them grace to be faithful and encouraged in all their labors.
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PRC and Sister-Church News for the Week of July 22, 2018

Deuteronomy 6 5On this twenty-ninth Lord's Day of 2018, July 22, we note the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, mission fields, and sister churches.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • From First PRC-Grand Rapids we receive this significant notice:  "The exploratory trip to Mexico which our congregation is sponsoring is quickly approaching.  Plans are, D.V., for Prof. R. Cammenga and Rev. R. Kleyn to travel to Mexico City July 24 accompanied by two translators, Mr. Doner Bartolon (Georgetown PRC) and Mr. Samuel Vasquez (Redlands PRC).  They will be speaking four consecutive nights at the Juan Cauvin University.  Rev. Griess will join them on Saturday, July 28.  They will be preaching on Sunday, July 29 at three churches in Mexico City.  On Monday, July 30, Rev. Kleyn will return home.  Prof. Cammenga and Rev. Griess will then shift their focus to other contacts that Mr. Bartolon has in the National Presbyterian Churches.  Their time will include a youth conference (with speeches on God's Will and Sexual Purity), a church conference on the Five Points of Calvinism, a lecture on Postmodernism, and preaching on August 5.  They will return home on August 6.  Please remember this work in your prayers, asking also for the Lord’s leading regarding this endeavor."

  • The Council of Grandville PRC announces the following concerning the calling of a minister on loan to our sister church in Singapore: "Council reminds the congregation of our acceptance of Synod's appointment to be the calling church for the minister on loan (MOL) to Singapore. At our recent meeting we formed a trio consisting of Rev. G. Eriks, Rev. S. Key and Rev. R. Kleyn. We have scheduled a Congregational Meeting for August 5, 2018, directly following our evening service, to vote for one from among these men to receive the call to serve as MOL for our sister church in Singapore. May the Lord of the Church bless this endeavor for the glory of his name."

  • As the emeritation of Rev. K. Koole approaches, this notice will be of interest to those in the Grand Rapids, MI area: "You are invited to join the congregation of Grandville PRC for an open house commemorating the retirement of Rev. Kenneth Koole after serving faithfully in our churches for 40 years.  The open house will be held at Hope PRC School on Sunday, July 29 starting at 8:00 p.m."

  • On May 13 Candidate J. Langerak announced his acceptance of the call he had received from Heritage PRC (Sioux Falls, SD) on April 29. His examination will now take place at the meeting of Classis West on August 29 at Peace PRC (cf. note below under "Denominational News). In that conection, this additional information was given in Heritage's recent bulletin: "Pastor-Elect Langerak’s ordination and installation service is scheduled for Friday, August 31, 2018 at 7 PM. at Heritage PRC. The service will be conducted by Rev. Rodney Kleyn." Untll then, Pastor-elect Langerak is keeping busy supplying various pulpits in the churches of Classis West.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

  • Synod 2018: The PRC Synod completed its work for now on Thursday June 21 - it will reconvene on August 28 for a special examination. Summary reports on the decisions reached may be found under the News section of the PRC website.

    • Announcement from Byron Center PRC: Synod will reconvene, D.V., on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 8:00 a.m., at Byron Center PRC in Byron Center, MI (please note the change of venue from the June meeting).  Delegates in need of lodging should contact Mr. Mike Elzinga (clerk-at-byronprc.org).

  • Classis East reconvened this past Wednesday, July 18 at Faith PRC. The following is the summary of the decisions:

    The continuation of the May meeting of Classis East took place this past Wednesday at Faith PRC.  The four remaining protests were now found to be no longer legally before Classis in light of Synod 2018.  Grandville PRC requested and received pulpit supply for their evening services due to the emeritation of Rev. Koole. Rev. H. Bleyenberg was appointed to be the Moderator for Grandville PRC.  The expenses for this continuation meeting of Classis were $481.35

  • Classis West meeting (note date and place changes): At the request of Heritage PRC (and Doon PRC), the Classical Committee of Classis West has changed the date for the next meeting of Classis West to August 29. It had previously been scheduled for September 26. Also, at the request of Heritage PRC, the location also has been changed. Peace PRC will host the August 29 meeting of Classis where Pastor-elect Jonathan Langerak will be examined, while Heritage PRC will host Classis on March 6, 2019, the Lord willing.

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PRC Seminary News:

  • The internships of Seminarians Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman officially began July 1. Sem. Kortus is interning at Trinity PRC under Rev. N. Decker and his Council. Sem. Maatman is interning at Hudsonville PRC under Rev. G. Eriks and his Council. The internship program runs from July 1 to December 31.

  • The Spring 2018 issue of the PRT Journal is now back from the printers and has been mailed out. If you would like to receive a print copy and are not on our mailing list, contact the seminary (616-531-1490). The pdf version is also still available for free download. Visit this page to find out the contents and begin reading.

  • The PRC Synod 2018 took a decision urging “the churches and the pastors in particular in their public prayers to pray the Lord of the harvest for able, faithful, and devoted pastors and teachers (Ephesians 4:11) for us and our children, as well as for the gathering of the elect out of the nations (Matthew 28:19).” A number of ministers are nearing the age of emeritation, and the number of students in the seminary at this time will not be sufficient to fill the upcoming needs of our churches either in our own congregations or in the work of missions. Please remember this urgent need in your prayers and encourage young men whom you observe to have the gifts to consider the ministry.

  • The seminary is open daily during the summer months, including the library and archives. Staff will be available for assistance with any needs you may have.

  • Two of our professors have special trips planned this summer: Prof. R. Dykstra will labor in our sister church in Singapore (Covenant ERC) for five weeks (from mid-July to the end of August) and Prof. R. Cammenga will be part of an exploratory mission trip to Mexico with Rev. C. Griess (First PRC, Grand Rapids, MI) and Doner Bartolon, one of our pre-seminary students who comes from the area to be visited.

  • The Seminary faculty along with Trinity PRC Evangelism Committee is working on plans for a Spring 2019 conference to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the great Synod of Dordt, 1618-19-2018-19. Look for details on this in the future.

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Hebron Hall in South Wales, site of the 2018 British Reformed Fellowship family conference taking place this week (cf. note below)

SISTER-CHURCH NEWS

  • Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC, we call attention to the following:
    • Covenant PRC's latest newsletter was received and posted recently (June 2018). And don't forget her other publication - Covenant Reformed News! That latest issue received last week (June 2018) may be found here.

    • The 2018 British Reformed Fellowship family conference at Hebron Hall in South Wales is now taking place (from Saturday, July 21, to Saturday, July 28). Our speakers, Prof. David Engelsma and Rev. Andy Lanning, will be preaching in Covenant PRC today and lecturing this week on "The Reformed Family—According to the Word of God."

  • Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, we may note the following items:

    • Emeritus pastor, Rev. Arie den Hartog, and his wife have returned to the States after having had the privilege of laboring for more than 6 months in Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church in Singapore. Professor Russ Dykstra (with his wife Carol) arrived safely in Singapore this past week to take up those labors for the next 5 weeks or so.

    • Synod 2018 gave approval to the request of Covenant ERC in Singapore that a minister-on-loan be called to labor in their midst during their present vacancy, and appointed Grandville PRC the calling church.  In the coming weeks, Grandville will begin the calling process not only for a minister-on-loan for our sister church, but also for their own upcoming vacancy. The Contact Committee, at the request of Covenant ERC, is trying to make arrangements for ministers to supply pulpit in Singapore for 3 weeks or more at a time, until God provides a minister-on-loan for our sister-church. )*cf. note above under Grandville PRC for her trio for calling a MOL.)

    • Her latest newsletter (JUNE 2018) - Reformed News Asia - was recently posted and may be found on this page. Watch for the next issue soon!

    • The latest young peoples' magazine, Salt Shakers, was received and posted recently (May 2018 - cf. image above). Check that out on this page.

  • The PRC now has an official sister-church relationship with the PRC in the Philippines, confirmed at this year's synod! We rejoice in this evidence of the Lord's blessing on the work in the Philippines and of the unity of Christ's church, which He gathers from all nations, tribes, and tongues. May the Lord grant us a mutually edifying and God-honoring relationship.
  • The PRC also has a "corresponding relationship" with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) of Australia. We remember these brothers and sisters in our prayers and labors too.

 
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Visit the Reformed Book Outlet in Hudsonville, MI - Sidewalk Sale this week! (see note below)

SPECIAL NOTICES:

  • If you are in need of spiritually edifying music as well as of Bibles and other Reformed literature, visit the Reformed Book Outlet in downtown Hudsonville, MI or visit their website. *Special notice: The RBO is having its annual July sidewalk sale: Three days only. July 26-28. Come in or order and save 25% on books, Bibles and bible  covers  including our large selection of RFPA books. Sale excludes NET items.

  • Considering some pamphlets published by the PRC for use in evangelism and/or witnessing? Visit the PRCA Evangelism page for a complete list of materials available in digital format or by order from the publishing church.

  • Looking for Reformed literature and a solid Reformed and biblical magazine to read? Visit the Reformed Free Publishing Association's website (www.rfpa.org), where you will find information on books in all major Christian categories, as well as on the bi-monthly periodical, the Standard Bearer. You will also want to read the RFPA's Spring Newsletter!

  • The PRC Denominational Directory is now for sale for just $15.00. To order please fill out an order form or by emailing Laura Huizinga @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Directories will be delivered to your church 1-2 weeks after payment is received.

  • The Psalter App is now available for Android as well as for IOS (Apple) devices. For more info visit: https://psalterapp.weebly.com

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  • Don't forget to listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday! Today Rev. C. Haak (Georgetown PRC, Hudsonville, MI) brings part 2 a series on the OT prphecy of Jonah. The title of today's message is"The Prophet Who Ran Away" based on Jonah 1:3.

  • From the Reformed Witness Hour (RWH) Committee: the RWH has a new, updated website! Please visit reformedwitnesshour.org to watch our introduction video, view pictures and audio from our history, and read and listen to almost 20 years of past radio broadcasts! If you haven’t visited the RWH website recently, now is an excellent time to familiarize yourself with this important radio-internet ministry of the Reformed faith.

  • NEW RWH Station - The Cornerstone PRC Word and Deed committee has partnered with the Reformed Witness Hour to air their messages on the radio in the Chicago area. The broadcast can be heard every Sunday at 4:00PM on WYLL 1160AM or on the internet at www.1160hope.com. Please tune in and encourage others to do so as opportunity arises in your personal witnessing.

ESPECIALLY FOR THE YOUTH OF THE PRC:

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  • The 2018 PRYP's Convention will be held August 13-17, 2018 at Lake Geneva Christian Center in Alexandria, MN. The hosting churches of the Midwest are excited to have you join us for an upbuilding week of fellowship and fun!

    • Mark your calendars for the Midwest Pre-Convention Singspiration to be held Sunday evening, August 12, at the Hull PRC. Join us in singing praises with the young people as they begin their convention week hosted by our area churches.

    • And for those in the Grand Rapids, MI area, note this singspiration: "The annual Pre-Convention Singspiration will be held at Fair Haven Church on Sunday, August 5, at 8:15 pm.  Please note that there will be no printed song sheets.  Fair Haven will project the lyrics, but you are welcome to bring your own Psalter if you would like."

  • The Lynden Protestant Reformed Church plans to host a Young Adults Retreat during July 1-5, 2019 in beautiful Northwest Washington.  We encourage any young adults post-high school age to attend.  Please watch upcoming bulletin announcements for further details including camp information and how to register.  These details will also be posted on our Facebook page: Lynden PRC Young Adults Retreat 2019.
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    Are YOU a subscriber to the PR Young People's magazine, the Beacon Lights? Visit the website and find out why you ought to be.

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Rev. L. Trinidad (Maranatha PRC, ) ministering the Word to the children in catechism

 MISSION NEWS:

  • Remember in prayer our home missionary, Rev. A. Spriensma, who continues to labor in the West Michigan area and beyond.

  • The February/March 2018 newsletter of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship mission station is now posted on this page.

  • Have you read Rev. Titus' most recent report on the work going on in Myanmar (May 2018)? Find that on this page.

  • The latest Philippines mission newsletter was received and recently posted (July 2018) and may be found on this PRC webpage.

  • Don't forget to follow the Kleyn's blog on life and activities in the Philippines. And that also includes the Holstege's one! And the Smits once again too!

  • From this Sunday's bulletins of the Provident Christian Church in Marikina, the Philippines and the Maranatha PRC in Valenzuela we find the following notes concerning their pastors as well as concerning our missionaries and their labors today and in this coming week:

    • Provident CC:
      • Rev. Kleyn will lead us in both worship services today. Next Sunday, Lord willing, Rev. Holstege will lead our worship services again.

      • Rev. Holstege will be preaching and giving a presentation in Loveland PRC today, the Lord willing. The Holsteges are scheduled to return home here this Tuesday, July 24. May God keep them safe in their travels and return them refreshed for their life and work here.

      • The Lord willing, Rev. Kleyn and Rev. Smit will be traveling to Negros Occidental this week (Monday through Wednesday) to meet with and give instruction to the group of pastors in Sipalay.

    • Maranatha PRC:
      • Our Pastor, Rev. L. Trinidad will lead us in both services and will continue the lesson of the Book of Revelation.

      • As we all know that the PRCA and PRCP is officially Sister-Church Relationship and now the Contact Committee of the PRCP wrote the Session of CECR of Singapore to establish the Sister-Church Relationship with them. Let us pray that the Lord will bless their meeting on July 26, 2018.

Let us continue in prayer to the Lord for the fulfillment of the needs of these busy pastors and missionaries in the Philippines. May the Lord of the harvest give them grace to be faithful and encouraged in all their labors.
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