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Byron Center PRC Forms Trio for New Home Missionary

byroncentrePRCThe PRC Synod of 2016, with the recommendation of the Domestic Mission Committee, approved the calling of a new home missionary and appointed Byron Center PRC to be the calling church.

The Council of Byron Center PRC has been preparing for this work and now announces its first trio for calling a new home missionary. It consists of Rev. Cory Griess (Calvary PRC, Hull, IA), Rev. Brian Huizinga (Hope PRC, Redlands, CA), and Rev. Clay Spronk (Faith PRC, Jenison, MI).

The Council has set October 9 for the congregational meeting after the evening worship service.

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Reformed Witness Hour Messages for October 2016

First PRC of Grand Rapids, MI and the Reformed Witness Hour Committee announce the messages scheduled for October 2016 on the RWH radio program.

WBruinsma 2Rev. Wilbur (Bill) Bruinsma (Pittsburgh PRC) begins his four-month service for the RWH program. He will open with a special series on the godly woman.

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, celebrating in 2016 its 75th year of broadcasting the truths of God's sovereign particular grace!

To find a station in your area, visit the RWH website.  Or visit the RWH Sermonaudio channel.

Below is the schedule of messages, which you will also find below in flyer form and attached in pdf form.

October 2 - Proverbs 31:30: “The Woman That Fears Jehovah”
October 9 - I Corinthians 7:34: “Unmarried and Devoted to God”
October 16 - I Timothy 2: 9, 10: “The Adornment of a Godly Woman”
October 23 - Proverbs 18:22: “Finding a God-Fearing Wife”
October 30 - Proverbs 31:11, 12: “She Does her Husband Good”

October 2016 flyer Page 1

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SW PRC Forms Trio

SW PRC 2012With the approved emeritation of her current pastor (Rev. Arie den Hartog) set for the end of this year, Southwest PRC (Wyoming, MI) has formed a trio from which to call a new pastor.

Its consists of Revs. B. Huizinga (Hope PRC, Redlands, CA), W. Langerak (SE PRC, Grand Rapids, MI), and M. McGeown (Missionary-pastor, Limerick, Ireland).

The congregation plans to call on October 9, 2016.

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Pittsburgh PRC Updates - September 2016

Pittsburgh PRC logo 2016

From our newest congregation - Pittsburgh PRC - and her faithful "reporter", Many Tolsma, comes this newsletter update. The full newsletter is attached as a pdf. The first part is posted here.

Pittsburgh Updates

  • Our summer began with the annual Memorial Day church picnic. We gathered at a park in Monroeville. We had a delicious spread of hamburgers and hotdogs and many sides to go with them. We played baseball and also everyone, even the adults, enjoyed the toys at the park!
  • As you know, we experienced the organization of our church in June. Since then, we have picked a name for our church. We are know the Pittsburgh Protestant Reformed Church.
  • We also have called our own minister, who graciously accepted our call, and who was installed into office by Rev. Ken Koole in August.
  • Several of the young adults in our congregation have gathered at the park to play tennis this summer. Many have discovered that they need much more practice! We hope to continue getting together and working on this.
  • We continue to have our fellowship dinners the second Sunday afternoon of every month. No one walks away hungry!
  • Our NOC committee continues to work very hard on many projects. One of them includes our new website. Check it out! www.prcpittsburgh.org
  • Our fall lecture is being planned for November 11 with the theme: "The Church in the Last Days: Continuing in Things Learned". Our speaker is Rev. W. Bruinsma.

Special notice: In connection with the organization of Pittsburgh PRC, the Domestic Mission Committee of the PRCA has sent out the following notice:

The Domestic Mission Committee (DMC) wishes to inform the churches that with the organization of the Pittsburgh mission field and with their missionary, Rev. W. Bruinsma, accepting the call to become Pittsburgh’s first pastor, Southwest PRC has asked to be relieved of its responsibilities of being a calling church for domestic missions. With deep appreciation for Southwest’s work the DMC has approved this request and will so inform Synod. 

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PRC Congregational News, Sept.18, 2016 (Updated re Call to the Philippines)

HuizingaBrianOn Sunday, Sept.18, 2016, Rev. Brian Huizinga (Hope PRC, Redlands, CA) announced his decline of the call First PRC (Holland, MI) extended to him on August 28.

May the Lord assure this congregation of His knowledge of her need for another undershepherd and of His care for her while she waits for a pastor.

 

RMiersmaFrom Hull PRC's bulletin we find this significant notice concerning one of the PRC's emeritus ministers:

With thanksgiving to the Lord of the harvest, we remind our fellow saints of the 45th  anniversary of the ordination and installation into the ministry of Rev. Rodney G. Miersma [September, 1971]. He and his wife, Sharon, have faithfully served our churches in Isabel, SD; Pella, IA; Holland, MI; Wellington, NZ; Lacombe, AB; foreign missionary to Ghana; and Loveland, CO. Our emeritus minister continues to serve our churches in northwest Iowa. So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me. (Ezekiel 33:7)

And, finally, this reminder of the upcoming mission call to the Philippines from Doon PRC:

The Council of Doon PRC announces a trio for calling a third missionary to the Philippines. It consists of Revs. A. Brummel (Heritage PRC, Sioux Falls, SD), N. Decker (Trinity PRC - Hudsonville, MI), and R. Kleyn (Covenant of Grace PRC - Spokane, WA).  The congregation plans to call on Monday, Sept 19.

NathanDeckerAt her congregational meeting Monday night, Sept.19, 2016, Doon PRC voted to call Rev. Nathan Decker of Trinity PRC (Hudsonville, MI) to serve as third missionary to the Philippines. Let us remember this pastor and his family in our prayers as he considers this call.

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