On Sunday, Sept.15, 2013, Rev.C.Griess of Calvary PRC in Hull, IA announced that he had declined the call extended to him from Faith PRC (Jenison, MI) on August 26.
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September 19, 2013 | Georgetown Protestant Reformed Church | 7:30 p.m.
Save the date for the RFPA Annual Meeting! This year's keynote address will be given by Rev. Brian Huizinga, pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Redlands, California. Rev. Huizinga will present
Encouraging the Next Generation to Read
"Reading has a significant place in the covenant of grace as an instrument of God for the fulfilling of His promises," said Rev. Huizinga. "We must share the conviction that reading sound, spiritually edifying literature cannot disappear among us, lest a generation arise which know not the Lord nor the works which He has done for us.What can we do to help promote such reading among the next generation?"
This topic of encouraging young people to read comes on the heels of a report from the RFPA that at present only 64% of Protestant Reformed households subscribe to the Standard Bearer.Additionally, at various Christian conferences throughout the year it is commonly and alarmingly reported by others that young people today do not read sound, spiritually edifying literature.
Stick around after the speech to hear more about the work of the RFPA and enjoy refreshments and fellowship with our Association members, authors, and fellow readers!
P.S. The audio of the meeting and speech is now available at the RFPA's Sermonaudio page. Visit and listen to this outstanding speech! Be inspired to read well!
Pastor John Flores and elder Reden Zuniega (First Reformed Church of Bulacan) will be visiting the Protestant Reformed Fellowship in Albuera, Leyte (PRFA) this coming weekend, the Lord willing. They will be gone from Friday (September 20) through Tuesday (September 24). May the Lord keep them safe as they travel and give them an enjoyable and profitable time among our fellow believers in Albuera, using the time for the encouragement of the members of the PRFA there.
The next 7M pastors’ class is scheduled to meet on Monday, September 23 in Batasan Hills.
Rev. Smit and Rev. Kleyn will be travelling to southern Negros Occidental this week to teach Reformed doctrine and Reformed church government to a group of 8 pastors there. To learn more about this work and see pictures of the last visit to this area, see this recent post on the Kleyn's blog.
The biannual youth camp has rolled around again. This year the Launceston youth under the oversight of the Launceston Session, will be hosting a camp at the Bridport Bayview Centre. The camp will start on the afternoon of Saturday the 28th of Dec, 2013 and run through to midday on the 3rd of Jan 2014.
The campsite is located on the north-east coast of Tasmania—approximately an hour’s drive from Launceston city centre. Right on a beach!!
The purpose of this camp is to engage in the study of God’s Word with respect to subjects particularly relevant to Christian young people and to provide opportunity for fellowship in the walk of faith.
This year's camp speaker will be Pastor Ron Van Overloop of Grace Protestant Reformed Church (PRC) MI, America.
See the attached flyer for more information.
Our sister church in Ballymena, N.Ireland, Covenant PRC, has published her latest newsletter. Rev.A.Stewart reports on his summer trip to the United States, the beginning of the Bible study and catechism season in the church, his latest preaching series, and the recent visit of Paulraj from India. Be sure to read about the latest activities in our sister church in N.Ireland! See the attached pdf.
The latest newsletter from our missionaries in the Philippines has been published! This issue focuses on the labors with Pastor Leovy Trinidad and the Maranatha PRC in Valenzuela, Manila. Read about this precious group of Reformed Christians and their efforts to reach this part of the Philippines with the gospel of sovereign grace! Here is a quote from the first part of the newsletter. Read all of it from the attached pdf.
One of the churches which has become a significant and regular part of our mission work here in the Philippines is the Maranatha Protestant Reformed Church in Valenzuela. This congregation is located about 25 miles (usually an hour’s drive) from where we live in Antipolo. Rev. Smit and his family worship here at least two Sundays each month. Rev. Smit preaches and teaches with the goal in mind (which is also the stated desire of the congregation) that this church might one day become part of the federation of Protestant Reformed Churches here, the Lord willing. We hope that by means of this newsletter you may gain some knowledge and awareness of this congregation of beloved fellow-saints in Christ.