On this third Lord's Day of 2018, January 21, we note the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, mission fields, and sister churches.
- Candidate David Noorman is considering the call from SW PRC (Wyoming, MI - received Dec.17). He is due to answer by January 28.
- On January 14 the Council of Calvary PRC announced a new trio from which to call a new pastor: Revs. B. Huizinga, J. Mahtani, and Cand. D. Noorman. The congregation will vote from this trio this morning. *Update: Rev. B. Huizinga has received this call.
- In December of last year Rev. K. Koole celebrated 40 years in the ministry in the PRC. He was ordained in December of 1977 and has served the PRC congregations of Randolph, WI, Hope (Redlands, CA), Faith, and Grandville. Tonight the Grandville congregation will hold a special "cake and coffee social" to commorate this significant milestone. We congratulate Rev. Koole and his wife Pat and thank God for their years of service in the PRC. May the Lord continue to uphold them and use them for the good of His church.
- With many officebearer installations taking place, our elders and deacons are reminded of the resources available to them on this special section of the PRC website.
- Classis East met on January 10 at Hudsonville PRC. The stated clerk has now submitted his official report the work done and decision reached. That may be found on this Classis East webpage.
- ADVICE FOR ELDERS ON FAMILY VISITATION: If you missed Prof. B. Gritters' speech on Family Visiting this past Tuesday (Jan.9) at Hudsonville PRC (Classis East Officebearers’ Conference), the audio version has now been posted on Hudsonville PRC's Sermonaudio channel.
- From the PRC Seminary comes this January news:
- Second semester classes begin for the seminary this Tuesday, January 23 (see the link above for that schedule). If anyone would like to audit classes, the following classes are offered to auditors: Reformed Symbols (discusses the nature of confessions and includes a treatment of the Lord's Days/Articles of both the Heidelberg Catechism and the Belgic Confession); Dogmatics (Anthropology); and New Testament History (Passion week through the ministry of the apostle Paul). If you are interested in attending, please call the seminary (531-1490) tomorrow to find out day and time the class you are interested in will meet.
- The seminary’s interim course this year is now completed. Prof. R. Cammenga taught his special course on “The Theology of John Calvin.” If you would like to watch/listen to the videos of this course, they are posted on the Seminary's main page.
- The latest issue of the PR Theological Journal (Fall 2017) is now available in print form and in three (3) digital forms. Visit the Seminary's Journal page to download the digital editions and contact the Seminary if you would like to receive a print copy. At the Journal page you may also find all the back issues as well as an index to past issues.
- Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, the following may be reported:
- Cand. D. Noorman and his wife returned home from Singapore this past week. Rev. A. denHartog and his wife will be leaving this week to serve this congregation for an extended time, as requested by the PRC Contact Committee. The den Hartog's are planning to be in Singapore at least until after this year's Synod makes a decision on the CERCS calling a minister-on-loan from our denomination.
- Her latest newsletter (December 2017) may be found on this page.
- Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC, we may note the following:
- Her latest newsletter was received and posted in December of 2017. You may find that on this page. And don't forget her other publication - Covenant Reformed News! That latest issue may be found here.
- The annual church-visitation delegation from the PRC to the CPRC is now in N. Ireland. Rev. N. Decker and Sid Meidema (PRC Contact Committee) left this past week to conduct church visitation with the council of our sister congregation, the Covenant PRC of Ballymena and visit the Limerick Reformed Fellowship. Rev. Decker will also be preaching and lecturing while there. Rev. Decker and Mr. Miedema will be gone for two Sundays and be returning on Monday, January 29, the Lord willing.
- Rev. Martyn McGeown, missionary-pastor of Limerick Reformed Fellowship, was interviewed by Christopher Arnzen on his radio program, “Iron Sharpens Iron”, on Friday, January 5. The subject for this interview was Rev. McGeown’s recent book, Called to Watch for Christ’s Return. If you missed the live program, you may still listen to the mp3 recording of it found on the Covenant PRC website.
- Are you a Standard Bearer subscriber? Why not begin the new year by becoming one and feeding your soul with solid Reformed and biblical articles in 2018 and beyond!
Reformed Book Outlet: The January 2018 newsletter notes that you may find many devotional books for the new year and that officebearers may find many resources for their work (cf. attached pdf.).
- THE HOPE HERALDS 2017 CD ENTITLED, “OUR GOD IS GOD” is available for $10 in the main offices of Covenant Chr. High School and Heritage Christian School and also at the Reformed Book Outlet and the PR Seminary bookstore. If you are not able to pick up your copy at any of these locations, please call or text Karen Daling (616-662-0784) or Dan VanDyke (616-610-3276) and we will mail the CD for $12. Thank you!
- Psalm Choir - The latest CD, Volume 20, ‘Sweet Refreshment’ is now available. There are over 25 selections from the past two seasons. Please visit the website www.psalmchoir.com to order.
- Don't forget to listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday! Todays' message by radio pastor Rev. W. Bruinsma is "Arming Ourselves for Christ's Return" (2), based on 1 Thess. 5:8-10.
- 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. Beginning today, September 10, 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.
Rev. D. Kleyn teaching pastors in Sipalay, Negros (cf. note below)
- From Georgetown PRC's bulletin we learn about the current delegation to Vellore, India: "Pastor and Mary Haak and Bruce and Cherie Jabaay [arrived safely this past Wednesday, Jan.17] for a three week visit to the PRCV of India. They hope to continue the work of our previous delegation, i.e.; meeting with the Tamil and English Church, assisting in the Sola Gratia Program, working with the GFH, visiting with members of the church and the Consistory of the PRCV, teaching and preaching, etc. While we would have liked to arrange for one delegation to spend a few months time with the PRCV, due to the current opposition toward Christianity is was deemed to send another delegation for a shorter period of time. Pray for the Lord’s blessing. You will be able to follow their visit on our church face book page and via congregational email updates."
- The last Philippines mission newsletter is dated November 2017 and may be found on this PRC webpage.
- The December 2017 newsletter of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship mission station is now posted on this page.
- From this Sunday's bulletins of the Maranatha PRC and 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:
Rev. Holstege will preach in the first service today and Rev. Kleyn in the second. Church Order class will meet after the first service. We will consider Articles 44ff. Next Sunday, Lord willing, Rev. Holstege will preach for PCC.
The Kleyns will travel to Negros this week to instruct the pastors in Sipalay. May the Lord prosper their trip.
- Today, our Pastor, Rev. L. Trinidad will lead our first and second services He will lead, the Bible Study on the Book of Revelation, Lesson # 44.
Next week Rev. D. Kleyn will lead us in both services and conduct the Lesson, “Role of the Officer Bearers.
- Provident CC:
Let us remember and continue to lift up the needs of these busy pastors and missionaries in the Philippines. May the Lord of the harvest give them grace to be faithful in all their labors.
- family visitation
- Covenant PRC NI
- Limerick Mission
- officebearer resources
- Reformed Book Outlet
- missions and evangelism
- reformed witness hour
- sister church relations
- Philippines Mission
- Beacon Lights
- David Noorman
- The Standard Bearer
- India mission work
- Carl Haak
- Daniel Holstege
- Martyn McGeown
- Daniel Kleyn
- Brian Huizinga
- Jonathan Mahtani
- Kenneth Koole