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PRC Weekly News for February 4, 2018 - Congregational, Denominational, and Sister-Church

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On this fifth Lord's Day of 2018, February 4, we note the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, mission fields, and sister churches.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • On Jan.28 Candidate David Noorman ACCEPTED the call from Southwest PRC (Wyoming, MI). From SW's bulletin today we find this note: "It is with great joy and thanksgiving to God that the church council announces that Candidate Dave Noorman accepted the call extended to him by our congregation to be our next pastor. The Lord willing, Mr. Noorman will be examined at the meeting of Classis on February 28. [*Note: The examination will be the first main order of business on Feb. 28, with the specimen sermon shortly after morning devotions followed by the oral examination. When the examination is complete, Classis will resume with the rest of its business.]  Upon Classis’ approval of his exam, his ordination as minister of the gospel and his installation as our pastor will take place at a special worship service on Wednesday, March 7. Prof. R. Cammenga will lead us in worship."
  • Rev. B. Huizinga (Hope PRC, Redlands, CA) continues to consider the call to Calvary PRC to serve as her next pastor (received Jan.21).
  • Rev. C. Griess along and his family moved to West Michigan this past week, where he will soon take up his ministry in First PRC, Grand Rapids. Plans for his installation have now been changed, as we read in First's bulletin today: "The installation of Rev. Griess will take place next Sunday morning, February 11, DV, instead of the previously announced date of March 4.  Rev. Slopsema will be leading this service."

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DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

  • From the PRC Seminary comes this February news:
    • Second semester classes began for the seminary on 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).
    • The upcoming internships of Seminarians Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman have been planned and confirmed and are being announced today. Sem. Kortus will be interning at Trinity PRC under Rev. N. Decker and his Council and Sem. Maatman will intern at Hudsonville PRC under Rev. G. Eriks and his Council. The internship program runs from July 1 to December 31.
    • 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.

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SISTER-CHURCH NEWS

  • Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, the following may be reported:
    • Rev. A. den Hartog and his wife Sherry are diving into the work in the CERC. Read the "Pastor's Voice" part of her bulletin to learn more.
    • Her latest newsletter (December 2017) may be found on this page.
    • The latest young peoples' magazine, Salt Shakers, was received and posted recently (January 2018). Check that out on this page.
  • Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC, we may note the following:
    • The annual church-visitation delegation from the PRC to the CPRC (Rev. N. Decker and Sid Meidema - PRC Contact Committee) returned home safely this past week. We thank God for safe travels for these men and for this expression of our unity in Christ the Head of the church and in His gospel of grace.
    • The CPRC's 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.
    • Join Reformed believers from around the world at the 2018 British Reformed Fellowship family conference at Hebron Hall in South Wales from Saturday, July 21, to Saturday, July 28. Our speakers, Prof. David Engelsma and Rev. Andy Lanning, will lecture on "The Reformed Family—According to the Word of God." More information and booking forms are available at http://brfconference.weebly.com or contact Briana Prins (616-214-2779; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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  • Save the Date: The dates for the 2018 Family Conference have been finalized! First PRC in Edmonton, AB plans to host the conference July 20-22, 2018 D.V. Hear from our speakers: Rev. B. Huizinga, N. Langerak and J. Marcus on the topic of 'Seeking The Lord'. Mark your calendars and plan to attend what promises to be a spiritually encouraging time of growth and fellowship with saints from Canada and abroad, as well as an opportunity to see some of the beauty that God has created here in Canada. For more information or to register, please visit our website https://edmontonfamilyconf.wixsite.com/conference2018, or contact Scott Ferguson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • What kind of reading material do you have laying around the house for your children to read? Do you feel like there is something missing? If you do not currently subscribe to Beacon Lights, you are missing out! This magazine is designed for Reformed youth, but adults read it with profit as well. What about the cost? Right now, the average cable bill in the U.S is over $100/month. If you took only one of those monthly payments, that would cover over six years of the $15/yr subscription price! Subscribe today at www.beaconlights.org to make sure you receive the March special issue which will focus on bullying.

  • Reformed Book Outlet: The February 2018 newsletter notes that you may find children's music CDs 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.

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  • Don't forget to listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday! Today Rev. R. Kleyn (Covenant of Grace PRC, Spokane, WA) begins a series on the OT book of Ruth. His first message is"God Chastens an Unholy Family" based on Ruth 1:1-6.
    • 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.

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Rev. D. Holstege teaching to a group in the Philippines.

 MISSION NEWS:

  • From Georgetown PRC 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." Today's bulletin (Feb.4) notes that the work of the delegation concludes today and that they plan to arrive home in the States tomorrow, Feb.5. May God grant traveling mercies and a blessing on the work done.
  • 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 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 both times today and next Sunday, Lord willing. After the first service, we will consider the Church Order, Articles 49ff.

      • A delegation from PRCA will visit the Philippines from February 16-27, Lord willing. Rev. Cory Griess and Deacon Joel VanEgdom are the delegation. Joel's wife Michelle also plans to come. On February 25, 2018, Rev. Cory Griess will lead one of our worship services.

    • Maranatha PRC:

      • Today, our Pastor, Rev. L. Trinidad will lead us in both services and will administer the Lord’s Supper. He will lead our Bible Study on the Book of Revelation Lesson #45.
      • Next week Rev. D. Kleyn will lead us in both services and continue the Lesson, “Role of the Officer Bearers".
  • 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.
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