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PRC and Sister-Church News for the Week of April 22, 2018

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On this sixteenth Lord's Day of 2018, April 22, we note the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, mission fields, and sister churches.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • On Sunday April 15 Rev. A. Brummel (Heritage PRC, Sioux Falls, SD) announced his acceptance of the call from Calvary PRC (Hull, IA, received on March 29). From Heritage's bulletin today we learn more details about this transition and about her new trio from which to call a new pastor:
    • "Rev. Brummel plans to preach his farewell in Heritage PRC on May 13.  His family plans to move to Hull that following week with a view to being installed in Calvary PRC on May 20, Lord willing.

    • Heritage PRC announces a trio of Rev. Guichelaar (Randolph, WI), Rev. Key (Loveland, CO), and Candidate Jonathan Langerak.  A congregational meeting will be held after the second worship service on April 29 to call a pastor."

  • Grandville PRC announced last Sunday that her pastor, Rev. Ken Koole, will be seeking emeritation in the coming months at Classis East and Synod 2018.

  • Candidate Jon Langerak has been assisting in the Limerick Reformed Fellowship while Rev. M. McGeown was in the States for his wedding. Today is his final Sunday there; he plans to return to the States tomorrow, D.V.

  • The church choir of Byron Center PRC will present their spring concert, "Great Hymns of Faith" tonight, April 22 after the evening worship service.  We will begin at approximately 6:45 PM.  You are welcome to join us!

  • Young Men's Conference (High School / College), "Run, Fight, Lead!" is THIS Saturday, April 28, from 8-12:30, at Georgetown PRC. Breakfast Included! Register Today!  For more details and to register please visit georgetownprc.org/runfightlead

  • Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids has made a special announcement and request concerning a significant event in her history: "Southeast Protestant Reformed Church (formerly Fourth PRC) will be celebrating 75 years of existence in March of 2019.  A book is being developed to commemorate this event.  If you have memorabilia, pictures, anecdotes, etc. relating to this history and are willing to share, please contact Tim Pipe Sr at 616-890-2545 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.."

  • California Summer Retreat: Hope PRC in Redlands, CA is hosting a retreat this summer, July 2-5, 2018. Registration opened March 31st at 8am PST, with a limit of 69 attendees, ages 18-35yo. We hope you can attend! For more details and to find the link to register, please visit hopeprc.org and view the Retreat tab. If you have any additional questions, please email either Brad Potjer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Kayla Feenstra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (registration details).

  • First PRC in Edmonton, AB has this special notice concerning a significant event this summer: "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. "

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

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  • From the PRC Seminary comes this April news:
    • The seminary has now completed twelve weeks of classes, with three left in this second semester. Continue to pray for faculty and students that they might finish the year well.
    • The second round of practice is scheduled for April 16 and 23 for the sophomore and junior students.
    • The upcoming internships of Seminarians Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman have been confirmed and announced. 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.
    • *FUTURE TEACHERS AND MINISTERS: Information for the 2018 PR Scholarship Fund essay competition is now available. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive the essay topics and submission requirements. Completed essays must be submitted by May 31.

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Read about this special UK monument in the latest Covenant PRC, NI Newsletter
(see 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 this week (April 2018). And don't forget her other publication - Covenant Reformed News! That latest issue (March 2018) 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.).

  • Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, the following may be noted:
    • Rev. A. den Hartog and his wife Sherry continue to serve the CERC until at least June of this year. Read the "Pastor's Voice" part of her bulletin to learn more.
    • Her latest newsletter (February 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 (March 2018 - cf. image above). Check that out on this page.

  • The PRC 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:

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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) continues his series on the OT book of Ruth with the message "A Blessed End to a Beautiful Book," based on Ruth 4:13-22.
    • 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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A casual photo of our three missionary families in the Philippines in late 2017, after the Smits arrived.
Read the latest newsletter about their life and labors
(see link below).

 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. Also, Cand. J. Langerak completes his assistance in the Fellowship today, where he has served for the last month while Rev. M. McGeown was married in the U.S.

  • Georgetown PRC's bulletin reminds us of a prayer need with regard to their work in Vellore, India: "Pray for the Sola Gratia program taught by Pastor Paul Raj in India to four students and six area pastors."

  • Have you read Rev. Titus' latest report on the work going on in Myanmar? Find that on this page.

  • A brand new Philippines mission newsletter was received and posted this past week (April 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 both times today. He will teach the Church Order, Articles 69ff after the first service. Next week too, Rev. Holstege will preach for PCC, D.V.

      • Next Sunday, Lord willing, Rev. Kleyn will preach for the Bearers of Light Community Church in Guiguinto, Bulacan. This will be the second time they hear preaching from a Protestant Reformed missionary. Rev. Holstege preached for them last March 25.

      • The Holsteges will take a furlough to the USA from June 11-July 24, Lord willing. The furlough is not only for vacation, but also for attending the synod, giving presentations of our mission work, and preaching in the PRCA.

    • Maranatha PRC:

      • Our Missionary, Rev. D. Kleyn will lead our first service and our second service. After the second service, he will be teaching the the Belgic Confession, Articles 3 - 5.

      • The theme of the Youth Conference is “The Power of the Gospel” to be held on May 1, 2018 at the PCC, Provident Village, Marikina City at 8:00 in the morning. The registration is P100. We are encouraging you to attend this timely conference.

Let us 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 and encouraged in all their labors.
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