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News from the PRC and Sister-Churches for the Week of November 11, 2018

Rev 21 7On this forty-fifth Lord's Day of 2018, November 11, we provide the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, mission fields, and sister churches.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • On October 7 Rev. W. Langerak (SE-GR PRC) received the call through Grandville PRC to serve as minister on loan to Covenant Evangelical Church in Singapore. Today it was announced that he had declined this call.

  • Rev. Joshua Engelsma (Doon, IA) is considering the call from Immanuel PRC (Lacombe, AB) (received on October 28). He plans to answer on November 18.

  • Rev. Brian Huizinga (Hope, Redlands, CA) is considering the call from the congregation of Trinity PRC (Hudsonville, MI - received on October 28).

  • Rev. Ron Hanko (emeritus) is ministering the Word in Immanuel PRC during the month of November.

  • From First PRC-GR comes this special invitation for TONIGHT: Mexico Presentation is Sunday, November 11, at 7:45 pm at First PRC.  Prof. Cammenga, Rev. Griess and Mr. Doner Bartolon will present information regarding their trip this past summer to the Mexico City area, where they were able to preach and give lectures to saints from two Presbyterian denominations, as well as to professors and students at the John Calvin University. Come and learn about the interest that was expressed by our fellow saints in this country, as well as the possibility of more work that could be done there.

  • Southeast PRC (Grand Rapids, MI) is currently worshiping Adams Christian School in Wyoming, MI, while she looks for a new location for the congregation.

 DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

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*West MI, including the seminary, received a surprise, early first snow this Friday and Saturday.

PRC Seminary News:

  • Seminary is now in its twelfth week of classses in this first semester. The second practice preaching session is scheduled for Monday, Nov.16. Continue to pray for the professors, students, and staff as they busy themselves in the work of training men for the gospel ministry.

  • The internships of Seminarians Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman began July 1. Sem. Kortus is interning at Trinity PRC under Rev. N. Decker and the Council there. Sem. Maatman is interning at Hudsonville PRC under Rev. G. Eriks and his Council. The internship program runs from July 1 to December 31.

  • The PRC Synod 2018 took a decision urging “the churches and the pastors in particular in their public prayers to pray the Lord of the harvest for able, faithful, and devoted pastors and teachers (Ephesians 4:11) for us and our children, as well as for the gathering of the elect out of the nations (Matthew 28:19).” A number of ministers are nearing the age of emeritation, and the number of students in the seminary at this time will not be sufficient to fill the upcoming needs of our churches either in our own congregations or in the work of missions. Please remember this urgent need in your prayers and encourage young men whom you observe to have the gifts to consider the ministry.

  • The Seminary faculty along with Trinity PRC Evangelism Committee are busy implementing plans for a Spring 2019 conference to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the great Synod of Dordt, 1618/19 - 2018/19. The following updates are being given:
    Dordt 400: Did you know November 13 1618, 400 years ago, the Synod of Dordt began and didn’t conclude until nearly 6 months and 154 meetings later?! Are you familiar with the preceding history that led to this lengthy meeting? Do you know the week by week events that happened during the Great Synod? Follow that history and join the blog at Dordt400.org to view the weekly events  Synod of Dordt. Stay up to speed in light of Seminary's conference April 25-27 2019.

    Dordt 400 Writing contest:  Don’t forget that the conference also includes a writing contest with great prizes!  Sign up and submit your essay by January 15 at the conference website Dordt400.org

PRC Contact Committee News: Rev. W. Bruinsma and Elder Dave Kregel will attend the 44th annual meeting of NAPARC (North American Presbyterian and Reformed Council) this week Tuesday to Thursday, Nov.13-15 at the Korean American Presbyterian Church in the Philadelphia area.

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*Missionary-pastor E. Singh giving presentation on his work in Kolkata on behalf of Covenant ERC in Singapore.

SISTER-CHURCH NEWS:

  • Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, we may note the following items (From her bulletin today):
    • "We are also thankful to God for the word of God brought by Emeritus Rev. den Hartog for the RDC [Reformation Day Conference]. It is our earnest prayers that God continues to fire in our hearts, the desire to know the great truths of the 16th Century Protestant Reformation; to defend, maintain and live out these vibrant truths in our lives.

    • This Sunday, we await the outcome of the Lord’s will in calling Rev. William Langerak to be the Minister-on-Loan to CERC. Do not be anxious our fellow brethren. God will certainly supply our needs in the way that is
      most honouring and glorifying to His Name; and for the good of His people in CERC. Continue to persevere and trust in His provision and timing. [*Note: Today it was announced that he had declined this call.]

    • *This week we saw the departure of Rev. Immanuel Singh back home. We are deeply thankful to God for his sharing during the Reformation Day Conference (RDC) on his mission work in Kolkata, India. We thank God for giving our missionary pastor, the faithfulness and unrelenting zeal for His work. It was good to learn how God, in His mercies and grace, has protected our Pastor and his family; and has turned the fearful persecution for the good of the Church and His saints. May God be praised! May God be pleased to strengthen the faith of our brethren in Kolkata."

    • Her latest newsletter (OCTOBER 2018) - Reformed News Asia - was recently posted and may be found on this page.

    • The latest young peoples' magazine, Salt Shakers, was received and posted recently (September 2018 - cf. image above). Check that out on this page.
  • The PRC now has an official sister-church relationship with the PRC in the Philippines, confirmed at this year's synod! We rejoice in this evidence of the Lord's blessing on the work in the Philippines and of the unity of Christ's church, which He gathers from all nations, tribes, and tongues. May the Lord grant us a mutually edifying and God-honoring relationship.

  • Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC, we may note the following:
  • The PRC also 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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Would you like to know more about the worship practices of the PRC? Check out the resources on worship in the section noted below*.

SPECIAL NOTICES:

  • *If you are in need of some pamphlets published by the PRC for use in evangelism and/or witnessing, visit the PRCA Evangelism page for a complete list of materials available in digital format or by order from the publishing church. Looking for items on worship in the PRC? Visit this page for more information.

  • You can now listen to the Heidelberg Catechism and the Belgic Confession on audio! Visiit the links provided to hear the Catechism and the Confession read. It's another excellent way to learn the Reformed faith and memorize these Reformed creeds.
  • Looking for Reformed literature and a solid Reformed and biblical magazine to read? Visit the Reformed Free Publishing Association's website (www.rfpa.org), where you will find information on books in all major Christian categories, as well as on the bi-monthly periodical, the Standard Bearer.

  • Have you visited the Reformed Book Outlet in downtown Hudsonville, MI recently? If you or a friend are interested in spiritually edifying music, as well as in Bibles (and Bible study materials!)  and other Reformed literature, do so, or visit their website.

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  • Don't forget to listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday (on radio or on the Internet)! Today Rev. W. Bruinsma (pastor of Pittsburgh PRC) speaks on "Israel Transgresses God's Covenant" based on Hosea 6:7.

  • The RWH has a new, updated website! Please visit reformedwitnesshour.org to watch our introduction video, view pictures and audio from our history, and read and listen to almost 20 years of past radio broadcasts! If you haven’t visited the RWH website recently, now is an excellent time to familiarize yourself with this important radio-internet ministry of the PRC.

  • A new Spanish edition of the RWH is being produced and may be found on this YouTube channel (PRC Espanol). Look for new messages each week - and help spread the word!

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ESPECIALLY FOR PRC YP and YA:

  • The annual young people’s Thanksgiving Mass Meeting will be held at First PRC on November 11 (TODAY!), from 2 to 3 PM, with a speech given by Rev. C. Griess.  Young people are encouraged to attend for a good time of fellowship! Refreshments will follow the meeting.

  • Advance notice! The Loveland Young Adults Retreat is scheduled to occur March 18-21 at the YMCA. The speakers will be Rev. S. Key and Rev. R. VanOverloop. The theme is Ambassadors for Christ, spoken from the text II Corinthians 5:20. More details to follow.

  • Are YOU a subscriber to the PR Young People's magazine, the Beacon Lights? Visit the website and discover why you ought to be.

  • The latest young peoples' magazine of Covenant ERC in Singapore, Salt Shakers, was received and posted recently (September 2018 - cf. image above). Check that out on this page.

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The PR Fellowship in Leyte, Albuera, where Rev. Holstege and Rev. V. Ibe are visiting and holding services this weekend and Lord's Day. (*cf. note below)

MISSION NEWS:

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  • Remember in prayer our home missionary, Rev. A. Spriensma, who continues to labor in the West Michigan area and beyond. That includes the special community Bible study in Dorr, MI, as we learn about in Byron Center PRC's bulletin today: "The Dorr Bible Study meets this Thursday, the 15th, at 7:30 PM. We anticipate discussing John 3:16 and the verses following."

  • From Georgetown PRC comes this note concerning her work in India:

    "The Council of Georgetown PRC will be sending a delegation (Pastor and Mary Haak and Joel and Ellen Bruinooge) this week Wednesday  to the PRC of Vellore India for a three week visit (Nov. 7-27). Pastor Haak will lead seminars for area  pastors and students of the Sola Gratia  Academy in the doctrine of Eschatology, conduct classes in the Tamil and English congregations on the Covenant Family, preach on the Lord’s Day, meet with the PRCV Council, and make visits to the members of the congregation and the children of the GFH. Pray for safety of travel and blessing upon the Word of Truth to the hearts of many."

  • Limerick Reformed Fellowship News: The August 2018 newsletter of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship mission station is now posted on this page.
  • To read Rev. Titus' most recent report on the work going on in Myanmar (May 2018), visit this page.

  • The latest Philippines mission newsletter was received and recently posted (July 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! And don't miss out on the Smits once again too!

  • From this Sunday's bulletins of the Provident Christian Church in Marikina and the Maranatha PRC in Valenzuela, 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. Smit will preach both times today at PCC. Rev. Holstege went with Rev. Ibe to preach for the Protestant Reformed Fellowship in Albuera, Leyte. They will return to Metro Manila, Lord willing, tomorrow night.

      • Next week, Lord willing, Rev. Smit will preach for PCC again. Rev. Holstege was invited and given approval to give a message on the doctrine of unconditional election for the Welfareville Church of Christ in Mandaluyong City.

      • The Wednesday night class will meet this week at 7:30 pm. We will study “the interpretation of prophecy” in Scripture.

    • Maranatha PRC:
      • Today, our Missionary, Rev. D. Kleyn will lead us in both services and after the second service he will teach the Belgic Confession Article 17.

      • Rev. L. Trinidad will speak at the Berean PRC, Antipolo City in both services while Revs. V. Ibe and D. Holstege are now at PRFA in Albuera, Leyte. Let us pray for them as they labor in the vineyard of the Lord.

Let us continue in prayer to the Lord for the fulfillment of 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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Reformed Witness Hour Messages for November 2018

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First PRC of Grand Rapids, MI and the Reformed Witness Hour Committee announce the messages scheduled for November 2018 on the RWH radio/Internet program.

WBruinsma 2017Rev. Bill Bruinsma, pastor of Pittsburgh PRC (Pittsburgh, PA), continues his messages on the covenant for the program, as well as a special Thanksgiving Day message (cf. schedule of messages below).

November 4 - To a Thousand Generations - Psalm 105:6-8

November 11 - Israel Transgresses God's Covenant - Hosea 6:7

November 18 - Jehovah Does What Pleases Him - Psalm 135:5-6

November 25 - Prayer for Restored Joy (Thanksgiving message) - Psalm 51:10-12

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, now in its 77th year of broadcasting the truths of God's sovereign, particular, efficacious grace!

Check out our new website, launched in May of this year!

*We also have a new station in southern California on which we are broadcasting! Here are the details and website: Saturday’s 9:30p – PST on KPRZ 1210 AM & 106.1 FM.  San Diego’s # 1 Christian Teaching Talk station - www.kprz.com

Spread the word and listen in if you are in that area!

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Use the attached flyer (pdf) to spread the news of these important gospel messages!

PO Box 1230, Grand Rapids MI, 49501 | reformedwitnesshour.org | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you wish to be added to the mailing list to receive the printed booklet of the messages each month, send an email to Judi Doezema at doezema at prca.org.

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News from the PRC and Sister-Churches for the Week of November 4, 2018

jeremiah 33 3On this forty-fourth Lord's Day of 2018, November 4, we provide the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, mission fields, and sister churches.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • On October 28 the congregation of Immanuel PRC (Lacombe, AB) voted to extend a call to Rev. Joshua Engelsma (Doon, IA).

  • On October 28 the congregation of Trinity PRC (Hudsonville, MI) voted to call Rev. Brian Huizinga (Hope, Redlands, CA). May the Lord give guidance and wisdom to these pastors to know and do His will for them and for the churches.

  • On October 7 Rev. W. Langerak (SE-GR PRC) received the call through Grandville PRC to serve as minister on loan to Covenant Evangelical Church in Singapore. He has asked for a week extension and now plans to answer by Nov.11.

  • From Immanuel PRC 's bulletin today we learn this about her pulpit supply this month: "We welcome Rev. Ron Hanko and his wife Nancy into our fellowship.  Rev. Hanko will be preaching for us during the month of November and leading catechism classes for us."

  • Covenant of Grace PRC in Spokane, WA is holding her Reformation Day lecture THIS WEEK FRIDAY: This year’s Reformation Lecture, by Rev. R. Kleyn, will be on the subject, “The Canons of Dort: Defending and Defining Grace.” We’ve chosen this topic in connection with the 400 year anniversary of the Great Synod of Dort at which the Canons were written and adopted. The lecture will be on Friday November 9 at 7 PM.

  • From First PRC-GR comes this special invitation: Mexico Presentation is Sunday, November 11, at 7:45 pm at First PRC.  Prof. Cammenga, Rev. Griess and Mr. Doner Bartolon will present information regarding their trip this past summer to the Mexico City area, where they were able to preach and give lectures to saints from two Presbyterian denominations, as well as to professors and students at the John Calvin University. Come and learn about the interest that was expressed by our fellow saints in this country, as well as the possibility of more work that could be done there.

  • Southeast PRC (Grand Rapids, MI) is currently worshiping Adams Christian School in Wyoming, MI, while she looks for a new location for the congregation.

 DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

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PRC Seminary News:

  • Seminary is now in its eleventh week of classses in this first semester. Continue to pray for the professors, students, and staff as they busy themselves in the work of training men for the gospel ministry.

  • The internships of Seminarians Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman began July 1. Sem. Kortus is interning at Trinity PRC under Rev. N. Decker and the Council there. Sem. Maatman is interning at Hudsonville PRC under Rev. G. Eriks and his Council. The internship program runs from July 1 to December 31.

  • The PRC Synod 2018 took a decision urging “the churches and the pastors in particular in their public prayers to pray the Lord of the harvest for able, faithful, and devoted pastors and teachers (Ephesians 4:11) for us and our children, as well as for the gathering of the elect out of the nations (Matthew 28:19).” A number of ministers are nearing the age of emeritation, and the number of students in the seminary at this time will not be sufficient to fill the upcoming needs of our churches either in our own congregations or in the work of missions. Please remember this urgent need in your prayers and encourage young men whom you observe to have the gifts to consider the ministry.

  • The Seminary faculty along with Trinity PRC Evangelism Committee are busy implementing plans for a Spring 2019 conference to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the great Synod of Dordt, 1618/19 - 2018/19. The following updates are being given:
    Dordt 400: Did you know November 13 1618, 400 years ago, the Synod of Dordt began and didn’t conclude until nearly 6 months and 154 meetings later?! Are you familiar with the preceding history that led to this lengthy meeting? Do you know the week by week events that happened during the Great Synod? Follow that history and join the blog at Dordt400.org to view the weekly events  Synod of Dordt. Stay up to speed in light of Seminary's conference April 25-27 2019.

    Dordt 400 Writing contest:  Don’t forget that the conference also includes a writing contest with great prizes!  Sign up and submit your essay by January 15 at the conference website Dordt400.org

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*Recent 31st anniversary photo of Covenant ERC in Singapore, one the "sisters" of the PRC.

SISTER-CHURCH NEWS:

  • *Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, we may note the following items (From her bulletin today):
    • "This past week, we have been busy shuttling to the airport; sending off Rev Holstege and his family on Monday while receiving Rev Singh, Rev Den Hartog and Sherry on Wednesday. We thank God for safe travel for all our ministers and their families. And today we extend our warm welcome and christian fellowship to Rev Singh, Rev Den Hartog and Sherry in our midst. We thank God for Rev Singh for his faithful labours in Kolkata mission field. And we thank God for Rev Den Hartog for his willingness to return to assist us in pulpit supply, teaching classes and speaking in the Reformation Day Conference.

    • Our sister church, Grandville PRC, has informed us that Rev William Langerak will delay his answer to the call to be MOL in Singapore by another week to 11 Nov. Let us continue to pray for Rev Langerak that the Lord will grant him the wisdom to know His will plainly so that he answers the call with a clear conviction of heart. May we put our confidence in God, trusting that His will is always good for His saints and His church, for Jehovah is the all-knowing God.

    • Her latest newsletter (OCTOBER 2018) - Reformed News Asia - was recently posted and may be found on this page.

    • The latest young peoples' magazine, Salt Shakers, was received and posted recently (September 2018 - cf. image above). Check that out on this page.
  • The PRC now has an official sister-church relationship with the PRC in the Philippines, confirmed at this year's synod! We rejoice in this evidence of the Lord's blessing on the work in the Philippines and of the unity of Christ's church, which He gathers from all nations, tribes, and tongues. May the Lord grant us a mutually edifying and God-honoring relationship.

  • Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC, we may note the following:
  • The PRC also 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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Would you like to know more about the worship practices of the PRC? Check out the resources on worship in the section noted below*.

SPECIAL NOTICES:

  • *If you are in need of some pamphlets published by the PRC for use in evangelism and/or witnessing, visit the PRCA Evangelism page for a complete list of materials available in digital format or by order from the publishing church. Looking for items on worship in the PRC? Visit this page for more information.
  • Looking for Reformed literature and a solid Reformed and biblical magazine to read? Visit the Reformed Free Publishing Association's website (www.rfpa.org), where you will find information on books in all major Christian categories, as well as on the bi-monthly periodical, the Standard Bearer.

  • Have you visited the Reformed Book Outlet in downtown Hudsonville, MI recently? If you or a friend are interested in spiritually edifying music, as well as in Bibles (and Bible study materials!)  and other Reformed literature, do so, or visit their website.

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  • Don't forget to listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday (on radio or on the Internet)! Today Rev. W. Bruinsma (pastor of Pittsburgh PRC) continues his four-month service on the program. The title of today's message is "To a Thousand Generations" based on Psalm 105:6-8.

  • The RWH has a new, updated website! Please visit reformedwitnesshour.org to watch our introduction video, view pictures and audio from our history, and read and listen to almost 20 years of past radio broadcasts! If you haven’t visited the RWH website recently, now is an excellent time to familiarize yourself with this important radio-internet ministry of the PRC.

  • A new Spanish edition of the RWH is being produced and may be found on this YouTube channel (PRC Espanol). Look for new messages each week - and help spread the word!

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ESPECIALLY FOR PRC YP and YA:

  • The PRC Singles Weekend Conference is here! Join us Friday, November 9, at Hope School for a gym/game night at 6:00 pm. Speeches will be Saturday, November 10, at Grandville PRC at 11 and 1:30, given by Rev. N. Langerak and Rev. R. Van Overloop. A bonfire/hayride will be Saturday evening and a psalm/hymn sing Sunday evening. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions. Come join us for a blessed time of fellowship with over 60 like-minded singles!

  • The annual young people’s Thanksgiving Mass Meeting will be held at First PRC on November 11, from 2 to 3 PM, with a speech given by Rev. C. Griess.  Young people are encouraged to attend for a good time of fellowship! Refreshments will follow the meeting.

  • Advance notice! The Loveland Young Adults Retreat is scheduled to occur March 18-21 at the YMCA. The speakers will be Rev. S. Key and Rev. R. VanOverloop. The theme is Ambassadors for Christ, spoken from the text II Corinthians 5:20. More details to follow.

  • Are YOU a subscriber to the PR Young People's magazine, the Beacon Lights? Visit the website and find out why you ought to be.

  • The latest young peoples' magazine of Covenant ERC in Singapore, Salt Shakers, was received and posted recently (September 2018 - cf. image above). Check that out on this page.

  • *Girls Conference at Georgetown PRC:  "Shine as Lights in the World" (Grades 9-Post High/College) Nov. 10, 2018.  Good Speakers - Music - Q&A Panel.  Be inspired to live for Jesus boldly by shining His light!  Take a friend or two!  Register: https://shineaslights2018.eventbrite.com   

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The PR Fellowship in Leyte, Albuera, where Rev. Holstege and Rev. V. Ibe will travel this coming weekend and Sunday. (*cf. note below)

MISSION NEWS:

  • Remember in prayer our home missionary, Rev. A. Spriensma, who continues to labor in the West Michigan area and beyond.

  • From Georgetown PRC comes this note concerning her work in India:

    The Council of Georgetown PRC will be sending a delegation (Pastor and Mary Haak and Joel and Ellen Bruinooge) this week Wednesday  to the PRC of Vellore India for a three week visit (Nov. 7-27). Pastor Haak will lead seminars for area  pastors and students of the Sola Gratia  Academy in the doctrine of Eschatology, conduct classes in the Tamil and English congregations on the Covenant Family, preach on the Lord’s Day, meet with the PRCV Council, and make visits to the members of the congregation and the children of the GFH. Pray for safety of travel and blessing upon the Word of Truth to the hearts of many.

  • Limerick Reformed Fellowship News: The August 2018 newsletter of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship mission station is now posted on this page.
  • To read Rev. Titus' most recent report on the work going on in Myanmar (May 2018), visit this page.

  • The latest Philippines mission newsletter was received and recently posted (July 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! And don't miss out on the Smits once again too!

  • From this Sunday's bulletins of the Provident Christian Church in Marikina and the Maranatha PRC in Valenzuela, 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 both times today at PCC. After the first service, we will continue our study of Lesson 6, “The Holy Trinity,” in the Essentials class. Next week, Lord willing, Rev. Smit will preach both times for PCC.

      • The Wednesday night class will meet this week at 7:30. We will study “the interpretation of miracles” in Scripture.

      • *From this Friday (Nov. 9) till next Monday (Nov. 12), Lord willing, Rev. Holstege will accompany Rev. Ibe to Leyte to preach for the Protestant Reformed Fellowship of Albuera.

    • Maranatha PRC:
      • Today, our Pastor, Rev. L. Trinidad will lead us in both services and after the second service he will teach the Eschatology.
      • Next week: Rev. D. Kleyn will lead us in both services and he will continue teaching the Belgic Confession.
      • Rev. L. Trinidad will speak at the Berean PRC, Antipolo City in both services while Revs. V. Ibe and D. Holstege will be at PRFA in Albuera, Leyte. Let us pray for them as they labor in the vineyard of the Lord.

Let us continue in prayer to the Lord for the fulfillment of 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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Reformed News Asia - October 2018

Issue 51 - October 2018
Pamphlets

We print pamphlets written by our members and those from other Reformed churches of like-minded faith. They include a wide range of topics from doctrines to church history and practical Christian living. These pamphlets serve to promote knowledge of the true God as expressed in the Reformed faith.
NEWPamphlet!
Ageing
By Rev. den Hartog Arie & Lubbers MaryBeth

"Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not..."  
Psalm 71:18 

"For I know [Abraham], that he will command his children and his household after him...."
Genesis 18:19 

Click hereto view our catalogue of pamphlets.

Click here to make an order.

All pamphlets are free. CERC reserves some discretion regarding large orders and/or orders from those outside Singapore.
 
Featured Book
For local orders (S'pore), please contact Ms Daisy Lim at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
For international orders, click here.
Grace and Assurance
by Martyn McGeown

From the RFPA website:

In 1618-19 the great Synod of Dordt met to counter the Arminian error that was threatening the peace and welfare of the Reformed churches in the Netherlands. The fruit of their deliberations was the Canons of Dordt, a creed which has defined the Calvinist, Reformed faith for centuries.

This accessible commentary on the Canons leads readers through the comforting message of the creed: being wholly saved by God’s grace—not one’s own merit—comes with the steadfast assurance of eternal and unchangeable election.

 
Audio Recordings
Click to listen to some sermons from 1 Timothy by Rev Joseph Holstege

The Salvation of the Chief Sinner
Male Leadership in Public Worship
The Women Called To Learn Quietly


 
 
Upcoming Events!
 
Reformation Day Conference 2018

Come join us in commemorating Reformation day this November!

Details in the poster below.
 
Vacation Bible School 2018

Details for VBS 2018 are out!

Date: 11 - 13 Dec 2018
Theme: Are you a Christ-like Giver?
Text: Eph 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour.
Location: CERC
Registration: 4 - 25 Nov 2018

For further queries please contact Cheryl, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
CKCKS Camp 2018

The annual CKCKS Camp is back again! Save the dates!

Dates: 19-22 Dec 2018
Location: Pasir Ris Aloha Loyang

More details to be out soon!
 
Past Events...
 
CERC 31st Anniversary

CERC celebrated her 31st anniversary on 23rd September, under the theme 'Wall of Fire' (Zec 2:5). An exhortation was given by Elder Lee, followed by song presentations and a video which consist of greetings from friends and sister churches. The cake this year was surrounded by some very exciting candles and firecrackers. We are thankful to God for His grace and presevation yet another year, in providing for our needs and keeping us as a faithful church. May we continue to do everything for God's glory.
Church photo!
Exhortation by Elder Lee
Song presentation by the youths
The very exciting anniversary cake
CERC's session members
 
Visiting Ministers

We welcomed Rev Daniel Kleyn, his wife Sharon; Rev Spriensma, his wife Alva; and Rev Joseph Holstege, his wife Lisa and their son, Jacob over the past 2 months into our midst. Thank God for their dedicated labour and that we could receive the word of God through the faithful preaching. 

Once again, we are very grateful to God for the pulpit supply over the year. May we continue to pray and trust in God in all matters. 
Rev Daniel Kleyn and Sharon at Glowing Candles Bible Study
Rev Joseph Holstege, Lisa and Jacob trying local food
 
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Salt Shakers

Salt Shakers is a bi-monthly magazine published by the youth in Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church (CERC). Included in each issue are writings pertaining to bothReformed doctrine and practical theology. Contributors to Salt Shakers include our pastor, youth and members of CERC, and pastors and professors from the Protestant Reformed Churches in America. Salt Shakers also features articles from the Standard Bearer and other Reformed publications. Click here to access.

 
Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church
We are a Reformed Church that holds to the doctrines of the Reformation as they are expressed in the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism and the Canons of Dordt.

Lord's Day services on Sunday at 930 am & 2 pm ~ 11 Jalan Mesin, #04-00, Standard Industrial Building, Singapore 368813 ~ Pastor: Rev Andy Lanning  ~ www.cerc.org.sg 
 
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TONIGHT! Crete IL PRC Hosting Reformation Lecture Commemorating Dordt 400th - Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Crete PRC in Crete, IL is hosting her annual Reformation Day lecture this evening, Oct.31.

This year, Prof. Douglas Kuiper, professor of Church History and NT Studies in the PRC Seminary, will be speaking on  “Controversy Regarding Sovereign Grace:  The Synod of Dordt and its Relevance for Today.”  The lecture will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at Crete PRC at 7:00 PM.  The event will be live-streamed on our website  www.prccrete.org.

Below is the flyer she has prepared to promote the event. The public is cordially invited.

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News from the PRC and Sister-Churches for the Week of October 28, 2018 *(Updated)

Rom3 24 1On this forty-third Lord's Day of 2018, October 28, we provide the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, mission fields, and sister churches.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • This morning Rev. N. Decker will be installed as Grandville PRC's fourth pastor (in her history). Rev. K Koole will lead the morning worship service for Rev. Decker's installation. Rev. Decker will lead the evening worship service preaching his inaugural sermon.

  • The Council of Immanuel PRC (Lacombe, AB) has formed a new trio from which to call a pastor: Revs. Joshua Engelsma (Doon, IA), Erik Guichelaar (Randolph, WI), and Martin VanderWal (Wingham, ON).  *The congregation voted to call Rev. J. Engelsma.

  • The Council of Trinity PRC has announced the following trio from which to call her next pastor:  Rev. Josh Engelsma (Doon, IA), Rev. B. Huizinga (Hope, Redlands, CA), and Rev. W. Langerak (Southeast, GR). *The congregation voted to call Rev. B. Huizinga.

  • On October 7 Rev. W. Langerak (SE-GR PRC) received the call through Grandville PRC to serve as minister on loan to Covenant Evangelical Church in Singapore. He plans to answer by Nov.4.

  • We also congratulate Rev. W. Bruinsma and his wife Mary (currently pastor of Pittsburgh PRC) as he marks 40 years in the ministry this month. He was ordained in Faith PRC in October of 1978. We thank the Lord for His goodness to them and to us in giving him 40 years of faithful service to the churches and our mission work. May the Lord continue to bless and strengthen him for the work that remains. "How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!' (Romans 10:15)

  • Having recently sold and vacated her former church building, Southeast PRC (Grand Rapids, MI) is currently worshiping Adams Christian School in Wyoming, MI.

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  • This being Reformation remembrance month, these churches still have Reformation lectures approaching. If you are in the area of one of them, you are cordially invited and encouraged to attend:
    • Crete PRC (Crete, IL): This year, Professor Kuiper will be speaking on “Controversy Regarding Sovereign Grace:  The Synod of Dordt and its Relevance for Today.”  The lecture will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at Crete PRC at 7:30PM.  The event will be live-streamed on our website  www.prccrete.org.
    • Covenant PRC (Spokane, WA): This year’s Reformation Lecture, by Rev. R. Kleyn, will be on the subject, “The Canons of Dort: Defending and Defining Grace.” We’ve chosen this topic in connection with the 400 year anniversary of the Great Synod of Dort at which the Canons were written and adopted. The lecture will be on Friday November 9 at 7 PM.

 DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

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PRC Seminary News:

  • Seminary is now in its tenth week of classses in this first semester. Classes resume Tuesday (Oct.30) after a two-day reading recess (Oct.25,26). Continue to pray for the professors, students, and staff as they busy themselves in the work of training men for the gospel ministry.

  • The internships of Seminarians Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman began July 1. Sem. Kortus is interning at Trinity PRC under Rev. N. Decker and the Council there. Sem. Maatman is interning at Hudsonville PRC under Rev. G. Eriks and his Council. The internship program runs from July 1 to December 31.

  • The PRC Synod 2018 took a decision urging “the churches and the pastors in particular in their public prayers to pray the Lord of the harvest for able, faithful, and devoted pastors and teachers (Ephesians 4:11) for us and our children, as well as for the gathering of the elect out of the nations (Matthew 28:19).” A number of ministers are nearing the age of emeritation, and the number of students in the seminary at this time will not be sufficient to fill the upcoming needs of our churches either in our own congregations or in the work of missions. Please remember this urgent need in your prayers and encourage young men whom you observe to have the gifts to consider the ministry.

  • The Seminary faculty along with Trinity PRC Evangelism Committee are working on plans for a Spring 2019 conference to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the great Synod of Dordt, 1618/19-2018/19. The following updates are being given:
    Dordt 400: Did you know November 13 1618, 400 years ago, the Synod of Dordt began and didn’t conclude until nearly 6 months and 154 meetings later?! Are you familiar with the preceding history that led to this lengthy meeting? Do you know the week by week events that happened during the Great Synod? Follow that history and join the blog at Dordt400.org to view the weekly events  Synod of Dordt. Stay up to speed in light of Seminary's conference April 25-27 2019.

    Dordt 400 Writing contest:  Don’t forget that the conference also includes a writing contest with great prizes!  Sign up and submit your essay by January 15 at the conference website Dordt400.org

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*The Provident Christian Church in Marikina, the Philippines, one of the congregations with whom the PRCA now has sister-church relation. Missionary-pastor D. Holstege is focusing his labors in this church.

SISTER-CHURCH NEWS:

  • *The PRC now has an official sister-church relationship with the PRC in the Philippines, confirmed at this year's synod! We rejoice in this evidence of the Lord's blessing on the work in the Philippines and of the unity of Christ's church, which He gathers from all nations, tribes, and tongues. May the Lord grant us a mutually edifying and God-honoring relationship.

  • Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC, we may note the following:
  • Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, we may note the following items (from her bulletin today):
    • From the CERC bulletin today:

"This Lord’s Day is the last Lord’s day Rev Joseph Holstege, his wife Lisa and their son, Jacob will be with us. They will be flying off on Monday 6.30am back to the States. We again are thankful to God that we could receive the word of God through the faithful preaching from the pulpit."

"This week we also welcome Rev den Hartog and Shirley back in our midst. We are thankful that they are back to assist us again. Rev den Hartog, besides assisting us with the pulpit supplies, catechism and pre-confession class teaching for the next six weeks, he will also be the speaker for the Reformation Day Conference on 3rd November 2018."

    • Rev. W. Langerak (SE-GR PRC) has received the call (Oct.7)  through Grandville PRC to serve as minister on loan to Covenant Evangelical Church of Singapore.

    • Her latest newsletter (AUGUST 2018) - Reformed News Asia - was recently posted and may be found on this page.

    • The latest young peoples' magazine, Salt Shakers, was received and posted recently (September 2018 - cf. image above). Check that out on this page.
  • The PRC also 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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What will you "take up and read" this month in connection with the celebration of the great Reformation of the 16th century? We have plenty of pamphlets and articles available! (*see below)

SPECIAL NOTICES:

  • *If you are in need of some pamphlets published by the PRC for use in evangelism and/or witnessing, visit the PRCA Evangelism page for a complete list of materials available in digital format or by order from the publishing church. That also includes many items related to the Reformation of the 16th century. Visit these pages for more information.
  • Looking for Reformed literature and a solid Reformed and biblical magazine to read? Visit the Reformed Free Publishing Association's website (www.rfpa.org), where you will find information on books in all major Christian categories, as well as on the bi-monthly periodical, *the Standard Bearer.

  • Have you visited the Reformed Book Outlet in downtown Hudsonville, MI recently? If you or a friend are interested in spiritually edifying music, as well as in Bibles (and Bible study materials!)  and other Reformed literature, do so, or visit their website.

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  • Don't forget to listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday (on radio or on the Internet)! Today Rev. W. Bruinsma (pastor of Pittsburgh PRC) continues his four-month service on the program. The title of today's special Reformation message is "The Scripture: God's Word" based on 2 Pet.1:20-21.

  • The RWH has a new, updated website! Please visit reformedwitnesshour.org to watch our introduction video, view pictures and audio from our history, and read and listen to almost 20 years of past radio broadcasts! If you haven’t visited the RWH website recently, now is an excellent time to familiarize yourself with this important radio-internet ministry of the PRC.

  • A new Spanish edition of the RWH is being produced and may be found on this YouTube channel (PRC Espanol). Look for new messages each week - and help spread the word!

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ESPECIALLY FOR PRC YP and YA:

  • The annual young people’s Thanksgiving Mass Meeting will be held at First PRC on November 11, from 2 to 3 PM, with a speech given by Rev. C. Griess.  Young people are encouraged to attend for a good time of fellowship! Refreshments will follow the meeting.

  • Are YOU a subscriber to the PR Young People's magazine, the Beacon Lights? Visit the website and find out why you ought to be.

  • The latest young peoples' magazine of Covenant ERC in Singapore, Salt Shakers, was received and posted recently (September 2018 - cf. image above). Check that out on this page.

  • *Girls Conference at Georgetown PRC:  "Shine as Lights in the World" (Grades 9-Post High/College) Nov. 10, 2018.  Good Speakers - Music - Q&A Panel.  Be inspired to live for Jesus boldly by shining His light!  Take a friend or two!  Register: https://shineaslights2018.eventbrite.com   

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MISSION NEWS:

  • Dorr library 2Remember in prayer our home missionary, Rev. A. Spriensma, who continues to labor in the West Michigan area and beyond. In that connection we find this note in Byron Center PRC's bulletin of today: "The Dorr Bible Study meets this Thursday, November 1, at 7:30 PM. We resume our discussion at John 3:14, with Jesus' speaking to Nicodemus. All are welcome to join us at the library and bring friends and neighbors."

  • Limerick Reformed Fellowship News:
    • The August 2018 newsletter of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship mission station is now posted on this page.

  • To read Rev. Titus' most recent report on the work going on in Myanmar (May 2018), visit this page.

  • The latest Philippines mission newsletter was received and recently posted (July 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! And don't miss out on the Smits once again too!

  • From this Sunday's bulletins of the Provident Christian Church in Marikina and the Maranatha PRC in Valenzuela, 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 both times today at PCC. He will preach next Sunday too, Lord willing. After the first service, we will begin Lesson 6, “The Holy Trinity,” in the Essentials of Reformed Doctrine class.

      • This Saturday at 10 am, the children’s catechism class will meet, DV. The students should learn Lesson 8 in NT History for Juniors and do the written work.

    • Maranatha PRC:
      • Rev. D. Kleyn will lead us in both services and after the second service he will teach the Belgic Confession Class Articles 15 and the following.

      • Rev. L. Trinidad will teach the Children’s Catechism. The Consistory will meet this afternoon.
      • The Classis will meet this Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 9:00 in the morning and the venue is at MPRC, Valenzuela City.

Let us continue in prayer to the Lord for the fulfillment of 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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