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News from the PRC and Sister-Churches for the Week of May 5, 2019

Ps27 4On this eighteenth Lord's Day of 2019, May 5, the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, sister churches, and mission fields may be mentioned.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • On April 28 Rev. C. Spronk (Faith PRC, Jenison, MI) received the call from Immanuel PRC (Lacombe, AB).

  • Last Sunday (April 28) Rev. W. Langerak preached his farewell sermon in SE PRC (Grand Rapids, MI). Next Sunday morning (May 12), with Prof. D. Kuiper leading the service, he will be installed as the third pastor in Trinity PRC's history (Hudsonville, MI).

  • The Council of Southeast PRC has announced a new trio from which to call her next pastor: Revs. B. Huizinga (Hope, Redlands, CA), Rev. R. Kleyn (Covenant of Grace, Spokane, WA) and Rev. J. Mahtani (Cornerstone, St. John, IN).
  • Georgetown PRC (Hudsonville, MI) has this special notice in her bulletin concerning an upcoming public event:

    India Program: Georgetown PRC invites you to a slide program on the work of the PRCV of Vellore India in the spread of the Reformed faith Sunday, May 12, at 8:00 pm at Georgetown PRC. Pastor Paul Raj will relate the history of the Vellore Congregation, the outreach into Hindu villages with the Reformed faith, the training of area pastors, the group of doctors and students from the Christian Medical College and their zeal for the faith, and the present opposition of the Indian government to Christianity.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

Classis East:

  • Classis East has its regular spring meeting this Wednesday at Georgetown, at 8:00 a.m. In addition to the regular business there are two protests, one appeal, and one overture. Pray for wisdom, love, and truth to be granted to the delegates.

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*Special guests at the seminay this past week - students from Heritage Christian HS in Dyer, IN

PRC Seminary News:

  • The seminary has now completed fourteen weeks of the second semester, with one week of regular classes before exams. Our seniors are busy prepping for their synodical exam in mid-June, while the underclassmen are busy preparing for finals and their major papers. Pray for the faculty and students that they may finish the semester well.

  • On Thursday morning May 2, a group of students from Heritage Christian High School in Dyer, IN visited the seminary as part of a church history tour (see picture above). The students participated in devotions, sat in on two classes, and enjoyed pizza with us for lunch. This week the seminary will host the 4th grade class from Hope PR Christian School.

  • Work continues on the Spring 2019 issue of the PRTS Journal. Look for that in upcoming weeks!
  • If you have not yet done so, visit the new PRC seminary website! There are many new features and updates, including a blog. Visit the site and check out the various pages - and sign up to receive seminary news by email! The library is also online there (under Resources). If you are looking for a particular book to read or use, or just want to browse, visit the library page.
  • Work continues on the seminary addition project, both inside and out (new archives and offices) even though it was a wet week. This past week more of the interior walls were framed, and preparation work was done for the HVAC systems. Plans and preparations continue for the library renovation part of the project this summer (starting as soon as the semester is completed!). Visit the seminary news section for pics and more information.

  • *Special notice: Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2019 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 31st.

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*Rev. L. Trinidad and Rev. V.Ibe with Dan Pastoor at the seminary's Dordt400 conference

SISTER-CHURCH NEWS:

  • Berean/Maranatha PRCs:
    • *Rev. V. Ibe and Rev. L. Trinidad returned to the Philippines this week after their time in the U.S. to attend the Dordt400 conference sponsored by PR Seminary.
  • Rev. Daniel & Sharon Kleyn are currently on an extended furlough in the U.S. (until June 18). Per the decision of the PRC Synod of 2018, "the purpose of the furlough is to give Rev. Kleyn time to take some courses with a view to obtaining an advanced degree, to prepare classes to be taught in the PRCP [Philippines] seminary in the future, and to give both Rev. & Sharon opportunity to be refreshed and to reconnect with family."

  • And for more on the life and work of our "sisters" in the Far East read the news under Philippine missions (bulletins).
  • Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, we may note the following:
    • Rev. A. denHartog and his wife are currently serving in the congregation.
    • Her latest newsletter (February 2019) - Reformed News Asia - was posted recently posted and may be found on this page.
    • The last issue of the young peoples' magazine, Salt Shakers (April 2019) may be found on this page. 
  • Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC, we may note the following:
    • Prof. D. Engelsma and his wife remain in N. Ireland yet today, while Rev. Stewart and Mary were in the U.S. for the seminary Dordt400 conference. This is the final Sunday Prof. Engelsma is preaching on Romans 7.

    • Covenant PRC's latest newsletter was received and posted (December 2018).
    • Read the latest issue of Covenant Reformed News! That issue (March 2019) can be found here.
  • *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 also.
    • Rev. Mark Shand and his wife Susie were recenbtly in the U.S. for the PRC Seminary Dordt400 conference in Michigan.

    • The EPCA has this special notice, especially for our young people and young adults: The Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Australia would love to invite any young people and young adults aged 13 and up to their biennial youth camp. This youth camp will be held in Brisbane from the 28th of December 2019 - 3rd January 2020. Rev. Martyn McGeown from the Limerick Reformed Fellowship of the Republic of Ireland will be our guest speaker. This is a great time to meet other young people, fellowship with them and learn about our Saviour. Please contact Megan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a flyer or for additional information.

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Why do we have our children stay in the church services with the adults? Visit this page to find out!

SPECIAL NOTICES:

  • If you are in need of some pamphlets and/or articles 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.

  • Would you like to read good Reformed literature and a solid Reformed and biblical magazine? 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.

  • If you are in West Michigan, be sure to visit the Reformed Book Outlet in downtown Hudsonville, MI! The RBO is a great source for Bibles, Bible study materials, music, cards, RFPA books, and other Reformed literature; stop at the RBO, or visit their website. For the April newsletter, see the attachment to this post.

  • You can now listen to the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession, and the Canons of Dordt on audio! Visit the links provided to hear the Catechism, the Confession, and the Canons read by Elijah Roberts. It's another excellent way to learn the Reformed faith and memorize these Reformed creeds.

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ESPECIALLY FOR PRC Young People and Young Adults:

  • NEWS about the 2019 PRYP's Convention:
    • Southwest & Providence PRCs are hosting the 2019 PRC Young People's Convention on August 12-16, the Lord willing.  The convention will be held at Michindoh Conference Center in Hillsdale, MI.

    • The 2019 convention registration is now open for conventioneers!  All information is available on the convention website. Please use this website to complete your registration and all necessary forms that go with it. We are looking forward to a great week of fellowship and fun! Registration for chaperones is now open!  Please visit our website at prcconvention.com to register.

  • Lynden PRC Young Adults Retreat updates: Registration for our 2019 retreat has been opened. Thank you to all that have registered already.  Come join us July 1-5, for a week filled with spiritual encouragement, white water rafting, campfires, hiking and other fun activities with like-minded believers! Check out our website (https://lyndenprcya.wixsite.com/mysite) to register and for more details. We also have a Facebook page (Lynden PRC Young Adults Retreat 2019). Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions you may have. We look forward to hosting all of you in Washington!

  • The EPCA has this special notice, especially for our young people and young adults: The Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Australia would love to invite any young people and young adults aged 13 and up to their biennial youth camp. This youth camp will be held in Brisbane from the 28th of December 2019 - 3rd January 2020. Rev. Martyn McGeown from the Limerick Reformed Fellowship of the Republic of Ireland will be our guest speaker. This is a great time to meet other young people, fellowship with them and learn about our Saviour. Please contact Megan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a flyer or for additional information.

  • Special notice (Don't forget the need is great!): Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2019 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 31st.

  • *The latest young peoples' magazine of Covenant ERC in Singapore, Salt Shakers, was received and posted (April 2019 - cf. image above). Check that out on this page.

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*Pastor Paulraj teaching his Sola Gratia Class to men in Vellore
(cf. note below)

PRC MISSION NEWS:

Domestic Labors:

  • Remember in prayer our home missionary, Rev. A. Spriensma, who continues to labor in the West Michigan area and beyond through Byron Center PRC, the calling church.

United Kingdom:

  • Limerick Reformed Fellowship News:
    • A regular activity noted in her bulletin: "Bible Study: Tuesday 8 PM in Corbally beginning at 1 Peter 4:1."
    • The March 2019 newsletter of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship mission station was received and posted recently.

Philippine Missions:

  • The last Philippines mission newsletter was received and posted back in January 2019 and may be found on this PRC webpage.

  • For more on life and activities in the Philippines from the personal perspective of the missionary's, visit the Kleyn's blog, the Holstege's, and the Smits!

  • From this Sunday's bulletin of Provident Christian Church in Marikina we find the following notes concerning her pastor as well as concerning our missionaries and their labors today and in this coming week:
    • "Rev. Holstege will preach both times today and next Sunday, Lord willing. The second service today will also be preparatory for the Lord’s Supper.
    • Beginning today, there will be a collection on the first Sunday of every month for the “Seminary Student Assistance Fund.” Please prayerfully consider your offering to support our future seminary students.
    • If there are men who desire to enter the seminary who still have questions about the entrance requirements, please contact Bro. Sonny Umali (clerk of Committee #1)."

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.

India:

  • *Let us remember to pray for the Lord's blessing on Georgetown PRC's labor in Vellore, India. From GT-PRC's bulletin today we find this special notice: " Georgetown PRC invites you to a slide program on the work of the PRCV of Vellore India in the spread of the Reformed faith Sunday, May 12, at 8:00 pm at Georgetown PRC. Pastor Paul Raj will relate the history of the Vellore Congregation, the outreach into Hindu villages with the Reformed faith, the training of area pastors, the group of doctors and students from the Christian Medical College and their zeal for the faith, and the present opposition of the Indian government to Christianity."
  • Pastor Paul Raj is keeping busy in other ways too while in the U.S., as this note from GT-PRC's bulletin this week indicates: "Pastor Raj Schedule - Today Pastor Raj worships in Cornerstone, IN. PRC and gives a presentation of his work after their evening service. Last night he accompanied pastor Mahtani on a monthly Bible Study with 6 families from India now living in Aurora, IL. Monday morning he will give a chapel in Crete PR School and on Tuesday afternoon at Adam’s school."

  • And we remember our sister church's work (CERCS) in Kolkata, through Rev. E. Singh. This missionary-pastor just gave a presentation on his work there at Byron Center PRC (April 28) while here for the seminary's Dordt400 conference.

Myanmar:

  • Let us also remember Hope PRC's (Grand Rapids, MI) support of and involvement with Rev. Titus' work in Myanmar; for his latest report, visit this page. Rev. Titus was also here for the Dordt400 conference.
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Reformed Witness Hour Messages for May 2019

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First PRC of Grand Rapids, MI and the Reformed Witness Hour Committee announce the messages scheduled for May 2019 on the RWH radio/Internet program.

RKleyn RWHRev. Rodney Kleyn, pastor of Covenant of Grace PRC PRC (Spokane, WA), concludes his four months of service to the program with messages on the theme of love based on I Corinthians 13 (cf. schedule of messages below).

May 5 - Love Hopes All Things, 1 Corinthians 13:7

May 12 - Love Endures All Things, 1 Corinthians 13:7

May 19 - Love Never Fails, 1 Corinthians 13:8

May 26 - The Permanence of Love, 1 Corinthians 13:8-11

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 78th year of broadcasting the truths of God's sovereign, particular, efficacious grace!

Visit our website for the latest podcast and for other news and information!

*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!

And don't forget our Spanish programs on YouTube!

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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.

*Special RWH newsletter note: Did you know that Reformed Witness Hour messages are downloaded each month by saints all over the world—saints living in South Africa, Cambodia, Nigeria, and China? If you would like to stay informed about the reach of this distinctly Reformed radio and internet ministry and about ways you can support this witness, sign up at http://eepurl.com/gikNsL for a bimonthly newsletter.

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Reformed News Asia - April 2019

 
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Issue 54 - April 2019
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!
Unity of the Church
By Various Authors

"I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."
Ephesians 4:1-3

Where this unity is established there is no schism, no conflict, no warfare; rather, peace reigns. All disrupting forces have been eradicated. Harmony, tranquillity, unanimity prevail. When the Spirit of unity takes hold of us, members of Christ's church, then we, too, endeavour to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Then we make every effort, strive diligently to guard the unity which the Spirit has wrought.

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.
The Royal Sufferer
by Herman Hoeksema
 

From the RFPA website:

Christ is and was the king…
…whose kingdom is not of this world, and who rejected all the glory that this world offers.
…who refused to allow the Jews to crown him king, though he was the King of the Jews.
…who fought alone, without an army.
…who was arrested by his own people, and mocked by the representatives of the Roman Empire, the great earthly kingdom of that day.
…who was crucified because he was King, and remained King when he died.
…who, being risen and ascended, is the King of kings and Lord of lords.
To this divinely anointed King, this book is witness. Behold your King, and worship him!

 
Audio Recordings
Click to listen to the series of sermons by Rev Arie Den Hartog

Jesus At The Last Passover With His Disciples
Jesus In Gethsemane
Jesus At Calvary
The Miracle of Jesus' Resurrection
 
Upcoming Events!
 
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CERC Church Camp 2019

Some details of this year's church camp are as follows. More details will be announced closer to the date. 

Date: 10-13 June 2019
Venue: Pulai Spring Resort, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Theme: Holiness: "Walking in the Spirit" - Gal 5:16.
Speaker: Rev. A. den Hartog
 
 
Past Events...
 
Infant Baptism of Jeshurun

We were blessed to witness the Infant Baptism of Jeshurun, son of Yang Zhi and Nicolle! We rejoice with them, thanking God for adding to the church and praying for God's blessings upon them as they bring up their covenant child in the fear of the Lord. The applicatory sermon preached under the title  'Daily Performing Our Vows', Psalm 61:8 can be found here. May we examine ourselves also and glorify God as we perform our vows.
 
 
Gospel Meeting 2019

This year, our Gospel Meeting was given by Rev Arie Den Hartog, under the theme of 'The Suffering Servant of God', taken from Isaiah 53:1-5 and can be found here. Thank God for sending His Son to die on the cross for us! Thank God for the good time of fellowship also and we welcome many visitors. 
 
Wedding of Jonah and Zhi Leng

This April, Jonah and Zhi Leng were united in holy matrimony. We rejoice with them and pray the Lord's blessings upon their union!

"For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church." Ephesians 5:31-32
 
 
Notes
 
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: Vacant  ~ www.cerc.org.sg 
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PRC and Sister-Church News for the Week of April 28, 2019

for lo the winter is pastOn this seventeenth Lord's Day of 2019, April 28, the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, sister churches, and mission fields may be mentioned.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • On April 21 Rev. C. Spronk (Faith PRC) declined the call from Grandville PRC to serve as minister-on-loan to Covenant ERC in Singapore.

  • The Council of Immanuel PRC (Lacombe, AB) has announced a new trio from which to call a pastor: Revs. M. McGeown (Limerick RF), C. Spronk (Faith PRC) and M. VanderWal (Wingham PRC, ON). The congregation was to vote this afternoon after the service. Also, from her bulletin today comes this note: "We welcome Rev. Dennis Lee to our pulpit again this Sunday.  We are thankful that he could preach, teach, and lead for us!  May the Lord be with him now as he returns to his pastorage at Bethel."

  • Rev. W. Langerak preached his farewell sermon in SE PRC (Grand Rapids, MI) this evening. A farewell program and light luncheon was held after the service.

  • Having accepted the call to Trinity PRC (Hudsonville, MI), Rev. Langerak will be installed as her next pastor on May 12 in the morning worship service. He will preach his inaugural sermon that evening.

  • Kalamazoo PRC has this special public invitation in her bulletin: “Contact in Mexico" Program is Friday, May 3, at 7:00 pm at Kalamazoo PRC (4515 Green Acres Drive, Kalamazoo).  This projected picture presentation will be given by Rev. C. Griess.  Refreshments will be served."
  • Georgetown PRC (Hudsonville, MI) has this special notice in her bulletin concerning an upcoming public event:

    India Program: Georgetown PRC invites you to a slide program on the work of the PRCV of Vellore India in the spread of the Reformed faith Sunday, May 12, at 8:00 pm at Georgetown PRC. Pastor Paul Raj will relate the history of the Vellore Congregation, the outreach into Hindu villages with the Reformed faith, the training of area pastors, the group of doctors and students from the Christian Medical College and their zeal for the faith, and the present opposition of the Indian government to Christianity.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

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*Panel discussion moderated by Prof. R. Dykstra, part of this past week's Dordt400 Conference sponsored by the PR Theological Seminary.

PRC Seminary News:

  • *The big news item this past week was the seminary's Dordt400 Conference held at Trinity PRC (Hudsonville, MI) Thursday night through Saturday morning (April 25-27). The event was a wonderful success, thanks to great faculty planning and fantastic help from the host Trinity PRC's Evangelism Committee. The conference was well attended, with foreign visitors from 8 countries and many from throughout the U.S. as well as from the West Michigan area. The speeches and historical presentations were instructive and inspiring. Look for these to become available soon on the special website as well as on the seminary's website. For more details and pictures, visit this special news item.

  • The seminary has now completed thirteen weeks of the second semester, with two weeks to go before exams. Besides their teaching this past week, the professors were busy with the Dordt400 Conference held this past weekend. Students have just completed the second round of practice preaching (April 15 and 22).

  • The schedule of courses and calendar of events for this semester may be found on this page. If you would like to visit for a day or a class, call or email the seminary secretary, Sharon Kleyn.

  • This week Thursday the seminary will host students from Heritage PR Christian High School in Dyer, IN. They will be visiting classes and participating in a local church history tour.

  • Work has begun on the Spring 2019 issue of the PRTS Journal. Look for that in upcoming weeks!
  • If you have not yet done so, visit the new PRC seminary website! There are many new features and updates, including a blog. Visit the site and check out the various pages - and sign up to receive seminary news by email! The library is also online there (under Resources). If you are looking for a particular book to read or use, or just want to browse, visit the library page.
  • Work continues on the seminary addition project, both inside and out (new archives and offices) as better spring conditions have arrived. This past week more of the interior walls were framed, while more of the metal siding was installed outside. Plans and preparations continue for the library renovation part of the project this summer (starting as soon as the semester is completed!). Visit the seminary news section for pics and more information.

  • *Special notice: Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2019 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 31st.

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Foreign visitors at the PRC Seminary Dordt400 Conference this past weekend receive thanks and farewell from Prof. B. Gritters (cf. seminary news above). Several representatives from our sister churches were in attendance (cf, notes below).

SISTER-CHURCH NEWS:

  • Berean PRC:
    • Rev. V. Ibe and Rev. L. Trinidad are in the U.S. to attend the conference sponsored by PR Seminary on the 400th Anniversary of the Synod of Dordt 1618-1619 on April 25-27, 2019. They leave on Wednesday (April 24) and plan to go back in Manila on (May 1, 2019) the Lord willing.

    • Rev. Ibe is scheduled to preach at First PRC in their morning worship service and at Grace PRC in their evening worship service today.

  • Maranatha PRC:
    • Rev. L. Trinidad is in the U.S. to attend the PRC Seminary's conference. Rev. R. Smit is leading both services today.

    • The Classis of the PRCP will hold their regular meeting on June 12, 2019 at the Berean PRC, Mayamot, Antipolo City.

  • Rev. Daniel & Sharon Kleyn are currently taking an extended furlough in the U.S. (until June 18). Per the decision of the PRC Synod of 2018, "the purpose of the furlough is to give Rev. Kleyn time to take some courses with a view to obtaining an advanced degree, to prepare classes to be taught in the PRCP [Philippines] seminary in the future, and to give both Rev. & Sharon opportunity to be refreshed and to reconnect with family."

  • And for more on the life and work of our "sisters" in the Far East read the news under Philippine missions (bulletins).
  • *Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, we may note the following items from her bulletin today (April 28):
    • Last Sunday Rev. C. Spronk (Faith PRC) announced his decline of the call from Grandville PRC to serve as minister-on-loan to Covenant ERC in Singapore. In light of that, her bulletin today had this good note:

Pray for Grandville PRC that God will guide their consistory in forming a new trio for the congregation to
vote to call the MOL to Singapore. Despite the decline of the MOL call by the various ministers thus far, may
we have the confidence to trust that the Lord’s will is always good for us and God works all things for His
glory. May God grant us grace to be patient in waiting for God to call His appointed under-shepherd to our
congregation in due time. And may we be thankful to God for our sister-church relationship with the PRCA
who has been diligently and faithfully providing us with pulpit supply since the beginning of last year.

    • Her latest newsletter (February 2019) - Reformed News Asia - was posted recently posted and may be found on this page.

    • The last issue of the young peoples' magazine, Salt Shakers (April 2019) may be found on this page. 
  • Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC, we may note the following:
    • Prof. D. Engelsma and his wife remain in N. Ireland to preach and teach while Rev. A. Stewart is in the U.S. attending the PRC Seminary's Dordt400 conference.

    • Covenant PRC's latest newsletter was received and posted (December 2018).

    • Read the latest issue of Covenant Reformed News! That issue (March 2019) can be found here.
  • *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 also.
    • Rev. Mark Shand and his wife Susie are in the U.S. for the PRC Seminary Dordt400 conference in Michigan.

    • The EPCA has this special notice, especially for our young people and young adults: The Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Australia would love to invite any young people and young adults aged 13 and up to their biennial youth camp. This youth camp will be held in Brisbane from the 28th of December 2019 - 3rd January 2020. Rev. Martyn McGeown from the Limerick Reformed Fellowship of the Republic of Ireland will be our guest speaker. This is a great time to meet other young people, fellowship with them and learn about our Saviour. Please contact Megan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a flyer or for additional information.

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Have you read and studied the Canons of Dordt in connection with her 400th anniversary? Visit this page to do so!

SPECIAL NOTICES:

  • If you are in need of some pamphlets and/or articles 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.

  • Would you like to read good Reformed literature and a solid Reformed and biblical magazine? 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.
  • If you are in West Michigan, be sure to visit the Reformed Book Outlet in downtown Hudsonville, MI! The RBO is a great source for Bibles, Bible study materials, music, cards, RFPA books, and other Reformed literature; stop at the RBO, or visit their website. For the April newsletter, see the attachment to this post.

  • You can now listen to the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession, and the Canons of Dordt on audio! Visit the links provided to hear the Catechism, the Confession, and the Canons read by Elijah Roberts. It's another excellent way to learn the Reformed faith and memorize these Reformed creeds.

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*New issue of Salt Shaker magazine available!

ESPECIALLY FOR PRC Young People and Young Adults:

  • NEWS about the 2019 PRYP's Convention:
    • Southwest & Providence PRCs are hosting the 2019 PRC Young People's Convention on August 12-16, the Lord willing.  The convention will be held at Michindoh Conference Center in Hillsdale, MI.

    • *The 2019 convention registration is now open for conventioneers!  All information is available on the convention website. Please use this website to complete your registration and all necessary forms that go with it. We are looking forward to a great week of fellowship and fun! Registration for chaperones is now open!  Please visit our website at prcconvention.com to register.

  • Lynden PRC Young Adults Retreat updates: Registration for our 2019 retreat has been opened. Thank you to all that have registered already.  Come join us July 1-5, for a week filled with spiritual encouragement, white water rafting, campfires, hiking and other fun activities with like-minded believers! Check out our website (https://lyndenprcya.wixsite.com/mysite) to register and for more details. We also have a Facebook page (Lynden PRC Young Adults Retreat 2019). Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions you may have. We look forward to hosting all of you in Washington!

  • Young Calvinists  invites you to "Taste of India" to be held at Georgetown PRC on May 3 at 6:00 PM. We will begin with an authentic Indian dinner at 6 sharp, followed by a presentation documentary on Grace Foster Home of Vellore, India. Pastor Paul Raj will be there for Q&A afterwards. Please RSVP at bit.ly/ycevent. This event is for Young People and Young Adults. See you there! 

  • The EPCA has this special notice, especially for our young people and young adults: The Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Australia would love to invite any young people and young adults aged 13 and up to their biennial youth camp. This youth camp will be held in Brisbane from the 28th of December 2019 - 3rd January 2020. Rev. Martyn McGeown from the Limerick Reformed Fellowship of the Republic of Ireland will be our guest speaker. This is a great time to meet other young people, fellowship with them and learn about our Saviour. Please contact Megan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a flyer or for additional information.

  • *Special notice (Don't forget the need is great!): Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2019 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 31st.

  • Are YOU a subscriber to the PR Young People's magazine, the Beacon Lights? Visit the website and learn how to become one!

  • *The latest young peoples' magazine of Covenant ERC in Singapore, Salt Shakers, was received and posted (April 2019 - cf. image above). Check that out on this page.

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*Missionary-pastor E. Singh
giving a presentation in Covenant ERCS in 2015 (cf. note below)

PRC MISSION NEWS:

Domestic Labors:

  • Remember in prayer our home missionary, Rev. A. Spriensma, who continues to labor in the West Michigan area and beyond through Byron Center PRC, the calling church. In Byron PRC's bulletin today we see this note about his activities: "Missionary Spriensma is preaching this weekend in the Hope PRC of Redlands, California and doing a mission presentation."

United Kingdom:

  • Limerick Reformed Fellowship News:
    • The March 2019 newsletter of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship mission station was received and posted recently.
    • This past week (April 25) Rev. McGeown spoke on “The Development of God’s Covenant (5): Jacob” in Margam Community Centre (S. Wales).

Philippine Missions:

  • The last Philippines mission newsletter was received and posted back in January 2019 and may be found on this PRC webpage.

  • For more on life and activities in the Philippines from the personal perspective of the missionary's, visit the Kleyn's blog, the Holstege's, and the Smits!

  • From this Sunday's bulletin of Provident Christian Church in Marikina we find the following notes concerning her pastor as well as concerning our missionaries and their labors today and in this coming week:
    • "Rev. Holstege will preach both times today and next Sunday, Lord willing.

    • The third and final meeting of PCC’s Council and Committee #2 of the PRCP was completed last week. We are thankful to God for the good outcome of these meetings and look forward, according to the will of our Father in heaven, to be received as the fourth congregation of the PRCP this June.

    • Last Friday was the deadline for men in our churches to apply for entrance to the seminary in the year 2019-2020. If there are any more questions about the seminary entrance requirements, please contact Bro. Sonny Umali (clerk of Committee #1). May the Lord guide the paths of those men who desire to be ministers in the PRCP but who were not yet ready to enter the seminary this year."

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.

India:

  • Let us remember to pray for the Lord's blessing on Georgetown PRC's labor in Vellore, India. From GT-PRC's bulletin today we find this special notice: " Georgetown PRC invites you to a slide program on the work of the PRCV of Vellore India in the spread of the Reformed faith Sunday, May 12, at 8:00 pm at Georgetown PRC. Pastor Paul Raj will relate the history of the Vellore Congregation, the outreach into Hindu villages with the Reformed faith, the training of area pastors, the group of doctors and students from the Christian Medical College and their zeal for the faith, and the present opposition of the Indian government to Christianity."

  • *And we remember our sister church's work (CERCS) in Kolkata, through Rev. E. Singh. From Byron Center PRC's bulletin today we find this notice: "We welcome Rev. Emmanuel Singh to our worship and fellowship this evening. Rev. Singh is the missionary of CERC in Singapore, laboring in Kolkata (Calcutta), India. As a token of their love for Byron Center PRC, the mission fellowship in Kolkata has sent a large handmade card with greetings to our congregation and signatures of the members of the fellowship. Take a look on the back table near the mailboxes when you get a chance. If any of the children in the congregation would like to color a picture or write a brief note to the saints in Kolkata, put them in the Lannings' mailbox or drop them off at the parsonage by Wednesday evening this week, and we will send them back to Kolkata with Rev. Singh. After the evening service, Rev. Singh will give a brief presentation of how God led him personally to the Reformed faith, and will update us on his work in Kolkata. Welcome, Rev. Singh!"

Myanmar:

  • Let us also remember Hope PRC's (Grand Rapids, MI) support of and involvement with Rev. Titus' work in Myanmar; for his latest report, visit this page. Rev. Titus is also here for the Dordt400 conference.
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PRC Seminary's Dordt400 Conference: A Blessed Event *(Updated with Pictures)

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*UPDATE: [The PRC Seminary's Dordt400 Conference is now over and it was a blessed event. Look for pictures below and for more details on the seminary's blog.]

This weekend is the PRC Theological Seminary's Dordt400 Conference!

After months of planning and preparing, the big event is finally here! This Thursday night through Saturday morning, April 25-27, at Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI, join the faculty, foreign speakers and friends, PRC members, and many others for edifying speeches, instructive presentations, and blessed fellowship - all centered on the theme of "Dordt400: Safe-guarding the Reformed Tradition."

The conference will be a humble remembrance and celebration of the defense of God's sovereign, particular grace through the "Great Synod" of Dordt held in the Netherlands from Nov.1618 to May 1619. All sessions are open to the public (no registration). We hope that you will join us.

TrinityPRC new sanctuary 2018

The venue is the new sanctuary and newly renovated fellowship room of Trinity PRC near downtown Hudsonville, MI (north side of Chicago Dr., off School St., 3385 Van Buren 49426).

The presenters are a blend of the seminary's faculty, PRC ministers, and foreign participants (cf. flyer below).

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The schedule of events may be found below as well as on the conference website.

DORDT400 CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Trinity Protestant Reformed Church

3385 VanBuren Hudsonville MI 49426

All three days will be live-streamed at Trinity PRC's SermonAudio channel.

THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2019

7:00: PM Welcome and Devotions

7:15: PM Who is Jacob Arminius? (Historical snippets on PowerPoint by Prof. R. Dykstra)

7:30: PM The Canons as the Original Five Points of Calvinism - Rev. A. Stewart

8:30: PM Closing

8:45: PM Refreshments

FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2019

8:30: AM Devotions

8:45: AM Rev. Johannes Bogerman, President - Prof. R. Dykstra

9:00: AM Warring a Good Warfare with the Canons - Rev. B. Huizinga

10:00: AM Break

10:30: AM The Foreign Delegates - Prof. R. Dykstra

10:45: AM The Unfeigned Call of the Gospel - Rev. M. Shand

11:45: AM Closing

12:00: PM Lunch (not provided)

1:15: PM Devotions

1:30: PM Commissioning A New Bible Translation - Prof. R. Dykstra

1:45: PM The Doctrine of the Covenant in the Canons - Prof. D. Kuiper

2:45: PM Break

3:15: PM High Majesties: The States General - Prof. R. Dykstra

3:30: PM The Polity of Dordt: Om Goede Orde in de Gemeente Christi te Onderhouden - Rev. Wm. Langerak

4:30: PM Closing

4:45: PM Supper (not provided)

7:00: PM Protestant Reformed Student Orchestra

7:30: PM Devotions

7:45: PM Promoting Christian Schools - Prof. R. Dykstra

8:00: PM Illustrating and Recommending the Grace of Election - Dordt's Doctrine of Reprobation - Prof. R. Cammenga

9:00: PM Closing

9:15: PM Refreshments

SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2019

8:30: AM Devotions

8:45: AM The Conclusion of the Canons - Prof. R. Dykstra

9:00: AM Assurance: Sovereign Grace's Speech to the Heart - Prof. B. Gritters

10:00: AM Break

10:30: AM Q & A - Round Table

11:30: AM Writing contest prizes

11:45: AM Concluding comments, prayer

12:15: PM Refreshments

Come for all or part of the conference! Hope to see you there!

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Below are a few pictures taken at the conference:

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Prof. R. Dykstra at the opening of the conference

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Rev. A. Stewart (Covenant PRC, N. Ireland) speech on "The Canons as the Orignial 'Five Points' of Calvinism" - Thursday evening

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Full fellowship room, Thursday night at Trinity PRC

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Some of the Dordt artifacts on display, including a Dordt400 T-shirt!

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Rev. B. Huizinga (Hope PRC, Redlands, CA) giving his Friday monring speech on "Warring a Good Warfare with the Canons"

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Rev. M. Shand delivers his speech on "The Unfeigned Call of the Gospel."

DK speech Fri
Prof. D. Kuiper speaking Friday afternoon on "The Doctrine of the Covenant in the Canons."

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PR Student Orchestra performing to open Friday evening's program

 RC speech Fripm
Prof. R. Cammenga speaking on "Illustrating and Recommending the Grace of Election: Dordt's Doctrine of Reprobation."

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The speakers sit on a Q&A panel moderated by Prof. R. Dykstra - Saturday morning

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Prof. B. Gritters gives thanks for and bids farewell to the foreign visitors - men and women from 8 countries came!

 narthex fellowship
Some narthex fellowship - so much of this was experienced and enjoyed!

DK leaving car
Some were still promoting the conference as they left it!

New Salt Shakers Magazine - April 2019

SS April 2019 cover 2"Covenant Keepers", the youth ministry of the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church of Singapore (our sister church), has now released the April 2019 issue of "Salt Shakers" (#54),their youth magazine.

The APRIL 2019 issue of "SS" is once again filled with interesting and instructive articles, and our PRC young people especially are encouraged to make it part of their reading content.

Below you will find a note from the "SS" Committee introducing the contents of this issue and images of the cover and table of contents. The entire issue is also attached here in pdf form.

Dear readers,

Our second issue of the year is here! An assortment of Reformed, Christian literature awaits your spiritual consumption; download the PDF attachment below!
May the LORD continue to use the magazine for your spiritual profit and the glory of His name.
 In Christ,
Lim Yang Zhi, On Behalf of the Salt Shakers Committee

Inside the April Issue:

~ Giants Contending for the Faith

~ Wisdom (2): Wisdom and the Tongue

~ Heroes of the Faith - Barak

~ Homosexuality: What Does the Bible Teach (2)

~ Going Green in the Right Direction

~ Godly Zeal in the Second Generation (2)

~ Fellowship and the Incarnation

~ How the Reformed Faith Arrived in Kolkata

~ New from the Churches

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