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Fall Lecture in Kalamazoo This Friday: "Calamities: Our Father, Has the Answers!"

KPRC-LectureFlyer-Nov2013 Page 1FALL LECTURE sponsored by Kalamazoo PRC: Do things happen by chance? Does everything have a reason? What comfort is there in the calamities of life? You are invited to hear Rev. Ronald Van Overloop, pastor of Grace PRC (Standale, MI) speak on: "Calamities: The Mighty God, Our Father, Has The Answers!" this Friday, November 8, 2013 at 7:30p.m. at Covenant United Reformed Church, 3724 Lovers Lane, Kalamazoo, MI.Refreshments will be served afterward. Come and enjoy an edifying lecture and godly fellowship!

Rev VanOverloop

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Monthly Trip to Negros, the Philippines - Bacolod City and Sipalay

BacolodCity group-2013The week of October 21, 2013 our two missionaries in the Philippines, Rev.R.Smit and Rev.D.Kleyn, made their monthly trip to Negros and Southern Negros Occidental to carry on their labors among the people and pastors in Bacolod City and Sipalay. Through their blog Rev. and Mrs. Kleyn took us along on the journey southward.You are encouraged to visit that blog post and take the trip with them, as they show us the scenes along the way and the labors in which they are involved in teaching Reformed doctrine and Reformed church government.

Remember to keep these men and their wives and families in prayer as they make many sacrifices to bring the gospel of sovereign grace to these more remote areas of the Philippines. And pray also for those who hear the gospel, that they might be convicted of its truth, embrace it with believing hearts and minds, and walk in its light. 

The picture above is of the group in Bacolod City. Below is Missionary R.Smit teaching his classes on church government.

RSmit teaching in Sipalay-2013

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FMC Delegation to Visit Myanmar

LaningJamesRev. Jim Laning (Hull PRC, IA) and Rev. Cory Griess (Calvary PRC, Hulll, IA), on behalf of the Foreign Mission Committee, leave this week for Myanmar where they will spend a week visiting with contacts and hosting a conference with a view to fulfilling the mandate that synod gave to the FMC in Article 33 of the 2013 Acts of Synod. Please remember these pastors in prayer as they travel and labor in Myanmar and leave their families behind.  Lord willing they will depart on Thursday, November 7, and will return on Saturday, November 16. Contacts from 6 different regions of the country (roughly about 40 men) will be traveling (some of them a considerable distance), to meet with them and to receive instruction. RevCGriess

The decision of the 2013 PRC Synod in Art.33 was as follows:

That Synod approve the FMC sending a delegation to investigate and to advise synod about possible labors in Myanmar without the presence of full-time missionaries. 

Four grounds:

a. There is no opportunity presently to send American missionaries to labor full-time in Myanmar.

b. It may be possible to send regular delegations to give instruction to native Burmese pastors.

c. Rev.Titus informs us that he has numerous contacts in Myanmar who are seeking instruction in the truth of the Reformed faith. It would be good for us to investigate this by sending a delegation to do some preliminary mission work among the saints there.

d. Rev.Titus, whose native languages are Chin and Burmese, is also able to speak English fluently, thus making it possible for us to speak to the saints in Myanmar, whether they speak in Burmese or in Chin.

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Special Reformation Issue of "The Standard Bearer" Now Available!

IMGThe latest issue of The Standard Bearer is out and it is the annual special Reformation issue! This year its feature is the 450th anniversary of the Heidelberg Catechism, with the magazine containing five of the six speeches given at the recent PR Seminary Conference marking this noteworthy event (the sixth will be published in a later issue of the "SB"). In addition, for the meditation feature, this special issue contains a specially transcribed and edited Heidelberg Catechism sermon on Lord's Day 1 preached by Rev. Herman Hoeksema. "Belonging to Christ" is its theme.

To obtain your copy of this issue and to subscribe to this Reformed magazine, visit the "SB" website. You will find this issue and this magazine an edifying addition to your religious library.

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Reformed Witness Hour - November Message Titles

Nov2013Flyer-WBruinsma Page 1WBruinsma-2The Reformed Witness Hour announces its messages for the month of November 2013. Our speaker will once again be Rev.Wilbur (Bill) Bruinsma, PRC missionary-pastor laboring in Pittsburgh, PA, who will be continuing his series on Isaiah 40 as well as delivering a special Thanksgiving message from Proverbs. The four titles to his messages are displayed here.

November 3 - Isaiah 40:18-21: No Likeness Compared to God
November 10 - Isaiah 40:22-24: Jehovah: the Sovereign King
November 17 - Isaiah 40:25-26:  The Strong and Holy One
November 24 - Proverbs 15:16, 17:  The Source of a Happy Heart
 
 
We encourage you to visit the RWH website to find out on what stations the program is broadcast, so that you can listen to these messages for your spiritual growth. And at the RWH website you will also find the archived messages, which you may listen to and download.
 
If you wish to print the flyer to the right, you will find it attached in pdf form.
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Reformation Day 2013: PRC Commemorations!

Luther95Theses-1This Thursday, October 31, 2013, marks the 496th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. As is their custom, the PRC commemorate this event in a variety of ways, usually with a program which includes a lecture. This year is no exception. The PR Seminary marked it last weekend with a major conference in connection with the 450th anniversary of the Heidelberg Catechism. At least one other congregation (Bethel PRC, Roselle, IL) already held their Reformation Day event. And this week and next six PR congregations and one mission station will hold lectures with a Reformation theme. In addition, our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, held a two-day conference this past weekend and our other sister church in N.Ireland, Covenant PRC, Ballymena, will also sponsor one this Friday, Nov.1.

Below are the events planned by these churches as found on the PRC calendar. We hope that you will attend one of the events if possible to celebrate the great work of God in reforming His church according to the Word of God.

 

Reformation Day: October 31, 7:30 PM, at Covenant PRC, Spokane, WA. Rev. Ron Hanko (Lynden, WA PRC) will be here to speak on "Calvin's Doctrine of the Church."

 

Crete PRC Evangelism Committee invites you and your family to our Reformation Day lecture to be held on Reformation Day, October 31 at Crete P.R.Church at 7:00 P.M., D.V. Mr. Joshua Engelsma, fourth year student of our Protestant Reformed Seminary who is currently interning at Peace Protestant Reformed Church will speak on “Simon van Velzen: Watchman on the Walls of God’s Zion.” We invite you to join us as we celebrate Reformation Day.

 

The annual Fall Lecture will be held November 1, 2013 at Heritage PRC (Sioux Falls, SD) at 7:30 p.m.  All are encouraged to attend to hear Prof. Russell Dykstra speak on the topic of "The Reformation's Zeal for Christian Schools".  A collection will be taken for the Association for PR Education in Sioux Falls.

 

Immanuel PRC of Lacombe AB is again sponsoring a Reformation Day lecture.  "450 Years of Comfort: The Heidelberg Catechism", a Reformation Day Celebration. Thursday, October 31, at 7:30 p.m. Rev.T.Miersma will be speaking.

 

Reformation Lecture: The Lynden PRC Evangelism Committee is planning a lecture to be held in our church on Friday, November 1, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Rev. R. Kleyn will speak on the theme, "Martin Luther: Father of the Reformation".

 

The PR Fellowship in Pittsburgh, PA will be hosting a Reformation Day lecture both in Cranberry Township, PA on October 30 and in our Fellowship in Pittsburgh on November 1. Missionary-pastor W.Bruinsma will speak on the subject:  "Why the Reformation Was Necessary."  Both lectures will begin at 7 PM.  The lecture in Cranberry Township will be held in Four Points by Sheraton in the Cranberry Room.

 

The Consistory of Wingham PRC (On, Canada) is sponsoring a Reformation Day lecture on Friday evening, November 8, at 8:00 pm. Our speaker will be Mr. Adrian Stoutjesdyk, of the Trinitarian Bible Society. He will speak on the history of Bible translation, how many men sacrifice their lives to bring the Bible to peoples in their own languages, including our English. There will be a time for questions after the lecture and refreshments will be served.

 

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