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New Ministerial Calls Extended by SW and Zion PRCs

Jer3 15 pastorsTwo PRC congregations voted to extend new calls for pastors this week.

On Tuesday night, March 7, Zion PRC (Hudsonville, MI) voted to call Rev. Carl Haak (Georgetown PRC).

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On Wednesday night, March 8, Southwest PRC (Wyoming, MI) voted to call Rev. Steven Key (Loveland, CO PRC).

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May the Lord of the church make His will known to these men, and give them grace to follow that will.

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News from Classis West, March 1, 2017 - Stated Clerk's Report

News From Classis West

    HopeRedlandsPRCClassis West met on Wednesday, March 1, in Redlands, CA.  Visiting Redlands for Classis in early March is a nice break for many of the delegates.  Delegates who live in colder climates enjoy a break from winter’s cold, and all enjoy a break from the normal routine of work.  The fellowship was warm, both in temperature and in spirit.
    Attended by two delegates from each church, and chaired by Rev. Kuiper, Classis treated both routine and weighty matters.
    Weighty were two matters of discipline regarding which a consistory sought Classis’ advice.  After hearing of the extensive work of the consistory regarding the two baptized members, Classis advised the consistory to proceed to erasure in both cases.
    Routine were the reports of the stated clerk, classical committee, church visitors, and reading sermon committee.  The church visitors reported using the text Deuteronomy 17:18-20 and the theme “An Officebearer’s Dependence On the Word of God” for their visits.  They testified to finding “unity, peace, and love prevailing in our congregations,” with the officebearers “faithfully carrying out the duties of their offices according to their abilities.”  Carrying out this aspect of mutual oversight, the visitors incurred expenses of $6,430.75.
    Not routine, and also weighty, were two requests from ministers, coming through their consistories, to be declared emeritus.  Rev. T. Miersma, presently serving Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, requested emeritation due to age (66) and increasing physical limitations and infirmities.  Classis granted this request and will forward it to synod for final approval.  Rev. R. Hanko, presently serving our congregation in Lynden, WA, also requested emeritation.  His stated reason for his request was neither age nor health, but his desire to be closer to his son Neal who lives in Spokane.  Most of us are aware that Neal has special needs which require him to live in an institution.  Classis rejected Rev. Hanko’s request as not satisfying the requirements of Article 13 of our Church Order.  Classis also advised Rev. Hanko and Lynden’s consistory regarding several specific issues which any future request for early emeritation must address.
    Routine, for the March meeting, was the treatment of subsidy requests.  Six churches requested subsidy for 2018, for a total of $276,055.  Two churches asked for the same amount of subsidy as in 2017; two asked for more than 2017, explaining their reasons; two asked for less.  Each church submitted financial documents supporting its request, as well as a letter explaining what efforts it was making to reduce the amount of subsidy it needs.  All six requests were approved and forwarded to synod.
    Also routine was the task of voting for various classical functionaries.  For three year terms, Rev. C. Griess was appointed to the classical committee, Rev. D. Kuiper as stated clerk, and Rev. J. Marcus as assistant stated clerk.  Revs. A. Brummel, S. Key, R. Kleyn, and D. Kuiper were appointed church visitors for the coming year, with Revs. J. Laning and T. Miersma as alternates.  Classis appointed Revs. S. Key and N. Langerak to three year terms as primus and secundus synodical deputy, which appointment requires the final approval of synod before going into effect.
    Ministers delegated to synod were Revs. B. Huizinga, S. Key, R. Kleyn, D. Kuiper, and J. Laning, with Revs. A. Brummel, J. Engelsma, C. Griess, N. Langerak, and J. Marcus as their alternates.  Elder delegates are Robert Brands (Loveland), Keith Bruinsma (Peace), Henry Ferguson (Edmonton), Chester Hunter (Edgerton), and Alan Meurer (Bethel).  Should they be unable to attend, they will call on their alternates, who are Rod Griess (Loveland), Loren Gritters (Hull), Steve Huizenga (Crete), Ed Stouwie (Crete), and Ed VanEgdom (Heritage).
    The expenses of this meeting totaled $10,985.41.
    The fall meeting of Classis is scheduled for September 27, 2017, hosted by Hull PRC.
    We thank God for the traveling mercies He gave the delegates and for the brotherly spirit that prevailed at the meeting.  And we - delegates not only, but all members of the PRC - now earnestly beseech Him to use the decisions which were made for the good of our churches, and to give those affected by these decisions the grace to receive them in a humble and willing spirit.
    Rev. Douglas Kuiper, Stated Clerk

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PRC Congregational, Classis, and Mission News - March 5, 2017

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On this Lord's Day of March 5, 2017 the following news items from the PRC congregations and mission fields may be noted:

Congregational News:

  • The Council of the newly organized Zion PRC has formed a trio of Rev. G. Eriks (Hudsonville, MI), Rev. C. Haak (Georgetown- Hudsonville, MI), and Rev. R. Kleyn (Covenant of Grace- Spokane, WA.) The congregation plans to call this Tuesday, March 7.
  • SW PRC's Council has formed a new trio from which the congregation will call a new pastor.  The ministers are Rev. Steve Key (Loveland), Rev. William Langerak (SE), and Rev. Jon Mahtani (Cornerstone). The congregation will vote after the Prayer Day service this Wednesday, March 8.

Mission and Evangelism News:

  • The congregation of Byron Center PRC voted on Feb.26 to call Rev. W. Langerak to serve as home missionary.
  • Grace PRC's Spring Lake (MI) Bible Study will meet Tuesday evening, March 7, at 7 PM and will consider Genesis 3:21ff. (Meets in the public library)

Classis West News (this information was taken from church bulletins in Classis West. Look for the official stated clerk's report in the Classis West section soon):

Classis West met this past Wednesday in Redlands, CA. In closed session Classis advised a consistory to proceed with the erasure of two of their baptized members. Classis approved the emeritation request of Rev. Miersma and the consistory of Immanuel PRC and passed this along to Synod for final approval. If approved, Rev. Miersma plans to lay down his work in September. Classis rejected the emeritation request of Rev. Hanko and the consistory of Lynden PRC due in part to the fact that the documents submitted did not adequately demonstrate how he has been rendered incapable of performing his work. Subsidy requests for six congregations were approved and forwarded to Synod. Voting for synodical delegates resulted in the following men being chosen: Revs. Huizinga, Key, Kleyn, Kuiper, and Laning; Elders Robert Brands (Loveland PRC), Keith Bruinsma (Peace PRC), Henry Ferguson (Edmonton PRC), Chester Hunter (Edgerton PRC), and Al Meurer (Bethel PRC). Classis is scheduled to meet again on September 27 in Hull PRC.

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Reformed Witness Hour Messages for March 2017

First PRC of Grand Rapids, MI and the Reformed Witness Hour Committee announce the messages scheduled for March 2017 on the RWH radio program.

revrkleynRev. Rodney, pastor of Covenant of Grace PRC in Spokane, WA, continues his four-month service for the RWH program with a new series on the law of God. This month he will cover the 4th through the 7th commandments.

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 76th year of broadcasting the truths of God's sovereign, particular, efficacious grace!

Below are the messages scheduled for this month, also in flyer form (attached in pdf).

March 5, 2017 - Sunday: a Day of Rest, Exodus 20:8-11

March 12, 2017 - Honor Father and Mother, Exodus 20:12

March 19, 2017 - Do Not Murder!, Exodus 20:13

March 26, 2017 - Sexual Purity, Exodus 20:14

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Did you know the RWH also has a new Facebook page? Visit it for the latest news and information on our program.

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Reformed News Asia - February 2017

Issue 38 - February 2017
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.
FEATURED Pamphlet!
Precious Pearls for Young Believers
By Daisy Lim

"The author of this little booklet writes out of the experience of one who has been and still is battling with cancer. Her sickness and treatments took her away from her work, but drove her to the Scriptures, and, by means of the Scriptures, drove her to her God.  She has chosen to share the riches she discovered in God’s Word with us." 

This pamphlet is primarily written for new believers. Readers are urged to read this with their Bibles open and refer to the many passages quoted and understand the context. The Word of God will instruct us in things concerning God's will for us. A beneficial seven part series that instructs us regarding regarding walking with God.

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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.
Corrupting the Word of God
by Herman Hanko & Mark H. Hoeksema

From the RFPA website:

"Does the eternal, unchangeable, all-powerful, and sovereign God really have a temporal, changeable and weak desire to save those whom he has unconditionally reprobated (Rom. 9:22), for whom the Son did not die (John 12:31) and whom the Holy Spirit will not regenerate, sanctify or glorify (John 3:8)?

Pelagianism, semi-Pelagianism, Roman Catholicism, Lutheranism, Anabaptism, Arminianism, Amyraldism, and Marrowism say yes to the well-meant offer of the gospel. The biblical, Augustinian, Reformed, and creedal position is no!

Emeritus professor of church history, Herman Hanko, guides us through fascinating doctrinal controversies in the early, Reformation and modern eras of the church, taking us to North Africa, Switzerland, France, England, Scotland, the Netherlands, and America, and emphasizing the teaching of the great theologians, such as Augustine and John Calvin, on God’s particular grace, which is always irresistible and never fails or is frustrated.

In dealing with the historical perspective of God's absolutely sovereign grace versus the well-meant offer, this book fills a gap in the literature, and does so in a way that is warm and easily understood."

 
Audio Recordings
According to the Chinese calendar, this year is the year of the rooster. While we do not hold to superstitious beliefs concerning the zodiac, it was an opportune moment to preach on a famous passage in Scripture involving the rooster: Matt 26:69-75

Peter Denies Jesus - click to listen!

 
Upcoming Events!
 
Church Camp 2017

Here's some early publicity for our annual church camp! In case you're making plans to attend, here are the details:

Dates: 12-15 June 2017
Location: Awana, Genting Highlands (Malaysia)
Speaker: Rev Andy Lanning

For more information, please contact Boaz Leong at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Straight off the website: "At Awana, comfort is rivalled only by the view. Indulge in five-star luxury while enjoying the breathtaking view of a majestic mountain range, and make full use of our 18-hole golf course, heated swimming pool, and other sports facilities."

http://www.rwgenting.com/hotel/awana-hotel/

 
Past Events...
 
Infant Baptism of Hannah Lee
The Lord has once again blessed CERC with growth, this time from within. We rejoice with Michael and June Lee in the infant baptism of their daughter Hannah.

Psalter 359, Stanzas 3 & 4

Lo, children are a great reward,
A gift from God in very truth;
With arrows is his quiver stored
Who joys in children of his youth.
 
And blest the man whose age is cheered
By stalwart sons and daughters fair;
No enemies by him are feared,
No lack of love, no want of care.

 
Chinese New Year Visitation
Two homes were opened this year for our annual church CNY visitation - Roy and Poh Choo's and Paul and Anthea's. As per previous years, the event was filled with food (spiritual and physical), fun, and fellowship!
Singspiration at Roy and Poh Choo's. Spot the Chinese songs!
 
Visitors from USA!
So we've been keeping fairly busy with a steady stream of visitors. After the Lentings and Bodbyls, we had Dave and Linda Poortinga (Loveland PRC) as well as Jeff Kotman (Providence PRC). Right now, we're enjoying the fellowship of Jim Van Overloop (Faith PRC). Here are some snapshots of our activities.
Dave and Linda Poortinga at the Tans' for Chinese New Year visitation.
Jeff Kotman joining the young people at Sungei Buloh Wetlands for an outing
Jim Van Overloop on a hike at MacRitchie tree top walk with fellow adventurers
Psalm 119:63 I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts.
 
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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PRC Congregational, Classis, and Mission News - February 26, 2017 *(Updated)

On this final Lord's Day of February 2017, the following PRC news roundup can be given:

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The new congregation (February 2017) of Zion PRC, Jenison, MI

Congregational News:

  • The Council of Zion PRC has formed a trio of Rev. G. Eriks (Hudsonville, MI), Rev. C. Haak (Georgetown- Hudsonville, MI), and Rev. R. Kleyn (Covenant of Grace- Spokane, WA.) The congregation plans to call on Tuesday, March 7.
  • UPDATE: SW PRC's Council has formed a new trio from which the congregation will call a new pastor.  The ministers are Rev. Steve Key (Loveland), Rev. William Langerak (SE), and Rev. Jon Mahtani (Cornerstone). The congregation will vote after the Prayer Day service on March 8.

Classis News:

  • Classis West will meet this Wednesday, March 1, in Hope PRC Redlands, CA.  On the Classical agenda are requests for emeritation from two pastors, in addition to subsidy requests and voting for synodical delegates and classical committees.  We pray for safe travels for the delegates and for wisdom in their deliberations.
  • Classis East - OFFICE BEARERS CONFERENCE:  On May 9, at 7:00 pm, the Byron Center PRC Council invites all past and current office bearers to an officebearer's conference to hear a timely speech regarding an increasingly important issue in the world around us, but also behavior that has found its way into God's church. Professor David J. Engelsma has agreed to speak on "Pastoral Treatment of Spousal (wife) Abuse in the PRC".  A time for Q & A and fellowship will follow the speech. All men desiring to serve in God's church are also welcome, regardless of having previously served. Please mark your calendars to keep this date open.

Mission News:

  • Byron Center PRC has formed a new trio from which to call a home missionary. It is made up of Revs. C.Haak (Georgetown PRC), S.Key (Loveland PRC), and W. Langerak (SE PRC, Grand Rapids, MI). The congregation will call this evening after her service. UPDATE: Rev. W. Langerak received this call.
  • The Classis of the PRC in the Philippines met this past Saturday, February 25, in Maranatha PRC. Reports from the PRCP bulletins indicate that the business was routine.
  • From Provident Christian Church's bulletin we learn that new missionary-pastor D. Holstege is leading both services today. In addition, we read: "This Thursday evening Bible study class is scheduled for this week (March 2) at 7:30 pm. Rev. Holstege will continue the exposition of the Canons of Dordt beginning at Head I, Article 14."

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  • Did you know that the Holstege's also have their own blog on Philippine life and labors? Check it out for another perspective like that of the Kleyns.
  • And from Maranatha PRC's bulletin we read this note: "Today Rev. D. Kleyn will lead our First and Second services. He will continue the lesson on Church Order." [For their afternoon Bible study]
  • May God continue to bless the labors of our two missionaries in that part of the world. Are we remembering to pray for them?

 

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