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PRC Weekly Congregational, Denominational, and Sister-Church News - December 17, 2017 *(Updated)

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On this Lord's Day of December 17, 2017 we note the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, mission fields, and sister churches.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • On Dec.14 the congregation of First PRC (Grand Rapids, MI) voted to call Rev. C. Griess (Calvary PRC, Hull, IA) to serve as her next pastor.
  • The Council of SW PRC (Wyoming, MI) announces a new trio from which to call a pastor: Rev. A. Brummel (Heritage PRC); Rev. J. Mahtani (Cornerstone PRC); and Candidate David Noorman. Her congregational meeting will be held this afternoon (Dec.17). *UPDATE: Candidate D. Noorman has received this call.
  • Rev. B. Feenstra was ordained and installed as the sixth pastor in Immanuel PRC's history (Lacombe, AB) last Sunday (Dec.10). This morning he preaches his inaugural sermon.
  • From Loveland PRC's bulletin this week we learn that Candidate Jonathan Langerak will be filling her pulpit the next two weeks, including Christmas and New Year's days, as Rev. S. Key is away.

DENOMINATIONAL and SISTER-CHURCH NEWS

  • For the latest news from our sister church, Covenant ERC in Singapore, visit this page for the November 2017 issue of Reformed News Asia. You may also visit the blog of Mrs. S. Lanning, "Stories from Singapore."
  • From SW PRC's bulletin of today we find this significant note re her emeritus pastor and our sister church in Singapore:

    Pastor den Hartog has been asked by the Contact Committee of our denomination to serve our sister church in Singapore (the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church of Singapore) for an extended period. CERCS will be without its own pastor after Rev. Andrew Lanning leaves this month to take up a call to Byron Center Protestant Reformed Church. The den Hartog's are planning to be in Singapore at least until after our synod of June, 2018, makes a decision on the CERCS calling a minister on loan, the Lord willing, from our denomination to become their new pastor. Let us pray for the Lannings, Covenant Church, and the den Hartog’s during this time. The den Hartog’s will be leaving for Redlands, CA, this week Tuesday, December 19, to spend some time with their children and grandchildren there. They will fly out of Los Angeles for Singapore on January 23, 2018, D.V.

  • From Covenant PRC in Ballymena, N. Ireland, we learn this news from a recent bulletin: "The church visitors, Rev. Decker and Sid Miedema, will be in N. Ireland from Thursday 18 January to the morning of Thursday 25 January. The congregational dinner will be held on Friday, 19 January. On Wednesday, 24 January, Rev. Decker is planning to give a lecture on “Living Wisely in a Digital Age.” They will be with the LRF from 25-29 January."


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SPECIAL NOTICES:

  • Beacon Lights Christmas Special: Beacon Lights is running their Christmas Special again this year! Buy one subscription, and you’ll get another for free to gift to someone else! Beacon Lights magazine makes a great gift for anyone, but especially. It is filled with edifying articles, devotionals, poems, and more! Take advantage of this amazing offer today!
  • Reformed Book Outlet: December special: December is one of Reformed Book Outlet’s 25% off sale months. Almost all of our books, and all Bibles and Bible covers are 25% off retail price all month.

  • NEW Psalter CD Available! The Covenant Christian High School Choirs (Grand Rapids, MI) have recently recorded their 3rd Psalm CD "Teach Me to Pray", which will be available in time for Christmas! Watch for a sign-up sheet at your church or contact the school office.
  • THE HOPE HERALDS 2017 CD ENTITLED, “OUR GOD IS GOD” is available for $10 in the main offices of Covenant Chr. High School and Heritage Christian School and also at the Reformed Book Outlet and the PR Seminary bookstore. If you are not able to pick up your copy at any of these locations, please call or text Karen Daling (616-662-0784) or Dan VanDyke (616-610-3276) and we will mail the CD for $12. Thank you!

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  • Don't forget to listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday! Todays' message by radio pastor Rev. W. Bruinsma is titled "Watching for Christ’s Return", based on I Thessalonians 5:1-6.
    • NEW RWH Station - The Cornerstone PRC Word and Deed committee has partnered with the Reformed Witness Hour to air their messages on the radio in the Chicago area. Beginning today, September 10, the broadcast can be heard every Sunday at 4:00PM on WYLL 1160AM or on the internet at www.1160hope.com. Please tune in and encourage others to do so as opportunity arises in your personal witnessing.

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The Kleyns posted this week a second news item on the recent Reformation 500 Conference held in the Philippines. Above is one picture of the pastors involved in a Q&A session. Visit the post for many more scenes from this significant event.

 MISSION NEWS:

  • Rev.R. Smit was installed as third missionary to the Philippines on Nov.26 at Doon PRC. The Smits plan to leave the States on Christmas Day and arrive in the Philippines on December 27, the Lord willing.
  • From this Sunday's bulletins of the Maranatha PRC and the Provident Christian Church in Marikina, 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. Kleyn will preach in the first service and Rev. Holstege in the second service today. The Church Order will be taught after the first service as usual. Next week, Lord willing, Rev. Kleyn will preach twice here in PCC.

    • Maranatha PRC:

      • The Consistory adopted and designated that January 7, 2018 as our “Thanksgiving and Fellowship” because of the faithfulness and graciousness of our Sovereign God and also a “Buevenida” for Rev. Smit and family. Note: This is “POTLUCK.”

      • The Classis of the PRCP approved that each family will contribute a monthly contribution of P125.00 to the Federation Fund.
  • Let us continue to lift up the needs of these busy pastors and missionaries in the Philippines. May the Lord of the harvest give them grace for all their labors.
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PRC Weekly Congregational, Denominational, and Sister-Church News - December 10, 2017

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On this Lord's Day of December 10, 2017 we note the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, mission fields, and sister churches.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • The Council of First PRC (Grand Rapids, MI) announces a new trio from which to call her next pastor: Revs. C. Griess (Calvary PRC), J. Mahtani (Cornerstone PRC), and Candidate D. Noorman.  The congregational meeting is set for Thursday, December 14.
  • The Council of SW PRC (Wyoming, MI) announces a new trio from which to call a pastor: Rev. A. Brummel (Heritage PRC); Rev. J. Mahtani (Cornerstone PRC); and Candidate David Noorman. Her congregational meeting will be held on Sunday afternoon, Dec.17.
  • The ordination/installation of Pastor-elect B. Feenstra is set for today (afternoon service) in Immanuel PRC, Lacombe, AB, with his inaugural sermon to be on Dec.17.

DENOMINATIONAL and SISTER-CHURCH NEWS

  • For the latest news from our sister church, Covenant ERC in Singapore, visit this page for the November 2017 issue of Reformed News Asia. You may also visit the blog of Mrs. S. Lanning, "Stories from Singapore."
  • From Covenant PRC in Ballymena, N. Ireland, we learn this news from a recent bulletin: "The church visitors, Rev. Decker and Sid Miedema, will be in N. Ireland from Thursday 18 January to the morning of Thursday 25 January. The congregational dinner will be held on Friday, 19 January. On Wednesday, 24 January, Rev. Decker is planning to give a lecture on “Living Wisely in a Digital Age.” They will be with the LRF from 25-29 January."


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SPECIAL NOTICES:

  • Beacon Lights Christmas Special: Beacon Lights is running their Christmas Special again this year! Buy one subscription, and you’ll get another for free to gift to someone else! Beacon Lights magazine makes a great gift for anyone, but especially. It is filled with edifying articles, devotionals, poems, and more! Take advantage of this amazing offer today!
  • Reformed Book Outlet: December special: December is one of Reformed Book Outlet’s 25% off sale months. Almost all of our books, and all Bibles and Bible covers are 25% off retail price all month.

  • NEW Psalter CD Available! The Covenant Christian High School Choirs (Grand Rapids, MI) have recently recorded their 3rd Psalm CD "Teach Me to Pray", which will be available in time for Christmas! Watch for a sign-up sheet at your church or contact the school office.
  • THE HOPE HERALDS 2017 CD ENTITLED, “OUR GOD IS GOD” is available for $10 in the main offices of Covenant Chr. High School and Heritage Christian School and also at the Reformed Book Outlet and the PR Seminary bookstore. If you are not able to pick up your copy at any of these locations, please call or text Karen Daling (616-662-0784) or Dan VanDyke (616-610-3276) and we will mail the CD for $12. Thank you!

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  • Don't forget to listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday! Todays' message by radio pastor Rev. W. Bruinsma is titled "The Final Gathering of the Church" based on 1 Thess.4:13-18.
    • NEW RWH Station - The Cornerstone PRC Word and Deed committee has partnered with the Reformed Witness Hour to air their messages on the radio in the Chicago area. Beginning today, September 10, the broadcast can be heard every Sunday at 4:00PM on WYLL 1160AM or on the internet at www.1160hope.com. Please tune in and encourage others to do so as opportunity arises in your personal witnessing.

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The Berean PRC (taken in 2016)

 MISSION NEWS:

  • Rev.R. Smit was installed as third missionary to the Philippines on Nov.26 at Doon PRC. The Smits plan to leave the States on Christmas Day and arrive in the Philippines on December 27, the Lord willing.
  • INDIA Delegation - Rev. R. Van Overloop and his wife Sue arrived home safely this past Tuesday from their three weeks in Vellore. We thank God for the safe travels and for the work done while there.
  • From this Sunday's bulletin of the Maranatha PRC and the Provident Christian Church in Marikina, 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, and teach the Church Order (Articles 36ff) after the first service. Next week, Lord willing, Rev. Holstege and Rev.Kleyn will each preach once at PCC.
    • Maranatha PRC: Today, our Missionary, Rev. D. Kelyn will lead our first and second services and after the Second Service he will continue the Lesson #82 of the Church Order.

    • The regular meeting of Classis of the Committee #2 will be on December 12, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the residence of Rev. D. Kleyn.
  • Let us continue to lift up the needs of these busy pastors and missionaries in the Philippines. May the Lord of the harvest give them grace for all their labors.
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New Issue of "Salt Shakers" Magazine - November 2017

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"Covenant Keepers", the youth ministry of the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church of Singapore (our sister church), has now released the November 2017 issue of "Salt Shakers" (#46),their youth magazine.

The November 2017 issue of "SS" is once again filled with interesting and profitable 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.

Beloved Readers,

 
Salt Shakers is pleased to bring you Issue 46 (November 2017)! We thank God for His grace in leading the magazine through another fruitful year. 
 
This last issue of the year caps our consideration of the theme "Our Continuing Heritage", even as we also commemorate the 500th year of the Reformation. May the Lord give us the grace to continue boldly in the blessed legacy of the reformers!
 
We thank all our writers for their labour of love and contributions to this Reformed magazine. 
 
In the November 2017 issue:
Wise Farmers Chua Lee Yang
Scripture's Covenant Youth (IX): Samuel - Prof. Herman Hanko
Are Unbelievers in God's Image? (IV) - Rev. Angus Stewart
Our Continuing Heritage: Interview with Jemima Joy - Jemima Joy Boon
Speaking the Truth in Love and Boldness - Jonathan Langerak Jr.
Book Review: Side By Side- Lim Yang Zhi
Some Thoughts on Dating and Courtship - Samuel Wee
Faithfulness and Courage in Ungodly Babylon - Rev. Rodney Kleyn
A Difficult Way - Daniel Tang
The Sign of the Antichrist and Hope  - Josiah Tan
 
Remember to pass the salt!
Pro Rege,
Chua Lee Yang, on behalf of the Salt Shakers Committee
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Philippines Mission Newsletter - November 2017

PRCA FOREIGN MISSIONS IN THE PHILIPPINES
NOVEMBER 2017 NEWSLETTER


Rev. D. Kleyn (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Rev. D. Holstege (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Rev. R. Smit (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Dear members of the Protestant Reformed Churches and our sister churches,

The past five months have been eventful. He whom God set at His own right hand in the heavenly places and gave to be the head over all things to the church summoned Rev. Richard Smit to return to the Philippines as our third missionary. He also led our Synod to recognize the unity of the Spirit that exists between the PRCA and PRCP by approving a sister church relationship with them.

Nov 2017 news 1Let us go back and briefly trace these eventful months. Last June, Rev. Heath and Deb Bleyenberg visited the Philippines while considering the call to be a third missionary. Although the head of the church did not summon him to this field of labor, we enjoyed their visit immensely and greatly appreciated their help and fellowship.

Later in June, and into August, Mr. Matt and Sarah Kortus arrived on the field for an eight-week mini-internship. Matt had finished his second year of seminary and was given the opportunity to spend part of the summer in the Philippines. While they were here, Matt accompanied Rev. Kleyn, Rev. John Flores, and Bro. Eric Mescallado on a trip to the Protestant Reformed Fellowship in Leyte (one of the Philippine islands); he joined Rev. Holstege and Rev. Ibe on a trip to Gabaldon (a town on the same island as Manila, but a fair distance to the northeast); and he went on the trip to Negros where he also gave a lecture. In addition, Matt gave a word of edification several times in the churches here, taught catechism to the children at Provident Christian Church, and with Sarah experienced life on the mission field for a while. We appreciated and enjoyed their visit very much as well.

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In August, the Kleyns went to the U.S. for a four-week furlough. Many of you saw the presentation that Rev. Kleyn gave on our work here. The Kleyns report that many of you showed great interest in our work here in the Philippines, for which we are glad.

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Last October, a delegation from the PRCA Contact Committee came to the Philippines, Rev. Smit and Elder Dave Kregel. Their mandate was to attend the Classis of the PRCP to convey officially and in person that the PRCA Synod approved a sister church relationship with them. Elder Kregel said to the Classis, “You were our daughter, but now you have become our sister, and that is an amazing thing.” We all rejoiced in the work of Christ who has prospered our feeble efforts for the coming of His glorious kingdom.

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Also noteworthy is that the PRCP Classis declared the fellowship in Leyte to be their first official mission work. The PRC in Bulacan was appointed as the calling church, and the Classis advised them to send monthly delegations to Leyte until a missionary can be called and sent.

No doubt like all of you, we here in the Philippines celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation on October 31, 2017. We held an all-day conference at Provident Christian Church in Marikina. Rev. Kleyn gave us an overview of the history of the Reformation. Rev. Smit spoke on the legacy of Martin Luther. Rev. Holstege presented John Calvin’s doctrine of providence. You can find these speeches on our website (prcaphilippinesaudio. wordpress.com). During the conference, our book manager, Mrs. Sharon Kleyn, sold a ton of RFPA books. My wife Leah managed our four active little ones. Thank you, ladies, for being such faithful wives, for your excellent attitudes, without which we simply could not do our work. Over 150 people attended the conference, including many young people. From what I could tell, everyone enjoyed it thoroughly.

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Speaking of Rev. Smit, as indicated earlier, the Lord led him to accept the call to be our third missionary in the Philippines. This is the first time, as far as I am aware, that our churches have put three missionaries on one field. These are exciting times because now the work of establishing a Protestant Reformed seminary here in the Philippines can go forward. That is necessary because the calls to come over and help are many, but the laborers are few. The PRCP has three pastors, one of whom is approaching retirement age. We will soon have three missionaries on the field, but we are not fluent enough in Tagalog, or the other dialects, to be able to communicate the gospel clearly and build the church effectively in some parts of the Philippines. What has always been true throughout the ages is still true today: the church must establish a seminary to train indigenous pastors who can be sent to preach to people of their own culture. This is especially where we can help, as the PRCA. With the arrival of the Smits, Lord willing, at the end of this year, the work of establishing a seminary can go forward. Rev. Kleyn and I, Doon PRC and the Foreign Mission Committee, all rejoiced greatly when we heard the news of Rev. Smit’s acceptance. We are also glad to hear of the broad and solid support that exists among all of you for this work of the church in the Philippines.

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So why do we need three men? Well, because there is a lot of other work here in addition to establishing a seminary. Rev. Kleyn has been occupied with a wide variety of activities, including preaching at Bulacan, Maranatha, and occasionally at Provident; teaching church order at Maranatha and catechism at Provident; making monthly trips to Negros (another one of the Philippine islands) where he gives classes to a large number of pastors who are eager to become Reformed in all respects; advising committees of the PRCP; and more. Rev. Holstege has been occupied especially at Provident, preaching twice on most Sundays; teaching the church order and leading a youth Bible study; teaching the Canons of Dordt midweek and engaging in evangelism work; chairing Steering Committee meetings; attending Tagalog classes every Tuesday and doing the homework; and more. We cannot just stop all of these things and establish a seminary. But we need a seminary greatly. So Rev. Smit is a welcome addition to our mission work and we are very excited about the future.

May the Lord bless you and keep you in His care.

Pray for us often.

Rev. Daniel Holstege

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PRC Weekly Congregational, Denominational, and Sister-Church News - December 3, 2017

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On this first Lord's Day of December 2017 (Dec.3) we note the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, mission fields, and sister churches.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • On Nov.26 Rev. J. Engelsma (Doon PRC) DECLINED the call from SW PRC (Wyoming, MI).
  • On Nov.26 Rev. B. Huizinga (Hope PRC (Redlands, CA) DECLINED the call from First PRC, Grand Rapids, MI.
  • This past week at the special meeting of Classis West, the examinations of pastors-elect Brian Feenstra and Stephan Regnerus were approved and their Councils instructed to proceed with ordination. The ordination/installation of Pastor-elect S. Regnerus took place this past Friday evening, Dec.1, in the Lynden PRC. Today he preaches his inaugural sermon in that congregation. The ordination/installation of Pastor-elect B. Feenstra is set for Dec.10 (afternoon service) in Immanuel PRC, Lacombe, AB, with his inaugural sermon to be on Dec.17.
  • The Council of First PRC (Grand Rapids, MI) announces a new trio from which to call a pastor: Revs. C. Griess, J. Mahtani, and Candidate D. Noorman. The congregation plans to vote on Dec.14.

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DENOMINATIONAL and SISTER-CHURCH NEWS

  • For news on the special meeting of Classis West this past Wednesday, Nov.29, in Lynden, WA, visit this webpage. 
  • For the latest news from our sister church, Covenant ERC in Singapore, visit this page for the November 2017 issue of Reformed News Asia.
  • From Covenant PRC in Ballymena, N. Ireland, we learn this news from a recent bulletin: "The church visitors, Rev. Decker and Sid Miedema, will be in N. Ireland from Thursday 18 January to the morning of Thursday 25 January. The congregational dinner will be held on Friday, 19 January. On Wednesday, 24 January, Rev. Decker is planning to give a lecture on “Living Wisely in a Digital Age.” They will be with the LRF from 25-29 January."


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SPECIAL NOTICES:

  • Beacon Lights Christmas Special: Beacon Lights is running their Christmas Special again this year! Buy one subscription, and you’ll get another for free to gift to someone else! Beacon Lights magazine makes a great gift for anyone, but especially. It is filled with edifying articles, devotionals, poems, and more! Take advantage of this amazing offer today!
  • This past Monday, November 27, Prof. David J. Engelsma was interviewed again by Christopher Amzen on his radio program “Iron Sharpens Iron.” The subject was his recent book, Gospel Truth of Justification. An mp3 of the program is now available here.
  • Reformed Book Outlet: December special: December is one of Reformed Book Outlet’s 25% off sale months. Almost all of our books, and all Bibles and Bible covers are 25% off retail price all month.

  • NEW Psalter CD Available! The Covenant Christian High School Choirs (Grand Rapids, MI) have recently recorded their 3rd Psalm CD "Teach Me to Pray", which will be available in time for Christmas! Watch for a sign-up sheet at your church or contact the school office.
  • THE HOPE HERALDS 2017 CD ENTITLED, “OUR GOD IS GOD” is available for $10 in the main offices of Covenant Chr. High School and Heritage Christian School and also at the Reformed Book Outlet and the PR Seminary bookstore. If you are not able to pick up your copy at any of these locations, please call or text Karen Daling (616-662-0784) or Dan VanDyke (616-610-3276) and we will mail the CD for $12. Thank you!

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  • Don't forget to listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday! Todays' message by radio pastor Rev. W. Bruinsma is titled "Studying to be Quiet," based on 1 Thess.4:11-12.
    • NEW RWH Station - The Cornerstone PRC Word and Deed committee has partnered with the Reformed Witness Hour to air their messages on the radio in the Chicago area. Beginning today, September 10, the broadcast can be heard every Sunday at 4:00PM on WYLL 1160AM or on the internet at www.1160hope.com. Please tune in and encourage others to do so as opportunity arises in your personal witnessing.

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 MISSION NEWS:

  • Rev.R. Smit was installed as third missionary to the Philippines last Sunday, Nov.26 at Doon PRC. The Smits plan to move to the Philippines on December 25, the Lord willing.
  • INDIA Delegation - From this week's Georgetown PRC bulletin we find this update: "Our India Delegation Rick and Ronda Wieringa returned home safely this Wednesday evening. Pastor and Sue VanOverloop return this Tuesday, the Lord willing. 'It was a privilege and blessing to have this opportunity to go to India and see the work God is doing there. It was wonderful to see how God is using Pastor Raj and Kas in India to spread the gospel. It was amazing to see the many different people interested in the Reformed Faith on the other side of the world. We loved spending time at GFH [Grace Foster Home], where God's love and care is shown daily to the precious children. We also really enjoyed the fellowship we shared with the people from the Christian Medical Hospital. We are thankful for the many new friendships that were made because of our shared faith and love for the Lord. We hope we were a blessing to those God placed on our path. We give God thanks for watching over us and truly blessing us on this trip!  God is good always. "Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name.'" Rick and Ronda
  • From this Sunday's bulletin of the Berean PRC and the Provident Christian Church in Marikina, 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:
    • Berean: Our pastor [Rev. V. Ibe] is also scheduled to preach at Kerusso Community church in Tondo, Manila today at 3pm and will lead them in their study of the Essentials of Reformed doctrine on lesson #18 at 5:30 pm. All, the Lord willing.
    • Rev. Holstege will preach both times today, and teach the Church Order (Articles 32ff) after the first service. Rev. Kleyn will preach for the PRC in Bulacan today. Next week, Lord willing, Rev. Holstege will preach both times at PCC.

    • Remember, beginning in January, Rev. Holstege and at least one member of the SC will be visiting your family at your home. This is the Reformed practice called “family visitation.” The Church Order directs elders “to visit the families of the congregation, in order particularly to comfort and instruct the members, and also to exhort others in respect to the Christian religion” (Art. 23). Please meditate on Matthew 6:33, our theme text for these visits, to prepare.

  • Let's remember these busy pastors and missionaries in the Philippines in our prayers daily. May the Lord of the harvest give them grace for all their labors.
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Report on Classis West Special Meeting - Wednesday, Nov.29, 2017

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Pastors-elect Stephan Regnerus (l) and Brian Feenstra (r) being examined

Report of Classis West

Classis West held a special meeting on Wednesday, November 29, in Lynden PRC.  The purpose of this meeting was to examine Pastors-elect Brian Feenstra and Stephan Regnerus, who had accepted the calls extended to them by Immanuel PRC (Lacombe) and Lynden PRC, respectively.

 
The night before Classis, Lynden held a special worship service at which Pastor-elect Regnerus preached a specimen sermon on Romans 12:1-2.  On Wednesday morning, after Classis was constituted, Pastor-elect Feenstra preached a specimen sermon on Revelation 5:1-17.   Classis approved both sermons, and then proceeded to examine the men in ten different subject areas for 20 minutes each.  The oral examination lasted until mid-afternoon.  Both men gave a good account of their knowledge, convictions, and spiritual character.  Classis West, with the concurrence of the synodical deputies from Classis East, unanimously approved their examinations and advised both consistories to proceed with their ordinations.  Pastor-elect Regnerus' ordination in Lynden is scheduled for Friday, December 1, and Pastor-elect Feenstra's ordination in Lacombe is scheduled for Sunday, December 10.
 
Lynden PRC did a fine job of hosting the meeting of Classis, and the delegates had several opportunities to enjoy good fellowship with each other and with the congregation.
 
The expenses of Classis totaled $14,964.87.  The next meeting of Classis is scheduled for March 7, 2018, in Loveland PRC.
 
Rev. Joshua Engelsma
Stated Clerk, Classis West

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Receiving the news of their approval from the chair of Classis, Rev. J. Laning

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We praise God for the gift to the churches of gospel preachers and pastors.

Reformed News Asia - November 2017

Issue 45 - November 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.
NEWPamphlet!
THE FAITHFUL WITNESS
By Rev Carl Haak (Reformed Witness Hour)

"When Christ instructed the church to go and to make disciples of all nations, He gave that great commission to the entire church, so that every member must face this calling as a solemn duty before God.  Pastors and missionaries must make disciples by preaching and by baptism.  And members of the church are also involved in making disciples by their witnessing.  This is a privilege and a calling that is held before us in the Scriptures."
  
What does being a faithful witness entail? What motivates us to be faithful witnesses? What are the things that we, as faithful witnesses, cannot do? And finally, what are the tools that faithful witnesses may employ in their witnessing?

As one interested in your walk as a faithful witness, click to read more and find out the answers to these questions in this 4-part series!


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.
Knowing God in the Last Days
by Mark Hoeksema

From the RFPA website:

"Knowing God in the Last Days is an explanation of the general epistle of Peter to the early New Testament church. The primary theme of the letter is the knowledge of God, a concept that occurs many times and in various contexts throughout the book. This short epistle contains a wealth of instruction for the church today.

The secondary theme of 2 Peter is the application of the knowledge of God to the last days in which we live. Especially in his third chapter, Peter reveals to the church the knowledge of God as it relates to the end times.

Based on exegesis of the Greek text, this commentary gives clarity of explanation to God’s people regarding necessary and important aspects of today’s Christian life. May all who read be edified."

 
Audio Recordings
The 3 speeches by Rev Richard Smit at our 2017 annual Reformation Day Conference on the theme "500 Years Of God's Faithfulness To His Church"

Speech 1: The Legacy Of Martin Luther
Speech 2: Calvin's Doctrine Of The Covenant
Speech 3: Faithful Through The Days Of The Reformation
 

 
Upcoming Events!
 
Vacation Bible School 2017

Theme : Parable of the Sower
Date : 4 - 7 Dec 2017
Time : 10am - 3pm
Venue : Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church
Camp fee : $10
Friends who are not members of CERC are welcome to register.
Please register via this link: http://bit.ly/2yv0GEf
Registration closes on 18 November 2017.
For further queries please contact Deacon Meng Hsien.

 
CKCKS Camp 2017

Our annual CKCKS Camp is back! Save the dates!

Theme: Examine Yourselves (2 Cor 13:5)
Dates: 19-22 Dec 2017
Location: Aloha Loyang Sea View Bungalow 1
Registration: 12 Nov to 3 Dec

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Christmas Carolling Event 2017

Christmas is round the corner! This year, we will be holding a Christmas Carolling event. This will be a good opportunity to invite our non-Christian family and friends to fellowship and hear Christ preached!

Dates: 25 Dec 2017
Time: 11am - 1.30pm
Location: TBC

Look out for more information on our weekly bulletin. 

 
Church Retreat 2017

New Year Church Retreat
Date: 1st January 2018 (Monday)

More details coming soon!

 
Past Events...
 
Reformation Day Conference 2017
On the 11th of November 2017, CERC held its annual Reformation Day Conference under the theme "500 years of God's Faithfulness to His church". Commemorating the 500th year of the Reformation, we give thanks as we acknowledge the great work of God and His faithfulness to His church! We were privileged to have Rev Richard Smit deliver 3 speeches which can be found above.
Rev Richard Smit delivering the first speech
Some serious discussion
Emmanuel and Sonali with Paul Liu and Naomi
Book sale!
 
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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Reformed Witness Hour Messages for December 2017

RWH Flyer December 2017 Page 1

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

Rev. Bill Bruinsma, pastor of Pittsburgh PRC (Pennsylvania), continues his four-month service for the RWH program, as he continues a series on Paul's first letter to the Thessalonians and brings special Christmas and Old Year's Day messages (cf. schedule of messages below).

December 3 - Studying to be Quiet, I Thessalonians 4: 11-12

December 10 - The Final Gathering of the Church, I Thessalonians 4:13-18

December 17 - Watching for Christ’s Return, I Thessalonians 5:1-6

December 24 - No Room for Mary’s Firstborn, Luke 2:7

December 31 - Great is Thy Faithfulness, Lamentations 3:22

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!

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

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