For this first Lord's Day in December 2016 we may present the following news items from our PRC congregations, the Philippine mission field, and our sister church in Singapore:
- Continue to remember in prayer Rev. A. Brummel and Rev. R. Kleyn as they consider their calls to First PRC, Holland MI and to the Philippines (missionary) respectively.
- The congregation of Southwest PRC plans to call this week Wednesday (Dec.7) from the Council's new trio of Revs. G. Eriks, C. Griess, and R. Kleyn.
- From Providence PRC bulletin we learn this:
This Wednesday Rev. Bleyenberg will be leaving for Franklin, PA, at the request of the Domestic Mission Committee and spending five days there exploring a potential mission field. The DMC has other ministers scheduled for upcoming months as well. There is a core group of a few families in Franklin who desire the true preaching of the Word, together with the possibility of other families in the area who might be interested. Rev. Bleyenberg will be visiting with these families as much as possible and preaching for them on Sunday. He'll be returning next Monday, the Lord willing.
And from our sister church in Singapore (Covenant ERC) we find this special note re their missions in India and the calling of E.Singh to serve as her missionary:
There will be an Extra Congregational Meeting next Sunday, 11 December, immediately after the morning service, for the purpose of voting whether to call Emmanuel Singh as our missionary to India. The agenda, including the proposed budget for Emmanuel’s support, will be distributed to the congregation today. Let us prayerfully consider the important matter before us, trusting that God will send forth men of His choosing to proclaim His Word. The tentative schedule for Emmanuel’s call is as follows:
Sunday, 4 December – Agenda for ECM distributed
Sunday, 11 December – ECM to vote whether to call Emmanuel
Sunday, 1 January – Emmanuel answers CERC’s call on or before this date
Sunday, 8 January – Emmanuel is installed in CERC as our missionary to Kolkata
- Don't forget to read Missionary-pastor M. McGeown's most recent newsletter (November 28, 2016) from the Limerick Reformed Fellowship.
- Finally, from the bulletin of Maranatha PRC in Valenzulea City, the Philippines we learn of an upcoming delegation visit from the PRC Contact Commmittee:
A delegation of the Contact Committee of the PRCA will be visiting the Philippines from December 15-27, the Lord willing. The delegation will consist of Prof. R. Dykstra and Rev. G. Eriks. The main purpose of their visit is to continue discussions with our PRCP churches regarding a sister church relationship between the PRCP and the PRCA. Meetings with all the PRCP office bearers have been scheduled for both Saturday, December 17 and Saturday, December 24, to be held in Maranatha PRC at 9:00 am. The delegates will also preach on their two Sundays here according to the following schedule: December 18 -Rev. Eriks preaching in the Berean PRC and Prof. Dykstra in Provident Christian Church. December 25 -Rev. Eriks preaching in the PRC in Bulacan, and Prof. Dykstra in Maranatha PRC.
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Rev. Wilbur (Bill) Bruinsma (Pittsburgh PRC) continues his four-month service for the RWH program with some special end-of-year messages, and a special Christmas Day message.
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, celebrating in 2016 its 75th year of broadcasting the truths of God's sovereign particular grace!
December 4, 2016 - The Benefits of Fearing Jehovah, Psalm 25:12,13
December 11, 2016 - Man’s Place in God’s Creation, Psalm 8:5,6
December 18, 2016 - Remembering the Creator in Youth, Eccles. 12:1
December 25, 2016 - The Ruler from Bethlehem, Micah 5:2
Limerick Reformed Fellowship
Rev. Martyn McGeown, missionary
38 Abbeyvale, Corbally Co. Limerick, Ireland
Monday, November 28, 2016
Dear saints in the Protestant Reformed Churches,
My last newsletter was July 25, so it is time for an update from Limerick.
As usual, I greatly enjoyed my summer vacation in the USA. It was good to fellowship with many of my friends in Christ, to attend and chaperone the Young People’s Convention, and to preach in various congregations. During my absence, Rev. Michael DeVries and his wife, Dawn (Kalamazoo PRC, MI), stayed in my home. Both the DeVrieses and the LRF gave many good reports about their visit.
After my return from the US, I administered the sacrament of baptism to our newest infant member, Felicity Kuhs (born June 11; baptized September 11). The sermon was “Washing Away Our Sins by Baptism” (Acts 22:16) and attendance was 22 with several visitors.
We have also been seeing more visitors of late. Three in particular attend quite regularly. One of them attended a few times between March and May 2015, and after the evening service of May 3, 2015, he, Manuel, Marco, and I had a lengthy, and at that time, unsatisfactory, conversation about predestination. He left with a copy of The Five Points of Calvinism (by Profs. Engelsma and Hanko, a BRF publication) and a few pamphlets. The next time I encountered him was in an email seeking to subscribe to the British Reformed Journal, whereupon I invited him to attend the LRF. (I did not recognise him from May 2015, but I found his name in one of my reports to the CPRC—one of the reasons we keep records of attendance on the Mission Field!). When he returned on September 4, he told me that he had been studying the literature we had given him and that God had opened his eyes to see the truth to which he had before been blind. Since then he has been attending regularly almost every service (Sept. 4 to Nov. 27). He is learning (or un-learning) a lot of things, about baptism, eschatology, the Christian life, and a host of other things. He is also keen to read more books, and has bought several titles (Christianizing the World, Prosperous Wicked and Plagued Saints, and Doctrine According to Godliness).
Such developments are always an encouragement, for we live in days of spiritual apathy.
I began a series on Christ’s healing miracles (“Miracles of the Great Physician”) on June 26. Yesterday, I preached on “The Raising of Lazarus” (sermon #18), so the series is almost finished. In the Heidelberg Catechism preaching, we have reached LD 20 on the Holy Spirit.
Our Bible studies and catechism classes continue. On Tuesdays, we are studying Romans and have reached chapter 9. On Thursdays/Saturdays, depending on the schedule of the Mansonas, we are studying Hebrews and have just started chapter 11. On Saturday morning, I teach Chester and Dale Mansona Essentials of Reformed Doctrine, and we recently started the section on Soteriology or the doctrine of salvation (Lessons 18-23). We recently had a test on Lessons 12-17 (Christology, the doctrine of Christ), which went well. I also teach my two eldest nieces (Anna [aged 9] and Lily [aged 6]) catechism via the Internet. We are studying New Testament for Beginners and have reached Lesson 11. Both girls are good catechumens, while Lily also provides moments of entertainment. Recently, we studied the healing of the nobleman’s son in John 4. Lily could not pronounce Capernaum so she said, “The man went back to Bethabonian and found his son as happy as Larry”!
We have also had two lectures in the last few months in our “Back to Basics” series—“Salvation” (September 24) and “The Christian’s Hope in Death” (October 22). I must remember the key to evangelistic speeches—short and simple! We would like to see better attendance at these lectures, but we do not lose heart when the attendance is poor. God’s word does not return to Him void, even when many choose not to listen to it (Isa. 55:11).
In my last newsletter, I mentioned that I have had some opportunities to witness by writing letters in the local newspaper, the Limerick Post. Between April and July, the Post published eight of my responses to Roman Catholics and atheists. Since then, the newspaper has published three more of my letters (October 22, November 12, and November 26) in response to atheists who attacked the veracity, consistency, and clarity of the Word of God. An atheist has also started a private email correspondence with me in response to what he read in the Post. The letters have been reprinted on the back of the bulletin and on the LRF blog.
Colder weather is coming and we have had some sickness in the LRF. Emily-Kate Kuhs was laid low with pneumonia for over six weeks in September and October, which is no easy trial for a mother of three young children. The group rallied round to help the Kuhs family as best we could. It is at such times when I envy the organised and well-equipped “Helping Hands Committees” of the PRC! Probably unconnected to that, I myself became ill in late October with the result that I completely lost my voice and had to cancel a speech in Wales on October 27 and could not preach on October 30. On that Sunday, the LRF had to watch the CPRCNI’s live broadcast on a laptop positioned at the front of the hall.
Christmas is also coming. Because last Sunday (November 20) Limerick had its annual ceremony of the official “turning on of the Christmas lights” in the city centre, the city was gridlocked with extra traffic. Traffic was so bad that Bill Davies, our oldest member (aged 81) was unable, after driving around the block six times, to find suitable, nearby, on-street parking, so he had to drive home again and missed the evening service. Such is the inconvenience at times of renting a hall in Limerick: parking is hard to find, and it will only get worse as the Christmas shopping frenzy continues. In addition, this year December 25 is on a Sunday, which means that the hall will be unavailable for rent. After I tried unsuccessfully to book a room elsewhere on that day, we have decided to worship in a member’s home on that occasion. Rev. Stewart and I will also be swapping pulpits that Sunday so that I can spend some time with my family in Northern Ireland.
I am excited to announce my first book, Called to Watch for Christ's Return, which is an exposition of the Olivet Discourse (Matt. 24-25). Some time ago, the RFPA approached me to ask if I would consider writing a book for them using sermon series that I had already preached. After editing my sermons, I submitted a manuscript in March 2015 for their consideration. Finally, after many months of preparation (editing, proofing, typesetting, cover design, etc.), the book is ready for publication, and is available for pre-order at www.rfpa.org/. We hope to have copies in Limerick by Christmas, and Rev. Stewart plans to stock the book in the CPRC bookstore (DV).
Pray for us as we do you.
In Christian love,
Rev. Martyn McGeown
For this final Lord's Day of November 2016, the following PRC news items may be mentioned:
- From the Georgetown PRC Council:
The India Delegation (Joel and Ellen Bruinooge, Rev. Doug Kuiper, Ike and Phyllis Uittenbogaard.) has returned home safely after a busy and productive two weeks of preaching, teaching, visiting, encouraging, and enjoying the saints of God in the PRCV of Vellore. We thank God for their faithful service! We rejoice in seeing growth in grace and knowledge of our Savior in our brothers and sister in Christ in India. And we have received richly through our fellowship with them. For more information on this trip and the work of the delegation visit Georgetown PRC's homepage and Facebook link.
Delegation meeting with the Consistory of Vellore PRC
- From Byron Center PRC:
After careful consideration Rev. C. Griess declined the call to serve as home missionary (extended on Oct.9) .
- From Doon PRC:
On November 22 the congregation voted to extend a call to Rev. R. Kleyn (Covenant of Grace PRC - Spokane, WA) to serve as third missionary to the Philippines.
- From SW PRC:
The Council has formed a new trio from which to call a pastor (Rev. A. denHartog to retire at the end of the year). It consists of Revs. G. Eriks (Hudsonville PRC), C. Griess (Calvary PRC, HUll, IA), and R. Kleyn (Covenant of Grace, Spokane, WA). The congregation plans to vote on December 7, 2016.
- From First PRC, Holland, MI:
Rev. A. Brummel (Heritage PRC, Sioux Falls SD) is considering her call (issued Nov.20).
The following PRC congregational and mission news may be noted from Sunday November 20, 2016:
- Rev. Allen Brummel (Heritage PRC in Sioux Fall, S. Dakota) received the call from First PRC of Holland, MI.
- Rev. C. Griess, considering the call from Byron Center PRC to serve as home missionary, asked for and received a one-week extension.
A group India Bible study picture.
- The India Mission delegation is finishing up their labors and plans to return early this week to the States. For more information on this trip and the work of the delegation visit Georgetown PRC's homepage and Facebook link.
Grace Foster Home children gathering for their program Friday night.