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PRC Congregational and Mission News for Sunday, November 6, 2016 (Updated)

For this Lord's Day of November 6, 2016 and the week following the news items below may be noted:

  •  Rev.B. Huizinga (Hope PRC, Redlands, CA) declined the call extended to him from Southwest PRC (Wyoming, MI).
  • The Doon PRC Council announces a new trio from which to call a third missionary to labor in the Philippines (especially in the area of theological training): Rev. A. Brummel (Heritage, Sioux Falls, SD, Rev. B. Huizinga (Hope PRC, Redlands, CA), and Rev. R. Kleyn (Covenant of Grace, Spokane, WA). From this trio the Doon congregation will vote, D.V., on Nov.22.
  • From Georgetown PRC: Delegation to the PRC of Vellore India: Delegates from the Foreign Mission Committee (Rev. D. Kuiper and Ike and Phyllis Uittenbogaard) and from Georgetown PRC (Joel and Ellen Bruinooge) leave this Wednesday [Nov.9] for a two-week stay with the PRC of Vellore pastored by Pastor Paul Raj. Pastor Kuiper will preach and teach in the Vellore congregation, lead seminars for area pastors in aspects of the Reformed Faith, speak at a retreat for members the Christian Medical College of Vellore, and participate in Village Outreach Ministry of the PRC of Vellore. Pray for the Lord’s blessing.

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Recent picture taken of class being taught by Liz Van Drunen and Emily Moelker.

  • DELEGATION TO THE NAPARC: This week Tuesday and Wednesday [Nov.8-9] Rev. N. Decker and Rev. K. Koole will be traveling to Pompton Plains, NJ for the meetings of NAPARC (North American Presbyterian and Reformed Council, a gathering of 13 conservative Presbyterian and Reformed Churches where information about denominational activities and labors is exchanged and issues faced by the Reformed church world can be discussed). The delegation attends these meetings as observers on behalf of the Contact Committee and in accordance with the decision of Synod 2016. That decision can be found on pages 33-34 of the 2016 PRC Acts of Synod.
  • Rev. and Mrs. D. Kleyn posted a summary of their trip to the CERC in Singapore last weekend for the examination of E. Singh. The link to the pictures and notes is here. Below is one photo from the event.

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Rev. A. Laning presenting the decision of the CERC session regarding E. Singh's examination.

  • The classis of the PR churches in the Philippines met on Monday, October 31, in the PR church in Bulacan, with delegates present from all three churches in the denomination. Rev. Vernon Ibe chaired the meeting. Reports from the two standing committees were received and treated, along with the correspondence from the PRCA (stated clerk of synod, contact committee, and foreign mission committee). The standing committees presented a proposed constitution for PRCP mission work and a proposed pre-seminary program. Both were adopted by the classis. The next classis is scheduled for February 25, to be hosted by and held in the Maranatha PR church in Valenzuela.

Pray for God's blessing on all the travels, visits, and labors of those involved in these activities - for the gathering of the church from all nations, for the good of our churches, and for the glory of our God.

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Hope PRC (Grand Rapids, MI) Sponsoring Special Lecture - November 11, 2016

Hope PRC RWC 2016 Lecture DJE

The entire Reformed community, indeed all Protestants, in Western Michigan are cordially invited to attend a special lecture on the evening of November 11, 2016.

The subject of the lecture will be a biblical topic of the greatest importance and urgency for all confessing Christians and their children: “The Necessity of Membership in a True Church of Jesus Christ.” Not that such membership is preferable, but that it is necessary. Not membership in some church or other, perhaps a church that is active in the community, or a church with a friendly minister, but membership in a true church.

The importance and urgency of the topic are, according to Article 28 of the Reformed creed, the Belgic Confession, that “out of it [a true church] there is no salvation.”

What makes this topic especially urgent in our day is the widespread ignorance of this truth and practice, and even powerful attack on this truth and practice, within Protestantism, evangelicalism, and even Reformed Christianity. Confessing Christians make their decision regarding church membership regardless that the church they choose obviously lacks the marks of the true church. Confessing Christians contentedly remain members of churches that plainly fall away from Jesus Christ, or show themselves apostate. And then there are such unbiblical movements as the “home church movement,” which openly despise the instituted church of Jesus Christ.

All Reformed Christians confess in Article 28 of their creed, the Belgic Confession of Faith, that “all men are in duty bound to join and unite themselves with [a true church].”

The speaker will be the Rev. Prof. David J. Engelsma, minister of the gospel and retired professor of theology in the Protestant Reformed Churches in America.

The lecture will be held at Hope Protestant Reformed Church, 1580 Ferndale Ave SW, Grand Rapids MI, 49534.

The lecture begins at 7:30PM.

After the speech, the audience will have opportunity to ask questions of the speaker, which he will answer publicly.

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Reformed Witness Hour Messages for November 2016

First PRC of Grand Rapids, MI and the Reformed Witness Hour Committee announce the messages scheduled for November 2016 on the RWH radio program.

WBruinsma 2Rev. Wilbur (Bill) Bruinsma (Pittsburgh PRC) continues his four-month service for the RWH program with a special series on the virtuous woman, and a special Thanksgiving 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!

To find a station in your area, visit the RWH website.  Or visit the RWH Sermonaudio channel.

Below is the schedule of messages, which you will also find below in flyer form and attached in pdf form.

November 6, 2016 - Looking Well to Her Household, Proverbs 31: 27,28

November 13, 2016 - Living with an Unbelieving Spouse, 1 Corinthians 7: 13-16

November 20, 2016 - In What Does Life Consist?, Luke 12: 13-21

November 27, 2016 - Aged Women: Holy Teachers, Titus 2: 3-5

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Reformed News Asia: Issue 34 - October 2016

Issue 34 - October 2016
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!
God's Way
By Rev Angus Stewart

Through 4 articles, this pamphlet considers Psalm 77 where the author Asaph struggled to understand the ways of God. He wondered if God had forsaken him and "in anger shut up His tender mercies".

Troubled and distressed, Asaph "sought the Lord", eventually concluding that God's way is in the sanctuary and in the sea. Truly, His ways are not our ways.

This pamphlet remind us of Jehovah's preservation of His saints. No matter what earthly circumstances may indicate, He is always gracious towards His elect. Though weary and cast off, a child of God will never lose his faith.


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.
Be Ye Holy: The Reformed Doctrine of Sanctification 
by Profs David Engelsma and Herman Hanko

Extracted from the Foreword:

"The goal is that we might know the truth of sanctification—which biblical doctrine, like all other aspects of God’s truth, makes us free (John 8:32)—and obey the gospel call to holiness in heart and life, by God’s grace. Some 2,000 years ago, on the day before His crucifixion    for us, our Saviour prayed, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17). Christ’s prayer on that momentous night    and His continuous intercession for His church embraces not only the billions of God’s elect over the millennia and the innumerable    occasions whereby He uses His truth in various ways; it also includes this humble book and all the saints who shall read it."

Click here to read the book online!

 
Upcoming Events!
 
Reformation Day Conference 2016
Come join us in commemorating the 16th century reformation this November!

Details in the poster below:

 
Youth Reformation Day Conference 2016
Date: 12 Nov 2016
Time: 3 - 630pm
Venue: CERC (see map above)
Speaker: Rev Andy Lanning

Dinner will be provided! Do invite your friends and family for this event.

 
Vacation Bible School 2016
Details for VBS 2016 are out!

Dates: 6-8 Dec 2016 (no stayover)
Location: CERC (6-7 Dec) and Singapore Science Centre (8 Dec)
Participants: Children from K2 to Pri 6

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register!

 
CKCKS Camp 2016
Our annual youth camp is here again!

Theme: Ask for the Old Paths (Jer 6:16)
Dates: 14-17 Dec 2016
Location: Aloha Changi, FP Chalet 7
Speaker: Rev Andy Lanning

Visit http://ckckscamp.weebly.com/ for more details and to register!
 
Past Events...
 
Infant Baptism
On 2 Oct, CERC was privileged to witness yet another Infant Baptism, this time of the son of Mr and Mrs Aaron Lim: Herman Lim.

"And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee." Gen 17:7

 
Examination of Emmanuel Singh
On 29 Oct 2016, church members and visitors gathered in CERC for a significant event - the examination of Bro Emmanuel Singh. This examination took place in accordance with Article 9 of our church order, as a necessary step towards calling Emmanuel as a missionary of CERC.

"Preachers without fixed charge, or others who have left some sect, shall not be
admitted to the ministry of the church until they have been declared eligible, after
careful examination by the classis, with the approval of synod." Article 9, Church Order.

Revs Daniel Kleyn and Wilbur Bruinsma, delegates from the Protestant Reformed Churches of America (PRCA), were present to assist in the examination.

Emmanuel delivering his specimen sermon on Acts 13:48
Examination on the 6 loci of dogmatics and other topics
Presentation of diploma
We are thankful to the Lord for providing His church with a labourer for the gathering of His sheep in India.

"And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding." (Jer 3:15)

 
Confession of Faith of Emmanuel and Sonali Singh
The day after the examination (30 Oct), Emmanuel and his wife, Sonali, made Confession of Faith and joined CERC as members. We greatly rejoice with our brother and sister in their membership and warmly receive them into our fellowship.
 
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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Rev. N. Decker Declines First Holland PRC's Call

Jer3 15 pastorsOn Sunday October 30, 2016 it was announced in First PRC of Holland, MI that Rev. Nathan Decker (Trinity PRC, Hudsonville, MI) had declined the call extended to him by the congregation on October 9.

We continue to remember in prayer Rev.C. Griess (from Byron Center PRC for home missions) and Rev. B. Huizinga (from SW PRC, Wyoming, MI) as they consider their calls.

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E. Singh Sustains Examination in CERC - October 29, 2016

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In his "pastoral voice" part of Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church's (Singapore) October 30, 2016 bulletin Rev. A. Lanning reported on the wonderful news relating to the examination and call of Emmanuel Singh from Kolkata, India:

Dearly beloved saints of CERC,

Yesterday, we were privileged to witness firsthand the fulfillment of God’s promise in Jeremiah 3:15 – “And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.” Through the examination of Emmanuel Singh, God has brought CERC very close to having our own missionary in Kolkata. It would be good to record here the actual decisions that Session made after the examination.

Decision 1: The Session approve Emmanuel’s examination. Ground: Emmanuel demonstrated his knowledge of, and commitment to, the Reformed faith as taught in CERC, and demonstrated his commitment to teaching the truth in Kolkata.

Decision 2: That, with the concurrence of the brethren from the Protestant Reformed Churches in America, who assisted in the examination of the brother, Session declares Emmanuel Singh eligible to receive a call from Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church in Singapore into the ministry of the Word as a Missionary to India. Ground: All of the requirements of Article 9 of the Church Order have been met.

These decisions mean that, although Emmanuel is not yet our pastor or missionary, CERC may now proceed to call him as our missionary to India. In the next few weeks, Session will be meeting to discuss this call, presenting its nomination to the congregation, and calling a congregational meeting. At that congregational meeting, the congregation will vote whether to extend a call to Emmanuel to serve as our missionary to Kolkata. After that call is issued, Emmanuel would then consider whether to accept the call. Continue to pray for our brother and for CERC as we continue to follow the Lord’s will in India.

Today, our joy continues as we witness the Confession of Faith of Emmanuel and Sonali. One of the requirements of calling him to be our missionary is that he must be a communicant member of CERC. We rejoice to receive our brother and sister as members of this congregation, and look forward to partaking the Lord’s Supper with them next week.

 As part of this report, we may add some pictures taken by Daniel Tang of the CERCS and posted by Mrs. S. Lanning on her blog.

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Members of the CERC Session examine Emmanuel Singh

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Emmanuel S. receives his diploma from Rev. A. Lanning, pastor of the CERC, as Emmanuel's wife Sonali looks on.

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Emmanuel S. receives congratulations from Rev. W. Bruinsma and Rev. D. Kleyn, examiners representing the PRCA.

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New Faith PRC Daughter-Church Group to Start Meeting at Heritage CS October 30, 2016

HCS Huds 2016 1On Sunday, October 30, 2016 the Council of Faith PRC will begin overseeing worship services at Heritage Christian School (Hudsonville, MI - meeting in the new music room on the far east end) for a group of about 40 families (200 of her members) who desire to form a new daughter congregation in the Hudsonville/Jenison area.

Worship services will be at 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. The morning services will be led by Rev. J. Slopsema (emeritus PRC pastor), who will preach the Heidelberg Catechism sermons. The evening services will be supplied by PRC Seminary professors and students, as well as area ministers.

Those in the Hudsonville/Jenison area who are looking for a faithful Reformed church home are welcome to join the group in worship and fellowship.

Through Faith PRC's Council, the group plans to request Classis East in January 2017 to be organized into a new congregation.

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Crete PRC to Host Public Lecture October 28, 2016

From Crete PRC (Illinois) comes this notice of a special public lecture to be held Friday, October 28, 2016. Their flyer is also included here in image and pdf (attached) forms.

The doctrine of common grace developed by Abraham Kuyper has had radical and far reaching effects in the Reformed and Presbyterian denominations that have embraced it.  Crete PRC is hosting a lecture on Friday, October 28, at 7:30 p.m. entitled “The Tipping Point: Common Grace, Worldliness, and the Growing Apostasy in the Church.”  The speaker will be Prof. R. Cammenga, professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament Studies at the Protestant Reformed Seminary.  The lecture will examine the early reception of the doctrine of common grace and the long term effects that it has had on the church and the Christian schools.  Join us at Crete PRC or listen live at prccrete.org.

 CretePRC TippingPoint Oct 2016 Page 1

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