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Two Calls (Doon and Faith), Two Declines

On Sunday November 17, 2013 Revs.G. Eriks (Hudsonville PRC) and W.Langerak (SE PRC, Grand Rapids) announced that they had declined their calls - Rev.Eriks to Faith PRC (Jenison, MI) and Rev.Langerak to Doon PRC (Doon, IA). 

May the Lord of the church continue to provide for these congregations in their vacancies and give contentment in His will for them at this time. And may He continue to bless the ministries of these pastors in their current congregations.

"The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want." Psalm 23:1

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Reformed Witness Hour Rally to be Rescheduled

 

 

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SPECIAL NOTICE! Due to the tornado watch in the West Michigan area on Sunday evening (Nov.17) the RWH Rally had to be cancelled! First PRC had to cancel their evening service and therefore the RWH Rally too had to be cancelled. We do plan to reschedule this event in the near future. Below is the advertisement for the event as it had been prepared.

 

It's time for another Reformed Witness Hour Rally, a one-hour program to promote interest in, understanding of and support for our denomination's weekly radio and internet broadcast.

Have you forgotten the powerful ways in which the Lord is using our radio/internet ministry? Are you simply interested in learning more about this special kingdom labor? Perhaps you have a desire to serve on the RWH Committee (We are always looking for new people to serve - women and men!). Then come out and join us for an informative and inspirational night!

When? Sunday, November 17 at 8:15 p.m. at First PRC, Grand Rapids.

WBruinsma-2What? One of our radio pastors, Rev. W. Bruinsma, PRC missionary-pastor serving in Pittsburgh, PA, will speak (He is currently speaking on our program.). The women's group "With One Voice" plans to sing. The RWH Committee will give a Powerpoint presentation on the history and work of the RWH. And there will be a display of current and past RWH items for your viewing, staffed by RWHC members who can answer any questions you might have.

First PRC is moving their evening service to 6 p.m. to accommodate those who wish to attend both the service and the special rally program. At this service Rev.Bruinsma will be preaching. First PRC and the RWH Committee hope to see you there! Refreshments and fellowship will follow!

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Reformed Book Outlet - November Newsletter

The Reformed Book Outlet, a special ministry of several Bible societies of Hudsonville PRC, has special recommendations on the theme of comfort this month. Check out their November newsletter for a list of all the titles you may purchase for yourself or for others.

And with the holidays coming, be sure to make use of this store for your gift-giving. Besides good Reformed literature, the RBO sells a good selection of music CDs, greeting cards, and other items.

To view or download a pdf of this newsletter, see the attachment.

RBO-Nov2013 Newsletter Page 1

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Missionaries, Church Members Safe After Huge Typhoon Hits the Philippines

One of the major stories in the news in the last week has been the "super" typhoon (named "Haiyan") which hit the central portion of the Philippines. With the death-toll rising and wide-spread damage reported, our concern is obviously for our own missionaries, church members, and mission station members scattered in various places there, including near the area most strongly hit.

Missionary-pastor D.Kleyn has informed us that he and his wife, the Smits and their family, as well as all the members of the churches and missions stations they serve are safe. Manila was not hit as hard as expected but the island of Leyte (where we have a mission station) was. Rev.Kleyn reports that though there was significant damage to PR fellowship members' homes in Leyte, all lives were spared, for which they are very thankful.

Let us remember to pray for our missionaries and fellow saints in that part of the world, especially now as they deal with the aftermath of this powerful storm.

Doon PRC Consistory added this note:

This past week the Lord sent a powerful and destructive typhoon through the central Philippines.  The typhoon did not affect Manila, so that our missionaries and their families and all the churches and contacts in Manila are doing fine.  To the best of our knowledge, this is also true of our contacts in the central Philippines and that the Lord was pleased to spare their lives. We thank God for His protection and care.  We pray He may continue to watch over our fellow saints in the Philippines.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Psalm 46:1-3

What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. In God will I praise his word: in the LORD will I praise his word. Psalm 56:3,10

UPDATE: 

The consistory of the First Reformed Church of Bulacan has informed our missionaries in the Philippines that eleven families from the Protestant Reformed Fellowship in Albuera, Leyte had their homes and possessions almost completely destroyed, along with their building for worship by the recent typhoon.  The FRCB consistory will be investigating the benevolent needs as soon as possible though travel to the affected area remains very difficult.  At this time added assistance from our PRCA diaconates is not needed.   Continue to remember the affected saints there, as well as the consistory of the FRCB as they seek to provide the necessary assistance and God's Word of comfort.

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New Music CD's Available - Great Gift Ideas!

Psalm95-1Several new music CDs have been produced from groups and individuals within the PRC recently. The information below will give you the details. Build your home library with godly, God-glorifying, soul-edifying music! And use these opportunities for gift ideas during the holiday season - or anytime of the year!

The Hope Heralds 2013 CD, “Goin’ Home” is now available. Cds can be purchased for $10 at Covenant Chr. High School (contact Rick Noorman), Heritage Christian School in Hudsonville, or at the Reformed Book Outlet in Hudsonville. Please call or email Karen at Heritage Christian School if none of these options work (616.669.1773/This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

 

“Lift Up Your Voice” by the 2013 PRC Mass Choir. The cost is $10 each, with checks to be made payable to Hope Heralds. To purchase, contact Heritage Christian School, Hudsonville, MI. at 616-669-1773 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

 

Covenant Christian High School Choir CD: Our new Choir CD 'His Own' will soon be available for $10.  Included on the CD are these favorites, 'The Holy Heart', 'His Robes for Mine', 'All the Way my Savior Leads Me' and 'Christ Arose' along with many other selections from last year's Chamber and Concert Chorale Choirs.  More details on how to order will follow. 

 

CD/DVD Are Available NOW for the Messiah Concert that was given in October.  The 2 CD set is $15 and the DVD is $10.  You can order both for $20. These would make great Christmas gifts.  All sales will directly benefit PR Special Education.  You can go to the website at http://www.prspecialneedsbenefit.com to order them online or download the order form from the website to send the order via the mail. If you have any questions you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Piano CD:  A new piano CD by Lisa Brands is now available for purchase. The CD is entitled"Higgaion" and is compiled of various Psalter arrangements. Several tracks include cello. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Lisa Brands by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

 

"Fitting Praises” Vol. 17 by the Protestant Reformed Psalm Singing Choir is now  available at the special introductory price of $8 per CD until January 15, 2014.  To order, contact Jon or Cheri Rutgers at (616) 719-3822 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For a copy of the order form, see the attached pdf.

 

"Fitting Praises" Vol. 16 by the Protestant Reformed Psalm Singing Choir. To order, contact Cheri Rutgers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Order form.

 

Musings on the Psalter by Tamara Kalsbeek - This collection of Psalter numbers is meditative piano music. The CD is available as a hard copy CD, but now is also available as a file download from our website.  The cost is $9.

 

A new Christmas CD by Matthew Fisher featuring full orchestra and piano is now available.  The CD is called, “Glorious Christmas” and contains both original and traditional Christmas songs.  The CD can be found at Reformed Book Outlet, Schuler Books, Baker Book House, Heritage Christian School and Covenant Christian.  If you have any questions please contact Matthew Fisher at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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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