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LimerickmeetingplaceMissionary: Rev. Martyn McGeown

38 Abbeyvale, Corbally,
Limerick, Ireland.

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Worshiping at: Conradh na Gaeilge Hall 

Thomas St., Limerick City

Services: 11:00 a.m.; 5:30 p.m.

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Limerick Reformed Fellowship - November 2016 Newsletter

LimerickmeetingplaceLimerick Reformed Fellowship
Rev. Martyn McGeown, missionary
38 Abbeyvale, Corbally Co. Limerick, Ireland
http://www.limerickreformed.com/
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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.

Called to Watch 1024x1024I 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

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Limerick Reformed Fellowship - July 2016 Newsletter

Rev. Martyn McGeown

38 Abbeyvale, Corbally, Co. Limerick, Ireland

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Monday, July 25, 2016

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Dear saints in the Protestant Reformed Churches,

Limerick 2016 Spence Hogan            The busy summer continues. I am just back from the British Reformed Fellowship Conference in Castlewellan, Co. Down, Northern Ireland. The Conference was, of course, a very enjoyable and spiritually uplifting week. Our two speakers, Prof. D. Engelsma and Rev. A. Lanning were excellent, and, amazingly, we had wonderful weather (The latter was not forecast, with the result that some did not have the correct attire and lacked sunscreen!). Reports about the BRFC will appear in the Standard Bearer, Beacon Lights, and British Reformed Journal. It was, I believe, our most international, or catholic, conference, with saints from the UK, the Republic of Ireland, mainland Europe, USA, Canada, Singapore, and the Philippines. We also had a good number of day visitors. The speeches will be online in the coming days on the BRF website and the CPRC YouTube channel. The next conference is scheduled for July 2018 in Hebron Hall, S. Wales, DV.

            This week, I need to get ready for my next visit to the USA (Aug 1-24). Rev. Michael DeVries and his wife, Dawn (Kalamazoo PRC, MI) will be staying in my home while I am on vacation, and a lot of preparation is required to make sure that everything runs smoothly when they are here—ecclesiastically, we have everything covered (Rev. DeVries will fill the LRF’s pulpit); domestically, we are a work in progress! The saints here look forward to Rev. DeVries’ ministry among us.

            This will be my second visit to the USA this year. In June, I was privileged to attend the Protestant Reformed synod in Hull, IA, on behalf of the CPRC. I met friends, colleagues and fellow saints, both old acquaintances and new, and enjoyed fellowship in various homes. I was also able to preach in Hull, IA and Sioux Falls, SD. My hearty thanks to all who contributed to a profitable time there.

            I am “between series” at the moment—I finished the “Nativity and Childhood of Jesus Christ” series on April 17 (“The Boy Jesus About His Father’s Business”), then I preached some sermons on anxiety (especially 3 sermons on Matthew 6:25-34), and now I am preaching some sermons on the miracles of Jesus, which is evolving somewhat into a series. In Heidelberg Catechism preaching, I am treating the names of the Mediator (Jesus, Christ, the only begotten Son of God, our Lord).

            Limerick 2016 Higgs KuhsA very significant event for the Fellowship took place on June 11—Felicity Kuhs, the third child of Manuel and Emily-Kate Kuhs, was born. We now have five small children in the Fellowship: Sebastian Kuhs (5), Jason Watterson (3), Penelope Kuhs (3), Eleanora Watterson (10 months), and Felicity Kuhs (6 weeks). We hope to schedule Felicity’s baptism soon.

            On Tuesdays, we continue our Bible study. We started the book of Romans on October 6, and have reached chapter 8. We have a second Bible study at the Mansonas’ home on the book of Hebrews. Catechism has been put on hold for the summer.

            We continue our “Back to Basics” Lecture series in Limerick.  The last ones were entitled “God Is Good” (April 16) and “The Forgiveness of Sins” (July 2). A Muslim colleague of Manuel Kuhs still attends these lectures

            Another recent valuable opportunity to witness is in the Limerick Post, which is a local newspaper. According to its website, “The Limerick Post weekly newspaper is distributed throughout Limerick City and County in the region of Munster. It is considered Limerick’s most popular newspaper with a circulation of over 53,000 copies per week and an estimated readership of 238,500.” The Post has a “Have Your Say” (or “Letters to the Editor”) section. In April 2016, the Roman Catholics of Limerick made a procession through the city carrying an icon of Mary, which had been “blessed by the pope.” My first letter opposing such idolatry was published on April 9. This elicited several responses, to which I responded in subsequent weeks. After a while, an atheist, seeing the discussion, demanded proof for the existence of God, and I responded to him the following week. On one occasion, four unbelievers responded to my letters, and I was afforded the opportunity to respond. To date, eight of my letters have been published with only minor editing, the latest one being last week. Best of all, each letter is published with the signature, “Martyn McGeown, Limerick Reformed Fellowship.” (I received e-mail from a Roman Catholic, to which I responded at length. That e-mail was republished on the RFPA blog. Others have told me that they have seen the letters in the Post. It is quite a challenge and privilege to respond to atheists, and to do so in only about 300 words. Once the debate winds down, I will publish the letters online).

Limerick July 2016 Hilts Kikkert            This past weekend, the CPRC in Ballymena had some 40+ visitors. I managed to attract a few pre-conference (Brian, Jillian and Josiah Hilt, and Averly Kikkert [Wingham PRC], and Katie and Megan Higgs [EPCA, Brisbane, Australia]) and post-conference visitors (Ed Bos [Grace PRC, MI], Phil Harbach [Grandville PRC, MI], Timothy Spence [CPRC Ballymena, and Greg, Candace, Patrick and Megan Duerr [Covenant PRC, Spokane, WA]) to Limerick, an experience our little group always enjoys.  

Pray for us, as we do for you,

  In Christian love,

  Rev. Martyn McGeown

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Limerick Mission Newsletter - April 2016

Limerick Reformed Fellowship
Rev. Martyn McGeown, missionary
38 Abbeyvale, Corbally Co. Limerick, Ireland
http://www.limerickreformed.com

Friday, April 1, 2016

Dear saints in the Protestant Reformed Churches,

Some of you have wondered why the newsletters from Limerick have become infrequent.  There are two main factors:  1) Apart from the day-to-day and week-toweek activities common to all churches and to many missions, there is not a lot of “unusual” news to report; and 2) The “unusual” occurrences tend to be private or confidential (pastoral issues or personal trials, which do not belong in a public newsletter).   

Despite the lack of “news,” the normal work on the field continues.  Since the last newsletter, I finished a series on Psalm 137 (“Remembering Zion by Babylon’s Rivers”) on November 8 (5 sermons), and I started a series on “The Nativity and Childhood of Jesus Christ” (using material from Matthew 1-2 and Luke 1-2).  Since we in the CPRC/LRF do not observe religious holidays, we rarely have an opportunity to preach “Nativity” texts.  I must be the only Reformed minister who is still preaching a Nativity series past Easter!  Our current sermon (number 19) in the series is “The Son of God Called a Nazarene” (Matt. 1:1923).  I also finished the third time through the Heidelberg Catechism on March 6, and recommenced with the Catechism on March 13 with a sermon, “Walking in the Good Old Paths” (Jer. 6:16).

Some of our members/regular visitors have suffered afflictions recently.  Bill Davies, our oldest member (81 years old), has undergone two operations on his colon (in October 2015 and February 2016), and has not been in the LRF since October.  He is regaining strength and hopes to be able to return to the worship services soon.  Jimmy Hogan, who has attended our evening services, Bible studies, and public lectures for several years, was in hospital for much of the month of December.  He suffered breathing difficulties, and even after several operations he must carry a personal oxygen tank in case of an attack.  He still enjoys attending our Bible studies, and a few weeks ago he came back to the evening service.  I was privileged to visit him both in the hospital and in his home to minister the Word of God to him and his family.  Joanne Cesar is the sister of Rev. John Flores of Bulacan in the Philippines.  Although she and her family do not attend the LRF, I have been teaching her children in Shannon for some time.  She became seriously ill and was hospitalised for a number of weeks.  (Because of this, there has been no catechism instruction in Shannon since before Christmas).  Her parents, Tino and Nancy Flores, who are members in PRC Bulacan in the Philippines, have come to Ireland to assist Joanne and her family at this time.  While they are here, they are under the spiritual oversight of CPRC/LRF.

 

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The Floreses and the Mansonas  

They are a welcome addition to our little group.  The Mansonas, who are also Filipinos, especially enjoy having them around.  There is much Tagalog spoken after the services!  I was able to tell Tino and Nancy on March 20 that Rev. Daniel Holstege has accepted the call to be the second missionary to the Philippines.  They were very happy about that.

On Tuesdays, we continue our Bible study.  We started the book of Romans on October 6 and have reached chapter 5.  We have a second Bible study at the Mansonas’ home on Revelation, which we have almost finished.  Last time we began chapter 22. In addition, Chester and Dale continue to be excellent catechumens in “Essentials of Reformed Doctrine” on Saturday mornings. We begin Christology (Lesson 12) this week.  

We continue our “Back to Basics” Lecture series in Limerick.  The last four lectures were “Why the Cross?” “The Resurrection” “What Is Sin?” and “Our Sin and God’s Justice.”  Our next lecture will be “God Is Good” (April 16).  The lectures are about 30 minutes long (sometimes I stay within the time limit), and are designed to explain fundamental truths to an unbelieving audience.  My last two lectures in Wales were “Spiritual Gifts” (November 19, 2015) and “The Love of the World” (February 2, 2016).  The next speech will be on “Christian Wisdom” on May 12, D.V.

The group enjoys visitors, especially if they stay for the Sunday services.  Rev. N. Decker and Peter VanDerSchaaf from the Contact Committee were in Limerick for the weekend of January 17.  We enjoyed their fellowship and the preaching of Rev. Decker.  Dr. Julian Kennedy, deacon of CPRC, was here for the weekend of January 24.  David Hutchings from South Wales stayed for about a week in late February.  We are also expecting visitors around the time of the British Reformed Fellowship Conference (July 16-23).  Some have already indicated their desire to visit Limerick.  We look forward to that and to an excellent conference with friends old and new, and near and far!

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Some of the saints in South Wales.


In Christian love,
Rev. Martyn McGeown

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Limerick Reformed Fellowship - November 2015 Newsletter

LimerickmeetingplaceMissionary-pastor Martyn McGeown has published his latest newsletter on behalf of the Limerick (Ireland) Reformed Fellowship where he serves for the calling church, Covenant PRC in Ballymena, N.Ireland.

The newsletter is published here and also attached in pdf form.

Once again, Rev.McGeown has written an informative and interesting update on his labors, so be sure to read the latest mission news from Limerick in the Republic of Ireland!

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Limerick Reformed Fellowship Newsletter - June 2015

LimerickmeetingplaceMissionary-pastor Martyn McGeown has published his latest newsletter on behalf of the Limerick (Ireland) Reformed Fellowship where he serves for the calling church, Covenant PRC in Ballymena, N.Ireland.

The newsletter is published here and also attached in pdf form.

Once again, Rev.McGeown has written an informative and interesting update on his labors, so be sure to read the latest mission news from Limerick in the republic of Ireland!

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Limerick Reformed Fellowship - February 2015 Newsletter

LimerickmeetingplaceMissionary-pastor Martyn McGeown has published his latest newsletter on behalf of the Limerick (Ireland) Reformed Fellowship where he serves for the calling church, Covenant PRC in Ballymena, N.Ireland.

The newsletter is published here and also attached in pdf form.

Once again, Rev.McGeown has written an informative and interesting update on his labors, so be sure to read the latest mission news from Limerick in the republic of Ireland!

Feb 2015 MM Page 1
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