Missions of the Protestant Reformed Churches in America

PRC and Sister-Church News Highlights for June 9, 2024

Psalm 139 14Today, June 9, is the twenty-third Lord's Day of this year of our Lord 2024, and another rest stop on our pilgrim journey through this world. "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28

Below you will find special highlights of PRC and sister-church news. It is our hope that these reports not only inform you but also give you opportunity to pray for the needs of these churches and mission fields throughout the world.

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. ...If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! ...Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. ~ Psalm 139:15, 17, 18, 23, 24

If you are new to this website and the PRCA, we invite you to join us in worship today or on any of the Sunday's of this year at one of our local congregations near you; or you may listen online through one of the PRC's livestreams.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS 

  • Today Rev. Nate Decker (Grandville, PRC, MI) declined the call to Loveland PRC

  • Hope PRC-Redlands' Council has formed a new trio from which the congregation will call a new pastor: Revs. J. Engelsma (Crete PRC), G. Eriks (Unity PRC) and A. Brummel (Calvary PRC– Hull, Iowa). The congregational meeting will be held after the morning worship service on Sunday, June 23.

  • Lynden (WA) PRC's Consistory presents the following trio from which to call a pastor: Rev. R. Barnhill (Heritage PRC), Rev. A. Brummel (Calvary PRC), and Rev. D. Lee (Kalamazoo PRC). A congregational meeting is planned for Sunday, June 23, after the morning service to call one of these men.

  • Special note: Rev. Bleyenberg and Deb leave for Singapore this week. He has been asked to speak at the CERC's annual church camp. The Bleyenbergs plan to return home, the Lord willing, on June 25. Rev. Miersma will be preaching for us the next two Sundays (Immanuel PRC's bulletin today).

  • Rev. J. Mahtani's installation in Pittsburgh PRC is scheduled for July 7. He and his family plan to move the end of this month after his farewell at Hope PRC on June 30.

Classical appointments and pulpit supply for today in the vacant PRCs:  Prof. R. Cammenga and Rev. J. Slopsema in Georgetown PRC; Rev. J. Marcus (2nd week) led in Hope PRC-Redlands; Prof. B. Huizinga and Rev. W. Langerak in Hudsonville PRC; Rev. S. Key in Loveland PRC; Rev. T. Miersma (2nd week) led in Lynden PRC; Rev. J. Maatman in Pittsburgh PRC; Prof. B. Gritters and Rev. C. Haak in Zion PRC. May we count it a blessing of our church federation that we can help one another in these needs. Let us remember to pray for the men who supply these pulpits and for the vacant congregations. And may we continue to pray for men to hear the call to serve as pastors and missionaries!

Special Congregational/Evangelism Notices:

  • Hope PRC Ministry (Walker, MI) is excited to announce that it now has a new podcast channel called 'Daily Devotionals from the Psalms.' This new channel is in addition to the main channel, Hope PR Ministry, and it will solely feature the popular devotionals which were originally written by Rev. Heys. You may find this new channel by searching for 'Daily Devotionals from the Psalms' on all your favorite podcasting services. Please support this work by listening to this new channel and also the main channel, Hope PR Ministry.

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Trinity PRC (Hudsonville, MI), host of this week's PRC Synod (see note below)

PRC DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

  • The Synod of the PRC will convene on Tuesday, June 11 at 8 A.M. in the Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI. The pre-synodical service will be held on Monday evening, June 10 at 7 P.M. Rev. G. Eriks, president of the 2023 Synod, will preach the sermon. Synodical delegates are requested to meet with the Consistory before the service. Please remember the delegates in your prayers as they deliberate important matters for our churches. 
    Tuesday at 8 AM, the synod will be organized, and the Seminarian Arend Haveman will give his sermon (usually about 10 AM). The rest of the day will be filled with the meetings of the five committees of pre-advice. The mornings of Wednesday and Thursday will be taken up with the oral examination of Seminarian Haveman by the professors. The seminarian’s sermon and examination are open to the public, as is most of the work of Synod.

  • Domestic Missions update: Rev. and Margaret Laning are on a second mission trip to visit contacts in Hungary at present. Let us keep them constantly in our prayers! “Declare his glory among the heathen; his marvelous works among all nations.” 1 Chronicles 16:24.
     
  • Denominational Website Logo Design Contest: The denominational website is currently being redesigned to improve our evangelism efforts and to make it more user friendly for all who visit the website. As part of this effort, we would like to create a new PRCA.org logo and we would like to have a contest so that anyone within the denomination can try their hand at designing our new logo. You may send your designs to the website committee (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) before June 30, 2024. The winner will receive a gift.
  • AD-HOC COMMITTEE of Synod 2023 reports it will deactivate the Guidepost hotline (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) effective April 5. The reasoning is that after this date Guidepost will be unable to investigate and report on information collected through the hotline in time to meet the deadline for the synodical report. Instead of using funds for the hotline, the committee has directed Guidepost to focus on compiling and distributing reports to consistories. The hotline may be reactivated in the future depending on the decisions of Synod 2024.
  • PRC 100th Anniversary Celebration: All the members of the PRCA, our sister churches, and close contacts are encouraged to come together at Calvin University from June 2-6, 2025 (note the new dates) to participate in this commemorative week. Visit prca100.org for basic event information and to sign up for email updates.

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PRC Seminary Notices:

  • The PR Theological Seminary has now completed its second semester and entered its summer break. Faculty, students, and staff will be busy with normal and special duties during these months, all in preparation for a new semester, which will begin, D.V., on August 26. Continue to pray for faculty, students, and staff as we labor during these next months.
  • Senior seminarian Arend Havemen has been preparing for his written and oral examination (including a sermon) before the PRC Synod meeting at Trinity PRC this week, June 11-14. Seminary graduation is planned for Thursday evening, June 13, in Trinity PRC. Pray for him this week as he submits to this examination.
  • With joy the faculty of the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary announces that it has licensed second-student Bruce Feenstra to speak a word of edification in the churches. We are grateful for the brother’s progress to this point in his training. All scheduling of Mr. Feenstra must be done through the seminary, either by sending a request to the seminary secretary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or the rector, Prof. R. Cammenga (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
  • Prof. B. Huizinga's first book has been published - Crowning His Gifts: Gracious Rewards in the Reformed Tradition (RFPA, 2024) - the fruit of his studies for the ThM degree through Calvin Theological Seminary. We thank the Lord for this work and pray that it will have wide readership. To order your copy, visit the publisher's website linked here or visit the seminary bookstore.
  • The Spring 2024 issue of the PR Theological Journal is now available. The digital editions (pdf and epub) have been posted on the journal page (visit the link here). This latest issue features three main articles, one dealing with the history of common grace at the1924 Synod in the Christian Reformed Church (which led to the formation of the Protestant Reformed Churches), one involving another translation of H. Bouwman's work on the Reformed Church Order, and another chapter from Prof. D. Kuiper on the history of Classis West in the PRC. Plus, there is a good number of book reviews again, on a variety of subjects. If you want to be added to our mailing list (either print or digital) or wish to pick up a copy, contact Valerie Kleyn, the seminary secretary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 
  • Advance Notice - Fall Seminary Conference: In 1924 the CRC Synod developed the Three Points of Common Grace. What are they? What led to their development? Why are they wrong? Is the early opposition to them by leaders of the PRCA relevant for us today, or is it merely a matter of past history? The seminary faculty would like to announce a fall conference observing the centennial of the development of the Three Points. This conference will be held the evenings of Thursday, October 31, and Friday, November 1, and the morning of Saturday, November 2, at Grace PRC. More details are coming.
  • For the latest seminary news and information, visit the seminary's website - and don't forget the blog!

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SISTER-CHURCH/MISSION NEWS:

  • Covenant ERC, Singapore and her Kolkata, India mission work:
    • Pastors J. Tan and M. Wee are faithfully serving the CERC. Both pastors preached today. The CERC is preparing for her annual church camp next week.
    • A new issue of Salt Shakers is available - May 2024#72, the second of this year!  Once again you will find a variety of articles on timely subjects in this issue! Written especially for young people and young adults, SS is edifying for all adults!
  • Covenant PRC, N. Ireland:
    • Rev. A. Stewart continues to minister the Word faithfully in the CPRC, Ballymena, N. Ireland - and beyond!
    • 2024 BRF Family Conference: Join Reformed believers from around the world at the 2024 British Reformed Fellowship family conference at Cloverley Hall Conference Centre in Shropshire, England, from Saturday, August 3, to Saturday, August 10. Our speakers, Prof. Brian Huizinga and Rev. Ron Hanko, will lecture on “Then Comes the End: The Reformed Doctrine of Eschatology.” For information and booking forms, see the website ( www.brfconference.weebly.com ) or contact Briana Prins (616-214-2779; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
    • The April 2024 issue of "Covenant Reformed News" is now available! Read the articles by Rev. A. Stewart on "The Truth Is According to Godliness" (3) and Rev. R. Hanko's response to a question about David, Amasa, and Joab.
    • The CPRC YouTube channel may be found here.
  • PRC in the Philippines and her mission work in various places:
    • Berean PRC bulletin: Rev. V. Ibe led her services today. And, "The saints in All of Grace Protestant Reformed Fellowship in Gabaldon Nueva Ecija will join us in our worship services today.
    • Special note: "Our Pastor and Sis. Melody is scheduled to travel to the U.S. tomorrow early morning God willing. Rev. Ibe will attend the PRCA’s Synod this year as a visiting delegate/representative of the PRCP. The Lord willing, they will stay in the U.S. from June 10 – 19, 2024. May God’s traveling mercies be upon them throughout their trip to the U.S. and back to the Philippines."
    • Outreach news: "The visit and conference held on the Reformed Theology and the Church Order of Dort (1618-19) at Bata Community Christian Church and Canturay Reformed Church in Sipalay with the saints and pastors in these areas went very well, by the grace of God. Our Pastor and family’s flight back to Manila on Tuesday [June 4] [Ptr. Ibe was scheduled to give a Funeral message in the wake of Elder Armas’s mother at 7 PM that day] was canceled due to the “Phreatic eruption” of Mt. Kanlaon and the next available flight is on Monday [June 10]. Pastor Ibe and his family had no option but to ride a Bus to Cebu via RoRo [on Tuesday at 11:30 P.M.] and from Cebu booked a flight back to Manila on Wednesday at 2:30 P.M. Their flight to Manila from Cebu was delayed for about an hour and a half and thus finally made it home around 9:30 P.M. the same day. All of these experiences were in the hands of God to teach us patience and utter dependence upon Him for provision and care and safe travel home. The care and love shown and expressed by the saints and pastors in Bacolod were greatly appreciated and the help of our church to provide a “rescue flight” from Cebu to Manila was full of compassion and loving care. God be praised."
    • Provident PRC bulletin: Officebearers led her worship services today. Let's remember this vacant congregation and her needs in our prayers.

REFORMED RESOURCES for EDUCATION, EDIFICATION, and EVANGELISM

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Listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday - on a radio station near you, on Sermonaudio, or on your favorite podcast - wherever you are!

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  • This month - June 2024 -  the RWH is broadcasting five gospel messages by Rev. W. Bruinsma, continuing his series on women in the Bible. Today's message is titled "Ruth's Vow"based on Ruth 1:16,17.
  • The Reformed Witness Hour publishes each month's messages in an attractive booklet. These printed sermons are a great blessing to many and are distributed all over the world, including to many prisoners in the U.S. If you or your Evangelism Committee would like to receive these, let the RWHC know and they will add you to the mailing list (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

New 100th SB design June 2024

Did you know that the Reformed magazine the Standard Bearer is in its 100th year of publication? The RFPA (publisher) just came out with a new design this month. Now would be a great time to subscribe and become a regular reader of the SB!

  • RBO Aug 2023 2The Reformed Book Outlet (downtown Hudsonville, MI) is now operating out of its new store in downtown Hudsonville (3472 Harvey St.). Visit the store and browse the variety of resources for your Reformed-Christian faith and walk, including many children's titles. They are open Tuesday-Friday, 10-5, and Saturday 10-1. 
    Special notice: "Celebrate with us! On Friday, June 21 at 7PM, the Reformed Book Outlet will be hosting an official launch party for the RFPA summer releases, Journey Through the Psalms by Mike Velthouse and Erinn Kuiper, and Songs of Our Pilgrimage by John Heys. All, especially readers age 9-13, are welcome to attend for ice cream, a scavenger hunt with prizes, and an author reading from Journey. All RFPA books (except the 2 new releases) will be 25% off for attendees. Hope to see you there!"
  • In need of sound biblical and Reformed catechism materials for children and young people? Check out the PRC's full curriculum of materials here. Call the PRC Seminary for help with any of these materials (616-531-1490).

  • For sound, distinctively Reformed literature on a variety of subjects and for all ages - including church history and Bible study materials - visit the Reformed Free Publishing Association website or stop in at their Jenison (Michigan) location.

This Week's Thought for Contemplation

 "All of this is true, of course, because of the character of faith. Faith is a certain knowledge by which we hold for truth everything God tells us. Sarah had this knowledge. She knew God.

"Now, let us be clear, this knowledge was not mere head knowledge. It was not merely academic knowledge about God. Many, even in the church, think that knowing all the objective doctrines of the church and defending them is the same as the knowledge of faith. Neither is that to be belittled. Faith surely is objective knowledge of the truths of God’s Word. The more we know of God and of Jesus Christ the stronger is our faith. But faith is not mere intellectual knowledge by which we give some assent to what is true of God and Christ. The knowledge of faith is that which is rooted in the very spiritual center of a man or woman.

"It is a knowledge of the heart. It is an intimate knowledge by which we come to love God and fear Him. It is a knowledge by which we look to Him for all things and believe that He is capable of doing all things. When applied to the covenant and its promises, faith is that which clings to those promises of God and to His great love and fellowship as the mainstay of life. It is to long for the fulfillment of them, and it is the knowledge that God as God is able, and as Father is willing, to perform what He has promised us.

"Such knowledge produces in us one more such blessing: confidence in God. A believer clings to God and Jesus Christ (through whom God fulfills all things), with the great assurance of heart that God out of His great love will do what He says. For example: we believe that God will bring about our final salvation when Jesus Christ comes again. God will usher in the kingdom of heaven and we will dwell with Him there. We believe that. Faith is the substance of things hoped for. This is a promise God has given us. We know of it from God’s Word. Well, with confidence we trust that God will indeed work out all the affairs of this world to bring about that coming of Christ and heaven. Faith is such confidence—unwavering, patient, and sure. This is the faith that Sarah had. Through that faith she was able to conceive and bear a son. Why? Because she judged, she considered, God faithful who had promised."

~ Taken from the radio message"The Faith of Sarah" by Rev. W. Bruinsma

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PRC and Sister-Church News Highlights for June 2, 2024

Psalm 138 2Today, June 2, is the twenty-second Lord's Day of this year of our Lord 2024, and another rest stop on our pilgrim journey through this world. "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28

Below you will find special highlights of PRC and sister-church news. It is our hope that these reports not only inform you but also give you opportunity to pray for the needs of these churches and mission fields throughout the world.

I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee. I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul. All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O LORD, when they hear the words of thy mouth. Yea, they shall sing in the ways of the LORD: for great is the glory of the LORD. ~ Psalm 138:1-5

If you are new to this website and the PRCA, we invite you to join us in worship today or on any of the Sunday's of this year at one of our local congregations near you; or you may listen online through one of the PRC's livestreams.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS 

  • Last Sunday Rev. M. DeBoer (Edgerton PRC-MN) declined calls from Georgetown PRC and Hope PRC-Redlands, CA.

  • Last Sunday Rev. J. Maatman (Southeast PRC) declined the call from Hudsonville PRC.

  • Rev. Nate Decker (Grandville, PRC, MI) is considering the call to Loveland PRC (received May 12). He plans to answer next Sunday, June 9.

  • Rev. J. Mahtani's installation in Pittsburgh PRC is scheduled for July 7. He and his family plan to move the end of this month after his farewell at Hope PRC on June 30.

Classical appointments and pulpit supply for today in the vacant PRCs:  Prof. C. Griess and Rev. J. Smidstra in Georgetown PRC; Rev. J. Marcus (1st week) led in Hope PRC-Redlands; Prof. B. Huizinga and Rev. D. Lee in Hudsonville PRC; Rev. A. Brummel (2nd week) in Loveland PRC; Rev. T. Miersma (1st week) led in Lynden PRC; Rev. D. Noorman in Pittsburgh PRC; Prof. B. Gritters and Rev. M. DeVries in Zion PRC. May we count it a blessing of our church federation that we can help one another in these needs. Let us remember to pray for the men who supply these pulpits and for the vacant congregations. And may we continue to pray for men to hear the call to serve as pastors and missionaries!

Special Congregational/Evangelism Notices:

  • Byron Center (MI) PRC: "The Community Bible Study meets this Thursday, June 6, at 7:30 PM at church to continue our study of the book of Philippians. Discussion will begin at chapter 2 verse 14. You would be welcome to join us!" 

PRC DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

  • Domestic Missions update: Rev. and Margaret Laning are leaving on a second mission trip to visit contacts in Hungary this week. Let us keep them constantly in our prayers! “Declare his glory among the heathen; his marvelous works among all nations.” 1 Chronicles 16:24.

  • The 2024 PRC Synod will meet June 11-14 in Trinity PRC (Hudsonville, MI. The pre-synodical worship service will be held Monday night, June 10, in the church beginning at 7 p.m.

  • Synod 2023 mandated the Psalter Revision Review Committee "to familiarize the denomination with the final product that is to be presented to Synod 2024…” To that end, we have produced a pamphlet and given apresentation that details the history of this project and the principles that guided the revision, as well asshowing the results with both data and sample songs. You are encouraged to listen to the presentationat https://www.youtube.com/@2024Psalter. If you do not have a hard copy of the pamphlet, you should begetting one soon. You can also find a link to a pdf of the pamphlet beneath the video. (cf. image above for booklet cover)
     
  • Denominational Website Logo Design Contest: The denominational website is currently being redesigned to improve our evangelism efforts and to make it more user friendly for all who visit the website. As part of this effort, we would like to create a new PRCA.org logo and we would like to have a contest so that anyone within the denomination can try their hand at designing our new logo. You may send your designs to the website committee (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) before June 30, 2024. The winner will receive a gift.
  • AD-HOC COMMITTEE of Synod 2023 reports it will deactivate the Guidepost hotline (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) effective April 5. The reasoning is that after this date Guidepost will be unable to investigate and report on information collected through the hotline in time to meet the deadline for the synodical report. Instead of using funds for the hotline, the committee has directed Guidepost to focus on compiling and distributing reports to consistories. The hotline may be reactivated in the future depending on the decisions of Synod 2024.
  • PRC 100th Anniversary Celebration: All the members of the PRCA, our sister churches, and close contacts are encouraged to come together at Calvin University from June 2-6, 2025 (note the new dates) to participate in this commemorative week. Visit prca100.org for basic event information and to sign up for email updates.

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PRC Seminary Notices:

  • The PR Theological Seminary has now completed its second semester and entered its summer break. Faculty, students, and staff will be busy with normal and special duties during these months, all in preparation for a new semester, which will begin, D.V., on August 27. Continue to pray for faculty, students, and staff as we labor during these next months.
  • With joy the faculty of the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary announces that it has licensed second-student Bruce Feenstra to speak a word of edification in the churches. We are grateful for the brother’s progress to this point in his training. All scheduling of Mr. Feenstra must be done through the seminary, either by sending a request to the seminary secretary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or the rector, Prof. R. Cammenga (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
  • Senior seminarian Arend Havemen has begun preparing for his written and oral examination (including a sermon) before the PRC Synod meeting at Trinity PRC June 11-14. Seminary graduation is planned for Thursday evening, June 13, in Trinity PRC.
  • Prof. B. Huizinga's first book has been published - Crowning His Gifts: Gracious Rewards in the Reformed Tradition (RFPA, 2024) - the fruit of his studies for the ThM degree through Calvin Theological Seminary. We thank the Lord for this work and pray that it will have wide readership. To order your copy, visit the publisher's website linked here or visit the seminary bookstore.
  • The Spring 2024 issue of the PR Theological Journal is now out and has been mailed. The digital editions (pdf and epub) have been posted on the journal page (visit the link here). This latest issue features three main articles, one dealing with the history of common grace at the1924 Synod in the Christian Reformed Church (which led to the formation of the Protestant Reformed Churches), one involving another translation of H. Bouwman's work on the Reformed Church Order, and another chapter from Prof. D. Kuiper on the history of Classis West in the PRC. Plus, there is a good number of book reviews again, on a variety of subjects. If you want to be added to our mailing list (either print or digital) or wish to pick up a copy, contact Valerie Kleyn, the seminary secretary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 
  • Advance Notice - Fall Seminary Conference: In 1924 the CRC Synod developed the Three Points of Common Grace. What are they? What led to their development? Why are they wrong? Is the early opposition to them by leaders of the PRCA relevant for us today, or is it merely a matter of past history? The seminary faculty would like to announce a fall conference observing the centennial of the development of the Three Points. This conference will be held the evenings of Thursday, October 31, and Friday, November 1, and the morning of Saturday, November 2, at Grace PRC. More details are coming.
  • For the latest seminary news and information, visit the seminary's website - and don't forget the blog!

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SISTER-CHURCH/MISSION NEWS:

  • Covenant ERC, Singapore and her Kolkata, India mission work:
    • Pastors J. Tan and M. Wee are faithfully serving the CERC. Today's "pastoral note" gives all of us a good reminder in the midst of life's busyness: "In all of our busyness, let us find time to commune with God, in our daily devotions and prayer. Let not the hustle and bustle of our activities take away from our quiet time and spiritual rest. Even as we make all sorts of plans and fill up our schedules, let us intentionally plan and schedule spiritual activities, to grow in grace and knowledge of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Not first of all piling on the external events (although these have their place), but being faithful in our spiritual disciplines, finding time not only to read God’s Word, but also to meditate on it, and to pray over it. And let us not neglect that chief of all spiritual activities, the worship of God. Let us not forsaking the assembling of ourselves for the worship of God, in a true church of Jesus Christ. Let us ensure that we have sufficient rest to prepare ourselves to worship God, each Lord’s Day."
    • A new issue of Salt Shakers is available - May 2024#72, the second of this year!  Once again you will find a variety of articles on timely subjects in this issue! Written especially for young people and young adults, SS is edifying for all adults!
  • Covenant PRC, N. Ireland:
    • Rev. A. Stewart continues to minister the Word faithfully in the CPRC, Ballymena, N. Ireland - and beyond!
    • 2024 BRF Family Conference: Join Reformed believers from around the world at the 2024 British Reformed Fellowship family conference at Cloverley Hall Conference Centre in Shropshire, England, from Saturday, August 3, to Saturday, August 10. Our speakers, Prof. Brian Huizinga and Rev. Ron Hanko, will lecture on “Then Comes the End: The Reformed Doctrine of Eschatology.” For information and booking forms, see the website ( www.brfconference.weebly.com ) or contact Briana Prins (616-214-2779; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
    • The April 2024 issue of "Covenant Reformed News" is now available! Read the articles by Rev. A. Stewart on "The Truth Is According to Godliness" (3) and Rev. R. Hanko's response to a question about David, Amasa, and Joab.
    • The CPRC YouTube channel may be found here.
  • PRC in the Philippines and her mission work in various places:
    • Berean PRC bulletin: Elders Penaverde and Espiritu led her services today. And, "The saints in All of Grace Protestant Reformed Fellowship in Gabaldon Nueva Ecija will join us in our worship services today via Livestream at our Facebook account, the Lord willing. We pray for God’s blessings and spiritual sustenance upon them as they hear the Word of God."
    • Outreach news: Rev. Ibe [and family] are visiting the pastors and saints in Bacolod and SNO from May 29 – June 04, 2024. "Our pastor will lead both groups to a monthly lecture on Reformed Dogmatics [Soteriology] and the Church Order of Dort 1618-19 for the saints and pastors in SNO on Friday [May 31] at 9 AM at Canturay Reformed Church and on Saturday [June 1] for the saints and pastors in Bacolod City, to be held at Bata Christian Community Church at 9 AM. Our pastor [with the approval of the Consistory] is also scheduled to preach at Bata Christian Community Church on June 2 in their morning worship service at 9 AM., all the Lord willing. May God’s blessings rest upon the labors of our pastor in their midst on behalf of the Protestant Reformed Churches in the Philippines. Soli Deo Gloria. “And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south” [Psalm 107:3].
    • Provident PRC bulletin: Elder Mitch Suarez and Deacon Ruel dela Fuente led her worship services today. Let's remember this vacant congregation and her needs in our prayers.

REFORMED RESOURCES for EDUCATION, EDIFICATION, and EVANGELISM

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Listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday - on a radio station near you, on Sermonaudio, or on your favorite podcast - wherever you are!

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  • This month - June 2024 -  the RWH is broadcasting five gospel messages by Rev. W. Bruinsma, continuing his series on women in the Bible. Today's message is titled "Jael, Blessed Above Women" based on Judges 5:24-27.
  • The Reformed Witness Hour publishes each month's messages in an attractive booklet. These printed sermons are a great blessing to many and are distributed all over the world, including to many prisoners in the U.S. If you or your Evangelism Committee would like to receive these, let the RWHC know and they will add you to the mailing list (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

New 100th SB design June 2024

Did you know that the Reformed magazine the Standard Bearer is in its 100th year of publication? The RFPA (publisher) just came out with a new design this month. Now would be a great time to subscribe and become a regular reader of the SB!

  • RBO Aug 2023 2The Reformed Book Outlet (downtown Hudsonville, MI) is now operating out of its new store in downtown Hudsonville (3472 Harvey St.). Visit the store and browse the variety of resources for your Reformed-Christian faith and walk, including many children's titles. They are open Tuesday-Friday, 10-5, and Saturday 10-1. 
  • In need of sound biblical and Reformed catechism materials for children and young people? Check out the PRC's full curriculum of materials here. Call the PRC Seminary for help with any of these materials (616-531-1490).

  • For sound, distinctively Reformed literature on a variety of subjects and for all ages - including church history and Bible study materials - visit the Reformed Free Publishing Association website or stop in at their Jenison (Michigan) location.

This Week's Thought for Contemplation

 "“Throughout this land, in a day when the Sabbath is sold over to man, when men call Sunday ‘my day,’ and where men rush on Monday, bumper to bumper, to work, believing that it is all about the great American dream, it is all about checking your stock portfolio, it is all about considering yourself decent folks, being a good guy, and dreaming about Friday night and how drunk you can get — right there, in that land, Jesus Christ, out of the human dunghill, is building His church. The enemy rages. The fangs of the dragon are bared. A screech is heard from the bowels of hell: ‘That church again!’ Christ builds His church. Does Christ flinch before the devil? Oh, no. He speaks and judgments fall on them who tempt His wrath and scorn His love. Buildings will collapse. Economies will utterly fail. The best-laid plots of men in welfare and social security and health care are all going to be ruined. And man in his mightiest estate is going to be cast down. But the church will never go under. It shall never be overcome. ‘I will build My church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.’” ~ Rev. C. Haak (quoted in Loveland PRC's bulletin today)

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Reformed Witness Hour Newsletter - June 2024

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News from the Reformed Witness Hour

June 2024

 

June 2024 Broadcast Schedule

In June, we will continue with Rev. Bruinsma’s series, Women of the Bible. Rev. Bruinsma is a recently retired minister of the Protestant Reformed Churches. He most recently served as Pastor of Pittsburgh PRC and continues to preach regularly where pulpit supply is needed. The Women of the Bible series was first broadcast in 2019. If you missed the first part of this series, visit www.reformedwitnesshour.org and search key word “Women of the Bible.”

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June 2
Jael, Blessed Above Women 
Judges 5:24-27

Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma


June 9
Ruth’s Vow

Ruth 1:16-17

Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma

June 16
Hannah’s Prayer for a Son
I Samuel 1:9-18

Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma

June 23
Abigail Pleads with David
I Samuel 25:28-31

Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma

June 30
Elizabeth’s Inspired Revelation
Luke 1:39-45

Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma

Did you Know?

The Reformed Witness Hour is now broadcasting in Detroit, MI. Our program is aired at 9:00am Sunday mornings on WLQV, FM 92.7 and AM 1500. Help us spread the word by recommending our program to friends and family near Detroit.

We Want You!

Want youAre you good with managing schedules and timely communication? The Reformed Witness Hour needs you!  We are seeking a new member to assist in coordinating our sponsorships. This includes tracking new sponsorship requests, ensuring the sponsor’s advertisement is scheduled for delivery during the sponsorship dates and following up with sponsors regarding billing. This work would require just a few hours each month but would have significant benefit for our committee. Male or female, young or not-so-young, we want you! Please contact Brian Key with any questions or to volunteer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Who is Listening to RWH?

We have several intriguing statistics to share this month regarding our listenership. On average, the number of digital message downloads for the past six months has been about 1,668 per month. Digital downloads include downloads from Sermon Audio, podcast apps, the RWH website and other Apps. In April this year, there were 3,811 digital downloads! Over 2,000 more downloads than average. For May, the rate of downloaded messages is also on track to far exceed prior months with an expected 3,600 message downloads.  

Who is listening? Cambodia! In April, Cambodia was the country with the most digital downloads with 2,431 downloads. The U.S. had the second most digital downloads in April with 1,135 (less than half of Cambodia). In the prior six months, Cambodia typically had between 300 and 400 downloads while the U.S had about 1,000 downloads per month. Cambodia remains the leading country for downloads in May as well.

How are listeners listening? Podcasts. Over the past year, about 40% of digital downloads have been downloaded via podcast apps. In April, 71% of digital downloads were completed via podcast.

Praise the Lord for spreading the Gospel through this ministry!

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PRC and Sister-Church News Highlights for May 26, 2024

Psalm 137 6Today, May 26, is the twenty-first Lord's Day of this year of our Lord 2024, and another rest stop on our pilgrim journey through this world. "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28

Below you will find special highlights of PRC and sister-church news. It is our hope that these reports not only inform you but also give you opportunity to pray for the needs of these churches and mission fields throughout the world.

By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. ...For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion. How shall we sing the LORD'S song in a strange land? If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy. ~ Psalm 137:1,3-6

If you are new to this website and the PRCA, we invite you to join us in worship today or on any of the Sunday's of this year at one of our local congregations near you; or you may listen online through one of the PRC's livestreams.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS 

  • Today Rev. M. DeBoer (Edgerton PRC-MN) declined calls from Georgetown PRC and Hope PRC-Redlands, CA.

  • Today Rev. J. Maatman (Southeast PRC) declined the call from Hudsonville PRC.

  • Rev. Nate Decker (Grandville, PRC, MI) is considering the call to Loveland PRC (received May 12).

Classical appointments and pulpit supply for today in the vacant PRCs:  Prof. C. Griess and Rev. M. McGeown in Georgetown PRC; Elder led in Hope PRC-Redlands; Prof. B. Huizinga and Rev. E. Guichelaar in Hudsonville PRC; Rev. A. Brummel (1st week) in Loveland PRC; Rev. M. Koerner (2nd week) led in Lynden PRC; Prof. R. Dykstra in Pittsburgh PRC; Sem. A. Van Dyke and Rev. J. Laning in Zion PRC. May we count it a blessing of our church federation that we can help one another in these needs. Let us remember to pray for the men who supply these pulpits and for the vacant congregations. And may we continue to pray for men to hear the call to serve as pastors and missionaries!

Special Congregational/Evangelism Notices:

First PRC-Grand Rapids Mexico Trip: This past week a group of four men – Bryan Pastoor, Rev. Holstege, Prof. Gritters, and seminary student Bruce Feenstra – traveled to Tuxtla Gutierrez in Chiapas, Mexico to visit with the brothers and sisters of Amazing Grace Presbyterian Reformed Church, to give a conference on the topic “What Does It Mean to Be Reformed?” and to preach the gospel on Sunday. They left Thursday and will return home tomorrow. Pray for God's blessing on their visit and on their travels tomorrow.

PRC DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

  • The 2024 PRC Synod will meet June 11-14 in Trinity PRC (Hudsonville, MI. The pre-synodical worship service will be held Monday night, June 10, in the church beginning at 7 p.m.

  • Domestic Missions update: Rev. Jim Laning (PRC home missionary) and his wife Margaret were in Texas this past week, visiting contacts in the Dallas area for a second time. “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations” Matthew 24:14.

  • Classis East met Wednesday, May 15, at Byron Center PRC. The public (limited) report may be found here. The minutes of the meeting have been posted on the church bulletin page (for registered users only). Most of the matters treated at Classis were done in closed session. May the King and Shepherd of the church bless the decisions made for the good of the church and the glory of His name.

  • Synod 2023 mandated the Psalter Revision Review Committee "to familiarize the denomination with the final product that is to be presented to Synod 2024…” To that end, we have produced a pamphlet and given apresentation that details the history of this project and the principles that guided the revision, as well asshowing the results with both data and sample songs. You are encouraged to listen to the presentationat https://www.youtube.com/@2024Psalter. If you do not have a hard copy of the pamphlet, you should begetting one soon. You can also find a link to a pdf of the pamphlet beneath the video. (cf. image above for booklet cover)
     
  • Denominational Website Logo Design Contest: The denominational website is currently being redesigned to improve our evangelism efforts and to make it more user friendly for all who visit the website. As part of this effort, we would like to create a new PRCA.org logo and we would like to have a contest so that anyone within the denomination can try their hand at designing our new logo. You may send your designs to the website committee (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) before June 30, 2024. The winner will receive a gift.
  • AD-HOC COMMITTEE of Synod 2023 reports it will deactivate the Guidepost hotline (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) effective April 5. The reasoning is that after this date Guidepost will be unable to investigate and report on information collected through the hotline in time to meet the deadline for the synodical report. Instead of using funds for the hotline, the committee has directed Guidepost to focus on compiling and distributing reports to consistories. The hotline may be reactivated in the future depending on the decisions of Synod 2024.
  • PRC 100th Anniversary Celebration: All the members of the PRCA, our sister churches, and close contacts are encouraged to come together at Calvin University from June 2-6, 2025 (note the new dates) to participate in this commemorative week. Visit prca100.org for basic event information and to sign up for email updates.

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PRC Seminary Notices:

  • The PR Theological Seminary has now completed its second semester and entered its summer break. Faculty, students, and staff will be busy with normal and special duties during these months, all in preparation for a new semester, which will begin, D.V., on August 27. Continue to pray for faculty, students, and staff as we labor during these next months. "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." ~ 2 Tim.2:15
  • Mexico Trip: This past Thursday through tomorrow (May 23-27) a group of four men (two from First PRC-Grand Rapids) including Prof. B. Gritters and seminary student Bruce Feenstra traveled to Tuxtla Gutierrez in Chiapas, Mexico to visit with the brothers and sisters of Amazing Grace Presbyterian Reformed Church, to give a conference on the topic “What Does It Mean to Be Reformed?” and to preach the gospel on Sunday. We pray for safety in travels and for a profitable visit.
  • With joy the faculty of the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary announces that it has licensed second-student Bruce Feenstra to speak a word of edification in the churches. We are grateful for the brother’s progress to this point in his training. All scheduling of Mr. Feenstra must be done through the seminary, either by sending a request to the seminary secretary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or the rector, Prof. R. Cammenga (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
  • Senior seminarian Arend Havemen has begun preparing for his written and oral examination (including a sermon) before the PRC Synod meeting at Trinity PRC June 11-14. Seminary graduation is planned for Thursday evening, June 13, in Trinity PRC.
  • Prof. B. Huizinga's first book has been published - Crowning His Gifts: Gracious Rewards in the Reformed Tradition (RFPA, 2024) - the fruit of his studies for the ThM degree through Calvin Theological Seminary. We thank the Lord for this work and pray that it will have wide readership. To order your copy, visit the publisher's website linked here.
  • The Spring 2024 issue of the PR Theological Journal is now out and has been mailed. The digital editions (pdf and epub) have been posted on the journal page (visit the link here). This latest issue features three main articles, one dealing with the history of common grace at the1924 Synod in the Christian Reformed Church (which led to the formation of the Protestant Reformed Churches), one involving another translation of H. Bouwman's work on the Reformed Church Order, and another chapter from Prof. D. Kuiper on the history of Classis West in the PRC. Plus, there is a good number of book reviews again, on a variety of subjects. If you want to be added to our mailing list (either print or digital) or wish to pick up a copy, contact Valerie Kleyn, the seminary secretary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 
  • On May 6, Dr. N. Willborn, pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Oak Ridge, TN and faculty member of Greenville Presbyterian Seminary, gave two lectures at PRTS on Northern Presbyterianism, especially the old Princetonians - Archibald Alexander, Samuel Miller, Charles Hodge, James Alexander, and B. B. Warfield. The lectures are now available on the seminary's YouTube channel.
  • Advance Notice - Fall Seminary Conference: In 1924 the CRC Synod developed the Three Points of Common Grace. What are they? What led to their development? Why are they wrong? Is the early opposition to them by leaders of the PRCA relevant for us today, or is it merely a matter of past history? The seminary faculty would like to announce a fall conference observing the centennial of the development of the Three Points. This conference will be held the evenings of Thursday, October 31, and Friday, November 1, and the morning of Saturday, November 2, at Grace PRC. More details are coming.
  • Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2024 PR Scholarship Fund essay competition is now available.Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive the essay topics and submission requirements. Completed essaysmust be submitted by May 17.
  • For the latest seminary news and information, visit the seminary's website - and don't forget the blog!

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SISTER-CHURCH/MISSION NEWS:

  • Covenant ERC, Singapore and her Kolkata, India mission work:
    • Pastors J. Tan and M. Wee are faithfully serving the CERC. Today's "pastoral note" explains why both pastors are "off" today: "This Lord’s Day, the worship services will be led by Elders Chew and Wee, respectively. The elders will lead in every element of worship except for the sermon, the Scripture reading before it, and the prayer after it. Instead of reading sermons, we will screen recordings of video sermons from PRCA ministers. Why this arrangement? In God’s providence, both our pastors are on leave—Pastor Tan on annual leave, and myself on paternity leave (my wife delivered a baby boy, this past Tuesday)."
    • A latest issue of Salt Shakers is available - #71, the first of 2024!  Once again you will find a variety of articles on timely subjects in this issue! Written especially for young people and young adults, SS is edifying for all adults!
  • Covenant PRC, N. Ireland:
    • Rev. A. Stewart continues to minister the Word faithfully in the CPRC, Ballymena, N. Ireland - and beyond!
    • 2024 BRF Family Conference: Join Reformed believers from around the world at the 2024 British Reformed Fellowship family conference at Cloverley Hall Conference Centre in Shropshire, England, from Saturday, August 3, to Saturday, August 10. Our speakers, Prof. Brian Huizinga and Rev. Ron Hanko, will lecture on “Then Comes the End: The Reformed Doctrine of Eschatology.” For information and booking forms, see the website ( www.brfconference.weebly.com ) or contact Briana Prins (616-214-2779; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
    • The April 2024 issue of "Covenant Reformed News" is now available! Read the articles by Rev. A. Stewart on "The Truth Is According to Godliness" (3) and Rev. R. Hanko's response to a question about David, Amasa, and Joab.
    • The CPRC YouTube channel may be found here.
  • PRC in the Philippines and her mission work in various places:
    • Berean PRC bulletin: Rev. V. Ibe led her services today. And, "The saints in All of Grace Protestant Reformed Fellowship in Gabaldon Nueva Ecija will join us in our worship services today via Livestream at our Facebook account, the Lord willing. We pray for God’s blessings and spiritual sustenance upon them as they hear the Word of God."
    • Outreach news: "Rev. Ibe [and family] is scheduled to visit the pastors and saints in Bacolod and SNO on May 29 – June 04, 2024, God willing. Our pastor will lead both groups to a monthly lecture on Reformed Dogmatics [Soteriology] and the Church Order of Dort 1618-19 for the saints and pastors in SNO on Friday [May 31] at 9 AM at Canturay Reformed Church and on Saturday [June 1] for the saints and pastors in Bacolod City, to be held at Bata Christian Community Church at 9 AM. Our pastor [with the approval of the Consistory] is also scheduled to preach at Bata Christian Community Church on June 2 in their morning worship service at 9 AM., all the Lord willing. May God’s blessings rest upon the labors of our pastor in their midst on behalf of the Protestant Reformed Churches in the Philippines. Soli Deo Gloria. “And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south” [Psalm 107:3].
    • Provident PRC bulletin: Elder Mitch Suarez led her services today. Let's remember this vacant congregation and her needs in our prayers.

REFORMED RESOURCES for EDUCATION, EDIFICATION, and EVANGELISM

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Listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday - on a radio station near you, on Sermonaudio, or on your favorite podcast - wherever you are!

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  • This month - May 2024 -  the RWH is broadcasting four gospel messages by Rev. W. Bruinsma, continuing his series on women in the Bible. Today's message is the first of Rev. Bruinsma's and titled "The Faith of Rahab" based on Hebrews 11:31.
  • The Reformed Witness Hour publishes each month's messages in an attractive booklet. These printed sermons are a great blessing to many and are distributed all over the world, including to many prisoners in the U.S. If you or your Evangelism Committee would like to receive these, let the RWHC know and they will add you to the mailing list (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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What is marriage and how does it reflect Christ and His church? How does this impact how we live together in this holy union? Read this RFPA resource for answers to these and other questions.

  • RBO Aug 2023 2The Reformed Book Outlet (downtown Hudsonville, MI) is now operating out of its new store in downtown Hudsonville (3472 Harvey St.). Visit the store and browse the variety of resources for your Reformed-Christian faith and walk, including many children's titles. They are open Tuesday-Friday, 10-5, and Saturday 10-1. 
    Special note: RBO welcomes any Senior Ladies for morning coffee on Wednesday May 22 and 29. Please come to the backroom anytime afterRBO welcomes any Senior Ladies for morning coffee on Wednesday May 22 and 29. Please come to the backroom anytime after10:15 to enjoy coffee and fellowship with each other. Looking forward to seeing you there!
  • In need of sound biblical and Reformed catechism materials for children and young people? Check out the PRC's full curriculum of materials here. Call the PRC Seminary for help with any of these materials (616-531-1490).

  • For sound, distinctively Reformed literature on a variety of subjects and for all ages - including church history and Bible study materials - visit the Reformed Free Publishing Association website or stop in at their Jenison (Michigan) location.

This Week's Thought for Contemplation

 "Pentecostalism is fundamentally man centered and not God glorifying, and does violence to the doctrine of Holy Scripture. It adds to and takes away from the Word of God. Pentecostalism adds to the Scripture by seeking direct revelation of God apart from the Bible. It is very common to heat the Pentecostal say, "God told me to do this or that; to go here or there." That is patent proof of a false prophet. The writings of the Pentecostal leaders are considered by many Pentecostals to be on a par with the Bible. Pentecostalism takes away from God's Word by denying or ignoring clear Scriptural teaching. God says, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God." (Eph. 2:8) Pentecostalism says, "You need more." The Scriptures emphasize that salvation is freely of God's grace, but Pentecostalism emphasizes all that man can do and must do. When the truth of Scripture is distorted then God is not honored. 'Therefore, we reject with all our hearts, whatsoever doth not agree with this infallible rule, which the apostles have taught us, saying, Try the spirits whether they are of God. Likewise, if there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house.' (Belgic Confession, art. 7)"

Taken from "Pentecostalism - A Foe of the Reformed Faith" by W. Bekkering, a featured resource this month

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PRC and Sister-Church News Highlights for May 19, 2024

Acts 1 8Today, May 19, is the twentieth Lord's Day of this year of our Lord 2024 - Pentecost Sunday - the day we commemorate and give thanks for the ascended Christ's gift of the Holy Spirit to His church and every member. "But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy."

Below you will find special highlights of PRC and sister-church news. It is our hope that these reports not only inform you but also give you opportunity to pray for the needs of these churches and mission fields throughout the world.

If you are new to this website and the PRCA, we invite you to join us in worship today or on any of the Sunday's of this year at one of our local congregations near you; or you may listen online through one of the PRC's livestreams.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS 

  • Last Sunday Loveland PRC extended a call to Rev. Nate Decker (Grandville, PRC, MI).

  • Rev. M. DeBoer is considering the calls from Georgetown PRC (received May 5) and from Hope PRC-Redlands, CA (received April 28). He plans to answer these calls May 26.

  • Rev. J. Maatman (Southeast PRC) is considering the call from Hudsonville PRC (received April 28). He plans to answer next Sunday, May 26.

Classical appointments and pulpit supply for today in the vacant PRCs:  Prof. C. Griess and Prof. D. Kuiper in Georgetown PRC; Elder led in Hope PRC-Redlands; Prof. B. Huizinga and Rev. J. Maatman in Hudsonville PRC; Rev. J. Engelsma (2nd week) in Loveland PRC; Rev. M. Koerner (1st week) led in Lynden PRC; Rev. D. Holstege in Pittsburgh PRC. May we count it a blessing of our church federation that we can help one another in these needs. Let us remember to pray for the men who supply these pulpits and for the vacant congregations. And may we continue to pray for men to hear the call to serve as pastors and missionaries!

Special Congregational/Evangelism Notices:

First PRC-Grand Rapids Mexico Trip: this week a group of four men – Bryan Pastoor, Rev. Holstege, Prof. Gritters, and seminary student Bruce Feenstra – will travel to Tuxtla Gutierrez in Chiapas, Mexico to visit with the brothers and sisters of Amazing Grace Presbyterian Reformed Church, to give a conference on the topic “What Does It Mean to Be Reformed?” and to preach the gospel on Sunday. The plan is to leave on Thursday and to come home the following Monday. ...Please remember this matter in prayer, that God would give traveling mercies and that he would bless the Christian fellowship and the bringing of his word for his glory and the building up of His church."

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PRC DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

  • Domestic Missions update: Rev. Jim Laning (PRC home missionary) and his wife Margaret are currently in Texas, visiting contacts in the Dallas area for a second time. Please remember them in your prayers this week! “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations” Matthew 24:14.

  • Classis East met this past Wednesday, May 15, at Byron Center PRC. The public (limited) report may be found here. The minutes of the meeting have been posted on the church bulletin page (for registered users only). Most of the matters treated at Classis were done in closed session. May the King and Shepherd of the church bless the decisions made for the good of the church and the glory of His name.

  • Synod 2023 mandated the Psalter Revision Review Committee "to familiarize the denomination with the final product that is to be presented to Synod 2024…” To that end, we have produced a pamphlet and given apresentation that details the history of this project and the principles that guided the revision, as well asshowing the results with both data and sample songs. You are encouraged to listen to the presentationat https://www.youtube.com/@2024Psalter. If you do not have a hard copy of the pamphlet, you should begetting one soon. You can also find a link to a pdf of the pamphlet beneath the video. (cf. image above for booklet cover)
     
  • Denominational Website Logo Design Contest: The denominational website is currently being redesigned to improve our evangelism efforts and to make it more user friendly for all who visit the website. As part of this effort, we would like to create a new PRCA.org logo and we would like to have a contest so that anyone within the denomination can try their hand at designing our new logo. You may send your designs to the website committee (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) before June 30, 2024. The winner will receive a gift.
  • AD-HOC COMMITTEE of Synod 2023 reports it will deactivate the Guidepost hotline (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) effective April 5. The reasoning is that after this date Guidepost will be unable to investigate and report on information collected through the hotline in time to meet the deadline for the synodical report. Instead of using funds for the hotline, the committee has directed Guidepost to focus on compiling and distributing reports to consistories. The hotline may be reactivated in the future depending on the decisions of Synod 2024.
  • PRC 100th Anniversary Celebration: All the members of the PRCA, our sister churches, and close contacts are encouraged to come together at Calvin University from June 2-6, 2025 (note the new dates) to participate in this commemorative week. Visit prca100.org for basic event information and to sign up for email updates.

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About 110 high-school students from Covenant CHS and Faith CS (Randolph) visited seminary as part of a PRC history tour Friday afternoon (see note below)

PRC Seminary Notices:

  • The PR Theological Seminary wrapped up its semester this past week with exams. After exams and papers are marked, finals grades will be prepared and faculty, students, and staff will turn to other duties for the summer, all in preparation for a new semester. Continue to pray for faculty, students, and staff as we enter these next months. "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." ~ 2 Tim.2:15
  • Mexico Trip: This week Thursday through next Monday (May 23-27) a group of four men (two from First PRC-Grand Rapids) including Prof. B. Gritters and seminary student Bruce Feenstra will travel to Tuxtla Gutierrez in Chiapas, Mexico to visit with the brothers and sisters of Amazing Grace Presbyterian Reformed Church, to give a conference on the topic “What Does It Mean to Be Reformed?” and to preach the gospel on Sunday. We pray for safety in travels and for a profitable visit.
  • With joy the faculty of the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary announces that it has licensed second-student Bruce Feenstra to speak a word of edification in the churches. We are grateful for the brother’s progress to this point in his training. All scheduling of Mr. Feenstra must be done through the seminary, either by sending a request to the seminary secretary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or the rector, Prof. R. Cammenga (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
  • Senior seminarian Arend Havemen has begiun preparing for his written and oral examination (including a sermon) before the PRC Synod meeting at Trinity PRC June 11-14.
  • Prof. B. Huizinga's first book has been published - Crowning His Gifts: Gracious Rewards in the Reformed Tradition (RFPA, 2024) - the fruit of his studies for the ThM degree through Calvin Theological Seminary. We thank the Lord for this work and pray that it will have wide readership. To order your copy, visit the publisher's website linked here.
  • Last week was the final week of the seminary secretary for the last year, Val Kleyn, who will be moving to Loveland, CO the end of the month. The TSC has hired Bethany Engelsma as the new fulltime secretary, and after a week of training she is ready to take up the work this week.
  • On Friday May 17 high-school students from Covenant CHS in Grand Rapids and Faith CS in Randolph visited seminary as part of a PRC history tour. A pizza lunch together was enjoyed, then breakout groups heard presentations on the seminary's history and role, the library and archives, and seminary student's perspective.
  • The Spring 2024 issue of the PR Theological Journal is now out and has been mailed. The digital editions (pdf and epub) have been posted on the journal page (visit the link here). This latest issue features three main articles, one dealing with the history of common grace at the1924 Synod in the Christian Reformed Church (which led to the formation of the Protestant Reformed Churches), one involving another translation of H. Bouwman's work on the Reformed Church Order, and another chapter from Prof. D. Kuiper on the history of Classis West in the PRC. Plus, there is a good number of book reviews again, on a variety of subjects. If you want to be added to our mailing list (either print or digital) or wish to pick up a copy, contact Valerie Kleyn, the seminary secretary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 
  • On May 6, Dr. N. Willborn, pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Oak Ridge, TN and faculty member of Greenville Presbyterian Seminary, gave two lectures at PRTS on Northern Presbyterianism, especially the old Princetonians - Archibald Alexander, Samuel Miller, Charles Hodge, James Alexander, and B. B. Warfield. The lectures are now available on the seminary's YouTube channel.
  • Advance Notice - Fall Seminary Conference: In 1924 the CRC Synod developed the Three Points of Common Grace. What are they? What led to their development? Why are they wrong? Is the early opposition to them by leaders of the PRCA relevant for us today, or is it merely a matter of past history? The seminary faculty would like to announce a fall conference observing the centennial of the development of the Three Points. This conference will be held the evenings of Thursday, October 31, and Friday, November 1, and the morning of Saturday, November 2, at Grace PRC. More details are coming.
  • Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2024 PR Scholarship Fund essay competition is now available.Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive the essay topics and submission requirements. Completed essaysmust be submitted by May 17.
  • For the latest seminary news and information, visit the seminary's website - and don't forget the blog!

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SISTER-CHURCH/MISSION NEWS:

  • Covenant ERC, Singapore and her Kolkata, India mission work:
    • Pastors J. Tan and M. Wee are faithfully serving the CERC. Today's "pastoral note" by pastor Tan relates to the church's commemoration of Pentecost: Now our Lord Jesus Christ after his resurrection from the dead, after his Ascension into heaven, at His Session, that is according to his human nature, at the giving to him all power in heaven and earth, with the highest majesty and glory, for his perfect and finished work of Salvation at the cross, King Jesus also received the gift of the Holy Spirit from the Father. But this glorious Session of King Jesus, did not just affect Him, but also his bride the Church. For the Holy Spirit that King Jesus received of the Father, He gave it to His bride the church, as His personal Spirit. That outpouring of the Spirit of Christ unto all the NT Church. This priceless gift of the Holy Spirit to us is our Comforter, who teaches and guides us in to all truth (John 16:13), our Intercessor (Rom 8:26), Our giver of the Life of Christ (Rom 8:2), Our Witness who works in our hearts causing us to know and be assured that we are God’s children (Rom 8:16)."
    • A latest issue of Salt Shakers is available - #71, the first of 2024!  Once again you will find a variety of articles on timely subjects in this issue! Written especially for young people and young adults, SS is edifying for all adults!
  • Covenant PRC, N. Ireland:
    • Rev. A. Stewart continues to minister the Word faithfully in the CPRC, Ballymena, N. Ireland. 
    • 2024 BRF Family Conference: Join Reformed believers from around the world at the 2024 British Reformed Fellowship family conference at Cloverley Hall Conference Centre in Shropshire, England, from Saturday, August 3, to Saturday, August 10. Our speakers, Prof. Brian Huizinga and Rev. Ron Hanko, will lecture on “Then Comes the End: The Reformed Doctrine of Eschatology.” For information and booking forms, see the website ( www.brfconference.weebly.com ) or contact Briana Prins (616-214-2779; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
    • The April 2024 issue of "Covenant Reformed News" is now available! Read the articles by Rev. A. Stewart on "The Truth Is According to Godliness" (3) and Rev. R. Hanko's response to a question about David, Amasa, and Joab.
    • The CPRC YouTube channel may be found here.
  • PRC in the Philippines and her mission work in various places:
    • Berean PRC bulletin: Elders Umali and Espiritu led her services today. And, "The saints in All of Grace Protestant Reformed Fellowship in Gabaldon Nueva Ecija will join us in our worship services today via Livestream at our Facebook account, the Lord willing. We pray for God’s blessings and spiritual sustenance upon them as they hear the Word of God."
    • Provident PRC bulletin: Rev. V. Ibe led her services today.

REFORMED RESOURCES for EDUCATION, EDIFICATION, and EVANGELISM

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Listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday - on a radio station near you, on Sermonaudio, or on your favorite podcast - wherever you are!

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  • This month - May 2024 -  the RWH is broadcasting four gospel messages by Rev. W. Bruinsma, continuing his series on women in the Bible. Today's message is the first of Rev. Bruinsma's and titled "Miriam's Lamentable Fall" based on Numbers 12.
  • The Reformed Witness Hour publishes each month's messages in an attractive booklet. These printed sermons are a great blessing to many and are distributed all over the world, including to many prisoners in the U.S. If you or your Evangelism Committee would like to receive these, let the RWHC know and they will add you to the mailing list (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Crown gifts Huizinga 2024

New release from the RFPA! Prof. B. Huizinga's new book Crowning His Gifts: Gracious Rewards in the Reformed Tradition is now available. 

Rewards.

For many Christians, this word is a cause for fear and suspicion. It suggests doctrines of merit and a salvation based on works, as well as other ideas at odds with the teachings of the Christian faith.

But that need not be so.

In this accessible book, Brian Huizinga offers a rare historical and theological exposition of the biblical and Reformed teaching on the oft-neglected topic of the rewards of grace for the saints—in both the present life and in the life to come. Excluding any merit, and in full harmony with His sovereign and particular grace, the Lord indeed promises to reward the good works of believers.

  • RBO Aug 2023 2The Reformed Book Outlet (downtown Hudsonville, MI) is now operating out of its new store in downtown Hudsonville (3472 Harvey St.). Visit the store and browse the variety of resources for your Reformed-Christian faith and walk, including many children's titles. They are open Tuesday-Friday, 10-5, and Saturday 10-1. 
    Special note: RBO welcomes any Senior Ladies for morning coffee on Wednesday May 22 and 29. Please come to the backroom anytime afterRBO welcomes any Senior Ladies for morning coffee on Wednesday May 22 and 29. Please come to the backroom anytime after10:15 to enjoy coffee and fellowship with each other. Looking forward to seeing you there!
  • In need of sound biblical and Reformed catechism materials for children and young people? Check out the PRC's full curriculum of materials here. Call the PRC Seminary for help with any of these materials (616-531-1490).

  • For sound, distinctively Reformed literature on a variety of subjects and for all ages - including church history and Bible study materials - visit the Reformed Free Publishing Association website or stop in at their Jenison (Michigan) location.

This Week's Thought for Contemplation

 "Pentecost was the exalted Christ’s gift of the Holy Spirit to His Church....in rich, full measure—he was poured out. He was given as the One Who brings to the Church the first fruits of the finished work of Jesus Christ, the benefits of His death and resurrection, i.e., Christ’s salvation. In the gift of the Spirit, the gospel promise of the Old Testament was fulfilled to the Church because the Son of God gave to God’s people full salvation, forgiveness of sins and eternal life. He baptized the Church with the Holy Spirit. Being mightier than John the Baptist, He flooded the Church with the reality, whereas John could only give the sign. That grand Sunday marked the passing of the old age and coming of the new; it is the boundary between the Old Dispensation and the New...Just as Christmas was the birthday of the Son of God in the flesh, Pentecost was the birthday of the Spirit, as the Spirit of Christ in the Church” ~ Prof. D. Engelsma"Try the Spirits" (found in Trinity PRC's bulletin today)

"We must understand that as long as Christ remains outside of us, and we are separated from him, all that he has suffered and done for the salvation of the human race remains useless and of no value for us. Therefore, to share with us what he has received from the Father, he had to become ours and to dwell within us. For this reason, he is called “our Head” [Eph. 4:15], and “the first-born among many brethren” [Rom. 8:29]. We also, in turn, are said to be “engrafted into him” [Rom. 11:17], and to “put on Christ” [Gal. 3:27]; for, as I have said, all that he possesses is nothing to us until we grow into one body with him. It is true that we obtain this by faith. Yet since we see that not all indiscriminately embrace that communion with Christ which is offered through the gospel, reason itself teaches us to climb higher and to examine into the secret energy of the Spirit, by which we come to enjoy Christ and all his benefits… the Holy Spirit is the bond by which Christ effectually unites us to himself.” ~ John Calvin (found in Unity pRC's bulletin today)

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Classis East Report - May 15, 2024

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Classis East Report of Meeting held May 15, 2024 at Byron Center PRC

 

Classis East met at Byron Center Protestant Reformed Church. Thirty-eight delegates from the nineteen member churches attended the meeting. Rev. Smidstra (First Holland PRC) led in opening devotions and turned the chair over to Rev. Spriensma (Cornerstone PRC) to preside over the rest of the meeting.

Seven elders, delegated for the first time to classis, signed the formula of subscription. The delegates of each church answered the questions of Article 41 of the church order. Classis approved the transcription of the minutes of its January 10, 2024 meeting. Classis approved the work of its stated clerk (in preparing agendas and minutes) and of the Classical Committee (appointing Rev. Bruinsma as moderator of Pittsburgh PRC and in arranging some pulpit supply for churches in Classis West by ministers in Classis East). The chairman appointed six committees of pre-advice. In closed session Classis heard a report of a consistory regarding its work with a member under discipline and advised the consistory to increase censure on the member per Articles 76 and 77 of the Church Order. After treating these matters classis took a break from meeting as a body to allow the committees of pre-advice time to work.

Most of the material on the agenda required classis to meet in closed session. Classis ruled that one appeal regarding a sensitive matter was not legally at classis, meaning that the appeal was not treated any further. Classis ruled that another appeal regarding sensitive matters was legal and upheld the appellant over against the actions of a consistory. Classis appointed a special committee to be available to assist the appellant and the consistory in their continuing work together. Classis also treated reports from an already existing special committee to assist a consistory in its work. Classis approved the work of this committee, expressed thanks to the committee for its work, and declared that the committee “has sufficiently fulfilled the mandates given by Classis” so that the committee is now dissolved.

Classis treated some matters in open session. Classis appointed Rev. Guichelaar (Grace PRC) as the moderator of Hope PRC (Walker) and Rev. Spronk (Faith PRC) as the moderator of Zion PRC. Classis approved reimbursement of various expenses for the meeting in the amount of $4,248.07. Classis adopted a pulpit supply schedule for Georgetown, Hope, Hudsonville, Pittsburgh, and Zion churches. Rev. Spriensma reported that he thanked the committee of Byron Center for its work in providing meals and other refreshments for the delegates. Classis decided to convene its next meeting September 18, 2024 at Georgetown Protestant Reformed Church at 8:00am. Around 9:30pm classis adjourned and Rev. Spriensma closed with prayer.

May Christ use the work of the church to maintain and spread the good news!

Rev. C. Spronk
Stated Clerk, Classis East
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