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Issue 54 - April 2019
Pamphlets

We print pamphlets written by our members and those from other Reformed churches of like-minded faith. They include a wide range of topics from doctrines to church history and practical Christian living. These pamphlets serve to promote knowledge of the true God as expressed in the Reformed faith.
NEWPamphlet!
Unity of the Church
By Various Authors

"I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."
Ephesians 4:1-3

Where this unity is established there is no schism, no conflict, no warfare; rather, peace reigns. All disrupting forces have been eradicated. Harmony, tranquillity, unanimity prevail. When the Spirit of unity takes hold of us, members of Christ's church, then we, too, endeavour to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Then we make every effort, strive diligently to guard the unity which the Spirit has wrought.

Click hereto view our catalogue of pamphlets.

Click here to make an order.

All pamphlets are free. CERC reserves some discretion regarding large orders and/or orders from those outside Singapore.
 
Featured Book
For local orders (S'pore), please contact Ms Daisy Lim at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
For international orders, click here.
The Royal Sufferer
by Herman Hoeksema
 

From the RFPA website:

Christ is and was the king…
…whose kingdom is not of this world, and who rejected all the glory that this world offers.
…who refused to allow the Jews to crown him king, though he was the King of the Jews.
…who fought alone, without an army.
…who was arrested by his own people, and mocked by the representatives of the Roman Empire, the great earthly kingdom of that day.
…who was crucified because he was King, and remained King when he died.
…who, being risen and ascended, is the King of kings and Lord of lords.
To this divinely anointed King, this book is witness. Behold your King, and worship him!

 
Audio Recordings
Click to listen to the series of sermons by Rev Arie Den Hartog

Jesus At The Last Passover With His Disciples
Jesus In Gethsemane
Jesus At Calvary
The Miracle of Jesus' Resurrection
 
Upcoming Events!
 
Sports Day - 20 May 2019
 
CERC Church Camp 2019

Some details of this year's church camp are as follows. More details will be announced closer to the date. 

Date: 10-13 June 2019
Venue: Pulai Spring Resort, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Theme: Holiness: "Walking in the Spirit" - Gal 5:16.
Speaker: Rev. A. den Hartog
 
 
Past Events...
 
Infant Baptism of Jeshurun

We were blessed to witness the Infant Baptism of Jeshurun, son of Yang Zhi and Nicolle! We rejoice with them, thanking God for adding to the church and praying for God's blessings upon them as they bring up their covenant child in the fear of the Lord. The applicatory sermon preached under the title  'Daily Performing Our Vows', Psalm 61:8 can be found here. May we examine ourselves also and glorify God as we perform our vows.
 
 
Gospel Meeting 2019

This year, our Gospel Meeting was given by Rev Arie Den Hartog, under the theme of 'The Suffering Servant of God', taken from Isaiah 53:1-5 and can be found here. Thank God for sending His Son to die on the cross for us! Thank God for the good time of fellowship also and we welcome many visitors. 
 
Wedding of Jonah and Zhi Leng

This April, Jonah and Zhi Leng were united in holy matrimony. We rejoice with them and pray the Lord's blessings upon their union!

"For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church." Ephesians 5:31-32
 
 
Notes
 
Salt Shakers
 

Salt Shakers is a bi-monthly magazine published by the youth in Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church (CERC). Included in each issue are writings pertaining to bothReformed doctrine and practical theology. Contributors to Salt Shakers include our pastor, youth and members of CERC, and pastors and professors from the Protestant Reformed Churches in America. Salt Shakers also features articles from the Standard Bearer and other Reformed publications. Click here to access.

 
Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church
We are a Reformed Church that holds to the doctrines of the Reformation as they are expressed in the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism and the Canons of Dordt.

Lord's Day services on Sunday at 930 am & 2 pm ~ 11 Jalan Mesin, #04-00, Standard Industrial Building, Singapore 368813 ~ Pastor: Vacant  ~ www.cerc.org.sg 
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PRC and Sister-Church News for the Week of April 28, 2019

for lo the winter is pastOn this seventeenth Lord's Day of 2019, April 28, the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, sister churches, and mission fields may be mentioned.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • On April 21 Rev. C. Spronk (Faith PRC) declined the call from Grandville PRC to serve as minister-on-loan to Covenant ERC in Singapore.

  • The Council of Immanuel PRC (Lacombe, AB) has announced a new trio from which to call a pastor: Revs. M. McGeown (Limerick RF), C. Spronk (Faith PRC) and M. VanderWal (Wingham PRC, ON). The congregation was to vote this afternoon after the service. Also, from her bulletin today comes this note: "We welcome Rev. Dennis Lee to our pulpit again this Sunday.  We are thankful that he could preach, teach, and lead for us!  May the Lord be with him now as he returns to his pastorage at Bethel."

  • Rev. W. Langerak preached his farewell sermon in SE PRC (Grand Rapids, MI) this evening. A farewell program and light luncheon was held after the service.

  • Having accepted the call to Trinity PRC (Hudsonville, MI), Rev. Langerak will be installed as her next pastor on May 12 in the morning worship service. He will preach his inaugural sermon that evening.

  • Kalamazoo PRC has this special public invitation in her bulletin: “Contact in Mexico" Program is Friday, May 3, at 7:00 pm at Kalamazoo PRC (4515 Green Acres Drive, Kalamazoo).  This projected picture presentation will be given by Rev. C. Griess.  Refreshments will be served."
  • Georgetown PRC (Hudsonville, MI) has this special notice in her bulletin concerning an upcoming public event:

    India Program: Georgetown PRC invites you to a slide program on the work of the PRCV of Vellore India in the spread of the Reformed faith Sunday, May 12, at 8:00 pm at Georgetown PRC. Pastor Paul Raj will relate the history of the Vellore Congregation, the outreach into Hindu villages with the Reformed faith, the training of area pastors, the group of doctors and students from the Christian Medical College and their zeal for the faith, and the present opposition of the Indian government to Christianity.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

panel Q A Sat
*Panel discussion moderated by Prof. R. Dykstra, part of this past week's Dordt400 Conference sponsored by the PR Theological Seminary.

PRC Seminary News:

  • *The big news item this past week was the seminary's Dordt400 Conference held at Trinity PRC (Hudsonville, MI) Thursday night through Saturday morning (April 25-27). The event was a wonderful success, thanks to great faculty planning and fantastic help from the host Trinity PRC's Evangelism Committee. The conference was well attended, with foreign visitors from 8 countries and many from throughout the U.S. as well as from the West Michigan area. The speeches and historical presentations were instructive and inspiring. Look for these to become available soon on the special website as well as on the seminary's website. For more details and pictures, visit this special news item.

  • The seminary has now completed thirteen weeks of the second semester, with two weeks to go before exams. Besides their teaching this past week, the professors were busy with the Dordt400 Conference held this past weekend. Students have just completed the second round of practice preaching (April 15 and 22).

  • The schedule of courses and calendar of events for this semester may be found on this page. If you would like to visit for a day or a class, call or email the seminary secretary, Sharon Kleyn.

  • This week Thursday the seminary will host students from Heritage PR Christian High School in Dyer, IN. They will be visiting classes and participating in a local church history tour.

  • Work has begun on the Spring 2019 issue of the PRTS Journal. Look for that in upcoming weeks!
  • If you have not yet done so, visit the new PRC seminary website! There are many new features and updates, including a blog. Visit the site and check out the various pages - and sign up to receive seminary news by email! The library is also online there (under Resources). If you are looking for a particular book to read or use, or just want to browse, visit the library page.
  • Work continues on the seminary addition project, both inside and out (new archives and offices) as better spring conditions have arrived. This past week more of the interior walls were framed, while more of the metal siding was installed outside. Plans and preparations continue for the library renovation part of the project this summer (starting as soon as the semester is completed!). Visit the seminary news section for pics and more information.

  • *Special notice: Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2019 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 essays must be submitted by May 31st.

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Foreign visitors at the PRC Seminary Dordt400 Conference this past weekend receive thanks and farewell from Prof. B. Gritters (cf. seminary news above). Several representatives from our sister churches were in attendance (cf, notes below).

SISTER-CHURCH NEWS:

  • Berean PRC:
    • Rev. V. Ibe and Rev. L. Trinidad are in the U.S. to attend the conference sponsored by PR Seminary on the 400th Anniversary of the Synod of Dordt 1618-1619 on April 25-27, 2019. They leave on Wednesday (April 24) and plan to go back in Manila on (May 1, 2019) the Lord willing.

    • Rev. Ibe is scheduled to preach at First PRC in their morning worship service and at Grace PRC in their evening worship service today.

  • Maranatha PRC:
    • Rev. L. Trinidad is in the U.S. to attend the PRC Seminary's conference. Rev. R. Smit is leading both services today.

    • The Classis of the PRCP will hold their regular meeting on June 12, 2019 at the Berean PRC, Mayamot, Antipolo City.

  • Rev. Daniel & Sharon Kleyn are currently taking an extended furlough in the U.S. (until June 18). Per the decision of the PRC Synod of 2018, "the purpose of the furlough is to give Rev. Kleyn time to take some courses with a view to obtaining an advanced degree, to prepare classes to be taught in the PRCP [Philippines] seminary in the future, and to give both Rev. & Sharon opportunity to be refreshed and to reconnect with family."

  • And for more on the life and work of our "sisters" in the Far East read the news under Philippine missions (bulletins).
  • *Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, we may note the following items from her bulletin today (April 28):
    • Last Sunday Rev. C. Spronk (Faith PRC) announced his decline of the call from Grandville PRC to serve as minister-on-loan to Covenant ERC in Singapore. In light of that, her bulletin today had this good note:

Pray for Grandville PRC that God will guide their consistory in forming a new trio for the congregation to
vote to call the MOL to Singapore. Despite the decline of the MOL call by the various ministers thus far, may
we have the confidence to trust that the Lord’s will is always good for us and God works all things for His
glory. May God grant us grace to be patient in waiting for God to call His appointed under-shepherd to our
congregation in due time. And may we be thankful to God for our sister-church relationship with the PRCA
who has been diligently and faithfully providing us with pulpit supply since the beginning of last year.

    • Her latest newsletter (February 2019) - Reformed News Asia - was posted recently posted and may be found on this page.

    • The last issue of the young peoples' magazine, Salt Shakers (April 2019) may be found on this page. 
  • Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC, we may note the following:
    • Prof. D. Engelsma and his wife remain in N. Ireland to preach and teach while Rev. A. Stewart is in the U.S. attending the PRC Seminary's Dordt400 conference.

    • Covenant PRC's latest newsletter was received and posted (December 2018).

    • Read the latest issue of Covenant Reformed News! That issue (March 2019) can be found here.
  • *The PRC also has a "corresponding relationship" with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) of Australia. We remember these brothers and sisters in our prayers and labors also.
    • Rev. Mark Shand and his wife Susie are in the U.S. for the PRC Seminary Dordt400 conference in Michigan.

    • The EPCA has this special notice, especially for our young people and young adults: The Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Australia would love to invite any young people and young adults aged 13 and up to their biennial youth camp. This youth camp will be held in Brisbane from the 28th of December 2019 - 3rd January 2020. Rev. Martyn McGeown from the Limerick Reformed Fellowship of the Republic of Ireland will be our guest speaker. This is a great time to meet other young people, fellowship with them and learn about our Saviour. Please contact Megan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a flyer or for additional information.

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Have you read and studied the Canons of Dordt in connection with her 400th anniversary? Visit this page to do so!

SPECIAL NOTICES:

  • If you are in need of some pamphlets and/or articles published by the PRC for use in evangelism and/or witnessing, visit the PRCA Evangelism page for a complete list of materials available in digital format or by order from the publishing church.

  • Would you like to read good Reformed literature and a solid Reformed and biblical magazine? Visit the Reformed Free Publishing Association's website (www.rfpa.org), where you will find information on books in all major Christian categories, as well as on the bi-monthly periodical, the Standard Bearer.
  • If you are in West Michigan, be sure to visit the Reformed Book Outlet in downtown Hudsonville, MI! The RBO is a great source for Bibles, Bible study materials, music, cards, RFPA books, and other Reformed literature; stop at the RBO, or visit their website. For the April newsletter, see the attachment to this post.

  • You can now listen to the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession, and the Canons of Dordt on audio! Visit the links provided to hear the Catechism, the Confession, and the Canons read by Elijah Roberts. It's another excellent way to learn the Reformed faith and memorize these Reformed creeds.

RWH Logo 2019

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*New issue of Salt Shaker magazine available!

ESPECIALLY FOR PRC Young People and Young Adults:

  • NEWS about the 2019 PRYP's Convention:
    • Southwest & Providence PRCs are hosting the 2019 PRC Young People's Convention on August 12-16, the Lord willing.  The convention will be held at Michindoh Conference Center in Hillsdale, MI.

    • *The 2019 convention registration is now open for conventioneers!  All information is available on the convention website. Please use this website to complete your registration and all necessary forms that go with it. We are looking forward to a great week of fellowship and fun! Registration for chaperones is now open!  Please visit our website at prcconvention.com to register.

  • Lynden PRC Young Adults Retreat updates: Registration for our 2019 retreat has been opened. Thank you to all that have registered already.  Come join us July 1-5, for a week filled with spiritual encouragement, white water rafting, campfires, hiking and other fun activities with like-minded believers! Check out our website (https://lyndenprcya.wixsite.com/mysite) to register and for more details. We also have a Facebook page (Lynden PRC Young Adults Retreat 2019). Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions you may have. We look forward to hosting all of you in Washington!

  • Young Calvinists  invites you to "Taste of India" to be held at Georgetown PRC on May 3 at 6:00 PM. We will begin with an authentic Indian dinner at 6 sharp, followed by a presentation documentary on Grace Foster Home of Vellore, India. Pastor Paul Raj will be there for Q&A afterwards. Please RSVP at bit.ly/ycevent. This event is for Young People and Young Adults. See you there! 

  • The EPCA has this special notice, especially for our young people and young adults: The Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Australia would love to invite any young people and young adults aged 13 and up to their biennial youth camp. This youth camp will be held in Brisbane from the 28th of December 2019 - 3rd January 2020. Rev. Martyn McGeown from the Limerick Reformed Fellowship of the Republic of Ireland will be our guest speaker. This is a great time to meet other young people, fellowship with them and learn about our Saviour. Please contact Megan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a flyer or for additional information.

  • *Special notice (Don't forget the need is great!): Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2019 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 essays must be submitted by May 31st.

  • Are YOU a subscriber to the PR Young People's magazine, the Beacon Lights? Visit the website and learn how to become one!

  • *The latest young peoples' magazine of Covenant ERC in Singapore, Salt Shakers, was received and posted (April 2019 - cf. image above). Check that out on this page.

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*Missionary-pastor E. Singh
giving a presentation in Covenant ERCS in 2015 (cf. note below)

PRC MISSION NEWS:

Domestic Labors:

  • Remember in prayer our home missionary, Rev. A. Spriensma, who continues to labor in the West Michigan area and beyond through Byron Center PRC, the calling church. In Byron PRC's bulletin today we see this note about his activities: "Missionary Spriensma is preaching this weekend in the Hope PRC of Redlands, California and doing a mission presentation."

United Kingdom:

  • Limerick Reformed Fellowship News:
    • The March 2019 newsletter of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship mission station was received and posted recently.
    • This past week (April 25) Rev. McGeown spoke on “The Development of God’s Covenant (5): Jacob” in Margam Community Centre (S. Wales).

Philippine Missions:

  • The last Philippines mission newsletter was received and posted back in January 2019 and may be found on this PRC webpage.

  • For more on life and activities in the Philippines from the personal perspective of the missionary's, visit the Kleyn's blog, the Holstege's, and the Smits!

  • From this Sunday's bulletin of Provident Christian Church in Marikina we find the following notes concerning her pastor as well as concerning our missionaries and their labors today and in this coming week:
    • "Rev. Holstege will preach both times today and next Sunday, Lord willing.

    • The third and final meeting of PCC’s Council and Committee #2 of the PRCP was completed last week. We are thankful to God for the good outcome of these meetings and look forward, according to the will of our Father in heaven, to be received as the fourth congregation of the PRCP this June.

    • Last Friday was the deadline for men in our churches to apply for entrance to the seminary in the year 2019-2020. If there are any more questions about the seminary entrance requirements, please contact Bro. Sonny Umali (clerk of Committee #1). May the Lord guide the paths of those men who desire to be ministers in the PRCP but who were not yet ready to enter the seminary this year."

Let us continue in prayer to the Lord for the fulfillment of the needs of these busy pastors and missionaries in the Philippines. May the Lord of the harvest give them grace to be faithful and encouraged in all their labors.

India:

  • Let us remember to pray for the Lord's blessing on Georgetown PRC's labor in Vellore, India. From GT-PRC's bulletin today we find this special notice: " Georgetown PRC invites you to a slide program on the work of the PRCV of Vellore India in the spread of the Reformed faith Sunday, May 12, at 8:00 pm at Georgetown PRC. Pastor Paul Raj will relate the history of the Vellore Congregation, the outreach into Hindu villages with the Reformed faith, the training of area pastors, the group of doctors and students from the Christian Medical College and their zeal for the faith, and the present opposition of the Indian government to Christianity."

  • *And we remember our sister church's work (CERCS) in Kolkata, through Rev. E. Singh. From Byron Center PRC's bulletin today we find this notice: "We welcome Rev. Emmanuel Singh to our worship and fellowship this evening. Rev. Singh is the missionary of CERC in Singapore, laboring in Kolkata (Calcutta), India. As a token of their love for Byron Center PRC, the mission fellowship in Kolkata has sent a large handmade card with greetings to our congregation and signatures of the members of the fellowship. Take a look on the back table near the mailboxes when you get a chance. If any of the children in the congregation would like to color a picture or write a brief note to the saints in Kolkata, put them in the Lannings' mailbox or drop them off at the parsonage by Wednesday evening this week, and we will send them back to Kolkata with Rev. Singh. After the evening service, Rev. Singh will give a brief presentation of how God led him personally to the Reformed faith, and will update us on his work in Kolkata. Welcome, Rev. Singh!"

Myanmar:

  • Let us also remember Hope PRC's (Grand Rapids, MI) support of and involvement with Rev. Titus' work in Myanmar; for his latest report, visit this page. Rev. Titus is also here for the Dordt400 conference.
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PRC Seminary's Dordt400 Conference: A Blessed Event *(Updated with Pictures)

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*UPDATE: [The PRC Seminary's Dordt400 Conference is now over and it was a blessed event. Look for pictures below and for more details on the seminary's blog.]

This weekend is the PRC Theological Seminary's Dordt400 Conference!

After months of planning and preparing, the big event is finally here! This Thursday night through Saturday morning, April 25-27, at Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI, join the faculty, foreign speakers and friends, PRC members, and many others for edifying speeches, instructive presentations, and blessed fellowship - all centered on the theme of "Dordt400: Safe-guarding the Reformed Tradition."

The conference will be a humble remembrance and celebration of the defense of God's sovereign, particular grace through the "Great Synod" of Dordt held in the Netherlands from Nov.1618 to May 1619. All sessions are open to the public (no registration). We hope that you will join us.

TrinityPRC new sanctuary 2018

The venue is the new sanctuary and newly renovated fellowship room of Trinity PRC near downtown Hudsonville, MI (north side of Chicago Dr., off School St., 3385 Van Buren 49426).

The presenters are a blend of the seminary's faculty, PRC ministers, and foreign participants (cf. flyer below).

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The schedule of events may be found below as well as on the conference website.

DORDT400 CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Trinity Protestant Reformed Church

3385 VanBuren Hudsonville MI 49426

All three days will be live-streamed at Trinity PRC's SermonAudio channel.

THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2019

7:00: PM Welcome and Devotions

7:15: PM Who is Jacob Arminius? (Historical snippets on PowerPoint by Prof. R. Dykstra)

7:30: PM The Canons as the Original Five Points of Calvinism - Rev. A. Stewart

8:30: PM Closing

8:45: PM Refreshments

FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2019

8:30: AM Devotions

8:45: AM Rev. Johannes Bogerman, President - Prof. R. Dykstra

9:00: AM Warring a Good Warfare with the Canons - Rev. B. Huizinga

10:00: AM Break

10:30: AM The Foreign Delegates - Prof. R. Dykstra

10:45: AM The Unfeigned Call of the Gospel - Rev. M. Shand

11:45: AM Closing

12:00: PM Lunch (not provided)

1:15: PM Devotions

1:30: PM Commissioning A New Bible Translation - Prof. R. Dykstra

1:45: PM The Doctrine of the Covenant in the Canons - Prof. D. Kuiper

2:45: PM Break

3:15: PM High Majesties: The States General - Prof. R. Dykstra

3:30: PM The Polity of Dordt: Om Goede Orde in de Gemeente Christi te Onderhouden - Rev. Wm. Langerak

4:30: PM Closing

4:45: PM Supper (not provided)

7:00: PM Protestant Reformed Student Orchestra

7:30: PM Devotions

7:45: PM Promoting Christian Schools - Prof. R. Dykstra

8:00: PM Illustrating and Recommending the Grace of Election - Dordt's Doctrine of Reprobation - Prof. R. Cammenga

9:00: PM Closing

9:15: PM Refreshments

SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2019

8:30: AM Devotions

8:45: AM The Conclusion of the Canons - Prof. R. Dykstra

9:00: AM Assurance: Sovereign Grace's Speech to the Heart - Prof. B. Gritters

10:00: AM Break

10:30: AM Q & A - Round Table

11:30: AM Writing contest prizes

11:45: AM Concluding comments, prayer

12:15: PM Refreshments

Come for all or part of the conference! Hope to see you there!

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Below are a few pictures taken at the conference:

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Prof. R. Dykstra at the opening of the conference

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Rev. A. Stewart (Covenant PRC, N. Ireland) speech on "The Canons as the Orignial 'Five Points' of Calvinism" - Thursday evening

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Full fellowship room, Thursday night at Trinity PRC

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Some of the Dordt artifacts on display, including a Dordt400 T-shirt!

BH speech Friam
Rev. B. Huizinga (Hope PRC, Redlands, CA) giving his Friday monring speech on "Warring a Good Warfare with the Canons"

MShand EPC Fri speech
Rev. M. Shand delivers his speech on "The Unfeigned Call of the Gospel."

DK speech Fri
Prof. D. Kuiper speaking Friday afternoon on "The Doctrine of the Covenant in the Canons."

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PR Student Orchestra performing to open Friday evening's program

 RC speech Fripm
Prof. R. Cammenga speaking on "Illustrating and Recommending the Grace of Election: Dordt's Doctrine of Reprobation."

panel Q A Sat
The speakers sit on a Q&A panel moderated by Prof. R. Dykstra - Saturday morning

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Prof. B. Gritters gives thanks for and bids farewell to the foreign visitors - men and women from 8 countries came!

 narthex fellowship
Some narthex fellowship - so much of this was experienced and enjoyed!

DK leaving car
Some were still promoting the conference as they left it!

New Salt Shakers Magazine - April 2019

SS April 2019 cover 2"Covenant Keepers", the youth ministry of the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church of Singapore (our sister church), has now released the April 2019 issue of "Salt Shakers" (#54),their youth magazine.

The APRIL 2019 issue of "SS" is once again filled with interesting and instructive articles, and our PRC young people especially are encouraged to make it part of their reading content.

Below you will find a note from the "SS" Committee introducing the contents of this issue and images of the cover and table of contents. The entire issue is also attached here in pdf form.

Dear readers,

Our second issue of the year is here! An assortment of Reformed, Christian literature awaits your spiritual consumption; download the PDF attachment below!
May the LORD continue to use the magazine for your spiritual profit and the glory of His name.
 In Christ,
Lim Yang Zhi, On Behalf of the Salt Shakers Committee

Inside the April Issue:

~ Giants Contending for the Faith

~ Wisdom (2): Wisdom and the Tongue

~ Heroes of the Faith - Barak

~ Homosexuality: What Does the Bible Teach (2)

~ Going Green in the Right Direction

~ Godly Zeal in the Second Generation (2)

~ Fellowship and the Incarnation

~ How the Reformed Faith Arrived in Kolkata

~ New from the Churches

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PRC and Sister-Church News for the Week of April 21, 2019 *(Updated)

John 11 25On this Resurrection Sunday - the sixteenth Lord's Day of 2019, April 21 - the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, sister churches, and mission fields may be mentioned.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • The PRC congregations welcome you to their Easter services today, as we remember and rejoice in our Savior's resurrection from the dead. "But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept." ! Cor.15:20

  • Today Rev. C. Spronk (Faith PRC) announced his decline of the call from Grandville PRC to serve as minister-on-loan to Covenant ERC in Singapore.

  • On April 14 Rev. Erik Guichelaar (Randolph, WI) declined the call to Immanuel PRC (Lacombe, AB). Our prayers continue for Immanuel PRC as she awaits her next pastor. *UPDATE: Immanuel's Council has announced a new trio of Revs. M. McGeown (Limerick RF), C. Spronk (Faith PRC) and M. VanderWal (Wingham PRC, ON).

  • Rev. W. Langerak (SE PRC-GR) has accepted the call from Trinity PRC (Hudsonville, MI). In SE PRC's bulletin today we learn this: "Rev. Langerak's farewell service will be the evening service of April 28. There will be a farewell program and light luncheon after the service." From Trinity's bulletin we learn this concerning her new pastor-to-be: "Rev. Langerak will be installed as our next pastor on Sunday, May 12 in the morning worship service, Lord willing.  He will preach his inaugural sermon that evening."

  • Rev. J. Laning (Hull PRC) is in Lacombe, AB on classical appointment to Immanuel PRC today.

  • Kalamazoo PRC has this special public invitation in her bulletin:

“Contact in Mexico" Program is Friday, May 3, at 7:00 pm at Kalamazoo PRC (4515 Green Acres Drive, Kalamazoo).  This projected picture presentation will be given by Rev. C. Griess.  Refreshments will be served."

  • Georgetown PRC (Hudsonville, MI) has this special notice in her bulletin concerning an upcoming public event:

    India Program: Georgetown PRC invites you to a slide program on the work of the PRCV of Vellore India in the spread of the Reformed faith Sunday, May 12, at 8:00 pm at Georgetown PRC. Pastor Paul Raj will relate the history of the Vellore Congregation, the outreach into Hindu villages with the Reformed faith, the training of area pastors, the group of doctors and students from the Christian Medical College and their zeal for the faith, and the present opposition of the Indian government to Christianity.

  • Grace PRC carried this significant congregational invitation in her bulletin today:
    "What do you know of the mission field (of our sister-church in Singapore) in Kolkata, India led by Pastor Emmanuel Singh? Pastor Singh is in town to attend the Dordt 400 Conference and will give a presentation at Byron Center the evening of April 28. Our Evangelism Committee is excited to have him give a 45-minute presentation to our Grace congregation immediately after the morning service of April 28.  Refreshments will be served after the presentation."

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

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*Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI, host of this week's Dordt400 Confernence sponsored by the PR Theological Seminary. For more details visit www.dordt400.org

PRC Seminary News:

  • The seminary has now completed twelve weeks of the second semester, with three weeks to go. Besides their daily labors, the professors are busy preparing for the Dordt400 Conference coming up in a week (April 25-27). Students are busy preparing for the second round of practice preaching scheduled for this week (April 15) and next (April 22).

  • The schedule of courses and calendar of events for this semester may be found on this page. If you would like to visit for a day or a class, call or email the seminary secretary, Sharon Kleyn.

  • Work has begun on the Spring 2019 issue of the PRTS Journal. Look for that in upcoming weeks!
  • If you have not yet done so, visit the new PRC seminary website! There are many new features and updates, including a blog. Visit the site and check out the various pages - and sign up to receive seminary news by email! The library is also online there (under Resources). If you are looking for a particular book to read or use, or just want to browse, visit the library page.
  • Work continues on the seminary addition project, both inside and out (new archives and offices) as better spring conditions have arrived. This past week more of the interior walls were framed, while more of the metal siding was installed outside. Plans and preparations continue for the library renovation part of the project this summer (starting as soon as the semester is completed!), including how to move the library to other parts of the building during the makeover (a local moving company's expertise is being enlisted). Visit the seminary news section for pics and more information.

  • *Special notice: Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2019 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 essays must be submitted by May 31st.

  • The PRC Synod 2018 took a decision urging “the churches and the pastors in particular in their public prayers to pray the Lord of the harvest for able, faithful, and devoted pastors and teachers (Ephesians 4:11) for us and our children, as well as for the gathering of the elect out of the nations (Matthew 28:19).” A number of ministers are nearing the age of emeritation, and the number of students in the seminary at this time will not be sufficient to fill the upcoming needs of our churches either in our own congregations or in the work of missions. Please remember this urgent need in your prayers and encourage young men whom you observe to have the gifts to consider the ministry.

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  • *The Dordt 400 Seminary Conference has finally arrived. This week, Thursday through Saturday, April 25-27 at TRINITY PRC, Hudsonville, MI.  Thursday's meeting starts at 7:00 pm; Friday at 8:30 am and 7:00 pm (with the PRSO!); Saturday at 8:30 am.  Speakers are our seminary professors; Revs. B. Huizinga and W. Langerak; and Rev. A. Stewart (CPRC NI) and Rev. M. Shand (EPC Australia). The conference will be live-streamed via Trinity’s website for those unable to attend.  For more, see www.dordt400.org.   Please join us, along with our guests from South Africa, Singapore, Korea, Mexico, India, Myanmar, the Philippines, Northern Ireland and Australia.

 

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*Covenant ERC in Singapore (read more on this sister below)

SISTER-CHURCH NEWS:

  • Berean PRC:
    • "Rev. Ibe will lead us in our worship services today.
    • Our Pastor and Rev. Leovy Trinidad will travel to U.S. to attend the conference sponsored by Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary on the 400th Anniversary of the Synod of Dordt 1618-1619 on April 25-27, 2019. They leave on Wednesday (April 24) and plan to go back in Manila on (May 1, 2019) the Lord willing.
    • Rev. Ibe is scheduled to preach at First PRC in their morning worship service and at Grace PRC in their evening worship service next Sunday (April 28), the Lord willing.
    • Today, Elder Eric Mescallādo is visiting with the saints in Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija. Elder Eric is scheduled to lead them in their worship service today. We pray for God’s continued blessings as they hear and received the proclamation of His Word!"

  • Maranatha PRC:
    • "Rev. L. Trinidad, our Pastor will lead us in both services. Next week Rev. R. Smit will lead us in both services. We are cancelling our Belgic Confession and plan to resume in June, 2019 as the weather improves.

    • The Classis of the PRCP will hold their regular meeting on June 12, 2019 at the Berean PRC, Mayamot, Antipolo City.

  • Rev. Daniel & Sharon Kleyn are currently taking an extended furlough in the U.S. (until June 18). Per the decision of the PRC Synod of 2018, "the purpose of the furlough is to give Rev. Kleyn time to take some courses with a view to obtaining an advanced degree, to prepare classes to be taught in the PRCP [Philippines] seminary in the future, and to give both Rev. & Sharon opportunity to be refreshed and to reconnect with family."

  • And for more on the life and work of our "sisters" in the Far East read the news under Philippine missions (bulletins).
  • *Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, we may note the following items from her bulletin today (April 14):
    • Today, in our morning and afternoon worship services, Pastor den Hartog will be preaching on the death and resurrection of Christ. We pray that these messages will rekindle in our hearts the great love of Christ for His church. This will also humble us with thanksgiving and praise to God as we come before Him in worship. We also thank God also for the Gospel Meeting on Good Friday. We are thankful to see members inviting their friends and relatives to hear the preaching of the Gospel. We pray that the Holy Spirit will use the preaching of the Gospel to bring conversion in their lives and draw them to the church of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    • Today Rev. C. Spronk (Faith PRC) announced his decline of the call from Grandville PRC to serve as minister-on-loan to Covenant ERC in Singapore.

    • Her latest newsletter (February 2019) - Reformed News Asia - was posted recently posted and may be found on this page.

    • The last issue of the young peoples' magazine, Salt Shakers (February 2019) may be found on this page. 
  • Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC, we may note the following:
    • We welcome Prof. and Ruth Engelsma, as well as our other visitors from Hungary, Wales and Germany (from April 14 bulletin). [for her Dordt400 mini-conference]

    • Prof. Engelsma will give a lecture on the Synod of Dordt, entitled “The Defence of the Gospel: The Rejection of Errors,” this Wednesday [April 17] at 7:30 PM.
    • S. Wales Lecture: Rev. McGeown will speak on “The Development of God’s Covenant (5): Jacob” in Margam Community Centre on Thursday, 25 April.

    • Covenant PRC's latest newsletter was received and posted (December 2018).

    • Read the latest issue of Covenant Reformed News! That issue (March 2019) can be found here.
  • *The PRC also has a "corresponding relationship" with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) of Australia. We remember these brothers and sisters in our prayers and labors also.
    • Byron Center PRC has this note in her bulletin today about a special event in her church: "On Sunday, April 21, Rev. Mark and Susie Shand will be worshipping with us during the morning service, the Lord willing, and giving us a presentation shortly after the worship service. The Shands and their 4 children worshipped with us from July 1997 – July 2000 while Rev. Shand was attending our seminary. ...Rev. Shand will give us a presentation about what his family has been doing since leaving our fellowship and also giving us an outline of the present work of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Australia. Everyone is welcome to attend."

    • The EPCA has this special notice, especially for our young people and young adults: The Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Australia would love to invite any young people and young adults aged 13 and up to their biennial youth camp. This youth camp will be held in Brisbane from the 28th of December 2019 - 3rd January 2020. Rev. Martyn McGeown from the Limerick Reformed Fellowship of the Republic of Ireland will be our guest speaker. This is a great time to meet other young people, fellowship with them and learn about our Saviour. Please contact Megan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a flyer or for additional information.

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Looking to read more on the Synod of Dordt in connection with her 400th anniversary? Visit this section of articles.

SPECIAL NOTICES:

  • If you are in need of some pamphlets and/or articles published by the PRC for use in evangelism and/or witnessing, visit the PRCA Evangelism page for a complete list of materials available in digital format or by order from the publishing church.

  • Would you like to read good Reformed literature and a solid Reformed and biblical magazine? Visit the Reformed Free Publishing Association's website (www.rfpa.org), where you will find information on books in all major Christian categories, as well as on the bi-monthly periodical, the Standard Bearer.
  • If you are in West Michigan, be sure to visit the Reformed Book Outlet in downtown Hudsonville, MI! The RBO is a great source for Bibles, Bible study materials, music, cards, RFPA books, and other Reformed literature; stop at the RBO, or visit their website. For the April newsletter, see the attachment to this post.

  • You can now listen to the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession, and the Canons of Dordt on audio! Visit the links provided to hear the Catechism, the Confession, and the Canons read by Elijah Roberts. It's another excellent way to learn the Reformed faith and memorize these Reformed creeds.

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*A Young Calvinists' activity is coming up!

ESPECIALLY FOR PRC Young People and Young Adults:

  • NEWS about the 2019 PRYP's Convention:
    • Southwest & Providence PRCs are hosting the 2019 PRC Young People's Convention on August 12-16, the Lord willing.  The convention will be held at Michindoh Conference Center in Hillsdale, MI.

    • *The 2019 convention registration is now open for conventioneers!  All information is available on the convention website. Please use this website to complete your registration and all necessary forms that go with it. We are looking forward to a great week of fellowship and fun! Registration for chaperones is now open!  Please visit our website at prcconvention.com to register.

  • Lynden PRC Young Adults Retreat updates: Registration for our 2019 retreat has been opened. Thank you to all that have registered already.  Come join us July 1-5, for a week filled with spiritual encouragement, white water rafting, campfires, hiking and other fun activities with like-minded believers! Check out our website (https://lyndenprcya.wixsite.com/mysite) to register and for more details. We also have a Facebook page (Lynden PRC Young Adults Retreat 2019). Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions you may have. We look forward to hosting all of you in Washington!

  • *Young Calvinists  invites you to "Taste of India" to be held at Georgetown PRC on May 3 at 6:00 PM. We will begin with an authentic Indian dinner at 6 sharp, followed by a presentation documentary on Grace Foster Home of Vellore, India. Pastor Paul Raj will be there for Q&A afterwards. Please RSVP at bit.ly/ycevent. This event is for Young People and Young Adults. See you there! 

  • The EPCA has this special notice, especially for our young people and young adults: The Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Australia would love to invite any young people and young adults aged 13 and up to their biennial youth camp. This youth camp will be held in Brisbane from the 28th of December 2019 - 3rd January 2020. Rev. Martyn McGeown from the Limerick Reformed Fellowship of the Republic of Ireland will be our guest speaker. This is a great time to meet other young people, fellowship with them and learn about our Saviour. Please contact Megan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a flyer or for additional information.

  • *Special notice (Don't forget the need is great!): Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2019 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 essays must be submitted by May 31st.

  • Are YOU a subscriber to the PR Young People's magazine, the Beacon Lights? Visit the website and learn how to become one!

  • The latest young peoples' magazine of Covenant ERC in Singapore, Salt Shakers, was received and posted (February 2019 - cf. image above). Check that out on this page.

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Missionaries D. Kleyn and R. Smit with the men in S.Negros (2018)

PRC MISSION NEWS:

Domestic Labors:

  • Remember in prayer our home missionary, Rev. A. Spriensma, who continues to labor in the West Michigan area and beyond through Byron Center PRC, the calling church.

United Kingdom:

  • Limerick Reformed Fellowship News:
    • The March 2019 newsletter of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship mission station was received and posted recently.
    • Rev. McGeown discussed his book, Grace and Assurance: The Message of the Canons of Dordt, on “Iron Sharpens Iron Radio” on April 1. If you missed it and wish to listen to the podcast, visit this link.

Philippine Missions:

  • The last Philippines mission newsletter was received and posted back in January 2019 and may be found on this PRC webpage.

  • For more on life and activities in the Philippines from the personal perspective of the missionary's, visit the Kleyn's blog, the Holstege's, and the Smits!

  • From this Sunday's bulletin of Provident Christian Church in Marikina we find the following notes concerning her pastor as well as concerning our missionaries and their labors today and in this coming week:
    • "Rev. Smit will preach both times today. Rev. Holstege will be in Guiguinto today. Next week, Lord willing, Rev. Holstege will preach for PCC.
    • The third and final meeting of PCC’s Council and Committee #2 of the PRCP was completed last week. We are thankful to God for the good outcome of these meetings and look forward, according to the will of our Father in heaven, to be received as the fourth congregation of the PRCP this June.
    • All young men and men in our churches who aspire  to enter the Seminary for the year 2019-2020 must contact Bro. Sonny Umali (clerk of Committee #1) for all your questions regarding the entrance requirements and the items to include in an application. All aspirants must submit their applications to Bro. Sonny on or before but not later than April 26, 2019."

Let us continue in prayer to the Lord for the fulfillment of the needs of these busy pastors and missionaries in the Philippines. May the Lord of the harvest give them grace to be faithful and encouraged in all their labors.

India:

  • Let us remember to pray for the Lord's blessing on Georgetown PRC's labor in Vellore, India. From GT-PRC's bulletin today we find this special notice: " Georgetown PRC invites you to a slide program on the work of the PRCV of Vellore India in the spread of the Reformed faith Sunday, May 12, at 8:00 pm at Georgetown PRC. Pastor Paul Raj will relate the history of the Vellore Congregation, the outreach into Hindu villages with the Reformed faith, the training of area pastors, the group of doctors and students from the Christian Medical College and their zeal for the faith, and the present opposition of the Indian government to Christianity."

  • And we remember our sister church's work (CERCS) in Kolkata, through Rev. E. Singh. From Byron Center PRC's bulletin today we find this notice: "Rev. Emmanuel Singh is the missionary of our sister church in Singapore who labors in Kolkata, India. Rev. Singh will be arriving in the US tomorrow and staying with the Lannings. Next Sunday, April 28, after the evening service, Rev. Singh will give a brief presentation of his coming to the Reformed faith and his labors in Kolkata. Join us from 7-8 PM to learn more about this foreign mission work of our sister church."

Myanmar:

  • Let us also remember Hope PRC's (Grand Rapids, MI) support of and involvement with Rev. Titus' work in Myanmar; for his latest report, visit this page. Rev. Titus is also here for the Dordt400 conference.
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PRC and Sister-Church News for the Week of April 14, 2019 *(Updated)

2 Corinthians 5 21On this fifteenth Lord's Day of 2019, April 14, the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, sister churches, and mission fields may be mentioned.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • The PRC congregations will be holding Good Friday services this week Friday, April 19, and you are cordially invited to join us in worship of the Lamb slain for sinners. Most services are at 7 p.m. local time, but check the webpage of the congregation near you for specific times and details. "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing." (Rev.5:12)

  • Rev. W. Langerak (SE PRC-GR) has accepted the call from Trinity PRC (Hudsonville, MI). From Trinity's bulletin today we learn this concerning her new pastor: "Rev. Langerak will be installed as our next pastor on Sunday, May 12 in the morning worship service, Lord willing.  He will preach his inaugural sermon that evening."

  • Rev. Erik Guichelaar (Randolph, WI) is considering the call to Immanuel PRC (Lacombe, AB) [received on March 24]. We pray for him as he considers this call. *UPDATE: Rev. Guichelaar has declined this call. Our prayers continue for Immanuel PRC as she awaits her next pastor.

  • On March 24 the congregation of Grandville PRC voted to call Rev. C. Spronk (Faith PRC) to serve as minister-on-loan to Covenant ERC in Singapore. May the Lord provide clear guidance to him as he weighs this call as well as the one to his current congregation. He plans to answer by April 21 (cf. note below under Covenant ERCS).

  • Rev. S. Key (Loveland PRC) is in Lacombe, AB on classical appointment to Immanuel PRC yet today. In Immanuel's bulletin today one finds this special note concerning her upcoming Good Friday service: "Good Friday’s service will be held Friday, April 19th in the evening at 7:30 p.m. This allows us to have Rev. Laning to fill our pulpit for this worship service.  He will be preaching in Edmonton PRC in the morning on Good Friday."

  • Georgetown PRC (Hudsonville, MI) is celebrating her 25th anniversary this year (organized in March of 1994).  In that connection, her bulletin now includes a "trivia" item. Here is this week's, with the answer to last week's: "Who preached the sermon on the occasion of our congregation’s organization? What was the text? (Answer for last week’s questions: The first elders in Georgetown were: Bob DeYoung, Jay Kuiper, and Ron Schut. Deacons: Mark Dykstra and Bruce Miedema.)

  • Trinity PRC (Hudsonville, MI) had this note in its bulletin today concerning one of her emeritus ministers: "Prof. and Ruth Engelsma are in N. Ireland for the next month.  Prof. is lecturing at a conference put on by our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Synod of Dordt.  He will give four lectures beginning with two on Saturday, April 13.  He will also preach for the Covenant Protestant Reformed Church four Sundays, April 14 - May 5.  The sermons will be a series on Romans 7, a passage that was fundamental in the controversy between the Reformed churches and Arminianism. May God grant His blessing on the conference, which brings together interested persons from all of Great Britain and from various nations throughout Europe."

  • Grace PRC carried this significant congregational invitation in her bulletin today: "What do you know of the mission field (of our sister-church in Singapore) in Kolkata, India led by Pastor Emmanuel Singh? Pastor Singh is in town to attend the Dordt 400 Conference and will give a presentation at Byron Center the evening of April 28. Our Evangelism Committee is excited to have him give a 45-minute presentation to our Grace congregation immediately after the morning service of April 28.  Refreshments will be served after the presentation."

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

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A little April snow fell in West Michigan last week Thursday (as it is today again!).

PRC Seminary News:

  • The seminary has now completed eleven weeks of the second semester, with four weeks to go. Besides their daily labors, the professors are busy preparing for the Dordt400 Conference coming up in a week (April 25-27). Students are busy preparing for the second round of practice preaching scheduled for this week (April 15) and next (April 22).

  • The schedule of courses and calendar of events for this semester may be found on this page. If you would like to visit for a day or a class, call or email the seminary secretary, Sharon Kleyn.

  • Work has begun on the Spring 2019 issue of the PRTS Journal. Look for that in upcoming weeks!
  • If you have not yet done so, visit the new PRC seminary website! There are many new features and updates, including a blog. Visit the site and check out the various pages - and sign up to receive seminary news by email! The library is also online there (under Resources). If you are looking for a particular book to read or use, or just want to browse, visit the library page.

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  • Work continues on the seminary addition project, both inside and out (new archives and offices) as better spring conditions have arrived. This past week part of the interior walls were framed, while more of the metal siding was installed outside. Plans and preparations continue for the library renovation part of the project this summer (starting as soon as the semester is completd!), including how to move the library to other parts of the building during the makeover (a local moving company's expertise is being enlisted).

  • *Special notice: Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2019 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 essays must be submitted by May 31st.

  • The PRC Synod 2018 took a decision urging “the churches and the pastors in particular in their public prayers to pray the Lord of the harvest for able, faithful, and devoted pastors and teachers (Ephesians 4:11) for us and our children, as well as for the gathering of the elect out of the nations (Matthew 28:19).” A number of ministers are nearing the age of emeritation, and the number of students in the seminary at this time will not be sufficient to fill the upcoming needs of our churches either in our own congregations or in the work of missions. Please remember this urgent need in your prayers and encourage young men whom you observe to have the gifts to consider the ministry.

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  • Only weeks away now! DORDT 400!  APRIL 25-27. TRINITY PRC, Hudsonville, MI.  The seminary-sponsored conference celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Great Synod is approaching!  Please make plans to come to hear important speeches, see displays of 400-year-old artifacts from Dordt, learn the winners of the writing contest, and meet PRC friends coming from at least 10 different countries!  Speakers are our seminary professors; Revs. B. Huizinga and W. Langerak; and Rev. A. Stewart (CPRC NI) and Rev. M. Shand (EPC Australia). Trinity PRC in Hudsonville is our host.  The conference will be live-streamed via Trinity’s website for those unable to attend.  For more, see Dordt400.org.

 

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SISTER-CHURCH NEWS:

  • Berean PRC:
    • "Rev. Ibe will lead us in our worship services today.
    • Our pastor [Rev. Ibe] is also scheduled to preach at Kerusso Community Church at 3P.M. today and he will lead them in their study of the Church Order Arts. 74-75.
    • Today, Elder Alann and Sis. Vicky Peñaverde are visiting with the saints in Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija. Elder Alann is scheduled to lead them in their worship service today. May God’s grace and blessings rest upon the saints there as they hear God’s Voice speaking to them in the preaching of the Gospel of Christ!"
  • Maranatha PRC:
    • "Rev. R. Smit, our Missionary will lead us in both services.

    • The Contact Committee 2 of the PRCP and the Office Bearers of the at PCC will continue their meeting on April 15, 2019 at 10:00 in the morning the PCC, Provident Village, Marikina City, D.V.

  • Rev. Daniel & Sharon Kleyn are currently taking an extended furlough in the U.S. (until June 18). Per the decision of the PRC Synod of 2018, "the purpose of the furlough is to give Rev. Kleyn time to take some courses with a view to obtaining an advanced degree, to prepare classes to be taught in the PRCP [Philippines] seminary in the future, and to give both Rev. & Sharon opportunity to be refreshed and to reconnect with family."

  • And for more on the life and work of our "sisters" in the Far East read the news under Philippine missions (bulletins).
  • Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, we may note the following items from her bulletin today (April 14):
    • "...We welcome Pastor Arie and Mrs Sherry den Hartog back into our midst. We are very grateful and thankful to God for the love and care Pastor and Sherry have for our Church. Pastor will be bringing God’s word on each Lord’s day for the months of April, May and June 2019, DV. He will also be our Camp Speaker in June 2019. (April 7 bulletin)

    • The Lord willing, Rev Spronk will give his reply to the MOL call by next Sunday. The considerations for a PRCA minister taking a call to Singapore is very different than those for a call to one of their local churches. Nevertheless, we trust the Lord will lead and guide Rev Spronk in his consideration of this call too, through our prayers and correspondence with him. Pray the Lord will also keep us from becoming weary in waiting upon Him to provide an under-shepherd.

    • As mentioned last week, Session will be giving a presentation on establishing sister-church relationship with the PRCP [PRC, Philippines] next Sunday, April 21. We urge all members to attend, not only to be updated and informed of this significant development personally, but so that we may all pray about and speak with one another of this matter with greater understanding."

    • Her latest newsletter (February 2019) - Reformed News Asia - was posted recently posted and may be found on this page.

    • The last issue of the young peoples' magazine, Salt Shakers (February 2019) may be found on this page. 
  • Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC, we may note the following:
    • *This past weekend and continuing into the weeks ahead with more special lectures and sermons (April 13 & 17 & May 1) Covenant PRC sponsored a Dordt400 mini-conference, featuring Prof. D. Engelsma as speaker. The theme is "The Original Five Points of Calvinism." See this news item for more details.

    • On April 5, Rev. Stewart was interviewed on "Iron Sharpens Iron" radio concerning "The Doctrines of Sovereign Grace in Northern Ireland." If you missed that live interview, you may listen to the podcast at this link.
    • S. Wales Lecture: Rev. McGeown will speak on “The Development of God’s Covenant (5): Jacob” in Margam Community Centre on Thursday, 25 April.

    • Covenant PRC's latest newsletter was received and posted (December 2018).

    • Read the latest issue of Covenant Reformed News! That issue (March 2019) can be found here.
  • *The PRC also has a "corresponding relationship" with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) of Australia. We remember these brothers and sisters in our prayers and labors also.
    • Byron Center PRC has this note in her bulletin today about a special event in her church: "On Sunday, April 21, Rev. Mark and Susie Shand will be worshipping with us during the morning service, the Lord willing, and giving us a presentation shortly after the worship service. The Shands and their 4 children worshipped with us from July 1997 – July 2000 while Rev. Shand was attending our seminary. ...Rev. Shand will give us a presentation about what his family has been doing since leaving our fellowship and also giving us an outline of the present work of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Australia. Everyone is welcome to attend."

    • The EPCA has this special notice, especially for our young people and young adults: The Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Australia would love to invite any young people and young adults aged 13 and up to their biennial youth camp. This youth camp will be held in Brisbane from the 28th of December 2019 - 3rd January 2020. Rev. Martyn McGeown from the Limerick Reformed Fellowship of the Republic of Ireland will be our guest speaker. This is a great time to meet other young people, fellowship with them and learn about our Saviour. Please contact Megan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a flyer or for additional information.

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*A new RFPA Newsletter has been produced and published. To read the Winter 2019 issue, visit this link on the RFPA Blog.

SPECIAL NOTICES:

  • If you are in need of some pamphlets and/or articles published by the PRC for use in evangelism and/or witnessing, visit the PRCA Evangelism page for a complete list of materials available in digital format or by order from the publishing church.

  • Would you like to read good Reformed literature and a solid Reformed and biblical magazine? Visit the Reformed Free Publishing Association's website (www.rfpa.org), where you will find information on books in all major Christian categories, as well as on the bi-monthly periodical, the Standard Bearer.

  • *If you are in West Michigan, be sure to visit the Reformed Book Outlet in downtown Hudsonville, MI! The RBO is a great source for Bibles, Bible study materials, music, cards, RFPA books, and other Reformed literature; stop at the RBO, or visit their website. For the April newsletter, see the attachment to this post.

  • You can now listen to the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession, and the Canons of Dordt on audio! Visit the links provided to hear the Catechism, the Confession, and the Canons read by Elijah Roberts. It's another excellent way to learn the Reformed faith and memorize these Reformed creeds.

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  • Remember to listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday (on a radio station near you or on Sermonaudio wherever you are)!
    • Today Rev. R. Kleyn (pastor of Covenant of Grace PRC) brings the message "Love Bears All Things" based on 1 Cor.13:7 (which you may listen to at this link).

    • From the Reformed Witness Hour Committee: Did you know that Reformed Witness Hour messages are downloaded each month by saints all over the world—saints living in countries like South Africa, Cambodia, Nigeria, and China? If you would like to stay informed about the reach of our distinctly Reformed radio and internet ministry and about ways you can support our witness, please sign up for our bimonthly newsletter here: ehttp://epurl.com/gikNsL.

    • A new Spanish edition of the RWH is being produced and may be found on this YouTube channel (PRC Espanol). Look for new messages each week - and help spread the word!

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*A Young Calvinists' activity is coming up!

ESPECIALLY FOR PRC Young People and Young Adults:

  • NEWS about the 2019 PRYP's Convention:
    • Southwest & Providence PRCs are hosting the 2019 PRC Young People's Convention on August 12-16, the Lord willing.  The convention will be held at Michindoh Conference Center in Hillsdale, MI.

    • *The 2019 convention registration is now open for conventioneers!  All information is available on the convention website. Please use this website to complete your registration and all necessary forms that go with it. We are looking forward to a great week of fellowship and fun! Registration for chaperones is now open!  Please visit our website at prcconvention.com to register.

  • Lynden PRC Young Adults Retreat updates: Registration for our 2019 retreat has been opened. Thank you to all that have registered already.  Come join us July 1-5, for a week filled with spiritual encouragement, white water rafting, campfires, hiking and other fun activities with like-minded believers! Check out our website (https://lyndenprcya.wixsite.com/mysite) to register and for more details. We also have a Facebook page (Lynden PRC Young Adults Retreat 2019). Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions you may have. We look forward to hosting all of you in Washington! 

  • Postponed! Georgetown PRC's Young Men's Conference. Watch for a rescheduled date in the future.

  • *Young Calvinists invites you to "Taste of India" to be held at Georgetown PRC on May 3 @ 6:30PM. Georgetown will be presenting a documentary on the PRC of Vellore, India and Grace Foster Home. Pastor Paul Raj will be there for some Q&A afterwards. Also, there will be a spread of appetizers featuring Indian recipes! This event is for Young People and Young Adults. See you there!

  • The EPCA has this special notice, especially for our young people and young adults: The Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Australia would love to invite any young people and young adults aged 13 and up to their biennial youth camp. This youth camp will be held in Brisbane from the 28th of December 2019 - 3rd January 2020. Rev. Martyn McGeown from the Limerick Reformed Fellowship of the Republic of Ireland will be our guest speaker. This is a great time to meet other young people, fellowship with them and learn about our Saviour. Please contact Megan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a flyer or for additional information.
     
  • A matter for our young people to consider prayerfully - from the Federation of PR School Societies: “There is a significant need for more good Christian teachers for our beloved schools. This is true in light of increasing enrollment, recently established and emerging schools, and continual teacher retirements. We ask that this need be prayed for and supplication made that the young men and women of your congregation be led by God to enter into the vocation of a Christian school teacher. This…is intended to bring the serious need for teachers to your attention so this specific request can be brought to our heavenly Father and the need made known directly to your congregation.”

  • *Special notice: Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2019 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 essays must be submitted by May 31st.

  • Are YOU a subscriber to the PR Young People's magazine, the Beacon Lights? Visit the website and learn how to become one!

  • The latest young peoples' magazine of Covenant ERC in Singapore, Salt Shakers, was received and posted (February 2019 - cf. image above). Check that out on this page.

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PRC MISSION NEWS:

Domestic Labors:

  • Remember in prayer our home missionary, Rev. A. Spriensma, who continues to labor in the West Michigan area and beyond through Byron Center PRC, the calling church. This is the note in today's bulletin:
    •  "Rev. Spriensma preached last Sunday at the New Hope Fellowship in Dorr. This concludes the commitment of the DMC to assist with the pulpit supply needs of this small congregation. If future assistance becomes scheduled, the council will inform the congregation of that plan."

United Kingdom:

  • Limerick Reformed Fellowship News:
    • The March 2019 newsletter of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship mission station was received and posted recently.
    • Rev. McGeown discussed his book, Grace and Assurance: The Message of the Canons of Dordt, on “Iron Sharpens Iron Radio” on April 1. If you missed it and wish to listen to the podcast, visit this link.

Philippine Missions:

  • The last Philippines mission newsletter was received and posted back in January 2019 and may be found on this PRC webpage.

  • For more on life and activities in the Philippines from the personal perspective of the missionary's, visit the Kleyn's blog, the Holstege's, and the Smits!

  • From this Sunday's bulletin of Provident Christian Church in Marikina we find the following notes concerning her pastor as well as concerning our missionaries and their labors today and in this coming week:
    • "Rev. Holstege will preach in both services today. Next Sunday, he will preach and teach for the Bearers of Light Community Church in Guiguinto and Rev. Smit will preach for PCC, D.V.
    • The third meeting between our Council and Committee #2 of the PRCP will be tomorrow, April 15 here at PCC, Lord willing. [Concerning joining the sister-church federation]
    • All young men and men in our churches who aspire  to enter the Seminary for the year 2019-2020 must contact Bro. Sonny Umali (clerk of Committee #1) for all your questions regarding the entrance requirements and the items to include in an application. All aspirants must submit their applications to Bro. Sonny on or before but not later than April 26, 2019."

Let us continue in prayer to the Lord for the fulfillment of the needs of these busy pastors and missionaries in the Philippines. May the Lord of the harvest give them grace to be faithful and encouraged in all their labors.

India:

  • Let us remember to pray for the Lord's blessing on Georgetown PRC's labor in Vellore, India. From GT-PRC's bulletin (April 7) we find this special notice: "The Council and India Committee invite you to a Sunday morning lunch with Pastor Paul Raj! When? After the morning service on April 28. Where? Fellowship Hall. Why? Pastor Raj is visiting us in connection with our denomination’s celebration of the 400th anniversary of the Canons of Dordt. Pastor Raj will give a brief review of the PRCV congregation and the Grace Foster Home and answer questions. Circle the date and be sure to attend!" [This is a congregational gathering only.]

Myanmar:

  • Let us also remember Hope PRC's (Grand Rapids, MI) support of and involvement with Rev. Titus' work in Myanmar; for his latest report, visit this page.
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