Rev.Andrew Lanning along with his wife Stephanie and children are currently on furlough in the U.S. from their life and work in Singapore. Rev.Lanning is the PRC minister-on-loan to our sister church, the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church in Singapore, where he has been for just over two years now.
While visiting with parents and family and friends in the U.S., he will also be preaching in various PR churches (e.g., Faith PRC on July 13) and will give a special presentation on his work in the CERC on Sunday, July 20, in the Grandville (MI) HS Auditorium. All are welcome to attend and learn about this important work in SE Asia!
While they are here, Prof.R.Dykstra (PRC Seminary) is in Singapore for him, ministering the Word to the saints in the CERC. Rev.Nathan Decker (Trinity PRC) will also be there a Sunday while he and Prof.Dykstra make their trip to Australia for the EPC conference.
If you wish to follow the Lannings while they are on furlough, visit their blog, "Stories from Singapore".
May God give them a special season of refreshment and renewal while they are here.
Postscript: As of early Thursday morning, August 7, the Lannings have arrived back home safely in Singapore. For a few notes and pictures on the final days of their furlough and their trip home, visit this post on "Stories from Singapore." We rejoice in the time they could have here in the States, as well as the safe travels they had going home.
The seventh issue of "Reformed News Asia" has been released by the Christian Literature Ministry of our sister church in Singapore, the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church, and it is another issue filled with informative and edifying content (for information on the previous issue #6, click on this link)!
One of the special features of this issue is once again the devotions on the Belgic Confession, covering Articles 21-23 on the topics of Satisfaction of Christ, Faith in Jesus Christ, and Justification. Written by Missionary-pastor M.MeGeown, these devotions on the BC take you through the month of July (July 2-August 2) You will find great spiritual profit in using these devotions day by day.
In addition, the newsletter also contains information about the CLM's pamphlet and book ministries and about activities going on in the CERC, such as a beautiful wedding, the recent youth retreat, the annual church camp at which Prof.R.Dykstra spoke on the theme of the covenant as revealed in the Psalms, and a special Sunday of foreign fellowship (see pictures below).
For more information on how to subscribe to this newsletter, visit this page on the CERC website.
Aaron Lim giving speech on reading for the youth retreat.
Prof.R.Dykstra giving speech at the annual CERC church camp.
CERC church camp picture
First PRC, Grand Rapids and the Reformed Witness Hour Committee announce the messages scheduled for July 2014 on the RWH program. Rev.Carl Haak, pastor of the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI, will begin a series on the OT prophecy of Jonah.
Below is the schedule of messages, which you will also find attached in pdf form.
In light of the recent decision of the Foreign Mission Committee and Doon PRC, the calling church, to release Missionary-pastor R.Smit honorably from his labors in the Philippines, Doon PRC's Council has formed a trio from which to call a new missionary to labor with Missionary-pastor D.Kleyn in the Philippines.
That trio consists of Revs. C.Griess (Calvary PRC), S.Key (Loveland PRC), and C.Spronk (Peace PRC).
The congregation of Doon PRC will vote to call from this trio on Sunday, July 13.
Rev. James Slopsema preached his farewell sermon in First PRC (Grand Rapids, MI) on Sunday evening, June 29 after which he begins his emeritation (retirement), effective July 1. Pastor Slopsema has served the PRC for nearly forty years in various congregations since 1974. We express our thanks to Rev. Slopsema for the years of his faithful ministry and service, and we give thanks to God for continuing to give us such men of integrity and spiritual convictions. May the Slopsemas know the Lord's rich blessings in the years ahead (taken in part from Gandville PRC's bulletin).
On July 13, First PRC plans to call from a trio of Candidate Joshua Engelsma, Rev. C. Haak (Georgetown PRC) and Rev. C. Spronk (Peace PRC, IL).
Faith PRC (Jenison, MI) plans to call from a trio of Candidate Joshua Engelsma, Rev. C. Haak and Rev. R. Van Overloop (Grace PRC), also on July 13.
Doon PRC also announced a new trio on June 29: Candidate Joshua Engelsma, Rev.G.Eriks (Hudsonville PRC), and Rev.J.Marcus (First PRC, Edmonton). The congregation will vote on July 13, D.V.