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Philippine Mission Newsletter - April 2018

PROTESTANT REFORMED FOREIGN MISSIONS IN THE PHILIPPINES - APRIL 2018 NEWSLETTER

Rev. Daniel J. Holstege (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Rev. Daniel Kleyn (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Rev. Richard J. Smit (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

PROTESTANT REFORMED CHURCHES IN THE PHILIPPINES

  • The Protestant Reformed Church in Bulacan (Muzon, San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan) oversees the mission field in Albuera, Leyte. In the absence of a full-time missionary in Albuera, the consistory of PRCB has been sending monthly committees of a pastor, with an elder or deacon, to preach, teach, provide pastoral care, and administer benevolence to the needy with the Word of God and prayer. Rev. Smit provides pulpit supply to the BPRC or PRCB, depending on which pastor is involved in the monthly visit. The worship services of the PRCB are broadcast live via the internet to 4 locations in the Philippines and one location in the Middle East where the PRCB has Filipino contacts.
  • The Berean Protestant Reformed Church (Antipolo, Rizal) has, in addition to its regular Sunday worship services and catechism schedule, an evangelism work at the Kerusso Community Church in the downtown Manila area (Tondo) at which Pastor Ibe preaches regularly and afterwards conducts an Essentials of Reformed Doctrine class. Once a month, Pastor Ibe and one consistory member lead a Bible study in Gabaldon (5 hour drive north of Manila). This Bible study is held in Sitio Karugang, which is a different location than Bagong Sikat where previous work was done.
  • The Berean Protestant Reformed Church is sponsoring a conference on May 1, 2018, a national holiday. The theme is “The Power of the Gospel.” The four speakers and their speeches are as follows:
    Rev. L. Trinidad, “What is the Gospel?”
    Rev. J. Flores, “The Gospel and the World”
    Rev. D. Kleyn, “Regeneration and Calling”
    Rev. V. Ibe, “The Gospel and Sanctification”
  • The Maranatha Protestant Reformed Church (Valenzuela, Metro Manila) hosted the recent Classis of the PRCP on February 25. One of the significant decisions of the Classis was that Rev. Leovy Trinidad, pastor of Maranatha, was appointed to represent the PRCP at the upcoming Synod of the PRCA in June 2018, particularly in regards to the finalization of a sister-church relationship between the PRCP and the PRCA.
  • Seminary training for the ministry of the Word in the PRCP remains a priority for the PRCP and us. Preparations are being made for the start of a seminary program in the future, as well as providing pre-seminary instruction in N.T. Greek, the Lord willing. More updates on this work will follow as plans develop and are approved. We see the need for the training of local ministers of the Gospel for the churches here, both in their own pulpits and their mission fields. We commit the desire and planning of a theological school for the PRCP to the Lord’s blessing and guidance.

PRCA MISSIONS

  • Our Reformed doctrine and Reformed church order classes continue once a month in Sipalay, Southern Negros Occidental (SNO), with local pastors and leaders of various churches, mission groups, and other groups. The men come from an area that extends from Inayauan to Hinobaan, a distance which would take about 1 hour to travel by car or motorcycle. Rev. Kleyn has been giving lectures on the articles in the Church Order and is almost finished with this work, before moving on to another subject of benefit to the pastors for their continuing education. In February, I resumed instruction and review in the section of Reformed doctrine regarding Christology. The brethren in SNO maintain faithful and lively attendance.
  • In the Provident Christian Church (Marikina, Metro Manila) Rev. Holstege continues to serve full-time, preaching on Sundays, giving instruction in the Church Order between the 2 worship services, and providing catechism instruction in the Wednesday Night Bible Study (recently on the truth of Matthew 24-25). In addition to this, Rev. Holstege leads a Youth Fellowship Bible study on Sunday afternoons. Rev. Kleyn has continued to teach the Saturday morning Bible History catechism for the children of the PCC. Recently, under the guidance of Rev. Holstege with the help of Rev. Kleyn, the PCC is working towards the goal of becoming a part of the PRCP denomination.

VISITORS

  • In the past several months, we hosted the PRCA Contact Committee delegation in late October so that they could be present at the November 1 meeting of the PRCP Classis in order to convey the greetings and decisions of the 2017 PRCA Synod about a sister-church relationship with the PRCP.
  • Then, the Holstege family enjoyed parents, grandparents, and a sister and aunt visiting over U.S. Thanksgiving and around the time of the Christmas holidays.
  • Mr. Nathan Pastoor visited in December. Mr. Elliot Ensink and Miss Elizabeth Ensink visited around the beginning of 2018, enjoying even our annual New Years’ Day picnic with all of us at Faith Academy’s elementary school playground. Mr. Peter Kleyn and Mr. David Dijkstra visited in January. Mr. and Mrs. Colin Lim and their daughters, Cheryl and Bernice, from CERC in Singapore visited at the time of Chinese New Year (Feb. 16).
  • The FMC/Doon Council delegation of Mr. Joel Van Egdom (with his wife, Michelle) and Rev. Cory Griess visited us in the second half of February and even joined the monthly visit to SNO. We have enjoyed the encouragement of our visitors.

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A NEW MISSIONARY FAMILY

  • After the usual long trip from North America, we arrived at our house on December 29. The clock in the above picture even reminds me that it was about 9:30 a.m. when we finally arrived at our new but old home.
  • What exactly did I mean by “our new but old home”? The Kleyns and Holsteges searched for suitable housing for us in the current subdivision and surrounding areas in October. Then, in late October 2017, when I was here for a Contact Committee delegation, I and my wife (via Skype) discussed what to do with the available options. After some discussion together about the feasible options, we mutually agreed on the option of a great missionary house exchange.
  • What exactly was this great missionary house exchange of 2017? Our house is the former house of the Holsteges which was our former house (October 2010 to March 2015). So, in an unexpected way, we are living nicely in our old house again! In turn, the Holsteges have occupied , since December, the former house of the Kleyns. Then, to complete this amazing house exchange of 2017, the Kleyns have occupied, since November, their new house on a different street of our subdivision. Their house is very nice, too. And, our children noticed an interesting mathematical pattern about the address numbers of our 3 houses: #12 (Smits), #23 (Kleyns), #34 (Holsteges).
  • A week after our arrival, our children joined Gabriel Holstege as returning students to Faith Academy on January 4. The Smit children have adjusted well to classes, teachers, and classmates at Faith Academy. Our school “March Break” is coming soon. We don’t call our mid-semester break “Spring Break” because it’s actually the hot summer time here. Our vacation starts on March 23 and continues through April 2. The children expect to return to class refreshed and well-tanned on April 3.

SUMMARY OF OUR DIVISION OF LABOURS

  • With the addition of a third missionary and his family to the work, some thought and attention was given to sort out where the third missionary would fit into the current stream of work. Here is a summary of what we are doing.
  • Labors of Rev. Holstege: Rev. Holstege works full-time in the Provident Christian Church with preaching, catechism, Bible Study, family visitation, chairman of steering committee, and PCC’s own evangelism work. He serves as an advisor to the PRCP in the area of missions, contact with other churches, and translation work.
  • Labors of Rev. Kleyn: Rev. Kleyn works in the Maranatha PRC with preaching twice a month and attendance at their monthly consistory meetings. Rev. Kleyn serves as an advisor to the consistory of the PRCB at their request and to the 2 standing committees of the PRCP Classis which oversee all of the denominational work of the PRCP. Rev. Kleyn will continue to lecture at the monthly pastors classes in SNO, and, if possible, make longer visits to the area in order to help the churches in SNO in their development in the Reformed faith and church government.
  • Labors of Rev. Smit: Rev. Smit will help the PRCP to develop a seminary program for its seminary students. For this goal, Rev. Smit serves as an advisor to Committee 1 of the PRCP Classis which oversees the work of the PRCP Seminary, as well as other denominational matters. Rev. Smit provides preaching in the PRCP congregations and the Provident Christian Church when the regular pastors or missionaries are scheduled to be absent from their pulpits. Rev. Smit plans to continue his lectures at the monthly SNO classes.
  • Labors Together: Together, we are continuing our Tagalog education, providing lectures to the 7M classes, providing lectures at PRCP sponsored conferences and youth retreats, and helping the churches with their mission work in Albuera, Bulacan, Gabaldon, Tondo, Laguna, and other places. We continue to be involved in the congregational life of the churches, including such things as their annual church picnics. We plan to take turns again with the writing of our quarterly newsletters, and, as we have done in the past years, we are willing to provide live-interviews via Skype to our PR young people societies, high school classes, or Bible Study groups that are interested in a pre-arranged Q/A session with one of our missionaries.
  • We understand that after reading this long list, you might find it difficult to visualize who is doing what and where and how even we ourselves can keep it all straight. Yet, you can surely appreciate that we are being kept busy. Pray for us that God give us the grace to be sustained in all of these harvest labors.

FURLOUGH PLANS FOR 2018

  • There is a time for intense labor, but there is also a time and need for rest in order to rejuvenate ourselves for further work. The Holstege family plans to have their six-week furlough from June 11 to July 24. The six week furlough includes 3 weeks for vacation and 3 weeks for preaching, for attendance at Synod, and for mission field presentations in our churches.
  • Their busy itinerary is as follows:
    June 11-17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Grand Rapids
    June 18-27 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Randolph
    June 27-July 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Doon/Hull
    July 2-15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Grand Rapids
    July 16-23 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Loveland

REFORMED BOOKSHELF

  • The sale of RFPA books continues to go well. The number of books sold in 2017 was 1,780. This is slightly less than what was sold in 2016: 1,800.
  • A Tagalog translation of Come, Ye Children is moving closer to typesetting, printing, and distribution. We are excited about this project because this book will make available to Tagalog-speaking believing parents a tool of instruction for their young, Taglog-speaking lambs in Bible history according to the Reformed faith, something sorely lacking here.
  • We express our thanks to you for faithful and generous support of the Philippine Book Fund and the goal that it is serving now: distribution of soundly Reformed books in English, and soon also Tagalog, that instruct and sound forth the Word of God according to the Reformed faith for God’s sheep and lambs in the Philippines.

CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

  • We covet your prayers for our labours in your behalf and for the propagation of the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Philippines through our small work. Similar to what a Presbyterian missionary once wrote, we do it not because it is somehow more heroic than being a local pastor, for it is not. We do it not because it is of itself a more attractive endeavour, for it is not. We do it not because it supposedly makes us more pious than seeking God’s kingdom first in Canada or the USA, for it does not.
    This also is harvest work: challenging, blood, sweat, and tears work. Hence, we learn more and more to be motivated with the same believing conviction and focus of Paul on Christ as inspired in 2 Timothy 2:10, “Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.”
  • Since in this work no man of himself is able to do it, pray for us that the Lord sustain our strength, conviction, and desire to serve Him and His church in this work: seeking to do this work in His way according to His Word and our confessions, trusting by faith in Him alone that it has His approval and indispensable support for the glory of His grace.

In His service,
Rev. Richard J Smit

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PRC and Sister-Church News for the Week of April 15, 2018 *(Updated)

Psalms 150 1On this fifteenth Lord's Day of 2018, April 15, we note the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, mission fields, and sister churches.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • Many of the PRC congregations in West Michigan cancelled their Sunday morning worship services due to a bad ice storm that hit the area. Our mid-western churches also experienced this storm, but a day or two earlier.

  • Rev. A. Brummel (Heritage PRC, Sioux Falls, SD) continues to consider the call to Calvary PRC (Hull, IA), received on March 29.  *UPDATE: This morning Rev. Brummel announced his acceptance of this call.

  • Young Men's Conference (High School / College), "Run, Fight, Lead!" is Saturday, April 28, from 8-12:30, at Georgetown PRC. Breakfast Included! Register Today!  For more details and to register please visit georgetownprc.org/runfightlead

  • Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids has made a special announcement and request concerning an upcoming event: "Southeast Protestant Reformed Church (formerly Fourth PRC) will be celebrating 75 years of existence in March of 2019.  A book is being developed to commemorate this event.  If you have memorabilia, pictures, anecdotes, etc. relating to this history and are willing to share, please contact Tim Pipe Sr at 616-890-2545 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.."

  • Candidate Jon Langerak is currently assisting in the Limerick Reformed Fellowship: (This from her bulletin): "He ...plans to stay until Monday 23 April.  ...While Candidate Langerak is here, he will lead our worship services, lead the Bible study (Tuesdays at 8 PM), and teach the catechism class of Sebastian and Jason (Wednesdays at 3 PM). Candidate Langerak will lead our worship on Sundays 1 April, 15 April, and 22 April (on 8 April, Candidate Langerak ...will be in the CPRC in Ballymena, while Rev. Stewart preaches in the LRF)."

  • California Summer Retreat: Hope PRC in Redlands, CA is hosting a retreat this summer, July 2-5, 2018. Registration opened March 31st at 8am PST, with a limit of 69 attendees, ages 18-35yo. We hope you can attend! For more details and to find the link to register, please visit hopeprc.org and view the Retreat tab. If you have any additional questions, please email either Brad Potjer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Kayla Feenstra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (registration details).

  • First PRC in Edmonton, AB has this special notice concerning a significant event this summer: "The dates for the 2018 Family Conference have been finalized! First PRC in Edmonton, AB plans to host the conference July 20-22, 2018 D.V. Hear from our speakers: Rev. B. Huizinga, N. Langerak and J. Marcus on the topic of 'Seeking The Lord'. Mark your calendars and plan to attend what promises to be a spiritually encouraging time of growth and fellowship with saints from Canada and abroad, as well as an opportunity to see some of the beauty that God has created here in Canada. For more information or to register, please visit our website https://edmontonfamilyconf.wixsite.com/conference2018, or contact Scott Ferguson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. "

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

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  • From the PRC Seminary comes this April news:
    • The seminary has now completed eleven weeks of classes, with four left in this second semester. Continue to pray for faculty and students that they might finish the year well.
    • The second round of practice is scheduled for April 16 and 23 for the sophomore and junior students.
    • The upcoming internships of Seminarians Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman have been confirmed and announced. Sem. Kortus will be interning at Trinity PRC under Rev. N. Decker and his Council and Sem. Maatman will intern at Hudsonville PRC under Rev. G. Eriks and his Council. The internship program runs from July 1 to December 31.
    • *FUTURE TEACHERS AND MINISTERS: Information for the 2018 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 31.

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SISTER-CHURCH NEWS

  • Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC, we call attention to the following:
    • Covenant PRC's latest newsletter was received and posted recently (February 2018). And don't forget her other publication - Covenant Reformed News! That latest issue (March 2018) may be found here.
    • Join Reformed believers from around the world at the 2018 British Reformed Fellowship family conference at Hebron Hall in South Wales from Saturday, July 21, to Saturday, July 28. Our speakers, Prof. David Engelsma and Rev. Andy Lanning, will lecture on "The Reformed Family—According to the Word of God." More information and booking forms are available at http://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.).

  • Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, the following may be noted:
    • Rev. A. den Hartog and his wife Sherry continue to serve the CERC until at least June of this year. Read the "Pastor's Voice" part of her bulletin to learn more.
    • Her latest newsletter (February 2018) - Reformed News Asia - was recently posted and may be found on this page. Watch for the March issue soon!
    • The latest young peoples' magazine, Salt Shakers, was received and posted recently (March 2018 - cf. image above). Check that out on this page.

  • The PRC has a "corresponding relationship" with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) of Australia. We remember these brothers and sisters in our prayers and labors too.


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SPECIAL NOTICES:

  • Looking for Reformed literature and a solid Reformed and biblical magazine to read? 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.

  • Looking for pamphlets published by the PRC? Visit the PRCA Evangelism page for a complete list of materials available in digital format or by order from the publishing church.

  • Reformed Book Outlet: The April 2018 newsletter (see attached pdf!) announces the annual 20% off music CDs sale - adult and children's, a good time to add to your music collection.

  • The six choirs (283 voices) of the Protestant Reformed High Schools (Covenant, Heritage [Dyer, IN], Hope [Redlands, CA], Faith [Randolph, WI], Loveland, and Trinity [Hull, IA]) presented a combined concert of edifying choral music this past Thursday, April 12, in Dordt College’s B.J. Haan auditorium. If you missed this special program, you may still watch it on this YouTube channel.

  • PRYP Convention logo 2018Registration for the 2018 PRYP Convention opened March 15. The Convention will be held August 13-17, 2018 at Lake Geneva Christian Center in Alexandria, MN. The hosting churches of the Midwest are excited to have you join us for an upbuilding week of fellowship and fun! For more information and to register, please visit prcconvention.com.
  • Busing to Convention from Michigan: due to housing limitations in Iowa, the Iowa convention steering committee has asked that the people coming from Michigan go directly to the camp on Monday. Busing is lined up to leave the Grand Rapids area Monday morning around midnight to get to the camp in time for registration. Cost to ride the bus is around $100. To register or for more information contact Chris Dykstra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • 2018 YOUNG PEOPLE’S CONVENTION CHAPERONE & NURSE REGISTRATION is now open!  The convention, hosted by the five Midwest churches, is planned for August 13-17, at Lake Geneva Christian Center in Alexandria, MN.  To register, go to prcconvention.com, and follow the instructions under the chaperone or nurse tab.  If you have any questions, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Psalm Choir - The latest CD, Volume 20, ‘Sweet Refreshment’ is now available. There are over 25 selections from the past two seasons.  Please visit the website www.psalmchoir.com to order.

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  • Don't forget to listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday! Today Rev. R. Kleyn (Covenant of Grace PRC, Spokane, WA) resumes his series on the OT book of Ruth with the message "May God Bless Your Marriage!" based on Ruth 4:11-12.
    • NEW RWH Station - The Cornerstone PRC Word and Deed committee has partnered with the Reformed Witness Hour to air their messages on the radio in the Chicago area. Beginning today, September 10, the broadcast can be heard every Sunday at 4:00PM on WYLL 1160AM or on the internet at www.1160hope.com. Please tune in and encourage others to do so as opportunity arises in your personal witnessing.

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PRC in Bulacan, Philippines, pastored by Rev. John Flores (Feb., 2016)

 MISSION NEWS:

  • From Byron Center PRC's bulletin this week we learn that our home missionary, Rev. A. Spriensma, was hospitalized this past week but was able to return home on Friday. We remember this servant of the Lord and his wife, Alva, in our prayers as he recovers.

  • The February/March 2018 newsletter of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship mission station is now posted on this page. Also from her March 25 bulletin we find this note: "We welcome Candidate Jonathan Langerak to the LRF. He arrived on Wednesday morning and plans to stay until Monday 23 April.  ...While Candidate Langerak is here, he will lead our worship services, lead the Bible study (Tuesdays at 8 PM), and teach the catechism class of Sebastian and Jason (Wednesdays at 3 PM). Candidate Langerak will lead our worship on Sundays 1 April, 15 April, and 22 April (on 8 April, Candidate Langerak ...will be in the CPRC in Ballymena, while Rev. Stewart preaches in the LRF)."

  • Georgetown PRC's bulletin reminds us of a prayer need with regard to their work in Vellore, India: "Pray for the Sola Gratia program taught by Pastor Paul Raj in India to four students and six area pastors."

  • Have you read Rev. Titus' latest report on the work going on in Myanmar? Find that on this page.

  • The last Philippines mission newsletter is dated November 2017 and may be found on this PRC webpage. The annual Doon/Foreign Mission Committee delegation visit to the Philippines took place from February 15-27, 2018. For pictures and reports on this year's delegation, look up the Kleyn's blog for pictures and details (cf. next note).

  • Don't forget to follow the Kleyn's blog on life and activities in the Philippines. And that also includes the Holstege's one! And the Smits once again too!
  • From this Sunday's bulletins of the Provident Christian Church in Marikina, the Philippines and the Maranatha PRC in Valenzuela we find the following notes concerning their pastors as well as concerning our missionaries and their labors today and in this coming week:
    • Provident CC: 
      • Rev. Kleyn will preach both times today. Rev. Holstege will preach for the PRC in Bulacan while Rev. John Flores is in Albuera, Leyte. Next week, Lord willing, Rev. Holstege will preach for PCC.

      • The Children’s Catechism class will meet this Saturday at 9:00 am. Rev. Kleyn will teach the last lesson in the OT History for Juniors, lesson 25.

      • This week, Revs. Kleyn and Smit will travel to Negros Occidental for the monthly pastors’ classes to be held in Sipalay. May God grant them safe travels and bless the instruction they give there.

    • Maranatha PRC:

      • Our Missionary, Rev. D. Kleyn will lead our first service and our second serm, on.  After the second service, he will be teaching the Lesson: Article 1 and the following of the Belgic Confession.

      • Rev. L. Trinidad will be teaching the children catechism class.

Let us continue to lift up 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.
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New Salt Shakers Magazine - March 2018

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"Covenant Keepers", the youth ministry of the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church of Singapore (our sister church), has now released the March 2018 issue of "Salt Shakers" (#48),their youth magazine.

The March 2018 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.

Beloved Readers,

 Salt Shakers is pleased to bring you Issue 48!
 We continue our consideration of the important calling of holiness in our lives. May God give us the grace to live out this calling unto Him.
 Do give our Bible riddle a try, it's a tough one! You may email us to check if you've got the answer, or wait till it is revealed in the next issue!
 Our heartfelt appreciation also goes to all our writers for their contributions to Salt Shakers!
In the March 2018 issue:
The Necessity of Reforming the Church by John Calvin Aaron Lim
Scripture's Covenant Youth (XI): David - Prof. Herman Hanko
Are Unbelievers in God's Image? (VI) - Rev. Angus Stewart
Holiness as Young Adults (I) - Wee Gim Theng
Life in the Seminary -Josiah Tan
A Letter to My Unforgiving Self (II) - Marcus Wee
Book Review: Little White House in IowaEmily Lanning
The Great Flood - Lisa Ong
The Pressure of Busyness on the Covenant Family - Rev. Joshua Engelsma
Reformed Polemics for the Reformed Believer (II) - Rev. Nathan Langerak
Rejoicing and Weeping Together (II)  - Lim Yang Zhi
Called to be Saints - Daisy Lim

Remember to pass the salt!

Pro Rege,
Chua Lee Yang, On Behalf of the Salt Shakers Committee
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Lecture on Christian Persecution - This Friday, April 13, 2018 - Kalamazoo PRC

Spring Lecture:
The Kalmazoo PRC invites all in the area to attend our Spring Lecture on Friday, April 13 at 7:30PM at the Kalamazoo PRC, 4515 Green Acres Drive, Kalamazoo, MI 49009.

Rev. James Slopsema will speak on "Persecuted for Christ's Sake," answering questions such as these: Are the thunder clouds of persecution gathering for us? How can we prepare ourselves and our children for persecution?

Refreshments will be served.

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PRC and Sister-Church News for the Week of April 8, 2018

1 John 5 11On this fourteenth Lord's Day of 2018, April 8, we note the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, mission fields, and sister churches.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • Rev. A. Brummel (Heritage PRC, Sioux Falls, SD) is considering the call to Calvary PRC (Hull, IA), received on March 29. He plans to answer by April 22.

  • Georgetown PRC sent the churches this special announcement for their bulletins today concerning one of our emeritus ministers, Rev. Wayne Bekkering:

WBekkering obituary 4 2018Rev. Wayne E. Bekkering, age 75, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Resurrection Day, April 1. His funeral was this past Thursday. We express our sympathies to his wife, Phyllis, his nine children and their spouses, 39 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.  Rev. Bekkering served his Lord faithfully as a husband, father, and minister of the gospel of grace in the PRC for 33 years, serving in Randolph (WI), Houston (TX), Faith (MI), Pella (IA) and as a missionary in Ghana.   We remember his gentleness, kindness, love for God’s truth, and humble service in our churches. He now sees the exalted and glorious Son of God at God’s right hand, the One who loved Wayne and gave Himself for him. And “His Lord said unto him, well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make the ruler over many things: Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.” Matthew 25:23

  • Spring Lecture is this Friday, April 13, at 7:30 pm at Kalamazoo PRC.  Rev. James Slopsema will speak on "Persecuted for Christ's Sake," answering questions such as:  Are the thunder clouds of persecution gathering for us?  How can we prepare ourselves and our children for persecution?  Refreshments will be served. All in the area and beyond are welcome!

  • Young Men's Conference (High School / College), "Run, Fight, Lead!" is Saturday, April 28, from 8-12:30, at Georgetown PRC. Breakfast Included! Register Today!  For more details and to register please visit georgetownprc.org/runfightlead

  • Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids has made a special announcement and request concerning an upcoming event: "Southeast Protestant Reformed Church (formerly Fourth PRC) will be celebrating 75 years of existence in March of 2019.  A book is being developed to commemorate this event.  If you have memorabilia, pictures, anecdotes, etc. relating to this history and are willing to share, please contact Tim Pipe Sr at 616-890-2545 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.."

  • Candidate Jon Langerak is currently assisting in the Limerick Reformed Fellowship. "He arrived on Wednesday morning and plans to stay until Monday 23 April.  ...While Candidate Langerak is here, he will lead our worship services, lead the Bible study (Tuesdays at 8 PM), and teach the catechism class of Sebastian and Jason (Wednesdays at 3 PM). Candidate Langerak will lead our worship on Sundays 1 April, 15 April, and 22 April (on 8 April, Candidate Langerak ...will be in the CPRC in Ballymena, while Rev. Stewart preaches in the LRF)."

  • California Summer Retreat: Hope PRC in Redlands, CA is hosting a retreat this summer, July 2-5, 2018. Registration opened March 31st at 8am PST, with a limit of 69 attendees, ages 18-35yo. We hope you can attend! For more details and to find the link to register, please visit hopeprc.org and view the Retreat tab. If you have any additional questions, please email either Brad Potjer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Kayla Feenstra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (registration details).

  • First PRC in Edmonton, AB has this special notice concerning a significant event this summer: "The dates for the 2018 Family Conference have been finalized! First PRC in Edmonton, AB plans to host the conference July 20-22, 2018 D.V. Hear from our speakers: Rev. B. Huizinga, N. Langerak and J. Marcus on the topic of 'Seeking The Lord'. Mark your calendars and plan to attend what promises to be a spiritually encouraging time of growth and fellowship with saints from Canada and abroad, as well as an opportunity to see some of the beauty that God has created here in Canada. For more information or to register, please visit our website https://edmontonfamilyconf.wixsite.com/conference2018, or contact Scott Ferguson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. "

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

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  • From the PRC Seminary comes this April news:
    • The seminary's Spring break is over and the eleventh week of classes begins this week. Continue to pray for faculty and students that they might finish the year well.
    • The second round of practice is scheduled for April 16 and 23 for the sophomore and junior students.
    • The upcoming internships of Seminarians Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman have been confirmed and announced. Sem. Kortus will be interning at Trinity PRC under Rev. N. Decker and his Council and Sem. Maatman will intern at Hudsonville PRC under Rev. G. Eriks and his Council. The internship program runs from July 1 to December 31.
    • *FUTURE TEACHERS AND MINISTERS: Information for the 2018 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 31.

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SISTER-CHURCH NEWS

  • Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC, we call attention to the following:
    • Covenant PRC's latest newsletter was received and posted recently (February 2018). And don't forget her other publication - Covenant Reformed News! That latest issue (March 2018) may be found here.
    • Join Reformed believers from around the world at the 2018 British Reformed Fellowship family conference at Hebron Hall in South Wales from Saturday, July 21, to Saturday, July 28. Our speakers, Prof. David Engelsma and Rev. Andy Lanning, will lecture on "The Reformed Family—According to the Word of God." More information and booking forms are available at http://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.).
  • Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, the following may be noted:
    • Rev. A. den Hartog and his wife Sherry continue to serve the CERC until at least June of this year. Read the "Pastor's Voice" part of her bulletin to learn more.
    • Her latest newsletter (February 2018) - Reformed News Asia - was recently posted and may be found on this page. Watch for the March issue soon!
    • The latest young peoples' magazine, Salt Shakers, was received and posted recently (January 2018). Check that out on this page.
  • The PRC has a "corresponding relationship" with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) of Australia. We remember these brothers and sisters in our prayers and labors too.

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B.J.. Haan Auditorium at Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA (*cf. first note below)

SPECIAL NOTICES:

  • The six choirs (283 voices) of the Protestant Reformed High Schools (Covenant, Heritage [Dyer, IN], Hope [Redlands, CA], Faith [Randolph, WI], Loveland, and Trinity [Hull, IA]) will present a combined concert of edifying choral music on Thursday, April 12, in Dordt College’s auditorium at 7:00 pm CST. To watch via livestream, go to https://www.youtube.com/user/CovenantCHOIRS. Click on the live broadcast. We will start the live broadcast about ten minutes before the concert.

  • Reformed Book Outlet: The April 2018 newsletter (see attached pdf!) announces the annual 20% off music CDs sale - adult and children's, a good time to add to your music collection.

  • PRYP Convention logo 2018Registration for the 2018 PRYP Convention opened March 15. The Convention will be held August 13-17, 2018 at Lake Geneva Christian Center in Alexandria, MN. The hosting churches of the Midwest are excited to have you join us for an upbuilding week of fellowship and fun! For more information and to register, please visit prcconvention.com.
  • Busing to Convention from Michigan: due to housing limitations in Iowa, the Iowa convention steering committee has asked that the people coming from Michigan go directly to the camp on Monday. Busing is lined up to leave the Grand Rapids area Monday morning around midnight to get to the camp in time for registration. Cost to ride the bus is around $100. To register or for more information contact Chris Dykstra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • 2018 YOUNG PEOPLE’S CONVENTION CHAPERONE & NURSE REGISTRATION is now open!  The convention, hosted by the five Midwest churches, is planned for August 13-17, at Lake Geneva Christian Center in Alexandria, MN.  To register, go to prcconvention.com, and follow the instructions under the chaperone or nurse tab.  If you have any questions, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Psalm Choir - The latest CD, Volume 20, ‘Sweet Refreshment’ is now available. There are over 25 selections from the past two seasons.  Please visit the website www.psalmchoir.com to order.

  • Looking for pamphlets published by the PRC? Visit the PRCA Evangelism page for a complete list of materials available in digital format or by order from the publishing church.

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  • Don't forget to listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday! Today Rev. R. Kleyn (Covenant of Grace PRC, Spokane, WA) resumes his series on the OT book of Ruth with the message "The Redeemer and His Work" based on Ruth 4:1-10.
    • NEW RWH Station - The Cornerstone PRC Word and Deed committee has partnered with the Reformed Witness Hour to air their messages on the radio in the Chicago area. Beginning today, September 10, the broadcast can be heard every Sunday at 4:00PM on WYLL 1160AM or on the internet at www.1160hope.com. Please tune in and encourage others to do so as opportunity arises in your personal witnessing.

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 MISSION NEWS:

  • From Byron Center PRC we learn about this recent labor of our home missionary, Rev. A. Spriensma: "Rev. Spriensma was able to return home this past week from preaching and working with a group in St. Petersburg, FL for the past 3 weeks. He will be summarizing his work there through a report to the DMC. Today he is preaching at Peace PRC (Lansing, IL). Continue to remember Rev. Spriensma and his work in your prayers."

  • Have you read Rev. Titus' latest report on the work going on in Myanmar? Find that on this page.
  • The February/March 2018 newsletter of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship mission station is now posted on this page. Also from her March 25 bulletin we find this note: "We welcome Candidate Jonathan Langerak to the LRF. He arrived on Wednesday morning and plans to stay until Monday 23 April.  ...While Candidate Langerak is here, he will lead our worship services, lead the Bible study (Tuesdays at 8 PM), and teach the catechism class of Sebastian and Jason (Wednesdays at 3 PM). Candidate Langerak will lead our worship on Sundays 1 April, 15 April, and 22 April (on 8 April, Candidate Langerak ...will be in the CPRC in Ballymena, while Rev. Stewart preaches in the LRF)."

  • The last Philippines mission newsletter is dated November 2017 and may be found on this PRC webpage. The annual Doon/Foreign Mission Committee delegation visit to the Philippines took place from February 15-27, 2018. This year's delegation was Rev. C. Griess (FMC) and Joel Van Egdom (Doon PRC), along with his wife Michelle. Look up the Kleyn's blog for pictures and details (cf. next note).

  • Don't forget to follow the Kleyn's blog on life and activities in the Philippines. And that also includes the Holstege's one! And the Smits once again too!
  • From this Sunday's bulletins of the Provident Christian Church in Marikina, the Philippines and the Maranatha PRC in Valenzuela we find the following notes concerning their pastors as well as concerning our missionaries and their labors today and in this coming week:
    • Provident CC: 
      • Rev. Holstege will preach both times today. We will consider the Church Order, Articles 68ff after the first service. Next week, Rev. Kleyn will preach for PCC.

      • Next week, Lord willing, Rev. Holstege will preach for the PRC in Bulacan because Rev. John Flores will be visiting the mission field of the PRCP in Albuera, Leyte. Thanks to all of you at PCC who have given generously to the collections for this cause! Praise the Lord for His provision.

      • The Holsteges invite you all to their house in Antipolo for a time of fellowship tomorrow, April 9. You may come any time after 2 pm. Please join us if you are able!

    • Maranatha PRC:

      • The June 2018 Synod of the PRCA will officially ratify our sister relationship with PRCA, also with the concurrence of the CERC of Singapore and CPRC of Northern Ireland. The recent meeting of the Classis of PRCP has moved and approved the recommendation to send Rev. Leovino A. Trinidad, as the official PRCP delegate to the June 2018 Synod of the PRCA, D.V. Likewise, Rev. Daniel Holstege will also attend the Synod while he is on furlough in June of this year. Please include them in your prayer.

Let us remember and continue to lift up the needs of these busy pastors and missionaries in the Philippines. May the Lord of the harvest give them grace to be faithful in all their labors.
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PRC and Sister-Church News for the Week of April 1, 2018 *(Updated)

1 Corinthians 15 55On this thirteenth Lord's Day of 2018, April 1 - RESURRECTION DAY SUNDAY! - we note the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, mission fields, and sister churches.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • This past Thursday, the congregation of Calvary PRC (Hull, IA) voted to extend a call to Rev. A. Brummel (Heritage PRC, Sioux Falls, SD).

  • From Georgetown PRC's email list we learned tonight this news about one of our emeritus ministers, Rev. Wayne Bekkering:
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"Our Risen Savior came this evening shortly after 8 pm to receive our brother and His servant, Pastor Wayne Bekkering, to the Kingdom prepared for him before the foundation of the world.

We express our sympathies to his wife Phyllis and the Bekkering family. May the Lord comfort them in the glad tidings of this day: “But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept.”

Rev. Wayne Bekkering served his Lord faithfully as a husband, father, and minister of the gospel of grace. We remember his gentleness, kindness, love for God’s truth, and humble service in our churches. He now sees the exalted and glorious Son of God at God’s right hand, the One who loved Wayne and gave Himself for him. And “His Lord said unto him, well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make the ruler over many things: Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.” Matthew 25:23

*UPDATE: Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, April 5, 2018 at Hudsonville Protestant Reformed Church, 5101 Beechtree, Hudsonville, MI. The funeral will also be live-streamed through Hudsonville PRC's website.

  • Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids has made a special announcement and request concerning an upcoming event: "Southeast Protestant Reformed Church (formerly Fourth PRC) will be celebrating 75 years of existence in March of 2019.  A book is being developed to commemorate this event.  If you have memorabilia, pictures, anecdotes, etc. relating to this history and are willing to share, please contact Tim Pipe Sr at 616-890-2545 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.."

  • From the Limerick Reformed Fellowship bulletin of March 25 we learn about the most recent work of Cand. J. Langerak: We welcome Candidate Jonathan Langerak to the LRF. He arrived on Wednesday morning and plans to stay until Monday 23 April.  ...While Candidate Langerak is here, he will lead our worship services, lead the Bible study (Tuesdays at 8 PM), and teach the catechism class of Sebastian and Jason (Wednesdays at 3 PM). Candidate Langerak will lead our worship on Sundays 1 April, 15 April, and 22 April (on 8 April, Candidate Langerak ...will be in the CPRC in Ballymena, while Rev. Stewart preaches in the LRF).

  • California Summer Retreat: Hope Redlands is hosting a retreat this summer, July 2-5, 2018. Registration opened March 31st at 8am PST, with a limit of 69 attendees, ages 18-35yo. We hope you can attend! For more details and to find the link to register, please visit hopeprc.org and view the Retreat tab. If you have any additional questions, please email either Brad Potjer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Kayla Feenstra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (registration details).

  • First PRC in Edmonton, AB has this special notice concerning a significant event this summer: "The dates for the 2018 Family Conference have been finalized! First PRC in Edmonton, AB plans to host the conference July 20-22, 2018 D.V. Hear from our speakers: Rev. B. Huizinga, N. Langerak and J. Marcus on the topic of 'Seeking The Lord'. Mark your calendars and plan to attend what promises to be a spiritually encouraging time of growth and fellowship with saints from Canada and abroad, as well as an opportunity to see some of the beauty that God has created here in Canada. For more information or to register, please visit our website https://edmontonfamilyconf.wixsite.com/conference2018, or contact Scott Ferguson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. "

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

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Special visitors to seminary this past week - Heritage Christian School 4th-grade class
Prof. R. Dykstra gave them a Powerpoint presentation on the seminary's place and purpose in the churches.

  • From the PRC Seminary comes this March news:
    • The seminary has now completed ten weeks of the second semester. *This week is Spring break, but the seminary will be open daily and staff is available for help if needed.
    • The second round of practice is scheduled for April 16 and 23.
    • The upcoming internships of Seminarians Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman have been confirmed and announced. Sem. Kortus will be interning at Trinity PRC under Rev. N. Decker and his Council and Sem. Maatman will intern at Hudsonville PRC under Rev. G. Eriks and his Council. The internship program runs from July 1 to December 31.
    • *FUTURE TEACHERS AND MINISTERS: Information for the 2018 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 31.

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SISTER-CHURCH NEWS

  • The PRC has a "corresponding relationship" with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) of Australia. We remember these brothers and sisters in our prayers and labors too.
  • Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC, we call attention to the following:
    • Covenant PRC's latest newsletter was received and posted recently (February 2018). And don't forget her other publication - Covenant Reformed News! That latest issue (March 2018) may be found here.
    • Join Reformed believers from around the world at the 2018 British Reformed Fellowship family conference at Hebron Hall in South Wales from Saturday, July 21, to Saturday, July 28. Our speakers, Prof. David Engelsma and Rev. Andy Lanning, will lecture on "The Reformed Family—According to the Word of God." More information and booking forms are available at http://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.).
  • Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, the following may be noted:
    • Rev. A. den Hartog and his wife Sherry are serving the CERC until at least June of this year. Read the "Pastor's Voice" part of her bulletin to learn more.
    • Her latest newsletter (February 2018) - Reformed News Asia - was recently posted and may be found on this page. Watch for the March issue soon!
    • The latest young peoples' magazine, Salt Shakers, was received and posted recently (January 2018). Check that out on this page.

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The Reformed Book Outlet store in Hudsonville, MI (see note below)

SPECIAL NOTICES:

  • Reformed Book Outlet: The April 2018 newsletter (see attached pdf!) announces the annual 20% off music CDs sale - adult and children's, a good time to add to your music collection.

  • Registration for the 2018 PRYP Convention opened March 15. The Convention will be held August 13-17, 2018 at Lake Geneva Christian Center in Alexandria, MN. The hosting churches of the Midwest are excited to have you join us for an upbuilding week of fellowship and fun! For more information and to register, please visit prcconvention.com.
  • Busing to Convention from Michigan: due to housing limitations in Iowa, the Iowa convention steering committee has asked that the people coming from Michigan go directly to the camp on Monday. Busing is lined up to leave the Grand Rapids area Monday morning around midnight to get to the camp in time for registration. Cost to ride the bus is around $100. To register or for more information contact Chris Dykstra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • 2018 YOUNG PEOPLE’S CONVENTION CHAPERONE & NURSE REGISTRATION is now open!  The convention, hosted by the five Midwest churches, is planned for August 13-17, at Lake Geneva Christian Center in Alexandria, MN.  To register, go to prcconvention.com, and follow the instructions under the chaperone or nurse tab.  If you have any questions, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Psalm Choir - The latest CD, Volume 20, ‘Sweet Refreshment’ is now available. There are over 25 selections from the past two seasons.  Please visit the website www.psalmchoir.com to order.

  • Looking for pamphlets published by the PRC? Visit the PRCA Evangelism page for a complete list of materials available in digital format or by order from the publishing church.

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  • Don't forget to listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday! Today Rev. R. Kleyn (Covenant of Grace PRC, Spokane, WA) delivers a special Easter message. His message is "Not Faithless, But Believing," based on John 20:24-29.
    • NEW RWH Station - The Cornerstone PRC Word and Deed committee has partnered with the Reformed Witness Hour to air their messages on the radio in the Chicago area. Beginning today, September 10, the broadcast can be heard every Sunday at 4:00PM on WYLL 1160AM or on the internet at www.1160hope.com. Please tune in and encourage others to do so as opportunity arises in your personal witnessing.

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Photo of the PRCA delegation with the Classis delegates and missionaries -- February 2018 (How many are you able to identify?)

 MISSION NEWS:

  • Have you read Rev. Titus' latest report on the work going on in Myanmar? Find that on this page.
  • The February/March 2018 newsletter of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship mission station is now posted on this page. Also from her March 25 bulletin we find this note: "We welcome Candidate Jonathan Langerak to the LRF. He arrived on Wednesday morning and plans to stay until Monday 23 April.  ...While Candidate Langerak is here, he will lead our worship services, lead the Bible study (Tuesdays at 8 PM), and teach the catechism class of Sebastian and Jason (Wednesdays at 3 PM). Candidate Langerak will lead our worship on Sundays 1 April, 15 April, and 22 April (on 8 April, Candidate Langerak ...will be in the CPRC in Ballymena, while Rev. Stewart preaches in the LRF)."
  • The last Philippines mission newsletter is dated November 2017 and may be found on this PRC webpage. The annual Doon/Foreign Mission Committee delegation visit to the Philippines took place from February 15-27, 2018. This year's delegation was Rev. C. Griess (FMC) and Joel Van Egdom (Doon PRC), along with his wife Michelle. Look up the Kleyn's blog for pictures and details (cf. next note).
  • Don't forget to follow the Kleyn's blog on life and activities in the Philippines. And that also includes the Holstege's one! And the Smits once again too!
  • From this Sunday's bulletins of the Provident Christian Church in Marikina, the Philippines and the Maranatha PRC in Valenzuela we find the following notes concerning their pastors as well as concerning our missionaries and their labors today and in this coming week:
    • Provident CC: 
      • Today Revs. Kleyn and Holstege will each preach one time for PCC.

      • For Youth Fellowship, we will have a song service to rejoice in the resurrection of our Lord today at 1:30. Everyone is invited!

    • Maranatha PRC:

      • The June 2018 Synod of the PRCA will officially ratify our sister relationship with PRCA, also with the concurrence of the CERC of Singapore and CPRC of Northern Ireland. The recent meeting of the Classis of PRCP has moved and approved the recommendation to send Rev. Leovino A. Trinidad, as the official PRCP delegate to the June 2018 Synod of the PRCA, D.V. Likewise, Rev. Daniel Holstege will also attend the Synod while he is on furlough in June of this year. Please include them in your prayer.

Let us remember and continue to lift up the needs of these busy pastors and missionaries in the Philippines. May the Lord of the harvest give them grace to be faithful in all their labors.
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Reformed Witness Hour Messages for April 2018

First PRC of Grand Rapids, MI and the Reformed Witness Hour Committee announce the messages scheduled for April 2018 on the RWH radio/Internet program.

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revrkleynRev. Rodney Kleyn, pastor of Covenant of Grace PRC (Spokane, WA), continues his four-month service for the RWH program, giving a special message for Easter Sunday before returning to and concluding his series on the Old Testament book of Ruth. He will end the month with a special message on the preaching of the gospel (cf. schedule of messages below).

April 2018

April 1 - Not Faithless, But Believing, John 20:24-29

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April 8 - The Redeemer and His Work, Ruth 4:1-10

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April 15 - May God Bless Your Marriage! Ruth 4:11,12

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April 22 - A Blessed End to a Beautiful Book, Ruth 4:13-22

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April 29 - The Power and Necessity of the Preaching of the Gospel, Romans 1:16

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You are encouraged to listen to these important messages and to let others know about them too. Help spread the word about the Reformed Witness Hour, now in its 77th year of broadcasting the truths of God's sovereign, particular, efficacious grace!

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Use the attached flyer (pdf) to spread the news of these important gospel messages!

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PRC and Sister-Church News for the Week of March 25, 2018 *(Updated)

2 Corinthians 5 21On this twelfth Lord's Day of 2018, March 25, we note the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, mission fields, and sister churches.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • From Calvary PRC in Hull, IA:
    • A congregational meeting will be held after the Thursday evening service on March 29 (See note below) to call a new pastor from the trio presented by the Council. The trio consists of Rev. Allen Brummel (Heritage PRC, Sioux Falls, SD), Candidate Jonathan Langerak, and Rev. Jonathan Mahtani (Cornerstone PRC, Dyer, IN). *UPDATE: At her congregational meeting, Rev. A. Brummel received the call to serve as Calvary's next pastor.
    • Today the morning service will be led by an elder and the second service will be at 2:00 led by Rev. J. Laning (Hull PRC).
    • Calvary's Good Friday worship service will be held on Thursday, March 29 at 7 p.m. Rev. A. Brummel will be filling her pulpit that evening.
  • From the Limerick Reformed Fellowship bulletin of March 25: We welcome Candidate Jonathan Langerak to the LRF. He arrived on Wednesday morning and plans to stay until Monday 23 April.  ...While Candidate Langerak is here, he will lead our worship services, lead the Bible study (Tuesdays at 8 PM), and teach the catechism class of Sebastian and Jason (Wednesdays at 3 PM). Candidate Langerak will lead our worship on Sundays 1 April, 15 April, and 22 April (on 8 April, Candidate Langerak ...will be in the CPRC in Ballymena, while Rev. Stewart preaches in the LRF).
  • California Summer Retreat: Hope Redlands is hosting a retreat this summer, July 2-5, 2018. Registration will open March 31st at 8am PST, with a limit of 69 attendees, ages 18-35yo. We hope you can attend! For more details and to find the link to register, please visit hopeprc.org and view the Retreat tab. If you have any additional questions, please email either Brad Potjer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Kayla Feenstra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (registration details).
  • First PRC in Edmonton, AB has this special notice concerning a significant event this summer: "The dates for the 2018 Family Conference have been finalized! First PRC in Edmonton, AB plans to host the conference July 20-22, 2018 D.V. Hear from our speakers: Rev. B. Huizinga, N. Langerak and J. Marcus on the topic of 'Seeking The Lord'. Mark your calendars and plan to attend what promises to be a spiritually encouraging time of growth and fellowship with saints from Canada and abroad, as well as an opportunity to see some of the beauty that God has created here in Canada. For more information or to register, please visit our website https://edmontonfamilyconf.wixsite.com/conference2018, or contact Scott Ferguson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. "

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

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  • From the PRC Seminary comes this March news:
    • The seminary has now completed nine weeks of the second semester. This week is on a regular schedule, with Spring break planned for the week of April 2.
    • The second round of practice is scheduled for April 16 and 23.
    • In the last few weeks several pre-sem students from various colleges visited the seminary and attended classes while they were on Spring break.
    • The upcoming internships of Seminarians Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman have been confirmed and announced. Sem. Kortus will be interning at Trinity PRC under Rev. N. Decker and his Council and Sem. Maatman will intern at Hudsonville PRC under Rev. G. Eriks and his Council. The internship program runs from July 1 to December 31.
    • *FUTURE TEACHERS AND MINISTERS: Information for the 2018 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 31.

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SISTER-CHURCH NEWS

  • Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC, we call attention to the following:
    • Covenant PRC's latest newsletter was received and posted recently (February 2018). And don't forget her other publication - Covenant Reformed News! That latest issue (March 2018) may be found here.
    • Join Reformed believers from around the world at the 2018 British Reformed Fellowship family conference at Hebron Hall in South Wales from Saturday, July 21, to Saturday, July 28. Our speakers, Prof. David Engelsma and Rev. Andy Lanning, will lecture on "The Reformed Family—According to the Word of God." More information and booking forms are available at http://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.).
  • Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, the following may be noted:
    • Rev. A. den Hartog and his wife Sherry are serving the CERC until at least June of this year. Read the "Pastor's Voice" part of her bulletin to learn more.
    • Her latest newsletter (February 2018) - Reformed News Asia - was recently posted and may be found on this page. Watch for the March issue soon!
    • The latest young peoples' magazine, Salt Shakers, was received and posted recently (January 2018). Check that out on this page.

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SPECIAL NOTICES:

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  • Don't forget to listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday! Today Rev. R. Kleyn (Covenant of Grace PRC, Spokane, WA) delivers a special Good Friday message. His message is "Weep Not for Me, But for Yourselves," based on Luke 23:28.
    • NEW RWH Station - The Cornerstone PRC Word and Deed committee has partnered with the Reformed Witness Hour to air their messages on the radio in the Chicago area. Beginning today, September 10, the broadcast can be heard every Sunday at 4:00PM on WYLL 1160AM or on the internet at www.1160hope.com. Please tune in and encourage others to do so as opportunity arises in your personal witnessing.

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 MISSION NEWS:

  • Have you read Rev. Titus' latest report on the work going on in Myanmar? Find that on this page.
  • The February/March 2018 newsletter of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship mission station is now posted on this page. Also from her March 25 bulletin we find this note: "We welcome Candidate Jonathan Langerak to the LRF. He arrived on Wednesday morning and plans to stay until Monday 23 April.  ...While Candidate Langerak is here, he will lead our worship services, lead the Bible study (Tuesdays at 8 PM), and teach the catechism class of Sebastian and Jason (Wednesdays at 3 PM). Candidate Langerak will lead our worship on Sundays 1 April, 15 April, and 22 April (on 8 April, Candidate Langerak ...will be in the CPRC in Ballymena, while Rev. Stewart preaches in the LRF)."
  • The last Philippines mission newsletter is dated November 2017 and may be found on this PRC webpage. The annual Doon/Foreign Mission Committee delegation visit to the Philippines took place from February 15-27. This year's delegation was Rev. C. Griess (FMC) and Joel Van Egdom (Doon PRC), along with his wife Michelle. Look up the Kleyn's blog for pictures and details (cf. next note).
  • Don't forget to follow the Kleyn's blog on life and activities in the Philippines. And that also includes the Holstege's one! And the Smits once again too!
  • From this Sunday's bulletins of the Provident Christian Church in Marikina, the Philippines and the Maranatha PRC in Valenzuela we find the following notes concerning their pastors as well as concerning our missionaries and their labors today and in this coming week:
    • Provident CC: 
      • Rev. Smit will preach both times today. Rev. Holstege will preach for the Bearers of Light Community Church, a new contact, in Guiguinto, Bulacan. Rev.Kleyn will preach in Maranatha PRC. Next week, Revs. Kleyn and Holstege will each preach one time for PCC, Lord willing.

      • All who are attending PCC are invited to the Holstege house in Antipolo on Friday, March 30, any time after 2 pm. Please join us for a time of food and fellowship with each other! Ask a member of the SC for directions or a ride.

      • For Youth Fellowship, we will have a song service to rejoice in the resurrection of our Lord next Sunday, April 1, at 1:30. Everyone is invited!

    • Maranatha PRC:

      • Our Missionary, Rev. D. Kleyn will lead our first service and our second sermon today is a Preparatory sermon with a view to the administration of the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper next Sunday, the Lord willing. Our second sermon today is also preached in light of Article 67 of our Church Order: "The churches shall observe Sunday alone, and shall observe the truth of Christ’s birth, His passion and death, His resurrection, His ascension to heaven, and the pouring out of the Holy Spirit, on the Sunday preceding the day, or on the Sundays, that these events are commonly observed.”

      • After the second service he will begin leading our study of the Belgic Confession of Faith today. This will benefit all of us as a review of our Reformed doctrines. It will also serve as preparation for those who desire to make public confession of their faith in our church.
      • The June 2018 Synod of the PRCA will officially ratify our sister relationship with PRCA, also with the concurrence of the CERC of Singapore and CPRC of Northern Ireland. The recent meeting of the Classis of PRCP has moved and approved the recommendation to send Rev. Leovino A. Trinidad, as the official PRCP delegate to the June 2018 Synod of the PRCA, D.V. Likewise, Rev. Daniel Holstege will also attend the Synod while he is on furlough in June of this year. Please include them in your prayer.

Let us remember and continue to lift up the needs of these busy pastors and missionaries in the Philippines. May the Lord of the harvest give them grace to be faithful in all their labors.
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