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PRC and Sister-Church News for the Week of January 13, 2019


Psalms 23 3On this second Lord's Day of 2019, January 13, we provide the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, sister churches and mission fields.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • On January 6, Rev. B. Huizinga (Hope PRC, Redlands, CA) received the call from Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB.

  • On January 6, Rev. G. Eriks (Hudsonville) declined the call from Trinity PRC (Hudsonville, MI).

  • In today's bulletin, Trinity PRC's Council has this announcement: "At its Thursday meeting, the Council formed the following trio from which to call our next pastor:  Rev. J. Engelsma, Rev. E. Guichelaar and Rev. W. Langerak.  A congregational meeting is scheduled for January 20 following the evening service."

  • On December 30 Grandville PRC voted to extend a call to Rev. Erik Guichelaar (Randolph WI PRC) to serve as minister-on-loan to the Covenant ERC in Singapore.

  • Special note from from Kalamazoo PRC: "On Friday, January 25, at 7:00p.m. we will have a picture presentation by Rev. Bill Langerak here in our church on his 2017 visit to South Korea as a member of our Contact Committee delegation. Make plans to attend!"

  • Contact Committee's Presentation on Mexico will be Sunday, January 27, at 7:30 pm at Zion PRC. Rev. Griess will be giving the presentation highlighting their recent trip and contact with the Reformed churches in and around Mexico City. Join us at Zion PRC’s new location at 7551 12th Ave, Jenison, MI.
  • Southeast PRC (Grand Rapids, MI) is currently worshiping at Adams Christian School in Wyoming, MI, while she looks for a new location for the congregation.

  • Also from SE PRC, this special note concerning her 75th anniversary: "Southeast PR Church will be publishing a book Archives and Anecdotes: 75 years at Southeast Protestant Reformed Church, which celebrates this anniversary with details from the church records and memories from past and current members. Of particular interest will be the history of the 1953 split and the related 1960 split. This approximate 250-page book will be available early in March. The cost will be $5 (plus shipping). To make ordering easy, orders can be placed through the RFPA (616-457-5970 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and picked up at the RFPA."

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

Classis East: Classis East met in regular session Wednesday, Jan.9, at Hope PRC, Walker, MI. The following is an unofficial summary of the decisions taken:

An appeal was ruled to be illegal because it violated Article 30 of the Church Order. A portion of a protest was ruled illegal, but another portion of this protest was judged to be legal, but it was not sustained. The church visitors gave a favorable report of their work in 2018. Rev. Koole and Rev. Van Overloop were chosen to be church visitors in 2019. Elected to represent Classis East at Synod 2019 were: Revs. Eriks, Griess, Haak, Spronk, and Van Overloop; elders Mike Bosveld, Rick Gritters, Gary Lanning, Pete VanderSchaaf, and Kevin Van Overloop. Classis advised a consistory to proceed in their discipline of a member after the consistory gave a detailed report of their work and gave evidence of the on-going impenitence of the member under discipline. Three subsidy requests were forwarded to Synod 2019 with the approval of the classis.

Classis West: Clasiss West of the PRC will meet in Heritage PRC (Sioux Falls, SD) on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at 8:30 AM, the Lord willing. All material for the agenda is to be in the hands of the Sated Clerk by Feb.4 (30 days before classi convenes). All delegates in need of lodging or transportation from the airport should notify the clerk of Heritage's Consistory.  ~ Rev. J. Engelsma, Stated Clerk

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The 2019 Interim course on HC Preaching taught by Prof. B. Gritters *(see special note below)

PRC Seminary News:

  • The new PRC seminary website is now live! 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!

  • *Seminary is currently holding its 2019 Interim course (Jan.4-15).  Prof. B. Gritters is teaching his "Heidelberg Catechism Preaching" class, which comes with this special notice:

"Seminary Interim Course on Heidelberg Catechism Preaching." Members of the PRCA are invited to Prof. B. Gritters' interim class at seminary, from January 4 - 15. The class meets for 8 mornings, from 9-11:30. Among other things, included will be instruction on why catechism preaching is required by the Church Order, proper and improper methods of preaching the catechism, and discussion on ways to preach the Heidelberg Catechism well. Area ministers have been invited. Others are welcome to attend. If you are interested, please call the seminary secretary at 616-531-1490. The class is being live-streamed [on the seminary's Youtube channel] for those not able to attend in person."

*You may also find the saved videos from the class at that YouTube link, if you wish to benefit from the class at your convenience.

  • The faculty and students will be attending a Reformed conference on the Synod of Dordt (400th anniversary) this weekend at Westminster Seminary West (Escondido, CA). They will spend Saturday night and Sunday in fellowship and worship with the members of Hope PRC in Redlands, CA.

  • The second semester is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Jan.22, D.V. The schedule of courses and calendar of events for the 2nd semester may be found on this page. In that connection the faculty sends out this note about auditing classes:

"The Seminary again welcomes members to attend classes in the coming semester.  Four different classes are open to the public.  For Prof. R. Cammenga: Dogmatics Locus Soteriology (the doctrine of salvation) and Old Testament History (Judges through the return from Captivity).  For Prof. R. Dykstra: Medieval Church History and New Testament Isagogics (introduction).  Class sessions are scheduled to begin on Tuesday January 22.  A schedule of the classes (for the days and times) is available on the Seminary website. If you would like to attend, please call the seminary (531-1490) to register with our secretary, Sharon Kleyn."

  • The internships of Seminarians Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman came to an official end on Dec.31. Sem. Kortus interned at Trinity PRC under Rev. N. Decker (now pastor at Grandville PRC) and the Council there. Sem. Maatman interned at Hudsonville PRC under Rev. G. Eriks and his Council. These two seniors are now taking their final Interim course and will soon begin their final semester. May God continue to bless their studies and prepare them for the gospel ministry in the PRC.

  • The Fall 2018 issue of the PR Theological Journal is now available. The digital versions (pdf, ePub, Mobi) may be found here. The print version was mailed out the week of Christmas. If you would like a copy, you may stop by the seminary and pick one up If you would like to be added to the mailing list, please contact the seminary.
  • Prof. R. Cammenga and his wife Rhonda are finishing their stay and labors today in Singapore for our sister church, Covenant ERC, on behalf of the PRC Contact Committee.

  • 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.

  • Work continues on the seminary addition project that will house the new PRC archives and two offices during the professor transition period in the next few years. For more updates, visit this blog post.

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  • The Seminary faculty along with Trinity PRC Evangelism Committee are busy implementing plans for a Spring 2019 conference to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the great Synod of Dordt, 1618/19 - 2018/19. The following updates are being given:
    Dordt 400: Did you know November 13 1618, 400 years ago, the Synod of Dordt began and didn’t conclude until nearly 6 months and 154 meetings later?! Are you familiar with the preceding history that led to this lengthy meeting? Do you know the week by week events that happened during the Great Synod? Follow that history and join the blog at Dordt400.org to view the weekly events  Synod of Dordt. Stay up to speed in light of Seminary's conference April 25-27 2019.

    Dordt 400 Writing contest:  Don’t forget that the conference also includes a writing contest with great prizes!  Sign up and submit your essay by January 15 at the conference website Dordt400.org

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*For the latest from our new "sister" in the Philippines, read on below!

SISTER-CHURCH NEWS:

  • *Since June of 2018 (confirmed at the PRC Synod), the PRC has an official sister-church relationship with the PRC in the Philippines. We rejoice in this evidence of the Lord's blessing on the work in the Philippines and of the unity of Christ's church, which He gathers from all nations, tribes, and tongues. 
    • From the bulletin of the Berean PRC today we find these notes:
      • Rev. Ibe will lead us in our worship services today. Our pastor is also scheduled to preach at Kerusso Community church today at 3P.M. and ‘will lead them in their study of the Church Order regarding Censure (Arts. 71-81).
      • Food for the soul: Proverbs 29:1- Ang madalas na sawayin ngunit ang ulo ay matigas, ay biglang mababali, at wala nang lunas.”  ‘He that being often reproved hardenenth his neck’ (KJV). Do you know what language this is?

      • Revs. Joshua Engelsma and Nathan Decker will visit the Philippines next month. They will also visit PRFA from February 18 through 20 together with our pastor.

    • From the bulletin of Maranatha PRC we find these notes today: " Today: our Missionary, Rev. R. Smit will lead us in both services. After the Second Service, He will continue the lessons on the Belgic Confession at this time, he will teach us the Article 18, part I on Mary. While Rev. Trinidad will teach the children the Catechism after the Second Service. It is our “Thanksgiving Day” and “Potluck.” Rev. R. Smit will give the message, “O Give Thanks Unto Jehovah.”

    • And from Doon PRC's recent bulletins we learn this: "Synod 2018 approved Rev. & Sharon Kleyn taking an extended furlough in 2019.  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.  Their plans are to leave the Philippines on January 1 and stay in the States until June 18." And, "Rev. and Sharon Kleyn left the Philippines this past week and arrived safely in Michigan. Lord willing, they plan to stay in the States until June 18."

    • 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 (Jan.6):
    • "This week we will be bidding fond farewell to Prof. Ron and Mrs Rhonda Cammenga. We are thankful to God for bringing them to minister in our midst. May God continue to bless Prof Cammenga in the important work of preparing men for the work of the ministry."

    • "In the same week, we will be welcoming Rev. Audred and Alva Spriensma again. They will be arriving in Singapore, D.V. 17 January... They will be providing pulpit supply for the next 4 Sundays. May God grant them blessings and joy as they serve in our midst."

    • Her latest newsletter (DECEMBER 2018) - Reformed News Asia - was recently posted and may be found on this page.

    • The latest young peoples' magazine, Salt Shakers, was received and posted recently (November 2018 - cf. image above). Check that out on this page.
  • Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC, we may note the following:
    • Grandville PRC's bulletin last week carried this important news item: "Wednesday, January 9, Lord willing, Rev. & Pat Koole and Peter & Dorothy Vander Schaaf will travel to Ballymena, N.Ireland and Limerick, Ireland on behalf of our churches to conduct church visitation. May God grant them safety and by this labor, prosper the gospel and saints in our sister church and mission field on the island."

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

    • Read the latest issue of Covenant Reformed News! That issue (November 2018) may 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.

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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.

  • 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.

  • If you are in need of some pamphlets 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. Looking for items on salvation by grace alone in Christ alone? Visit this page for more information.

  • You can now listen to the Heidelberg Catechism and the Belgic Confession on audio! Visiit the links provided to hear the Catechism and the Confession read. It's another excellent way to learn the Reformed faith and memorize these Reformed creeds.

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  • Don't forget to listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday (on radio station near you or on Sermonaudio wherever you are)! Today Rev. W. Bruinsma (pastor of Pittsburgh PRC) brings the message "You Cannot Serve Jehovah", from Joshua 24:19-22 (which you may listen to at this link).

  • The RWH has a new, updated website! Please visit reformedwitnesshour.org to watch our introduction video, view pictures and audio from our history, and read and listen to almost 20 years of past radio broadcasts! If you haven’t visited the RWH website recently, now is an excellent time to familiarize yourself with this important radio-internet ministry of the PRC.

  • 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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ESPECIALLY FOR PRC YP and YA:

  • *Note re the 2019 PRYP's Convention: Southwest & Providence Protestant Reformed Churches will be 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.  Registration for chaperones is now open!  Please visit our website at prcconvention.com to register.

  • Lynden PRC Young Adults Retreat updates: A reminder that registration for our retreat will be opening in February! Instructions on how to register will be announced in the bulletins as well as posted to our Facebook Page - Lynden PRC Young Adults Retreat 2019. If you haven’t already, request an invite to see the page and invite your friends as well! As previously announced, our retreat will take place at Mt. Baker Bibleway Camp during July 1-5, 2019. Our speakers for the retreat will be Prof. Gritters and Reverend Regnerus. Our retreat theme is An Unchanging God In an Ever-Changing World. Come join us for a wonderful retreat in beautiful Northwest Washington!
  • Loveland Young Adults Retreat: Due to lack of interest, the committee has decided to cancel this year’s retreat. We hope to host another one in coming years and hope to see you there!

  • 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.”

  • 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 (November 2018 - 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. In Byron Center PRC's bulletin this week (and last) we find these notes concerning our missionary's labors:
    • "Rev. Spriensma will also be preaching at the New Hope Reformed Fellowship Church in Dorr at noon today and will be filling the pulpit at Hope PRC this evening."
    • "The Domestic Mission Committee and our Council have approved a request for Pastor Spriensma to assist the saints in Singapore from January 15 until February 12. Besides the 4 Sundays of preaching, Rev. Spriensma will be teaching catechism, leading Bible Societies, conducting a wedding, administering the sacrament of Baptism and working closely with Singapore's Evangelism committee. Remember Rev. Spriensma and Alva in their travels and work in Singapore."

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Philippine Missions:

  • The latest Philippines mission newsletter was received and recently posted (October 2018) and may be found on this PRC webpage.
  • Don't forget to follow the Kleyn's blog on life and activities in the Philippines. And that also includes the Holstege's! And don't miss out on the Smits once again too!

  • From this Sunday's bulletin of the Provident Christian Church in Marikina 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. After the first worship service, he will continue to teach Lesson 8 on “Creation” in the Essentials class.

      • Next Sunday, Rev. Holstege will preach at Bearers of Light Community Church in Guiguinto, Bulacan, Lord willing. Rev. Smit is scheduled to preach for PCC.

      • You can listen to the speeches from the Synod of Dordt conference on the website of our missionaries: https://prcaphilippinesaudio.wordpress.com.

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.

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Myanmar:

  • Do not forget Hope PRC's (Grand Rapids, MI) support of and involvement with Rev. Titus' work in Myanmar; for his latest report, visit this page.
  • We also find this note in Hope PRC's bulletin of Jan.6:

"This week Thursday Rev. Overway and Richard Peterson of the Myanmar committee will depart for Myanmar. Cal and Seth Kalsbeek and John Van Baren will accompany them. The men will return on Tuesday evening, January 22. Your Myanmar committee has a list of mandates, including conducting a seminar for forty men arriving from many churches all over Myanmar and giving encouragement to the saints on the other side of the world. Remember to put your cards, pictures, and letters of encouragement in the box located in the kitchen for the delegates to deliver personally. Please pray daily for this delegation of five and the saints in Myanmar."

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PRC and Sister-Church News for the Week of January 6, 2019 *(Updated)


Ps113 3On this first Lord's Day of 2019, January 6, we provide the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, sister churches and mission fields.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • On December 30 Grandville PRC voted to extend a call to Rev. Erik Guichelaar (Randolph WI PRC) to serve as minister-on-loan to the Covenant ERC in Singapore.

  • On Sunday, Jan.6, Rev. G. Eriks (Hudsonville) DECLINED the call from Trinity PRC (Hudsonville, MI - received Dec.2).

  • The Consistory of Immanuel PRC (Labombe, AB) has drawn up a new trio from which to call a pastor: Rev. Ryan Barnhill (Peace, PRC), Rev. Brian Huizinga (Redlands, PRC), and Rev. James Laning (Hull, PRC). On Jan. 6 the congregation voted to call Rev. B. Huizinga.

  • Zion PRC (Jenison, MI) recently voted to approve the purchase of the building and parsonage of 12th Ave CRC (near corner of 12th Ave. and Baldwin St. in Jenison) after that congregation voted to disband and sell her property. The congregation began worshiping in her new facility Old Year's night, Dec.31. May God bless them richly as they use this place to glorify Him and grow up in Christ their Head.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

Classis East: Classis East will meet in regular session Wednesday, Jan.9, at 8:00 a.m. at Hope PRC, Walker, MI.

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*Work continued this week on the new seminary addition as the first roof (span-concrete) was set (see note below)

PRC Seminary News:

  • The new PRC seminary website is now live! 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!

  • Seminary has completed its two-week Christmas/New Year break and the 2019 Interim course has begun (Fri., Jan.4).  Prof. B. Gritters is teaching his "Heidelberg Catechism Preaching" class, which comes with this special notice:

"Seminary Interim Course on Heidelberg Catechism Preaching." Members of the PRCA are invited to Prof. B. Gritters' interim class at seminary, from January 4 - 15. The class meets for 8 mornings, from 9-11:30. Among other things, included will be instruction on why catechism preaching is required by the Church Order, proper and improper methods of preaching the catechism, and discussion on ways to preach the Heidelberg Catechism well. Area ministers have been invited. Others are welcome to attend. If you are interested, please call the seminary secretary at 616-531-1490. The class will be live-streamed [on the seminary's Youtube channel] for those not able to attend in person."

*You may also find the saved videos from the class at that YouTube link, if you wish to benefit from the class at your convenience.

  • The internships of Seminarians Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman came to an end this past week. Sem. Kortus interned at Trinity PRC under Rev. N. Decker (now pastor at Grandville PRC) and the Council there. Sem. Maatman interned at Hudsonville PRC under Rev. G. Eriks and his Council. These two seniors are now taking their final Interim course and will soon begin their final semester. May God continue to bless their studies and prepare them for the gospel ministry in the PRC.

  • The Fall 2018 issue of the PR Theological Journal is now available. The digital (pdf) version may be found here. The print version was mailed out the week of Christmas. If you would like a copy, you may stop by the seminary and pick one up If you would like to be added to the mailing list, please contact the seminary.
  • Prof. R. Cammenga and his wife Rhonda are currently in Singapore for four weeks of service in our sister church, Covenant ERC, on behalf of the PRC Contact Committee (through Jan.13).

  • 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.

  • *Work continues on the seminary addition project that will house the new PRC archives and two offices during the professor transition period in the next few years. For more updates, visit this blog post.

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  • The Seminary faculty along with Trinity PRC Evangelism Committee are busy implementing plans for a Spring 2019 conference to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the great Synod of Dordt, 1618/19 - 2018/19. The following updates are being given:
    Dordt 400: Did you know November 13 1618, 400 years ago, the Synod of Dordt began and didn’t conclude until nearly 6 months and 154 meetings later?! Are you familiar with the preceding history that led to this lengthy meeting? Do you know the week by week events that happened during the Great Synod? Follow that history and join the blog at Dordt400.org to view the weekly events  Synod of Dordt. Stay up to speed in light of Seminary's conference April 25-27 2019.

    Dordt 400 Writing contest:  Don’t forget that the conference also includes a writing contest with great prizes!  Sign up and submit your essay by January 15 at the conference website Dordt400.org

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*For the latest issue from our "sister" in Singapore, read on below!

SISTER-CHURCH NEWS:

  • Since June of 2018, the PRC has an official sister-church relationship with the PRC in the Philippines, confirmed at this year's synod! We rejoice in this evidence of the Lord's blessing on the work in the Philippines and of the unity of Christ's church, which He gathers from all nations, tribes, and tongues. 
    • From the bulletin of the Bulacan PRC today we find these notes:
      • Revs. Joshua Engelsma and Nathan Decker will visit the Philippines next month. They will also visit PRFA from February 18 through 20 together with our pastor.
      • We gladly announce that the Committee for Contact with Other Churches of the PRCP(Committee #2) have concluded our meetings with the Committee sent by the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church (CERC) in Singapore, composed of Elder Leong Fai Chong and Deacon Lee Meng Hsien! We were able to cover all areas of history, church government, life and practice, and are convinced that we do have complete organic union with them. We are ready to make a report and recommendation to Classis on this work for approval, Lord willing, on February 25, 2019 Classis meeting. Let us continue to pray that our Faithful Covenant God will bless this ongoing work and that we may receive response from the Session of the CERC sometime soon."
    • And from Doon PRC's bulletins of last week and today we learn this: "Synod 2018 approved Rev. & Sharon Kleyn taking an extended furlough in 2019.  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.  Their plans are to leave the Philippines on January 1 and stay in the States until June 18." And, "Rev. and Sharon Kleyn left the Philippines this past week and arrived safely in Michigan. Lord willing, they plan to stay in the States until June 18."
    • And for more on the life and work of our "sisters," 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 (Jan.6):
    • "Last Sunday, Grandville PRC congregation had voted to extend the call to Rev Erik Guichelaar to be the Minister-on-Loan to Singapore. Rev Guichelaar is currently the pastor of Randolph PRC Wisconsin. He has 3 weeks to consider this special call and prayerfully seek the Lord’s will. Do remember to commit Rev Guichelaar in your personal and family prayers. Pray that the Lord will make His will plain to Rev Guichelaar so that he answers the call with a clear conviction of his heart. Let us wait patiently upon the Lord who knows our needs and will send us the man of His choosing in His perfect time.

    • "We thank God for the message on the new church theme, “Keeping the unity of the Spirit” (Eph 4:1-3) spoken by Prof Cammenga at the church retreat. We are reminded that the unity of the church of Jesus Christ is marvelous. The unity can be described by the figure of a human body where all parts of the body participate to serve the body and no parts are competing against one another. It is the Holy Spirit that accomplishes the unity of the church. Nevertheless, we have an important and serious calling to keep this unity because God uses means to accomplish His work. Therefore Paul, in the book of Ephesians, beseeched us to give our all, devote all our strength and expend ourselves in this calling of keeping the unity of the church...."

    • *Her latest newsletter (DECEMBER 2018) - Reformed News Asia - was recently posted and may be found on this page.

    • The latest young peoples' magazine, Salt Shakers, was received and posted recently (November 2018 - cf. image above). Check that out on this page.
  • *Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC, we may note the following:
    • Grandville PRC's bulletin today carried this important news item: "Wednesday, January 9, Lord willing, Rev. & Pat Koole and Peter & Dorothy Vander Schaaf will travel to Ballymena, N.Ireland and Limerick, Ireland on behalf of our churches to conduct church visitation. May God grant them safety and by this labor, prosper the gospel and saints in our sister church and mission field on the island."
    • Covenant PRC's latest newsletter was received and posted (December 2018).
    • Read the latest issue of Covenant Reformed News! That issue (November 2018) may 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.

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*Why not resolve to become a Standard Bearer subscriber in 2019?

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.

  • 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. 
  • If you are in need of some pamphlets 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. Looking for items on salvation by grace alone in Christ alone? Visit this page for more information.

  • You can now listen to the Heidelberg Catechism and the Belgic Confession on audio! Visiit the links provided to hear the Catechism and the Confession read. It's another excellent way to learn the Reformed faith and memorize these Reformed creeds.

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  • Don't forget to listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday (on radio station near you or on Sermonaudio wherever you are)! Today Rev. W. Bruinsma (pastor of Pittsburgh PRC) gives a special New Year's message based on 2 Thess.1:7-10 titled"The Lord Revealed from Heaven" (which you may listen to at this link).

  • The RWH has a new, updated website! Please visit reformedwitnesshour.org to watch our introduction video, view pictures and audio from our history, and read and listen to almost 20 years of past radio broadcasts! If you haven’t visited the RWH website recently, now is an excellent time to familiarize yourself with this important radio-internet ministry of the PRC.

  • 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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ESPECIALLY FOR PRC YP and YA:

  • *Note re the 2019 PRYP's Convention: Southwest & Providence Protestant Reformed Churches will be 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.  Registration for chaperones is now open!  Please visit our website at prcconvention.com to register.

  • Loveland Young Adults Retreat: Registration for the Loveland Retreat, held March 14-17, is still open! The deadline is January 10. Space is limited, so register quickly! Check out our Facebook page or the Loveland PRC website for more details and a link to the registration form. The theme is "Our Lives of Joy" based on Psalm 118:24. Rev. Key and Rev. Huizinga will be our speakers. Post-high to age 35 are encouraged to attend. Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you want to come, but were unable to register in time.

  • Lynden PRC Young Adults Retreat updates: A reminder that registration for our retreat will be opening in February! Instructions on how to register will be announced in the bulletins as well as posted to our Facebook Page - Lynden PRC Young Adults Retreat 2019. If you haven’t already, request an invite to see the page and invite your friends as well! As previously announced, our retreat will take place at Mt. Baker Bibleway Camp during July 1-5, 2019. Our speakers for the retreat will be Prof. Gritters and Reverend Regnerus. Our retreat theme is An Unchanging God In an Ever-Changing World. Come join us for a wonderful retreat in beautiful Northwest Washington!

  • 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.”

  • 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 (November 2018 - 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. In Byron Center PRC's bulletin this week we find these notes concerning our missionary's labors:
    • "Missionary Spriensma will be preaching at the New Hope Reformed Fellowship Church in Dorr at noon today."
    • "The Domestic Mission Committee and our Council have approved a request for Pastor Spriensma to assist the saints in Singapore from January 15 until February 12. Besides the 4 Sundays of preaching, Rev. Spriensma will be teaching catechism, leading Bible Societies, conducting a wedding, administering the sacrament of Baptism and working closely with Singapore's Evangelism committee. Remember Rev. Spriensma and Alva in their travels and work in Singapore."

United Kingdom:

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*The congregation of Provident Christain Church.

Philippine Missions:

  • The latest Philippines mission newsletter was received and recently posted (October 2018) and may be found on this PRC webpage.
  • Don't forget to follow the Kleyn's blog on life and activities in the Philippines. And that also includes the Holstege's! And don't miss out on the Smits once again too!

  • *From this Sunday's bulletin of the Provident Christian Church in Marikina 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. After the first worship service, he will teach Lesson 8 on “Creation” in the Essentials class.

      • You can listen to the speeches from the Synod of Dordt conference on the website of our missionaries: https://prcaphilippinesaudio.wordpress.com.

      • Rev. Daniel and Sharon Kleyn arrived in Michigan last week. We thank the Lord for bringing them safely through their journey. May He bless the studies and labors of Rev. Kleyn in the months to come.

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.

Myanmar:

  • Do not forget Hope PRC's (Grand Rapids, MI) support of and involvement with Rev. Titus' work in Myanmar; for his latest report, visit this page.

  • We also find this note in Hope PRC's bulletin today:

"This week Thursday Rev. Overway and Richard Peterson of the Myanmar committee will depart for Myanmar. Cal and Seth Kalsbeek and John Van Baren will accompany them. The men will return on Tuesday evening, January 22. Your Myanmar committee has a list of mandates, including conducting a seminar for forty men arriving from many churches all over Myanmar and giving encouragement to the saints on the other side of the world. Remember to put your cards, pictures, and letters of encouragement in the box located in the kitchen for the delegates to deliver personally. Please pray daily for this delegation of five and the saints in Myanmar."

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Reformed Witness Hour Messages for January 2019

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First PRC of Grand Rapids, MI and the Reformed Witness Hour Committee announce the messages scheduled for January 2019 on the RWH radio/Internet program.

WBruinsma 2017Rev. Bill Bruinsma, pastor of Pittsburgh PRC (Pittsburgh, PA), concludes his messages on the covenant of grace for the program, and delivers a special New Year's Day message (cf. schedule of messages below).

January 6 - The Lord Revealed from Heaven, 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10

January 13 - You Cannot Serve Jehovah, Joshua 24:19-22

January 20 - Ehud: Deliverer of the Covenant, Judges 3:12-30

January 27 - Learning Contentment, Philippians 4:11

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!

Check out our new website, launched in May of last year!

*We also have a new station in southern California on which we are broadcasting! Here are the details and website: Saturday’s 9:30p – PST on KPRZ 1210 AM & 106.1 FM.  San Diego’s # 1 Christian Teaching Talk station - www.kprz.com

Spread the word and listen in if you are in that area!

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

PO Box 1230, Grand Rapids MI, 49501 | reformedwitnesshour.org | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you wish to be added to the mailing list to receive the printed booklet of the messages each month, send an email to Judi Doezema at doezema at prca.org.

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Reformed News Asia - December 2018

Issue 52 - December 2018
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!
Christian Liberty
By Various Authors

"Christian liberty, therefore, is simply this, that we willingly walk in the narrow confines of God's commandments and find our happiness there."

"Thus our liberty means this: we MAY serve God, we have the right to serve Him. The living God banishes sinners out of His sight; He receives us as His children. We CAN serve God. We are 'restored in the likeness of Christ to be friend-servant in His house, using our gifts and talents to His glory. We WILL serve God. The psalmist sang, "'tis good to do His will." In the Dutch we used to sing, "Thy loving service has never yet wearied me." From all this follows the MUST. We may, and we also must. There is no conflict here. This “must” is as much the inner impelling of the Spirit as the outer command of God's law. The desire lives in our heart to serve the Lord our God, to hate sin, and to flee from it. This obligation we gladly assume."

This pamphlet talks about Christian Liberty in the church, in our lives, in practical living, in making decisions, etc. Read to find out more about the main principles of Christian liberty, how we can evaluate it and use it properly in our lives. 

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
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For international orders, click here.
Micah
by Martyn McGeown

From the RFPA website:

Christians want to know Christ from the Old Testament, from Micah, and the other minor prophets. And yet for many of us the minor prophets are like a sealed book. The inspired writing of the minor prophets are addressed to the people of God and addressed to us also in the New Testament church. As inspired scripture they indeed  speak of Christ: Micah does so extensively, and not only in the obvious reference to Bethlehem in chapter 5:2.

The prophet Micah proclaims the incomparable God of judgment and mercy. This God is our God, the God of all who believe in Jesus Christ. And this prophecy has vital lessons to teach us today.

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

Nicodemus' Visit With Jesus
Jesus'Gift Of Living Water (Jesus And The Samaritan Woman)
Jesus And The Young Rich Ruler
Jesus And The Syro-Phoenecian Woman
Jesus And Zaccheus
 
 
Upcoming Events!
 
Chinese New Year Visitation (9 Feb)
 
Past Events...
 
Reformation Day Conference 2018

On the 3rd of November 2018, CERC held its annual Reformation Day Conference under the theme "By Grace alone". Commemorating 400 years of the Canons of Dordt, we give thanks as we acknowledge the great work of God! We were privileged to have Rev Den Hartog who delivered 3 speeches and Rev Singh who spoke about the mission work in Kolkata. We were blessed by the talks and enjoyed the good fellowship with one another. May we continue to be zealous to contend and preserve the truth.
Rev Den Hartog delivering one of his speeches
Rev Emmanuel SIngh speaking on the mission work in Kolkata
 
Vacation Bible School 2018

From 11-13 Dec, CERC's Vacation Bible School was held under the theme of "Are you a Christ-like Giver?". The camp was held over 3 days with lessons, indoor games and an outdoor activity at the high elements at Forest Adventure. The lessons were focused on giving and we are grateful for the time of instruction and fellowship among the children. 
Lesson time
One of the many indoor games
Brave kids on the high element course!
Children visiting Aunty Sarah
 
Baptism & Confession of Faith 

We thank the Lord for blessing CERC with new members who joined through Confession of Faith and Baptism. We rejoice in the growth of the church and the profession of faith of these brothers and sisters in Christ.
Confession of Faith of Chin Yuh Bin, Annie Chin, Nichelle Wong and Eric Quek
Baptism of Joezer Chin
Baptism of Emily Chua
 
Trip to Philippines

Elder Leong and Deacon Lee made a trip to Philippines from 15-20 Dec in order to explore the possibility of a sister church relationship with the Protestant Reformed Churches in the Philippines (PRCP). We thank God for the warm welcome by the brethren from PRCP and the opportunity to confirm the confessions, distinctives, church orders and practices of both churches. May the Lord lead and direct the decision on establishing sister church relationship with one another. 
 
CKCKS Camp 2018

The annual CKCKS Camp was held on 19-22 Dec under the theme "Contentment as Covenant Youth", taken from 1 Timothy 6:6. We thank God for a spiritually refreshing time and good fellowship for our young people. May the Lord grant them contentment and strengthen their faith as they strive to live antithetical lives.  
Group shot of the campers!
One of the messages - workshop by Joshua Tan
Some of the fruitful discussions
Camp games including ping pong with the hands
Outing - Laser tag at a nearby park
 
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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News from the PRC and Sister Churches for the Week of December 30, 2018

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On this fifty-second Lord's Day of 2018, December 30 - the last one of this year - we provide the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, mission fields, and sister churches.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • The PRC congregations will be holding Old Year's evening services on Dec.31 and New Year's Day morning services on Jan.1 and welcome you to join us in worship of the God Who is in sovereign control of all of time and history. Most services are at 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM local time respectively, but check the website of each congregation for more information. http://www.prca.org/about/listings/churches/usa-canada

  • Grandville PRC's Council has formed a new trio from which to call a man to serve as minister-on-loan to the Covenant ERC in Singapore: Rev. Joshua Engelsma (Doon IA PRC), Rev. Garret Eriks (Hudsonville PRC), and Rev. Erik Guichelaar (Randolph WI PRC). There will be a special congregational meeting after the evening worship TODAY.

  • On Dec.23 Rev. W. Langerak (SE PRC-GR) DECLINED the call from Immanuel PRC (Labombe, AB) to serve as her next pastor. Subsequently, Immanuel's Council has this announcement in her bulletin of today: "The consistory presents the following trio to the congregation: Rev. Ryan Barnhill (Peace, PRC), Rev. Brian Huizinga (Redlands, PRC), and Rev. James Laning (Hull, PRC).  Voting to extend a call to one of these ministers to be our next pastor will take place on Sunday, Jan. 6th following the afternoon service, D.V."

  • Rev. G. Eriks (Hudsonville) continues to consider the call from Trinity PRC (Hudsonville, MI - received Dec.2). 

  • Zion PRC (Jenison, MI) recently voted to approve the purchase of the building and parsonage of 12th Ave CRC (near corner of 12th Ave. and Baldwin St. in Jenison) after that congregation voted to disband and sell her property. Zion plans to worship in her new place for the first time on Old Year's night, Dec.31. We rejoice with them in God's good providence and provision.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

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*Work continued this week on the block walls on the new seminary addition (see note below)

PRC Seminary News:

  • *Work continues on the seminary addition project that will house the new PRC archives and two offices during the professor transition period in the next few years. For more updates, visit this blog post.

  • The new PRC seminary website was launched this week and is now live! 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!

  • Seminary has completed its first semester and is now on its two-week Christmas/New Year break. Pray for rest and refreshment before faculty and students take up their work again in a few weeks. The seminary will be open and staff available during the break, except for the holidays themselves (Christmas Day and New Years).

  • The internships of Seminarians Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman come to an end this week. Sem. Kortus has been interning at Trinity PRC under Rev. N. Decker (now pastor at Grandville PRC) and the Council there. Sem. Maatman has been interning at Hudsonville PRC under Rev. G. Eriks and his Council. The internship program runs from July 1 to December 31.

  • The Fall 2018 issue of the PR Theological Journal is now available. The digital (pdf) version may be found here. The print version was mailed out or delivered to your church this past week. If you would like a copy, you may stop by the seminary and pick one up If you would like to be added to the mailing list, please contact the seminary.

  • The January 2019 Interim course will begin this Friday, Jan.4, at 9 AM. In that connection, the seminary sends out this special announcement:

"Seminary Interim Course on Heidelberg Catechism Preaching." Members of the PRCA are invited to Prof. B.
Gritters' interim class at seminary, from January 4 - 15. The class meets for 8 mornings, from 9-11:30. Among other
things, included will be instruction on why catechism preaching is required by the Church Order, proper and improper
methods of preaching the catechism, and discussion on ways to preach the Heidelberg Catechism well. Area ministers
have been invited. Others are welcome to attend. If you are interested, please call the seminary secretary at 616-531-
1490. The class will be live-streamed [on the seminary's Youtube channel] for those not able to attend in person."

  • Prof. R. Cammenga and his wife Rhonda are currently in Singapore for four weeks of service in our sister church, Covenant ERC, on behalf of the PRC Contact Committee.

  • 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 Seminary faculty along with Trinity PRC Evangelism Committee are busy implementing plans for a Spring 2019 conference to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the great Synod of Dordt, 1618/19 - 2018/19. The following updates are being given:
    Dordt 400: Did you know November 13 1618, 400 years ago, the Synod of Dordt began and didn’t conclude until nearly 6 months and 154 meetings later?! Are you familiar with the preceding history that led to this lengthy meeting? Do you know the week by week events that happened during the Great Synod? Follow that history and join the blog at Dordt400.org to view the weekly events  Synod of Dordt. Stay up to speed in light of Seminary's conference April 25-27 2019.

    Dordt 400 Writing contest:  Don’t forget that the conference also includes a writing contest with great prizes!  Sign up and submit your essay by January 15 at the conference website Dordt400.org

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*The worship place of Covenant PRC in Ballymena, N. Ireland, one of her "sisters."

SISTER-CHURCH NEWS:

  • Since June of 2018, the PRC has an official sister-church relationship with the PRC in the Philippines, confirmed at this year's synod! We rejoice in this evidence of the Lord's blessing on the work in the Philippines and of the unity of Christ's church, which He gathers from all nations, tribes, and tongues. 
    • From the Berean PRC we find this note today: "

      The delegation of CERC (Elder Leong Fai Chong and Deacon Lee Meng Hsien) met with Committee #2 (Contact Committee) of the PRCP on Monday, December 17, 2018 and discussed pertinent matters that are essential in establishing a sister-church relationship with CERC. Both parties were convinced that there is a ‘complete organic union’ in all points of doctrine and all other practices and thus, CERC and PRCP are ready to make a necessary report and recommendation(s) to PRCP Classis (Feb. 25, 2019) and to the Session of CERC for approval, D.V. Our churches are encouraged to pray that God may bless this ongoing work for His glory and for our union in Christ as members of His Body! Soli Deo Gloria!"

    • And for more on the life and work of our "sisters," read the news under Philippine missions (bulletins).

  • Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, we may note the following items from her final bulletin of 2018 (Dec.30):
    • "This Lord’s day is the last Lord’s day of the year 2018. The Lord has brought us through a very eventful
      year. We are thankful to the Lord that through this whole year, we are given the opportunities to receive
      preaching and instructions from the word of God from ministers and professors from our sister church
      PRCA. Looking back, we can surely conclude that the Lord is good and He has graciously provided and
      supplied Covenant all her needs. Not only we have seen God faithfulness in providing our needs, we also
      experience His Goodness in caring for us in joyful times in establishing new covenant homes, the gift of
      covenant children, the confession of faith and new members added, and also in time of sorrow in the
      home going of our oldest member, Mdm. Lo and the difficult trials which some in our midst have to
      patiently endure. As we step into year 2019, we continue to trust in the faithfulness of our heavenly Father
      to provide and care for Covenant. We continue to pray earnestly that He will provide us a minister of the
      word."


    • "We are also thankful to God for bringing back the delegates to PRCP safely. Elder Leong and Deacon Lee
      were appointed by Session to discuss with PRCP the possibility of establishing sister church relationship.
      The delegates were warmly received by the brethren from PRCP. They were given the opportunities to
      present the history of CERC to the members from the three churches of PRCP on the Lord’s day. The
      following day, the delegates has a meeting with the contact committee of PRCP to confirm the confessions,
      distinctives, church orders and practises of both churches. Going forward, the ruling bodies of both
      churches will finalise the decision if we will proceed to establish sister church relationship with one
      another."

    • Her latest newsletter (OCTOBER 2018) - Reformed News Asia - was recently posted and may be found on this page.

    • The latest young peoples' magazine, Salt Shakers, was received and posted recently (November 2018 - cf. image above). Check that out on this page.
  • *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.

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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.

  • 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. 
  • If you are in need of some pamphlets 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. Looking for items on salvation by grace alone in Christ alone? Visit this page for more information.

  • You can now listen to the Heidelberg Catechism and the Belgic Confession on audio! Visiit the links provided to hear the Catechism and the Confession read. It's another excellent way to learn the Reformed faith and memorize these Reformed creeds.

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  • Don't forget to listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday (on radio station near you or on Sermonaudio wherever you are)! Today Rev. W. Bruinsma (pastor of Pittsburgh PRC) gives a special Old Year's message based on 1 Thess.5:4 - "God's Faithfulness" (which you may listen to at this link).

  • The RWH has a new, updated website! Please visit reformedwitnesshour.org to watch our introduction video, view pictures and audio from our history, and read and listen to almost 20 years of past radio broadcasts! If you haven’t visited the RWH website recently, now is an excellent time to familiarize yourself with this important radio-internet ministry of the PRC.

  • 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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ESPECIALLY FOR PRC YP and YA:

  • *Note re the 2019 PRYP's Convention: Southwest & Providence Protestant Reformed Churches will be 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.  Registration for chaperones is now open!  Please visit our website at prcconvention.com to register.
  • 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.”

  • The Loveland Young Adults Retreat is scheduled for March 18-21 at the YMCA. Registration is now open! To register, go to lovelandprcretreat.org. Be sure to register early, as registration is limited to 40 retreaters.The speakers will be Rev. S. Key and Rev. R. VanOverloop. The theme is "Ambassadors for Christ", based on the text II Corinthians 5:20.

  • 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 (November 2018 - 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.

United Kingdom:

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*The PR Fellowship in Albuera, Leyte where Rev. J. Flores is visting today.

Philippine Missions:

  • The latest Philippines mission newsletter was received and recently posted (October 2018) and may be found on this PRC webpage.
  • From Doon PRC's bulletin today we find this significant note:

    Synod 2018 approved Rev. & Sharon Kleyn taking an extended furlough in 2019.  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 seminary in the future, and to give both Rev. & Sharon opportunity to be refreshed and to reconnect with family.  Their plans are to leave the Philippines on January 1 and stay in the States until June 18."

  • Don't forget to follow the Kleyn's blog on life and activities in the Philippines. And that also includes the Holstege's! And don't miss out on the Smits once again too!
  • From this Sunday's bulletins of the Provident Christian Church in Marikina and the Berean PRC in Antipolo City 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 in the first service. Then he will teach the Decree of Reprobation in the Essentials class. Rev. Smit will preach in the second service.

      • You can listen to the speeches from the Synod of Dordt conference on the website of our missionaries: https://prcaphilippinesaudio.wordpress.com.

      • Rev. Daniel and Sharon Kleyn will be departing from the Philippines on January 1 for a furlough of six months in the United States. Let us pray for them that the Lord will take care of them and cause their furlough to serve the advancement of His kingdom here in the Philippines. “The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand” (Ps. 121:5).

    • Berean PRC:
      • "Rev. Ibe and one of the office bearers are visiting the saints in Gabaldon on Sunday (Dec.30, 2018). Rev. Ibe will lead them in their worship service, D.V. The Consistory is asking the congregation to uphold the work in Gabaldon in our prayers. May God prosper the labor of our pastor in their midst!"

      • *Rev. Flores and Deacon Eric Castaño are in Albuera, Leyte today. Rev. Flores will lead the saints there in their worship services. Let us continue to uphold the brethren and sisters in the Lord in Albuera, Leyte in our prayers as they wait upon the Lord for His provision of pastor/missionary to labor in their midst."

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.

Myanmar:

  • Do not forget Hope PRC's (Grand Rapids, MI) support of and involvement with Rev. Titus' work in Myanmar (June 2018), visit this page.

  • We also find this note in Hope PRC's bulletin las week:

"Rev. Titus and CerTi safely returned home this past week after two weeks of preaching in churches and visiting members in the Rakhine State. The activities of Hope continue in Myanmar with a delegation travelling to visit the saints in Yangon. A seminar will be conducted with forty attendees who will travel to Yangon from all over the country of Myanmar. Council members Rev. Overway and Rich Peterson, accompanied by Cal Kalsbeek, John Van Baren, and Seth Kalsbeek plan a January 10 departure and a January 22 return. We pray the Lord’s blessing on all of these labors."

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Covenant PRC, N. Ireland Newsletter - December 2018

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Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
Ballymena, NI

27 December, 2018

Dear saints in the Protestant Reformed Churches,

US Trip

“The RFPA, the CPRC, and the Spread of the Truth” was the title of my lecture on 27 September at the annual meeting of the Reformed Free Publishing Association in Grace PRC (www.youtube.com/user/ReformedFree Pub). Our congregation and its witness is massively helped by the RFPA, so it was good to accept its speaking invitation.

The day before, I gave a chapel speech for Eastside Christian School in Grand Rapids on “The Sword of the Spirit” (Eph. 6:17). That evening, at the request of Principal Pete Adams, I delivered a lecture with slides on “Martin and Katie Luther: The Reformation of Marriage” to supporters of Eastside. Sadly, the CPRC does not have a Christian school, so it is an extra privilege to do something to help Reformed education.

Mary and I made our first ever visit to Wingham PRC in Ontario, Canada, on Sunday, 30 September, when I preached at both services and gave a PowerPoint presentation on the witness of the CPRC in the evening. We stayed at the home of Travis Hanko, our nephew, and his wife, Averly (Kikkert), whom we first met at the 2016 British Reformed Fellowship conference in Northern Ireland.

On Wednesday, 3 October, “Martin and Katie Luther: The Reformation of Marriage” was again the subject, this time for Pittsburgh PRC's 21st Annual Reformation Lecture. There was a good attendance, including some who had watched CPRC YouTube videos. It had been some years since we were last in Pittsburgh and it was lovely to see some old friends, as well as learning from the experiences of Rev. and Mary Bruinsma in missions and smaller churches.

Between Wingham and Pittsburgh, Mary and I stopped off at Niagara-on-the-Lake (where some significant conferences were held involving missions, fundamentalism, and dispensationalism) and the powerful Niagara Falls. After Pittsburgh, we hiked and dined with Lee Carl Finley, who has had an article on Job published in the British Reformed Journal, and his wife, Jennifer, and their daughter, Rebecca, in Ohio. We also benefited from our visit to the Creation Museum in Kentucky.

On the Lord's Day of 7 October, I preached in Southeast PRC and Zion PRC, where I also showed CPRC slides. Meeting the saints in the PRC is always a blessing and it helps strengthen our sister-church relationship with you. After enjoying our relaxing trip and visiting family and friends, we flew home armed with as many RFPA books and PR pamphlets as our weight allowance would permit.

Back in the manse in Northern Ireland, we met up with Rev. Ken Koole, who had been preaching and teaching catechism classes in the CPRC during the last two weeks. The next Sunday, he took the services in the Limerick Reformed Fellowship (LRF).

Other News

Due in part to the pile-up of other work after our trip to America (and Canada) for the RFPA speech (24 September - 8 October), my usual bimonthly letter has become, in this instance, a quarterly letter, covering the period from 17 August almost to the end of this calendar year. During these four months and ten days, we had an excellent haul of 60 new translations, including 14 Hungarian, 7 Portuguese (by a Brazilian believer who migrated to Australia and his brother back in Brazil), 6 Polish (by a new translator), 6 Russian (including the “Foreword” and the first three chapters to the British Reformed Fellowship book, Be Ye Holy by Profs. Hanko and Engelsma), 3 N. Sotho and 3 Zulu (all of the Three Forms of Unity in these two languages were supplied to me by a brother from South Africa), 1 Afrikaans, 1 French, and 1 Italian.

However, it is our Spanish section that has seen the largest increase in the last quarter of a year (www.cprf.co.uk/languages/spanish.html). Doner Bartolon of First PRC in Grand Rapids sent us 18 translations, mostly of Rev. Rodney Kleyn's Reformed Witness Hour addresses on eschatology, along with links to their Spanish video recordings on the PRC Español YouTube channel. We added Doner's contact details at the bottom of all of our 195 Spanish translations and he has already heard from two interested brethren in Chile.

Besides visitors to our Sunday services from the PRC (about ten saints), England, and Canada, Mary and I enjoyed hosting Peter and Bec DeJong from Launceston Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Australia (13-15 October), as well as Giovanni and Sarah Pecora from Turin in Italy (10-17 November). The Pecoras heard of the CPRC through the over 550 items on our Italian webpage (www.cprf. co.uk/languages/italian.htm).

The CPRC Reformation Day Lecture this year was titled, “Two Men from Trier: Karl Marx (and Communism) and Caspar Olevianus (and the Heidelberg Catechism)” (26 October). 2018 was the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx from Trier in western Germany. Trier is also the city of Caspar Olevianus, one of the principal authors of our Heidelberg Catechism. The speech compared and contrasted these two men from Trier: their lives, their main works, their ideas, and the results of their ideas. Key issues in the clash of worldviews between Marx’s atheistic communism and Olevianus’ Reformed faith include origins, alienation, work, private property, class struggle, the good life, history, and the end times! Much of the left-wing, anti-Christian, politically-correct world is based on Marxist and neo-Marxist thinking. The video, complete with a PowerPoint presentation, is online (www.youtube.com/watch?v= tN34URO2NXU).

I gave the same speech, also with slides, in South Wales (22 November). The lecture was very well attended and it was followed by a lively discussion.

My previous speech in South Wales was “Christ Our Sacrifice in Isaiah 53” (31 August). Before the lecture, Mary and I headed to Devon in SW England to check out two possible venues for a British Reformed Fellowship (BRF) conference. The first was Heatree Activity Centre in the wild and rugged Dartmoor National Park (www.heatreeactivitycentre. co.uk). The second was Brunel Manor in the English Riviera, the mansion in which Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the great mechanical and civil engineer, intended to retire (www.brunel manor.com).

Reports of July's BRF conference on “The Reformed Family—According to the Word of God” with Prof. David Engelsma and Rev. Andy Lanning were carried in the English Churchman (14 & 21 September) and Evangelicals Now (October). An article about Rev. Martyn McGeown's excellent book Grace and Assurance: The Message of the Canons of Dordt was published in the Ballymena Guardian (13 December) and the Tyrone Courier.

Our Tuesday morning Bible class has enjoyed studying the burnt, peace, sin, and trespass offerings in Leviticus 1-7 and how they picture the work of Jesus Christ. Some of the results of these studies are to be found on-line in two tables: “The 6 Stages in Offering the 4 Bloody Sacrifices in Leviticus 1-7” and “Lessons Regarding Sin, Christ, and Our Calling from the 4 Bloody Sacrifices in Leviticus 1-7” (www.cprf.co.uk/quotes.htm#sacrifices).

The second and third box sets of the Wednesday night classes on baptism from Belgic Confession 34 are entitled “OT Prophecy on the Children of Believers in the NT Age” (covering Isaiah 40-61, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel 34-37 in 6 CDs) and “NT Teaching on the Children of Believers” (8 CDs treating passages in all four gospel accounts, Acts and most of Paul's epistles, plus the relationship between circumcision and baptism, and the Reformed view of covenant children). These doctrinal box sets are available from the CPRC at a very reasonable rate and all the Belgic Confession audios can also be listened to free on-line (www.cprf.co.uk/audio/belgicconfessionclass.htm).

The CPRC YouTube page recently reached the 1,000 subscriber mark (www.youtube.com/ user/CPRCNI). Stephen Murray, our audio-visual man, has put many hours of hard work into putting thousands of our videos online, and making DVDs and CDs.
The new British Reformed Journal (BRJ) was recently published, with articles on “Answering the Fool” (Rev. McGeown), “Our Covenant God: Friend, Husband, and Father (3)” (Seminarian Matt Kortus), “Martin Luther and God’s Saving Righteousness (2)” (Rev. Stewart), and “God’s Universal Church: A Report on the 2018 BRF Conference” (Rhonda Boer). US subscribers will soon be receiving their copies. Subscription for 4 issues of the BRJ for those in North America costs $20 (US). Simply make your check payable to “Mary Stewart” and mail it (with your name and address) to Mr. Fred Hanko, at his new address: 725 Baldwin St., #A-18, Jenison, MI 49428.

Our thanks to all who sent us letters, cards, and emails. We ask for your indulgence in not replying individually for we already post thousands of items every year (Covenant Reformed News, BRJ, books, free pamphlets, and other church work).
The Lord be with you all in 2019!

Rev. Angus & Mary Stewart

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News from the PRC and Sister Churches for the Week of December 23, 2018 *(Updated)

matt1 21 2On this fifty-first Lord's Day of 2018, December 23, we provide the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, mission fields, and sister churches.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • The PRC congregations will be holding Christmas Day morning services on Dec.25 and welcome you to join us in worship of Jesus Christ, the sovereign Savior sent to redeem all who repent and believe on Him. Most services are at 9:30 am local time, but check the website of each congregation for more information. http://www.prca.org/about/listings/churches/usa-canada

  • Last Sunday, Dec.16, Rev. S. Key (Loveland,CO PRC) DECLINED the call from Grandville PRC to serve as the next minister-on-loan to the Covenant ERC in Singapore. Grandville's Council has formed a new trio from which to call a man for this purpose: Rev. Joshua Engelsma (Doon IA PRC), Rev. Garret Eriks (Hudsonville PRC), and Rev. Erik Guichelaar (Randolph WI PRC). There will be a special congregational meeting after the evening worship on Sunday evening, December 30, directly after evening service.

  • On Dec.2, Rev. W. Langerak (SE PRC-GR) received the call from Immanuel PRC (Labombe, AB) to serve as her next pastor. *UPDATE: Rev. Langerak has DECLINED this call.

  • On Sunday, Dec.9, Rev. G. Eriks (Hudsonville) received the call from Trinity PRC (Hudsonville, MI). 

  • Zion PRC (Jenison, MI) recently voted to approve the purchase of the building and parsonage of 12th Ave CRC (near corner of 12th Ave. and Baldwin St. in Jenison) after that congregation voted to disband and sell her property. Zion plans to worship in her new place for the first time on Old Year's night, Dec.31. We rejoice with them in God's good providence and provision.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

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*Work began this week on the block walls on the new seminary addition (see note below)

PRC Seminary News:

  • *Work continues on the seminary addition project that will house the new PRC archives and two offices during the professor transition period in the next few years. For more updates, visit this blog post.

  • Seminary completed its first semester this past week and will now take a two-week Christmas/New Year break. Pray for rest and refreshment before faculty and students take up their work again in a few weeks. The seminary will be open and staff available during the break, except for the holidays themselves (Christmas Day and New Years).

  • The Fall 2018 issue of the PR Theological Journal is now available. The digital (pdf) version may be found here. The print version will be mailed out this week. If you would like to be added to the mailing list, please contact the seminary.

  • The January 2019 Interim course will begin on Friday, Jan.4, at 9 AM. In that connection, the seminary sends out this special announcement:

"Seminary Interim Course on Heidelberg Catechism Preaching." Members of the PRCA are invited to Prof. B.
Gritters' interim class at seminary, from January 4 - 15. The class meets for 8 mornings, from 9-11:30. Among other
things, included will be instruction on why catechism preaching is required by the Church Order, proper and improper
methods of preaching the catechism, and discussion on ways to preach the Heidelberg Catechism well. Area ministers
have been invited. Others are welcome to attend. If you are interested, please call the seminary secretary at 616-531-
1490. The class will be live-streamed for those not able to attend in person."

  • Prof. R. Cammenga and his wife Rhonda left this past Wednesday for Singapore for four weeks of service in our sister church, Covenant ERC, on behalf of the PRC Contact Committee.

  • The internships of Seminarians Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman are rapidly drawing to a close. Sem. Kortus is interning at Trinity PRC under Rev. N. Decker (now pastor at Grandville PRC) and the Council there. Sem. Maatman is interning at Hudsonville PRC under Rev. G. Eriks and his Council. The internship program runs from July 1 to December 31.

  • SEMINARY WEBSITE NEWS!! A new PRC Seminary website is being developed and is close to launching. Watch for the announcement of that very soon!

  • 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 Seminary faculty along with Trinity PRC Evangelism Committee are busy implementing plans for a Spring 2019 conference to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the great Synod of Dordt, 1618/19 - 2018/19. The following updates are being given:
    Dordt 400: Did you know November 13 1618, 400 years ago, the Synod of Dordt began and didn’t conclude until nearly 6 months and 154 meetings later?! Are you familiar with the preceding history that led to this lengthy meeting? Do you know the week by week events that happened during the Great Synod? Follow that history and join the blog at Dordt400.org to view the weekly events  Synod of Dordt. Stay up to speed in light of Seminary's conference April 25-27 2019.

    Dordt 400 Writing contest:  Don’t forget that the conference also includes a writing contest with great prizes!  Sign up and submit your essay by January 15 at the conference website Dordt400.org

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*The worship place of Winnaleah EPC, one of the congregations of the Presbyterian denomination with whom PRC has a corresponding relationship.

SISTER-CHURCH NEWS:

  • Since June of 2018, the PRC has an official sister-church relationship with the PRC in the Philippines, confirmed at this year's synod! We rejoice in this evidence of the Lord's blessing on the work in the Philippines and of the unity of Christ's church, which He gathers from all nations, tribes, and tongues. 
    • From the Berean PRC we find this note today: "Our Pastor [Rev. V. Ibe] is also scheduled to preach at Kerusso Community church today at 3PM and will lead them in their study of the Church Order Arts. 14-16 at 5:30 PM, the Lord willing."
    • And for more on the life and work of our "sisters," read the news under Philippine missions (bulletins).

  • Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, we may note the following items (from her bulletin of Dec.23):
    • "Rev Steven Key has declined the call extended to him to be our MOL. The Consistory of Grandville PRC has
      informed us that they have formed the trio of Rev Garrett Eriks, Rev Eric Guichelaar and Rev Joshua Engelsma
      for the next round of calling an MOL. By God's grace, we continue to pray, "not our will Lord, but Thine, be
      done." For the Lord's will is to be preferred above our own. For it is better, infinitely better, than our will.
      Our desire for an under-shepherd to minister in our midst is after all a desire for God to be most glorified by
      our congregation. He knows our need best. He knows the best time to send us the minister of His choosing.
      May we rest in His perfect will for us."


    • "We bade farewell once again to Rev and Mrs den Hartog last Tue and welcome Prof and Mrs Ron Cammenga
      into our midst past Fri. Prof Cammenga is Professor of Reformed Dogmatics and OT Studies in the PR
      Theological Seminary in the US. He and his wife, Rhonda, are in Singapore for the first time. We pray the
      Lord's blessings upon Prof's ministry in our midst over the next four Sundays and look forward to the time
      we can spend together and get to know one another in the weeks ahead. We are indeed very thankful to
      the Lord for sending us under-shepherds from our sister to care for us over the past year."

    • Her latest newsletter (OCTOBER 2018) - Reformed News Asia - was recently posted and may be found on this page.

    • The latest young peoples' magazine, Salt Shakers, was received and posted recently (November 2018 - cf. image above). Check that out on this page.
  • *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.

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*A great place for Christmas gifts - cards, music, and books - including for children!
(cf. below)

SPECIAL NOTICES:

  • *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. Here is the notice of their December specials: "The Reformed Book Outlet in Hudsonville is having a December sale. Books, Bibles, and Bible covers are 25% off MSRP. We are also going to be open until 8:30 two nights in December, Monday December 10 and Monday December 17. Lastly, we are going to be doing a weekly drawing. Prizes include a book, gift certificate, Bible, and a CD. You must sign up each week."

  • 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.

  • If you are in need of some pamphlets 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. Looking for items on salvation by grace alone in Christ alone? Visit this page for more information.

  • You can now listen to the Heidelberg Catechism and the Belgic Confession on audio! Visiit the links provided to hear the Catechism and the Confession read. It's another excellent way to learn the Reformed faith and memorize these Reformed creeds.

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  • Don't forget to listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday (on radio station near you or on Sermonaudio wherever you are)! Today Rev. W. Bruinsma (pastor of Pittsburgh PRC) gives a special Christmas message based on Luke 2:13,14 - "The Song of the Angels" (which you may listen to at this link).

  • The RWH has a new, updated website! Please visit reformedwitnesshour.org to watch our introduction video, view pictures and audio from our history, and read and listen to almost 20 years of past radio broadcasts! If you haven’t visited the RWH website recently, now is an excellent time to familiarize yourself with this important radio-internet ministry of the PRC.

  • 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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ESPECIALLY FOR PRC YP and YA:

  • 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.”

  • The Loveland Young Adults Retreat is scheduled for March 18-21 at the YMCA. Registration is now open! To register, go to lovelandprcretreat.org. Be sure to register early, as registration is limited to 40 retreaters.The speakers will be Rev. S. Key and Rev. R. VanOverloop. The theme is "Ambassadors for Christ", based on the text II Corinthians 5:20.

  • 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 (November 2018 - cf. image above). Check that out on this page.

Gospel to all nations

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:

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*Our missionaries in the Philippines: Rev. D. Kleyn, Rev. R. Smit, Rev. D. Holstege (l-r)

Philippine Missions:

  • From Doon PRC's bulletin today we find this significant note:

    Synod 2018 approved Rev. & Sharon Kleyn taking an extended furlough in 2019.  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 seminary in the future, and to give both Rev. & Sharon opportunity to be refreshed and to reconnect with family.  Their plans are to leave the Philippines on January 1 and stay in the States until June 18."

  • The latest Philippines mission newsletter was received and recently posted (October 2018) and may be found on this PRC webpage.
  • *Don't forget to follow the Kleyn's blog on life and activities in the Philippines. And that also includes the Holstege's! And don't miss out on the Smits once again too!
  • From this Sunday's bulletins of the Provident Christian Church in Marikina, the Maranatha PRC in Valenzuela, the Berean PRC in Antipolo City, and the PRC in Bulacan in the Philippines 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 for PCC today. After the first service we will continue our study of the Eternal Decrees of God in Lesson 7 of the Essentials class. Next week, Lord willing, Rev.Holstege will preach in the first service and Rev. Smit in the second.

      • Tomorrow, December 24, we will have an evangelistic meeting here at Provident from 7:00-9:00 pm. Rev. Holstege will speak on the theme, “The Angels Announce the Birth of the Savior.” Afterward, we will enjoy a meal and fellowship with each other. Please come with your families and invite your neighbors!

      • December 28, 2018 is the commemoration of the 400th year anniversary of the Synod of Dordt and the conference will be hosted by the Provident Christian Church(Reformed) at 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Rev. D. Holstege wil speak on Dordt and the Doctrine of Grace, Rev. V. Ibe on Dordt and Preaching of the Gospel and Rev. R. Smit on Dordt and its concern for faithful Sabbath keeping. Moderator is Rev. D. Kleyn. RFPA books on sells. Registration is P50. Please invite someone with you.

    • Maranatha PRC:
      • Today: our Missionaries, Revs. Kleyn and Smit will lead us in both services respectively. We have our fellowship and Potluck after the service.

      • Next week: Rev. L. Trinidad will us in both services.

    • PRC, Bulacan:
      • Rev. Flores will preach at First Christian Reformed Church of Quezon City. This congregation has interest in the Reformed faith and confessions. He will be preaching on John 6:44, "The Sovereignty of God in Our Salvation."
      • *Rev. Flores and Deacon Castano will visit the PRFA in Leyte this Friday.

    • Berean PRC:  "Rev. Ibe and one of the office bearers is scheduled to visit the saints in Gabaldon on Sunday (Dec.30, 2018). Rev. Ibe will lead them in their worship service, D.V. The Consistory is asking the congregation to uphold the work in Gabaldon in our prayers. May God prosper the labor of our pastor in their midst!"

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.

Myanmar:

  • Do not forget Hope PRC's (Grand Rapids, MI) support of and involvement with Rev. Titus' work in Myanmar (June 2018), visit this page.

  • We also find this note in Hope PRC's bulletin this week:

"Rev. Titus and CerTi safely returned home this past week after two weeks of preaching in churches and visiting members in the Rakhine State. The activities of Hope continue in Myanmar with a delegation travelling to visit the saints in Yangon. A seminar will be conducted with forty attendees who will travel to Yangon from all over the country of Myanmar. Council members Rev. Overway and Rich Peterson, accompanied by Cal Kalsbeek, John Van Baren, and Seth Kalsbeek plan a January 10 departure and a January 22 return. We pray the Lord’s blessing on all of these labors."

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New Salt Shakers Magazine - November 2018

"Covenant Keepers", the youth ministry of the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church of Singapore (our sister church), has now released the November 2018 issue of "Salt Shakers" (#52),their youth magazine.

The NOVEMBER 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.

SS 50 Dec 2018

Beloved readers,

In God's providence, we have been brought through another year, one closer to the return of our Lord. What roads have we traveled and what choices have we made in the last twelve months?

Where shall the Lord lead us in the year to come? By God's grace we will do this or that, but hopefully reading Salt Shakers (and being edified therein) will be a high priority!

 
Our deep appreciation for all our writers' contributions and our utmost thanks to God for sustaining and sanctifying the work of wretched sinners. 
Inside the September issue:
Editorial: Choices Chua Lee Yang
Scripture's Covenant Youth (XIV): A Nameless Girl Prof. Herman Hanko
Love for God's People - Rev. Steven Key
Quit You Like Men (III) Woon Tian Loong
The Importance of Christian Education Rev. Joshua Engelsma
The Christian in the World (II) The Calling of a Covenant Mother - Dorcas Lee
Signs of Our Lord's Return: North Korean Relations Daniel Tang
Overtaken in a Fault Lim Yang Zhi
History of the PRCA's Missions in Foreign Fields - Rev. Daniel Kleyn
Fellowship with God (I): Grounded on Justification - Rev Nathan Langerak
The (Protestant Reformed) "Declaration of Principles" - Prof. David Engelsma
Book Review: Decisions, Decisions: How (and How Not) to Make Them - Chang Zhi Hui
Pro Rege,
Chua Lee Yang
On Behalf of the Salt Shakers Committee
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