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Cand. Joshua Engelsma Accepts Doon PRC's Call

Josh E-Sermon-Synod 2014On Sunday morning, August 24, 2014, Cand. Joshua Engelsma announced that he was led by the Lord of the church to accept the call to Doon (IA) PRC. This also means that he was led to decline the calls from Faith PRC of Jenison, MI and First PRC, Grand Rapids, MI.

We rejoice with Josh and Courtney and family and with Doon PRC in God's provision, and pray that God will bless their plans as they prepare for his examination at Classis West on Sept.24 in Peace PRC, Lansing, IL.

Additional notes from Doon PRC's August 31 bulletin re Classis West and ordination/installetion: 

The sermon he preaches as part of his examination is planned for the evening of September 23 at Peace.  The oral examination is scheduled for the following day, September 24, while Classis is in regular session. Upon his successful completion of the examination, Doon will be instructed by Classis West to proceed with his ordination and installation. In anticipation of such, the consistory hereby issues a call to worship to the congregation for the anticipated ordination and installation of Pastor-elect Joshua Engelsma into the office of Minister of God’s Word for the evening of Friday, October 3, 2014, at 7:00 pm. Prof. David Engelsma will conduct the service. Prof. Engelsma has also graciously agreed to preach for us the morning service of October 5. Pastor-elect Engelsma plans to preach his inaugural service for us the evening service of October 5.

Let us also remember to pray for Faith and First PRCs as they await their own undershepherd from the chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ.

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The 2014 PR Young People's Convention

PRYPs2014logoThe PR Young People's Convention, hosted by Hope PRC of Redlands, CA is taking place this week, August 4-8 at Idyllwild Pines Camp and Conference Center in Idyllwild, Califormia. The theme is "Living in the Last Days", based on 1 Thessalonians 5:1-8.

Speakers this year are Rev.Gary Eriks (Husdonville PRC), Rev.Nathan Decker (Trinity PRC), and Rev.Brian Huizinga (Hope PRC, Redlands). For the topics of the speeches, visit this page.

Visit the Convention website for any updates. For pictures and more (including pictures from a drone!), visit Nick Kleyn's Facebook page on the convention here. In addition, Shaun Karsemeyer has posted more convention pictures here. A couple of photos from Sunday's worship services and singspiration are posted below.

Let us remember to pray for our young people and all involved in this special week, that they may be kept safe, that they may bond together in true Christian friendship, and that they may grow spiritually through the Word of God and godly fellowship.

Postscript (This notice to the Hope PRC, Redlands congregation was placed in their bulletin of August 10, 2014):

The Lord graciously answered our many prayers for His blessing upon our Young People's Convention of this past week. A safe, exciting, and spiritually enriching week was enjoyed by all. All of the congregation's work in planning, organizing, and hosting the convention was noticed and appreciated by many. A hearty thanks to all those who faithfully served in so many different ways to make this convention a wonderful event for all who attended. May God be pleased to use the instruction that was given on "Living in the Last Days" for the glory of His name and the strengthening of all our young people in their faith and walk.

From all that we heard about this YP's Convention, we may certainly echo these sentiments. Thank you, Hope PRC!

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August Messages on the Reformed Witness Hour

First PRC of Grand Rapids, MI and the Reformed Witness Hour Committee announce the messages scheduled for August 2014 on the RWH program. Rev.Carl Haak, pastor of the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI, will continue his series on the OT prophecy of Jonah and give a special Christian education message as school will soon begin once again.

Below is the schedule of messages, which you will also find attached in pdf form.

For stations and times for listening to the RWH program, visit the RWH website.

August 2014 Flyer -CH-Jonah Page 1

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First PRC (Grand Rapids) Calls Cand.J.Engelsma

First churchOn Sunday evening, July 13, 2014, the congregation of First PRC, Grand Rapids, MI, voted to call Cand. Joshua Engelsma from their trio which also consisted of Revs.C.Haak and C.Spronk.

Having six weeks to answer this call, Cand.J.Engelsma plans to answer on or before August 24.

May the Lord Jesus Christ make plain His will to Cand.Engelsma and give him grace to submit to it, as he considers where the Lord will have him begin his ministry in our churches.

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Faith PRC Votes to Call Cand.J.Engelsma

FaithPRC2012On Sunday evening, July 13, 2014, the congregation of Faith PRC (Jenison, MI) voted to extend a call to Candidate Joshua Engelsma from their trio, which also consisted of Revs.C.Spronk and R.Van Overloop. 

Having six weeks to consider this call, Cand.J.Engelsma plans to answer it by August 24.

May the Head of the church, Jesus Christ, give clear guidance to Cand.Engelsma as he seeks to know where He will have him begin his ministry.

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