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

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

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

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

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

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  • From the PRC Seminary comes this March news:
    • The seminary has now completed nine weeks of the second semester. This week is on a regular schedule, with Spring break planned for the week of April 2.
    • The second round of practice is scheduled for April 16 and 23.
    • In the last few weeks several pre-sem students from various colleges visited the seminary and attended classes while they were on Spring break.
    • The upcoming internships of Seminarians Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman have been confirmed and announced. Sem. Kortus will be interning at Trinity PRC under Rev. N. Decker and his Council and Sem. Maatman will intern at Hudsonville PRC under Rev. G. Eriks and his Council. The internship program runs from July 1 to December 31.
    • *FUTURE TEACHERS AND MINISTERS: Information for the 2018 PR Scholarship Fund essay competition is now available. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive the essay topics and submission requirements. Completed essays must be submitted by May 31.

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SISTER-CHURCH NEWS

  • Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC, we call attention to the following:
    • Covenant PRC's latest newsletter was received and posted recently (February 2018). And don't forget her other publication - Covenant Reformed News! That latest issue (March 2018) may be found here.
    • Join Reformed believers from around the world at the 2018 British Reformed Fellowship family conference at Hebron Hall in South Wales from Saturday, July 21, to Saturday, July 28. Our speakers, Prof. David Engelsma and Rev. Andy Lanning, will lecture on "The Reformed Family—According to the Word of God." More information and booking forms are available at http://brfconference.weebly.com or contact Briana Prins (616-214-2779; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
  • Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, the following may be noted:
    • Rev. A. den Hartog and his wife Sherry are serving the CERC until at least June of this year. Read the "Pastor's Voice" part of her bulletin to learn more.
    • Her latest newsletter (February 2018) - Reformed News Asia - was recently posted and may be found on this page. Watch for the March issue soon!
    • The latest young peoples' magazine, Salt Shakers, was received and posted recently (January 2018). Check that out on this page.

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SPECIAL NOTICES:

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

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 MISSION NEWS:

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

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

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

    • Maranatha PRC:

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

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

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