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PRC and Sister-Church News Highlights for February 18, 2024

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Psa 126 3Today, February 18, is the seventh Lord's Day of this new year of our Lord 2024. Below you will find special highlights of PRC and sister-church news. It is our hope that these reports not only inform you but also give you opportunity to pray for the needs of these churches and mission fields throughout the world.

If you are new to this website and the PRCA, we invite you to join us in worship today or on any of the Sunday's of this year at one of our local congregations near you, or listen online.

The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad. Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south. They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. ~ Psalm 126:3-6

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS 

  • Some of the West Michigan PRCs will be holding their annual Prayer Day service this Wednesday night, Feb.21, at 7 p.m. (Faith, Georgetown, Grace, Hudsonville, Trinity, Unity, and Zion). You are cordially invited to join them in expressing conscious dependence on the Lord for our daily bread and for His grace in Jesus Christ to make all things blessings to us.

  • Rev. C. Spronk is considering the call from Pittsburgh PRC. He plans to answer by March 3.

  • The Council of Hope PRC-Redlands, CA formed a new trio from which to call her next pastor: Rev M. De Boer (Edgerton-MN PRC), Rev. N. Decker (Grandville PRC) and Rev. A. Brummel (Calvary PRC– Hull, Iowa). A congregational meeting is set for Feb.25 after the morning worship service.

  • Last Sunday Rev. J. Engelsma (Crete PRC) declined calls from Georgetown PRC and Hudsonville PRC.
  • Last Sunday Rev. J. Maatman (Southeast PRC-MI) declined the call from Loveland-CO PRC.

Classical appointments and pulpit supply for today in the vacant PRCs:  Prof. C. Griess and Rev. M. McGeown in Georgetown PRC; Rev. R. Smit (1st week) in Hope PRC-Redlands; Prof. B. Huizinga and Rev. W. Langerak in Hudsonville PRC; Rev. W. Bruinsma (1st week) in Loveland PRC; Rev. M. DeVries in Lynden PRC; Rev. E. Guichelaar in Pittsburgh PRC. May we count it a blessing of our church federation that we can help one another in these needs. Let us remember to pray for the men who supply these pulpits and for the vacant congregations. And may we continue to pray for men to hear the call to serve as pastors and missionaries!

Special Congregational/Evangelism Notices:

  • First PRC-Grand Rapids, MI: Our Community Bible Study will meet this Wednesday, February 21 at 7:00 PM, discussing Jesus, Innocently Condemned to Death.
  • Hudsonville PRC Evangelism Podcast: In Psalm 127 verses 4 and 5, David taught his son Solomon: “As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them.”  As fletching helps an arrow fly straight and true to its target, so we hope this podcast will help to guide our young children and point them to Christ. Join us in bringing the Word of God to our hearts and tune in to our podcast “Fletching: Guided by the Word”. Please subscribe and rate the podcast as it helps reach others in the community around us. It can be now found anywhere you listen to podcasts! Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Audible, etc. 

PRC DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

  • PRC Delegation to the PRC-Philippines: "Rev. D. Holstege, Harvey, and Cindy will be departing for the Philippines this Wednesday, the Lord willing, as the annual delegation from the PRCA to the Protestant Reformed Churches in the Philippines (PRCP). Our pastor and Harv will be conducting church visitation with the consistories of the two churches, Berean andProvident, and bringing official greetings to the PRCP at their February 25 Classis meeting. Rev. Holstege willpreach for the Berean congregation on the first Sunday (Feb. 25) and for Provident on the second (Mar. 3),DV. He will also lead the midweek Bible study at Provident on Feb. 28. May the Lord use this visit to nurtureand strengthen the bond between our two denominations for the coming of His kingdom and His glory." (Wingham PRC bulletin today)

  • PRC Psalter Revision: You are invited to attend a presentation/singspiration at 7:30 on March 3 at Zion PRC, or at 7:30 on March 10 at Trinity PRC. Come join us to see the results of the revision and to sing Psalms, old and new. To see the complete revised Psalter, visit thepsalter.net (web version) and “Download Psalms 1-150” at the bottom of the page.

  • Classis East reconvened on Feb.8, at Hope PRC in Walker, MI, to treat the report and advice of its special committee on various protests against decisions of Clasiss last September. The decisions of this continued and concluded meeting are posted on this webpage. The agenda and minutes are available to registered users on the bulletin page under Classis East. And there is a public report on this page of the website of the Jan.10 meeting.
  • Guidepost Solutions has reported to the Ad Hoc Committee that there was an excellent response rate to the survey and hotline. There were almost 1,300 survey participants, of which 26% have agreed to follow-up interviews. Through the hotline, Guidepost has received reports from 29 individuals, of which 72% have agreed to follow-up interviews. Anyone who still desires to report on sexual abuse may use the hotline (mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). This will be open throughout the duration of the investigation. Guidepost is presently busy with the interviewing process and prioritization of the cases.
  • PRC 100th Anniversary Celebration: All the members of the PRCA, our sister churches, and close contacts are encouraged to come together at Calvin University from June 2-6, 2025 (note the new dates) to participate in this commemorative week. Visit prca100.org for basic event information and to sign up for email updates.

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Rev. J. Mahtani (pastor of Hope PRC) led the PRC Seminary chapel this past Wednesday.

PRC Seminary Notices:

  • The PR Theological Seminary enters its fifth full week of the second semester this week. Pray for the faculty, students, and staff as we busy ourselves in the tasks assigned us by our faithful and gracious Master. "Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also." (2 Tim.2:1,2)
  • Joe Ophoff will lead in devotions this week and Rev. J. Laning (PRC home missionary) will lead chapel.
  • Have you read the latest blog post on the Fall 2023 issue of the PR Theological Journal? Check it out and then visit the journal page linked here to browse the digital editions or pick up a print copy at the seminary. This latest issue features three articles related to the Reformed controversy with the Remonstrants (Arminians) and a reprint of a special Reformation feature from an early issue of the PRTJ. Plus, there is a good number of book reviews again, on a variety of subjects. If you want to be added to our mailing list (either print or digital) or wish to pick up a copy, contact Valerie Kleyn, the seminary secretary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Soon work will begin on the spring 2024 issue.
  • For the latest seminary news and information, visit the seminary's website - and don't forget the blog!

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SISTER-CHURCH/MISSION NEWS:

  • Hope PRC-Walker, MI and Myanmar - As Rev. Titus continues to report to Hope's Council of increased civil unrest and persecution against Christians in that land, let us pray for our brothers and sisters there.

  • Covenant ERC, Singapore and her Kolkata, India mission work:
    • Pastors J. Tan and M. Wee are faithfully serving the CERC. Today both pastors preached, with infant baptism administered in the morning service. In today's "pastoral voice," Pastor Tan comments on the blessing of forgiveness in Christ: "We assemble together this Lord’s day to lift up our thankful voices to Jehovah. We gather as one this day to worship the God of our salvation with souls filled with joy. The thankfulness of our song? That God, for the sake of Christ satisfaction, will no more remember my sins, neither my corrupt nature. What a horrifying ugliness of sin is in me. What precious blood that was shed for me. My Lord, my saviour, dying for me. So that God’s justice is perfectly satisfied. (HC LD 21)"
    • A new issue of Salt Shakers is coming out - #71, the first of 2024! The previous one was #70, "Time Is Running Out," and concerns the Christian's use of time; find a variety of articles on timely subjetcs in this issue! Written especially for young people and young adults, SS is edifying for all adults!
  • Covenant PRC, N. Ireland:
    • Rev. A. Stewart continues to minister the Word faithfully in the CPRC. 
    • 2024 BRF Family Conference: Join Reformed believers from around the world at the 2024 British Reformed Fellowship family conference at Cloverley Hall Conference Centre in Shropshire, England, from Saturday, August 3, to Saturday, August 10. Our speakers, Prof. Brian Huizinga and Rev. Ron Hanko, will lecture on “Then Comes the End: The Reformed Doctrine of Eschatology.” For information and booking forms, see the website ( www.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.).
    • The January issue of "Covenant Reformed News" is available! Read the articles by Rev. Stewart on Nehemiah's prayer and a CPRC elder on why the churches' use of God's sword is so important in our day.
    • The CPRC YouTube channel may be found here.
  • PRC in the Philippines and her mission work in various places:
    • Berean PRC bulletin: Elders Espiritu and Umali led her worship services today. And, "The saints in All of Grace Protestant Reformed Fellowship in Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija will join us in our worship services today. Some [perhaps most] of them will travel to Manila early this morning to join us. We greatly anticipate a warm fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Dinggalan and Gabaldon. We pray for God’s blessings and spiritual sustenance upon them as they hear the Word of God."
    • Rev. Ibe and elder Alann Penaverde "are scheduled to visit the saints in Bacolod and SNO on February 19 - 21, 2024, D.V. Rev. Ibe will lead the group in Bacolod in their study of the Church Order of Dordt 1618-19, Arts. 3 – 5 on Monday [August 19] at 9 AM at Bata Christian Community Church; our pastor will also lead the group [pastors and elders and deacons] in Sipalay, Southern Negros in their study of the Reformed Dogmatics on Soteriology on Tuesday at 9 AM at Canturay Reformed Church, to be followed with a discussion on membership to the PRCP."
    • Provident PRC bulletin: Rev. V. Ibe led her worship services today.
    • "This week, Rev. Daniel Holstege and Elder Harvey [Wingham PRC] with his wife [Cindy] will travel from Canada to the Philippines for pulpit supply at Provident PRC and as delegates to the PRCP’s Classis meeting on February 25, 2024. Rev. Holstege and Elder Harvey will also serve as church visitors to our churches. The PRCP Classis has requested our sister church, the PRCA [through the CC of PRCA] to help us in this area for we have only one minister now [to which they gladly said yes for which we are delighted and thankful to God for His continued care upon us through the loving service of our sister church]. They will be here for two consecutive Sundays and are scheduled to fly back to Canada on March 04, 2024, D.V."

REFORMED RESOURCES for EDUCATION, EDIFICATION, and EVANGELISM

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Listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday - on a radio station near you, on Sermonaudio, or on your favorite podcast - wherever you are!

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  • This month (February 2024) the RWH is broadcasting four gospel messages by Prof. D. Kuiper, as he continues a new series on the Ten Comamndments. Today's message is titled "The Third Commandment: Using God's Holy Name Reverently" based on John 5:19-47.
  • The Reformed Witness Hour publishes each month's messages in an attractive booklet. These printed sermons are a great blessing to many and are distributed all over the world, including to many prisoners in the U.S. If you or your Evangelism Committee would like to receive these, let the RWHC know and they will add you to the mailing list (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

 

 
 
This month, get your copies of We and Our Children: The Reformed Doctrine of Infant Baptism for only $9.99! Order by clicking the picture below or the "Monthly Sales" button on the RFPA website homepage!
 

 

  • RBO Aug 2023 2The Reformed Book Outlet (downtown Hudsonville, MI) is now operating out of its new store in downtown Hudsonville (3472 Harvey St.). Visit the store and browse the variety of resources for your Reformed-Christian faith and walk, including many children's titles. They are open Tuesday-Friday, 10-5, and Saturday 10-1.
  • In need of sound biblical and Reformed catechism materials for children and young people? Check out the PRC's full curriculum of materials here. Call the PRC Seminary for help with any of these materials (616-531-1490).

  • For sound, distinctively Reformed literature on a variety of subjects and for all ages - including church history and Bible study materials - visit the Reformed Free Publishing Association website or stop in at their Jenison (Michigan) location.

This Week's Thought for Contemplation

Consider, then, the first commandment, as it reveals God to be the only Good.

This commandment teaches us basic truths about Jehovah, our God; it makes us examine what kind of God we have. The first point to notice is that He is the all-powerful and loving God. The introduction to the law reminds us that He showed His power and love by bringing Israel out of Egypt. Remember that the Egyptians had held the Israelites in bondage; they forced the Israelites to be their slaves, to make bricks and build cities. This was also a spiritual bondage, for the Egyptians would not permit the Israelites to worship Jehovah, the God of their fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Jehovah brought Israel out of Egypt by raising up Moses, preparing him to lead Israel out of Egypt, sending him and Aaron to Pharaoh to require Pharaoh to let God’s people go, bringing the ten plagues on Egypt when Pharaoh did not let them go, and finally directing the affairs of history so that Pharaoh sent them away quickly and in his anger. But when Pharaoh came to his earthly senses and realized that he had dismissed his slaves from service to him, he chased after them to bring them back again. By then they were camped on the banks of the Red Sea. So God used a mighty wind to part the waters of the Red Sea, and the two million or so Israelites, with all their cattle, crossed through the Red Sea. When Pharaoh and his army pursued, God brought the waters over the Egyptian army and destroyed them. Israel was free–free from slavery to the Egyptians, but also free to serve Jehovah!

That, I say, demonstrated Jehovah’s great power. None other could part the waves of the Red Sea and create a dry path where the waters had just recently been. It also showed Jehovah’s love for Israel. They were His special people, as He had promised Abraham. He kept His promise; He delivered Israel, so she could have covenant fellowship with Jehovah, and know His love.

The first lesson we are taught about Jehovah, then, is that He is the all-powerful God and the loving God. He is that to us in Jesus Christ. For we too were in spiritual slavery to sin and Satan; and by the blood of Christ, God bought us back to be His people and delivered us from sin. He works in us the new life of Jesus Christ, so that we can know His love and reciprocate that love. All that He did for us in Christ shows His power and love.

~ Taken from the recent radio sermon of Prof. D. Kuiper

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