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Reformed Witness Hour Messages for June 2021

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First PRC of Grand Rapids, MI and the Reformed Witness Hour Committee announce the messages scheduled for June 2021 on the RWH radio/Internet program.

This month Rev. R. Kleyn, pastor of Covenant of Grace PRC in Spokane, WA, continues his series on the Gospel according to Mark and the life and work of the Savior Jesus Christ. He will also have a special message for Father's Day on June 20. Be sure to tune in for these important messages. The schedule for this month is laid out below and also attached in pdf form.

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June 6, 2021 - Two Kingdoms in Conflict, Mark 3:20-27

June 13, 2021 - The Only Unforgiveable Sin, Mark 3:28-30

June 20, 2021 - Nurturing Fathers, Ephesians 6:4 (Father's Day message)

June 27, 2021 - Jesus' True Family, Mark 3:31-35

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PRC and Sister-Church News Highlights for May 30, 2021 *(Updated)

The following are special highlights of PRC and sister-church news for this Sunday, May 30, the twenty-second Lord's Day of this year 2021.

Psalms 13 5Today as we gather for worship, we bring our praise and thanks to our triune God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Through the presence and power of the Spirit may we give our glorious God the honor due His name.

The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me. Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins. My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart. ...I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high. ~ Psalm 7:8-10,17

  • If you are visiting this website and are interested in the PRC, we invite you to join us at any of our services (morning and afternoon/evening). For congregations, locations and times, visit this page.
  • This morning it was announced that Prof. R. Dykstra had accepted the call to Byron Center (MI) PRC. We rejoice with the congregation in God's provision of their need during this special time and pray for Prof. Dykstra and his wife Carol as they prepare to transition to the pastoral ministry once again. Prof. Dykstra will also be finishing his final year of teaching at the PRC Seminary.

    The Consistory of Kalamazoo PRC has formed a new trio
    consisting of Rev. R. Barnhill (Peace), Rev. M DeBoer (Edgerton), and Rev. D. Lee. A special congregational meeting is planned for tonight following the evening service. *UPDATE: Rev. R. Barnhill has received this call.

  • The Consistory of Crete PRC announces a trio of Rev. N. Decker (Grandville PRC); Rev. J. Engelsma (Doon PRC); and Rev. C. Spronk (Faith PRC). The congregation will vote after the evening worship service on June 13, D.V.

  • Rev. R. Barnhill (Peace PRC) has received the call to Wingham PRC (Ontario, CA).

  • Rev. W. Bruinsma is considering the call to Hudsonville PRC (received May 16).

  • The final worship services of Bethel PRC (Roselle, IL) will be held on June 27, D.V. May the Lord continue to be with the congregation and her pastor, Rev. Lee, as they prepare for the disbanding of this dear congregation.
  • Classical appointments and pulpit supply for today in the vacant PRCs: Prof. D.Kuiper and Rev. N.Decker in Byron Center PRC; Rev. M.DeVries in Crete PRC (IL); Prof. R.Dykstra and Sem. M.Koerner in First PRC-Holland; Prof. R.Cammenga and Rev. D.Noorman in Hudsonville PRC; Prof. B.Huizinga and Rev. W.Langerak in Kalamazoo PRC; Prof. B.Gritters and Rev. J.Maatman in Providence PRC. We thank the Lord for this blessing of our church federation to help one another in this need.

    May we also continue to pray for all the needs of these vacant congregations, including Wingham PRC, which cannot receive pulpit supply from the U.S. at this time (pandemic travel restrictions) and which is also under new lockdown orders, meaning that the church's in-person worship and other meetings are suspended for the time being. May the Lord encourage their hearts during these difficult times and soon open the way for them to gather in person again.

  • For those who may still be limited to house worship, whether completely or partially, we invite you to visit the PR churches page and follow the links to the websites where the churches' livestream may be found. Or you may visit the selected audio sermon page and listen to one of your choice there.

  • Did you know that...
    • Rev. C. Haak recently retired from the Reformed Witness Hour?  His years of service and labors for this radio program were noted in Georgetown PRC's bulletin last week, as well as in the latest RWH newsletter: The Consistory and Congregation would like to acknowledge Rev. Haak for his many years of service of radio sermons for the Reformed Witness Hour. From the RWH:  “Rev. Haak has retired from his position with us as Radio Minister. Rev. Haak began with the RWH in 1995 and has produced over 900 messages for the ministry since then. The most frequently played message in April, with 307 downloads was a message from Rev. Haak from 2008, The Power of Christ's Resurrection. This message was a Featured Sermon on Sermon Audio this month. We thank God for the diligent work of Rev. Haak over the past years.  All his efforts are greatly appreciated, and his presence is missed!"
    • Today Sem. M.Koerner (entering his junior year in the fall) is leading his first worship service and bringing a word of edification? The church is First PRC in Holland and the service is the evening one. May the Lord strengthen him for this part of his seminary training and preparation for the ministry. He also has a busy summer of service assignments.

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Georgetown PRC, Hudsonville MI, host of this year's PRC Synod

PRC DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

  • PRC Synod 2021: Pre-Synodical Service will be held on Monday evening, June 7, at 7:00 P.M. in Georgetown PRC. Rev. R. VanOverloop will preach the sermon. Synod will begin its 2021 meetings on June 8, at 8 A.M. in Georgetown PRC.
  • Seminary graduation will take place, D.V., on Thursday, June 10 in Georgetown PRC, at 7:30 P.M. Prof. D. Kuiper will give the address.

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PRC Seminary Notices:

  • The seminary has concluded her second semester and has entered her spring/summer break. Continue to pray for the seminary in all her needs. The faculty keeps busy with preparation for the next term as well as with other activities, and many of the students return to their summer jobs. The seminary will be open daily during the spring and summer, except for holidays (M-F, 8-5).
  • Senior student Josiah Tan (Covenant ERC, Singapore) plans to be examined at the PRC Synod beginning on June 8 in Georgetown PRC. Seminary graduation will take place, D.V., on Thursday, June 10 in Georgetown PRC, at 7:30 P.M. Prof. D. Kuiper will give the address.
  • The internship of Seminarian Marcus Wee (Covenant ERC, Singapore) will take place this summer and fall (July - December) at Faith PRC (Jenison, MI) under Rev. C. Spronk. 
  • With joy the faculty announces that it has licensed student Matthew Koerner (sophomore) to speak a word of edification in the churches.  We are grateful for the brother’s progress to this point in his training. His first worship service is today in First PRC, Holland.
  • Work continues on the Spring 2021 issue of the PRTS Journal. If you wish to be added to our mailing list, please call or email the seminary.
  • For the latest seminary news and information, visit the seminary's website.
  • Special Notice for Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2021 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 31st. 

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Provident PRC, Marikina, the Philippines

SISTER-CHURCH/MISSION NEWS:

  • Covenant ERC, Singapore and her Kolkata, India mission work:
    • From the "Pastoral Voice" in her bulletin today: We continue to be thankful to God for the ministry of Rev Smidstra in our midst. We are thankful for his assistance in providing pulpit supplies for two services every Lord’s Day. Besides attending session meetings, Rev Smidstra is also assisting the church in teaching catechism classes, pre-confession and membership classes.
    • CERC has also returned to increased covid restrictions due to an increase in cases in the country. The congregation is divided into 4 groups (50 persons are allowed) that will rotate for in-person services. All other church meetings are suspended or will be held online. Let us remember them in prayer during this time.
    • Re the Kolkata, India mission work: We request prayer for our brethren in Kolkata. This week a strong cyclone swept over West Bengal. Many of the places are flooded. We are thankful that most of the brethren are not badly affected by the cyclone and flood. Do continue to pray for them as they cope with the COVID-19situation and now with the cyclone. (today's bulletin)
    • The April 2021 issue of Salt Shakers is now available! Visit the link to read the edifying articles. Especially are young people are encouraged to do so!
  • Covenant PRC, N. Ireland and her Limerick, Ireland mission:
    • Rev. A. Stewart continues to minister the Word in person to the saints in Ballymena.
    • Don't forget to read the April issue of the "Covenant Reformed News"!
    • Rev. M.McGeown continues to minister the Word in Limerick (now in person again!) until he is able to come to the U.S. to serve Providence PRC. To read his last update (newletter), visit this page. This week's bulletin contained this important update: Rev McGeown has received notification of an appointment for the US immigrant visa in Dublin on 24 June (which is about one month earlier than the US non-immigrant visa appointment of 27 July). In connection with this appointment he must also undergo a medical examination on 13 July. If the visa interview and medical examination are approved, the immigrant visa will probably be issued towards the end of July. “For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that” (James 4:15).
  • PRC in the Philippines and her mission work:
    • The latest Philippine Newsletter may be found here.
    • Berean PRC bulletin: Rev. V.Ibe is vacationing for two weeks. In his absence today Rev. D.Kleyn lead the services. FYI, live streaming of our worship services will be available on Berean PRC Facebook page. The saints in All of Grace Protestant Reformed Fellowship (AGPRF), Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija will join us in our worship services via live streaming at Facebook live, Lord willing.
    • Provident PRC bulletin: Rev. R. Smit will preach for us today, the Lord willing. The live-streaming of our services will be available on the “PPRC and Friends” Facebook page.
    • It is with great sadness to hear the withdrawal of PRCB (effective May 17, 2021 and now First Reformed Church in Bulacan) from our denomination. It is our prayer now that God may preserve the faithful saints in our churches in the truth that we may “stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel” (Phil. 1:27b).
    • PRCP Seminary News: The seminary has completed its instruction for this current school year.
    • The Classis of the PRCP is scheduled to hold its next meeting on Saturday, June 12 at 9:00 a.m.

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  • Rev. R.Kleyn (Covenant of Grace PRC in Spokane, WA) is currently doing a series on the Gospel according to Mark. Today's message is based on Mark 3:13-19 and titled "The Appointment of the Twelve."
  • Listen to the broadcast on the station near you, on your favorite podcast (Google Music, Spotify, and iTunes), or visit the links provided here to listen to this program. Have you listened lately?
  • The Reformed Witness Hour publishes each month's messages in an attractive booklet (see the attachment to this news post for the latest one - April 2021). 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 Commitee 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.).

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  • Want to learn more about the doctrines and practices of the PRC? Or, are you in need of some pamphlets and/or articles published by the PRC for use in evangelism and/or witnessing? Or are you simply interested in growing in your faith and walk with the Lord? Visit the Resources pages of this website and the PRCA Evangelism page for a complete list of materials available in digital format or by order from the publishing church.

  • Do you need some catechism materials for use in your church or family? The PRC publishes catechism materials on Bible history and Reformed doctrine, for children of all ages. Visit this page for more information.

  • 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.

  • Reformed Book Outlet news: The Reformed Book Outlet has reopened and you are welcome to shop the store in downtown Hudsonville (MI). If you have any needs during this time, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This Week's Thought for Contemplation

Now if the sight of Christ while he was yet a child had so powerful an effect on Simeon that he approached death with cheerfulness and composure; how much more abundant materials of lasting peace are now furnished to us who have the opportunity of beholding our salvation altogether completed in Christ? True, Christ no longer dwells on earth, nor do we carry Him in our arms: but His divine majesty shines openly and brightly in the gospel...not as formerly amidst the weakness of flesh but in the glorious powerof the Spirit which He displayed in His miracles, in the sacrifice of His death and in His resurrection. In a word, His absence from us in body is of such a nature that we are permitted to behold Him sitting at the right hand of the Father. If such a sight does not bring peace to our minds and make us go cheerfully to death, we are highly ungrateful to God and hold the honor which He has bestowed upon us in little estimation.

Found in Loveland PRC's bulletin today; author - John Calvin


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PRC and Sister-Church News Highlights for May 23, 2021 *(Updated)

The following are special highlights of PRC and sister-church news for this Sunday, May 23, the twenty-first Lord's Day of this year 2021.

John 14 16Today as we gather for worship, we celebrate the gift of our Lord's Holy Spirit to His church (Acts 2). Through that gift we receive all the blessings of salvation in Jesus Christ, the Scriptures, the ministry of the Word, and the power to hear and believe the gospel as well as to live according to it. May we rejoice in the Spirit and through His power bring praise and glory to our great God.

These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. ~ John 14:25-27

  • If you are visiting this website and are interested in the PRC, we invite you to join us at any of our services (morning and afternoon/evening). For congregations, locations and times, visit this page.
  • Last Sunday Rev. W. Bruinsma received the call to Hudsonville PRC.

  • Prof. R. Dykstra is considering the call to Byron Center PRC (MI). He plans to answer by June 6.
  • Kalamazoo PRC has formed a new trio consisting of Rev. R. Barnhill (Peace), Rev. M DeBoer (Edgerton), and Rev. D. Lee. A special congregational meeting is planned for Sunday, May 30, Lord willing, following the evening service.

  • The Consistory of Wingham PRC announces a new trio from which to call a pastor: Revs. R. Barnhill (Peace PRC), S. Regnerus (Lynden PRC, WA), and M. De Boer (Edgerton PRC, MN). UPDATE: By virtual ballot last week the congregation voted to call Rev. R. Barnhill.
  • Classical appointments and pulpit supply for today in the vacant PRCs: Prof. D.Kuiper and Rev. J. Holstege in Byron Center PRC; Rev. A. Brummel in Crete PRC (IL); Rev. K.Koole and Prof. R.Cammenga  in First PRC-Holland; Prof. R.Cammenga and Rev. D.Holstege in Hudsonville PRC; Prof. B.Huizinga and Rev. J.Mahtani in Kalamazoo PRC; Prof. B.Gritters and Rev. C.Haak in Providence PRC. We thank the Lord for this blessing of our church federation to help one another in this need.

    May we also continue to pray for all the needs of these vacant congregations, including Wingham PRC, which cannot receive pulpit supply from the U.S. at this time (pandemic travel restrictions) and which is also under new lockdown orders, meaning that the church's in-person worship and other meetings are suspended for the time being. May the Lord encourage their hearts during these difficult times and soon open the way for them to gather in person again.

  • For those who may still be limited to house worship, whether completely or partially, we invite you to visit the PR churches page and follow the links to the websites where the churches' livestream may be found. Or you may visit the selected audio sermon page and listen to one of your choice there.

  • Did you know that...
    • Unity PRC is planning an officebearers' conference for their congregation this summer? Here's the latest notice in their bulletin today: The Consistory is finalizing plans for our Office Bearer's class to be held this summer. The class will begin on June 13 and continue for 9-10 weeks. It will be held after the morning worship service. The class is open to all who are interested in learning about the work ofthe Office bearers as we believe everyone can profit from learning about the work God has given to the office bearers in the church. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin table. We would appreciate knowing how many are coming for planning purposes.
    • that Rev. D. Holstege is giving another Philippines' mission presentation tonight? This is what we find in Hudsonville PRC's bulletin today: Evangelism Committee invites the congregation to a presentation on Philippines TONIGHT shortly after the evening worship service. Light refreshments will be served following the presentation.

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Georgetown PRC, Hudsonville MI, host of this year's PRC Synod

PRC DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

  • Pulpit supply for Covenant ERC, Singapore: The Smidstras have finished their quarantine in Singapore (May 20) and pastor will be leading the services in person starting today.
  • PRC Synod 2021: Pre-Synodical Service will be held on Monday evening, June 7, at 7:00 P.M. in Georgetown PRC. Rev. R. VanOverloop will preach the sermon. Synod will begin its 2021 meetings on June 8, at 8 A.M. in Georgetown PRC. Seminary graduation will take place, D.V., on Thursday, June 10 in Georgetown PRC, at 7:30 P.M. Prof. D. Kuiper will give the address.

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PRC Seminary Notices:

  • The seminary has concluded her second semester and has entered her spring/summer break. Continue to pray for the seminary in all her needs. The faculty keeps busy with preparation for the next term as well as with other activities, and many of the students return to their summer jobs. The seminary will be open daily during the spring and summer, except for holidays (M-F, 8-5).
  • Senior student Josiah Tan (Covenant ERC, Singapore) plans to be examined at the PRC Synod beginning on June 8 in Georgetown PRC. Seminary graduation will take place, D.V., on Thursday, June 10 in Georgetown PRC, at 7:30 P.M. Prof. D. Kuiper will give the address.
  • The internship of Seminarian Marcus Wee (Covenant ERC, Singapore) will take place this summer and fall (July - December) at Faith PRC (Jenison, MI) under Rev. C. Spronk. 
  • With joy the faculty announces that it has licensed student Matthew Koerner (sophomore) to speak a word of edification in the churches.  We are grateful for the brother’s progress to this point in his training.
  • Work has begun on the Spring 2021 issue of the PRTS Journal is available. If you wish to be added to our mailing list, please call or email the seminary.
  • For the latest seminary news and information, visit the seminary's website.
  • Special Notice for Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2021 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 31st. 

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The latest issue of Salt Shaker is out! *See note below

SISTER-CHURCH/MISSION NEWS:

  • Covenant ERC, Singapore: 
    • From the "Pastoral Voice" in her bulletin today: We are very thankful to God that Rev Smidstra could bring us God’s Word last Sunday. God is indeed good to us in providing our pulpit supplies through Rev Smidstra. Do pray for his ministry in our midst. We are thankful that the Lord has given the Smidstras grace and perseverance to serve their extended Stay Home Notice and they are now residing in the Bishan Park Condominium. The Lord willing, Rev and Mrs Smidstra will be in our midst until 23 August 2021.
    • CERC has also returned to increased covid restrictions due to an increase in cases in the country. The congregation is divided into 4 groups (50 persons are allowed) that will rotate for in-person services. All other church meetings are suspended or will be held online. Let us remember them in prayer during this time.
    • The April 2021 issue of Salt Shakers is now available! Visit the link to read the edifying articles. Especially are young people are encouraged to do so!
  • Covenant PRC, N. Ireland and her Limerick, Ireland mission:
    • Rev. A. Stewart continues to minister the Word in person to the saints in Ballymena. Rev. M. McGeown was to preach there today. The CPRC bulletin today contained this good news on Rev. McGeown's immigration meeting: Rev. McGeown has received notification of an appointment for the US I-130 immigrant visa on 24 June in Dublin. This is about a month earlier than the scheduled non-immigrant visa appointment of 27 July.
    • The April issue of the "Covenant Reformed News" was recently published - be sure to make it part of your reading!
    • Rev. M.McGeown continues to minister the Word in Limerick (now in person again!) until he is able to come to the U.S. to serve Providence PRC. To read his last update (newletter), visit this page. From last week's bulletin we find this good news: The government has relaxed restrictions so that we are now permitted to gather again for public worship. We are thankful to our heavenly Father for this development. “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD” (Ps. 122:1).
  • PRC in the Philippines and her mission work:
    • The latest Philippine Newsletter may be found here.
    • Berean PRC bulletin: Rev. V.Ibe is vacationing for two weeks. In his absence Revs. D.Kleyn and R.Smit will lead the services. FYI, live streaming of our worship services will be available on Berean PRC Facebook page. The saints in All of Grace Protestant Reformed Fellowship (AGPRF), Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija will join us in our worship services via live streaming at Facebook live, Lord willing.
    • Provident PRC bulletin: Rev. R. Kleyn will preach for us today, the Lord willing. The live streaming of our services will be available on the “PPRC and Friends” Facebook page.
    • It is with sadness to learn that the PRC Bulacan withdrew their membership from the PRCP on last Sunday, May 16, 2021. Let us pray for them. And let us pray that God will continue to preserve our denomination togrow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    • PRCP Seminary News: The seminary completed its classes for this current school year and the students have taken their exams.

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  • Rev. R.Kleyn (Covenant of Grace PRC in Spokane, WA) is currently doing a series on the Gospel according to Mark. Today's message is based on Mark 3:7-12 and titled "The Pressures of Jesus' Ministry."
  • Listen to the broadcast on the station near you, on your favorite podcast (Google Music, Spotify, and iTunes), or visit the links provided here to listen to this program. Have you listened lately?
  • The Reformed Witness Hour publishes each month's messages in an attractive booklet (see the attachment to this news post for the latest one - April 2021). 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 Commitee 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.).

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  • Want to learn more about the doctrines and practices of the PRC? Or, are you in need of some pamphlets and/or articles published by the PRC for use in evangelism and/or witnessing? Or are you simply interested in growing in your faith and walk with the Lord? Visit the Resources pages of this website and the PRCA Evangelism page for a complete list of materials available in digital format or by order from the publishing church.

  • Do you need some catechism materials for use in your church or family? The PRC publishes catechism materials on Bible history and Reformed doctrine, for children of all ages. Visit this page for more information.

  • 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.

  • Reformed Book Outlet news: The Reformed Book Outlet has reopened and you are welcome to shop the store in downtown Hudsonville (MI). If you have any needs during this time, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This Week's Thought for Contemplation

No, Jesus is not with them anymore. He comforted their hearts while He was among them. 

But another comforter had come: the Holy Ghost. 

And He had come as the fulfillment of prophecy. Christ had promised them in John 14:16: "And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another comforter, that He may abide with you forever." 

Comforter! That name is significant. In the original Greek it means one who is called alongside in order to defend: an advocate, a lawyer for the defense. 

And it tells us in what sense the Holy Spirit is the comforter of God's people.

Christ is still our comforter, but He is in heaven. And there He is our advocate with the Father. He has entered in the heavenly tabernacle, behind the veil, and there He applies His great work of redemption. 

And He does so on the basis of the cross, His substitutional work of salvation for all those that are the given of the Father. 

But the Holy Ghost represents the cause of God and of Christ with us. Christ had said that He would not leave us comfortless, and hence, He had sent the Holy Spirit in our hearts, so that He could plead the cause of God before the court of our conscience. 

Already in the Old Testament He had done so in the objective sense of the word. The entire Old Testament Scriptures is the product of the Holy Spirit. It is the revelation of the cause of God in Christ. And in the New Testament we find the completed image of Christ through the apostles' testimony. 

But the Holy Spirit also does this subjectively in our hearts. 

By nature we never embrace this cause of God in Christ: we are enemies of it. 

But when the Holy Spirit comes with this testimony we needs must submit to it: it is irresistible. And we are regenerated by it; we are recipients of new eyes, ears, understanding, in short, we receive spiritual sense organs by which we are able to lay hold of the entire cause of God in Christ, and are wonderfully comforted.

Taken from a meditation on John 14:16 by Rev. Gerrit Vos

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PRC and Sister-Church News Highlights for May 16, 2021 *(Updated)

The following are special highlights of PRC and sister-church news for this Sunday, May 16, the twentieth Lord's Day of this year 2021.

Isa55 1 2With joy and thanksgiving, today we gather in worship of our triune God through our Savior Jesus Christ and by His Holy Spirit. May we worship our sovereign King in spirit and in truth and give Him the glory due to His name.

Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. ~ Isaiah 55:1-3

  • If you are visiting this website and are interested in the PRC, we invite you to join us at any of our services (morning and afternoon/evening). For congregations, locations and times, visit this page.
  • Prof. R. Dykstra is considering the call to Byron Center PRC (MI). He plans to answer by June 6.

  • The Council of Hudsonville PRC announces a new trio: Revs. R. Barnhill (Peace PRC, Dyer, IN), W. Bruinsma (Pittsburgh PRC), and Rev. R. Kleyn (Covenant of Grace, Spokane, WA). The congregational meeting to call one of these men is planned for May 16, after the evening service. *UPDATE: Rev. W. Bruinsma has received this call.
  • The Consistory of Wingham PRC announces a new trio from which to call a pastor: Revs. R. Barnhill (Peace PRC), S. Regnerus (Lynden PRC, WA), and M. De Boer (Edgerton PRC, MN). The congregational meeting is on hold due to current covid restrictions in Ontario.
  • Classical appointments and pulpit supply for today in the vacant PRCs: Prof. D.Kuiper and Rev. D.Noorman in Byron Center PRC; Rev. R. Hanko in Crete PRC (IL); Prof. R. Dykstra and Prof. D.Kuiper in First PRC-Holland; Prof. R.Cammenga and Rev. C.Griess in Hudsonville PRC; Prof. B.Huizinga and Rev. C.Spronk in Kalamazoo PRC; Prof. B.Gritters and Rev. D.Lee in Providence PRC. We thank the Lord for this blessing of our church federation to help one another in this need.

    May we also continue to pray for all the needs of these vacant congregations, including Wingham PRC, which cannot receive pulpit supply from the U.S. at this time (pandemic travel restrictions) and which is also under new lockdown orders, meaning that the church's in-person worship and other meetings are suspended for the time being. May the Lord encourage their hearts during these difficult times and soon open the way for them to gather in person again.

  • For those who may still be limited to house worship, whether completely or partially, we invite you to visit the PR churches page and follow the links to the websites where the churches' livestream may be found. Or you may visit the selected audio sermon page and listen to one of your choice there.

  • Did you know that...
    • two of our younger ministers had new additions to their families this past week? On Monday, Rev. S. Regnerus and his wife Tori had their first child, a boy, whom they names Gerrit James; and on Tuesday, Rev. D. Noorman and his wife Carissa had their second child, a daughter whom they named Quinn Renae. Hearty congratulations on God's covenant blessings!
    • there's a special writing contest this summer for children, young people, and adults? Here's the special word that's out: Beacon Lights is excited to announce that we will be sponsoring a summer writing contest! This contest is for anyone entering seventh grade or older during the 2021-2022 school year and will include monetary prizes for the top FIVE entries in each of the four age groups. Follow the link from the “Contact Us” tab of the Beacon Lights website or use the web address below for more details! https://beaconlights.org/contact-2/summer-writing-contest/ 

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Georgetown PRC, Hudsonville MI, host of this year's PRC Synod

PRC DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

  • Pulpit supply for Covenant ERC, Singapore: The Dykstras returned safely this past Monday. The Smidstras are finishing their quarantine in Singapore (May 20). He will be live-streaming his sermons today from the hotel room (see note below under Covenant ERC news).

  • Classis East met this past Wednesday May 12 at Trinity PRC, concluding its work around midnight. Reports are being distributed to the congregations.

  • PRC Synod 2021: Pre-Synodical Service will be held on Monday evening, June 7, at 7:00 P.M. in Georgetown PRC. Rev. R. VanOverloop will preach the sermon. Synod will begin its 2021 meetings on June 8, at 8 A.M. in Georgetown PRC. Seminary graduation will take place, D.V., on Thursday, June 10 in Georgetown PRC, at 7:30 P.M. Prof. D. Kuiper will give the address.

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PRC Seminary Notices:

  • The seminary completed its schedule of final exams this past week, which concludes the second semester. We now enter our spring/summer break. Continiue to pray for the seminary in all her needs. The seminary will be open daily during the spring and summer, except for holidays (M-F, 8-5).
  • After five plus months serving Covenant ERC in Singapore, Prof. R. Dykstra and his wife Carol returned home safely this past Monday.
  • With joy the faculty announces that it has licensed student Matthew Koerner (sophomore) to speak a word of edification in the churches.  We are grateful for the brother’s progress to this point in his training.
  • Senior student Josiah Tan (Covenant ERC, Singapore) plans to be examined at the PRC Synod beginning on June 8 in Georgetown PRC. Seminary graduation will take place, D.V., on Thursday, June 10 in Georgetown PRC, at 7:30 P.M. Prof. D. Kuiper will give the address.
  • Work has begun on the Spring 2021 issue of the PRTS Journal is available. If you wish to be added to our mailing list, please call or email the seminary.
  • For the latest seminary news and information, visit the seminary's website.
  • Special Notice for Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2021 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 31st. 

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SISTER-CHURCH/MISSION NEWS:

  • Covenant ERC, Singapore: 
    • From the "Pastoral Voice" in her bulletin today: Beloved in the Lord, this morning we welcome Rev Smidstra to our worship service. Rev Smidstra will bring God's word to us via live streaming from the hotel where he is currently serving the stay home notice.We commemorate today, one of the greatest events of the history of redemption, the ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ into heaven (40 days after His resurrection last Thursday). Rev Smidstra will preach on this glorious account of the ascension this morning.
    • CERC has also returned to increased covid restrictions due to an increase in cases in the country. The congregation is divided into 4 groups which will rotate for in-person services. All other church meetings are suspended or will be held online. Let us remember them in prayer during this time.
    • The April 2021 issue of Salt Shakers is now available! Visit the link to read the edifying articles. Espeically are young people are encouraged to do so!
  • Covenant PRC, N. Ireland and her Limerick, Ireland mission:
    • Rev. A. Stewart continues to minister the Word in person to the saints in Ballymena.
    • The April issue of the "Covenant Reformed News" was recently published - be sure to make it part of your reading!
    • Rev. M.McGeown continues to minister the Word virtually in Limerick until he is able to come to the U.S. to serve Providence PRC. To read his last update (newletter), visit this page. But read this update in today's bulletin: The government has relaxed restrictions so that we are now permitted to gather again for public worship. We are thankful to our heavenly Father for this development. “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD” (Ps. 122:1).
  • PRC in the Philippines and her mission work:
    • The latest Philippine Newsletter may be found here.
    • Berean PRC bulletin: Rev.Ibe will lead us in our worship services today, D.V. FYI, live streaming of our worship services will be available on Berean PRC Facebook page. The saints in All of Grace Protestant Reformed Fellowship (AGPRF), Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija will join us in our worship services via live streaming at Facebook live, Lord willing.
    • Provident PRC bulletin: Rev. R. Kleyn will preach for us today, the Lord willing. The live streaming of our services will be available on the “PPRC and Friends” Facebook page.
    • PRCP Seminary News: The seminary completed its classes for this current school year this past Friday. The students will now have their exams. May the Lord strengthen them to give a good account of the things they have learned.

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  • Rev. R.Kleyn (Covenant of Grace PRC in Spokane, WA) is currently doing a series on the Gospel according to Mark. Today's message is based on Mark 3:1-6 and titled "The Healing of a Withered Hand."
  • Listen to the broadcast on the station near you, on your favorite podcast (Google Music, Spotify, and iTunes), or visit the links provided here to listen to this program. Have you listened lately?
  • The Reformed Witness Hour publishes each month's messages in an attractive booklet (see the attachment to this news post for the latest one - April 2021). 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 Commitee 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.).

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 Do you know why we sing from the Psalter, versifications of the Psalms? Find the answer in this resource.

  • Want to learn more about the doctrines and practices of the PRC? Or, are you in need of some pamphlets and/or articles published by the PRC for use in evangelism and/or witnessing? Or are you simply interested in growing in your faith and walk with the Lord? Visit the Resources pages of this website and the PRCA Evangelism page for a complete list of materials available in digital format or by order from the publishing church.

  • Do you need some catechism materials for use in your church or family? The PRC publishes catechism materials on Bible history and Reformed doctrine, for children of all ages. Visit this page for more information.

  • 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.

  • Reformed Book Outlet news: The Reformed Book Outlet has reopened and you are welcome to shop the store in downtown Hudsonville (MI). If you have any needs during this time, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This Week's Thought for Contemplation

Christian liberty is in all its parts a spiritual matter, the whole force of which consists in giving peace to trembling consciences, whether anxious and disquieted as to the forgiveness of sins, or whether their imperfect works polluted by the infirmities of the flesh are pleasing to God, or whether they are perplexed as to the use of things indifferent. It is perversely interpreted by those who use it as a cloak for their lusts that they may licentiously abuse the good gifts of God, or think there is no liberty unless it is used before men, and in using it pay no regard to their weak brethren. But by this the sins of the present age are made more numerous. For there is scarcely any one whose means allow him to live sumptuously, who does not delight in feasting, dress and the luxurious grandeur of his house, who wishes not to surpass his neighbor in every kind of delicacy and does not plume himself amazingly on his splendor. And all these things are defended under the pretext of Christian liberty. They say they are things indifferent. I admit it, provided they are used indifferently. But when they are too eagerly longed for, proudly boasted of, and indulged in luxurious profusion, things which otherwise were in themselves lawful are certainly defiled by these vices.

John Calvin (taken from Trinity PRC's bulletin this week)

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PRC and Sister-Church News Highlights for May 9, 2021

The following are special highlights of PRC and sister-church news for this Sunday, May 9, the nineteenth Lord's Day of this year 2021.

Isa 58 13With joy and thanksgiving, today we gather in worship of our triune God through our Savior Jesus Christ and by His Holy Spirit. May we worship our sovereign King in spirit and in truth and give Him the glory due to His name.

If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it. ~ Isaiah 58:13,14

  • If you are visiting this website and are interested in the PRC, we invite you to join us at any of our services (morning and afternoon/evening). For congregations, locations and times, visit this page.
  • This week Thursday evening, May 13, the PRC congregations will gather in worship for Ascension Day, commemorating the glorification to heaven of our great Savior-King, Jesus Christ. Visitors are cordially welcome to join us. For service times, visit the churches webpage here. Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them. Psalm 68:18

  • Last Sunday Rev. R. Van Overloop (Grace PRC, Standale, MI) declined the call to Kalamazoo PRC.
  • Last Sunday Byron Center PRC extended a call to Prof. R. Dykstra (PRCA Seminary).
  • Classical appointments and pulpit supply for today in the vacant PRCs: Prof. D.Kuiper and Rev. G.Eriks in Byron Center PRC; Sem. J.Tan and Prof. B. Gritters in First PRC-Holland; Prof. R.Cammenga and Rev. J.Marcus  in Hudsonville PRC; Prof. B.Huizinga and Rev. J.Maatman in Kalamazoo PRC; Prof. B.Gritters and Prof. R.Cammenga in Providence PRC. We thank the Lord for this blessing of our church federation to help one another in this need.

    May we also continue to pray for all the needs of these vacant congregations, including Wingham PRC, which cannot receive pulpit supply from the U.S. at this time (pandemic travel restrictions) and which is also under new lockdown orders (for up to 6 weeks), meaning that the church's in-person worship and other meetings are suspended for the time being. May the Lord encourage their hearts during these difficult times and soon open the way for them to gather in person again.

  • For those who may still be limited to house worship, whether completely or partially, we invite you to visit the PR churches page and follow the links to the websites where the churches' livestream may be found. Or you may visit the selected audio sermon page and listen to one of your choice there.

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Trinity PRC, Hudsonville MI. host of this week's Classis East meeting

PRC DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

  • The Lord in His providence was pleased to deliver Prof. Robert Decker to glory this past Wednesday, May 5. Prof. Decker faithfully served the Protestant Reformed Churches in the capacity of pastor and professor for over 40 years. We thank the Lord for the gift of servants in His church. The funeral was held Saturday. Please remember to keep his widow Marilyn and the Decker family in your prayers during this time. John 14:1-3, Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

  • Pulpit supply for Covenant ERC, Singapore: The Dykstras will leave Singapore Monday morning (see note in CERC bulletin below). And from First PRC-Holland's bulletin today we have this update: The Smidstras are doing well under quarantine in Singapore. They report that they are being well taken care of by the saints there! They learned this week, however, that due to the rise of COVID cases in Singapore, as well as rising cases globally, the SHN period for travelers will be extended from 14 days to 21 days. This means they will be quarantined until May 20. May the LORD continue to bless them with health and patience as they wait on Him.

  • Classis East meeting: Classis East meets this Wednesday May 12 at 8:00 am at Trinity PRC.
  • Prof. David Engelsma will be discussing his commentary on the Belgic Confession this week Wednesday, May 12, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. EST on the national radio program "Iron Sharpens Iron" with Chris Arnzen. You can tune in using the following link: https://www.ironsharpensironradio.com/.

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PRC Seminary Notices:

  • The seminary completed its fifteenth and final week of classes last week; final exams will be held this week. Pray for the students as they take these exams and remember the rest of the seminary in your prayers too.
  • After five plus months serving Covenant ERC, Prof. R. Dykstra and his wife Carol plan to leave Singapore Monday morning and return to the States. May the Lord grant traveling mercies to them.
  • With joy the faculty announces that it has licensed student Matthew Koerner (sophomore) to speak a word of edification in the churches.  We are grateful for the brother’s progress to this point in his training.  All scheduling of Mr. Koerner must be done through the seminary, either by sending a request to the seminary secretary, Miss Sharon Kleyn, or the rector, Prof. R. Cammenga.
  • Work has begun on the Spring 2021 issue of the PRTS Journal is available. If you wish to be added to our mailing list, please call or email the seminary.
  • For the latest seminary news and information, visit the seminary's website.
  • Special Notice for Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2021 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 31st. 

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SISTER-CHURCH/MISSION NEWS:

  • Covenant ERC, Singapore: 
    • From the "Pastoral Voice" in her bulletin today: Note from the Dykstras: We find ourselves at the end of a most enjoyable five months in your congregation. Your amazing hospitality and extraordinary care for us was overwhelming. ...We thank God for the privilege of being able to live and work here for these months. God be praised for the love and encouragement you demonstrated to us. We have no doubt that your will care for the Smidstras will be equally gracious.
    • Re the Kolkata, India mission (CERC bulletin last week): Do remember Rev Emmanuel and the fellowship in Kolkata in your prayer. Due to the serious COVID 19 situation in India, they have to stop gathering in Church for worship on Sunday. Rev Emmanuel will be conducting the worship services through livestreaming. Pray that the members could have the resources to access the online services. Pray also for their physical and spiritual wellbeing as they battled through these difficult times.
  • Covenant PRC, N. Ireland and her Limerick, Ireland mission:
    • Rev. A. Stewart continues to minister the Word in person to the saints in Ballymena.
    • The April issue of the "Covenant Reformed News" was recently published - be sure to make it part of your reading!
    • Rev. M.McGeown continues to minister the Word virtually in Limerick until he is able to come to the U.S. to serve Providence PRC. To read his last update (newletter), visit this page. But read this update in today's bulletin: We are thankful that, from tomorrow (10 May), inter-county travel and public worship services of up to 50 people are permitted. We plan to meet for worship at the hall next Sunday for the first time since 20 December 2020.  “My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth, for the courts of the LORD.”
  • PRC in the Philippines and her mission work:
    • A new Philippine Newsletter was recently released! Read it at the link provided here.
    • From Berean PRC in Manila: Rev. D.Kleyn will lead us in our worship services today. The live streaming will be available on Berean PRC Facebook page. ...Rev. Ibe and Deacon Rudy San Juan are visiting with the saints in All of Grace Protestant Reformed Fellowship (AGPRF), Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija. Rev. Ibe is scheduled to lead them in their Worship Service at 9am, Lord willing.
    • Provident PRC bulletin: Rev. R. Smit will preach for us today, the Lord willing. Next Sunday, Rev. D. Kleyn is scheduled to preach for us. The live streaming of our services will be available on the “PPRC and Friends” Facebook page.
    • PRCP Seminary News: Online classes are continuing at present, with the semester coming to an end soon.

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  • Rev. R.Kleyn (Covenant of Grace PRC in Spokane, WA) is currently doing a series on the Gospel according to Mark. Today's message is based on Mark 2:23-28 and titled "Legalism and the Sabbath."
  • Listen to the broadcast on the station near you, on your favorite podcast (Google Music, Spotify, and iTunes), or visit the links provided here to listen to this program. Have you listened lately?
  • The Reformed Witness Hour publishes each month's messages in an attractive booklet (see the attachment to this news post for the latest one - April 2021). 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 Commitee 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.).

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 Young people, are you using the Beacon Lights magazine to grow in your faith and walk with the Lord?

  • Want to learn more about the doctrines and practices of the PRC? Or, are you in need of some pamphlets and/or articles published by the PRC for use in evangelism and/or witnessing? Or are you simply interested in growing in your faith and walk with the Lord? Visit the Resources pages of this website and the PRCA Evangelism page for a complete list of materials available in digital format or by order from the publishing church.

  • Do you need some catechism materials for use in your church or family? The PRC publishes catechism materials on Bible history and Reformed doctrine, for children of all ages. Visit this page for more information.

  • 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.

  • Reformed Book Outlet news: The Reformed Book Outlet has reopened and you are welcome to shop the store in downtown Hudsonville (MI). If you have any needs during this time, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This Week's Thought for Contemplation

Q. 46.  How dost thou understand these words, “He ascended into heaven”?
A.  That Christ, in sight of His disciples, was taken up from earth into heaven; and that He continues there for our interest, until He comes again to judge the quick and the dead.

Q. 47.  Is not Christ then with us even to the end of the world, as He hath promised?
A.  Christ is very man and very God; with respect to His human nature, He is no more on earth; but with respect to His Godhead, majesty, grace, and spirit, He is at no time absent from us.

Q. 48.  But if His human nature is not present wherever His Godhead is, are not then these two natures in Christ separated from one another?
A.  Not at all, for since the Godhead is illimitable and omnipresent, it must necessarily follow that the same is beyond the limits of the human nature He assumed, and yet is nevertheless in this human nature and remains personally united to it.

Q. 49.  Of what advantage to us is Christ’s ascension into heaven?
A.  First, that He is our advocate in the presence of His Father in heaven; secondly, that we have our flesh in heaven as a sure pledge that He, as the Head, will also take up to Himself, us, His members; thirdly, that He sends us His Spirit as an earnest, by whose power we seek the things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God, and not things on earth.

~ Heidelberg Catechism, Lord's Day 18 on Christ's ascension to heaven

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In Memoriam: Prof. Robert D. Decker, 1940 - 2021

DeckerRD ObituaryProf. Robert Dale Decker, age 80 of Jenison, while surrounded by his loving family, departed this life to behold his Lord and Savior face to face on May 5, 2021.

Robert attended Grand Rapids Christian High, Calvin College, the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary and then received his Master of Theology degree from Calvin Theological Seminary.  He spent his life serving the Protestant Reformed churches as a pastor in Doon, Iowa, and South Holland, Illinois, and 33 years as a professor in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Dorothy Decker. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 59 years, Marilyn Poelstra Decker, by his children Deborah Altena (Doug), Daniel Decker (Denise), Timothy Decker (Kathy), and Jonathan Decker (Sarah), and by his nine loving grandchildren, and three precious great-grandchildren. He also is survived by his sister Mary Potjer (Carl), his sister Doris Hoksbergen (Ken), and his brother James Decker (Nancy). 

The funeral service will be held at 12:00 noon, Saturday, May 8, 2021, at Georgetown Protestant Reformed Church, 7146 48th Avenue, Hudsonville MI 49426, with Rev. Carl Haak and Rev. Nathan Decker officiating.   Visitation will be 4:00-7:30 pm, Friday also at Georgetown PRC, and again on Saturday 10:30-11:30am prior to the funeral service.

(Facial coverings and social distancing observed/required at visitation, all current church worship restrictions will be observed during the funeral service.)  Private interment will be in Georgetown Twp. Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions to the Protestant Reformed Seminary.  You can watch livestream at www.georgetownprc.org

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