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Byron Center PRC Celebrates 30 Year Anniversary

byroncentrePRCThis Sunday, October 20, Byron Center PRC celebrates her 30th anniversary as a congregation. We extend hearty congratulations to this sister in the Lord. May she continue to know the Lord's sovereign care and continue to be preserved in the truth of God's holy Word.

The following note is in her bulletin this Sunday:

"We thank God for the 30 years that he has given to us as a congregation. Undeserving as we are, God is faithful to his covenant. As we read in Lamentations 3:22, 23 'It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.'"

For your information, Byron Center PRC was organized (For the second time, as they had a previous existence as a congregation from 1925-1947) in 1983 with 24 families. Today they number 115 families. In addition to their current pastor, Rev.A.Spriensma, they have had three other pastors: Rev.B.Gritters (1984-1994), Doug Kuiper (1995-2001), Rev.R.Van Overloop (2004-2008).

Special notice: For the evening service on October 20, BC PRC welcomes Rev. Angus Stewart from the Covenant Protestant Reformed Church in Northern Ireland to their pulpit. About 15 minutes after the service he will give a slide presentation of the work there. Please take this opportunity to get to know more about our sister church and the work in the British Isles.

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Great Start to PR Seminary's Heidelberg Catechism Conference!

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The PR Seminary had a great start last evening to its conference celebrating the 450th anniversary of the Heidelberg Catechism (1563-2013). And tonight we anticipate a great continuation of the conference!

Thursday night we had a fabulous crowd of people - it even over-flowed the sanctuary of Hudsonville PRC - and we learned that there were over 230 people who tuned in to the live-stream broadcast - amazing! We here at the Seminary and the committee of Hudsonville PRC were greatly encouraged by the turnout.

Dr.J.Klautke, professor at the Academy for Reformed Theology in Hannover, Germany and pastor of the Confessing Evangelical-Reformed congregation in Giessen, Germany, and Prof.R.Cammenga of our Seminary both gave stirring messages, covering respectively the history and purpose of the HC and its grand theme of comfort. These two speeches have already been posted on Hudsonville's Sermonaudio page, so click on the link to download and listen to these.

Dr.J.Klautke delivering his speech on the history and purpose of the HC

Afterward the audience mingled freely in the spacious fellowship room of Hudsonville PRC, enjoying tasty refreshments, good fellowship, edifying displays, and plenty of good books and literature.

Tonight the Conference continues with a special pre-conference music (piano) program by Bryan Westra, a member of our SW PRC (6:45 p.m.). Then Prof.B.Gritters of our Seminary will deliver a speech on systematic HC preaching and Rev.C.Haak of Georgetown PRC on the HC's view of the Christian life as gratitude. In addition, tonight the winners of the HC Writing Contest will be announced and awarded - 15 total from 5 different categories. Once, again, a special night is planned and we hope that you are able to join us at this significant and stimulating event.

But in case you cannot be there, tonight's session will also be live-streamed through Hudsonville's website. Make use of this tool too to join us in marking this historic anniversary!

Below are a few more pictures taken at last night's event.

Prof.R.Cammenga delivering his speech on the HC's theme of comfort

Prof.R.Cammenga delivering his speech on the HC's theme of comfort

Attendees of the HC Conference fellowshiping after Thursday's meeting

Attendees of the HC Conference fellowshiping after Thursday's meeting

Visitors to the Seminary display tables

Visitors to the Seminary display tables

Seminary students Brian Feenstra and Nathan Price help at the Seminary display tables

Seminary students Brian Feenstra and Nathan Price help at the Seminary display tables

Special display of the HC in different languages

Special display of the HC in different languages

 

CERCS's 2013 Reformation Day Conference

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Our sister church in Singapore, Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church, is sponsoring a special Reformation Day Conference on Friday and Saturday, October 25-26. See the attached flyer for all the details. Below is the invitation that came with the flyer. 

P.S. Now that this event is past, you may visit Mrs.S.Lanning's blog for pictures and more information on this conference.

Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,

We invite you to join us in celebrating and commemorating the Reformation in 2013 Reformation Day Conference. Lord willing, to be held next week, we would have 3 speeches with the theme the Kingdom’s Inheritance Rediscovered by Pastor A. Lanning (Currently pastor of the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church).

Spread over 2 days, with free shuttle service, lunch and dinner provided, reformed literature for sale, free reformed pamphlets and magazine booths, we sincerely hope to have a wonderful time of fellowship around the word of God with you!

Please look in the E-flyer attached for more details. For enquiries call 9136 1854. More treasures revealed at facebook.com/ReformationDayConference

Shalom,

2013 Reformation Day Conference Committee

Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church

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Rev.M.McGeown to Preach and Give Presentation on Limerick Mission

RevMcGeownThis coming Sunday evening, October 20, Rev. Martyn McGeown will be preaching for Providence PRC (meeting at Heritage Christian School in Hudsonville). Rev. McGeown is currently a missionary working with the Limerick Reformed Fellowship (LRF) in the Republic of Ireland. Shortly after the service he will be giving a brief Powerpoint presentation concerning his work as missionary. All are encouraged to attend!

Due to Rev. McGeown's presentation next week evening and in order to make it easier for families with young children to stay afterward, the Council has decided that the evening service will begin at 5pm.

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New Trio to Call a Pastor For Faith PRC

FaithPRC2012Following the recent decline of Rev.C.Griess (Calvary PRC) to her call (Sept.15, 2013) the Council of Faith PRC (Jenison, MI) presents a new trio to the congregation of Revs. Garrett Eriks (Hudsonville PRC), Ken Koole (Grandville PRC), and Ron Van Overloop (Grace PRC).  A congregational meeting to call a pastor is scheduled for Sunday morning, October 27 after the morning service.

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