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This Week's PRC and Sister-Church News, March 22-28, 2020 (Updated)

psalm 23 1 3Today, March 22, is the twelfth Lord's Day of 2020; we may note the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, sister churches, and mission fields.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

​It’s odd, strange to be home on Sunday morning, separated from one another, gathered as families, alone, or just as a couple. And that feeling is good; it is good that it feels strange, and feels strange to our children and even to our toddlers. We don’t want the strangeness to wear off. God is showing us how great is the blessing we have been given as a congregation in Christ, and how crucial Sunday worship is for our souls. Our feelings are expressed by David in Psalm 42:4.  In the midst of many burdens and catastrophes he said: “I had gone with them that kept the Holy Day”. David’s way was only darker and more lonely when he was deprived of going up to God’s house with his fellow believers.

​But this does not mean we cannot set this day apart as holy to the Lord our God. We will come apart to be with our Risen Lord. God will hear our voices in this day, voices of praise and worship! We will be renewed in this day in the hope that is ours! We will draw near to God! And we will be bound by one Spirit as one body in one Lord and one faith!

​We do this in our own homes. We do this by using the gift of our modern media to hear messages from God’s Word directed to us.... And God will bless us with strength for today and sure hope for tomorrow. ~ Rev. C. Haak in a Sunday morning note to his congregation, Georgetown PRC (Hudsonville, MI)

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • The significant news again this Sunday is the impact of the pandemic coronavirus on the PRC congregations, sister churches, and mission fields. The Lord in His wise providential plan and hand has humbled us and the peoples of this world, that we may realize how frail we are, that we may see how dreadful our sin is that brought such disease and death into the world, but also that we may find anew our total help in God and our only hope of salvation in His Son, Jesus Christ. May we by faith submit ourselves to our God, listen to His Word, and find peace and comfort in our Savior.

    Many of our congregations are not holding services today; others are gathering in small numbers because of size limitations set by our earthly rulers. Some members of our sister churches are under quaratine and forbidden to gather; our missionaries in the Philippines are limited in their travels and therefore in their labors. As we honor our local, state, and federal governments and submit to their mandates at this time, may we also reflect on and treasure our indestructible unity in Christ as His body, and join in worship through praise and prayer to glorify our great God and Father. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest. (Rev.15:4)

  • Rev. J. Engelsma (Doon PRC) is considering calls from Cornerstone PRC (Dyer, IN) and Kalamazoo (MI) PRC. He plans to answer both by March 29. May the Lord guide his consideration of these calls.

  • The Consistory of Providence PRC has announced a new trio from which to call their next pastor: Revs. G. Eriks (Hudsonville PRC), Rev. M. McGeown (Limerick Mission, Ireland), and Rev. W. Bruinsma (Pittsburgh PRC). They plan to call from this trio this evening. *Rev. M. McGeown has received this call.

  • The Consistory of First PRC, Edmonton has formed a new trio from which to call a new pastor: Rev J. Engelsma (Doon PRC), Rev. J. Laning (Hull PRC), and Rev. M. Vanderwal (Wingham PRC). The congregational meeting is set for Sunday afternoon, March 29.

  • The Council of Unity PRC formed the following trio from which to call her first pastor: Revs. E.Guichelaar (Randolph PRC), J. Mahtani (Grandville PRC), and C. Spronk (Faith PRC). A congregational meeting is scheduled for April 15.

  • "The Council of Grandville Protestant Reformed Church has been informed by Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church that they have received a rejection of their last appeal with the Singapore government for an employment pass for Rev. J. Mahtani. This rejection stems from unexpected complications arising from Rev. Mahtani’s prior Singaporean citizenship and that country’s required military service. CERC has now exhausted the appeal process with the Singapore government. In light of this information Grandville PRC announces to the churches that Rev. Mahtani is eligible for a call on April 1, 2020."

  • This week Rev. H. Bleyenberg and his wife Deb left West Michigan for Lacombe, AB, where he has accepted the call to serve Immanuel PRC. However, they were turned back at the Canadian border due to new COVID-19-related border restrictions. They have since returned to West Michigan for the present time. May the Lord soon open the way for them to go to their new church home. Rev. T. Miersma is bringing the word in Lacombe again today.

  • Did you know... that some of our churches and sister churches are holding services even with very small numbers (10 people) so that the rest of the congregation can participate in worship at home and still hear the lively preaching of God's Word? We thank the Lord for the modern technology that allows our members to do so! And we thank the Lord for our elders and pastors who are willing to do this for the benefit of many. May the gospel of Jesus Christ be heard near and far!

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

Classis East Report (March 17, 2020 at Hudsonville PRC):

At the request of the Consistories of Faith, Grace, and Hope, the Classical Committee of Classis East called for the convening of a meeting today to consider the request of Rev. David Overway to be released from the ministry according to Article 12 of the Church Order.

Rev. Bruinsma led in opening devotions and declared classis properly constituted. Rev. N. Decker, by rotation, presided as chairman of the meeting. Because Michigan’s Governor signed an executive order banning assemblies of more that 50 people effective at 9:00am on March 17until 5:00pm on April 5, a recommendation was made to adjourn and treat the items on the agenda at the regular meeting of classis on May 13. The motion failed. Instead classis passed a motion to meet in closed session in order to comply with the governor’s order. The Consistory of Wingham decided not to send delegates due to the possibility that they would not be able to return home or that they would be required to be quarantined upon reentry into Canada.

The decision of Classis East in answer to Rev. Overway’s request to be released from the ministry will be announced to the churches by Hope PRC’s Council.

Other actions taken by classis include: a. Approving a subsidy request for $40,000 for Kalamazoo PRC for 2021 to be forwarded to Synod 2020 for its approval. b. Approving a classical appointment schedule for five(!) vacant churches: Cornerstone, Hope, Kalamazoo, Providence, and Unity PRCs. May the Lord send us pastors! c. Approving the work of the Church Visitors in the labors they performed helping the Council of Hope PRC. d. Appointing Rev. R. Van Overloop Moderator for Hope PRC. e. Appointing Rev. C. Spronk to a three-year term as Stated Clerk of Classis East.

Classis adjourned around 2:30pm. May the Lord use these decisions for the good of those who are directly affected, for good of our denomination, and for His glory.

In Christ’s Service, Rev. Clay Spronk Stated Clerk, Classis East

PRC Contact Committee News:

First, our sister church, the Covenant Protestant Reformed Church in Northern Ireland, reports that they have decided to close the mission station in Limerick, Ireland that they had been overseeing for the past ten years. Rev. McGeown will likely stay in Limerick for the next six months and will then, the Lord willing, move to the United States. We submit this disappointment to the good Providence of God who is alone wise. Remember the saints in Limerick and Rev. McGeown in your prayers.

Second, the Singapore government is placing anyone who visits Singapore under quarantine for two weeks. This will hamper for some time the PRCA's attempts to supply CERCS' pulpit. Remember our brothers and sisters in Singapore in a time when they are without an under-shepherd and now are cut off from our help in many ways. May the Great Shepherd of the sheep care for his flock in these circumstances, as we trust He will.

Third, the government of the Philippines has restricted travel inside the country. This limits the work our missionaries are able to do in areas outside their immediate vicinity. We remain confident that in spite of this"...the word of God is not bound" 2 Timothy 2:9. May that word yet go forth in these uncertain times to the saving and strengthening of His people, and to the glory of His name.

Minister Updates:

  • “This past Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Hope Protestant Reformed Church, of Walker Michigan, with the concurrence of Classis East and the synodical delegates of Classis West, has granted Rev. David Overway’s request to be released from the ministry according to Article 12 of the Church Order. May the blessing of the Lord rest upon the decisions of Classis and may His church rest in Him.”
  • The Council of Grandville Protestant Reformed Church has been informed by Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church that they have received a rejection of their last appeal with the Singapore government for an employment pass for Rev. Mahtani. This rejection stems from unexpected complications arising from Rev. Mahtani’s prior Singaporean citizenship and that country’s required military service. CERC has now exhausted the appeal process with the Singapore government. In light of this information Grandville PRC announces to the churches that Rev. Mahtani is eligible for a call on April 1, 2020.
  • "First Protestant Reformed Church of Edmonton has released their pastor, Rev. John Marcus, under Article 11 of the Church Order with the concurrence of Classis West and the synodical delegates. Rev. Marcus is now available for call within the Protestant Reformed Churches."

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PRC Seminary News:

  • The seminary is entering its tenth week of the second semester. The class schedule and calendar may be found on the seminary's website. The students have finished their mid-terms exams and soon the second round of practice preaching will be here. Remember to pray for the faculty, students, and staff as they busy themselves in the work of this new semester.

  • This past week the seminary hosted four young men from Covenant CHS in Grand Rapids who show interest in pursuing the ministry. They joined faculty and students for devotions, sat down with Profs. B. Huizinga and D. Kuiper to talk about the call to the ministry, visited Prof. R. Dykstra's church history class, and enjoyed lunch with us. We are thankful for this opportunity and pray that it encourages others to do the same.
  • Sem. Josiah Tan and his wife and children returned to Singapore recently due to the declining health of his mother. Pray for him and his family during this difficult time.

  • The faculty and students will be holding a meeting of the Student Club this Thursday, March 26, beginning at 7:00 PM, at Prof. R. Dykstra’s house.  They plan to discuss the first entry in the book, The Rock Whence We are Hewn.  The contribution is divided into five chapters and is the transcription and translation of a speech by Rev. H. Danhof entitled “The Idea of the Covenant of Grace.” (This year is the centennial of the publication of that speech.)

  • Are you in need of some good Reformed books to read, Bible study materials or seminary publications to use? Come and visit the seminary's bookstore! We have a variety of Bibles, commentaries, and good books - used and new - for our members and friends. And you may also make use of our library - here's the link to our online catalog if you wish to search for something to read or use.

  • Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2020 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 30th. 

  • Need for Ministers: Synod 2019 took a decision to place the urgent need for seminary students before our churches. Please remember in your prayers to petition the Lord of the harvest for pastors, and please encourage young men, whom you observe to have the gifts, to consider the ministry. If you wish to listen to a couple of sermons by our professors that address this need, listen to "The (Suffering) Minister's Steadfast Confession" and "The Beautiful Feet of the Gospel Preacher."

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Let us remember to pray for our fellow saints throughout the world!

SISTER-CHURCH NEWS:

  • Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, the following may be mentioned:
    • Concerning pulpit supply from the PRC, our sister church had this update in today's bulletin: This past Wednesday, our Government has announced more measures in an effort to try to contain the spread of COVID-19 by restricting travelling abroad and for those entering / returning to Singapore. One of which is the “Stay Home Notice (SHN)” for all short-term visitors entering Singapore. This would mean that the PRCA’s ministers scheduled to provide pulpit supply would not be able to come into Singapore, unless they serve a 14 days SHN upon arrival. Session felt that we should not subject our ministers to this notice. Therefore, Rev Marcus’s trip is cancelled. Rev Mahtani can wait for a little longer before deciding whether to cancel his trip should the SHN be not lifted.
    • *The February 2020 newsletter - Reformed News Asia - was posted recently and may be found on this page. 
  • Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC,  the following may be noted:
    • Rev. A. Stewart led Covenant's services today.
    • Read the latest CPRC newsletter - February 2020!
    • Join Reformed believers from around the world at the 2020 British Reformed Fellowship family conference at Castlewellan Castle in Northern Ireland from Saturday, July 11 to Saturday, July 18.  Our speakers, Prof. David Engelsma and Rev. Andy Lanning, will lecture on "Union with Christ".  For information see the website http://brfconference.weebly.com or contact Briana Prins at 616-214-2779;  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Rooms are filling quickly, so complete your booking form today!
    • Read the new February 2020 issue of the "Covenant Reformed News"!

  • Concerning the PRC in the Philippines, the following may be gleaned from the bulletins of the Berean PRC, PRC in Bulacan, Maranatha PRC, and Provident CC:
    • Congregational and Denominational News:

~ Maranatha PRC: Rev. R. Smit, our missionary will lead us in both Worship Services. D.V. You may join us in our Worship Services via Facebook: Maranatha Protestant Reformed Church. This is in compliance to the declaration of our President to have a self-quarantine (total lock-down) that is to stay at home to avoid contamination of that virus with other person. This will take affect in the wholeIsland of the Philippines from March 15 to April 12, 2020.

~ Provident PRC: (From the elders): All our church activities are still postponed in light of the imposition of Enhanced Community Quarantine until further notice. Our Lord's Day Worship Services in our church sanctuary are still postponed but we will observe the sabbath in our households through family worship. To support and ensure this, we will be sending video links of Zion PRC with full worship services, so that we may participate and experience the whole worship services in our homes in the morning and the evening by the grace of God. We will be sending two (2) video links, the first video link for First Worship Service in the morning and the second video link for the Second Worship Service in the evening.

~ The most recent mission newsletter (January 2020) was published and distributed in February.

~ And for more on the life and work of our "sisters" in the Far East read the news under Philippine missions.

  • The PRC also has a "corresponding relationship" with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) of Australia. We remember these brothers and sisters in our prayers and labors also.

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What is your response to the Son of God who died on the cross for sinners? Do you revile Him or revere Him? Read this resource to learn more.

SPECIAL NOTICES:

  • The Reformed Book Outlet will be closed through April 4 for the safety of our volunteers. If you need to place an order or have questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will not be answering the phone. Thank you.

  • Are you looking for good Reformed literature and a solid Reformed and biblical magazine? Visit the Reformed Free Publishing Association's website (www.rfpa.org), where you will find information on books in all major Christian categories, as well as on the bi-monthly periodical, the Standard Bearer.

  • Would you like to learn more about the PRC and her doctrines and practices? Are you in need of some pamphlets and/or articles published by the PRC for use in evangelism and/or witnessing? Visit the PRCA Evangelism page for a complete list of materials available in digital format or by order from the publishing church.

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  • Llisten to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday - on a radio station near you or on Sermonaudio wherever you are!
    • Continuing this month, Rev. R. Kleyn (Covenant of Grace PRC in Spokane, WA) is delivering a series on prayer, with today's message titled "The Prayer of the Christian Soldier" based on Luke 11:4. Listen to the broadcast on the station near you or visit the links provided here to listen to this program.
    • From the Reformed Witness Hour Committee:

~ The Reformed Witness Hour Committee wishes to remind everyone that you can receive their bi-monthly newsletter via email simply by signing up at http://eepurl.com/gikNsL.  Each newsletter contains information about places around our globe where the RWH is downloaded; news about the RWH’s witness on the radio and via the internet, printed booklet, and CD and links to many popular and relevant RWH messages.

~ A Spanish edition of the RWH has been produced and may be found on this YouTube channel (PRC Espanol). Why not check it out - and help spread the word!

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ESPECIALLY FOR PRC Young People and Young Adults:

  • 2020 PRYP's Convention News! Registration for the 2020 Young People’s Convention opened on Monday, March 16!
  • Young Men's Conference - Young men of High School and College age, please plan to attend the GPRC Young Men’s Conference, with the theme of "Run, Fight, Lead!", on Saturday morning, April 25, from 8 am-12:00 pm, at Georgetown Protestant Reformed Church. Breakfast is included! Don’t wait, register today!  For more details and to register please visit georgetownprc.org/runfightlead

  • Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2020 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 30th. 

  • The Western Young People's Retreat, hosted by the Lynden and Spokane Young Peoples, will be held July 14-17, 2020, at Camp Sanders in N. Idaho.  This is a retreat for Young People ages 13-18 (going into 9th-12th grade).  More information and registration will be available in March. Contact Rev. Kleyn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

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Don't forget the saints in Myanmar and the mission labors there!

PRC MISSION NEWS:

Domestic Labors:

  • Remember in prayer our home missionary, Rev. A. Spriensma, who continues to labor in the West Michigan area and beyond through Byron Center PRC, the calling church.
  • Limerick Reformed Fellowship News:
    • Rev. M. McGeown led the services today.
    • (From the PRC Contact Commitee) Our sister church, the Covenant Protestant Reformed Church in Northern Ireland, reports that they have decided to close the mission station in Limerick, Ireland that they had been overseeing for the past ten years. Rev. McGeown will likely stay in Limerick for the next six months and will then, the Lord willing, move to the United States. We submit this disappointment to the good providence of God who is alone wise. Remember the saints in Limerick and Rev. McGeown in your prayers.
    • The last mission newsletter from the Limerick Reformed Fellowship - the December 2019 edition - may be found here.

Philippine Missions:

  • Berean PRC News: This congregation continues to work in Gabaldon, Nueve Ecija.
  • Provident PRC News: The trip of our two missionaries Rev. D. Kleyn and Rev. R. Smit to Canturay Church and Inayawan Church, Sipalay, Negros Occ. to preach and teach to the two congregations is cancelled due to the Community Quarantine from March 15 to April 12, 2020. Let us remember to pray for their missionary work.
  • The newest Philippines mission newsletter has been published and posted! The January 2020 issue may be read here.
  • For more on life and activities in the Philippines from the personal perspective of the missionary's, visit the Kleyn's blog, the Holstege's, and the Smits!

We remember in prayer the needs of these busy pastors and missionaries in the Philippines. May the Lord of the harvest give them grace to be faithful and encouraged in all their labors.

India:

  • Let us pray for our sister church's work (Covenant ERC in Singapore) in Kolkata, through Rev. E. Singh. In the CERC's bulletin was this notice about the work there: On the mission field, our Kolkata fellowship is also affected by the virus situation and the Indian Government has ordered a curfew from 7am to 9 pm on this Sunday to tackle coronavirus in India. The worship service in Kolkata on this Sunday will be cancelled.

Myanmar:

  • We also remember Hope PRC's (Grand Rapids, MI) support of and involvement with Rev. Titus' work in Myanmar; for his latest report, visit this page.
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This Week's PRC and Sister-Church News, March 15-21, 2020

Psalm 46 1 2Today, March 15, is the eleventh Lord's Day of 2020; we may note the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, sister churches, and mission fields.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

When Martin Luther was dealing with the Black Death plague, he wrote these wise words that can help inform the way we approach things happening in our world at this time.

...I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it.

I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence.

If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others.

If my neighbor needs me however I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely as stated above. See this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God.

Luther's Works (Volume 43 p.13-32), the letter "Whether One May Flee from a Deadly Plague"

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • The significant news today is the impact of COVID-19 on the PRC congregations and sister churches. The Lord in His wise sovereignty has not only ordained and directed this virus, but He has also ordained and directed the governments of this world to restrict our worship and church activities for a time. Some of our congregations are not holding services at all today; others are gathering in split groups because of size limitations on gatherings. Some of the members of our sister churches are under quaratine and forbidden to gather; our missionaries in the Philippines are limited in their travels and therefore in their labors. All this, we believe, is ordained and directed by our Lord for the good of His people. In Christ, we still have fellowship with our covenant God and with one another, though separated in worship and functions. Our God has still given us means to read and hear His Word (in print and online). And no matter where we are and how limited we are, we all have access in prayer to His throne of grace. May we trust in Him, look to Him, and abide in quiet peace with Him. And may we pray for one another, as well as for our neighbors who may be without Christ, without hope, and without God in this world. Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge (Psalm 46:10,11).

  • On March 1, Rev. J. Engelsma (Doon PRC) received the call to Cornerstone PRC (Dyer, IN). He plans to answer by March 29. May the Lord guide his consideration of this call and the one mentioned next.

  • On March 1, the congregation of Kalamazoo PRC voted to call Rev. J. Engelsma (Doon PRC). He plans to answer this call too by March 29.

  • The Consistory of Providence PRC has announced a new trio from which to call their next pastor: Revs. G. Eriks (Hudsonville PRC), Rev. M. McGeown (Limerick Mission, Ireland), and Rev. Bruinsma (Pittsburgh PRC).  They plan to call from this trio March 22.

  • This week Rev. H. Bleyenberg and his wife Deb plan to leave Hudsonville, MI and begin their trip to Lacombe, AB, where he has accepted the call to serve Immanuel PRC. They hope to arrive on March 25. Rev. T. Miersma is bringing the word in Lacombe today and next week.

  • Let us continue to pray for Rev. J. Marcus and his family and the flock of First PRC in Edmonton, AB. With the approval of Classis West at their March meeting (see last week's news report) Rev. Marcus was released from the ministry in First PRC under Article 11 of the Church Order and is eligible for a call from another PRC. He is also available to preach in the churches and has been busy doing so. Consistories needing pulpit supply are encouraged to contact him.

  • Rev. R. Kleyn is bringing the Word in First PRC in Edmonton again today. From her bulletin we also learn this: "There will be a presentation, by Rev. Kleyn, of the work being done in Mexico following the afternoon service, along with coffee and baked goods."
  • After exhausting the appeal process for Rev. Jon Mahtani’s employment pass application, Covenant ERC in Singapore has requested that Grandville PRC re-initiate the calling process for minister-on-loan (cf. her bulletin note below). May the Lord turn this setback into good for our sister church and for Rev. Mahtani and his family.

  • The visit of the delegation to the Philippines that was scheduled this month on behalf of Doon PRC and the Foreign Mission Committee has been postponed due to travel concerns. The FMC hopes that the visit can be made later this year.

  • Did you know... that in 1918 there was a very serious worldwide influenza epidemic (named the "Spanish flu", it came in two phases - Spring and Fall - and claimed an estimated 50 million lives - one fifth of the world's population). In the "Centennial History of the Fourteenth Street CRC" in Holland Michigan, the following is recorded. "During a flu epidemic, the church was closed for three Sundays by order of the governor of the State of Michigan, Gov. Albert E. Sleeper. Rev. Hoeksema distributed mimeographed copies of his sermons to the congregation during this time. The consistory also had to cancel its meeting of October 31."

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

Classis East Notice: There will be a special meeting of Classis East this week Tuesday, March 17  in Hudsonville PRC to give its advice on a decision of Hope PRC to release their pastor from the ministry under Article 12 of the Church Order. May the Lord give the delegates wisdom as they treat this matter.

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PRC Seminary News:

  • The seminary is entering its ninth week of the second semester. The class schedule and calendar may be found on the seminary's website. The students will be having some mid-terms exams again this week, now that the halfway point of the semester has been reached. Remember to pray for the faculty, students, and staff as they busy themselves in the work of this new semester.

  • Sem. Josiah Tan and his wife and children returned to Singapore this past week due to the declining health of his mother. Pray for him and his family during this difficult time.

  • The faculty and students will be holding a meeting of the Student Club on Thursday, March 26, beginning at 7:00 PM, at Prof. R. Dykstra’s house.  They plan to discuss the first entry in the book, The Rock Whence We are Hewn.  The contribution is divided into five chapters and is the transcription and translation of a speech by Rev. H. Danhof entitled “The Idea of the Covenant of Grace.” (This year is the centennial of the publication of that speech.)

  • Are you in need of some good Reformed books to read, Bible study materials or seminary publications to use? Come and visit the seminary's bookstore! We have a variety of Bibles, commentaries, and good books - used and new - for our members and friends. And you may also make use of our library - here's the link to our online catalog if you wish to search for something to read or use.

  • Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2020 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 30th. 

  • Need for Ministers: Synod 2019 took a decision to place the urgent need for seminary students before our churches. Please remember in your prayers to petition the Lord of the harvest for pastors, and please encourage young men, whom you observe to have the gifts, to consider the ministry. If you wish to listen to a couple of sermons by our professors that address this need, listen to "The (Suffering) Minister's Steadfast Confession" and "The Beautiful Feet of the Gospel Preacher."

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Classis Meeting of the PRCP, held on Tuesday February 25 in the building of the Provident PRC (the Philippines)

SISTER-CHURCH NEWS:

  • Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, the following may be mentioned:
    • Prof. R. Dykstra and his wife Carol returned home this past week after serving the CERC from March 1-8. According to her bulletin today, this is the pulpit supply in the months ahead: 15 & 22 March – Reading Sermons by CERC Elders 29 March & 5 April – by Rev. Jon Marcus; 12,19 & 26 April and 3 May – by Rev. J. Mahtani?
    • Concerning Rev. J. Mahtani's application to serve in CERC, our sister church had this update in today's bulletin: This past Thursday our lawyer has informed that CMPB was unable to support Rev Mahtani’s EP application after reconsidering Rev Mahtani’s circumstances carefully. With this latest rejection of the EP application, we have exhausted the appeal process with CMPB. Therefore, we submit to the Lord’s will, which will is always good for us. Session has informed Rev Mahtani, Grandville PRC and Contact Committee of the unsuccessful outcome of Rev Mahtani’s EP and has requested Contact Committee to re-initiate the calling process of the MOL.
    • *The February 2020 newsletter - Reformed News Asia - was posted recently and may be found on this page. 
  • Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC,  the following may be noted:
    • Rev. A. Stewart led Covenant's services today.
    • Read the latest CPRC newsletter - February 2020!
    • Join Reformed believers from around the world at the 2020 British Reformed Fellowship family conference at Castlewellan Castle in Northern Ireland from Saturday, July 11 to Saturday, July 18.  Our speakers, Prof. David Engelsma and Rev. Andy Lanning, will lecture on "Union with Christ".  For information see the website http://brfconference.weebly.com or contact Briana Prins at 616-214-2779;  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Rooms are filling quickly, so complete your booking form today!
    • Read the new February 2020 issue of the "Covenant Reformed News"!

  • Concerning the PRC in the Philippines, the following may be gleaned from the bulletins of the Berean PRC, PRC in Bulacan, Maranatha PRC, and Provident CC:
    • Congregational and Denominational News:

~ Maranatha PRC: Rev. L. Trinidad, our Pastor will lead us in both Worship Services.

~ Provident PRC: Rev. Holstege will lead both of our worship services today. Also, this note is found in her bulletin today: The trip of our two missionaries Rev. D. Kleyn and Rev. R. Smit to Canturay Church and Inayawan Church, Sipalay, Negros Occ. to preach and teach to the two congregations is cancelled due to the Community Quarantine from March 15to April 12, 2020. Let us remember to pray for their missionary work.

~ The most recent mission newsletter (January 2020) was published and distributed this Fall.

~ And for more on the life and work of our "sisters" in the Far East read the news under Philippine missions.

  • The PRC also has a "corresponding relationship" with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) of Australia. We remember these brothers and sisters in our prayers and labors also.

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Who was this Jesus who was crucified for sinners? If He was a King, why did He die so shamefully? Read this resource to learn more.

SPECIAL NOTICES:

  • The Reformed Book Outlet will be closed through April 4 for the safety of our volunteers. If you need to place an order or have questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will not be answering the phone. Thank you.

  • Are you looking for good Reformed literature and a solid Reformed and biblical magazine? Visit the Reformed Free Publishing Association's website (www.rfpa.org), where you will find information on books in all major Christian categories, as well as on the bi-monthly periodical, the Standard Bearer.

  • Would you like to learn more about the PRC and her doctrines and practices? Are you in need of some pamphlets and/or articles published by the PRC for use in evangelism and/or witnessing? Visit the PRCA Evangelism page for a complete list of materials available in digital format or by order from the publishing church.

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  • Remember to listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday - on a radio station near you or on Sermonaudio wherever you are!
    • Continuing this month, Rev. R. Kleyn of the Covenant of Grace PRC in Spokane, WA is delivering a series on prayer, with today's message titled "Forgive Us Our Debts" based on Luke 11:4. Listen to the broadcast on the station near you or visit the links provided here to listen to this program.
    • From the Reformed Witness Hour Committee:

~ The Reformed Witness Hour Committee wishes to remind everyone that you can receive their bi-monthly newsletter via email by simply signing up at http://eepurl.com/gikNsL.  Each newsletter contains information about places around our globe where the RWH is downloaded; news about the RWH’s witness on the radio and via the internet, printed booklet, and CD and links to many popular and relevant RWH messages.

~ A Spanish edition of the RWH has been produced and may be found on this YouTube channel (PRC Espanol). Why not check it out - and help spread the word!

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ESPECIALLY FOR PRC Young People and Young Adults:

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On a recent Sunday afternoon, Rev. D. Kleyn taught a class here in the Reformed Churchin Canturay where Pastor Ariel Labrador is the minister

PRC MISSION NEWS:

Domestic Labors:

  • Remember in prayer our home missionary, Rev. A. Spriensma, who continues to labor in the West Michigan area and beyond through Byron Center PRC, the calling church.
  • Limerick Reformed Fellowship News:
    • Rev. M. McGeown led the services today.
    • The last mission newsletter from the Limerick Reformed Fellowship - the December 2019 edition - may be found here.

Philippine Missions:

  • Update: The visit of the delegation to the Philippines March 12-25 on behalf of Doon PRC and the Foreign Mission Committee has been postponed due to travel concerns. The FMC hopes that the visit can be made later this year.
  • Berean PRC News: This congregation continues to work in Gabaldon, Nueve Ecija.
  • Provident PRC News: The trip of our two missionaries Rev. D. Kleyn and Rev. R. Smit to Canturay Church and Inayawan Church, Sipalay, Negros Occ. to preach and teach to the two congregations is cancelled due to the Community Quarantine from March 15to April 12, 2020. Let us remember to pray for their missionary work.
  • The newest Philippines mission newsletter has been published and posted! The January 2020 issue may be read here.
  • For more on life and activities in the Philippines from the personal perspective of the missionary's, visit the Kleyn's blog, the Holstege's, and the Smits!

We remember in prayer the needs of these busy pastors and missionaries in the Philippines. May the Lord of the harvest give them grace to be faithful and encouraged in all their labors.

India:

  • Let us also hold up in prayer our sister church's work (Covenant ERC in Singapore) in Kolkata, through Rev. E. Singh.

Myanmar:

  • We also remember Hope PRC's (Grand Rapids, MI) support of and involvement with Rev. Titus' work in Myanmar; for his latest report, visit this page.
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This Week's PRC and Sister-Church News, March 8-14, 2020

2 Corinthians 5 21Today, March 8, is the tenth Lord's Day of 2020; we may note the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, sister churches, and mission fields.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

When the Lord…had suffered for the sake of the sufferer, and had been bound for the sake of the imprisoned, and had been judged for the sake of the condemned, and buried for the sake of the one who was buried, He rose up from the dead and cried aloud with this voice: Who is he who contends with Me? Let him stand in opposition to Me. I set the condemned man free; I gave the dead man life; I raised up the one who had been entombed. Who is My opponent? I, He says, am the Christ. I am the One who destroyed death, and triumphed over the enemy, and trampled Hell under foot and bound the strong one, and carried off man to the heights of heaven, I, He says, am the Christ. ~ Melito of Sardis

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • The PRC congregations will be holding the annual Prayer Day service this week Wednesday, March 11 (with the exception of six churches in the west Michigan area which held theirs last month). You are cordially invited to join them in worship of the God of creation and providence, who is the faithful Provider of His children. Check the church's website/bulletin for details.

  • On March 1, Rev. J. Engelsma (Doon PRC) received the call to Cornerstone PRC (Dyer, IN). He plans to answer by March 29.

  • On March 1, the congregation of Kalamazoo PRC voted to call Rev. J. Engelsma (Doon PRC). He plans to answer this call too by March 29.

  • On Jan.19 Rev. H. Bleyenberg (Providence PRC) accepted the call to Immanuel PRC (Lacombe, AB). Rev. Heath Bleyenberg preached his farewell sermon at Providence last Sunday. He and his wife Deb plan to leave for their new church home on March 17. Rev. N. Langerak (Crete PRC) is bringing the word in Lacombe again today.

  • Let us continue to pray for Rev. J. Marcus and his family and the flock of First PRC in Edmonton, AB. With the approval of Classis West this past week (see news below) Rev. Marcus was released from the ministry in First PRC under Article 11 of the Church Order and is eligible for a call from another PRC. He is also available to preach in the churches and has been busy doing so. Consistories needing pulpit supply are encouraged to contact him. Rev. R. Kleyn is bringing the Word in Edmonton today and next Sunday.

  • *Update: We have received word that the visit of the delegation to the Philippines March 12-25 on behalf of Doon PRC and the Foreign Mission Committee has been postponed due to travel concerns. The FMC hopes that the visit can be made later this year.

  • Did you know... that last week two PRC ministers who are brothers baptized their infant children on the same day, though at opposite ends of the world? In Zion PRC Rev. J. Holstege baptized his infant son Benjamin Lee, while in Provident PRC in the Philippines Rev. D. Holstege baptized his daughter Violet Joy. What a joyous occasion for their families and church families!

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

Classis East Notice: There will be a special meeting of Classis East on Tuesday, March 17  in Hudsonville PRC to give its advice on a decision of Hope PRC to release their pastor from the ministry under Article 12 of the Church Order.

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Peace PRC, location of Classis West meeting last week

Classis West Report:  [The following is the official public report of the meeting of Classis West this past week in Peace PRC, Dyer, IN].

 News Report of Classis West of the PRCA Meeting March 4-5, 2020

Classis West of the Protestant Reformed Churches met on March 4-5, 2020, in Peace PRC (Dyer, IN). This was the first time that Classis was held in Peace’s new building, which accommodated the Classis very well. The meeting was capably chaired by Rev. Allen Brummel.

After opening devotions and the constituting of Classis, routine reports of the stated clerk, classical committee, and reading sermon committee were read and approved. The church visitors also reported on their work over the last year and the presence of unity, peace, and love prevailing in the churches.

Before Classis was a protest from an individual against a decision made by the previous Classis. The previous Classis had judged that a consistory had erred when the consistory did not seek the concurrence of a neighboring consistory to suspend its minister after Classis had advised suspension. The protestant argued this decision of Classis to be in error and that concurrence of a neighboring consistory was not necessary. After careful deliberation, Classis decided not to sustain the protest.

Classis also dealt with an overture from a consistory who requested that Article 67 of the Church Order be amended by removing the requirement that the churches hold worship services on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Classis ruled this overture not to be legally before it as the consistory had not demonstrated that it had researched and interacted with past decisions of the PRCA touching this matter.

In closed session, Classis treated an appeal related to the work of a consistory.

Classis also had before it a protest from an individual against aspects of several decisions made by the previous Classis related to a minister’s teaching on providence and sanctification. Classis decided not to sustain the protestant in any of the aspects of his protest, although Classis recognized one matter where it had misrepresented a consistory.

The special committee appointed by the last Classis to assist a congregation, its consistory, and its pastor reported on their labors. Classis voted to approve the work of the committee and thank them for their labors. It also approved making the special committee available to the consistory going forward, if the consistory feels the need for such help.

This consistory also brought before Classis a request to dismiss its pastor from his duties in the congregation according to Article 11 of the Church Order, thus making him eligible for a call elsewhere in the denomination. Classis, with the concurrence of the synodical deputies from Classis East, approved this request, after which the chairman addressed fitting words of encouragement to the pastor and elders present.

In other matters, Classis drew up a schedule to supply the pulpit of First PRC of Edmonton, and it approved the subsidy requests for 2021 for three churches and forwarded them on to Synod for its approval.

Voting took place for various classical functionaries. Rev. Engelsma was reappointed to a three-year term as stated clerk. Rev. J. Langerak was appointed to a three-year term as assistant stated clerk. Rev. De Boer was reappointed to a three-year term on the Classical Committee. Rev. Key was reappointed to a three-year term as a primus synodical deputy, and Rev. N. Langerak was reappointed to a three-year term as a secundus synodical deputy. Classis appointed Revs. Brummel, Key, R. Kleyn, and Laning as church visitors, with Revs. Hanko and Lee as alternates.

Ministers delegated to Synod 2020 were Revs. Brummel, Engelsma, Key, R. Kleyn, and Laning. Alternates are Revs. Barnhill, Bleyenberg, Guichelaar, Lee, and Regnerus. Elders delegated to Synod 2020 were Glenn Feenstra (Hope Redlands), Brian Gritters (Hull), Jim Lenting (Crete), Jim Regnerus (Doon), and Leon Uittenbogaard (Calvary). Alternates are Kevin Brummel (Crete), Marlin Feenstra (Hope Redlands), Hilgard Goosen (Immanuel), David Griess (Loveland), and Alan Van Bemmel (Calvary). The expenses of this meeting totaled $13,397.60. Classis will meet next in Edgerton PRC on September 23, 2020, the Lord willing.

Rev. Joshua Engelsma Stated Clerk, Classis West

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Special Reformed Bible Conference Notice:

Professor David J. Engelsma will be speaking at the Reformed Bible Conference on April 17th at Richland Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Rosemark,TN. The conference, focusing on the theme “The Triune God – Defined, Defended, & Declared”, is open to the public and free to attend. A flier containing additional details on the conference can be made available by emailing the Crete PRC evangelism committee secretary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. [A copy of the schedule is also attached to this news post.]

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Completed PRC archives work area after recent work at the seminary - the room is now finished and fully functional!

PRC Seminary News:

  • The seminary is entering its eighth week of the second semester. The class schedule and calendar have been posted on the seminary's website. The students will be having some mid-terms exams this week, now that the halfway point of the semester has been reached. Remember to pray for the faculty, students, and staff as they busy themselves in the work of this new semester.

  • Prof. R. Dykstra and his wife Carol spent a week in the Philippines visiting the PRCP (sister churches) and are now spending two Sundays in the Covenant ERC in Singapore (another sister church) on behalf of the PRC Contact Committee. They plan to return on Tuesday of this week. May the Lord grant them safe travels and a blessing on these visits.

  • Sem. Josiah Tan (CERC-Singapore) has been licensed to speak a word of edification in the churches and has been busy preaching in the West Michigan area and beyond. Contact Prof. B. Gritters (rector) for scheduling.

  • Looking for some good Reformed books to read, Bible study materials or seminary publications to use? Come and visit the seminary's bookstore! We have a variety of Bibles, commentaries, and good books - used and new - for our members and friends. And you may also make use of our library - here's the link to our online catalog if you wish to search for something to read or use.

  • Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2020 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 30th. 

  • Need for Ministers: Synod 2019 took a decision to place the urgent need for seminary students before our churches. Please remember in your prayers to petition the Lord of the harvest for pastors, and please encourage young men, whom you observe to have the gifts, to consider the ministry. If you wish to listen to a couple of sermons by our professors that address this need, listen to "The (Suffering) Minister's Steadfast Confession" and "The Beautiful Feet of the Gospel Preacher."

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*Read the latest Covenant ERC Singapore Newsletter!

SISTER-CHURCH NEWS:

  • Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, the following may be mentioned:
    • Prof. R. Dykstra and his wife Carol are currently serving the CERC (March 1-8). According to her bulletin today, this is the pulpit supply in the months ahead: 15 & 22 March – Reading Sermons by CERC Elders 29 March & 5 April – by Rev. Jon Marcus; 12,19 & 26 April and 3 May – by Rev. Michael DeVries.
    • Concerning Rev. J. Mahtani's application to serve in CERC, our sister church had this report in today's bulletin: Last week we informed the congregation that the EP application for Rev Mahtani has been rejected by MOM. Our lawyer has written to CMPB to reconsider our application based on our interpretation of the deferred NS obligations of Rev Mahtani. To date we have not received any reply from our lawyer. Do continue to pray for the Lord’s guidance in this matter.
    • *The February 2020 newsletter - Reformed News Asia - was posted recently and may be found on this page. 
  • Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC,  the following may be noted:
    • Rev. A. Stewart led Covenant's services today.
    • Read the latest CPRC newsletter - February 2020!
    • *Join Reformed believers from around the world at the 2020 British Reformed Fellowship family conference at Castlewellan Castle in Northern Ireland from Saturday, July 11 to Saturday, July 18.  Our speakers, Prof. David Engelsma and Rev. Andy Lanning, will lecture on "Union with Christ".  For information see the website http://brfconference.weebly.com or contact Briana Prins at 616-214-2779;  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Rooms are filling quickly, so complete your booking form today!
    • Read the new February 2020 issue of the "Covenant Reformed News"!

  • Concerning the PRC in the Philippines, the following may be gleaned from the bulletins of the Berean PRC, PRC in Bulacan, Maranatha PRC, and Provident CC:
    • Congregational and Denominational News:

~ Maranatha PRC: Rev. R. Smit, our Missionary will lead us in the first and second worship services. He will continue the Belgic Confession lesson Article 33 - “The Sacraments.”

~ Provident PRC: Rev. Holstege will lead both of our worship services today.

~ The most recent mission newsletter was published and distributed this Fall. You may find that October 2019 update here.

~ And for more on the life and work of our "sisters" in the Far East read the news under Philippine missions.

  • The PRC also has a "corresponding relationship" with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) of Australia. We remember these brothers and sisters in our prayers and labors also.

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Why did Jesus have to suffer and die for sinners? Read this resource to learn more.

SPECIAL NOTICES:

  • Are you looking for good Reformed literature and a solid Reformed and biblical magazine? Visit the Reformed Free Publishing Association's website (www.rfpa.org), where you will find information on books in all major Christian categories, as well as on the bi-monthly periodical, the Standard Bearer.

  • Would you like to learn more about the PRC and her doctrines and practices? Are you in need of some pamphlets and/or articles published by the PRC for use in evangelism and/or witnessing? Visit the PRCA Evangelism page for a complete list of materials available in digital format or by order from the publishing church.

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  • Remember to listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday - on a radio station near you or on Sermonaudio wherever you are!
    • Continuing this month Rev. R. Kleyn of the Covenant of Grace PRC in Spokane, WA is delivering a series on prayer, with today's message titled "Praying for Daily Bread" based on Luke 11:3. Listen to the broadcast on the station near you or visit the links provided here to listen to this program.
    • From the Reformed Witness Hour Committee:

~ The Reformed Witness Hour Committee wishes to remind everyone that you can receive their bi-monthly newsletter via email by simply signing up at http://eepurl.com/gikNsL.  Each newsletter contains information about places around our globe where the RWH is downloaded; news about the RWH’s witness on the radio and via the internet, printed booklet, and CD and links to many popular and relevant RWH messages.

~ A Spanish edition of the RWH has been produced and may be found on this YouTube channel (PRC Espanol). Why not check it out - and help spread the word!

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ESPECIALLY FOR PRC Young People and Young Adults:

  • The Young Calvinists will be hosting a Talking Points Lecture this coming Saturday, March 14, from 2-4pm at Georgetown PRC. Seminarian Josiah Tan will speaking on "Evangelism and t he Covenant: How these two doctrines come together in the PRC's Sister church in Singapore." This interactive workshop will be live-streamed to our churches in and out of state! We encourage you to Facebook message us with any questions on local evangelism that you would like addressed by our speaker."

  • 2020 PRYP's Convention News! Registration for the 2020 Young People’s Convention opens on Monday, March 16! Chaperone registration is open until the end of March so please register now if you would like to serve as a chaperone this year. The convention is planned for August 10-14, 2020 at the Lake Williamson Camp in Carlinville, IL. To register as a chaperone, go to www.prcconvention.com , and follow the instructions under the Chaperone tab. If you have any questions, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Young Men's Conference - Young men of High School and College age, please plan to attend the GPRC Young Men’s Conference, with the theme of "Run, Fight, Lead!", on Saturday morning, April 25, from 8 am-12:00 pm, at Georgetown Protestant Reformed Church. Breakfast is included! Don’t wait, register today!  For more details and to register please visit georgetownprc.org/runfightlead

  • Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2020 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 30th. 

  • The Western Young People's Retreat, hosted by the Lynden and Spokane Young Peoples, will be held July 14-17, 2020, at Camp Sanders in N. Idaho.  This is a retreat for Young People ages 13-18 (going into 9th-12th grade).  More information and registration will be available in March. Contact Rev. Kleyn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

  • The latest issue of Salt Shakers magazine has been published. To read the December 2019 issue (#58), visit this page.

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PRC MISSION NEWS:

Domestic Labors:

  • Remember in prayer our home missionary, Rev. A. Spriensma, who continues to labor in the West Michigan area and beyond through Byron Center PRC, the calling church. From BC-PRC's bulletin today we learn that Pastor Spriensma is preaching at Georgetown PRC this evening.
  • Limerick Reformed Fellowship News:
    • Rev. M. McGeown led the services today.
    • The last mission newsletter from the Limerick Reformed Fellowship - the December 2019 edition - may be found here.

Philippine Missions:

  • *Update: We have received word that the visit of the delegation to the Philippines March 12-25 on behalf of Doon PRC and the Foreign Mission Committee has been postponed due to travel concerns. The FMC hopes that the visit can be made later this year.
  • Berean PRC News: This congregation continues to work in Gabaldon, Nueve Ecija.
  • Provident PRC News: Rev. D. Kleyn continues his monthly visits to Southern Negros Occidental to preach and teach in reforming churches there.
  • The newest Philippines mission newsletter has been published and posted! The January 2020 issue may be read here.
  • For more on life and activities in the Philippines from the personal perspective of the missionary's, visit the Kleyn's blog, the Holstege's, and the Smits!

We remember in prayer the needs of these busy pastors and missionaries in the Philippines. May the Lord of the harvest give them grace to be faithful and encouraged in all their labors.

India:

  • We also remember our sister church's work (Covenant ERC in Singapore) in Kolkata, through Rev. E. Singh.

Myanmar:

  • Let us also remember Hope PRC's (Grand Rapids, MI) support of and involvement with Rev. Titus' work in Myanmar; for his latest report, visit this page.
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Reformed News Asia - February 2020

 
Issue 58
Pamphlets

We print pamphlets written by our members and those from other Reformed churches of like-minded faith. They include a wide range of topics from doctrines to church history and practical Christian living. These pamphlets serve to promote knowledge of the true God as expressed in the Reformed faith.
NEWPamphlet!
The Law of God
By Rev Rodney Kleyn

"Psalm 119:97ff:

O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.
 
Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me.
 
I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.
 
I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.
 
I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word.
 
I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me.
 
How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
 
Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way."

Click hereto view our catalogue of pamphlets.

Click here to make an order.

All pamphlets are free. CERC reserves some discretion regarding large orders and/or orders from those outside Singapore.
 
Featured Book
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For international orders, click here.
Born For Our Salvation
by Martyn McGeown

From the RFPA website:

The nativity story is the message of salvation, for in the words of the Nicene Creed, “Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God…for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, and was made man.” Jesus was born for our salvation!

Follow the inspired evangelists, Matthew and Luke, as they relate the wonderful events that surround the birth and early childhood of Jesus Christ. Marvel at the announcement of the angel Gabriel. Rejoice with Mary, Elizabeth, the unborn John, and Joseph. Trace the steps of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, where the Savior is born. Listen to the heavenly song of the angelic host as they announce the gospel to lowly shepherds. Meet patient Simeon and aged Anna in the temple, and hear Simeon’s mysterious prophecy of the Savior’s rejection. Make the long trek from the east with the wise men who eagerly seek him that is born King of the Jews. Enter the palace of ruthless King Herod and witness his satanic enmity against the newborn Savior. Flee with Mary, Joseph, and Jesus to Egypt to escape the king’s wrath. Observe Jesus’ childhood development in Nazareth, and, finally, accompany Jesus to the temple in Jerusalem in his twelfth year, where he must be about his Father’s business. 

 
Audio Recordings
Click to listen to the sermon by Rev Kenneth Koole as we face the current situation of the virus outbreak:

Brought To Jesus For Healing
 
Upcoming Events!
 
Save the date!

April 2020 - Good Friday Gospel Meeting

15-18 Jun 2020 - Church Camp 2020
 
 
Past Events...
 
Church Retreat 2020

CERC began the year with a retreat held at our church organised by BS group - Glowing Candles. This year's theme is "Keeping the Unity of the Spirit" taken from Ephesians 4:1-3. Rev Arie Den Hartog gave a speech on on Unity, from Philippians 2:1-11 that can be found here. Everyone had a good time of fellowship while working it out - doing something different as they make their own form of healthy icecream! We pray that the Church will continue to grow in love and unity. 
Demo on how to make ice cream
Happy and satisfied smiles (:
 
CNY Visitation 2020

This year, three homes were opened for CNY visitation - Milton & Celina, Lee Yang & Joanna and Yang Zhi & Nicole. We thank them for their hospitality. There were some simple snacks and overall a good time of bonding and sharing. 
Milton & Celina's home
Lee Yang & Joanna's home
 
Baptism

We were blessed to witness the Infant Baptism of 3 children - Hayson, son of Aaron and Iva; Joy, daughter of Zong Jie and Julia; and Luke, son of Cornelius and Jemima! We were also joyful to see the Baptism of one of our older member - Sarah, grandmother of Anthea and Beverly. We rejoice to witness this Baptism of both the old and the young as we give thanks to God for His mercies and for adding to the church!
Baptism of Hayson
Baptism of Joy
Baptism of Luke
Baptism of Sarah
 
Notes
 
Salt Shakers

Salt Shakers is a bi-monthly magazine published by the youth in Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church (CERC). Included in each issue are writings pertaining to bothReformed doctrine and practical theology. Contributors to Salt Shakers include our pastor, youth and members of CERC, and pastors and professors from the Protestant Reformed Churches in America. Salt Shakers also features articles from the Standard Bearer and other Reformed publications. Click here to access.

 
Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church
We are a Reformed Church that holds to the doctrines of the Reformation as they are expressed in the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism and the Canons of Dordt.

Lord’s Day services on Sunday at 930 am & 2 pm • 11 Jalan Mesin, #04-00, Standard Industrial Building, Singapore 368813 • www.cerc.org.sg 
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This Week's PRC and Sister-Church News, March 1-7, 2020 *(Updated)

Isaiah 53 4Today, March 1, is the ninth Lord's Day of 2020; we may note the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, sister churches, and mission fields.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

“The unilateral character [of God’s covenant] had to come out with ever-increasing clarity in the course of history. True, the covenant of God imposed obligations also on those with whom it was made—obligations, not as conditions for entering into the covenant (for the covenant was made and based only on God’s compassion), but as the way the people who had by grace been incorporated into the covenant henceforth had to conduct themselves…But although Israel repeatedly accepted God’s covenant…it did not walk in the way of the covenant but consistently desecrated and broke it. Thus the question arose whether this covenant of grace was as unstable as the covenant…had been before the fall. Replying to this question, revelation answered ever more forcefully and loudly as apostasy increased. No, this covenant does not falter; people may become unfaithful, but God does not forget his promise. This covenant is anchored solely in his compassion…God cannot and may not break his covenant. Voluntarily, of his own accord, he bound himself to its provisions with a solemn oath; his name, his honor, his very being depend on it” (Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics, 4.204).

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • On Jan.19 Rev. H.Bleyenberg (Providence PRC) accepted the call to Immanuel PRC (Lacombe, AB). Rev. Heath Bleyenberg plans to preach his farewell sermon at Providence today. He and his wife Deb plan to leave for their new church home on March 17. Rev. N. Langerak (Crete PRC) is bringing the word in Lacombe today and next week.

  • The Consistory of Kalamazoo PRC announces a new trio from which to call a pastor: Revs. J. Engelsma (Doon PRC), S. Key (Loveland PRC), and C. Spronk (Faith PRC). The congregational meeting will be held this evening. UPDATE: Rev. J. Engelsma has received this call.

  • The Consistory of Cornerstone PRC (Dyer, IN) announces a new trio from which to call a pastor: Rev. M. De Boer (Edgerton, MN), Rev. J. Engelsma (Doon, IA), and Rev. J. Smidstra (Holland, MI). UPDATE: Rev. J. Engelsma has received this call.

  • Let us continue to pray for Rev. J. Marcus and his family, and the flock of First PRC in Edmonton, AB. At the present time, Rev. Marcus continues on a leave of absence from his pastoral duties in Edmonton, but he is available to preach elsewhere in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Consistories needing pulpit supply are encouraged to contact him. Rev. S. Key is bringing the Word in Edmonton again today while Rev. Marcus is preaching in Michigan today.

  • Did you know? (This about Southwest PRC in Wyoming, MI): In December the congregation approved hiring an architect to draw preliminary plans to expand our church building. A committee of the Council is currently working with the architect to make sure the preliminary plans meet our needs. This work continues. (from her bulletin today)

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

From the Contact Committee:  Rev. Ken Koole filled the pulpit in CERC - Singapore for the month of February [now finished and returned to the States].  Church Visitation was just recently conducted there by Rev. Koole and Rev. Haak (on his way back from India).  Prof. R. Dykstra left for the Philippines this week [Feb.19] as part of the annual delegation visit from the PRC.  Rev. Koole met Prof. Dykstra in the Philippines to carry out the work of the delegation.  Prof. Dykstra also intends to supply the pulpit in CERC- Singapore on March 1 and 8 and then return home.  Please remember these visits in prayer.

Classis East Notice: There will be a special meeting of Classis East on Tuesday, March 17  in Hudsonville PRC to give its advice on a decision of Hope PRC to release their pastor from the ministry under Article 12 of the Church Order.

Classis West Notice: Classis West will be meeting this week Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at Peace Church, Dyer, Indiana, D.V. Classis once again has a busy agenda that includes a request from First Edmonton PRC requesting release of their pastor under Article 11 of the Church Order, 2 protests against previous decisions of Classis, an overture regarding special worship services, and an appeal against decisions taken by a consistory. May God grant wisdom to the delegates as they sort through and deliberate on the weighty material of the agenda. [Loveland PRC bulletin]

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Special Reformed Bible Conference Notice:

Professor David J. Engelsma will be speaking at the Reformed Bible Conference on April 17th at Richland Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Rosemark,TN. The conference, focusing on the theme “The Triune God – Defined, Defended, & Declared”, is open to the public and free to attend. A flier containing additional details on the conference can be made available by emailing the Crete PRC evangelism committee secretary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. [A copy of the schedule is also attached to this news post.]

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PRC Seminary News:

  • The seminary is entering its seventh week of the second semester. The class schedule and calendar have been posted on the seminary's website. The first round of practice preaching was held this past Monday (Feb.24) with Sems. J. Tan and M.Wee delivering sermons. Remember to pray for the faculty, students, and staff as they busy themselves in the work of this new semester.

  • Prof. R. Dykstra and his wife Carol spent a week in the Philippines visiting the PRCP (sister churches) and are now spending two Sundays in the Covenant ERC in Singapore (another sister church) on behalf of the PRC Contact Committee. Profs. B. Gritters and D. Kuiper will cover his seminary classes while he is gone. May the Lord grant safe travels and good visits to these churches and fellow saints.

  • Sem. Josiah Tan (CERC-Singapore) has been licensed to speak a word of edification in the churches and has been busy preaching in the West Michigan area and beyond. Contact Prof. B. Gritters (rector) for scheduling.

  • Looking for some good Reformed books to read, Bible study materials or seminary publications to use? Come and visit the seminary's bookstore! We have a variety of Bibles, commentaries, and good books - used and new - for our members and friends. And you may also make use of our library - here's the link to our online catalog if you wish to search for something to read or use.

  • Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2020 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 30th. 

  • Need for Ministers: Synod 2019 took a decision to place the urgent need for seminary students before our churches. Please remember in your prayers to petition the Lord of the harvest for pastors, and please encourage young men, whom you observe to have the gifts, to consider the ministry. If you wish to listen to a couple of sermons by our professors that address this need, listen to "The (Suffering) Minister's Steadfast Confession" and "The Beautiful Feet of the Gospel Preacher."

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SISTER-CHURCH NEWS:

  • Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, the following may be mentioned:
    • Prof. R. Dykstra and his wife Carol are currently serving the CERC (March 1-8).
    • Concerning Rev. J. Mahtani's application to serve in CERC, our sister church had this report in a recent bulletin: The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has rejected our latest appeal for approval of our application for Rev Jonathan Mahtani’s employment pass. The lawyers, whom we engaged, have written to Central Manpower Base (CMPB) to reconsider our application based on our interpretation of the deferred NS obligations of Rev Mahtani. Let us not lose hope but continue to earnestly pray that the Lord’s will be done. In this conjunction, do attend the prayer meeting at 11.30am after this morning worship service.
    • The December 2019 newsletter - Reformed News Asia - was posted recently and may be found on this page.
  • Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC,  the following may be noted:
    • Rev. A. Stewart led Covenant's services today.
    • Read the latest CPRC newsletter - February 2020!
    • *Join Reformed believers from around the world at the 2020 British Reformed Fellowship family conference at Castlewellan Castle in Northern Ireland from Saturday, July 11 to Saturday, July 18.  Our speakers, Prof. David Engelsma and Rev. Andy Lanning, will lecture on "Union with Christ".  For information see the website http://brfconference.weebly.com or contact Briana Prins at 616-214-2779;  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Rooms are filling quickly, so complete your booking form today!
    • Read the new February 2020 issue of the "Covenant Reformed News"!

  • Concerning the PRC in the Philippines, the following may be gleaned from the bulletins of the Berean PRC, PRC in Bulacan, Maranatha PRC, and Provident CC:
    • Congregational and Denominational News:

~ Maranatha PRC: Rev. L. Trinidad, our Pastor will lead us in both services. He will continue the lesson on the Canons of Dordt. The Church Visitation is in the afternoon at 3:00 o”clock.

~ Provident PRC: Rev. Holstege will lead both of our worship services today. In the first service, we will witness the baptism of, Violet Joy, the baby daughter of Rev and Leah Holstege. May God bless and edify us through the word and sacrament today. And a notice of an upcoming delegation: A delegation from Doon PRC and the FMC (PRCA) will visit the Philippines from March 12-25. Rev. Jonathan Langerak and his wife Sarah (from Heritage PRC in Sioux Falls, South Dakota) will be coming, together with Deacon Caleb Wooiwood (from Doon PRC). The purpose of their visit centers on the missionaries and their work here in the Philippines.

~ The most recent mission newsletter was published and distributed this Fall. You may find that October 2019 update here.

~ And for more on the life and work of our "sisters" in the Far East read the news under Philippine missions.

  • The PRC also has a "corresponding relationship" with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) of Australia. We remember these brothers and sisters in our prayers and labors also.

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SPECIAL NOTICES:

  • Are you looking for good Reformed literature and a solid Reformed and biblical magazine? Visit the Reformed Free Publishing Association's website (www.rfpa.org), where you will find information on books in all major Christian categories, as well as on the bi-monthly periodical, the Standard Bearer.

  • Would you like to learn more about the PRC and her doctrines and practices? Are you in need of some pamphlets and/or articles published by the PRC for use in evangelism and/or witnessing? Visit the PRCA Evangelism page for a complete list of materials available in digital format or by order from the publishing church.

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  • Remember to listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday - on a radio station near you or on Sermonaudio wherever you are!
    • Continuing this month Rev. R. Kleyn of the Covenant of Grace PRC in Spokane, WA is delivering a series on prayer, with today's message titled "May God's Will Be Done" based on Luke 11:2. Listen to the broadcast on the station near you or visit the links provided here to listen to this program.
    • From the Reformed Witness Hour Committee:

~ The Reformed Witness Hour Committee wishes to remind everyone that you can receive their bi-monthly newsletter via email by simply signing up at http://eepurl.com/gikNsL.  Each newsletter contains information about places around our globe where the RWH is downloaded; news about the RWH’s witness on the radio and via the internet, printed booklet, and CD and links to many popular and relevant RWH messages.

~ A Spanish edition of the RWH has been produced and may be found on this YouTube channel (PRC Espanol). Why not check it out - and help spread the word!

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ESPECIALLY FOR PRC Young People and Young Adults:

  • The Young Calvinists will be hosting a Talking Points Lecture on Saturday, March 14 from 2-4pm at Georgetown PRC. Seminarian Josiah Tan will speaking on "Evangelism & The Covenant: How these two doctrines come together in the PRC's Sister church in Singapore." This interactive workshop will be live-streamed to our churches in and out of state! We encourage you to Facebook message us with any questions on local evangelism that you would like addressed by our speaker."

  • Chaperone registration for the 2020 Young People’s Convention hosted by Georgetown PRC is now open!  The convention is planned for August 10-14, 2020 at the Lake Williamson Camp in Carlinville, IL.  To register, go to www.prcconvention.com, and follow the instructions under the Chaperone tab.  If you have any questions, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Conventioneer registration opens March 15.

  • Young Men's Conference - Young men of High School and College age, please plan to attend the GPRC Young Men’s Conference, with the theme of "Run, Fight, Lead!", on Saturday morning, April 25, from 8 am-12:00 pm, at Georgetown Protestant Reformed Church. Breakfast is included! Don’t wait, register today!  For more details and to register please visit georgetownprc.org/runfightlead

  • Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2020 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 30th. 

  • The Western Young People's Retreat, hosted by the Lynden and Spokane Young Peoples, will be held July 14-17, 2020, at Camp Sanders in N. Idaho.  This is a retreat for Young People ages 13-18 (going into 9th-12th grade).  More information and registration will be available in March. Contact Rev. Kleyn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

  • The latest issue of Salt Shakers magazine has been published. To read the December 2019 issue (#58), visit this page.

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PRC MISSION NEWS:

Domestic Labors:

  • Remember in prayer our home missionary, Rev. A. Spriensma, who continues to labor in the West Michigan area and beyond through Byron Center PRC, the calling church. From BC-PRC's bulletn today we learn this: "Pastor Spriensma will be filling the pulpit at Borculo CRC this evening. May the Lord bless this opportunity to proclaim the gospel." And related to his work is this notice: "The Dorr Bible Study meets this Thursday, March 5, at 7:30 PM. We plan to take up our discussion beginning at John 10:22. Please join us and bring friends or neighbors along to the library in Dorr!"
  • Limerick Reformed Fellowship News:
    • Rev. M. McGeown led the services today.
    • S. Wales Lecture: Rev. McGeown gave a lecture this past Thursday on “The Canon of Sacred Scripture” at Margam Community Centre.
    • The last mission newsletter from the Limerick Reformed Fellowship - the December 2019 edition - may be found here.

Philippine Missions:

  • Berean PRC News: This congregation continues to work in Gabaldon, Nueve Ecija.
  • Provident PRC News (last week): Rev. D. Kleyn continues his monthly visits to Southern Negros Occidental to preach and teach in reforming churches there.
  • The newest Philippines mission newsletter has been published and posted! The January 2020 issue may be read here.
  • For more on life and activities in the Philippines from the personal perspective of the missionary's, visit the Kleyn's blog, the Holstege's, and the Smits!

We remember in prayer the needs of these busy pastors and missionaries in the Philippines. May the Lord of the harvest give them grace to be faithful and encouraged in all their labors.

India:

  • We also remember our sister church's work (Covenant ERC in Singapore) in Kolkata, through Rev. E. Singh.

Myanmar:

  • Let us also remember Hope PRC's (Grand Rapids, MI) support of and involvement with Rev. Titus' work in Myanmar; for his latest report, visit this page.
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Reformed Witness Hour Messages for March 2020

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First PRC of Grand Rapids, MI and the Reformed Witness Hour Committee announce the messages scheduled for March 2020 on the RWH radio/Internet program.

This month Rev. R. Kleyn, pastor of Covenant of Grace PRC in Spokane, WA, continues a series on the Lord's Prayer. Be sure to tune in (or listen online anytime!) for these important messages. The schedule for this month is laid out below and also attached in pdf form.

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March 1, 2020 - May God's Will Be Done, Luke 11:2

March 8, 2020 - Praying for Daily Bread, Luke 11:3

March 15, 2020 - Forgive Us Our Debts, Luke 11:4

March 22, 2020 - The Prayer of the Christian Soldier, Luke 11:4

March 29, 2020 - Certainty in Prayer, Matthew 6:13b

You are encouraged to listen to these important messages and to let others know about them too. Help spread the word about the Reformed Witness Hour, now in its 79th year of broadcasting the truths of God's sovereign, particular, efficacious grace!

DID YOU KNOW? Our weekly broadcast is available as a podcast on Google Play, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, and most other podcast apps. Subscribe today by searching for “Reformed Witness Hour”.

Visit our website for the latest podcast and for other news and information!

The Reformed Witness Hour Committee wishes to remind everyone that you can receive their bi-monthly newsletter via email by simply signing up at http://eepurl.com/gikNsL .  Each newsletter contains information about places around our globe where the RWH is downloaded; news about the RWH’s witness on the radio and via the internet, printed booklet, and CD and links to many popular and relevant RWH messages.

And don't forget our Spanish programs on YouTube!

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If you wish to be added to the mailing list to receive the printed booklet of the messages each month, send an email to Judi Doezema at doezema at prca.org.

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Covenant PRC, N. Ireland Newsletter - February 2020

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Covenant Protestant Reformed Church Ballymena, NI

February 20, 2020

Dear saints in the Protestant Reformed Churches,

Due to the pressure of work—mostly good, beneficial, and rewarding work—it is now six months since my last letter. The bimonthly epistle is now biannual!

Congregational News

The new church season began in early September with ten catechumens, eight boys and two girls, in three classes: Old Testament Juniors, New Testament Seniors and Essentials of Reformed Doctrine. The covenant children are doing well.

“Saving Faith: A Biblical and Theological Analysis” is the current subject of our Tuesday morning meetings. So far we have treated the significance, necessity, source, subject, object, bond, and knowledge of faith. Our heavenly Father uses our increased understanding of faith to build up our faith in His Son (Eph. 4:13)!

Our Belgic Confession classes concluded their treatment of Article 35 with six classes on “The Holy Supper of Our Lord Jesus Christ,” now in a handy box set entitled, “Who Is to Eat and Drink What?” The subjects addressed are controversial in our day: “Open, Close, or Closed Communion?” “Paedocommunion?” “Private Communion?” “Five Issues Regarding the Wine,” “Leavened or Unleavened Bread?” and “The Partaking of Unbelievers and Believers.”

Our twelve classes so far on “The Magistrates” (Belgic Confession 36) have especially considered the Bible’s teaching against civil rebellion plus Anabaptist political theory, both revolutionary (e.g., the Münster rebellion of 15341535) and pacifist (e.g., the Schleitheim Confession of 1527).

Almost 300 of these wide-ranging doctrine classes on 36 of the 37 articles of the Belgic Confession can be listened to free on-line (https://cprc.co.uk/belgic-confession-class). These are among our website’s most hit audios.

The last two Lord’s day series were “The Idolatry of Micah and Dan” (seven sermons on Judges 17-18, a deeply unsettling passage) and “Practical Christianity” (13 sermons on James 1), treating especially temptation (vv. 2-17) and regeneration with its calling (vv. 18-27). Currently, I am preaching through the wonderful book of Daniel, with its gripping narratives and fascinating eschatology.

David Crossett was installed as a new deacon (15 September, 2019). The Lord in His mercy continues to provide us with faithful officebearers.

“William Tyndale: English Bible Translator” was the subject of this year’s CPRC Reformation day lecture (25 October, 2019). The day before, the Ballymena Guardian carried an advertisement and an article we sent them on this great Reformer who laboured diligently so that the ploughboy would know more of the Scriptures than the corrupt priests. Tyndale was eventually betrayed and martyred for the truth of God’s Word outside Brussels. The speech was accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation (www.youtube.com/ watch?v=np7Bxbspl00).

Various improvements have been made to our church property. Our overflow car park was levelled with road plainings (crushed tarmac)—a very nice job. The inside of the church building was repainted, and we purchased new tables for congregational tea and sandwiches, etc.

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Mary continues to make a lot of important improvements to our new and secure website (http://cprc.co.uk). She has added “redirects” from all of the 5,000 or so webpages of our old website (apart from the old Sunday bulletins), bringing many more people to the updated and improved version.

On 21 November, Mary added a new statistics plug-in. Since then, these are the top ten countries in terms of people on our website: 1) United States, 2) Indonesia, 3) Hong Kong, 4) Singapore, 5) Brazil, 6) China, 7) United Kingdom, 8) South Africa, 9) Germany, and 10) Philippines. Interestingly, four of the sister churches of our communion are in the top 10: USA, Singapore, UK, and the Philippines. Canada used to be number 10 but it has dropped to number 11.

Various factors are involved in a nation’s hits and, therefore, its ranking, including a combination of the following: the population of a country (e.g., China, USA, and Indonesia have hundreds of millions of people); the number of its professing Christians (e.g., there are many in USA, China, South Africa, and the Philippines); its internet usage (e.g., it is very high in Hong Kong and Singapore); its peoples’ knowledge of English (e.g., it is the main language in USA, UK, and Singapore, and about half of Hong Kongers speak it); and the number of CPRC translations in the language(s) of a country (e.g., we have over 500 articles in Portuguese, the language of Brazil, and a good number in Indonesian, Afrikaans, and German).

At the other end of the scale, we have had three days on which someone from the British Antarctic Territory has had his or her heart warmed by the materials on our website. Someone from the Vatican was on www.cprc.co.uk. Perhaps it was the Pope?

Those in the UK can now order excellent RFPA books, our CD and DVD box sets, and free pamphlets, and make payments by bank transfer, on the CPRC website. Mary is researching the best way to enable orders (including calculating postage) and receive payments from those in the rest of the world.

The CPRC Sunday services and lectures are now available on a podcast on video and audio. This is not yet the case with our Wednesday night Belgic Confession classes—one of many things to be sorted out in the days ahead.

Others

Mary’s dad, Fred Hanko, went to glory on 28 December, 2019. Her mother, Ruth, was called home earlier in the year (8 February). They were (and are) wonderful people and are sorely missed. Mary and I joined family and friends for Dad’s funeral in Michigan, ably led by Rev. Clay Spronk in Faith PRC (3 January, 2020). Thank you for your prayers and cards.On Sunday, 5 January, I preached twice in Cornerstone PRC— good to see the saints there again—before flying back home from O’Hare Airport the next day.

Rev. Ken Koole kindly preached for the CPRC on 5 January, when we were in Indiana, and 12 January, when we were in the Limerick Reformed Fellowship, for Rev. Martyn McGeown was in Australia speaking in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Brisbane and at their youth camp.

I delivered two lectures in South Wales: “The Peace Offering” (5 September, 2019) and “William Tyndale: English Bible Translator” (23 January, 2020). It is always good to bring the truth to, and fellowship with, the saints in Wales.

Since my last letter, we have added 100 translations to our website, including 68 ecumenical creeds in Bulgarian, Haitian Creole, Kazakh, Maori, Mongolian, etc. (https://cprc. co.uk/languages). The others are 11 Hungarian, 7 Tamil (our Reformed forms); 7 Spanish (including those by a pastor in Lima, Peru, who is translating articles on the development of the doctrine of the covenant); 3 German; 3 Russian (the last chapters of Be Ye Holy, so that now all of this BRF book is on-line in Russian); and 1 Romanian (Saved by Grace, an excellent RFPA book by Prof. Cammenga and Rev. Hanko).

The CPRC YouTube page has now reached 300,000 hits (www.youtube.com/cprcni). Stephen Murray has put a lot of work into this over many years. We are adding the Scripture texts in parentheses after the sermon titles for search engine optimization. So far this has been done for the last 600 videos but there are many more yet to do!

The British Reformed Fellowship (BRF) conference booking forms are now available (www.brfconference.weebly.com/booking.html). “Union With Christ” is the theme that will be developed by Prof. David Engelsma and Rev. Andy Lanning in the six main addresses at Castlewellan Castle, Northern Ireland (11-18 July). John William Perkins is to give a special lecture on “Union with the Free Will of Christ in the English Puritans.” Already we have had about 80 confirmed bookings, a lot more than we have had at this stage for any of the 15 previous BRF conferences. A good number of countries will be represented, and it promises to be an enriching time of Christian teaching and fellowship.

May the Lord be with you all,

Rev. & Mary Stewart

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This Week's PRC and Sister-Church News, February 23-29, 2020

1 Thessalonians 5 18Today, February 23, is the eighth Lord's Day of 2020; we may note the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, sister churches, and mission fields.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

The full, glorious realization of this covenant re­lationship will be seen in heaven. There, the purpose of God will be fulfilled when His people can perfectly and forever have communion and fellowship with God. This is the goal which God has in mind. His purpose is not simply to bring a people to a wonderful place—but He will bring them into wonderful fellowship with Himself. The purpose is not simply to enjoy the good things of a perfect world—but to enjoy speaking with God which is life itself. All of creation and all of the body of Christ will be united in beautiful harmony to the praise of the Name of our God.
This covenant fellowship is already enjoyed by the child of God in this earth. He has the opportu­nity to speak with God through prayer. He has the desire and opportunity to read His Word. He knows that God speaks to him through His Word and by His Spirit. There is the foretaste of eternal fellowship already now. This is the essence of eternal life, as Jesus taught, "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, Whom Thou hast sent" (John 17:3).~ Rev. G. Van Baren

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • On February 16 Rev. R. Barnhill (Peace PRC) declined the call from Kalamazoo PRC.

  • The Consistory of Kalamazoo PRC announces a new trio from which to call a pastor: Revs. J. Engelsma (Doon PRC), S. Key (Loveland PRC), and C. Spronk (Faith PRC). The congregational meeting will be held next Sunday evening, March 1.

  • The Consistory of Cornerstone PRC (Dyer, IN) announces a new trio from which to call a pastor: Rev. M. De Boer (Edgerton, MN), Rev. J. Engelsma (Doon, IA), and Rev. J. Smidstra (Holland, MI).

  • On Jan.19 Rev. H.Bleyenberg (Providence PRC) accepted the call to Immanuel PRC (Lacombe, AB). Rev. Heath Bleyenberg plans to preach his farewell sermon at Providence on March 1. He and his wife Deb plan to leave for their new church home on March 17. Rev. M. DeVries is bringing the word in Lacombe again today.

  • Let us continue to pray for Rev. J. Marcus and his family, and the flock of First PRC in Edmonton, AB. At the present time, Rev. Marcus continues on a leave of absence from his pastoral duties in Edmonton, but he is available to preach elsewhere in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Consistories needing pulpit supply are encouraged to contact him. Rev. S. Key is bringing the Word in Edmonton today while Rev. Marcus brings it in Loveland.

  • This past week Rev. W. Bruinsma finished his labors in Vellore, India on behalf of Georgetown PRC and he and his wife Mary returned home to Pittsburgh (see under mission news below).

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

From the Contact Committee:  Rev. Ken Koole is filling the pulpit in CERC - Singapore for the month of February.  Church Visitation was just recently conducted there by Rev. Koole and Rev. Haak (on his way back from India).  Prof. Dykstra left for the Philippines this week as part of the annual delegation visit from the PRC.  Rev. Koole will meet Prof. Dykstra in the Philippines to carry out the work of the delegation.  Prof. Dykstra also intends to supply the pulpit in CERC- Singapore on March 1 and 8 and then return home.  Please remember these visits in prayer.

Classis East Notice: There will be a special meeting of Classis East on Tuesday, March 17 to give its advice on a decision of Hope PRC to release their pastor from the ministry under Article 12 of the Church Order.

Classis West Notice: Classis West will be meeting March 4, 2020 at Peace Church, Dyer, Indiana, D.V.  Anyone having material to go before Classis is asked to ensure it reaches the stated clerk, Rev Joshua Engelsma, prior to Monday, Feb 3, 2020.  May our Lord and Saviour grant our delegates all the grace and wisdom needed to represent our congregation.

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PRC Seminary News:

  • The seminary is entering its sixth week of the second semester. The class schedule and calendar have been posted on the seminary's website. The first round of practice preaching will be held on Monday Feb.24, with Sems. J. Tan and M.Wee delivering sermons. Remember to pray for the faculty, students, and staff as they busy themselves in the work of this new semester.

  • Prof. R. Dykstra and his wife Carol left this past Wednesday for a week in the Philippines visiting the PRCP (sister churches) and then spending two Sundays in the Covenant ERC in Singapore (another sister church) on behalf of the PRC Contact Committee. Profs. B. Gritters and D. Kuiper will cover his seminary classes while he is gone. May the Lord grant safe travels and good visits to these churches and fellow saints.

  • Sem. Josiah Tan (CERC-Singapore) has been licensed to speak a word of edification in the churches and has been busy preaching in the West Michigan area and beyond. Contact Prof. B. Gritters (rector) for scheduling.

  • Looking for some good Reformed books to read, Bible study materials or seminary publications to use? Come and visit the seminary's bookstore! We have a variety of Bibles, commentaries, and good books - used and new - for our members and friends. And you may also make use of our library - here's the link to our online catalog if you wish to search for something to read or use.

  • Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2020 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 30th. 

  • Need for Ministers: Synod 2019 took a decision to place the urgent need for seminary students before our churches. Please remember in your prayers to petition the Lord of the harvest for pastors, and please encourage young men, whom you observe to have the gifts, to consider the ministry. If you wish to listen to a couple of sermons by our professors that address this need, listen to "The (Suffering) Minister's Steadfast Confession" and "The Beautiful Feet of the Gospel Preacher."

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*Look for the notice of the 2020 BRF Conference below - this year at the lovely Castlewellan Castle in Northern Ireland!

SISTER-CHURCH NEWS:

  • Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, the following may be mentioned:
    • Rev. Ken Koole is serving the CERC for the month of February.
    • Concerning Rev. J. Mahtani's application to serve in CERC, our sister church had this report in a recent bulletin: "...we have submitted another appeal to MOM and CMPB for the Employment Pass for Rev J. Mahtani to serve as MOL in Singapore. This time we have engaged some legal assistance to make this appeal. ...We urge you to join the church together to call upon Him."
    • The December 2019 newsletter - Reformed News Asia - was posted recently and may be found on this page.
  • Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC,  the following may be noted:
    • Rev. M. McGeown led Covenant's services today, while Rev. A. Stewart led the services in Limerick Reformed Fellowship.
    • S. Wales Lecture: Rev. McGeown will give a lecture on “The Canon of Sacred Scripture” at Margam Community Centre on Thursday, 27 February, at 7:15 PM.
    • *Join Reformed believers from around the world at the 2020 British Reformed Fellowship family conference at Castlewellan Castle in Northern Ireland from Saturday, July 11 to Saturday, July 18.  Our speakers, Prof. David Engelsma and Rev. Andy Lanning, will lecture on "Union with Christ".  For information see the website http://brfconference.weebly.com or contact Briana Prins at 616-214-2779;  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Rooms are filling quickly, so complete your booking form today!
    • Read the new February 2020 issue of the "Covenant Reformed News"!
  • Concerning the PRC in the Philippines, the following may be gleaned from the bulletins of the Berean PRC, PRC in Bulacan, Maranatha PRC, and Provident CC:
    • Congregational and Denominational News:

~ Berean PRC: Rev. Ibe and Prof. Dykstra will lead us in our worship services today. Our pastor is also scheduled to preach at Kerusso Community church at 3 P.M. today. At 5 P.M., Kerusso Community church members will meet to discuss the possibility of attending one of the PR churches with the view of making a confession of faith in the near future, the Lord willing.

~ Maranatha PRC: Prof. R. Dykstra of the Theological Seminary of the PRCA will be preaching in in our First Service and his second preaching will be at the Berean PRC. Rev. R. Smit, our Missionary will lead us in the Second Services. He will continue the Belgic Confession lesson Article 32, “The Order and Discipline of the Church.

~ Provident PRC: Rev. Kleyn will lead both of our worship services today. Rev. Holstege will teach and preach for the Bearers of Light Community Church in Guiguinto today. Elder Alex will accompany him.

~ The Classis of the Federation of Protestant Reformed Churches will have their regular meeting on February 25, 2020 at the Provident PRC, Marikina City at 9:00 in the morning.

~ The most recent mission newsletter was published and distributed this Fall. You may find that October 2019 update here.

~ And for more on the life and work of our "sisters" in the Far East read the news under Philippine missions.

  • The PRC also has a "corresponding relationship" with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) of Australia. We remember these brothers and sisters in our prayers and labors also.

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SPECIAL NOTICES:

  • Are you looking for good Reformed literature and a solid Reformed and biblical magazine? Visit the Reformed Free Publishing Association's website (www.rfpa.org), where you will find information on books in all major Christian categories, as well as on the bi-monthly periodical, the Standard Bearer.

  • Would you like to learn more about the PRC and her doctrines and practices? Are you in need of some pamphlets and/or articles published by the PRC for use in evangelism and/or witnessing? Visit the PRCA Evangelism page for a complete list of materials available in digital format or by order from the publishing church.

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  • Remember to listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday - on a radio station near you or on Sermonaudio wherever you are!
    • Beginning this month Rev. R. Kleyn of the Covenant of Grace PRC in Spokane, WA is speaking for the RWH. He is delivering a series on prayer, with today's message titled "May God's Kingdom Come" based on Luke 11:2. Listen to the broadcast on the station near you or visit the links provided here to listen to this program.
    • From the Reformed Witness Hour Committee:

~ The Reformed Witness Hour Committee wishes to remind everyone that you can receive their bi-monthly newsletter via email by simply signing up at http://eepurl.com/gikNsL.  Each newsletter contains information about places around our globe where the RWH is downloaded; news about the RWH’s witness on the radio and via the internet, printed booklet, and CD and links to many popular and relevant RWH messages.

~ A Spanish edition of the RWH has been produced and may be found on this YouTube channel (PRC Espanol). Why not check it out - and help spread the word!

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ESPECIALLY FOR PRC Young People and Young Adults:

  • Chaperone registration for the 2020 Young People’s Convention hosted by Georgetown PRC is now open!  The convention is planned for August 10-14, 2020 at the Lake Williamson Camp in Carlinville, IL.  To register, go to www.prcconvention.com, and follow the instructions under the Chaperone tab.  If you have any questions, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Conventioneer registration opens March 15.

  • Young Men's Conference - Young men of High School and College age, please plan to attend the GPRC Young Men’s Conference, with the theme of "Run, Fight, Lead!", on Saturday morning, April 25, from 8 am-12:00 pm, at Georgetown Protestant Reformed Church. Breakfast is included! Don’t wait, register today!  For more details and to register please visit georgetownprc.org/runfightlead

  • Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2020 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 30th. 

  • The Western Young People's Retreat, hosted by the Lynden and Spokane Young Peoples, will be held July 14-17, 2020, at Camp Sanders in N. Idaho.  This is a retreat for Young People ages 13-18 (going into 9th-12th grade).  More information and registration will be available in March. Contact Rev. Kleyn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

  • *A new issue of Salt Shakers magazine has been produced and published. To read the December 2019 issue (#58), visit this page.

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PRC MISSION NEWS:

Domestic Labors:

  • Remember in prayer our home missionary, Rev. A. Spriensma, who continues to labor in the West Michigan area and beyond through Byron Center PRC, the calling church.
  • Limerick Reformed Fellowship News:
    • Rev. A. Stewart led the services today, while Rev. McGeown brought the word in Covenant PRC, Ballymena.
    • S. Wales Lecture: Rev. McGeown will give a lecture on “The Canon of Sacred Scripture” at Margam Community Centre on Thursday, 27 February, at 7:15 PM.
    • The last mission newsletter from the Limerick Reformed Fellowship - the December 2019 edition - may be found here.

Philippine Missions:

  • Berean PRC News: This congregation continues to work in Gabaldon, Nueve Ecija.
  • Provident PRC News (last week): "Rev. and Sharon Kleyn are in Southern Negros Occidental today to preach and teach in reforming churches there. Let us pray that our Lord will build His church there for His glory."
  • The newest Philippines mission newsletter has been published and posted! The October 2019 issue may be read here.
  • For more on life and activities in the Philippines from the personal perspective of the missionary's, visit the Kleyn's blog, the Holstege's, and the Smits!

Keep in prayer the needs of these busy pastors and missionaries in the Philippines. May the Lord of the harvest give them grace to be faithful and encouraged in all their labors.

India:

  • Let us remember to pray for the Lord's blessing on Georgetown PRC's labor in Vellore, India. From last week's bulletin we learn about the delegation finishing up the recent labors: Rev. and Mrs. Bruinsma spent the past week with the PRCV and plan to return home tomorrow, the Lord willing. Update: The Bruinsmas have returned to the Sates amd are back in Pittsburgh.
  • We also remember our sister church's work (Covenant ERC in Singapore) in Kolkata, through Rev. E. Singh.

Myanmar:

  • Let us also remember Hope PRC's (Grand Rapids, MI) support of and involvement with Rev. Titus' work in Myanmar; for his latest report, visit this page.
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