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Report of Classis West - March 7, 2018 - Loveland PRC

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Loveland (CO) PRC, Host of Classis West meeting held March 7, 2018

Classis West of the Protestant Reformed Churches met in Loveland, Colorado, on March 7, 2018.  Thirteen ministers and seventeen elders represented the churches.  Rev. Dennis Lee chaired the meeting.

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.

In closed session, two consistories explained their labors with impenitent members and requested that Classis approve their proceeding to the increase of censure by making a public announcement of the name.  After careful deliberation, Classis advised both consistories to proceed.

With Rev. Griess accepting a call to First PRC (Grand Rapids), the now-vacant Calvary PRC requested pulpit supply from Classis.  The following appointments were made: Rev. B. Huizinga – April 8 and 15; Rev. D. Lee – April 29 and May 6; Rev. J. Laning – May 13; Rev. B. Feenstra – May 20 and 27; Rev. J. Engelsma – June 10; Rev. M. De Boer – June 17; Rev. J. Marcus – July 1 and 8; Rev. A. Brummel – July 15; Rev. E. Guichelaar – July 22 and 29; Rev. S. Key – August 5 and 12; Rev. R. Kleyn – Sept. 2 and 9; Rev. N. Langerak – Sept. 16 and 23; Rev. R. Barnhill – Oct. 7 and 14; Rev. S. Regnerus – Oct. 21 and 28.

Classis approved the subsidy requests for 2019 for five churches and forwarded them on to Synod for its approval.  Classis took note of the fact that Edgerton PRC is no longer requesting subsidy, and Edgerton’s pastor, Rev. De Boer, addressed a word of appreciation to the churches for the financial support provided over the years.

Classis also voted for various classical functionaries.  Rev. Laning was appointed to a three-year term on the Classical Committee, and Rev. De Boer was appointed to finish the remaining two years of Rev. Griess’ term.  Rev. Barnhill was appointed to a three-year term as a primus synodical deputy, Rev. Laning was appointed to a three-year term as a secundus synodical deputy, and Rev. Guichelaar was appointed to finish the remaining one year of Rev. Griess’ term as a secundus synodical deputy.  Classis appointed Revs. R. Hanko, S.Key, R.Kleyn, and J.Laning as church visitors, with Revs. A. Brummel and T. Miersma as alternates.

Ministers delegated to Synod 2018 were Revs. Huizinga, Key, Kleyn, Langerak, and Laning.  Alternates are Revs. Brummel, Engelsma, Guichelaar, Lee, and Marcus.  Elder delegates to Synod are Glenn Feenstra (Hope), Henry Ferguson (First Edmonton), Hilgard Goosen (Immanuel), Alan Meurer (Bethel), and Jim Regnerus (Doon).  Their alternates are Bob Brands (Loveland), Alden De Jong (Hull), George De Jong (Crete), David Griess (Loveland), and Jim Lenting (Crete).

Classis was able to complete its work by noon.  The expenses of this meeting totaled $8,110.23.

Classis will meet next in Heritage PRC (Sioux Falls, SD) on September 26, 2018, the Lord willing.

Rev. Joshua Engelsma

Stated Clerk, Classis West

Reformed Witness Hour Messages for March 2018

Fiirst PRC of Grand Rapids, MI and the Reformed Witness Hour Committee announce the messages scheduled for March 2018 on the RWH radio/Internet program.

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revrkleynRev. Rodney Kleyn, pastor of Covenant of Grace PRC (Spokane, WA), continues his four-month service for the RWH program, giving a special series on the Old Testament book of Ruth, as evidence of God's great covenant faithfulness to His people (cf. schedule of messages below).

March 2018

March 4 - Hope for Those Who Are Empty, Ruth 2:18-23

Rev. Rodney Kleyn

March 11 - Seeking Rest in Marriage, Ruth 3:1-10

Rev. Rodney Kleyn

March 18 - Boaz; A Willing Redeemer, Ruth 3:11-18

Rev. Rodney Kleyn

March 25 - Weep Not for Me, But for Yourselves, Luke 23:28

Rev. Rodney Kleyn

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 77th year of broadcasting the truths of God's sovereign, particular, efficacious grace!

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PRC and Sister-Church News for the Week of March 4, 2018 *(Update on Grace PRC's New Sanctuary)

 On this ninth Lord's Day of 2018, March 4, we note the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, mission fields, and sister churches.

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Pastor-elect David Noorman and his wife Carisa after his examination at Classis East last week (see below)

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • Pastor-elect David Noorman sustained his examination before Classis East this past Wednesday (cf. note below under Classis East news) and Southwest PRC (Wyoming, MI) was advised to proceed to his ordination and installation. The following is the note found in SW PRC's bulletin today about this significant event:
    • "The consistory calls the congregation to a special worship service on Wednesday, March 7, at 7:00 pm for the purpose of the ordination and installation of Pastor-elect Dave Noorman as the next pastor at Southwest Protestant Reformed Church. Prof. R. Cammenga will lead us in worship and conduct the installation. Refreshments will be served after the service."
    • And this note was added: A welcome program for our new pastor and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. David (Carisa) Noorman, will be held on Sunday, March 11, after the evening worship service. All members are encouraged to attend.  Refreshments will be served.
  • The special delegation to the Philippines for the annual visit on behalf of Doon PRC and the Foreign Mission Committee (Rev. C. Griess and Joel Van Egdom) completed their labors this past Monday and returned home safely on Tuesday, Feb.27.
  • First PRC in Edmonton, AB has this special notice concerning a significant event this summer: "The dates for the 2018 Family Conference have been finalized! First PRC in Edmonton, AB plans to host the conference July 20-22, 2018 D.V. Hear from our speakers: Rev. B. Huizinga, N. Langerak and J. Marcus on the topic of 'Seeking The Lord'. Mark your calendars and plan to attend what promises to be a spiritually encouraging time of growth and fellowship with saints from Canada and abroad, as well as an opportunity to see some of the beauty that God has created here in Canada. For more information or to register, please visit our website https://edmontonfamilyconf.wixsite.com/conference2018, or contact Scott Ferguson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. "
  • Time change next Sunday! This good note of reminder appears in several bulletins this week: "Daylight Savings Time takes effect again early next Sunday morning, March 11. You will need to set your clocks ahead an hour Saturday night, in order to make it to church on time Sunday morning."
  • *UPDATE: Grace PRC (Standale, MI) moved into her new sanctuary on March 4, worshiping in it for the first time (cf. pictures below). A brief dedication program was held before the evening service. Rev. R. Van Overloop's remarks may be viewed on this video. The singing of the catechism children may be viewed here, and the congregation's singing here.

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Grace PRC catechism students singing at the dedication program of her new sanctuary.

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Loveland (CO) PRC - host of Classis West meeting this week (see note below)

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

  • Classis East held its reconvened meeting (from January) this Wednesday, Feb.28, 2018 at Hudsonville PRC. The following bulletin note was sent out concerning the results:
    • After preaching his specimen sermon and upon receiving the approval of his preaching from Classis East and the Synodical Deputies from Classis West, Pastor-elect Dave Noorman was examined extensively on the six loci of Reformed Dogmatics, and his knowledge of the scriptures, confessions, controversy, and practica.  Pastor-elect Noorman gave an excellent demonstration of his knowledge and training in all these areas. Classis voted unanimously (and the Synodical Deputies concurred) to approve of his examination, recommending that Southwest Protestant Reformed Church proceed to his ordination and installation. With much thanksgiving to God, we rejoice in His provision of this minister of the gospel to the PRCA.  SWPRC sent a letter of thanks to Classis for pulpit supply during the time they were vacant.

    • Classis also treated a lengthy appeal of a member against the member's pastor and consistory. That appeal was rejected. However, both the pastor and consistory were given instruction from Classis. We welcomed Rev. Cory Griess to Classis East as the newly installed pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church of Grand Rapids.

  • Classis West will have its next regular meeting this Wednesday, March 7, in Loveland, CO PRC. Loveland PRC included this note in its bulletin today: "Classis West will meet in our sanctuary on Wednesday beginning at 8:30 a.m. The agenda includes only the reports of various committees and the Church Visitors, the treatment of finances and annual subsidy requests, and the annual elections."
  • From the PRC Seminary comes this February news:
    • The seminary has now completed six weeks of the second semester. The first practice preaching sessions will be held on Monday, Feb.26 and Monday, March 5. Pray for the young men that they may prepare well for this important part of their training.
    • The upcoming internships of Seminarians Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman have been confirmed and announced. Sem. Kortus will be interning at Trinity PRC under Rev. N. Decker and his Council and Sem. Maatman will intern at Hudsonville PRC under Rev. G. Eriks and his Council. The internship program runs from July 1 to December 31.
    • FUTURE TEACHERS AND MINISTERS: Information for the 2018 PR Scholarship Fund essay competition is now available. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive the essay topics and submission requirements. Completed essays must be submitted by May 31.

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SISTER-CHURCH NEWS

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

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Reformed Book Outlet in Hudsonville, MI - a ministry of Hudsonville PRC (*see first note below)

SPECIAL NOTICES:

  • Reformed Book Outlet: The March 2018 newsletter (see attached pdf!) includes a special offer of a free Psalm Choir CD and specials on a Christian biography series for children.
  • Looking for pamphlets published by the PRC? Visit the PRCA Evangelism page for a complete list of materials available in digital format or by order from the publishing church.
  • 2018 YOUNG PEOPLE’S CONVENTION CHAPERONE & NURSE REGISTRATION is now open!  The convention, hosted by the five Midwest churches, is planned for August 13-17, at Lake Geneva Christian Center in Alexandria, MN.  To register, go to prcconvention.com, and follow the instructions under the chaperone or nurse tab.  If you have any questions, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • What kind of reading material do you have laying around the house for your children to read? Do you feel like there is something missing? If you do not currently subscribe to Beacon Lights, you are missing out! This magazine is designed for Reformed youth, but adults read it with profit as well. What about the cost? Right now, the average cable bill in the U.S is over $100/month. If you took only one of those monthly payments, that would cover over six years of the $15/yr subscription price! Subscribe today at www.beaconlights.org to make sure you receive the March special issue which will focus on bullying.

  • Psalm Choir - The latest CD, Volume 20, ‘Sweet Refreshment’ is now available. There are over 25 selections from the past two seasons.  Please visit the website www.psalmchoir.com to order.

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  • Don't forget to listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday! Today Rev. R. Kleyn (Covenant of Grace PRC, Spokane, WA) continues a series on the OT book of Ruth. His message is "Hope for Those Who Are Empty," based on Ruth 2:18-23.
    • NEW RWH Station - The Cornerstone PRC Word and Deed committee has partnered with the Reformed Witness Hour to air their messages on the radio in the Chicago area. Beginning today, September 10, the broadcast can be heard every Sunday at 4:00PM on WYLL 1160AM or on the internet at www.1160hope.com. Please tune in and encourage others to do so as opportunity arises in your personal witnessing.

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 MISSION NEWS:

  • The February/March 2018 newsletter of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship mission station is now posted on this page.
  • The last Philippines mission newsletter is dated November 2017 and may be found on this PRC webpage. The annual Doon/Foreign Mission Committee delegation visit to the Philippines took place from February 15-27. This year's delegation was Rev. C. Griess (FMC) and Joel Van Egdom (Doon PRC), along with his wife Michelle.
  • Don't forget to follow the Kleyn's blog on life and activities in the Philippines. And that also includes the Holstege's one!
  • From this Sunday's bulletins of the Provident Christian Church in Marikina, the Philippines and the Maranatha PRC in Valenzuela we find the following notes concerning their pastors as well as concerning our missionaries and their labors today and in this coming week:
    • Provident CC: 
      • Rev. Kleyn will preach both times today. Rev. Holstege will preach for the Berean PRC in their first service. Next Sunday, Lord willing, Rev. Holstege will preach both times at PCC.

      • Rev. Holstege will teach CO, Art. 61ff, at 10:15 today.

      • The Children’s Catechism class will meet today after the first worship service. Rev. Kleyn will teach Lesson 19 in OT History for Juniors.

    • Maranatha PRC:

      • Our Pastor, Rev. L. Trinidad will lead our both services and after the second service he will continue our Bible study on the book of Revelation Lesson # 47. Rev. D. Kleyn will lead our both services and he will continue teaching the “The work of the Office Bearers.”

      • The June 2018 Synod of the PRCA will officially ratify our sister relationship with PRCA, also with the concurrence of the CERC of Singapore and CPRC of Northern Ireland. The recent meeting of the Classis of PRCP has moved and approved the recommendation to send Rev. Leovino A. Trinidad, as the official PRCP delegate to the June 2018 Synod of the PRCA, D.V. Likewise, Rev. Daniel Holstege will also attend the Synod while he is on furlough in June of this year. Please include them in your prayer.

Let us remember and continue to lift up the needs of these busy pastors and missionaries in the Philippines. May the Lord of the harvest give them grace to be faithful in all their labors.
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Limerick Reformed Fellowship Newsletter - March 2018

Limerick Reformed Fellowship


Rev. Martyn McGeown, missionary
38 Abbeyvale, Corbally Co. Limerick, Ireland
http://www.limerickreformed.com/
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Friday, March 2, 2018

Dear saints in the Protestant Reformed Churches,

Yesterday the entire Irish nation was on shutdown from 4 P.M. onwards because of an unprecedented weather event—Storm Emma and the “Beast from the East” (I kid you not) promised nationwide whiteout blizzard conditions, so that all schools were closed, public transport shut down, flights in and out of Ireland were cancelled, people resorted to the “panic buying” of bread and milk, and the “National Emergency Coordination Group” urged everyone to stay inside. 4 P.M. came and went and this morning we have 2-3 inches of snow in Limerick. Other parts of the country are harder hit with much more snow. I am glad that I did not have to travel to Wales this week (I gave a speech there last week), while one of our members, Manuel Kuhs, was able to get back from his business trip early before he was stranded in Germany (Psalm 146:15-17!).

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“Tech Team” - Chester Mansona, Sam Watterson, and Manuel Kuhs holding Jonas

In my last newsletter, I mentioned that our “tech experts” are working on a way to install speakers in the cry room so that people can hear the sermons. Several at-tempts have been made with different equipment options, including radio transmitters, but so far we have been unsuccessful. Thomas Edison reportedly made 1,000 attempts before he invented the lightbulb. Hopefully, our crack team of tech support (pictured) will reach a breakthrough quicker than that!

We have two new regular visitors. The first arrived on 31 December. As we were standing outside waiting for the gate-keeper to open the hall (he was late!), a gentleman arrived asking for the “church on Thomas Street.” His name is Noel Kelly (aged 69) and he is legally blind. In the past, he attended Limerick Baptist Church, but he has decided to attend the LRF instead. He also lives a short distance from me in Corbally, so that I can give him a ride to the services every Sunday and to the Bible study every Tuesday. The sermon that I preached that Sunday morning was “Jehovah Turning Our Mourning into Dancing” (Ps. 30:11-12).

The second visitor arrived on January 14, invited by Colm Ring. She is a student from Greece studying toxicology at the University of Limerick. She arrived as an unbeliever, having never heard of Protestantism, and was amazed at the clear preaching and teaching of the LRF. The first sermon she heard was “Comprehending the Dimensions of Christ’s Love” (Eph. 3:17-19). She has also been enjoying the Heidelberg Catechism sermons on misery (I spent four Sundays on LD 3 this time, which is my fifth time through the Catechism): “Diagnosing Our Misery” (LD 2); “The Good Creation of Man” (LD 3); “The Fall of Man into Sin” (LD 3); “The Total Depravity of Man” (LD 3); and “Except We Are Regenerated” (LD 3). In the mornings I am preaching a short series on Romans 1:18ff. entitled, “The Operation of God’s Wrath in the World,” which deals with God’s wrath, man’s idolatry, and God’s giving man over to sin and debauchery. It is a fascinating, and sobering, subject.

She and Colm came to my house for lunch her first Sunday, where she asked me, “What is spiritual blindness?” and “Is predestination in the Bible or just something your church teaches?” (She had been reading some of the articles on our website). When I read to her from Ephesians 1, she remarked, “Wow, that’s very clear!” She is, however, very sad and frustrated—why is the Greek Orthodox Church so idolatrous and why are there no Reformed churches in Greece? (Alas, the same could be said of many European countries, where Reformed churches are very rare). She and Colm have begun to attend an Essentials of Reformed Doctrine class on Saturday afternoons. She is keen to learn and has many questions. She has also translated “Knowing the True God,” “What Is the Reformed Faith?” “The Sovereignty of God,” “Sovereign Election,” “Total Depravity,” “Justification by Faith Alone,” and “Our Only Comfort” into (modern) Greek.

Another recent highlight was the visit of Rev. Decker and Sid Miedema of the Contact Committee. Several members of the LRF—Sam and Jason Watterson, Manuel Kuhs, Chester Mansona, Colm Ring, and I—attended the CPRCNI annual “congregational dinner” in Ballymena (January 19). The church visitors were in Limerick from Thursday 25 to Monday 29 January, which is a longer time than usual. The saints in the LRF appreciated the extra days of fellowship with the American brethren. While they were here, Rev. Decker gave a very challenging lecture on “Living in a Digital Age” (Saturday 27 January) and preached twice on Sunday 28 January: “The Life and End of the Righteous” and “Boast Not Thyself of Tomorrow.” It was good to have Rev. Decker preach, for it meant I could get up early on Sunday morning and prepare several dishes for our congregational lunch! Everyone came to my house after the morning service where we enjoyed food, fellowship, and conversation together.

Many of you will have heard the radio interview on “Iron Sharpens Iron” with Chris Arnzen on Friday 5 January, where the topic of discussion was my book, Called to Watch for Christ’s Return. I thoroughly enjoyed it, especially the questions from callers; and I hope that it was a good witness to the Reformed Faith.

The next time I write a newsletter, D.V., I will be married! While I am in the U.S. for the wedding and honeymoon, Candidate Jonathan Langerak will be preaching for the LRF. Larisa and I look forward to married life together.

In Christian love,
Rev. Martyn McGeown

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Reformed News Asia - February 2018

Issue 47 - February 2018
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.
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I AM BLACK, BUT BEAUTIFUL
By Rev. Doug Kuiper

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (II Tim. 3:16).

"Among the books of Holy Scripture is the book the Song of Solomon — a love poem between Solomon and his wife — a book that at times causes Christians to blush and to wonder, “What is the meaning of this book?” This book, if you are acquainted with it (and perhaps this week you can become acquainted with it), is part of the holy and authoritative Scriptures. In the words of Jesus Christ in John 5:39, “They are they which testify of me.” This book, the Song of Solomon, is written by the Holy Spirit to make plain to us and to make most lovely to us the relationship that exists between Christ, the husband, and us the church, His bride."

"The Song of Solomon,..., is a poem of Solomon’s love for the Shulamite woman. It is a representation through marriage of that beautiful and glorious union that God has made between us (the church, the believer) and Jesus Christ the Lord (the Bridegroom)."

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
For local orders (S'pore), please contact Ms Daisy Lim at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
For international orders, click here.
WALKING IN THE WAY OF LOVE
by Nathan J. Langerak

From the RFPA website:

Written by new author Nathan J. Langerak. Rev. Langerak is a minister in the Protestant Reformed Churches in America. He lives in Crete, Illinois, with his wife, Carrie, and six children. He has served as pastor of Crete Protestant Reformed Church since 2007.

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"A love that disciplines impenitent sinners; a love that will not fellowship with the impenitent sinner; a love that will not endure false doctrine or those who teach it; a love that suffers the loss of all earthly things, including earthly friendships, goods, and standing for the sake of the truth; a love that says what the apostle Paul says at the end of his great book on love, “If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha,” is true love. It is God’s love and Christ’s love manifesting itself in the believer. These and many other hard things belong to the way of love as revealed by the Holy Spirit and in which 1 Corinthians calls the believer to walk."

 
Audio Recordings
Sermons on Justification by Faith Alone and not of works from the Heidelberg Catechism Lord's Day 23 & 24 by Rev Den Hartog:

The Gospel Of Justification By Faith Alone
Why Our Good Works Cannot Merit With God

 
 
Upcoming Events!
 
Good Friday Gospel Meeting

More details coming soon!
 
CERC Church Camp 2018

The highly anticipated 2018 Church Camp will be held from June 12-15, 2018 (Tue-Fri). Details as stated below. Registrations are now open! More details will be announced closer to the date.

Date: 12-15 June 2018 (Tue - Fri)
Venue: Bayou Lagoon Park Resort, Meleka
Theme: Holiness: Not a Condition but a Necessity (1 Peter 1:16)
Speaker: Rev. A. den Hartog
 
Past Events...
 
CERC Church Retreat 2018
CERC began the year with an outing to Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. There was an exhortation, followed by a slippery time on the wetland trails. Despite the rainy start to the year, there was a good time of fellowship!
Exhortation by Elder Leong
River trekking
 
Dave Noorman and Carisa Noorman
We welcomed Dave and Carisa Noorman to CERC for 3 Sundays: 31 December, 7 & 14 January for pulpit supply. We thank God for providing for CERC and for the fellowship we had with them.
Welcome to rainy Singapore!
 
Wedding of Jiachin and Millie
This January, Jiachin and Millie were united in holy matrimony. We rejoice with them and pray the Lord's blessings upon their union.
Walking down the aisle
 
Rev. and Mrs den Hartog
Once again, we thank God for Rev. Arie den Hartog who had recently retired from the ministry in the PRCA but was willing to supply our pulpit from 28 January through the end of June 2018. To many, this is not the first time seeing them and we are glad to welcome them back.
Rev den Hartog and Sherry at Glowing Candles Bible study
 
CNY Visitation - 24 Feb
Two homes were opened this year for our annual church CNY visitation - Rev. den Hartog's and Melina's. The event was filled with food (spiritual and physical), fun, and fellowship!
At Melina's home
 
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 ; Pastor: Rev Andy Lanning -  www.cerc.org.sg 
 
 
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Pastor-elect D. Noorman Sustains Classical Exam; Ordination Set for March 7, 2018

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Pastor-elect David Noorman prior to preaching his specimen sermon before Classis East.

At the meeting of Classis East on Wednesday, Feb.28, 2018, at Hudsonville PRC Pastor-elect David Noorman (who has accepted call to Southwest PRC in Wyoming, MI) successfully sustained his examination before the Classis.

The body unanimously approved the examination and advised Southwest PRC to proceed with his ordination and installation as a minister of the Word and sacraments in the PRC. That will take place, D.V. next Wednesday, March 7, at 7 p.m. in SW PRC.

We thank God for this further confirmation of Pastor-elect Noorman's call to the ministry and pray for the brother as he prepares to begin his ministry in SW PRC.
And we extend hearty congratulations to David and his wife Carisa!
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Pastor-elect D. Noorman and his wife Carisa.
Isaiah 52:7 - "How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!"

PRC and Sister-Church News for the Week of February 25, 2018

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On this eighth Lord's Day of 2018, February 25, we note the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, mission fields, and sister churches.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • On Jan.28 Candidate David Noorman ACCEPTED the call from Southwest PRC (Wyoming, MI). From SW's bulletin we find these details concerning his classical examination and ordination/installation:
    • Pastor-elect Dave Noorman's classical exam is scheduled for Wednesday, February 28, at Hudsonville Protestant Reformed Church at 8:00 am. After opening devotions Mr. Noorman will preach his specimen sermon. His oral exam will commence once his sermon has been approved. The congregation is welcome to attend classis and witness this proceeding. The congregation is exhorted to remember Mr. Noorman in their prayers as he prepares for this examination.
    • The consistory calls the congregation to a special worship service on Wednesday, March 7, at 7:00 pm for the purpose of the ordination and installation of Pastor-elect Dave Noorman as the next pastor at Southwest Protestant Reformed Church. Prof. R. Cammenga will lead us in worship and conduct the installation. Refreshments will be served after the service.
  • The special delegation to the Philippines for the annual visit on behalf of Doon PRC and the FMC is completing their time and labors today and tomorrow. After worshiping with the saints in the churches there today, they will attend the PRCP meeting of Classis tomorrow before returning home Tuesday. May the Lord bless this visit and give safe return to Rev. C. Griess and Joel and Michelle Van Egdom.
  • And from First PRC in Edmonton, AB we have this special notice: "The dates for the 2018 Family Conference have been finalized! First PRC in Edmonton, AB plans to host the conference July 20-22, 2018 D.V. Hear from our speakers: Rev. B. Huizinga, N. Langerak and J. Marcus on the topic of 'Seeking The Lord'. Mark your calendars and plan to attend what promises to be a spiritually encouraging time of growth and fellowship with saints from Canada and abroad, as well as an opportunity to see some of the beauty that God has created here in Canada. For more information or to register, please visit our website https://edmontonfamilyconf.wixsite.com/conference2018, or contact Scott Ferguson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. "

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DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

  • From the PRC Seminary comes this February news:
    • The seminary has now completed five weeks of the second semester. The first practice preaching sessions will be held on Monday, Feb.26 and Monday, March 5. Pray for the young men that they may prepare well for this important part of their training.
    • The upcoming internships of Seminarians Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman have been planned and confirmed and have been announced. Sem. Kortus will be interning at Trinity PRC under Rev. N. Decker and his Council and Sem. Maatman will intern at Hudsonville PRC under Rev. G. Eriks and his Council. The internship program runs from July 1 to December 31.
    • The seminary’s interim course this year is now completed. Prof. R. Cammenga taught his special course on “The Theology of John Calvin.”  If you would like to watch/listen to the videos of this course, they are posted on the Seminary's main page.
  • Classis East will reconvene its January meeting this Wednesday, Feb.28, 2018 at Hudsonville PRC at 8 AM. *Cf. note above about Pastor-elect D. Noorman's examination, which will take place first.
  • Classis West will have its next regular meeting in Loveland, CO on Wednesday, March 7.

SISTER-CHURCH NEWS

  • Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, the following may be reported:
    • Rev. A. den Hartog and his wife Sherry are serving the CERC until at least June of this year. Read the "Pastor's Voice" part of her bulletin to learn more.
    • Her latest newsletter - Reformed News Asia - (December 2017) may be found on this page.
    • The latest young peoples' magazine, Salt Shakers, was received and posted recently (January 2018). Check that out on this page.
  • Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC, we may note the following:
    • Covenant PRC's latest newsletter was received and posted recently (Feb. 2018). And don't forget her other publication - Covenant Reformed News! That latest issue (Feb. 2018) may be found here.
    • Join Reformed believers from around the world at the 2018 British Reformed Fellowship family conference at Hebron Hall in South Wales from Saturday, July 21, to Saturday, July 28. Our speakers, Prof. David Engelsma and Rev. Andy Lanning, will lecture on "The Reformed Family—According to the Word of God." More information and booking forms are available at http://brfconference.weebly.com or contact Briana Prins (616-214-2779; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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SPECIAL NOTICES:

  • Looking for pamphlets published by the PRC? Visit the PRCA Evangelism page for a complete list of materials available in digital format or by order from the publishing church.
  • 2018 YOUNG PEOPLE’S CONVENTION CHAPERONE & NURSE REGISTRATION is now open!  The convention, hosted by the five Midwest churches, is planned for August 13-17, at Lake Geneva Christian Center in Alexandria, MN.  To register, go to prcconvention.com, and follow the instructions under the chaperone or nurse tab.  If you have any questions, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • FUTURE TEACHERS AND MINISTERS: Information for the 2018 PR Scholarship Fund essay competition is now available. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive the essay topics and submission requirements. Completed essays must be submitted by May 31.
  • What kind of reading material do you have laying around the house for your children to read? Do you feel like there is something missing? If you do not currently subscribe to Beacon Lights, you are missing out! This magazine is designed for Reformed youth, but adults read it with profit as well. What about the cost? Right now, the average cable bill in the U.S is over $100/month. If you took only one of those monthly payments, that would cover over six years of the $15/yr subscription price! Subscribe today at www.beaconlights.org to make sure you receive the March special issue which will focus on bullying.

  • Reformed Book Outlet: The February 2018 newsletter notes that you may find children's music CDs and that officebearers may find many resources for their work (cf. attached pdf.).

  • Psalm Choir - The latest CD, Volume 20, ‘Sweet Refreshment’ is now available. There are over 25 selections from the past two seasons.  Please visit the website www.psalmchoir.com to order.

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  • Don't forget to listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday! Today Rev. R. Kleyn (Covenant of Grace PRC, Spokane, WA) continues a series on the OT book of Ruth. His message is "The First Meeting of Boaz and Ruth" based on Ruth 2:1-17.
    • NEW RWH Station - The Cornerstone PRC Word and Deed committee has partnered with the Reformed Witness Hour to air their messages on the radio in the Chicago area. Beginning today, September 10, the broadcast can be heard every Sunday at 4:00PM on WYLL 1160AM or on the internet at www.1160hope.com. Please tune in and encourage others to do so as opportunity arises in your personal witnessing.

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 MISSION NEWS:

  • The last Philippines mission newsletter is dated November 2017 and may be found on this PRC webpage. The annual Doon/FMC delegation to the Philippines is visiting the field from February 15-27. This year's delegation consists of are Rev. C. Griess and Joel Van Egdom, along with his wife Michelle. They are finishing their work today and plan to return to the States this Tuesday. May God grant a blessing to the labors performed and give the delegation a safe return.
  • Don't forget to follow the Kleyn's blog on life and activities in the Philippines. And that also includes the Holstege's one!
  • The December 2017 newsletter of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship mission station is now posted on this page.
  • From this Sunday's bulletins of the Provident Christian Church in Marikina, the Philippines and the Maranatha PRC in Valenzuela we find the following notes concerning their pastors as well as concerning our missionaries and their labors today and in this coming week:
    • Provident CC: 
      • Rev. Holstege will preach both times today. Next Sunday, Rev. Kleyn will preach both times for PCC. In Church Order today we will look at Articles 57ff.

      • The Children’s Catechism class will meet again next Sunday, March 4, Lord willing, during the Church Order class. Rev. Kleyn will teach Lesson 19 in OT History for Juniors.

      • The delegation from the PRCA will return to the U.S. on Tuesday, February 27, Lord willing. We thank them for their visit to PCC last Sunday and for the Word of God preached to us by Rev. Griess.

    • Maranatha PRC:

      • Our Missionary, Rev. D. Kleyn will lead first service and after the second service Rev. Kleyn will continue teaching the class concerning the special offices of Elders and Deacons. Today’s topic: "The Work Of The Elders.”

      • We welcome Rev. Griess here today, and we especially welcome him to our pulpit as he preaches during the second worship service. He is visiting as part of the annual delegation of Doon PRC and the Foreign Mission Committee of the PRCA. The other delegate, Deacon Joel Van Egdom and his wife Michelle, are worshiping today in the PRC in Bulacan.

      • The delegation plans to attend the PRCP Classis tomorrow, and then to return home on Tuesday, the Lord willing. We thank the Lord for their encouraging visit and pray they may return safely to their homes and families this week.

      • The Classis of the PRCP is scheduled to meet on Monday, February 26 at 9:00 a.m. here in Maranatha PRC. Everyone is welcome to attend and to observe the Classis meeting.

Let us remember and continue to lift up the needs of these busy pastors and missionaries in the Philippines. May the Lord of the harvest give them grace to be faithful in all their labors.
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PRC Weekly News for February 18, 2018 - Congregational, Denominational, and Sister-Church

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On this seventh Lord's Day of 2018, February 18, we note the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, mission fields, and sister churches.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • On February 11, Rev. B. Huizinga (Hope PRC, Redlands, CA) DECLINED the call to Calvary PRC.
  • On Jan.28 Candidate David Noorman ACCEPTED the call from Southwest PRC (Wyoming, MI). From SW's bulletin we find these details:
    • Pastor-elect Dave Noorman's classical exam is scheduled for Wednesday, February 28, at Hudsonville Protestant Reformed Church at 8:00 am. After opening devotions Mr. Noorman will preach his specimen sermon. His oral exam will commence once his sermon has been approved. The congregation is welcome to attend classis and witness this proceeding. The congregation is exhorted to remember Mr. Noorman in their prayers as he prepares for this examination.
    • The consistory calls the congregation to a special worship service on Wednesday, March 7, at 7:00 pm for the purpose of the ordination and installation of Pastor-elect Dave Noorman as the next pastor at Southwest Protestant Reformed Church. Prof. R. Cammenga will lead us in worship and conduct the installation. Refreshments will be served after the service.
  • From Doon PRC's bulletin we learn about the special delegation to the Philippines that left this past week for the annual visit on behalf of Doon PRC and the FMC: "The delegation of Rev. Griess and Joel & Michelle Van Egdom arrived safely in the Philippines this past week. The plan was for them to be in the Berean PRC for the first service on Sunday and in Provident Church for the second service." Let's remember to pray this week for this delegation and its work.
  • And from First PRC in Edmonton, AB we have this special notice: The dates for the 2018 Family Conference have been finalized! First PRC in Edmonton, AB plans to host the conference July 20-22, 2018 D.V. Hear from our speakers: Rev. B. Huizinga, N. Langerak and J. Marcus on the topic of 'Seeking The Lord'. Mark your calendars and plan to attend what promises to be a spiritually encouraging time of growth and fellowship with saints from Canada and abroad, as well as an opportunity to see some of the beauty that God has created here in Canada. For more information or to register, please visit our website https://edmontonfamilyconf.wixsite.com/conference2018, or contact Scott Ferguson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

  • From the PRC Seminary comes this February news:
    • Second semester classes began for the seminary on January 23 (see the link above for that schedule). Remember in prayer the faculty, students, and staff as they busy themselves in their daily work and studies.
    • The upcoming internships of Seminarians Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman have been planned and confirmed and are being announced today. Sem. Kortus will be interning at Trinity PRC under Rev. N. Decker and his Council and Sem. Maatman will intern at Hudsonville PRC under Rev. G. Eriks and his Council. The internship program runs from July 1 to December 31.
    • The seminary’s interim course this year is now completed. Prof. R. Cammenga taught his special course on “The Theology of John Calvin.”  If you would like to watch/listen to the videos of this course, they are posted on the Seminary's main page.
  • Classis East will reconvene its January meeting on Wednesday, Feb.28, 2018 at Hudsonville PRC at 8 AM.
  • Classis West will have its next regular meeting in Loveland, CO on Wednesday March 7.

SISTER-CHURCH NEWS

  • Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, the following may be reported:
    • Rev. A. den Hartog and his wife Sherry are serving the CERC until at least June of this year. Read the "Pastor's Voice" part of her bulletin to learn more.
    • Her latest newsletter - Reformed News Asia - (December 2017) may be found on this page.
    • The latest young peoples' magazine, Salt Shakers, was received and posted recently (January 2018). Check that out on this page.
  • Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC, we may note the following:
    • Covenant PRC's latest newsletter was received and posted recently (Feb. 2018). And don't forget her other publication - Covenant Reformed News! That latest issue (Feb. 2018) may be found here.
    • Join Reformed believers from around the world at the 2018 British Reformed Fellowship family conference at Hebron Hall in South Wales from Saturday, July 21, to Saturday, July 28. Our speakers, Prof. David Engelsma and Rev. Andy Lanning, will lecture on "The Reformed Family—According to the Word of God." More information and booking forms are available at http://brfconference.weebly.com or contact Briana Prins (616-214-2779; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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SPECIAL NOTICES:

  • Looking for pamphlets published by the PRC? Visit the PRCA Evangelism page for a complete list of materials available in digital format or by order from the publishing church.
  • 2018 YOUNG PEOPLE’S CONVENTION CHAPERONE & NURSE REGISTRATION is now open!  The convention, hosted by the five Midwest churches, is planned for August 13-17, at Lake Geneva Christian Center in Alexandria, MN.  To register, go to prcconvention.com, and follow the instructions under the chaperone or nurse tab.  If you have any questions, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • FUTURE TEACHERS AND MINISTERS: Information for the 2018 PR Scholarship Fund essay competition is now available. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive the essay topics and submission requirements. Completed essays must be submitted by May 31.
  • What kind of reading material do you have laying around the house for your children to read? Do you feel like there is something missing? If you do not currently subscribe to Beacon Lights, you are missing out! This magazine is designed for Reformed youth, but adults read it with profit as well. What about the cost? Right now, the average cable bill in the U.S is over $100/month. If you took only one of those monthly payments, that would cover over six years of the $15/yr subscription price! Subscribe today at www.beaconlights.org to make sure you receive the March special issue which will focus on bullying.

  • Reformed Book Outlet: The February 2018 newsletter notes that you may find children's music CDs and that officebearers may find many resources for their work (cf. attached pdf.).

  • Psalm Choir - The latest CD, Volume 20, ‘Sweet Refreshment’ is now available. There are over 25 selections from the past two seasons.  Please visit the website www.psalmchoir.com to order.

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  • Don't forget to listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday! Today Rev. R. Kleyn (Covenant of Grace PRC, Spokane, WA) continues a series on the OT book of Ruth. His message is "The Homecoming of Naomi," based on Ruth 1:19-22
    • NEW RWH Station - The Cornerstone PRC Word and Deed committee has partnered with the Reformed Witness Hour to air their messages on the radio in the Chicago area. Beginning today, September 10, the broadcast can be heard every Sunday at 4:00PM on WYLL 1160AM or on the internet at www.1160hope.com. Please tune in and encourage others to do so as opportunity arises in your personal witnessing.

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Our three PRC missionaries and their families in the Philippines shortly after the arrival of the Smits last December (2017).

 MISSION NEWS:

  • The last Philippines mission newsletter is dated November 2017 and may be found on this PRC webpage. The annual Doon/FMC delegation to the Philippines is scheduled to visit the field from February 15-27. Going on this year's delegation are Rev. C. Griess and Joel Van Egdom, along with his wife Michelle.
  • Don't forget to follow the Kleyn's blog on life and activities in the Philippines. And the Holstege's one too!
  • The December 2017 newsletter of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship mission station is now posted on this page.
  • From this Sunday's bulletins of the Provident Christian Church in Marikina, the Philippines and the Maranatha PRC in Valenzuela we find the following notes concerning their pastors as well as concerning our missionaries and their labors today and in this coming week:
    • Provident CC: 
      • This Sunday, Lord willing, Rev. Cory Griess will preach in one of the services at PCC.

      • A delegation from the PRCA will visit the Philippines from February 16-27, Lord willing. The delegates are Rev. Cory Griess (pastor of First PRC in Grand Rapids) and Mr. Joel VanEgdom (deacon from Doon PRC). Michelle VanEgdom also plans to come.

    • Maranatha PRC:

      • Our Pastor, Rev. L. Trinidad will lead us in both services and after the second service he will teach us the Lesson # 46 of the Book of Revelation.

      • Next week Rev. D. Kleyn and Rev. C. Griess will lead the services respectively and Rev. Kleyn will continue the topic “The Role of the Officebearers.”

      • The Classis of the PRCP is scheduled to meet on Monday, February 26 at 9:00 a.m. here in Maranatha PRC. Everyone is welcome to attend and to observe the Classis meeting.

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