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This Week's PRC and Sister-Church News, November 17-23, 2019

Psalms 103 8On this forty-sixth Lord's Day of 2019, November 17, the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, sister churches, and mission fields may be reported.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

There is no true or solid peace to be enjoyed in the world except in the way of reposing upon the promises of God. Those who do not resort to them may succeed for a time in hushing or evading the terrors of conscience, but they must ever be strangers to true inward comfort. And, granting that they may attain to the peace of insensibility, this is not a state which could satisfy any man who has seriously felt the fear of the Lord. The joy which we desire is that which flows from hearing the word of God, in which he promises to pardon our guilt and readmit us into his favor. It is this alone which supports the believer amidst all the fears, dangers, and distresses of his earthly pilgrimage; for the joy of the Spirit is inseparable from faith. ~ John Calvin

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • On Nov.3, Rev. J. Mahtani (Cornerstone PRC) accepted the call from Grandvillle PRC to serve as minister on loan to Covenant ERC in Singapore. From Grandville PRC's bulletin today we learn more details about the upcoming plans: "Rev. Mahtani plans to preach his farewell sermon at Cornerstone on December 8 and move to Grand Rapids on
    December 20. Rev. Mahtani will be installed as our minister-on-loan to Singapore on Sunday morning, December 29. Rev Mahtani will preach at the evening service. The Mahtanis hope to leave for Singapore shortly after the new year." May the Lord be with him and his family, as well as with Cornerstone PRC and Covenant ERC, as the Mahtanis transition to this new place of labor in the kingdom.

  • On Nov.3, Rev. R. Barnhill (Peace PRC) received the call from Immanuel PRC (Lacombe, AB). May the Lord give him wisdom to know and do His will. He plans to answer the call from by Sunday, November 24.

  • From Kalamazoo PRC's bulletin comes this news (with a view to Rev. M. DeVries approaching emeritation): [The Consistory] "has formed a trio of the following men: Rev. Ryan Barnhill, Rev. Heath Bleyenberg, Rev. Erik Guichelaar. A congregational meeting is scheduled for December 1, 2019 after the evening service D.V."

  • Today Rev. J. Engelsma is bringing the Word in Immanuel PRC.  Rev. S. Regnerus is leading the services in 1st PRC, Edmonton, AB.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

Classis West: Classis West reconvened on Tuesday, Nov.5, at Calvary PRC in Hull, IA (first sessions were Sept.25-27) and finished its work on that day. Those new decisions have been posted with the original report of that classis meeting. For the full, official reports of the stated clerk, visit this special news page. We pray that God will bless the decisions reached for the good of the churches and the peace of Zion.

Contact Committtee: This past week Tuesday-Thursday Revs. W. Bruinsma and K. Koole attended the meeting of NAPARC in Anaheim, CA.

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First coating of snow this week at the PRC Seminary (7 inches on Monday!)

PRC Seminary News:

  • The seminary is now entering its thirteenth week of the first semester in the school year, and faculty, students, and staff remain busy with their various tasks. Tomorrow the second round of practice preaching will be held (Nov.18), with Sems. J. Tan and M. Wee delivering their second sermons of the semester. Next week the seminary will take its two-day Thanksgiving break (Nov.28-29). Continue to include the seminary in your regular prayers.

  • The schedule for the first semester has been posted on the seminary's website. If you are interested in visiting, please contact the seminary secretary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

  • The faculty announces that Sem. Josiah Tan (CERC-Singapore) has been licensed to speak a word of edification in the churches. We rejoice with the brother in this important milestone in his preparation for the ministry. Contact the rector, Prof. B. Gritters, for scheduling.
  • The Fall 2019 issue of the PRT Journal is being put together and should be available in late November. Watch for articles based on presentations given in Mexico this past summer and plenty of profitable book reviews.

  • Looking for some good Reformed books to read, Bible study materials or seminary publications to use, or perhaps some gifts for the holiday season? Come and visit the seminary's bookstore! We have a variety of Bibles, commentaries, and good books - used and new (including Reformation titles!) - 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.

  • Remember the Seminary's Dordt400 Conference in April of this year? The speeches and presentations given at this event have now been compiled, expanded, and edited (by Prof. R. Cammenga) and form the newly published RFPA book, For God's Glory and the Church's Consolation: 400 Years of the Synod of Dordt. Visit the website to order your copy, or come to the seminary bookstore to find one!

  • 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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*The CERCS is celebrating her anniversary today! (this is her 2018 photo)

SISTER-CHURCH NEWS:

  • Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, we may note the following:
    • Rev. A. denHartog and his wife continue to serve the CERC while she is vacant.
    • *We rejoice with our sister as she celebrates her 32nd anniversary today: "Today we celebrate CERC 32nd Anniversary. We come together to give thanks to God for keeping Covenant these 32 years. We can indeed say “Great is Thy Faithfulness”. In these 32 years, Covenant went through many trials in her journey and yet the Lord in His graciousness kept us till this day. As we give thanks for His goodness to us in the past, we also continue to pray for grace as we move ahead. The road ahead of us as indicated in the word of God, will not be easy for the church of our Lord Jesus Christ. There will be more trying times ahead. Le us continue to pray for one another and help one another to remain faithful in the calling which Christ has called us to do. May we also encourage one another with this word “The LORD is my portion; therefore will I hope in Him”. [from her bulletin today]
    • Concerning Rev. J. Mahtani's acceptance of the call to serve them: "We are now making preparation to receive Rev J. Mahtani and his family to come to Singapore to serve as MOL in CERC. They will probably arrive in Singapore in early January 2020." (See the note above from Grandville PRC's bulletin under "congregational news" for more details)
    • Her latest newsletter (October 2019) - Reformed News Asia - was posted recently and may be found on this page. 
  • Concerning the PRC in the Philippines, we may note the following from the bulletins of the Berean PRC, PRC in Bulacan, Maranatha PRC, and Provident CC:
    • Berean PRC: Rev. V. Ibe led the worship services today. "Our brothers and sisters in Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija will join us in our worship services today via phone patch. We pray for God’s continued blessings as they hear and receive the proclamation of His Word!"
    • Maranatha PRC: "Rev. L. Trinidad led the services today and also taught the Canons of Dordt.
    • Provident CC: Today the elders led both services using video sermons of PRCA ministers.
    • Denominational News:

The PRCP Classis held their regular meeting on Wednesday October 31, 2019 at Provident CC: "The Classis regular meeting is in “Recess” and will continue on November 30, 2019 and still our venue is at Provident PRC, Marikina City. A number of accomplishment done by the Classis was to expand the two Standing Committees into four Standing Committees, namely; 1 - Student Seminary Training, Student Aid, 2 - Contact with other Churches and Missions, 3 - Finance, Emeritus, 4 - Translation and Publication with the involvement of our three Missionaries to serve the committees as Advisors of the Classis, Standing Committees and Church Visitations with a goal of lightening the work load of the previous committees and involved other church officers as the Federation obey the calling of the Lord to go into the highways and gather all together as many as we found.. Let us pray that our Jehovah will give the delegates knowledge and understanding in the other matters to be discussed in the next meeting."

A new mission newsletter was published and distributed this month. 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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Do you wish to sing the Psalms with your family? Find versifications of all 150 Psalms in this Psalter used by the PRC.

SPECIAL NOTICES:

  • If you are 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.
  • Looking for a study Bible or Bible study resources this Fall? What about ideas for the holiday season? Visit the Reformed Book Outlet in downtown Hudsonville! The bookstore has plenty of other good reading materials too, as well as music and cards.

  • Do you have an interest in 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.  Don't forget that these books and magazine make for great gifts!

  • Did you know you can now listen to the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession, and the Canons of Dordt on audio? Visit the links provided to hear the Catechism, the Confession, and the Canons. It's another excellent way to learn the Reformed faith and memorize these Reformed creeds.

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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!
    • For October to January (2020) the RWH welcomes Rev. W. Bruinsma of our Pittsburgh PRC to the microphone. He is doing a series on women in the Bible. Today he delivers the message "Jael: Blessed Above Women"
      based on Judges 5:24-27
      . 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:

      Have you read our latest newsletter - October 2019? Have you signed up yet to receive the emailed Reformed Witness Hour (RWH) newsletter? Six times per year, we update you on news about our speakers, program, and online reach, and we share stories from listeners and readers who have been blessed by the RWH, a ministry of the PRC. Please visit http://eepurl.com/gikNsL to sign up for the newsletter.

    • A new 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:

  • December 1: The young people’s Thanksgiving mass meeting will be held in Trinity Protestant Reformed Church (Hudsonville, MI) at 2:00 p.m. with a speech given by Rev. W. Langerak. All young people are encouraged to attend for a time of fellowship and growth.

  • December 15: The Young Calvinists will be host a Christmas singspiration in Trinity Protestant Reformed Church at 7:45 p.m. There will be food in the narthex afterwards. Come celebrate the birth of our Savior with us!

  • Please make note of next year's Protestant Reformed Young People's Convention date and location to be hosted by Georgetown PRC. The convention will be held Aug 10-14, 2020 at the Lake Williamson Camp in Carlinville, IL. Visit prcconvention.com for more information. Chaperone registration will open January 1, and conventioneer registration opens March 15.
  • THE EVANGELICAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF AUSTRALIA would love to invite any young people and young adults, aged 13 and up, to their biennial youth camp. This youth camp will be held in Brisbane, Australia from the 28th of December 2019 – 3rd January 2020. Rev. Martyn McGeown from the Limerick Reformed Fellowship of the Republic of Ireland will be our guest speaker, taking the camp on the topic of ‘The Christian’s Armour’ (From Ephesians 6). Amongst other activities, the theme night will be on the “Australian Bush”. The cost for the camp is $250 AUD (approx $170 USD). This is a great time to meet other young people, fellowship with them and learn about our Saviour. Please contact Megan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the full flyer + registration form, or for any additional questions/information.

  • The last young peoples' magazine of Covenant ERC in Singapore, Salt Shakers, was received and posted (August 2019). Check that out on this page.

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Don't forget the evangelism work of Byron Center PRC through its special Bible study (*see note below).

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 the BC-PRC bulletin we learn that "The Dorr Bible Study meets this Thursday, November 21, at 7:30 PM. We plan to take up our discussion beginning at John 8:48. Please join us and bring friends or neighbors along to the library in Dorr!"
  • Limerick Reformed Fellowship News:
    • Rev. M. McGeown is preaching the gospel in the LRF today.
    • From the LRF bulletin: "Lecture on “The Canon of Sacred Scripture” on Saturday 23 November in Limerick."
    • The latest mission newsletter from the Limerick Reformed Fellowship is now available! The September 2019 edition may be found here.

Philippine Missions:

  • From today's Provident PRC bulletin: "Rev. and Mrs. Kleyn are in Negros Occidental today and tomorrow. Rev. Kleyn will preach for one of the churches there today and teach the pastors’ classes tomorrow. May the Lord continue to grant progress to the Reformed churches and pastors of that area."
  • And from the bulletin of Maranatha PRC comes this special notice: "...the Consistory of PRCB [Bulacan] has approved the withdrawal of Rev. Vernon Ibe as local missionary in PRFA [PR Fellowship, Albuera, Leyte] on September 29, 2019. Let us continue to pray that the Lord will provide a local missionary at PRFA, Leyte.
  • 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!

Let us continue in prayer to the Lord for the fulfillment of 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:

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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This Week's PRC and Sister-Church News, November 10-16, 2019

Psalms 25 5On this forty-fifth Lord's Day of 2019, November 10, the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, sister churches, and mission fields may be reported.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

For mercies, countless as the sands Which daily I receive
From Jesus, my Redeemer’s hands, My soul, what canst thou give?
Alas! from such a heart as mine, What can I bring Him forth?
My best is stained and dyed with sin, My all is nothing worth.
The best return for one like me, So wretched and so poor;
Is from His gifts to draw a plea, And ask Him still for more.
~ John Newton

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • Last Sunday, Nov.3, Rev. J. Mahtani (Cornerstone PRC) accepted the call from Grandvillle PRC (received Oct.6) to serve as minister on loan to Covenant ERC in Singapore. May the Lord be with him and his family, as well as with Cornerstone PRC and Covenant ERC, as they transition to this new place of labor in the kingdom.

  • On Sunday Nov.3, Rev. R. Barnhill (Peace PRC) received the call from Immanuel PRC (Lacombe, AB). May the Lord give him wisdom to know and do His will.

  • Today and next Sunday Rev. J. Engelsma is bringing the Word in Immanuel PRC.  Rev. S. Regnerus is leading the services in 1st PRC, Edmonton, AB today and next Sunday.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

Classis West: Classis West reconvened this past week Tuesday, Nov.5, at Calvary PRC in Hull, IA (first sessions were Sept.25-27). It was able to finish its work in one day. Those new decisions have been posted with the original report of that classis meeting. For the full, official report of the stated clerk, visit this special news page. We pray that God will bless the decisions reached for the good of the churches.

Contact Committtee: "This week Tuesday - Thursday Pastors W. Bruinsma and K. Koole will attend the meeting of NAPARC in Anaheim, CA. Pastor Koole will preach for us next Sunday, the Lord willing." [Pittsburgh PRC's bulletin]

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First dusting of snow this week at the PRC Seminary

PRC Seminary News:

  • The seminary is now entering its twelfth week of the first semester in the school year, and faculty, students, and staff remain busy with their various tasks. Soon the second round of practice preaching will be held (Nov.18). Continue to include the seminary in your regular prayers.

  • The schedule for the first semester has been posted on the seminary's website. If you are interested in visiting, please contact the seminary.

  • The Fall 2019 issue of the PRT Journal is being put together and should be available in late November. Watch for articles based on presentations given in Mexico this past summer and plenty of book reviews.

  • Looking for some good Reformed books to read, Bible study materials or seminary publications to use, or perhaps some gifts for the holiday season? Come and visit the seminary's bookstore! We have a variety of Bibles, commentaries, and good books - used and new (including Reformation titles!) - 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.

  • Remember the Seminary's Dordt400 Conference in April of this year? The speeches and presentations given at this event have now been compiled, expanded, and edited (by Prof. R. Cammenga) and form the newly published RFPA book, For God's Glory and the Church's Consolation: 400 Years of the Synod of Dordt. Visit the website to order your copy, or come to the seminary bookstore to find one!

  • 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, we may note the following:
    • Rev. A. denHartog and his wife are once again serving the CERC while she is vacant.
    • Re the news of Rev. J. Mahtani's acceptance of the call to serve them: "Indeed, we are thankful to God for He has heard our prayers and answered it in His mercy. The Lord has made it clear to His servant, Rev Mahtani that he is to labour in Singapore, for he has been chosen by our gracious God to be our Minister on loan. We are very thankful to God for giving us the minister. Now that we have a minister to labour in our midst, we must not forget Cornerstone Protestant Reformed Church, which Rev Mahtani was the Pastor, now she is without one. Do keep our brothers and sisters in Christ in your prayers that God will care for them and grant them a pastor of their own soon."
    • This past weeekend was her annual Reformation celebration. Rev den Hartog spoke on the Theme “Personal, Practical, Profitable: The other work of the Synod of Dort”.
    • Her latest newsletter (October 2019) - Reformed News Asia - was posted recently posted and may be found on this page. 
  • Concerning the PRC in the Philippines, we may note the following from the bulletins of the Berean PRC, PRC in Bulacan, Maranatha PRC, and Provident CC:
    • Berean PRC: Rev. V. Ibe is leading the worship services today. "Our pastor is also scheduled to preach at Kerusso Community church today at 3 P.M., the Lord willing."
    • Maranatha PRC: "Rev. R. Smit , our Missionary will lead us in both services. He will continue teaching the Belgic Confession Lesson 26. D.V."
    • Provident CC: "Rev. Holstege will preach both times today."
    • Denominational News:

The PRCP Classis held their regular meeting on Wednesday October 31, 2019 at Provident CC: "The Classis regular meeting is in “Recess” and will continue on November 30, 2019 and still our venue is at Provident PRC, Marikina City. A number of accomplishment done by the Classis was to expand the two Standing Committees into four Standing Committees, namely; 1 - Student Seminary Training, Student Aid, 2 - Contact with other Churches and Missions, 3 - Finance, Emeritus, 4 - Translation and Publication with the involvement of our three Missionaries to serve the committees as Advisors of the Classis, Standing Committees and Church Visitations with a goal of lightening the work load of the previous committees and involved other church officers as the Federation obey the calling of the Lord to go into the highways and gather all together as many as we found.. Let us pray that our Jehovah will give the delegates knowledge and understanding in the other matters to be discussed in the next meeting."

A new mission newsletter was published and distributed this month. 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:

  • If you are 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.
  • Looking for a study Bible or Bible study resources this Fall? What about ideas for the holiday season? Visit the Reformed Book Outlet in downtown Hudsonville! The bookstore has plenty of other good reading materials too, as well as music and cards.

  • Do you have an interest in 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.  Don't forget that these books and magazine make for great gifts!

  • Did you know you can now listen to the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession, and the Canons of Dordt on audio? Visit the links provided to hear the Catechism, the Confession, and the Canons. It's another excellent way to learn the Reformed faith and memorize these Reformed creeds.

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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!
    • For October to January (2020) the RWH welcomes Rev. W. Bruinsma of our Pittsburgh PRC to the microphone. He is doing a series on women in the Bible. Today he delivers the message "The Faith of Rahab" based on Hebrews 11:31. 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:

      Did you read our latest newsletters - October 2019? Have you signed up yet to receive the emailed Reformed Witness Hour (RWH) newsletter? Six times per year, we update you on news about our speakers, program, and online reach, and we share stories from listeners and readers who have been blessed by the RWH, a ministry of the PRC. Please visit http://eepurl.com/gikNsL to sign up for the newsletter.

    • A new 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:

  • Please make note of next year's Protestant Reformed Young People's Convention date and location to be hosted by Georgetown PRC. The convention will be held Aug 10-14, 2020 at the Lake Williamson Camp in Carlinville, IL. Visit prcconvention.com for more information. Chaperone registration will open January 1, and conventioneer registration opens March 15.
  • THE EVANGELICAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF AUSTRALIA would love to invite any young people and young adults, aged 13 and up, to their biennial youth camp. This youth camp will be held in Brisbane, Australia from the 28th of December 2019 – 3rd January 2020. Rev. Martyn McGeown from the Limerick Reformed Fellowship of the Republic of Ireland will be our guest speaker, taking the camp on the topic of ‘The Christian’s Armour’ (From Ephesians 6). Amongst other activities, the theme night will be on the “Australian Bush”. The cost for the camp is $250 AUD (approx $170 USD). This is a great time to meet other young people, fellowship with them and learn about our Saviour. Please contact Megan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the full flyer + registration form, or for any additional questions/information.

  • The latest young peoples' magazine of Covenant ERC in Singapore, Salt Shakers, was received and posted (August 2019 - cf. image above). Check that out on this page.

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Albuera, Leyte mission group during a preaching service (*see note below).

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 and Rev. A. Stewart are exchanging pulpits today due to Covenant PRC's family visitation in Limerick RF.
    • From today's bulletin: "Lecture on “The Canon of Sacred Scripture” on Saturday 23 November in Limerick."
    • The latest mission newsletter from the Limerick Reformed Fellowship is now available! The September 2019 edition may be found here.

Philippine Missions:

  • From today's Berean PRC bulletin: "Elder Herbert Espiritu is scheduled to lead our brothers and sisters in Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija in their worship service today. We pray for God’s continued blessings as they hear and receive the proclamation of His Word!" *And this: "Rev. John Flores and Elder Eric Mescallado are visiting with the saints in Albuera, Leyte. Rev. Flores is scheduled to preach for them in both of their worship services today. May God grant the richness of His grace upon their lives as they hear His voice in the preaching of His Word!"
  • There is a brand new Philippines mission newsletter to read! The October 2019 issue is now available.
  • 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!

Let us continue in prayer to the Lord for the fulfillment of 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.
  • And we remember our sister church's work (Covenant ERC in Singapore) in Kolkata, through Rev. E. Singh. From CERCS's bulletin today we find this relevant note: "Today we welcome Rev Emmanuel Singh and his wife, Sonali to worship with us. Rev Singh and Sonali will be in Singapore until 14 Nov 2019. ...Kolkata will be having their Annual Bible Camp from 24 - 26 Jan 2020. Rev Andy Lanning will be the Camp Speaker."

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 November 2019

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First PRC of Grand Rapids, MI and the Reformed Witness Hour Committee announce the messages scheduled for November 2019 on the RWH radio/Internet program.

This month we are blessed to have once again Rev. W. Bruinsma, pastor of Pittsburgh PRC (PA). He is continuing a special series on "Women in the Bible," beginning this month with Miriam. Also included is a special Thanksgiving Day message. Be sure to tune in for these important messages. The schedule for this month is laid out below and also attached in pdf form.

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November 3 - Miriam's Lamentable Fall, Numbers 12

November 10 - The Faith of Rahab, Hebrews 11:31

November 17 - Jael: Blessed Above Women, Judges 5:24-27

November 24 - Thanks Be to God, 2 Corinthians 9:15

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 78th year of broadcasting the truths of God's sovereign, particular, efficacious grace!

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

And don't forget our Spanish programs on YouTube!

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Use the attached flyer (pdf) to spread the news of these important gospel messages!

PO Box 1230, Grand Rapids MI, 49501 | reformedwitnesshour.org | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

*Special RWH newsletter note: Did you know that Reformed Witness Hour messages are downloaded each month by saints all over the world—saints living in South Africa, Cambodia, Nigeria, and China? If you would like to stay informed about the reach of this distinctly Reformed radio and internet ministry and about ways you can support this witness, sign up at http://eepurl.com/gikNsL for a bimonthly newsletter.

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This Week's PRC and Sister-Church News, November 3-9, 2019 (Updated)

Is43 1 2On this forty-fourth Lord's Day of 2019, November 3, the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, sister churches, and mission fields may be reported.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "...This, I say, is his comfort, that his heavenly Father so embraces all things under his power—so governs them at will by his nod—so regulates them by his wisdom, that nothing takes place save according to his appointment; that received into his favour, and entrusted to the care of his angels neither fire, nor water, nor sword, can do him harm, except in so far as God their master is pleased to permit. For thus sings the Psalm, “Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust; his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday...” (Ps. 91:2-6). Hence the exulting confidence of the saints, “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? The Lord taketh my part with them that help me.” “Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear.” “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.” (Ps. 118:6; 27:3; 23:4)." ~ J. Calvin, Institutes

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • Rev. J. Mahtani (Cornerstone PRC) has been considering the call from Grandvillle PRC (received Oct.6) to serve as minister on loan to Covenant ERC in Singapore. He plans to answer it today. *The Lord has led Rev. J. Mahtani to accept this call. May the Lord be with him and his family, as well as with Cornerstone PRC and Covenant ERC, as they transition to this new place of labor in the kingdom.

  • The Consistory of Immanuel PRC (Lacombe, AB) has formed a new trio from which to call a pastor: Rev. R. Barnhill (Peace PRC, IN), Rev. H. Bleyenberg (Providence, PRC, MI), and Rev. M. VanderWal (Wingham PRC, ON). The congregation will vote today after the afternoon service. Today Rev. T. Miersma will lead her services. *UPDATE: Rev. R. Barnhill has received this call.

  • We welcome to the federation of PRC congregations Unity PRC, the new daughter church of Byron Center PRC organized this past Wednesday, Oct.31. Today she holds her first worship services with Rev. J. Slopsema and Rev. R. Van Overloop leading (meeting at Zion Christian School on the NW side of 76th St. and Byron Center Ave.). From her bulletin today we find this note: "This past week at our organzational meeting of Unity PRC, our officebearers were elected. They are as follows: Elders: Sid Miedema, Bruce Lubbers, Ken Elzinga, Larry Looyenga & Duane Mingerink. Deacons: Phil Doezema, Jason Vandermeulen, Jeff Booth & Rich Sleda. Let us all continue to keep these men in our prayers in the months and years to come! We would also like to thank all of the members of the Daughter Church Steering Committee for your faithful service on this committee. The many meetings and tasks that had to be performed helped pave the way to the organization of Unity Protestant Reformed Church. We give thanks to our Heavenly Father for his blessings and guidance bringing us to this milestone and pray for his continued blessings in the years to come."

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Reformation Day / Fall Lectures planned by PRC congregations for this week yet:

  • Lynden PRC (WA) - November 8: "The Evangelism Committee is planning a fall lecture that will be given by Prof. Doug Kuiper.  The lecture will be about the Swiss Reformation - "Ulrich Zwingli: The First Reformed Reformer."  The date of the lecture will be November 8.  We look forward to seeing you there!"
  • Wingham (ON) PRC - November 8: "The Consistory is holding a Reformation Day Rally on Friday, November 8, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Prof. Ron Cammenga will be speaking on the topic, “What was the Reformation?”

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

Classis West: Classis West met from Sept.25-27 at Calvary PRC in Hull, IA. It will reconvene this week Tuesday November 5 at Calvary PRC to finish its work. May the Lord give wise guidance to the delegates as they carry on their important work. For the full, official report of the stated clerk, visit this special news page on this meeting.

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PRC Seminary News:

  • The seminary is now entering its eleventh week of the first semester in the new school year, and faculty, students, and staff stay busy with their various tasks. This past Thursday and Friday (Oct.31-Nov.1) was the semester's annual "reading recess." This is also the time of year when our professors deliver special Reformation Day lectures (see the special Reformation lecture section above). Soon the second round of practice preaching will be held (Nov.18). Continue to include the seminary in your regular prayers.

  • The schedule for the first semester has been posted on the seminary's website. If you are interested in visiting, please contact the seminary.

  • The Fall 2019 issue of the PRT Journal is being put together and should be available in late November. Watch for articles based on presentations given in Mexico this past summer and plenty of book reviews.

  • 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 (including Reformation titles!) - 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.

  • Remember the Seminary's Dordt400 Conference in April of this year? The speeches and presentations given at this event have now been compiled, expanded, and edited (by Prof. R. Cammenga) and form the newly published RFPA book, For God's Glory and the Church's Consolation: 400 Years of the Synod of Dordt. Visit the website to order your copy, or come to the seminary bookstore to find one!

  • 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."

  • The finishing touches are being put on the seminary addition and library renovation projects (new archives and offices). More of the wall accents were hung recently in the library and work continues in the archives room (fire alarm and suppression systems). The other custom library desks and magazine kiosks will be finished soon, along with the work area for the archives room. Final inspections are taking place and then the PRC archives can be moved into their new home.

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*For the latest issue - October 2019 - see note below

SISTER-CHURCH NEWS:

  • Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC, we may note the following:
    • Rev. A. Stewart led the services today. This note we find in Limerick RF's bulletin today: "Rev Stewart and Elder Ivan Reid will be conducting family visitation in Limerick this Thursday to Saturday (7-9 November).  ...Next Sunday (10 November) Rev Stewart will preach in Limerick, while our pastor preaches in Ballymena."
    • The CPRC Reformation Day Lecture was held Friday, 25 October at 7:30 PM. Rev. Stewart spoke on “William Tyndale: English Bible Translator.”
    • Covenant PRC's latest newsletter was received and posted (August 2019).
    • A new issue of the "Covenant Reformed News" is out! Read the October 2019 issue here.
  • Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, we may note the following:
    • Rev. A. denHartog and his wife are once again serving the CERC while she is vacant.
    • Re the recent call of Grandville PRC: "In 24 hours’ time, God will make known His will concerning whether He has called Rev Jonathan Mahtani to be the MOL of CERC. May our earnest prayers be that the call for Rev Mahtani be answered according to the good pleasure and sovereign will of our loving Father who knows all our needs even before we present them to His throne of grace." *The Lord has led Rev. J. Mahtani to accept this call. We rejoice with our sister in this gracious provision of our Lord.
    • And about her annual Reformation celebration we find this: "This year Reformation Day Conference will be held on 9 Nov 2019 from 9.30am to 3.30pm. Rev den Hartog will be speaking on the Theme “Personal, Practical, Profitable: The other work of the Synod of Dort”. We encourage you to invite your friends and families to come and hear the great reformation of the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ."
    • In connection with that event, we learn this from today's bulletin: "God willing, our missionary pastor and his wife, Rev Singh and Sonali, will be arriving in Singapore on 7 Nov 2019 to attend the Reformation Day Conference. Rev Singh will also be providing an update on his work in Kolkata mission field next Sunday at 11.30 am, after the morning service. Please extend our warm christian fellowship and love to Rev Singh and Sonali during their one-week visit in Singapore."
    • *Her latest newsletter (October 2019) - Reformed News Asia - was posted recently posted and may be found on this page. 
  • Concerning the PRC in the Philippines, we may note the following from the bulletins of the Berean PRC, PRC in Bulacan, Maranatha PRC, and Provident CC:
    • Berean PRC: Rev. V. Ibe is leading the worship services today.
    • Maranatha PRC: "Rev. L. Trinidad will lead us in both services. He will teach us the Canons of Dordt."
    • Provident CC: "Rev. Holstege will preach for us today."
    • Denominational News:

The PRCP Classis held their regular meeting this past Wednesday October 31, 2019 at Provident CC, D.V. "The Classis regular meeting is in “Recess” and will continue on November 30, 2019 and still our venue is at Provident PRC, Marikina City. A number of accomplishment done by the Classis was to expand the two Standing Committees into four Standing Committees, namely; 1 - Student Seminary Training, Student Aid, 2 - Contact with other Churches and Missions, 3 - Finance, Emeritus, 4 - Translation and Publication with the involvement of our three Missionaries to serve the committees as Advisors of the Classis, Standing Committees and Church Visitations with a goal of lightening the work load of the previous committees and involved other church officers as the Federation obey the calling of the Lord to go into the highways and gather all together as many as we found.. Let us pray that our Jehovah will give the delegates knowledge and understanding in the other matters to be discussed in the next meeting."

A new mission newsletter was published and distributed this month. 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.

For God s Glory Dordt400 2019
New from the RFPA! Commemorate the Synod of Dordt's 400th anniversary with this collection of essays. Available now!

SPECIAL NOTICES:

  • If you are 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.
  • Looking for a study Bible or Bible study resources this Fall? Visit the Reformed Book Outlet in downtown Hudsonville! The bookstore has plenty of other good reading materials too, as well as music and cards.

  • Do you have an interest in 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.

  • Did you know you can now listen to the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession, and the Canons of Dordt on audio? Visit the links provided to hear the Catechism, the Confession, and the Canons. It's another excellent way to learn the Reformed faith and memorize these Reformed creeds.

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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!
    • For October to January (2020) the RWH welcomes Rev. W. Bruinsma of our Pittsburgh PRC to the microphone. He is doing a series on women in the Bible. Today he delivers the message "Miriam's Lamentable Fall" based on Numbers 12. 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:

      Did you read our latest newsletters - October 2019? Have you signed up yet to receive the emailed Reformed Witness Hour (RWH) newsletter? Six times per year, we update you on news about our speakers, program, and online reach, and we share stories from listeners and readers who have been blessed by the RWH, a ministry of the PRC. Please visit http://eepurl.com/gikNsL to sign up for the newsletter.

    • A new 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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Want to know how to date with a view to marriage God's way and not the culture's? Read this new title from the RFPA and Rev. J. Engelsma!

ESPECIALLY FOR PRC Young People and Young Adults:

  • The 2020 PRYP's Convention will be hosted by Georgetown PRC and held at Lake Williamson Christian Center (St. Louis, MO).
  • THE EVANGELICAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF AUSTRALIA would love to invite any young people and young adults, aged 13 and up, to their biennial youth camp. This youth camp will be held in Brisbane, Australia from the 28th of December 2019 – 3rd January 2020. Rev. Martyn McGeown from the Limerick Reformed Fellowship of the Republic of Ireland will be our guest speaker, taking the camp on the topic of ‘The Christian’s Armour’ (From Ephesians 6). Amongst other activities, the theme night will be on the “Australian Bush”. The cost for the camp is $250 AUD (approx $170 USD). This is a great time to meet other young people, fellowship with them and learn about our Saviour. Please contact Megan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the full flyer + registration form, or for any additional questions/information.

  • The latest young peoples' magazine of Covenant ERC in Singapore, Salt Shakers, was received and posted (August 2019 - cf. image above). Check that out on 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. M. McGeown is preaching today and will lead the Bible study Tuesday 8 PM in Corbally. Next week he and Rev. A. Stewart will exchange pulpits.
    • From today's bulletin: "Lecture on “The Canon of Sacred Scripture” on Saturday 23 November in Limerick."
    • The latest mission newsletter from the Limerick Reformed Fellowship is now available! The September 2019 edition may be found here.

Philippine Missions:

  • From today's Maranatha PRC bulletin: "Let us pray for Rev. D. Kleyn, our Missionary as he labors in Sipalay, Negros Occidental."
  • There is a brand new Philippines mission newsletter to read! The October 2019 issue is now available.
  • 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!

Let us continue in prayer to the Lord for the fulfillment of 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.
  • And we remember our sister church's work (Covenant ERC in Singapore) in Kolkata, through Rev. E. Singh. From CERCS's bulletin today we find this relevant note: "God willing, our missionary pastor and his wife, Rev Singh and Sonali, will be arriving in Singapore on 7 Nov 2019 to attend the Reformation Day Conference. Rev Singh will also be providing an update on his work in Kolkata mission field next Sunday at 11.30 am, after the morning service. Please extend our warm christian fellowship and love to Rev Singh and Sonali during their one-week visit in Singapore."

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 - October 2019

Issue 56 - October 2019
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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The Christian and Work
By Various Authors

"Labour is an institution of God. Like marriage and government, labour is a creation ordinance. The God who made man, made man to work. We ought to work. Work is good for us. We should be thankful that we can work. We can be sure that we will work in heaven, in the new creation of God."

"Each of us must consider his work a calling from the Lord, whether that's mother in the home, teacher in the school, worker in the factory, businessman, farmer, doctor, lawyer, minister of the Word. God assigns to each his or her own position. God is the one Who gives to us the gifts and talents that are ours for the work which we are called to do. Since our work itself is provided us by God, since our strength and ability to do the work comes from God, our work itself ought to be done to the glory of God."

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.
The Royal Sufferer
by Herman Hoeksema

From the RFPA website:

Among Reformed Christians, the celebration of the anniversary of the Synod of Dordt (1618–19) is second only to the commemoration of the Reformation of the sixteenth century. Indeed, marking the anniversary of the “great synod,” as it soon was called, is commemoration of the Reformation. For mainly Dordt’s accomplishment was the preservation of the gospel of God’s sovereign grace, which was restored to the church through the Reformation.

The Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary held a conference to celebrate the four hundredth anniversary of the Synod of Dordt. For God’s Glory and the Church’s Consolation includes all the presentations made at this conference, plus a bit more. The book explores the heritage that faithful Reformed churches ought to esteem, as that heritage was defended and handed down by the Synod of Dordt.

 
Audio Recordings
Click to listen to the sermons on Lord's Day 21 by Rev Arie Den Hartog
 
The Church Of Jesus Christ
The Church As The Communion Of The Saints
I Believe In The Forgiveness Of Sins
 
Upcoming Events!
 
Save the date!

17 Nov 2019 - CERC 32nd Anniversary Celebration
 
 
Reformation Day Conference 2019

Come join us in commemorating Reformation day this November!

Details in the poster below:
 
Past Events...
 
Mooncake Gospel Meeting 2019

We Thank God for having Elder Chew who gave a talk on 这就是爱了 (This is Love), taken from 1 John 4:9-10 for this year's mooncake gospel meeting. The talk can be found here.
 
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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 ~ Pastor: Rev Andy Lanning  ~ www.cerc.org.sg 
 
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