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This Week's PRC and Sister-Churches News - July 14-20, 2019 *(Updated)

Nahum1 7On this twenty-eighth Lord's Day of 2019, July 14, the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, sister churches, and mission fields may be mentioned.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • Special note for this evening: Rev. Angus Stewart, pastor of the Covenant PRC in N. Ireland, will be giving a presentation on the British Reformed Fellowship in Hudsonville PRC tonight after the evening worship service at 7:30 PM. He plans to tell us about the British Reformed Fellowship and its biennial conferences, also providing information about the one planned next summer.

  • On July 7 Rev. R. Kleyn declined the call from Southeast PRC (Grand Rapids, MI). The Council has formed a new trio consisting of Rev. J. Mahtani (Cornerstone PRC), and Candidates M. Kortus and J. Maatman. The congregation will vote from this trio on July 21 after the evening service. And a reminder: The congregation is currently worshiping at Adams Christian School in Wyoming, MI, while she looks for a new location. Today, Prof. R. Cammenga and Rev. H. Bleyenberg are leading the worship services for her.
  • On July 11 the congregation of Grandville PRC voted to extend a call to Rev. J. Engelsma (Doon IA PRC) to serve as minister on loan to Covenant ERC in Singapore. We pray for him and his family as he considers this important call.

  • Cand. M.Kortus is supplying the pulpit of Immanuel PRC (Lacombe, AB) today and next Sunday. Also from Immanuel PRC comes this notice: "The Consistory brings forth the following trio from which to call a minister to serve here in Lacombe: Rev. Dennis Lee (Bethel, PRC), Candidate Matt Kortus, and Candidate Jacob Maatman.  A Congregational Meeting to vote is set for Sunday, July 14th following the afternoon service." *UPDATE: Cand. M. Kortus has received this call. We rejoice with him and his family in this further evidence of God's call to the gospel ministry.

  • The PRC of 2019 Synod called Rev. Brian Huizinga (Hope PRC, Redlands, CA) to replace Prof. Cammenga as Professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament. On June 30 he accepted this appointment. We thank God for this provision of another new professor and pray God's blessing on him and his family as they prepare for this transition. He plans to preach his farewell in Hope PRC on July 21. The Theological School Committee has begun making plans for his move to the Grand Rapids, MI area at the end of this month.

  • Due to Hope PRC's (Redlands, CA) approaching vacancy (cf. note above), the Council has formed the following trio: Rev. J. Mahtani (Cornerstone PRC), and Candidates M. Kortus and J. Maatman. The congregation plans to vote next Sunday, July 21, after the evening service.

  • While Rev. A. Stewart is in the States, Rev. S. Key (Loveland PRC, CO) is in N.Ireland serving Covenant PRC and Limerick Reformed Fellowship (next Sunday). Rev. K. Koole is in Loveland today.

  • This significant note comes from Byron Center PRC: "The Council of BC PRC would like to inform members of our denomination that on Sunday, July 7, our church will begin holding separate worship services for members from our church hoping to form a daughter church. The worship services will be held at Zion Christian School in Byron Center, MI at 9:30 AM and 5PM."

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

PRC Synod 2019:

  • Synod (in First PR Church of Grand Rapids, MI) met from June 11-17. The daily reports with pictures may be found here.
  • The PRC Synod of 2019 declared Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman candidates for the ministry of the Word and sacraments in the PRC. They are eligible for a call on or after July 13, 2019.
  • Need for Ministers: Synod 2019 took a decision to place the urgent need for seminary students before our churches. Nine of our 39 active ministers are 63 years of age and older. The next prospect for seminary graduates in our churches is not for another four years. Then those nine ministers will be 67 and older. 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.

Senior Retreat:

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The lodge at Gull Lake Ministries, location of this Fall's Senior Retreat

  • Registration for the Senior Retreat (Sept 17-20) is open. Have you sent in your reservation?  Deadline is August 1, so don’t delay.  Come and enjoy fellowship with others from around the country.  If you have questions call Barb Velthouse at 1-616-745-0770 or go to zionprc.org. The dates are Sept 17-20 at Gull Lake Ministries (MI). The theme is ‘God’s Care For Us.’ Forms are available at Zion PRC's website. Click on Senior Retreat.

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PRC Seminary News:

  • *The PRC of 2019 Synod called Rev. Brian Huizinga (Hope PRC, Redlands, CA) to replace Prof. Cammenga as Professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament. On June 30 he announced his acceptance of this appointment. We thank God for this provision of another new professor and pray God's blessing on him and his family as they prepare for this transition. He plans to preach his farewell in Hope PRC on July 21. The Theological School Committee has begun making plans for his move to the Grand Rapids, MI area at the end of this month.

  • The seminary is now in its summer break. The faculty will be busy with various trips and speaking engagements.  With the construction project and library renovation continuing, there is still plenty of activity at the seminary (see note below). In addition, faculty and staff continue preparing for the new semester in the Fall. The seminary is open daily (M-F) during the summer (except for holidays) and staff is available to assist with any needs.

  • The seminary's two 2019 graduates, Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman, sustained their synodical examinations at the PRC 2019 Synod and were declared candidates for the ministry of the Word and sacraments in the PRC. They are eligible for a call on or after July 13, 2019.

  • One of the new students entering seminary this Fall is Isaac Peters from the EPC of Australia. Isaac and his wife Rebecca and four children arrived safely in Grand Rapids, MI this past week. Grace PRC is assisting in their needs while here, and we find this note in their bulletin today: "The congregation is invited to our July fellowship coffee which will be held next Sunday after the EVENING service.  The Peters family is arriving this week, and we would like to use this opportunity to welcome them into our church family.  If you are young, old, and in between, we hope you will join us for a time of fellowship with the Peters and with one another." We pray for a smooth transition for the Peters into life in West Michigan.

  • The Spring 2019 issue of the PR Theological Journal is now available! For those on our mailing list, your issue has been mailed. For back issues, visit the seminary journal page. If you wish to be added to our mailing list, contact the seminary's secretary. In addition, a new index to all past issues has been posted on the Journal's archives page.
  • If you have not yet done so, visit the new PRC seminary website! There are many new features and updates, including a blog. Visit the site and check out the various pages - and sign up to receive seminary news by email! The library is also online there (under Resources). If you are looking for a particular book to read or use, or just want to browse, visit the library page.

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  • Work continues on the seminary addition/renovation project, both inside and out (new archives and offices). This past week new lighting was installed in the offices and archives. In the library, the focus is on the trim work. Visit the seminary news section for pics and more information.

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PR Fellowship in Albuera, Leyte, to which Rev. V. Ibe has received the call.

SISTER-CHURCH NEWS:

  • Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, we may note the following:
    • Rev. A. denHartog and his wife are currently serving the congregation on behalf of the PRC Contact Committee.
    • This past Thursday night Rev. J. Engelsma (Doon PRC) received the call from Grandville PRC to serve as minister on loan to Covenant ERC in Singapore.
    • Her latest newsletter (June 2019) - Reformed News Asia - was posted recently posted and may be found on this page.
    • The last issue of the young peoples' magazine, Salt Shakers (June 2019) may be found on this page. 

  • Concerning our newest sister, 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. Ibe will lead us in our worship services today. Next Sunday, Rev. Smit will lead us in our worship services, the Lord willing.

    • Our pastor is also scheduled to preach for Kerusso Community church at 3PM today and ‘will lead them in their study of the C.O. Art. 78 at 5P.M. the Lord willing.

    • Dear PRCP congregations, The Theological School Committee of the PRCP (Committee #1) announces to our PRCP congregations with much thanksgiving to our covenant God that, after many months of planning and preparation, seminary training will begin on Tuesday, August 13, 2019. The Classis approved in June 2019 that Bro. Jeremiah B. Pascual, a member of the First PRCP in Bulacan, be approved as a seminary student, beginning his training in August 2019. The Classis approved in February 2019 that Rev. Holstege (Hermeneutics), Rev. Kleyn (Church History and Homiletics), and Rev. Smit (Greek and Dogmatics: Theology, Anthropology) teach our students. Brethren, we earnestly covet your prayers and support in this work as we seek with the Lord’s indispensable blessings to train faithful, Reformed preachers for our churches."
  • PRC in Bulacan:
    • *"PRC in Bulacan, (the calling church of the mission work in Albuera, Leyte) extends the call to Rev. Ibe (Berean PRC) to serve as missionary/pastor with the saints in Albuera, Leyte.

    • Revs. Flores and Ibe are traveling to Albuera, Leyte on Thursday (July 18-21, 2019) D.V."
  • Maranatha PRC:
    • "Rev. L. Trinidad, our Pastor will lead us in both services. He will resume our Bible study on Revelation, Lord willing."
  • Provident CC:
    • "Rev. Kleyn will preach for us today and next Sunday, D.V. Rev. Holstege will preach and teach for the Bearers of Light Church in Guiguinto, Bulacan today.
    • Rev. and Leah Holstege will travel to Brisbane, Australia from July 16-24, DV. Rev. Holstege was invited to speak at a conference on the 400th anniversary of the Synod of Dordt sponsored by the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Australia (EPCA) who are in a “corresponding relationship” with the PRCA. He will also preach for them and give a presentation on PRCA mission work in the Philippines."
    • And for more on the life and work of our "sisters" in the Far East read the news under Philippine missions (bulletins).
  • Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC, we may note the following:
    • Rev. A. Stewart and Mary are on vacation in the States. Rev. S. Key will be supplying CPRC's pulpit for the next three weeks in his absence.
    • Covenant PRC's latest newsletter was received and posted (May 2019).
    • Read the newest issue of Covenant Reformed News! That issue (May 2019) can be found here.
  • 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.
    • Plans have been made for a Dordt400 conference involving EPC and PRC men in July. This was also approved at the PRC Synod of 2019. Prof. and Mrs. B. Gritters leave this week from the States and Rev. and Mrs. D. Holstege and leave from the Philippines to participate.
    • The EPCA has this special notice, especially for our young people and young adults: 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 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. 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 a flyer or for additional information.

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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 read by Elijah Roberts. 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!
    • This week Rev. C. Griess (pastor of First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI) continues a three-month commitment to the program with a special series on the Five Points of Calvinism (for Dordt400) under the theme "Limited Atonement" (1) (which you may listen to at this link).
    • From the Reformed Witness Hour Committee: *Have you checked out our newsletters? If you would like to receive them digitally in your emailbox, please sign up for our bimonthly newsletter here: ehttp://epurl.com/gikNsL. This month's newsletter contained this interesting information:

      • *Mark your calendar for our 4000th broadcast! On September 1, 2019 we will be airing "Whosoever Will May Come," by Rev. Herman Hoeksema to celebrate 4000 broadcasts of the RWH. This is the original audio from October 1944. Be sure to tune in on September 1 to hear this great message on salvation by sovereign grace!

    • A new Spanish edition of the RWH has been produced and may be found on this YouTube channel (PRC Espanol). Look for new messages each week - and help spread the word!

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ESPECIALLY FOR PRC Young People and Young Adults:

  • NEWS about the 2019 PRYP's Convention: Southwest & Providence PRCs are hosting the 2019 PRC Young People's Convention on August 12-16, the Lord willing.  The convention will be held at Michindoh Conference Center in Hillsdale, MI.
  • The EPCA has this special notice, especially for our young people and young adults: 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 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. 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 a flyer or for additional information.

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

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*See the note below about a special Bible study this week!

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 Byron Center PRC's bulletin today we find this note: "The Dorr Bible Study meets this Thursday, July 18 at 7:30 PM. Our discussion will begin at John 6:48. Join us at the Dorr library with your friends and neighbors to study God's Word."

United Kingdom:

  • Limerick Reformed Fellowship News:
    • Rev. S. Key will preach for the LRF today, July 14, while Rev. McGeown preaches in Covenant PRC.
    • Rev. McGeown will speak in Margam Community Centre, Margam, Port Talbot, Wales on Thursday 25 July at 7.15 PM on “The Development of God’s Covenant” (5): “Jacob” (Part 2).
  • The March 2019 newsletter of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship mission station was received and posted recently.

Philippine Missions:

  • PRC in Bulacan, (the calling church of the mission work in Albuera, Leyte) extends the call to Rev. Ibe (Berean PRC) to serve as missionary/pastor with the saints in Albuera, Leyte.
  • The last Philippines mission newsletter was received and posted back in January 2019 and may be found on this PRC webpage.
  • 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. This special mission note is found in today's CERC bulletin: "Our missionary minister, Rev. Singh has informed that he will be completing the second pre-confession class by mid-July. Session will be sending a delegate of two comprising of Eld Leong and Eld Wee to Kolkata mission field to conduct interviews for baptism and confession of faith in end July. We thank God for establishing the labours of Rev Singh in the gathering His people in Kolkata."

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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News from the PRC and Sister-Churches for the Week of July 7, 2019 *(Updated)

Philippians 4 7On this twenty-seventh Lord's Day of 2019, July 7, the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, sister churches, and mission fields may be mentioned.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • The PRC of 2019 Synod called Rev. Brian Huizinga (Hope PRC, Redlands, CA) to replace Prof. Cammenga as Professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament. On June 30 he announced his acceptance of this appointment. We thank God for this provision of another new professor and pray God's blessing on him and his family as they prepare for this transition. He plans to preach his farewell in Hope PRC on July 21. The Theological School Committee has begun making plans for his move to the Grand Rapids, MI area at the end of this month.

  • On June 16 Rev. R. Kleyn received the call from Southeast PRC (Grand Rapids, MI). *On July 7 he declined this call.
  • The Council of Grandville PRC has formed the following trio (now duo) for MOL to Singapore: Rev. G. Eriks (Hudsonville), Rev. J. Engelsma (Doon, IA), Rev. B. Huizinga (Redlands, CA). The congregational meeting is set for this Thursday July 11 (there are other matters the congregation will consider). * Rev. J. Engelsma has received this call.

  • Cand. J. Maatman is supplying the pulpit of Immanuel PRC (Lacombe, AB) today again. The next two Sundays Cand. M. Kortus will be supplying her pulpit.
  • Also from Immanuel PRC comes this notice: "The Consistory brings forth the following trio from which to call a minister to serve here in Lacombe: 

    Rev. Dennis Lee (Bethel, PRC), Candidate Matt Kortus, and Candidate Jacob Maatman.  A Congregational Meeting to vote is set for Sunday, July 14th following the afternoon service."

  • While Rev. A. Stewart is in the States, Rev. S. Key (Loveland PRC, CO) is in N.Ireland serving Covenant PRC and Limerick Reformed Fellowship (next Sunday). Rev. C. Griess is preaching in Loveland today, and this special note is in Loveland's bulletin today: "Rev. Griess will hold a presentation after the evening service summarizing an exploratory trip to Mexico City from the summer of 2018. This trip was sponsored by First Protestant Reformed Church."

  • Edgerton (MN) PRC's bulletin today carries this important notice and invitation for next week: "Rev. Angus Stewart of the CPRC in N. Ireland will give a PowerPoint presentation in Edgerton PRC, this Sunday, July 7, after the evening service at around 6:30 PM. He plans to tell us about the British Reformed Fellowship or BRF (www.britishreformed.org) and its biennial conferences. There will be a special focus on the one planned for next summer (July 11-18, 2020) in Castlewellan Castle, N. Ireland. The theme will be 'Our Union with Christ.'"

  • From the Council of Byron Center PRC comes this significant announcement: "The Council of BC PRC would like to inform members of our denomination that on Sunday, July 7, our church will begin holding separate worship services for members from our church hoping to form a daughter church. The worship services will be held at Zion Christian School in Byron Center, MI at 9:30 AM and 5PM." Prof. D. Kuiper will lead the morning service, while Rev. A. Lanning leads the evening service.
  • Southeast PRC (Grand Rapids, MI) is currently worshiping at Adams Christian School in Wyoming, MI, while she looks for a new location for the congregation. Today, Prof. R. Cammenga and Rev. R. Vanoverloop are leading the worship services for her.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

PRC Synod 2019:

  • Synod (in First PR Church of Grand Rapids, MI) met from June 11-17. The daily reports with pictures may be found here.
  • The PRC Synod of 2019 declared Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman candidates for the ministry of the Word and sacraments in the PRC. They are eligible for a call on or after July 13, 2019.
  • Need for Ministers: Synod 2019 took a decision to place the urgent need for seminary students before our churches. Nine of our 39 active ministers are 63 years of age and older. The next prospect for seminary graduates in our churches is not for another four years. Then those nine ministers will be 67 and older. 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.

Senior Retreat:

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The lodge at Gull Lake Ministries, location of this Fall's Senior Retreat

  • Registration for the Senior Retreat (Sept 17-20) is open. Have you sent in your reservation?  Deadline is August 1, so don’t delay.  Come and enjoy fellowship with others from around the country.  If you have questions call Barb Velthouse at 1-616-745-0770 or go to zionprc.org. The dates are Sept 17-20 at Gull Lake Ministries (MI). The theme is ‘God’s Care For Us.’ Forms are available at Zion PRC's website. Click on Senior Retreat.

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Rev. B. Huizinga at the April 2019 Dordt400 Conference *(see note below)

PRC Seminary News:

  • *The PRC of 2019 Synod called Rev. Brian Huizinga (Hope PRC, Redlands, CA) to replace Prof. Cammenga as Professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament. On June 30 he announced his acceptance of this appointment. We thank God for this provision of another new professor and pray God's blessing on him and his family as they prepare for this transition. He plans to preach his farewell in Hope PRC on July 21. The Theological School Committee has begun making plans for his move to the Grand Rapids, MI area at the end of this month.

  • The seminary is now in its summer break. The faculty will be busy with various trips and speaking engagements.  With the construction project and library renovation continuing, there is still plenty of activity at the seminary (see note below). In addition, faculty and staff continue their end-of-semester work and preparing for the new semester in the Fall. The seminary is open daily (M-F) during the summer (except for holidays) and staff is available to assist with any needs.

  • *The seminary's two 2019 graduates, Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman, sustained their synodical examinations at the PRC 2019 Synod and were declared candidates for the ministry of the Word and sacraments in the PRC. They are eligible for a call on or after July 13, 2019.

  • One of the new students entering seminary this Fall is Isaac Peters from the EPC of Australia. Isaac and his wife Rebecca and four children plan to arrive in Grand Rapids, MI this week. Grace PRC is assisting in their needs while here, and we find this note in their bulletin today: "The congregation is invited to our July fellowship coffee which will be held next Sunday after the EVENING service.  The Peters family is arriving this week, and we would like to use this opportunity to welcome them into our church family.  If you are young, old, and in between, we hope you will join us for a time of fellowship with the Peters and with one another." We pray for safe travels for the Peters and for a smooth transition into life in west Michigan.

  • The Spring 2019 issue of the PR Theological Journal is now available! For those on our mailing list, your issue has been mailed. For back issues, visit the seminary journal page. If you wish to be added to our mailing list, contact the seminary's secretary. In addition, a new index to all past issues has been posted on the Journal's archives page.
  • If you have not yet done so, visit the new PRC seminary website! There are many new features and updates, including a blog. Visit the site and check out the various pages - and sign up to receive seminary news by email! The library is also online there (under Resources). If you are looking for a particular book to read or use, or just want to browse, visit the library page.

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  • Work continues on the seminary addition project, both inside and out (new archives and offices). This past week the ceiling grid was installed in the new offices and hallway. In the library, the focus is on the trim work. Visit the seminary news section for pics and more information.

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See the June 2019 issue of "Reformed News Asia" for more updates from this Far East sister!

SISTER-CHURCH NEWS:

  • Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, we may note the following:
    • Rev. A. denHartog and his wife are currently serving the congregation on behalf of the PRC Contact Committee.
    • From Grandville PRC's Council: "The congregational meeting is this coming Thursday, July 11 at 7pm. We will be voting to call a minister as MOL to Singapore: Revs J Engelsma and G Eriks, (in light of Rev Huizinga's acceptance of his recent call to the seminary, he is no longer eligible for this call)."
    • *Her latest newsletter (June 2019) - Reformed News Asia - was posted recently posted and may be found on this page.
    • The last issue of the young peoples' magazine, Salt Shakers (June 2019) may be found on this page. 

  • Concerning our newest sister, 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.R. Smit is leading the worship services today.

    • Today, Rev. Ibe will lead the saints in Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija in their worship service. We pray for God’s continued blessings as they hear and receive the proclamation of His Word!

  • PRC in Bulacan:
    • The Council of the PRC in Bulacan has formed a trio to serve as missionary/pastor in Albuera, Leyte: Rev. J. Flores (PRCB), Rev. V. Ibe (Berean PRC), and Rev. L. Trinidad (Maranatha PRC).

    • Today we learned that Rev. V. Ibe has received this call. We pray for him and his family as he weighs this new call.
  • Maranatha PRC:
    • "Rev. L. Trinidad, our Pastor will lead us in both services. He will resume our Bible study on Revelation, Lord willing."
  • Provident CC:
    • "Rev. Holstege will lead both of our worship services today. Next Sunday, Lord willing, he will preach and teach for the Bearers of Light Church in Guiguinto, Bulacan. Rev. Kleyn will preach for Provident next week, DV.
    • Rev. and Leah Holstege will travel to Brisbane, Australia from July 16-24, DV. Rev. Holstege was invited to speak at a conference on the 400th anniversary of the Synod of Dordt sponsored by the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Australia (EPCA) who are in a “corresponding relationship” with the PRCA. He will also preach for them and give a presentation on PRCA mission work in the Philippines."
    • And for more on the life and work of our "sisters" in the Far East read the news under Philippine missions (bulletins).
  • Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC, we may note the following:
    • Rev. A. Stewart and Mary are on vacation in the States. Rev. S. Key will be supplying CPRC's pulpit for the next three weeks in his absence.
    • Covenant PRC's latest newsletter was received and posted (May 2019).
    • Read the newest issue of Covenant Reformed News! That issue (May 2019) can be found here.
  • 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.
    • Plans have been made for a Dordt400 conference involving EPC and PRC men this summer (July). This was also approved at the PRC Synod of 2019. Prof. B. Gritters and Rev. D. Holstege plan to participate.
    • The EPCA has this special notice, especially for our young people and young adults: 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 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. 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 a flyer or for additional information.

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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 read by Elijah Roberts. 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!
    • This week Rev. C. Griess (pastor of First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI) continues a three-month commitment to the program with a special series on the Five Points of Calvinism (for Dordt400) under the theme "Unconditional Election (2)" (which you may listen to at this link).
    • From the Reformed Witness Hour Committee: *Have you checked out our newsletters? If you would like to receive them digitally in your emailbox, please sign up for our bimonthly newsletter here: ehttp://epurl.com/gikNsL. This month's newsletter contained this interesting information:

      • *Mark your calendar for our 4000th broadcast! On September 1, 2019 we will be airing "Whosoever Will May Come," by Rev. Herman Hoeksema to celebrate 4000 broadcasts of the RWH. This is the original audio from October 1944. Be sure to tune in on September 1 to hear this great message!

    • A new Spanish edition of the RWH has been produced and may be found on this YouTube channel (PRC Espanol). Look for new messages each week - and help spread the word!

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Do you follow the blog of the Young Calvinists?

ESPECIALLY FOR PRC Young People and Young Adults:

  • NEWS about the 2019 PRYP's Convention: Southwest & Providence PRCs are hosting the 2019 PRC Young People's Convention on August 12-16, the Lord willing.  The convention will be held at Michindoh Conference Center in Hillsdale, MI.
  • The EPCA has this special notice, especially for our young people and young adults: 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 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. 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 a flyer or for additional information.

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

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*Meeting place of Limerick Reformed Fellowship

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 Byron Center PRC's bulletin today we find this note: "Rev. A. Spriensma is leading the services at Bethel PRC today (Roselle, IL)."

United Kingdom:

  • *Limerick Reformed Fellowship News:
    • Rev. S. Key will preach for the LRF next Sunday, July 14, while Rev. McGeown preaches in Covenant PRC.
    • Rev. McGeown will speak in Margam Community Centre, Margam, Port Talbot, Wales on Thursday 25 July at 7.15 PM on “The Development of God’s Covenant” (5): “Jacob” (Part 2).
  • The March 2019 newsletter of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship mission station was received and posted recently.

Philippine Missions:

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. This special mission note is found in today's CERC bulletin: "Our missionary minister, Rev Singh has informed that he will be completing the second pre-confession class by mid-July. Session will be sending a delegate of two comprising of Eld Leong and Eld Wee to Kolkata mission field to conduct interviews for baptism and confession of faith in end July. We thank God for establishing the labours of Rev Singh in the gathering His people in Kolkata."

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 - June 2019

 
Issue 55 - June 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.
NEWPamphlet!
Pure and Undefiled Religion
By Prof Robert D. Decker

The theme or central thought of this Letter is to be found in James 1:26, 27. Here the "holy man of God, James, as moved by the Holy Spirit" (II Peter 1:21) draws a basic distinction. He writes: "If any man among you seem to be religious . . ."; literally, if any man among you thinks or imagines himself to be religious; "and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world."

There are three characteristics of true religion, "pure and undefiled," in these verses. One who is truly religious bridles his tongue. It's that little member, the tongue, by which one expresses the boasting of his heart of pride (James 3:5). Controlling the tongue is the key to the humility of obedience to the perfect Law of Liberty (James 1:25). The second characteristic of true religion is "to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction." This is the highest expression of obedience to the second table of the law, "love thy neighbour as thyself." The third characteristic of pure and undefiled religion is: "and to keep himself unspotted from the world." This is to love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, mind, soul, and strength, having no other gods before Him.
 

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:

Christ is and was the king…
…whose kingdom is not of this world, and who rejected all the glory that this world offers.
…who refused to allow the Jews to crown him king, though he was the King of the Jews.
…who fought alone, without an army.
…who was arrested by his own people, and mocked by the representatives of the Roman Empire, the great earthly kingdom of that day.
…who was crucified because he was King, and remained King when he died.
…who, being risen and ascended, is the King of kings and Lord of lords.
To this divinely anointed King, this book is witness. Behold your King, and worship him!

 
Audio Recordings
Click to listen to the sermons by Rev Arie Den Hartog on Lord's Day 12
 
Christ Our Chief Prophet And Teacher
Christ Our Only High Priest
Jesus Christ Is Our Eternal King
What It Means To Be A True Christian
 
Upcoming Events!
 
Save the date!

9 Aug 19 - Fellowship Outing

More details coming soon!
 
Past Events...
 
Sports Day 

This year, we enjoyed a variety of sports as we learned some new sports such as lacrosse and handball, as well as played some familiar sports. We had a good time of coaching, a fun time of games and especially good fellowship.
Group shot with our old and young lacrosse coaches!
Winner of the competitive handball match!
Kid's size lacrosse stick for children to enjoy as well
Oops, the ball went in..
 
CERC Church Camp 2019

June marks the return of our annual Church Camp! Always an exciting time, we thank God for the good speeches by Rev Den Hartog, the beneficial discussions and the enjoyable time of fellowship among the campers. 
Group photo!
Rev Den Hartog - our camp speaker
One of the group discussions
One of the many intense games we had
Meet our youngest campers (and more)!
 
Notes
 
Salt Shakers

Salt Shakers is a bi-monthly magazine published by the youth in Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church (CERC). Included in each issue are writings pertaining to both Reformed 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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News from the PRC and Sister-Churches for the Week of June 30, 2019

Ps113 3On this twenty-sixth Lord's Day of 2019, June 30, the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, sister churches, and mission fields may be mentioned.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • The PRC of 2019 Synod called Rev. Brian Huizinga (Hope PRC, Redlands, CA) to replace Prof. Cammenga as Professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament. Today he announced his acceptance of this appointment. We thank God for this provision of another new professor and pray God's blessing on him and his family as they will begin preparing for this transition.

  • The PRC Synod of 2019 declared Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman candidates for the ministry of the Word and sacraments in the PRC. They are eligible for a call on or after July 13, 2019.

  • On June 16 Rev. R. Kleyn received the call from Southeast PRC (Grand Rapids, MI). He plans to answer by July 14.

  • The Council of Grandville PRC has formed the following trio for MOL to Singapore: Rev. G. Eriks (Hudsonville), Rev. J. Engelsma (Doon, IA), Rev. B. Huizinga (Redlands, CA). The congregational meeting is set for Thursday July 11 (there are other matters the congregation will consider).

  • Cand. J. Maatman is supplying the pulpit of Immanuel PRC (Lacombe, AB) for the next two weeks. Also from Immanuel PRC comes this notice: "The Consistory brings forth the following Trio from which to call a minister to serve here in Lacombe: 

    Rev. Dennis Lee (Bethel, PRC), Candidate Matt Kortus, and Candidate Jacob Maatman.  A Congregational Meeting to vote is set for Sunday, July 14th following the afternoon service."

  • Lynden (WA) PRC is hosting the young adult retreat this week. Prof. B. Gritters is there today and preached once. He and Rev. S. Regnerus will both speak at the retreat

  • Edgerton (MN) PRC's bulletin today carries this important notice and invitation for next week: "Rev. Angus Stewart of the CPRC in N. Ireland will give a PowerPoint presentation in Edgerton PRC, next week, Sunday, July 7, after the evening service at around 6:30 PM. He plans to tell us about the British Reformed Fellowship or BRF (www.britishreformed.org) and its biennial conferences. There will be a special focus on the one planned for next summer (July 11-18, 2020) in Castlewellan Castle, N. Ireland. The theme will be 'Our Union with Christ.'"

  • From the Council of Byron Center PRC comes this significant announcement: "The Council of BC PRC would like to inform members of our denomination that on Sunday, July 7, our church will begin holding separate worship services for members from our church hoping to form a daughter church. The worship services will be held at Zion Christian School in Byron Center, MI at 9:30 AM and 5PM."

  • From Georgetown PRC comes this note about her 25th anniversary this year: "The Council made a decision to celebrate our 25th year anniversary as a congregation in conjunction with our annual church picnic. Plans are underway for a Saturday morning breakfast picnic in October commemorating our anniversary, and then on the following Sunday to remember God’s faithfulness to us in both the worship service. Details will follow in the coming weeks."
  • Southeast PRC (Grand Rapids, MI) is currently worshiping at Adams Christian School in Wyoming, MI, while she looks for a new location for the congregation. Today, Cand. M. Kortus is leading the worship services for her.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

PRC Synod 2019:

  • Synod (in First PR Church of Grand Rapids, MI) met from June 11-17. The daily reports with pictures may be found here.
  • Need for Ministers: Synod 2019 took a decision to place the urgent need for seminary students before our churches. Nine of our 39 active ministers are 63 years of age and older. The next prospect for seminary graduates in our churches is not for another four years. Then those nine ministers will be 67 and older. 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.

Senior Retreat:

  • Registration for the Senior Retreat (Sept 17-20) is open. Have you sent in your reservation?  Deadline is August 1, so don’t delay.  Come and enjoy fellowship with others from around the country.  If you have questions call Barb Velthouse at 1-616-745-0770 or go to zionprc.org. The dates are Sept 17-20 at Gull Lake Ministries (MI). The theme is ‘God’s Care For Us.’ Forms are available at Zion PRC's website. Click on Senior Retreat.

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New archives room painted this past week.

PRC Seminary News:

  • The seminary is now in its summer break. The faculty will be busy with various trips and speaking engagements.  With the construction project and library renovation continuing, there is still plenty of activity at the seminary (see note below). In addition, faculty and staff continue their end-of-semester work and preparing for the new semester in the Fall. The seminary is open daily (M-F) during the summer (except for holidays) and staff is available to assist with any needs.

  • *Our two 2019 graduates, Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman, sustained their synodical examinations at the PRC 2019 Synod and were declared candidates for the ministry of the Word and sacraments in the PRC. They are eligible for a call on or after July 13, 2019.
  • Synod 2019 has called Rev. Brian Huizinga to replace Prof. Cammenga as Professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament. Today he announced his acceptance of this appointment. We thank God for this provision of another new professor and pray God's blessing on him and his family as they prepare to make the transition.

  • The Spring 2019 issue of the PR Theological Journal is back from the printer and now available! For those on our mailing list, your issue was mailed this past week. For back issues, visit the seminary journal page. If you wish to be added to our mailing list, contact the seminary's secretary. In addition, a new index to all past issues has been posted on the journal's archives page.
  • If you have not yet done so, visit the new PRC seminary website! There are many new features and updates, including a blog. Visit the site and check out the various pages - and sign up to receive seminary news by email! The library is also online there (under Resources). If you are looking for a particular book to read or use, or just want to browse, visit the library page.
  • Work continues on the seminary addition project, both inside and out (new archives and offices). This past week the offices and hallway received their coats of paint and the archives room walls and ceiling were painted. Mor electircal and HVAC work was done as well. In the library, the new lighting was installed and trim work began. Visit the seminary news section for pics and more information.

CERC camp June 2019
*Covenant ERC in Singapore recently held her church camp - this is a group photo (see note below)

See the June 2019 issue of "Reformed News Asia" for more updates from this Far East sister!

SISTER-CHURCH NEWS:

  • Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, we may note the following:
    • Rev. A. denHartog and his wife are currently serving the congregation on behalf of the PRC Contact Committee.
    • From Grandville PRC's Council: "The Council presents the following trio for MOL to Singapore: Rev. G. Eriks (Hudsonville), Rev. J. Engelsma (Doon, IA), Rev. B. Huizinga (Redlands, CA). The congregational meeting to call one of these ministers will be July 14 after the evening service."
    • *Her latest newsletter (June 2019) - Reformed News Asia - was posted recently posted and may be found on this page.
    • The last issue of the young peoples' magazine, Salt Shakers (May 2019) may be found on this page. 

  • Concerning our newest sister, the PRC in the Philippines, we may note the following from the bulletins of the Berean PRC, Maranatha PRC, and Provident CC:
  • Berean PRC:
    • Rev. D. Kleyn is leading the worship services today.

    • Classis of the Protestant Reformed Churches in the Philippines approved (June 2019) the recommendation of Committee #2 re the budget for a Missionary/pastor to labor with the saints in Albuera, Leyte. PRC in Bulacan (the calling church of the PRFA) can and may now call a missionary/pastor for PRFA. May the LORD of Harvest provide for the saints in PRFA a missionary/pastor according to His will!

  • Maranatha PRC:
    • "Rev. L. Trinidad, our Pastor will lead us in both services. He will resume our Bible study on Revelation, Lord willing."
  • Provident CC:
    • Rev. Holstege will lead both of our worship services today and next Sunday, D.V.
    • And for more on the life and work of our "sisters" in the Far East read the news under Philippine missions (bulletins).
  • Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC, we may note the following:
    • Rev. A. Stewart and Mary are on vacation in the States. Rev. S. Key will be supplying CPRC's pulpit for the next three weeks in his absence.
    • Covenant PRC's latest newsletter was received and posted (May 2019).
    • Read the newest issue of Covenant Reformed News! That issue (May 2019) can be found here.
  • 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.
    • Plans are being made for a Dordt400 conference involving EPC and PRC men this summer (July). This was also approved at the PRC Synod of 2019. Prof. B. Gritters plans to participate.
    • The EPCA has this special notice, especially for our young people and young adults: 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 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. 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 a flyer or for additional information.

Psalm choir CD 20
Do you enjoy good Psalm music? Why not purchase a CD online or from the Reformed Book Outlet by the PR Psalm Singing Choir?

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.

  • 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.

  • 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 read by Elijah Roberts. It's another excellent way to learn the Reformed faith and memorize these Reformed creeds.

RWH Logo 2019

  • Remember to listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday - on a radio station near you or on Sermonaudio wherever you are!
    • This week Rev. C. Griess (pastor of First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI) continues a three-month commitment to the program with a special series on the Five Points of Calvinism under the theme "Unconditional Election (1)" (which you may listen to at this link).
    • From the Reformed Witness Hour Committee: Have you checked out our newsletters? If you would like to receive them digitally in your emailbox, please sign up for our bimonthly newsletter here: ehttp://epurl.com/gikNsL. This month's newsletter contained this interesting information:

      • *Mark your calendar for our 4000th broadcast! On September 1, 2019 we will be airing "Whosoever Will May Come," by Rev. Herman Hoeksema to celebrate 4000 broadcasts of the RWH. This is the original audio from October 1944. Be sure to tune in on September 1 to hear this great message!

    • A new Spanish edition of the RWH has been produced and may be found on this YouTube channel (PRC Espanol). Look for new messages each week - and help spread the word!

 Ps71 5

ESPECIALLY FOR PRC Young People and Young Adults:

  • The EPCA has this special notice, especially for our young people and young adults: 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 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. 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 a flyer or for additional information.

  • The latest young peoples' magazine of Covenant ERC in Singapore, Salt Shakers, was received and posted (June 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.
  • From Byron Center PRC's bulletin today we find this note: "Rev. A. Spriensma is leading the services at Bethel PRC today (Roselle, IL)."

United Kingdom:

  • Limerick Reformed Fellowship News:
    • After some time in the States attending the PRC Synod, preaching in various PRCs, and vacationing, Rev. M. McGeown is back in Limerick RF.
    • One of his labors:  Bible Study: Tuesday 8 PM in Corbally beginning at 1 Peter 5:5.
  • The March 2019 newsletter of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship mission station was received and posted recently.

Philippine Missions:

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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News from the PRC and Sister-Churches for the Week of June 23, 2019

Ps32 8 mountainsOn this twenty-fifth Lord's Day of 2019, June 23, the following news and information concerning PRC congregations, the Seminary, sister churches, and mission fields may be mentioned.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS:

  • The PRC of 2019 Synod called Rev. Brian Huizinga to replace Prof. Cammenga as Professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament. Rev. Cory Griess was chosen to be the alternate. May the Lord guide Rev. Huizinga that he may know God's will regarding this call. Let us remember him in our prayers.

  • On June 16 Rev. R. Kleyn received the call from Southeast PRC (Grand Rapids, MI). He plans to answer by July 14.

  • The Council of Grandville PRC has formed the following trio for MOL to Singapore: Rev. G. Eriks (Hudsonville), Rev. J. Engelsma (Doon, IA), Rev. B. Huizinga (Redlands, CA). The congregational meeting is set for July 11 after the evening service.

  • Rev. S. Regnerus (Lynden, WA PRC) is leading the worship services and preaching for Immanuel PRC's (Lacombe, AB) this Sunday.

  • Rev. A. Spriensma is leading the services at Cornerstone PRC today. Next week he will be in Bethel PRC.
  • Southeast PRC (Grand Rapids, MI) is currently worshiping at Adams Christian School in Wyoming, MI, while she looks for a new location for the congregation. Today, Prof. B. Gritters and Rev. J. Smidstra are preaching for her.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

Senior Retreat: Registration for the Senior Retreat is open. The dates are Sept 17-20 at Gull Lake Ministries (MI). The theme is ‘God’s Care For Us.’ Forms are available at Zion PRC's website. Click on Senior Retreat.

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Synod's delegates finished their work this past Monday

PRC Synod 2019:

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Library renovation underway this summer.

PRC Seminary News:

  • The seminary has now entered its spring/summer break. Besides their work at the PRC Synod in June, the faculty will be busy with various trips and speaking engagements.  With the construction project and library renovation continuing, there is still plenty of activity at the seminary (see note below). In addition, faculty and staff continue their end-of-semester work and preparing for the new semester in the Fall. The seminary is open daily (M-F) during the summer (except for holidays) and staff is available to assist with any needs.

  • *Our two senior seminarians, Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman, sustained their synodical examinations this past week at the PRC 2019 Synod and were declared them candidates for the ministry of the Word and sacraments in the PRC. They are eligible for a call on or after July 13, 2019. Seminary commencement was held Thursday night, June 13, in First PRC.
  • Synod 2019 has called Rev. Brian Huizinga to replace Prof. Cammenga as Professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament. Rev. Cory Griess was chosen to be the alternate. May the Lord guide Rev. Huizinga that he may know God's will regarding this call. Let us remember him in our prayers.

  • The Spring 2019 issue of the PR Theological Journal is back from the printer and now available! For those on our mailing list, your issue will be mailed this week. For back issues, visit the seminary journal page. If you wish to be added to our mailing list, contact the seminary's secretary.
  • If you missed the speeches at the seminary's Dordt400 conference, or want to refresh your mind, now's your chance to listen to them! The audio files of the speeches and historical presentations from the conference are now available on Trinity PRC's Sermonaudio channel (the host of the conference). The videos are also now available on the seminary YouTube channel. *If you are interested in CD's or DVD's of the recent Dordt 400 Conference, please send your request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • If you have not yet done so, visit the new PRC seminary website! There are many new features and updates, including a blog. Visit the site and check out the various pages - and sign up to receive seminary news by email! The library is also online there (under Resources). If you are looking for a particular book to read or use, or just want to browse, visit the library page.
  • Work continues on the seminary addition project, both inside and out (new archives and offices). This past week the drywall work was finished and primer paint was applied in the new offices and archives room. In the library, the old carpet was torn out and the rest of the ceiling tiles removed. On the outside, final grading was done in the yard area outside the new addition. Visit the seminary news section for pics and more information.

Maranatha PRC logo*A new member joins the PRC in the Philippines (see note below)

SISTER-CHURCH NEWS:

  • Concerning our sister church in Singapore, Covenant ERC, we may note the following:
    • Rev. A. denHartog and his wife are currently serving the congregation on behalf of the PRC Contact Committee.
    • From Grandville PRC's Council: "The Council presents the following trio for MOL to Singapore: Rev. G. Eriks (Hudsonville), Rev. J. Engelsma (Doon, IA), Rev. B. Huizinga (Redlands, CA). The congregational meeting to call one of these ministers will be July 11 after the evening service."
    • Her latest newsletter (April 2019) - Reformed News Asia - was posted recently posted and may be found on this page.
    • The last issue of the young peoples' magazine, Salt Shakers (April 2019) may be found on this page. 
  • Concerning our newest sister, the PRC in the Philippines, we may note the following from the bulletins of the Berean PRC, Maranatha PRC, and Provident CC:
  • Berean PRC:
    • Rev. Ibe will lead us in our worship services today. Next Sunday, Rev. Kleyn will lead us in our worship services, the Lord willing. Our pastor is also scheduled to preach at Kerusso Community church at 3P.M. today and will lead them in their study of the Church Order at 5:30 P.M. the Lord willing.

    • Classis of the Protestant Reformed Churches in the Philippines approved the recommendation of Committee #2 re the budget for a Missionary/pastor to labor with the saints in Albuera, Leyte. PRC in Bulacan (the calling church of the PRFA) can and may now call a missionary/pastor for PRFA. May the LORD of Harvest provide for the saints in PRFA a missionary/pastor according to His will!

  • Maranatha PRC:
    • Rev. R. Smit, our Missionary will lead us in both services.
  • Provident CC:
    • Rev. Holstege will lead both of our worship services today and next Sunday, D.V.
    • Rev. Daniel and Sharon Kleyn returned home to the Philippines last Wednesday. We give thanks to God for keeping them safe in their travels and returning them to their life and labors here in the Philippines.
    • And for more on the life and work of our "sisters" in the Far East read the news under Philippine missions (bulletins).
  • Concerning our sister church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, Covenant PRC, we may note the following:
    • Rev. A. Stewart and Mary are on vacation in the States. Rev. S. Key will be supplying CPRC's pulpit for the next three weeks in his absence.
    • Covenant PRC's latest newsletter was received and posted (May 2019).
    • Read the newest issue of Covenant Reformed News! That issue (May 2019) can be found here.
  • 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.
    • Plans are being made for a Dordt400 conference involving EPC and PRC men this summer (July).
    • The EPCA has this special notice, especially for our young people and young adults: 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 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. 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 a flyer or for additional information.

PsalmChoir CD 18
Do you enjoy good Psalm music? Why not purchase a CD online or from the Reformed Book Outlet by the PR Psalm Singing Choir?

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.

  • Would you like to read 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.

  • 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 read by Elijah Roberts. 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!
    • This week Rev. C. Griess (pastor of First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI) continues a three-month commitment to the program with a special series on the Five Points of Calvinism under the theme "Religion Defended" (which you may listen to at this link).
    • From the Reformed Witness Hour Committee: Have you checked out our newsletters? If you would like to receive them digitally in your emailbox, please sign up for our bimonthly newsletter here: ehttp://epurl.com/gikNsL. This month's newsletter contined this interesting information:

      • Mark your calendar for our 4000th broadcast! On September 1, 2019 we will be airing "Whosoever Will May Come," by Rev. Herman Hoeksema to celebrate 4000 broadcasts of the RWH. This is the original audio from October 1944. Be sure to tune in on September 1 to hear this great message!

    • A new Spanish edition of the RWH has been produced and may be found on this YouTube channel (PRC Espanol). Look for new messages each week - and help spread the word!

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ESPECIALLY FOR PRC Young People and Young Adults:

  • NEWS about the 2019 PRYP's Convention:
    • Southwest & Providence PRCs are hosting the 2019 PRC Young People's Convention on August 12-16, the Lord willing.  The convention will be held at Michindoh Conference Center in Hillsdale, MI.
    • Young Peoples Convention Update: You can still register on line and have paperwork received by May 31 to avoid a late fee. Any paperwork received after May 31 please include a late fee of $25.00 with your payment. Registration should be done as soon as possible so committees can proceed with their work. Looking forward to seeing you all at the convention in August!

  • Lynden PRC Young Adults Retreat updates:

*Registration for our 2019 retreat is open. Come join us July 1-5, for a week filled with spiritual encouragement, white water rafting, campfires, hiking and other fun activities with like-minded believers! Check out our website (https://lyndenprcya.wixsite.com/mysite) to register and for more details. We also have a Facebook page (Lynden PRC Young Adults Retreat 2019). Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions you may have. We look forward to hosting all of you in Washington!

  • The EPCA has this special notice, especially for our young people and young adults: 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 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. 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 a flyer or for additional information.

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

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Remember Rev. Titus and the work in Myanmar (cf. 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 Byron Center PRC's bulletin today we find this note: "Rev. A. Spriensma is leading the services at Cornerstone PRC today. Next week he will be in Bethel PRC."

United Kingdom:

  • Limerick Reformed Fellowship News:
    • From her June 23 bulletin: Pastor and Larisa returned on Friday. Rev and Mrs Smidstra extend their greetings and hearty thanks for the fellowship that they enjoyed among you. We welcome Andrew and Briana Prins (Trinity PRC), Faith Bleyenberg and Kara Lubbers (Byron Center PRC), Taylor Doezema (Faith PRC), Sara Langerak (Hope PRC), and Melissa VanBaren (First PRC) to our worship services today.
  • The March 2019 newsletter of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship mission station was received and posted recently.

Philippine Missions:

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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