Missions of the Protestant Reformed Churches in America

PRC and Sister-Church News Highlights for April 17, 2022 *(Updated)

John 11 25Below you will find special highlights of PRC and sister-church news for this fifteenth Sunday of our Lord's year 2022, April 17.

Today is Resurrection Sunday, the day we commemorate and celebrate the glorious resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. May our thanks and praise be abundantly given to our triune God for fully accomplishing our salvation through His Son. We invite you to join us in worship on this day and on any Sunday.

In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.  ~ Matthew 28:1-7

If you are new to this website and are interested in the PRC, we invite you to join us at any of our services (morning and afternoon/evening). For congregations, locations and times, visit this page.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS

  • Last Sunday Rev. D. Kleyn (missionary to the Philippines) declined both the call to Doon PRC and the call to Hudsonville PRC, being convicted that the Lord wishes him to remain on the mission field at this time. May the Lord continue to bless him and Sharon in their devoted labor on that field. And may the Lord encourage our vacant congregations, assuring them that, as the Great Shepherd of His sheep, He cares for them in perfect wisdom and will provide for them in the days ahead, including the provision of an undershepherd once again.
  • Last Sunday Grace PRC voted to call Prof. B. Gritters (PRC Seminary) to serve as her next pastor. May the Lord give him the wisdom of Christ as he considers this call.

  • First PRC-Edmonton's Consistory has a new trio from which to call a pastor: Revs. S. Regnerus (Lynden, WA), R. Smit (Philippines), A. Stewart (Covenant PRC, Ballymena, N. Ireland). The congregation will vote on the trio today after the PM service. *UPDATE: Rev. S. Regnerus has received this call.

  • Doon PRC's Council has formed a new trio of Rev. J. Holstege (Zion PRC), Rev. J. Smidstra (First PRC-Holland), and Rev. N. Decker (Grandville PRC). They play to call from this trio next week, April 24, after the evening service.

  • Peace PRC's Council has formed a new trio of Rev. M. De Boer (Edgerton PRC), Rev. J. Marcus, and Rev. J. Smidstra (First PRC-Holland). They plan to call from this trio on April 27.

  • Classical appointments and pulpit supply for today in the vacant PRCs: Rev. R. Hanko (2nd Sunday in Doon (IA) PRC; Rev. T. Miersma in First PRC, Edmonton, AB; Prof. B. Gritters and Rev. J. Holstege in Grace PRC;  Prof. R. Cammenga and Rev. C. Spronk in Hudsonville PRC; Rev. K. Koole in Peace PRCMay we count it a blessing of our church federation that we can help one another in these needs. Let us remember to pray for the men who supply these pulpits and for the vacant congregations.

  • Upcoming PRC Easter/Spring Singspirations and Choir programs:
    • Zion PRC will be hosting an Easter Singspiration tonight that will feature a few choir numbers and a couple special numbers as  well. The program will be held beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Zion. Refreshments will be served after  church. Friends and family are more than welcome!
    • "The Peace Young People (Dyer, IN) invite you to a Singspiration on Sunday evening, April 24. Please join us as we glorify God in singing praises to Him."
    • Georgetown PRC: Her choir will present a program on Sunday night May 1.
    • Grandville PRC: The young people are hosting a singspiration May 1 after the evening service.

  • Special PRC Evangelism/missions notices: 
    • Hope PRC-Grand Rapids, MI: "The congregation is invited to an evening of fellowship and praise on Tuesday, April 19 at 7:30 at our church. Seth Kalsbeek is going to deliver a presentation on the past year of turmoil in the country of Myanmar with refreshments to follow. Visitors are welcome."
    • Byron Center (MI) PRC: "The community Bible study meets this Thursday to discuss starting at John 16:1. We encourage you to join us with friends or neighbors at the church at 7:30 PM on April 21."

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  • Young People's News!
    • Registration is now open through April 30 for the 2022 Young Peoples Convention hosted by Faith PRC? "We have a great week planned at Camp Cedarmore in Kentucky from August 1-5, 2022. Registration is fully online this year, so get started at https://prcconvention.com/registration/. Note that the registration process includes waivers, so parents should register for their young people who are minors. We can't wait to see you at convention, Lord willing!"
    • After two years of no PRYP's conventions, we are hoping to fill the camp with young people hungry for opportunities for spiritual growth in Christ and good Christian fellowship - besides delicious southern food! Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. Psalm 63:3

PRC DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

  • Rev. J. Marcus continues to serve the churches with preaching and teaching. He remains eligible for a call to the churches. Let us remember him and his family in our prayers.
  • Upcoming: Classis East will meet Wednesday, May 11, hosted by First PRC-Holland, MI and *held at Redeemer Christian School, 7250 Ransom St., Zeeland, MI.
  • Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2022 PR Scholarship Fund essay competition is now available. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive the essay topics and submission requirements. Completed essays must be submitted by May 31st.

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PRC Seminary Notices:

  • The seminary returned to classes after spring break this past week. There are now three weeks remaining in this second semester of the 2021-22 school year. Continue to pray for the faculty, students, and staff that they may press on in faithfulness.
  • The second round of practice preaching was completed this past Monday. We are thankful for the progress the students continue to make. And first-year student Aaron Van Dyke delivered his first sermon in Homiletics class on Friday - before Prof. Gritters and his fellow students.
  • The printed edition of the Fall 2021 issue of the PRT Journal was mailed out in March. The digital editions (pdf and ePub) are also available on the seminary's website. Work is being done on the Spring 2022 issue, which will feature the speeches from the seminary's fall conference on preaching. If you want to be added to our mailing list (either print or digital) or wish to pick up a copy, contact Sharon, the seminary secretary.
  • The seminary is open daily from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., including the library and bookstore. PRC members and friends are welcome to visit and make use of these resources.
  • For the latest seminary news and information, visit the seminary's website.

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SISTER-CHURCH/MISSION NEWS:

  • Covenant ERC, Singapore and her Kolkata, India mission work:
    • Pastor J. Tan is busy serving the CERC faithfully each week as her pastor.  His "pastoral note" to the congregation this week includes this note: "We are thankful in this week past for the Good Friday Gospel Meeting that we could have. We all saw many new comers invited and enjoyed sweet fellowship in the first congregation lunch in a very long time. Let us remember in prayer those new comers. Let us also continue to grow as a church in love and obedience to the great commission in thankfulness to our God."
    • Todays' bulletin also included an update on the work of missionary-pastor E. Singh in Kolkata and beyond: "Also, in the latest session meeting we met up with Pastor Singh via zoom. Here are some snippiest of what he shared with us. He is faithfully conducting the worship service, devotions and bible study every Lord’s Day. On top of that, he conducts the office bearer training class. Pastor Singh has completed preaching a series on 1 Peter and will be beginning 2 Peter. For the Heidelberg catechism preaching, they are currently at Lord’s Day 27." They also reported on a new work of his in developing a Reformed church in Mumbai.
    • The last issue of "Reformed News Asia" was published in December 2021 - #65. Be sure to check it out for the latest news from our sister!
  • Covenant PRC, N. Ireland:
    • Rev. A.Stewart continues to minister the Word faithfully to the saints in Ballymena. 
    • A March newsletter has been released by the CPRC. Visit this page to read it and catch up on all the exciting news out of Ballymena!
    • Sign up for the 2022 British Reformed Fellowship family conference at Castlewellan Castle in Northern Ireland from Saturday, July 9, to Saturday, July 16. The speakers, Prof. David Engelsma and Prof. Brian Huizinga will lecture on "Union With Christ." For information see the website (http://brfconference.weebly.com).
    • A new issue of "Covenant Reformed News" has been published - check out the March 2022 edition here. Follow the link to read the latest profitable articles by Revs. A. Stewart and R. Hanko.
  • PRC in the Philippines and her mission work:
    • Berean PRC bulletin: Rev. V. Ibe led the worship services today. "Elder Alex Oriarte and deacon Julius Arragona are scheduled to visit the saints in All of Grace Protestant Reformed Fellowship (AGPRF), Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija today, the Lord willing." And this exciting news too: "The visit of our pastor and elder Alann Penaverde in Cadiz City and in Bacolod city went well by the grace of God. The saints there are waiting in the LORD for His provision of a man to lead them in their study of the Reformed Faith and thus the hope to have an established local Protestant Reformed church in their midst if it is God’s will."
    • Provident PRC bulletin: Rev. D. Kleyn preached and lead her worship services today. The services are being livestreamed at the “PPRC and Friends” Facebook page, but will end on May 1, at which point in-person services only will be available. 
    • The PRCP Seminary continues with its regular course work in its second semester.

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  • This month Rev. R. Kleyn (First PRC-Grand Rapids, MI) continues speaking for the RWH. The focus will be a series on the life of Joseph, with other special messages interspersed. Today's message is a special Easter one based on Luke 24:13-25 and titled "Burning Hearts and Opened Eyes."
  • The Reformed Witness Hour publishes each month's messages in an attractive booklet. These printed sermons are a great blessing to many and are distributed all over the world, including to many prisoners in the U.S. If you or your Evangelism Committee would like to receive these, let the RWHC know and they will add you to the mailing list (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

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REFORMED RESOURCES FOR EDIFICATION, EDUCATION, and EVANGELISM


$19.97 - 50% OFF for the month of April, 2022 (retail price $ 39.95)

  • For sound, distinctively Reformed literature on a variety of subjects and for all ages - including church history and Bible study materials - visit the Reformed Free Publishing Association website or stop in at their Jenison (Michigan) location.

  • The Reformed Book Outlet (downtown Hudsonville, MI) is temporarily closed while it moves into a new building that is being renovated. See the following notes for details.
    Special notices re the RBO! Reformed Book Outlet is moving! We have found a new building for our store in downtown Hudsonville on Harvey St. after needing to move out of our current location in Keegstra’s Dollar Store. We need to do some renovations to the building before we can move in, so watch the bulletin or our social media pages for updates on when we will open in our new location. In the mean time, our website will still be open for ordering, for shipping or for local pickup (more details on this to come)!. Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know you’re able to help us move or with any questions!

  • Are you interested in learning more about the doctrines and practices of the PRC? Or, are you in need of some pamphlets and/or articles published by the PRC for use in evangelism and/or witnessing? Or are you simply interested in growing in your faith and walk with the Lord? Visit the Resources pages of this website and the PRCA Evangelism page for a complete list of materials available in digital format or by order from the publishing church.

  • Do you need some catechism materials for use in your church or family? The PRC publishes catechism materials on Bible history and Reformed doctrine, for children of all ages. Visit this page for more information.

  • The PR Sunday School Association also publishes complete OT and NT Bible Story Lessons for young children and older children. Visit this page to learn more.

This Week's Thought for Contemplation

"For He is risen! What does that mean? It means that Jesus is entirely changed now. He is not the same Jesus anymore. He is completely changed. He is now heavenly, spiritual, glorious, eternal. First He was, even as we are, earthly, flesh and blood, miserable, temporal, and mortal. Jesus has received a life that is different from any life ever before manifested. He is different from the glorious Adam. His resurrection is different from the resurrection of Lazarus and others. He is the very Personification of Eternal Life. And that means that He is ever turning to the Father, approximating that Father unto all eternity.

For He is risen! That glorious chant has even deeper significance: it means that the Triune God approved of the work He did. It means that God accepted the price He paid for His own. It means that God was even now taking this Holy Child to His bosom. It means that He would receive a Name that is above all that is named in this world and in the world to come.

For He is risen! It is the chant that shall be repeated from age to age, until time is no more. And then it shall be translated in perfect language, song and music, and the same chant shall make heaven musical forever! Oh yes, Jesus is risen, is risen indeed!”

~ Gerrit Vos, meditation in the Standard Bearer (found in First PRC-Edmonton's bulletin today)

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PRC and Sister-Church News Highlights for April 10, 2022

Psa 49 15Below you will find special highlights of PRC and sister-church news for this fourteenth Sunday of our Lord's year 2022, April 10. We thank the Lord for these weekly spiritual oases on our pilgrimage through this weary world on the way to our heavenly home. May our worship this day be a sweet incense before our faithful God through Jesus Christ our Savior.

Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity of my heels shall compass me about? They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him: (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:) ...But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah.  ~ Psalm 49:5-9, 15

If you are new to this website and are interested in the PRC, we invite you to join us at any of our services (morning and afternoon/evening). For congregations, locations and times, visit this page.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS

  • In commemoration of the atoning death of our Savior, Jesus Christ, the PR churches will be holding Good Friday services on Friday, April 15. Most are in the evening (7 p.m.), but a few are at other times, including in the morning. Visit the website of the church near you for details. You are cordially invited to attend this service in worship of the Lord Jesus and to hear the gospel of His saving sacrifice accomplished on the cross.

  • Last Sunday Rev. E. Guichelaar (Randolph PRC) declined the call from Peace PRC (Dyer, IN). 

  • Today Rev. D. Kleyn (missionary to the Philippines) declined both the call to Doon PRC and the call to Hudsonville PRC, being convicted that the Lord wishes him to remain on the mission field at this time. May the Lord continue to bless him and Sharon in that devoted labor. And may the Lord encourage our vacant congregations, assuring them that, as the Great Shepherd of His sheep, He cares for them in perfect wisdom and will provide for them in the days ahead, including the provision of an undershepherd once again.

  • Today Grace PRC voted to call Prof. B. Gritters (PRC Seminary) to serve as her next pastor. May the Lord give him the wisdom of Christ as he considers this call.

  • First PRC-Edmonton's Consistory announces a new trio from which to call a pastor: Revs. S. Regnerus (Lynden, WA), R. Smit (Philippines), A. Stewart (Covenant PRC, Ballymena, N. Ireland). The congregation will vote on the trio next Sunday, April 17, after the PM service.

  • Classical appointments and pulpit supply for today in the vacant PRCs: Rev. R. Hanko (2 Sundays plus Good Friday) in Doon (IA) PRC; Rev. T. Miersma in First PRC, Edmonton, AB; Prof. B. Gritters and Rev. D. Holstege in Grace PRC;  Prof. R. Cammenga and Rev. J. Mahtani in Hudsonville PRC; Rev. J. Engelsma (Rev. J. Marcus for Good Friday) in Peace PRCMay we count it a blessing of our church federation that we can help one another in these needs. Let us remember to pray for the men who supply these pulpits and for the vacant congregations.

  • Upcoming PRC Easter/Spring Singspirations and Choir programs:
    • Hull PRC (IA): The Hull Young People’s Society invites everyone to the Resurrection Singspiration tonight at 7:45 p.m.
    • Loveland PRC (CO): Spring Choir Concert: "Please plan to stay after the evening worship service tonight to attend our church’s choir concert. Should you not be able to attend, or if you know of others who could benefit from these expressions of faith by way of song, the concert will be livestreamed. The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. or shortly thereafter. We especially encourage you to invite others to the worship service as well as the concert."
    • Zion PRC will be hosting an Easter Singspiration (April 17) that will feature a few choir numbers and a couple special numbers as  well. The program will be held next Sunday evening beginning at 7:30 pm here at Zion. Refreshments will be served after  church. Friends and family are more than welcome!
    • The Peace Young People (Dyer, IN) invite you to a Singspiration on Sunday evening, April 24. Please join us as we glorify God in singing praises to Him.
    • Georgetown PRC: Her choir will present a program on Sunday night May 1.
    • Grandville PRC: The young people are hosting a singspiration May 1 after the evening service.
  • Special PRC Evangelism/missions notices:
    • Zion PRC (Jenison, MI): Community Bible Study will meet this Wednesday (April 13) to finish John 5. It will meet in the conference room of the Georgetown Library this time due to the regular room being unavailable.
    • Loveland PRC (CO): The Bible study on the CSU campus [Colorado State University - Ft. Collins] is this Wednesday [April 13] at 6:00 p.m. in room 378 (notice room change) of the Lory Student Center. "Our congregation's students are encouraged to invite classmates as God gives opportunity to you."
    • Hope PRC Ministry podcast: for April 15, Rev. J. Slopsema's sermon on Despondency will air. The following Friday, a new series will start with Rev. Bruinsma on the Signs of Christ's Coming. "Thank you for listening in and making us a part of your day! Please share this podcast with your friends and acquaintances."
    • Hope PRC-Grand Rapids, MI: The congregation is invited to an evening of fellowship and praise on Tuesday, April 19 at 7:30 at our church. Seth Kalsbeek is going to deliver a presentation on the past year of turmoil in the country of Myanmar with refreshments to follow. Visitors are welcome."

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  • Young People's News!
    • Registration is now open through April 30 for the 2022 Young Peoples Convention hosted by Faith PRC? "We have a great week planned at Camp Cedarmore in Kentucky from August 1-5, 2022. Registration is fully online this year, so get started at https://prcconvention.com/registration/. Note that the registration process includes waivers, so parents should register for their young people who are minors. We can't wait to see you at convention, Lord willing!"
    • After two years of no PRYP's conventions, we are hoping to fill the camp with young people hungry for opportunities for spiritual growth in Christ and good Christian fellowship - besides delicious southern food! Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. Psalm 63:3

PRC DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

  • Rev. J. Marcus continues to serve the churches with preaching and teaching. He is in Randolph PRC today and will lead the Good Friday service in Peace PRC. He remains eligible for a call to the churches. Let us remember him and his family in our prayers.
  • Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2022 PR Scholarship Fund essay competition is now available. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive the essay topics and submission requirements. Completed essays must be submitted by May 31st.

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PRC Seminary Notices:

  • The seminary enjoyed its spring break this past week. Classes resume this week Tuesday (April 12). There are four weeks remaining in this second semester of the 2021-22 school year. 
  • The second round of practice preaching was held on Monday, March 28, and continues tomorrow, April 11, with I.Peters and A. Haveman delivering sermons.
  • The printed edition of the Fall 2021 issue of the PRT Journal was recently mailed out. The digital editions (pdf and ePub) are also available on the seminary's website. Work is being done on the Spring 2022 issue, which will feature the speeches from the seminary's fall conference on preaching. If you want to be added to our mailing list (either print or digital) or wish to pick up a copy, contact Sharon, the seminary secretary.
  • The seminary is open daily from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., including the library and bookstore. PRC members and friends are welcome to visit and make use of these resources.
  • For the latest seminary news and information, visit the seminary's website.

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SISTER-CHURCH/MISSION NEWS:

  • Covenant ERC, Singapore and her Kolkata, India mission work:
    • Pastor J. Tan is busy serving the CERC faithfully each week as her pastor.  His "pastoral note" to the congregation this week includes this note: "Today we welcome our dear Seminarian Marcus Wee to our pulpit to give us a Word of Edification. May God be pleased to receive our worship for Christ's sake and use His word to build us up in that most Holy Catholic faith. May God be pleased to use this spiritual exercise to further encourage our dear seminarian of his call to the ministry of the Word and Sacrament." [*Sem. Wee delivers the sermon Saturday evening via livestream from the PRC Seminary's assembly room.]
    • The congregation is again hosting their annual Good Friday Gospel Meeting this Friday morning, April 15. Here is the message they are sending out: "When we look around us, we know that there is something deeply wrong with this world. Everywhere we turn, there is suffering with the COVID Pandemic, wars in Ukraine, death, and injustice. As we look deeper at the problem, we see that the problem lies in each and every one of us. That is the problem of sin. We are sinners that have gone against what God has commanded us, namely, to love Him the one who created us and all the world, and to love our neighbour, all the people that God has placed around us. The Bible tells us, that because of sin, we rightly and justly deserved eternal damnation in hell. For the wages of sin is death. We know that is true. But the Bible also tell us there is one way out and only one way out of this death and unto salvation and life everlasting. That Way, is not some ritual, or superstition, or some action that must be done. That way is a person, that way is Jesus Christ. Come this Good Friday to hear the gospel of the only Way out of death unto life eternal."
    • The last issue of "Reformed News Asia" was published in December 2021 - #65. Be sure to check it out for the latest news from our sister!
  • Covenant PRC, N. Ireland:
    • Rev. A.Stewart continues to minister the Word faithfully to the saints in Ballymena. 
    • A March newsletter has been released by the CPRC. Visit this page to read it and catch up on all the exciting news out of Ballymena!
    • Sign up for the 2022 British Reformed Fellowship family conference at Castlewellan Castle in Northern Ireland from Saturday, July 9, to Saturday, July 16. The speakers, Prof. David Engelsma and Prof. Brian Huizinga will lecture on "Union With Christ." For information see the website (http://brfconference.weebly.com).
    • A new issue of "Covenant Reformed News" has been published - check out the March 2022 edition here. Follow the link to read the latest profitable articles by Revs. A. Stewart and R. Hanko.
  • PRC in the Philippines and her mission work:
    • Today Rev. D. Kleyn (missionary to the Philippines) declined both the call to Doon PRC and to Hudsonville PRC, being convicted that the Lord wishes him to remain on the mission field at this time. May the Lord continue to bless him and Sharon in that devoted labor.
    • The latest Philippines Newsletter is available - January 2022 (visit the foreign missions page and see the download at the top of the right-hand column).
    • Berean PRC bulletin: Rev. V. Ibe led the worship services today. "The saints in All of Grace Protestant Reformed Fellowship (AGPRF), Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija will join us in our worship services via live stream at our Facebook page, D.V."
    • Provident PRC bulletin: Rev. R. Smit preached and lead her worship services today. The services are being livestreamed at the “PPRC and Friends” Facebook page." And in other news, "Rev. D. Kleyn and Elder Bien Montoya will be visiting the Bearers of Light Community Church in Guiguinto, Bulacan today to preach and teach there. Also, in the afternoon, they will meet the leaders of Kapatiran Kristiano sa Baliwag, the Lord willing."
    • The PRCP Seminary continues with its regular course work in its second semester.

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Listen to the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday - on a radio station near you, on Sermonaudio, or on your favorite podcast - wherever you are!

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  • This month Rev. R. Kleyn (First PRC-Grand Rapids, MI) continues speaking for the RWH. The focus will be a series on the life of Joseph, with other special messages interspersed. Today's message is based on Genesis 40 and titled "Joseph in Prison."
  • The Reformed Witness Hour publishes each month's messages in an attractive booklet. These printed sermons are a great blessing to many and are distributed all over the world, including to many prisoners in the U.S. If you or your Evangelism Committee would like to receive these, let the RWHC know and they will add you to the mailing list (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

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Why did God send His only begotten Son into the world to die on the cross? Because He loved the world! But what does this mean? And how does one receive the gift and benefit of Jesus' death on Calvary? Read this resource for the answers.

  • For sound, distinctively Reformed literature on a variety of subjects and for all ages - including church history and Bible study materials - visit the Reformed Free Publishing Association website or stop in at their Jenison (Michigan) location.

  • The Reformed Book Outlet (downtown Hudsonville, MI) is temporarily closed while it moves into a new building that is being renovated. See the following notes for details.
    Special notices re the RBO! Reformed Book Outlet is moving! We have found a new building for our store in downtown Hudsonville on Harvey St. after needing to move out of our current location in Keegstra’s Dollar Store. We need to do some renovations to the building before we can move in, and we are holding a drive to help raise $49,200 to do these renovations. We would like to raise $26,400 before starting the renovations on March 26. If you would like to give, you can do so at our website www.reformedbookoutlet.com and typing in Donate to the search bar, or you can send a check made out to Hudsonville PR Church with RBO Drive in the memo, and send to Hudsonville PRC. We could also use some help moving out of our current store on March 30, day or evening. Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know you’re able to help us move or with any questions!
    The last day Reformed Book Outlet will be open in their current location is March 26. We will not be able to move directly into our new location due to the renovations that need to take place, so watch the bulletin or our social media pages for updates on when we will open in our new location. In the mean time, our website will still be open for ordering, for shipping or for local pickup (more details on this to come)!

  • Are you interested in learning more about the doctrines and practices of the PRC? Or, are you in need of some pamphlets and/or articles published by the PRC for use in evangelism and/or witnessing? Or are you simply interested in growing in your faith and walk with the Lord? Visit the Resources pages of this website and the PRCA Evangelism page for a complete list of materials available in digital format or by order from the publishing church.

  • Do you need some catechism materials for use in your church or family? The PRC publishes catechism materials on Bible history and Reformed doctrine, for children of all ages. Visit this page for more information.

  • The PR Sunday School Association also publishes complete OT and NT Bible Story Lessons for young children and older children. Visit this page to learn more.

This Week's Thought for Contemplation

"It was time to speak. Heavenly wisdom demanded this of the obedient servant. 

Why? Indeed because it was demanded of Him, but there is much more. Not only must it be established that He is innocent and His accusers are guilty, they must execute their evil intent, they must act according to their evil design, they must in their guilt kill the innocent, for the Just must die for the unjust. 

This is divine wisdom. In the midst of confusion and wrangling, Jesus sounded forth in words that harbor no doubt, nor becloud any issue; He told them, “1 am the Christ the Son of the Living God, and ye shall see the Son of man sitting at the right hand of power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” 

Behold Him as He stood in the midst of His accusers. He who is the natural Son of God, Who dwelt in the bosom of the Father before the worlds were framed. He came in the fullness of time to assume the task of the obedient servant having upon His shoulders our guilt in order that He might carry it all away. He never faltered a moment. He knew no sin, but He became sin for us that we might obtain the righteousness of God in Him."

~ Jason Kortering in "Jesus, Silent and Speaking," one of this month's featured articles

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Reformed Witness Hour Update - April 2022

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April 2022

April 3

Joseph Resists the Advances of a Seductive Woman

Genesis 39:6-20
Rev. R. Kleyn

April 10

Joseph in Prison

Genesis 40
Rev. R. Kleyn

April 17

Burning Hearts and Opened Eyes

Luke 24: 13-35
Rev. R. Kleyn

April 24

Joseph Remembered and Exalted

Genesis 41:1-40
Rev. R. Kleyn 

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For April, Rev. Kleyn will continue the series on The Life of Joseph and give a special Easter message on April 17. Rev. Kleyn is currently the pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church of Grand Rapids, MI.

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PRC and Sister-Church News Highlights for April 3, 2022

Psa48 8Below you will find special highlights of PRC and sister-church news for this fourteenth Sunday of our Lord's year 2022, April 3. We thank the Lord for these weekly spiritual oases on our pilgrimage through this weary world on the way to our heavenly home. May our worship this day be a sweet incense before our faithful God through Jesus Christ our Savior.

We have thought of thy lovingkindness, O God, in the midst of thy temple. According to thy name, O God, so is thy praise unto the ends of the earth: thy right hand is full of righteousness. Let mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of thy judgments. ~ Psalm 48:9-11

If you are new to this website and are interested in the PRC, we invite you to join us at any of our services (morning and afternoon/evening). For congregations, locations and times, visit this page.

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS

  • This morning Rev. R. Barnhill preached his inaugural sermon in Heritage PRC (Sioux Falls PRC). May the Lord richly bless his ministry in her midst.

  • Last Sunday Rev. E. Guichelaar declined the call from First PRC-Edmonton. Today he also declined the call from Peace PRC (Dyer, IN). May the Lord encourage these vacant congregations and assure them that, as the Great Shepherd of His sheep, He cares for them in perfect wisdom and will care for them in the days ahead.

  • Rev. D. Kleyn (missionary to the Philippines) is considering calls to Doon PRC (received March 20) and to Hudsonville PRC (received March 16).

  • Grace PRC's Council has formed a new trio from which to call a pastor: Prof. B. Gritters (PRC Seminary), and Revs. N. Decker (Grandville PRC) and D. Noorman (SW PRC). The congregation plans to call next Sunday, April 10.

  • Classical appointments and pulpit supply for today in the vacant PRCs: Rev. J. Langerak (2nd week) in Doon (IA) PRC; Rev. T. Miersma in First PRC, Edmonton, AB; Prof. B. Gritters and Rev. J. Maatman in Grace PRC;  Sem. M. Koerner in Peace PRC; Prof. R. Cammenga and Rev. D. Lee in Hudsonville PRCMay we count it a blessing of our church federation that we can help one another in these needs. Let us remember to pray for the men who supply these pulpits and for the vacant congregations.

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  • Did you know that...
    • Registration is now open through April 30 for the 2022 Young Peoples Convention hosted by Faith PRC? "We have a great week planned at Camp Cedarmore in Kentucky from August 1-5, 2022. Registration is fully online this year, so get started at https://prcconvention.com/registration/. Note that the registration process includes waivers, so parents should register for their young people who are minors. We can't wait to see you at convention, Lord willing!"
    • After two years of no PRYP's conventions, we are hoping to fill the camp with young people hungry for opportunities for spiritual growth in Christ and good Christian fellowship - besides delicious southern food! Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. Psalm 63:3

PRC DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

  • Rev. J. Marcus continues to serve the churches with preaching and teaching. He remains eligible for a call to the churches. Let us remember him and his family in our prayers.
  • Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2022 PR Scholarship Fund essay competition is now available. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive the essay topics and submission requirements. Completed essays must be submitted by May 31st.

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The fourth-graders from Hope PRCS (Mr. Dan Hanko) visited seminary this past Wednesday. After receiving an introductory talk about the seminary, they were given a tour of the building, and then participated in the morning devotions and enjoyed fellowship over snack time.

PRC Seminary Notices:

  • The second semester of the 2021-22 school year is now eleven weeks in. Spring break is this week, April 4-8, but the seminary, including the library and bookstore, is open daily from 8-5. 
  • The second round of practice preaching was held this past Monday (March 28) and continues after spring break (April 11).
  • The printed edition of the Fall 2021 issue of the PRT Journal was recently mailed out. The digital editions (pdf and ePub) are also available on the seminary's website. Work is being done on the Spring 2022 issue, which will feature the speeches from the seminary's fall conference on preaching. If you want to be added to our mailing list (either print or digital) or wish to pick up a copy, contact Sharon, the seminary secretary.
  • For the latest seminary news and information, visit the seminary's website.

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SISTER-CHURCH/MISSION NEWS:

  • Covenant ERC, Singapore and her Kolkata, India mission work:
    • Pastor J. Tan is busy serving the CERC faithfully each week as her new pastor.  His "pastoral note" to the congregation this week includes this update on the pandemic situation there: "In the midst of the spiritual battles each of us are facing, the Lord in His providence has turned the hearts of our civil leaders to ease the COVID restrictions. We once again can SING unto our LORD and unto the edification of each other. We are now allowed to have lunch together in church (in groups of 10). I cannot tell you how much I miss sharing a meal and singing the songs of Zion together with you my family."
    • The congregation is again hosting their annual Good Friday Gospel Meeting on Friday morning, April 15. This is the message they are sending out: "When we look around us, we know that there is something deeply wrong with this world. Everywhere we turn, there is suffering with the COVID Pandemic, wars in Ukraine, death, and injustice. As we look deeper at the problem, we see that the problem lies in each and every one of us. That is the problem of sin. We are sinners that have gone against what God has commanded us, namely, to love Him the one who created us and all the world, and to love our neighbour, all the people that God has placed around us. The Bible tells us, that because of sin, we rightly and justly deserved eternal damnation in hell. For the wages of sin is death. We know that is true. But the Bible also tell us there is one way out and only one way out of this death and unto salvation and life everlasting. That Way, is not some ritual, or superstition, or some action that must be done. That way is a person, that way is Jesus Christ. Come this Good Friday to hear the gospel of the only Way out of death unto life eternal."
    • The last issue of "Reformed News Asia" was published in December 2021 - #65. Be sure to check it out for the latest news from our sister!
  • Covenant PRC, N. Ireland:
    • Rev. A.Stewart continues to minister the Word faithfully to the saints in Ballymena. 
    • A March newsletter has been released by the CPRC this month. Visit this page to read it and catch up on all the exciting news out of Ballymena!
    • Sign up for the 2022 British Reformed Fellowship family conference at Castlewellan Castle in Northern Ireland from Saturday, July 9, to Saturday, July 16. The speakers, Prof. David Engelsma and Prof. Brian Huizinga will lecture on "Union With Christ." For information see the website (http://brfconference.weebly.com).
    • A new issue of "Covenant Reformed News" has been published this past week - check out the March 2022 edition here. Follow the link to read the latest profitable articles by Revs. A. Stewart and R. Hanko.
  • PRC in the Philippines and her mission work:
    • The latest Philippines Newsletter is available - January 2022 (visit the foreign missions page and see the download at the top of the right-hand column).
    • Berean PRC bulletin: Rev. R. Smit led the worship services today. "Rev. Ibe and deacon Andy Ragual are visiting with the saints in All of Grace Protestant Reformed Fellowship (AGPRF), Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija. Rev. Ibe will lead them in their worship service at 9AM and in their bible study at 11AM, the Lord willing. Bible study in Sitio Karugang is also scheduled on Saturday [April 2] at 5:30 PM, D.V."
    • Provident PRC bulletin: Rev. D. Kleyn preached and lead her worship services today. The services are being livestreamed at the “PPRC and Friends” Facebook page." But note this: Starting May 1, there will be no more live stream of our worship services at the “PPRC and FRIENDS” Facebook page, the Lord willing. All are encouraged to come and worship our covenant God in our church sanctuary at both times in our worship services.
    • The PRCP Seminary continues with its regular course work in its second semester.

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  • This month Rev. R. Kleyn (First PRC-Grand Rapids, MI) continues speaking for the RWH. The focus will be a series on the life of Joseph, with other special messages interspersed. Today's message is based on Genesis 39:6-20 and titled "Joseph Resists the Advances of a Seductive Woman."
  • The Reformed Witness Hour publishes each month's messages in an attractive booklet. These printed sermons are a great blessing to many and are distributed all over the world, including to many prisoners in the U.S. If you or your Evangelism Committee would like to receive these, let the RWHC know and they will add you to the mailing list (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). You may also find a sample booklet attached to this news post.

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REFORMED RESOURCES FOR EDIFICATION, EDUCATION, and EVANGELISM

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From the RFPA: Living Joyfully in Marriage by Rev. Steven Key is now available and RFPA agents have placed it in members’ mailboxes. If you would like to purchase this book or subscribe, please see your church’s RFPA agent, contact the RFPA at (616) 457-5970, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or order your copy at rfpa.org.

  • For sound, distinctively Reformed literature on a variety of subjects and for all ages - including church history and Bible study materials - visit the Reformed Free Publishing Association website or stop in at their Jenison (Michigan) location.

  • The Reformed Book Outlet (downtown Hudsonville, MI) is open five days a week and features Reformed publications, good Christian music, and other practical items (cards, etc.) Come visit the store Tuesday - Friday from 10 am-5 pm, or Saturday from 10 am - 1 pm! 
    Special notices re the RBO! Reformed Book Outlet is moving! We have found a new building for our store in downtown Hudsonville on Harvey St. after needing to move out of our current location in Keegstra’s Dollar Store. We need to do some renovations to the building before we can move in, and we are holding a drive to help raise $49,200 to do these renovations. We would like to raise $26,400 before starting the renovations on March 26. If you would like to give, you can do so at our website www.reformedbookoutlet.com and typing in Donate to the search bar, or you can send a check made out to Hudsonville PR Church with RBO Drive in the memo, and send to Hudsonville PRC. We could also use some help moving out of our current store on March 30, day or evening. Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know you’re able to help us move or with any questions!
    The last day Reformed Book Outlet will be open in their current location is March 26. We will not be able to move directly into our new location due to the renovations that need to take place, so watch the bulletin or our social media pages for updates on when we will open in our new location. In the mean time, our website will still be open for ordering, for shipping or for local pickup (more details on this to come)!

  • Are you interested in learning more about the doctrines and practices of the PRC? Or, are you in need of some pamphlets and/or articles published by the PRC for use in evangelism and/or witnessing? Or are you simply interested in growing in your faith and walk with the Lord? Visit the Resources pages of this website and the PRCA Evangelism page for a complete list of materials available in digital format or by order from the publishing church.

  • Do you need some catechism materials for use in your church or family? The PRC publishes catechism materials on Bible history and Reformed doctrine, for children of all ages. Visit this page for more information.

  • The PR Sunday School Association also publishes complete OT and NT Bible Story Lessons for young children and older children. Visit this page to learn more.

This Week's Thought for Contemplation

“Paradise is where Jesus is, and if you would know what paradise is, it is to be like unto Him, and to be with Him. There the light has dawned and the shadows have forever fled away. There is no night, for the Lamb is the light of that place. There is perfect holiness, and nothing can enter which loveth or maketh a lie. It is the state and condition of perfect blessedness; for no tears shall fall there, and all sighing and groaning shall be done away. Paradise is a spiritual condition of glory into which the souls of the redeemed enter immediately upon their departure from the body of this flesh, and in which they consciously abide in the house of mansions; to await the day of the resurrection. 

Today shalt thou be with Me in paradise! 

Amazing reply! 

For though the plea of the penitent was projected to the day when Christ would come with His kingdom, the Lord informs him that that very day when his eyes would close in death, he would be with. Christ in the glory of His kingdom. 

Verily I say unto you . . .! 

Not only will the Lord remember him, but this very day He will do even more—He will take him to glory! 

O, it brings tears of rejoicing to my eyes, as it must also have filled the eyes of the penitent—today they together, the penitent with His Lord, would enter with the victor’s song upon their lips into the paradise of God! 

The promise of glory to a penitent sinner!"

~ Marinus Schipper in "With Christ in Paradise," one of this month's featured articles

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