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PRC and Sister-Church News Highlights for February 13, 2022 *(Updated)

Psalm 41 13Below you will find special highlights of PRC and sister-church news for this seventh Sunday of our Lord's year 2022, February 13. We thank the Lord for these weekly spiritual rest stops on our pilgrimage to our heavenly home. May our worship today rise up to our faithful God as a sweet-smelling sacrifice through Jesus Christ our Savior.

By this I know that thou favourest me, because mine enemy doth not triumph over me. And as for me, thou upholdest me in mine integrity, and settest me before thy face for ever. Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting. Amen, and Amen. ~ Psalm 41:11-13

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.

  • This Wednesday, Feb.16, Prayer Day services will be held in these congregations in the West Michigan area: Faith, Georgetown, Grace, Hudsonville, Trinity, Unity, and Zion. Most of the services begin at 7 p.m., but check the church's website for details. You are cordially invited to join us in confessing our dependence on the Lord and asking Him to provide for all our needs, especially His grace in Jesus Christ.

  • Last Sunday Rev. R. Barnhill  (Peace PRC-Dyer, IN) accepted the call from Heritage PRC (Sioux Falls, SD), which also means he declined the call from Hudsonville PRC.

  • Rev. M. Kortus (Hope PRC-Redlands, CA) is considering the call to Doon PRC (received Jan.16). He plans to answer by Feb.20.

  • Grace PRC's Consistory announces a trio (revised after Rev. Barnhill's acceptance) of Revs. J. Laning (Hull PRC), J. Marcus, and C. Spronk (Faith PRC). The congregational meeting is planned for this Wednesday, Feb.16. *UPDATE: Rev. C. Spronk received this call.

  • First PRC Edmonton's Consistory has formed a trio from which to call a pastor again: Revs. A. Brummel (Calvary PRC , Hull, IA), E. Guichelaar (Randolph PRC, WI), and S. Regnerus (Lynden PRC, WA). The congregation plans to vote on Feb.27 after the evening service.

  • Rev. J. Langerak preaches his farewell in Heritage PRC today and he and Sarah plan to move to Spokane this week. He will be installed in Covenant of Grace PRC on Feb.27 by Rev. R. Hanko, D.V. Heritage has planned a farewell for the Langeraks for this evening.

  • Classical appointments and pulpit supply for today in the vacant PRCs: Rev. E. Guichelaar (2nd week) in Covenant of Grace PRC (Spokane, WA); Rev. C.Haak (video) and Rev. J. Engelsma in Doon (IA) PRC; Rev. M. Kortus (2nd week) in First PRC, Edmonton, AB; Prof. C. Griess and Rev. C. Spronk in Grace PRC; Prof. R. Cammenga and Rev. D. Holstege in Hudsonville PRCWhat 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.

  • For those whose in-person public worship may still be limited, we invite you to visit the PR churches page and follow the links to the websites where the churches' livestream may be found. Or you may visit the selected audio sermon page and listen to one of your choice there.
  • Did you know that... Grace "Night of Music" will be held this coming Saturday, February 19, at 7:00 PM at Grace PRC? "Please come out to support the Grace Young People and enjoy a night of praise featuring Voices of Victory, One Accord, instrumental groups, and much more. We hope to see you there!" It's a wonderful to end the week!

PRC DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

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Rev. M. McGeown (Providence PRC, Hudsonville; 2010 PRTS graduate) led the chapel again this past week at seminary.

PRC Seminary Notices:

  • The second semester of the 2021-22 school year is now four weeks in. Things are going well, for which we thank our faithful Father. The schedule and calendar have been posted on the seminary's website and the PRC website. (see special calendars on the right side). 
  • Sem. M. Wee is providing pulpit supply to Hope PRC-Redlands (CA) today, while Sem. M.Koerner is in Crete (IL) PRC. And the professors continue to preach locally (and sometimes beyond) on a weekly basis as well.
  • The seminary faculty and their wives also participated in the annual PRC ministers' retreat in Shipshewana, IN this past weekend.
  • Rev. M. McGeown (Providence PRC) led the chapel again this past Wednesday. In his back-to-back chapels he spoke on Samson. Arend Haveman led the daily devotions. This week Aaron Van Dyke will take his turn.
  • The first round of practice preaching will be held on the Mondays of Feb.21 and 28. Pray for the students as they prepare their latest assigned sermons.
  • The seminary is open daily (8-5), including the library and bookstore, for our members and friends. The staff is available to assist with any other needs you may have as well. Feel free to call in advance for help with any questions.
  • The printed edition of the Fall 2021 issue of the PRT Journal was mailed out this coming week. The digital editions (pdf and ePub) are also available on the seminary's website. 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.  His "pastoral note" to the congregation today begins this way: "Beloved CERC family, today we come to the Lord’s house to worship the One True and Living God. The God who is Just, Merciful, Truth and love. Let us bow before this God in great reverence and humility. Let us offer up our sacrifice of thanksgiving together as a family. He is infinitely worthy to receive our praise and worship not just twice this Lord’s Day. He is Infinitely worthy. And after we have worshipped and praised God in heaven for 10 thousand years, we have only scratched the surface."
    • The most recent issue of "Reformed News Asia" is available - 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. 
    • 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).
    • Be sure to check out the January 2022 edition of "Covenant Reformed News" - just published at the end of January! 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: "Elders Sonny Umali and Alann Penaverde will lead us in our worship services this morning. Ptr. Ibe has a week off (Sunday off). The saints in All of Grace Protestant Reformed Fellowship (AGPRF), Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija will join us in our worship services today via live streaming at our Facebook page, D.V."
    • Provident PRC bulletin: "Rev. R. Smit will preach and lead our worship services today. A livestream of our services will be provided at the “PPRC and Friends” Facebook page. Rev. D. Kleyn is scheduled to visit the Bearers of Light Community Church in Guiguinto, Bulacan today, the Lord willing, in order to preach and teach there."
    • The PRCP seminary has resumed in-person classes for the second semester at the Seminary Library in Beverly Hills, Antipolo. 

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  • Currently, Rev. W.Bruinsma (Pittsburgh PRC, Pennsylvania) is the featured speaker, with focus on a series on Hebrews 11. Today's message is based on Hebrews 11:30 and titled "The Utter Destruction of Jericho."
  • 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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Need a solid resource explaining the difference between Calvinism and Arminianism? Read this pamphlet available here.

 
  • The Reformed Book Outlet (downtown Hudsonville, MI) is open four days a week and features Reformed publications, good Christian music, and other practical items (cards, etc.) Come visit the store Tuesday - Friday from 10am-5pm, or Saturday from 10am - 1pm!

  • 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.

  • 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

"Alas, in these degenerate times, few have any idea that saving faith is a miraculous thing. Instead, it is now almost universally supposed that saving faith is nothing more than an act of the human will, which any man is capable of performing: all that is needed is to bring before a sinner a few verses of Scripture which describe his lost condition, one or two which contain the word "believe," and then a little persuasion for him to ‘accept Christ,’ and the thing is done.

…O my reader, be not deceived on this vital matter: to mortify the lusts of the flesh, to be crucified unto the world, to overcome the Devil, to die daily unto sin, and live unto righteousness, to be meek and lowly in heart, trustful and obedient, pious and patient, faithful and uncompromising, loving and gentle; in a word, to be a Christian, to be Christ-like, is a task far, far beyond the poor resources of fallen human nature.”

~ Arthur W. Pink

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Reformed Witness Hour Messages for February 2022

 

 

February 2022

February 5

By Faith Israel Departs Egypt

Hebrews 11: 28, 29

Rev. W. Bruinsma

February 13

The Utter Destruction of Jericho

Hebrews 11:30

Rev. W. Bruinsma

February 20

By Faith Rahab Received the Spies

Hebrews 11:31

Rev. W. Bruinsma

February 27

Faith That Endures

Hebrews 11: 32-38
Rev. W. Bruinsma

 

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For February, Rev. Bruinsma will continue the series on Faith from Hebrews 11. Rev. Bruinsma is currently the pastor of Pittsburgh Protestant Reformed Church in Pittsburgh, PA.

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PRC and Sister-Church News Highlights for February 6, 2022 *(Updated)

Psa 40 5Below you will find special highlights of PRC and sister-church news for this sixth Sunday of our Lord's year 2022, February 6. We thank the Lord for these weekly spiritual rest stops on our pilgrimage to our heavenly home. May our worship today rise up to our faithful God as a sweet-smelling sacrifice through Jesus Christ our Savior.

 I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. ~ Psalm 40:1-3

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.

  • Today Rev. R. Barnhill  (Peace PRC-Dyer, IN) accepted the call from Heritage PRC, which also means he has declined the call from Hudsonville PRC.

  • Rev. M. Kortus (Hope PRC-Redlands, CA) is considering the call to Doon PRC (received Jan.16). He plans to answer by Feb.20.

  • Grace PRC's Consistory announces a trio of Revs. J. Laning (Hull PRC), J. Marcus, and C. Spronk (Faith PRC). The congregational meeting is planned for Feb.17.

  • According to her bulletin, First PRC Edmonton's Consistory plans to nominate a trio from which to call a minister this month.

  • Rev. J. Langerak is preparing to transition to his new pastorate in Covenant of Grace PRC. Plans are for him to preach his farewell in Heritage PRC on Feb.13, move to Spokane that week, and be installed in COG on Feb.27 by Rev. R. Hanko. May the Lord fulfill these plans according to their desire and His perfect will.

  • Classical appointments and pulpit supply for today in the vacant PRCs: Rev. E. Guichelaar in Covenant of Grace PRC (Spokane, WA); Rev. C.Haak (video) and Rev. A. Brummel in Doon (IA) PRC; Rev. M. Kortus (1st week) in First PRC, Edmonton, AB; Prof. B. Gritters and Rev. J. Mahtani in Grace PRC; Prof. C. Griess and Rev. J. Maatman in Hudsonville PRCWhat 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.

  • For those whose in-person public worship may still be limited, we invite you to visit the PR churches page and follow the links to the websites where the churches' livestream may be found. Or you may visit the selected audio sermon page and listen to one of your choice there.

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  • Did you know that... the annual Protestant Reformed minister’s retreat will be held this weekend (Friday-Saturday) in Shipshewana, Indiana? About 30 of our pastors and their wives plan to attend, including some from Classis West. May the Lord grant them a time of rich fellowship, blessed refreshment, and mutual encouragement in their work. Let us remember to pray for them in their day-to-day needs and for God's blessing on this retreat.

PRC DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

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  • PR Young People's Convention News (hosted by Faith PRC, Jenison, MI)
    • The 2022 PR Young Peoples Convention is in need of chaperones! Please register by February 5 at https://pryp.campbrainstaff.com. Plan to join us August 1-5 at the Cedarmore Camp and Conference Center in beautiful Kentucky to experience an unforgettable, spiritually uplifting time with our young people. Most of the young people have not had a convention since 2019 and many will be unable to attend another! They need chaperones to help make this a special experience! A consistory letter of approval must be uploaded as well. Contact Doug Dykstra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.
    • The Program Committee is also looking for special numbers from PR Young People's Societies - group or individual performances are welcome! Contact Jessica Van Dyke at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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This past Friday the fifth-grade classes from Adams Christan School visited seminary for an introduction and tour.

PRC Seminary Notices:

  • The second semester of the 2021-22 school year is now three weeks in. Things go well, for which we thank your faithful Father. The schedule and calendar have been posted on the seminary's website and the PRC website. (see special calendars on the right side). 
  • Mrs. R. Baas' and Mr. M. Feenstra's fifth-grade classes from Adams Christian School visited this past Friday. They received an introduction to the seminary and then a tour of the building. After that they sat in on the morning devotions and enjoyed coffeebreak with the professors and students.
  • The first round of practice preaching will be held on the Mondays of Feb.21 and 28. Pray for the students as they prepare their latest assigned sermons.
  • The seminary is open daily (8-5), including the library and bookstore, for our members and friends. The staff is available to assist with any other needs you may have as well. Feel free to call in advance for help with any questions.
  • The printed edition of the Fall 2021 issue of the PRT Journal was delivered this past Friday afternoon and will be mailed out this coming week. The digital editions (pdf and ePub) are also available on the seminary's website. 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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Read the February 2022 newsletter of the Berean PRC here!

SISTER-CHURCH/MISSION NEWS:

  • Covenant ERC, Singapore and her Kolkata, India mission work:
    • Pastor J. Tan is busy serving the CERC faithfully each week.  His "pastoral note" to the congregation today begins this way: "...This is the first Lord’s Day in a long while where we can come together to worship God for both services. Praise God from whom all blessings flow. May the time whereby we cannot gather in such a manner be always etched in our minds and hearts. How once we took for granted the freedom and privilege of worshiping God twice the Lord’s Day together. How we long to ascend mount Zion with the saints to worship our Creator, our Rock, our Redeemer!"
    • The most recent issue of "Reformed News Asia" is available - 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. 
    • 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).
    • Be sure to check out the January 2022 edition of "Covenant Reformed News" - just published at the end of January! 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 will lead us in our worship services today. Rev. Ibe and elder Alann Penaverde are scheduled to visit the saints in All of Grace Protestant Reformed Fellowship (AGPRF), Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija. Rev. Ibe will lead them in their worship service and BS on Ephesians 4, D.V."
    • Provident PRC bulletin: "Rev. D. Kleyn will preach and lead our worship services today. A livestream of our services will be provided at the “PPRC and Friends” Facebook page. 
    • The PRCP seminary has resumed in-person classes for the second semester at the Seminary Library in Beverly Hills, Antipolo. 

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  • Currently, Rev. W.Bruinsma (Pittsburgh PRC, Pennsylvania) is the featured speaker, with focus on a series on Hebrews 11. Today's message is based on Hebrews 11:28,29 and titled "By Faith Israel Departs Egypt."Israel Departs Egypt."
  • 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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1834: Hendrik de Cock's Return to the True Church
 

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This book offers a gripping and well-researched account of the reformation of the Dutch Reformed church in 1834.
Moreover, the book contains seven appendixes with translations of original documents written by some of the main churchmen involved in that struggle.
A valuable and instructive witness to important events in Reformed church history.
  • The Reformed Book Outlet (downtown Hudsonville, MI) is open four days a week and features Reformed publications, good Christian music, and other practical items (cards, etc.) Come visit the store Tuesday - Friday from 10am-5pm, or Saturday from 10am - 1pm!

  • 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.

  • 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.

This Week's Thought for Contemplation

"The man who is justified, the man who does not work for his justification, but believes in the God who justifies the ungodly, does not remain ungodly. After he is justified, he is no longer ungodly, for God begins to sanctify him, so that he is holy. Nevertheless, this holiness, which is always only a beginning, is never part of his justification before God. 

...What, then? How can both be true, that God justifies the ungodly and yet the ungodly does not inherit the kingdom—he is not justified, but condemned? The answer is simple: whom God justifies, as ungodly, does not remain ungodly. As far as justification is concerned, he does not work, but he believes, and having believed, he begins to work out of gratitude for the salvation (the justification) that he has received. 

Romans 4:5 is not the last word—in many ways it is only the beginning. A justified man becomes a sanctified man, but a man who is ungodly, and remains ungodly, and is never anything else but ungodly, is not—and never was—justified. He ought not flatter himself that he is justified, and if he does claim to be justified while living in ungodliness, he labors under a fatal delusion. In fact, such a man, if he is a member of a faithful church, should be under discipline.

...In conclusion, the ground or basis of our justification is the righteousness of Jesus Christ—His perfect obedience to the law for us, His sufferings and death in our place. The instrument or God-given means by which we appropriate justification is faith, which is God’s gift to us. The fruit of justification is good works because the justified believer is also sanctified, so that he is no longer ungodly: he is no longer wicked, profane, and devoid of any piety or reverential awe toward God. Instead, being justified by faith alone without works, he is sanctified and brings forth fruit, much good fruit, to the glory of the God who justified him, even to the glory of the God who graciously justifies the ungodly…."

~ Rev. Martyn McGeown, “God Who Justifies the Ungodly”, (2).

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Berean PRC Newsletter - February 2022

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~ Meditation by Rev. Ibe                                            Page 1

~ Monthly Birthdays and Wedding Anniversary             Page 2

~ Getting to know our Church Family                          Page 3

~ Out of the Mouths of these Children                        Page 4

~ Kids’ Corner                                                          Page 5

~ Literary Section: Art Work, Poems                           Page 6

~ Daily Scripture Verses                                            Page 9

~ Announcement/ Pulpit Supply                                 Page 10

MEDITATION                                 Psalm 1

 

The whole first Psalm is a description of what God has done upon and in the heart and soul of a regenerated son/daughter of His by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Hence, an introduction to the whole book of Psalms. In the Book of Psalms, we find the pilgrim’s journey and the diary of his/her walk with the Lord as he/she treads upon darkness in the world of sin and misery.

For that reason, we are told, that, The Law of God is his Light onto the path of glory. The daily struggles in life cannot surpass the joy that the Word of God brings to his heart and mind. And though the pilgrim’s place in the world is surrounded with “ungodly sinners whose mouth is full of bitterness, lies and mockery,” peace and comfort never leave him, for God is with him and always for him.

We have a clear picture, therefore, of what would be life is for the godly during and throughout their journey with God in this world. A life full of trials, temptations, enemies within and without the fold, and thus persecution for righteousness’ sake; and apart from the grace of God, he would never have continued in his journey by and in his own strength, for it will surely fail him!

We note further that the pilgrim is pronounced as “blessed” essentially not for his external deportment but for his inward affections upon God’s Law produced by the Holy Spirit which caused his abhorrence of evil and thus, of evil men. This is the outstanding character of one who is poor in spirit and yet so rich in Christ for all the blessings which flow from the cross of Jesus into his heart and soul.

Besides, the pilgrim’s bread and water are drawn out of the cisterns of God’s constant provision from His Word. He daily receives and meditates upon God’s Word with great delight, and thus always guided and guarded by it wherever and whatever life brings him!

Keep in mind too, that, the pilgrim’s hope [i.e., future expectation] is likewise grounded upon God’s Word. His eyes are fixed in the glory that awaits him when His Savior comes again to bring him Home! The ungodly are not so; for the Savior’s judgment is their lot against their wicked works when He returns.

The pilgrims, therefore, begins and ends his/her journey with the certainty of the fruit of God’s Word; sealed in his heart with the blood of the Lamb by the Spirit of the Savior onto glory everlasting, in the presence of the Almighty Triune God, for Christ’s sake alone and for the glory of God’s name alone! Amen.

     -VRI

 

                

February                             

Birthdays:

     1-     Paul Benjamin Zuniega

     2-     Venus Figueroa (AGPRF)

     6-     Cris Espiritu

     11-   Melody Ibe

     15-   Jotham Luchico

     21-   Lea Trias

     26-   Peter Adrian Zuniega

      27-  Bheny Alarcon

Wedding anniversary:

      6-   Julius & Mari Arragona

       16- Argel & Emy Chua

WELCOME TO THE BEREAN PRC

We welcome in our congregation, Stefanie Buenaventura and her 2 daughters, Isla who is 11 years old and Sahara who is 4 years old. They are from Antipolo. Her husband Mark is an OFW. They used to be members of a Pentecostal/Charismatic church. By the grace of God, they were able to see the errors on the teachings and practices of that church and decided to leave. Although it was a painful decision for them, but they are full of hope that they could find another church. After months of searching or googling Stefanie found out about Berean Protestant Reformed Church. Upon knowing the address, she could not believe that it was near where she lives. They have been attending since October and it has been a joy for them. She is forever grateful to God for calling them out from a false church and to start anew. They are very much thankful for the warm welcome and they appreciate everything. God willing, Stefanie will join the Essential Class this coming month in preparation for her public confession of faith. While Isla has already started joining the Catechism Class where they are learning the Old Testament History. We pray that God will use these means for them to grow with us spiritually.

OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF THESE

HOW COULD YOU SAY THAT JESUS LOVES YOU?

Jesus loves me because He made me and has every intention of me succeeding in becoming a living child of God.

– Charis, 11 years old

Jesus loves me because that's the truth of who He is, a joyful and eternal truth - Achaicus Zion Espiritu, 7yrs old, ?                                                                   

Jesus loves me because I am his child and I also love him because he made me and other people. Axcel Prosia, 12 years old

Jesus loves me because He is my Lord and I love Him with all my heart and He forgives all my sins. -Azaleia E. Prosia, 10 yrs old

Jesus loves me because I'm His child. And by His grace I will serve him. -Trixie Jean Luchico, 13 years old

Jesus loves me because I am His child and He loved me first before I’ve loved him and serve His name. - Jethro V. Luchico Age: 11 yrs. Old

Jesus loves me because He blessed me with wisdom. – Robert Sumalde, 9 years old

Jesus loves me because He gave me faith to become a believer of Jesus Christ. – Rihanna Eunice Zuniega, 7 years old

Jesus loves me because He saved me from all my sins and gave me faith. – James Daniel Zuniega, 10 years old

Jesus loves me because He saved me from my sin. Paul Benjamin Zuniega, 9 years old

Jesus loves me because He died on the cross for my sins so that I become His child. – Louvin Jedidiah Ibe, 9 years old

Jesus loves me because He gave me wisdom so I could love Him and worship Him. -Bryce Acerado, 7 years old

Jesus loves me because He saved me from my sins. – Antonielle Chua, 10 years old

Jesus loves me because He died for my sins. – Isla Faith Buenaventura, 11 years old

Jesus loves me because He has chosen me even before I was born to live and to serve Him, for His glory and for Jesus’ sake, and He shows it so by providing everything that I need in this life and the life to come. -Martyn Ibe, 12 yrs. Old

Jesus loves me because He died on the cross for my sins that I may be saved and live with Him forever in Heaven.  - Vernon Bien Ibe, 6 yrs. old

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Jesus Loves Me

m.o.m.i

Jesus Loves me, this I know

From heaven above to here below

He sent His Son for Him to show

His love for me that overflows.

I am the apple of His eye

And I could tell you why

Not because of what I’ve done, no matter how I try

But at Calvary’s cross where He was crucified

Was indeed the proof that I am justified.

He has chosen me before the world began

He loves me beyond my life span.

Such an amazing love I can’t find from no one

But from God’s only begotten Son.

               

Thy Love

m.o.m.i

Thou hast loved me

Even though I’m a sinner,

Thou hast loves me

Though I can’t show the same,

Thou hast loved me

 though I disobeyed You and follow my way,

Thou hast loved me

Still, Thou didn’t turn away.

Thanks for Thy love

It’s a blessing from above,

Thanks for Thy love

It’s something, I can’t live without,

Thanks for Thy love

I wouldn’t fear nor doubt,

Thanks for Thou love

It’s a great thing to talk about.

Knowing Thee more and more

Is the desire of my soul,

More of Thee in my life

That others may see the light,

Knowing Thee for others to know Thee

And see Thy great love for me.

 

FEBRUARY                               2022

Daily Verses

LOVE

“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.” 

                                                                                           1 John 4:7

 

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Tuesday

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Thursday

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Psalm 5: 11

Matt. 22: 37

Prov. 8:17

John 13:35

Romans 5: 5

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Micah 6: 8

John 15:9

Romans 8: 35

Psalm 145: 20

John 15: 13

Isaiah 38: 17

1 Thess. 3: 12

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Jeremiah  31: 3

Eph. 5:33

Eph.     3: 19

1Tim. 1: 14

Heb. 10: 24

Romans 13: 10

James     1: 12

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Psalm 116:1

Psalm 40: 16

Phil. 2:2

1 Peter 1:22

Psalm119: 165

2Tim. 4:8

Ephesians 5: 2

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2Corinthians 8: 7

Rom. 12: 9

 

 

 

 

 

             
             

ANNOUNCEMENT

            We encourage everyone, especially the catechumens, to write articles, poems, and/or submit their artwork based on the monthly theme. Monthly theme are as follows:

            March- Mercy

            April- Death & Resurrection of Christ

            May- God’s Provision of Godly Mothers

            June- God’s Provision of Godly Fathers

            July- Joy

            August- Antithesis

            September- Comfort in Dying

            October- Reformation Day/ Faith

            November- Thankfulness

            December- Redemption

*Please submit articles, poems, artworks to Sis. Melody a week before the month ends or earlier.

*Children are encouraged to answer the Kid’s Page and submit it to Sis. Melody. You may screenshot it and edit it to solve the puzzle if you are unable to print it out. Then take a picture and send it to the messenger account of Sis. Melody Moyo-Ibe.

* You may also suggest a better name for our Monthly Newsletter. For now, it’s called Berean Page 

PULPIT SUPPLY

February 6- Rev. Smit

February. 13- Elders (Pastor has a week off)

February 20- Rev. Ibe

February 27- Rev. Ibe

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PRC and Sister-Church News Highlights for January 30, 2022

Psalm 39 4Below you will find special highlights of PRC and sister-church news for this fifth Sunday of our Lord's year 2022, January 30. At the beginning of this new year, we praise the Lord for the hope we have in Him and the promise that He will guide us and provide for us in whatever circumstances He may lead us. May our worship today rise up to our faithful God as a sweet-smelling sacrifice through Jesus Christ our Savior.

LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am. Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. ...And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee. Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were. O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more. ~ Psalm 39:4,5,7; 12-13

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.

  • Rev. M. Kortus (Hope PRC-Redlands, CA) is considering the call to Doon PRC (received Jan.16).

  • Rev. R. Barnhill  (Peace PRC-Dyer, IN) is considering calls to Heritage PRC (received Jan.9) and Hudsonville PRC (received Jan.16).
    May the Lord make His will plain to these men. 

  • Rev. J. Langerak is preparing to transition to his new pastorate in Covenant of Grace PRC. Plans are for him to preach his farewell in Heritage PRC on Feb.13, move to Spokane that week, and be installed in COG on Feb.27 by Rev. R. Hanko. May the Lord fulfill these plans according to their desire and His perfect will.
     
  • Classical appointments and pulpit supply for today in the vacant PRCs: Rev. R. Hanko in Covenant of Grace PRC (Spokane, WA); Rev. K. Koole in Doon (IA) PRC; Rev. J. Laning (2nd week) in First PRC, Edmonton, AB; Prof. B. Gritters and Prof. J. Marcus in Grace PRC; Prof. R. Cammenga and Rev. J. Smidstra in Hudsonville PRCWhat 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.

  • For those whose in-person public worship may still be limited, we invite you to visit the PR churches page and follow the links to the websites where the churches' livestream may be found. Or you may visit the selected audio sermon page and listen to one of your choice there.

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  • Did you know that....
    • Hope PRC's (Walker, MI) Reformed Witness Committee is beginning a new podcast this Tuesday, Feb.1? Here's the notice they have sent out: "Announcing the Hope PRC RWC Podcast: A distinctly Reformed podcast which seeks to spread the truth of God’s Word. Starting February 1 with “Daily Devotions from the Psalms” by Rev. Heys, weekly Lord's Day sermons, and weekly speeches on relevant topics. Found on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and www.hopeprchurch.org/podcast " May the Lord richly bless this new endeavor!
    • There is a Special Needs Bible Study that meets regularly in the West Michigan area? It used to be hosted by Faith PRC but is now done so by Zion PRC (Jenison, MI). Here's the latest notice about it: "Special Needs Bible Study will meet THIS Thursday [Feb.3] at 6:30 PM at Zion PRC. We encourage you to bring a friend this week and make a fun craft! Please RSVP to Laura Lubbers if you are able to make it: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."

PRC DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

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  • PR Young People's Convention News
    • The 2022 PR Young Peoples Convention is in need of chaperones! Please register by February 5 at https://pryp.campbrainstaff.com. Plan to join us August 1-5 at the Cedarmore Camp and Conference Center in beautiful Kentucky to experience an unforgettable, spiritually uplifting time with our young people. Most of the young people have not had a convention since 2019 and many will be unable to attend another! They need chaperones to help make this a special experience! A consistory letter of approval must be uploaded as well. Contact Doug Dykstra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.
    • The Program Committee is also looking for special numbers from PR Young People's Societies - group or individual performances are welcome! Contact Jessica Van Dyke at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Rev. J. Smidstra (1st PRC-Holland) leading chapel on Wednesday

PRC Seminary Notices:

  • The second semester of the 2021-22 school year is now two weeks in. The schedule and calendar have been posted on the seminary's website and the PRC website. (see special calendars on the right side). Two of Prof. R. Cammenga’s classes are open for auditors: NT History and Dogmatics. NT History will begin with the passion of Christ and conclude with the missionary journeys of the apostle Paul. Dogmatics will cover soteriology or the doctrine of salvation, including the critical doctrines of justification and sanctification. Prof. R. Dykstra’s class on Reformed Symbols (Creeds, Heidelberg Catechism, Belgic Confession) is open as well. If you are interested in attending, please contact the seminary secretary at 616-531-1490 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out the day and time the class you are interested in will meet.
  • Mr. S. Van Uffelen's special church history class from Covenant CHS church history visited this past Thursday for a few hours. They received a tour of the building and a talk about the seminary's history, enjoyed a pizza lunch with faculty and students, and then participated in a few interviews with the professors and students, before being exposed to the PRC archives and some of its treasures.
  • The seminary is open daily (8-5), including the library and bookstore, for our members and friends. The staff is available to assist with any other needs you may have as well. Feel free to call in advance for help with any questions.
  • The Fall 2021 issue of the PRT Journal is due from the printer this week and will be mailed out soon. The digital editions (pdf and ePub) are now available on the seminary's website. 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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The January 2022 issue of "Covenant Refomred News" has been published (see note below)

SISTER-CHURCH/MISSION NEWS:

  • Covenant ERC, Singapore and her Kolkata, India mission work:
    • Pastor J. Tan is busy serving the CERC faithfully each week. Part of his note to the congregation today brings this good news: "With joy I bring to you the good news that in light of the latest government regulations and after much consideration of many other factors, Session decided to return back to having two physical services every Sunday for all members from 6 Feb 22 onwards. More details of how this will be done will be released soon."
    • The most recent issue of "Reformed News Asia" is available - 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. 
    • 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).
    • Be sure to check out the January 2022 edition of "Covenant Reformed News" - just published this past week! 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. Ibe will lead us in our worship services today via live stream. The saints in All of Grace Protestant Reformed Fellowship (AGPRF), Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija will join us in our worship services today via live streaming at our Facebook page."
    • Provident PRC bulletin: "Rev. Kleyn will preach and lead our worship services today. A livestream of our services will be provided at the “PPRC and Friends” Facebook page. The Catechism Class for our Youth led by Rev. D. Kleyn will meet this afternoon at 1 pm in our sanctuary on Article 14 of BC, the Lord willing."
    • The PRCP seminary has resumed in-person classes at the Seminary Library in Beverly Hills, Antipolo. 

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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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  • Currently, Rev. W.Bruinsma (Pittsburgh PRC, Pennsylvania) is the featured speaker, with focus on a series on Hebrews 11. Today's message is based on Hebrews 11:27 and titled "By Faith Moses Endured."
  • 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

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Back in print! The Wonder of Grace

This edition of The Wonder of Grace is a reprint of the 1982 edition of Herman Hoeksema’s little classic on God’s sovereign grace. Originally a series of radio sermons broadcast on the Reformed Witness Hour program, The Wonder of Grace was first published as a book in 1944. In order to remain faithful to the words and ideas of the author, changes made to this edition were only stylistic in nature.

The author develops the concept of salvation by grace from the choosing of the believer by grace to the glorifying of the believer through grace. Each of the fifteen chapters is devoted to one aspect of the grace God bestows on the believer in the process of salvation. And as he progresses through the chapters, the reader will grow in the knowledge and confidence that salvation is by grace alone and that God is worthy of all praise and glory.

  • The Reformed Book Outlet (downtown Hudsonville, MI) is open four days a week and features Reformed publications, good Christian music, and other practical items (cards, etc.) Come visit the store Tuesday - Friday from 10am-5pm, or Saturday from 10am - 1pm!

  • 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.

  • 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.

This Week's Thought for Contemplation

"There are some who think that worshipers must all be long-faced. Everyone ought to dress in black; all ought to refrain from smiling; and the entire mood of the worship must be as though it were a funeral. If Reformed worship services are guilty of that, that is not because of the faith or the worship, but because of misunderstanding in the preacher and the people. True worship in spirit and in truth will be joyful worship. How can it be otherwise? The gospel is preached!!! The gospel of our misery is preached, and we are brought low by the Spirit of Christ working in us the guilt of sin. Sometimes we come to church burdened with trouble in our life, with the guilt of sin pressing hard on us. But Jesus Christ is preached, the glorious truth that the blood of the lamb was shed, that redemption is accomplished and applied to believers, that salvation is "Yea and Amen," that God is the rock of our salvation, that we lay our trust in Him! Oh, then worship is a joyful, active, and thankful activity by the Reformed believer. That man that comes to worship his great God, knowing his sins, and hearing the gospel of forgiveness, must necessarily be the happiest man alive.”

~ Prof. B. Gritters, "Public Worship and the Reformed Faith"

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