News From our Churches (1164)

Minister Activities

Synod 2016 of the PRC designated Byron Center, MI PRC as the calling church for another home missionary. The Council there had formulated a trio of Revs. C. Griess, B. Huizinga, and C. Spronk. On October 9 the congregation at Byron Center issued the call to Rev. Griess to be the next PRC home missionary.

Also on October 9 the congregation at First PRC of Holland, MI extended a call to Rev. Nathan Decker to be their next pastor. He is currently serving at Trinity PRC of Hudsonville, MI and had also been considering the call to be the third missionary to the Republic of the Philippines. On October 16 Rev. Decker announced God had led him to decline the call to be a missionary in the Philippines.

And on October 9 the congregation at Southwest PRC in Wyoming, MI extended a call to Rev. Brian Huizinga, pastor at Hope PRC of Redlands, CA.

May the God of all glory and the Great Shepherd of His sheep make known to each flock His sovereign will in all these instances. This is our prayer and our confidence!

Mission Activities

Sunday afternoon, October 16 the congregation of Provident Christian Church of Marikina was invited to the home of Rev. Daniel and Sharon Kleyn, located at Sunrise Drive, Beverly Hills Subdivision, Antipolo City. A late lunch was served and fellowship took place. This was an excellent opportunity for the group to visit with each other, the Kleyns, and Rev. Daniel Holstege who was in the Philippines preparing for his move there.

The appointed church visitors for the denomination of the Protestant Reformed Churches in the Philippines are Revs. Ibe, Flores, and Kleyn. These men recently conducted church visitation in the Berean PRC and in the PRC of Bulacan, with Rev. Leovino Trinidad accompanying the committee to observe the work. Church visitation had been conducted in the Maranatha PRC of Valenzuela City earlier in the year. This is a valuable work and one that serves to maintain unity in the churches.

The classis of the Protestant Reformed Churches in the Philippines was scheduled to meet on October 31 at the PRC of Bulacan, Muzon.

Young Adult Activities

The Lynden Protestant Reformed Young Adults Society extends a welcome to their upcoming retreat to be held in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. The retreat will be held at Warm Beach Camp and Convention Center, located 40 minutes south of Lynden, WA. The dates are July 3-7, 2017 with activities to be announced in the next few months. Registration will be open in January. More information can be found at their Facebook page or through email of Kyle Hanko at kyhanko@gmail.com. They hope to see you there!

Young Calvinists planned a 15-20 mile bike outing on Saturday, October 15. They met at Spring Grove Park in Hudsonville and biked to Zeeland and back. When they got back to Spring Grove, they feasted on grilled burgers and had a time of singing and devotions. All young people and young adults were encouraged to come and join in for an enjoyable morning!

Minister Activities

Prof. Herman Hanko observed his 86th birthday on October 10. We thank God for Prof. Hanko’s many years of faithful labors in our churches, both preaching and writing. With fondness, many in Doon, IA PRC remember Prof. Hanko on the pulpit there more than 50 years ago. In the little church on upper Main Street there was no air conditioning. On hot summer days all windows remained open and it is thought that the entire town of Doon heard those sermons as a young Rev. Hanko strongly emphasized the gospel truth. Time passes quickly. What a comfort that our heavenly Father controls each moment, guiding and directing all things for our good!

Congregational Activities

The three Canadian churches in the PRC held special worship services on Monday, October 10 in observance of their country’s Thanksgiving Day. This holiday occurs on the second Monday of October each year.

Sister Church Activities

Rev. Angus Stewart of Covenant PRC in Northern Ireland gave a Reformation Day lecture on October 28 entitled “John Owen and the Death of Christ.” And it was decided that he would give it again on November 11 at Portadown Town Hall, and also on December 8 at the Round Chapel in Margam, South Wales. In that manner an interesting topic could be heard by many ears! We are glad that Rev. Stewart could busy himself in this way.

And this from the October Covenant PRC newsletter: A brother in England wrote: “A big thank-you for the solid Reformed materials you kindly sent me. Doctrinal, Reformed, biblical truth is the bedrock of my faith in Christ alone. The CPRC is a great blessing to me. Wishing you God’s peace and blessing.”

An interesting excerpt from the bulletin of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship of Northern Ireland regarding the differences in the four gospel accounts:

With four gospel accounts, we do not expect carbon copies. Each one has a different emphasis and complements and completes (without contradicting) the others. Accounts of events can vary without being contradictory, as everyday examples illustrate. If I went to an event at which my friends John and Margaret were present, and I said, “John was there,” but did not mention Margaret, I would be giving an incomplete, but not a false account. (I was interested primarily in John, so I mentioned only him). If another person was at that event, and he said, “John and Margaret were there,” his account complements and completes mine, but it does not contradict it. If John mentions only Mary Magdalene, it is not because she was alone, but because he wants to focus on her. John does not write, “Only Mary Magdalene….” He mentions only her. There is a difference. To mention the other women, who are mentioned in the other accounts, would distract from John’s purpose.

“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1.