The Classis of the Protestant Reformed Churches in the Philippines (which meets three times a year) met Saturday, October 31 in the Provident Christian Church of Marikina and was hosted by the Berean PRC. One of the main items on the agenda was the request of the Maranatha Protestant Reformed Church (MPRC) in Valenzuela City to join the Federation of Protestant Reformed Churches in the Philippines. There have been many meetings and months of preparation to determine if that congregation was one in doctrine and faith with the churches of the federation. Our Protestant Reformed missionaries (especially Rev. R. Smit) have also labored for many years in this congregation. We now report with joy and with thanks to the Lord that Classis voted unanimously to receive MPRC into the federation.
Classical delegates included pastors Vernon Ibe of the Berean Protestant Reformed Church (BPRC) and John Flores of the Protestant Reformed Church of Bulacan (PRCB). Elder delegates included Rod Bongat, Eric Mescallado, and Sonny Umali of the BPRC, and Ronald Mercado of PRCB. Present and representing MPRC were Pastor Leovy Trinidad and elder Alvin Castillo.
The report of the decision of Classis read this way in the bulletin in Maranatha PRC: “The Consistory would like to share the good news that we are now a member of the Federation of Protestant Reformed Churches in the Philippines as was approved yesterday at the Classis meeting. We praise the Lord for this!”
In other business, the Classis received reports from its treasurer, clerk, and standing committees; set the classical assessment for 2016; approved subsidy requests for two churches; and appointed church visitors for 2016. The next meeting of the Classis has been scheduled for Thursday, February 25, 2016 and will be hosted by the Maranatha PRC in Valenzuela, the Lord willing.
Rev. Jonathan Mahtani (Cornerstone PRC pastor) planned a visit to the Republic of the Philippines to offer assistance with preaching there. On the dates of November 15, 22, and 29 he was to preach in the congregations of the Maranatha PRC in Valenzuela City, the Berean PRC, and the PRC of Bulacan.
The bulk of Rev. Daniel Kleyn’s missionary activities continue to be in the Maranatha PRC of Valenzuela City and Provident Christian Church located in Marikina.
The Council of the calling church (Doon, IA) for a second missionary to the Philippines announced a new trio consisting of Rev. Cory Griess (Calvary PRC in Hull, IA), Rev. Brian Huizinga (Hope PRC in Redlands, CA), and Rev. James Laning (Hull, IA PRC). The congregation at Doon planned to call at their annual congregational meeting on November 23, D.V.
On Friday, October 23 a significant event took place in Lacombe, AB, Canada. The evening served both as a dedication of the Genesis Protestant Reformed School’s new building as well as a lecture commemorating Reformation Day. Prof. Russell Dykstra spoke on the theme “Our Christian School: A Legacy of the Reformation.”
On Saturday, October 31 the Covenant Christian High School (Grand Rapids, MI) craft show took place with more than 100 booths of handcrafted-goods from which to shop. Cinnamon rolls, pizza, subs, and homemade desserts were available for purchase with all proceeds to benefit the band and boosters at Covenant.
Young Adult Activities
Take notice, if you have not already done so, of the Protestant Reformed
Young Adult Retreat to be held in northwest Iowa on August 15-18, 2016, D.V. More details will be forthcoming.
Young Peoples’ Activities
After the evening service on October 25 the young people of the Doon, IA PRC hosted singers of all ages from the Siouxland area churches to their annual Reformation Day singspiration. The area Thanksgiving singspiration was hosted by Calvary YPS, Hull, IA and the Christmas singspiration will be hosted by the YPS of Edgerton, MN, D.V.
Monday evening, October 26 was the date for the annual Communist Run sponsored by the YPS of the Doon, IA PRC. The event was attended by more than 50 participants on a beautiful fall night as young people of the area churches joined in the fun.
The Reading Club of Hope PRC in Redlands, CA is beginning the book Homeward Bound: Preparing Your Family for Eternity by Edward Hartman.
Reformation Day is the time of year for lectures in our churches and this year did not disappoint. Among those given in October (many on the 30th and, with one exception, in November) were the following: In Loveland, CO Rev. James Laning—“Signs of the Coming of Christ and His Kingdom”; in Wingham, Ontario Rev. Martin Vander Wal—“The Reformation and Marriage”; in Crete, IL Rev. William Langerak—“The Devil as a Roaring Lion”; in Bethel PRC of Roselle, IL Prof. Barry Gritters—“Anti-Christ”; in Covenant of Grace PRC, Spokane, WA Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma—“What DID Calvin Teach?”; in Bethel CRC of Edgerton, MN Prof. Ronald Cammenga—“ The Reformation’s Recovery of Marriage and Family”; in Randolph, WI Rev. Erik Guichelaar—“The Fearless Mission of William Tyndale”; in Hope PRC of Redlands, CA Prof. Barry Gritters—“What it Means to Be Reformed: Christian Living”; in Southwest PRC of Grand Rapids, MI Prof. Ronald Cammenga—“Theistic Evolution: Should the Church Make Peace or War?”
Sister Church Activities
With this year being the 600th anniversary of the wicked execution of the great pre-Reformer Jan Hus, Rev. Angus Stewart spoke on “Jan Hus: His Martyrdom and Ecclesiology,” while illustrating his presentation with photos and slides (Friday, October 30). An engaged audience in the Covenant Protestant Reformed Church (CPRC) in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, learned about Hus, the most famous Czech in history, a man with heroic status in his native land and further abroad as a powerful preacher, beloved pastor, university professor, multiple author, Bible translator, church reformer, and steadfast martyr. A lively time of questions and answers followed the speech.
Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church in Singapore sponsored their Reformation Day conference around the topic of the “Forgotten Solas of the Reformation” on November 9 and 10 with Rev. Andrew Lanning as the speaker.
“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1.