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Greetings, dear reader of the Standard Bearer! It is our hope, the Lord willing, to begin a new supplemental series to “News from Our Churches,” in which we explore the organic nature of the church. Especially, we want to take a look at that part of the great and glorious body of Christ in the world we know fondly as the Protestant Reformed Churches in America, along with her sisters and friends. We are described in Scripture as living members, alive by the regenerating Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives in us. We live, as members of a...

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Mr. Charles Terpstra, member of Faith Protestant Reformed Church in Jenison, Michigan and full-time librarian/registrar/archivist at the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary Trivia question What was the first RFPA publication? (Hints: It was not a magazine, and it was in a foreign language.) PRC news (denominational) On June 19 Rev. E. Guichelaar accepted the call he had received from Grace PRC—Grand Rapids, MI (May 22). His farewell in Randolph (WI) PRC was held on July 17. He was installed as the third pastor in Grace’s history on July 31. On May 22 the Consistory of Hosanna PRC-Edmonton (note the new name!)...

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Mr. Charles Terpstra, member of Faith Protestant Reformed Church in Jenison, Michigan and full-time librarian/registrar/archivist at the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary PRC news (denominational) On April 24 Doon PRC sent out a call to Rev. J. Smidstra (First PRC-Holland). On May 15 he declined this call. After receiving Peace PRC’s call on April 27, Rev. J. Marcus accepted it on May 1. We rejoice with him and Amy and their family in God’s provision of a new place of kingdom labor. May the Lord by His grace and Spirit prepare them for ministry in this congregation. On May 1, Prof....

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Mr. Charles Terpstra, member of Faith Protestant Reformed Church in Jenison, Michigan and full-time librarian/registrar/archivist at the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary Trivia question (a double one!): How many resources does the PRC Seminary library have as of this writing? And how many boxes of archived materials were added to the PRC archives in the last year? (This information will be in the 2022 PRC Synod agenda, specifically, in the Theological  School Committee report, but you get the answer sooner.) PRC news (denominational) Rev. D. Kleyn, currently missionary to the Philippines, was recently given calls from Hudsonville PRC and Doon PRC....

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PRC news (denominational) On March 16 Hudsonville PRC extended a call to Rev. D. Kleyn, currently missionary to the Philippines. On March 20 Doon PRC also called Rev. D. Kleyn from their trio of Rev. J. Holstege, Rev. D. Kleyn, and Rev. J. Smidstra. Grace PRC’s Council formed a new trio on March 20, from which the congregation voted on April 10: Prof. B. Gritters (PRC Seminary) and Revs. N. Decker (Grandville PRC) and D. Noorman (SW-PRC). Seminary News: By the time you read this, seminary will have only a few weeks left in its second semester, then exams. The...

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Trivia question Which PRC minister recently led two different congregational Prayer Day services on back-to-back days? PRC news (denominational) Now that I kept you all in suspense with my question about whom First PRC-Edmonton called on February 27, we can confirm that it was Rev. E. Guichelaar. My apologies for an obvious copy editor’s mistake! It was supposed to be filled in by yours truly before it went to press. I can guess you had a little laugh at my expense. Probably not the last time that will happen. On March 13 Rev. C. Spronk (Faith PRC) declined the call...

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Trivia question Which PRC minister owned a “PRC-50” ‘vanity’ license plate at the time of the PRC’s 50th anniversary in 1975? PRC news (denominational) Classis West met at Hope PRC in Redlands, CA on March 2 for her regular meeting. An officebearers’ conference was held the Tuesday before on the subject of “The Church of Christ: Her Government and Her Sinfulness.” Four ministers from Classis West gave speeches, with two in the afternoon and two in the evening. The speeches were also livestreamed through Hope PRC’s website for the benefit of those not present. Let us hope they also are...

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PRC news (denominational) Minister calls and activities: On February 6 Rev. R. Barnhill accepted the call to Heritage PRC (Sioux Falls, SD), which also meant he declined the call Hudsonville PRC had extended to him. On February 6 Grace PRC announced a trio of Revs. J. Laning (Hull PRC), J. Marcus, and C. Spronk (Faith PRC). The congregation was to vote on February 17. On February 13 First PRC-Edmonton announced a new trio: Revs. A. Brummel (Calvary PRC, Hull, IA), E. Guichelaar (Randolph, WI), and S. Regnerus (Lynden, WA). The congregational meeting is planned for February 27. On February 27...

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Trivia question Which church has had a special church history class for her junior high students for 28 years? (Keep reading!— answer under congregational news) PRC news (denominational) Minister calls On January 9 Heritage PRC extended a call to Rev. R. Barnhill (Peace PRC, Dyer IN) from their trio that included Revs. E. Guichelaar (Randolph-WI PRC) and J. Marcus. On January 16 Hudsonville PRC voted to call Rev. R. Barnhill from a trio that included Revs. M. Kortus and J. Laning (Hull PRC, IA). In January Doon PRC announced a trio of Revs. J. Holstege (Zion PRC, Jenison, MI), D....

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Special note: We are looking for information on and pictures of your church library! Please send them to me at cjterpstra@sbcglobal.net. Thanks! PRC news (denominational) Classis East met in regular session January 12 at Providence PRC in Hudsonville, MI. Look for the report on that meeting in an upcoming SB.  Minister calls: On December 19, 2021 Rev. C. Spronk declined the calls from Doon PRC (IA) and Hudsonville PRC (MI). On December 19, 2021 Rev. J. Langerak accepted the call to Covenant of Grace PRC (Spokane, WA). Rev. J. Marcus continues to keep busy preaching and teaching throughout the PRC....

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