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As I am well aware of the fact that I have to write about “News from our Churches” and not about news for our churches; nevertheless, as I have said from the beginning, then you get old news every time. And this is not beneficial for our readers, and not for the good of our Standard Bearer. Let us therefore continue as we have started. The majority of the readers seem to like it, and the “Editor-in-chief” did not find fault, so far. As Protestant Reformed Churches we have a great calling, and a noble work to perform in our...

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There are a number of Protestant Reformed ministers who have passed on to their eternal home, leaving dear widowed wives behind to await the time of their homecoming while they continue to serve the Lord and His people. Do you know how many of these wives remain? Answer later in this column. Congregational activities Let’s just say that at the time of this writing congregational activities are few, and mostly due to the advancement of the novel COVID-19 (coronavirus) in our country. Many or most of our churches have canceled or postponed all activities, including Bible studies, catechism, and worship...

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Trivia question There is one seminarian in the newly begun Theological School in the Philippines. Brother Jeremiah Pascual and his wife Leslie joyfully received of the Lord their first child, a son named Iohanne Cauvin (Yohan Covin). According to Tricia Smit’s newsletter that young man is pogi! So what does pogi mean in Tagalog? Answer later in this column. Minister activities Rev. E. Guichelaar received the call from Kalamazoo PRC as Rev. DeVries plans to become emeritus at the end of the year. Rev. DeVries preached his farewell sermon in the morning of January 5, with a brief program and...

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Trivia question Which is the smallest PRCA church to have and use a pipe organ? Answer later in this column. Sister-church activities Recently the CERC (Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church) in Singapore observed its 32nd Anniversary. Their confession indeed is “Great is Thy Faithfulness.” In these 32 years, Covenant went through many trials in her journey and, yet, the Lord in His graciousness has kept them until this day. As they gave thanks for His goodness to them in the past, they also continue to pray for grace in the future. The road ahead of us, as indicated in the Word...

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Trivia question Prof. Barry Gritters traveled to the Siouxland area of Iowa to give a Reformation lecture. What was his topic? Answer later in this column. Minister activities The Lord has led Rev. Jon Mahtani to accept the call to serve as minister-on-loan to Singapore. May God be with him and his family, as well as with Cornerstone PRC and Covenant ERC as they make this transition. Immanuel PRC of Lacombe, AB Canada has issued a call to Rev. Ryan Barnhill, pastor in Peace PRC of Dyer, IN. On November 24 he declined this call. Congregational activities The Activities Committee...

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Trivia question When was the first “News from Our Churches” published? Answer later in this column. Minister activities Rev. Rodney Kleyn, pastor at Covenant of Grace PRC in Spokane, WA was led by God to decline the call extended to him by Immanuel PRC of Lacombe, AB. We are thankful for a clear indication of God’s will and continue to pray for the congregation at Lacombe in their vacancy. On November 3, Rev. Jon Mahtani accepted the call to be minister-on-loan to the CERC of Singapore. We rejoice with our sister in Singapore in God’s provision of a pastor again....

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Trivia question To our knowledge, there are only three Protestant Reformed ministers who are now deceased and who were born after 1924. Can you name them? Answer later in this column. Minister activities Pastor-elect Matthew Kortus (a Loveland, CO native) sustained his examination at the meeting of Classis West in September. He was ordained as our newest minister of the Word and sacraments in Hope PRC (Redlands) congregation on October 6. We thank our God for this gift and pray that he will have a long and fruitful ministry. The Council of Grandville PRC announced a new trio for calling...

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Trivia question Of the 19 churches in Classis East, how many are not in Michigan? Answer later in this column. School activities The Federation of Protestant Reformed School Societies is pleased to offer the “History and Principles of Reformed Education” course this coming fall and winter at the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary. The instructor will be Prof. R. Dykstra. Although the purpose of this course is to educate teachers, it is open to all interested individuals. School board members, parents, grandparents, and lovers of Christian education will benefit from gaining a better understanding of the history and principles of Reformed...

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Trivia question Can you name the students in our Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary? Answer later in this column. Sister-church activities The installation of Rev. Vernon Ibe as missionary-pastor to the fellowship in Albuera, Leyte is scheduled for November 17, 2019 at 3 p.m., at PRC in Bulacan, the Lord willing. Evangelism activities The Evangelism Committee of the Edgerton, MN PRC hosted a speech Friday, September 20, with Rev. Matthew De Boer giving the speech on witnessing. First PRC of Holland, MI planned a presentation they named “Living and Dying Happily” on September 25. The Evangelism Committee of Peace PRC in...

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Trivia question You may have heard the Latin phrase in loco parentis. Do you know what that means? Answer later in this column. Sister church activities There is a Protestant Reformed Theological School—a seminary—in the Philippines! That is a noteworthy statement! Here’s what more we know: Regarding the school, the first week was completed. Classes were taught as scheduled on Tuesday through Friday mornings. Bro. Jeremiah Pascual seemed to enjoy his first week as a seminary student and seems glad to be underway with training. Our missionaries are too! Rev. D. Holstege teaches the class in Hermeneutics; Rev. D. Kleyn...

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