News From our Churches

Mission Activities

There was much to rejoice about in the Maranatha PRC of Valenzuela City, the Philippines on August 28. A young sister made public profession of her faith during the second service that day. In addition, two young men of the congregation also recently made public the confession of their faith and received the sacrament of adult baptism at the hand of missionary-pastor Daniel Kleyn. We thank and praise God for His work of grace in the lives of these young people! May God bless them as they strive to live according to the confession they have made. May they be encouraged by the words of Jesus Christ in Matthew 10:32: “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.”

Pastor Vernon Ibe of the Berean PRC in Antipolo City, Manila led a public worship service at Sitio Karugang, Barangay Bugnan, Gabaldon, in the province of Nueva Ecija and reported that it went very well. Pastor Ibe also led the saints in Gabaldon in a study of the Five Points of Calvinism. The Young People’s Society of the Berean PRC scheduled a Youth Fellowship at their church with Pastor Ibe speaking on the theme “Kabataang Kristyano” or “Christian Young People: Living Examples of Christ.”

From the bulletin of Byron Center, MI PRC we find this note:

Synod 2016 has given to Byron Center PRC the unique calling to be the calling church of a new home missionary. In the next month, the council will be choosing from a gross list of ministers a trio for the congregation to vote for extending a call to a minister to be our missionary. The council will also be selecting a subcommittee to work on its behalf in working with the DMC and supervising the work of our missionary. The council has decided to have two men of the congregation serving on that committee as well as an elder, a deacon, and our pastor. The two men from the congregation would be asked to serve for an indefinite time, thus creating stability in the makeup of the subcommittee. Please pray for wisdom for our council in this process. If you are eager to be a part of that subcommittee, please let our clerk know. We rejoice in this opportunity and pray for God’s richest blessings upon it.

As a denomination we rejoice in this exciting time also!

Sister Church Activities

The Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church of Singapore is planning a Reformation Day Conference to be held November 4-5 with the theme “The Church in the Last Days: Reforming or Deforming?” Plans are also in the making for a youth conference there in November, D.V.

Evangelism Activities

The Evangelism Committee of Heritage PRC in Sioux Falls, SD (population about 160,000) announced plans to hold a Bible study in the nearby town of Harrisburg once again. This began in mid- September with the study of the Babylonian captivity. The committee sent full-color mailers to all the residents of Harrisburg (population 4,000) and will be running ads in the Sioux Valley News. May God use this endeavor for the spread of His name.

School Activities

From the bulletin of Hudsonville, MI PRC:

As the new school year begins for the grade schools and high school, we pray for God’s blessing upon another year of truth-based instruction. May the Lord give to our teachers (we have many in our congregation) the strength they need to teach and instruct in truth and godliness, being examples in their own lives; and may He give to our students submission to teachers, a desire to develop their gifts for His glory, and willingness to live in love with their fellow classmates. We take this opportunity to give thanks for our Christian schools. We also remember our college students who are beginning or returning to school this year. May God bless them in their studies and give them strength to remain faithful to Him.

From the bulletin of the Lynden, WA PRC:

Covenant Christian School cleanup day is set for this coming Saturday from 8:30 to 1. Besides a few small projects it will be mostly a cleanup day and prepping for painting the outside of both buildings. Planning on a lot of pressure washing, hedge trimming, pruning, and cleaning up the flower beds. Please bring your gardening tools (with your name on them), gloves and lots of elbow grease! Thanks!

The annual Protestant Reformed Teachers’ Convention will be held October 19-21 in the Protestant Reformed Christian School of Dyer, IN.

Instructional Quote

Quote for contemplation from a recent bulletin:

Singing in public, corporate worship is demanded by the regulative principle of worship, for not only the Old Testament, but the New Testament as well, calls us to sing in worship. Colossians 3:16, which does not talk only about corporate worship, nonetheless speaks to corporate worship, calling us to sing in worship, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” For singing, the primary purpose is praise. So often in the Scriptures, and especially in the Psalms, the word “sing” and the word “praise” are put together, as though the Spirit defines singing as praise. Sometimes the two words are put together back-to-back and repeated, as, for example, in Psalm 47:6, “Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises.” Rev. Cory Griess

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