June 17, 2018 (View Full Bulletin)

Offerings next week are for the following causes:
Morning: General Fund and Benevolence
Evening: Hull PR School and Domestic Missions
Nursery this morning: Abbie Maassen, Linette Mouw, Grace Poppema
This evening: Elizabeth Poppema, Amanda Rozeboom, Karyn Uittenbogaard
Next Sunday morning: Anna Poppema, Alyssa Uittenbogaard, Aubrey Van Briesen
Next Sunday evening: Jessica Van Briesen, Ashley Van Egdom, Kelsey Uittenbogaard
Ushers For June: Mike Laning, Mark Maassen, Nick Netten
Listen to the Reformed Witness Hour every Sunday on KLOH 1050 AM at 8:00 a.m. and KDCR 88.5 FM at 5:00 p.m. Today’s message is “Blessed Are the Meek” (Matthew 5:5). Next week’s message will be “Blessed Are They That Hunger and Thirst after Righteousness” (Matthew 5:6).
We welcome all visitors worshiping with us today. May God’s name be exalted as we worship together. The order of our worship service is printed on the back of the bulletin.
Our pastor is a delegate to synod which is continuing its meeting into this week. We welcome Prof. Cammenga to our pulpit and fellowship today.

Seth De Jong is asked to write to Gary Brummel and Craig Van Briesen to Derick Grimm.
The ladies of the congregation are invited to a bridal shower for Kassandra Heynen and Lindsay Kooima on Saturday, July 7, at 10 a.m.
A report from Synod is available on the back table. Synod will reconvene Monday at 1:00 p.m.

Sunday School: This week is Lesson 59 and Psalter 381:1-3. Next week is Lesson 60 and Psalter 381:1-4.
The Hull PRCS Society Meeting is scheduled to take place at the grade school on Monday, June 18, at 7:30 PM. The Board presents the following board nominees: Trent Van Bemmel, Joel Westra, Mike De Jager, Tim Postma, Travis Groeneweg, and Dave Van Egdom. Retiring board members are Mark Kooima, Nathan Schiermeyer, and Toby Boogerd.
Advance Notice: You are invited to join the congregation of Grandville PRC for an open house commemorating the retirement of Rev. Kenneth Koole after serving faithfully in our churches for 40 years. The open house will be held at Hope PRC School on Sunday, July 29, starting at 8:00 p.m.
Reminder: The dates for the 2018 Family Conference are coming up quickly. We plan to host the conference from July 20-22, 2018. Hear from our speakers, Rev. B. Huizinga, N. Langerak and J. Marcus, on the topic of “Seeking the Lord”. Mark your calendars and finalize your plans to attend what promises to be an edifying time of growth and fellowship with saints from Canada and abroad, as well as an opportunity to see some of the beauty God has created here in Canada. For more information or to register, you can visit our website at https://edmontonfamilyconf.wixsite.com/conference2018 or contact Scott Ferguson at EFC2018@outlook.com. For those that prefer the phone, you can call (780) 489-6470.
While Rev. Holstege is in the area on furlough, he will be giving a presentation at Calvary PRC on July 1 at 7:45 p.m. on the work in the Philippines. Plan on attending!
The Denominational Directory is now for sale for just $15. To order, please fill out an order form or email Laura Huizinga at hopeprcdirectory@hotmail.com. Directories will be delivered to your church 1-2 weeks after payment is received.
Advanced Notice: The Reformed Witness Committee’s Fall Lecture has been scheduled for Friday, October 26.
The Protestant Reformed School of Wingham is in need of a full-time teacher as well as a teacher aid. As our school continues to grow, our need is especially for a high school or middle school teacher. However, we are flexible with grades and class assignments. We encourage all interested individuals to contact our Ed committee at educationcommittee@prswingham.org for any information or questions about our school and our needs.
Protestant Reformed Special Education is growing significantly. We need to replace a full time teacher at our Heritage Christian location in Hudsonville, MI. A full or part time teacher is needed for the 2018-19 school year. For more information or to apply, please contact Education Chairman John DeVries at 616-889-4578 or email at westmichiganrealestate@gmail.com.

Synod 2018

Tuesday, June 12
The PRC Synod of 2018 began its work on Tuesday, June 12 at 8 AM. Though Byron Center PRC is the calling church for this year’s body, synod is meeting at Adams Christian School. Present at the meetings were the 20 delegates from Classis East and Classis West. The four seminary professors are also present to give advice.
Our sister churches each sent a delegate to represent them. The Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church is represented by Mr. Leong Fai Chong. The Covenant Protestant Reformed Church in N. Ireland is represented
by Rev. Angus Stewart. And the PRC in the Philippines is represented by Rev. Leovino Trinidad.
Rev. R. Van Overloop was elected president of this synod. Rev. J. Laning was elected vice-president.
Revs. Spronk and Eriks were chosen to be the clerks.

Wednesday, June 13
The following are some of the decisions made regarding our seminary.
• It was noted that Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman are in their third year of study at the seminary and will begin their internships this summer. Josiah Tan, a student from Singapore, finished his second year of study.
• Synod admitted another student into our seminary, Mr. Marcus Wee, a young man from Singapore,beginning with the fall semester in 2018.
• Synod approved an addition and remodel to the seminary at an estimated cost of $451,600.
• Our seminary has never been authorized to grant a degree to those who graduate. Synod approved theactivity of the Theological School Committee to seek approval from the state of Michigan to be recognized as a degree-granting institution.
• Synod also noted that Mr. Jon Huisken has served as our archivist for over 30 years and gave thanks for his work now that he is retiring from this position.
• Synod expressed appreciation to Professors Cammenga, Dykstra, Gritters, and Kuiper, and to Charles Terpstra and Judi Doezema for all their work in our seminary.
• Noting the urgent need for pastors and missionaries in our churches, synod decided to “urge the churches and the pastors in particular in their public prayers to pray the Lord of the harvest for able, faithful, devoted pastors and teachers for us and our children, as well as for the gathering of the elect out of the nations (Matt. 28:19).”

Synod made the following decisions regarding Foreign Missions:
• Rev. Holstege, one of missionaries in the Philippines, addressed synod today, expressing the his joy and gratitude laboring as the Lord’s servant in the work of missions in the Philippines. He highlighted some of the recent developments on the field and thanked the synod and churches for their generous and willing support of the missionaries and their families.
• Synod expressed appreciation for the work of the Foreign Mission Committee, the Doon Council, and to the missionaries, Rev. Holstege, Rev. Kleyn, Rev. Smit and their families, for their work in the Philippines.
• At the request of the FMC, synod approved a 4-6 month furlough in 2019 for Rev. and Sharon Kleyn, for the main purpose of missionary development, which would include taking a missions class, if possible, and reading in missions.
• Because of the many issues that have arisen with providing financial assistance in foreign lands, synod mandated the Foreign Mission Committee to come to Synod 2019 with guidelines for giving financial assistance in foreign lands. Synod treated the legality of the protests and appeal in the agenda that we committed to committees three and four. The appeal and all of the protests were declared legally before synod.

Thursday, June 14
After opening devotions, synod considered the report of the Contact Committee. One of the highlights of the day was the speeches from the representatives of our sister churches.
• Elder Leong Fai Chong from the Covenant Evangelical Church in Singapore expressed gratitude for the many benefits of the sister church relationship.: the ministry of Rev. Lanning and his family, pulpit supply while they are without a pastor, and faithful seminary instruction for their students.
• Rev. Angus Stewart, representing the Covenant PRC in N. Ireland extended the greetings of the CPRCNI to synod, the PRCA, and the our sister churches. He expressed their hearty thanks for the literature, faithful pulpit supply, church visitors, and financial support from the PRCA.
• When we came to the material concerning our contact with the PRC in the Philippines, Rev. Leovino Trinidad addressed synod. He expressed thanks for the gracious work of the Lord in forming the PRCP. He expressed thanks for the missionaries from the PRCA and the sister church relationship.

• Also letters were read from two other contacts we have. A letter was read from the BERG, the congregation in Giessen, Germany, with whom the PRCA has contact. And a letter was read from the Evangelical Presbyterian Churches in Australia.

Here are some other highlights of the work of synod regarding the Contact Committee report.
• Synod approved the calling of a minister-on-loan to provide a pastor for our sister church in Singapore. Grandville PRC was again appointed the calling church for the calling of the MOL.
• With much thanksgiving synod approved the implementation of sister-church relations with the Protestant Reformed Churches in the Philippines after our other sisters in Singapore and N. Ireland expressed they have no objections to establishing the sister-church relationship. After this was approved, Rev. Van Overloop addressed Rev. Trinidad and Rev. Holstege expressing our thanks at what God has given to us in the sister church relationship. Synod sang Ps. #371 and Prof. Gritters offered a prayer of thanksgiving.

One of the main issues this synod must consider is Psalter revision. Two things to note here:
• Synod considered the protest of Mr. Peter Vander Schaaf who protested the decision of Synod 2017, Article 82, in which synod instructed the Contact Committee “to poll our consistories in order to gauge denominational support for the project of Psalter revision…” After careful  onsideration and a lengthy discussion, the brother’s protest was not sustained.
• Then synod discussed a recommendation of the pre-advice committee regarding the work of Psalter revision. After a lengthy discussion, synod decided to recommit the matter to the committee.

Synod dealt with a few other matters this afternoon:
• Synod considered matters dealing with domestic missions. Synod approved the budget and expressed its thanks to Rev. and Alva Spriensma and to Byron Center PRC for for their faithful work and assured them of our prayers for God’s blessing upon their labors.
• Synod expressed its thanks to Chuck Terpstra for his work of overseeing our denominational website, and thanked Luke Bomers, Brad Kamminga, and Alex Postma for their help with the website and the denominational app.
• Finally, synod treated a few recommendations from the catechism book committee. Synod appointed Prof. Cammenga and Rev. den Hartog jointly to compile a different memory work schedule for the Juniors and Seniors curriculum and approved the work of the catechism book committee.

Friday, June 15
Synod then treated the recommendations of Committee 5. The following are some of the highlights:
• Synod reappointed Mr. Don Offringa to a three-year term as synodical treasurer and Rev. R. Van Overloop to a three-year term as stated clerk. Synod also thanked these men, and our synodical bookkeeper, Mrs. Pamela Bos, for all of their work.
• Synod noted the following in regard to the finances of the denomination, for which we give thanks to our God, Who faithfully provides:
1. As of Dec. 31, 2017 the assets of the PRCA totaled $11,880,853, an increase of 11.7% from a year ago.
2. Revenues exceeded expenses in 2017 by $1,228,289 due entirely to investment earnings of $1,307,979 during an exceptional year of stock market growth.
3. The Emeritus Fund totaled $3,893,803 by Dec. 31, 2017. The current balance is ahead of the goal of 4,000,000 in the fund by 2023.
• Synod approved the emeritation request of Rev. Koole effective on July 31, 2018. Synod expressed its thanks to Rev. Koole for his almost 41 years of faithful service and capable leadership in the denomination as a minister of the Word and sacraments
• Synod approve 17 requests for emeritation support for 2019 in the amount, $486,195. This is for the support of our emeritus ministers and minister’s widows.
• Synod also approved subsidy requests for eight of our churches, which provides financial support for these smaller churches so that the gospel can be preached by them.
• The stated clerk, Rev. Van Overloop, called our attention to a couple of things in his report: he expressed appreciation for the labors of Don Doezema in helping to prepare the substantial agenda for synod 2018. He also noted that as of January 2018 the PRCA is made up of 33 congregations comprised of 2,144 families and 8,716 souls.
• Finally, Synod 2019 will be held at First PRC (GR) beginning on June 11, 2019. Synod finished its work Friday around noon, giving three of the committees of pre-advice time to work. Synod decided to reconvene Monday afternoon at 1:00pm, the Lord willing