Offerings next week are for the following causes:
Morning: General Fund and Benevolence
Evening: Trinity Christian High School and Beacon Lights
Nursery this morning: Louise V.M., Ashley Van Engen, Lydia B.
This evening: Mrs. K. Van Voorst, Mrs. N. Villalobos, Karlene B.
Next Sunday morning: Brooke V.E., Abby V.G., Lenora B., Leah G.
Next Sunday evening: Mrs. J. Westra, Rylee W., Kerstin B.
Ushers: For October: Alex Van Ginkel, Nate Villalobos, Kevin Warner
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 “Unmarried and Devoted to God” (I Corinthians 7:34). Next week’s message will be “The Adornment of a Godly Woman” (1 Timothy 2:9,10).
FROM THE CONSISTORY OR COUNCIL
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.
Shaylee Lynn, daughter of Joel and Linette Mouw, and Darren Luke, son of Aaron and Kristen De Jong, are scheduled to be baptized this morning. We thank God for the gift of covenant children and pray He will grant the parents the grace needed to raise these little ones in the fear of His name.
The sermon this evening will be a preparatory sermon with a view to partaking of the Lord’s Supper next Sunday morning. Supervision is exercised over the sacrament, so that only those who are members of our congregation in good standing, or those who have received special permission from the Consistory will be allowed to partake of the sacrament. May we be worthy partakers of the supper of our Lord.
The Council presents the following nominees for the special offices. For elder are Alden De Jong, Loren Gritters, Veryl Heynen, Brent Meyer, Joel Van Ginkel and Jason Westra. For deacon are Kimmy Kooiker, Dan Poppema, Marlin Westra, and Peter S. Westra. Anyone who believes they have a lawful objection against the nomination of any of these men should contact the clerk of the Council. The date of the congregational meeting will be announced later.
Offering totals for the month of September were General Fund $17,690.55, Received YTD $200,133.80, Budgeted YTD $215,511.75, Building Fund $4,642.00, Benevolent Fund $2,546.85, Balance $42,543.03, Domestic Missions $347.50, Hull PRCS $13,456.92, Trinity CHS $3,800.75, and Emeritus Fund $282.96.
From the Church Pictorial Directory Committee: A draft copy of the picture pages of the new directory are on the back tables in the narthex. Please check and update your information by making the correction on this draft copy. Anniversary dates, birthdays, and names should be reviewed and added/corrected if necessary. This is also the time to email your updated or missing picture you want in this directory to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is October 16!
Today: The Young Peoples’ Society will meet at 11:15. We will discuss Hebrews 11:7 and Genesis 6.
Monday: The Consistory will meet at 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday: Morning classes in Bible History (Grades 1–7): Lesson 6.
Wednesday: Wealth will meet at 9:45 in Hull PRC to study Lesson 7. Greta Van Maanen, Janae Van Maanen, and Joan Kooima have lunch. Keisha Brummel is the upstairs helper, and Courtney Engelsma is the nursery helper.
7:00-Heidelberg Catechism (Grades 8 & 9): Lord’s Day 33; 8:00-Essentials (Grades 10 & 11): Lesson 19, Q. 8-10; Lesson 20, 1-4; 9:00-Pre-Confession (Grade 12 and older): Belgic Confession Articles 10-11 and 18-19.
Thursday: Martha Ladies’ Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. We will begin our discussion of the book of Romans. Those who ordered the study book can pick them up in the kitchen on Sunday. Lunch: Sharon Miersma & Marilyn Te Grotenhuis
Men’s Society will meet at 7:30. We will start at I Thessalonians 4:13 and Church Order Article 21.
CONCERNING THE CONGREGATION
Ron Kuiper is asked to write to Gary Brummel and Daryl Van Maanen to Derick Grimm.
First PRC (Holland, MI) has formed a trio of Revs. Decker, Key, and R. Kleyn.
Byron Center PRC, with DMC approval, has presented the trio of Revs. Cory Griess, Brian Huizenga and Clay Spronk to their congregation for domestic missionary. Synod 2016 honored Byron Center’s request to be considered for the privilege of being the calling church for this new endeavor. The voting will take place after the evening service on Oct. 9.
HPRCS Collection Report: The current offering total is $66,318 of $85,980 budgeted YTD.
Advanced Notice: Hull Protestant Reformed Christian School will be conducting its annual Fall Drive on the evening of Monday, November 7.
Sunday School teachers will meet tomorrow at 6 p.m. at the Hull Pizza Ranch (back room).
The Young People’s Society of Doon PRC invites the congregation to our annual Reformation Day Singspiration on Sunday, October 30, at 7:45 p.m.
Save the date: A game night for the elderly (60+) and young people will be held Monday, November 7. More details to come.
The Association for Protestant Education in Sioux Falls invites you to our annual lecture on Friday, October 14, at the Heritage Protestant Reformed Church at 7:30 p.m. Rev. Engelsma will speak on the topic “A Covenant School: How the Covenant Shapes Every Aspect of the Christian School.”
2016 Teachers’ Convention: All retired and prospective teachers are invited to attend the Protestant Reformed Teachers’ Convention to be held this year in Dyer, IN, on Thursday, October 20, and Friday, October 21. The theme of the convention is “God: Above All, Through All, and In All.” based on Ephesians 4:4-6. For more information contact the PRTI secretary, Erika Aalsma (email@example.com).
Were the reformers active in mission work? How did the doctrine of the Reformation affect their zeal for missions? What principles can we learn to guide our work? To what countries did they send missionaries? For the answers to these and other significant questions, join us for the annual fall lecture sponsored by the Reformed Witness Committee to be held on Friday, November 4, at 7:00 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium of Dordt College. Rev. Allen Brummel will speak on the topic “The Reformation’s Zeal for Missions.”
The fall meeting of the Parents’ Circle of Trinity Christian High School will be the evening of Monday, October 24. For our program this year, Rev. Engelsma will be addressing the topic of the Christian school as a liberal arts institution. Members, new members, and guests are all welcome to join us.
Today is the last day to order your Verse-a-Day calendar from Loveland PRCS Fundraisers! “The Joy of my Heart” is available to order for $15 by signing the sign up sheet in your church by TODAY. These calendars can be used year after year and will make excellent gifts. Check out the flyer to see a sample page. Direct all questions and payments to Sue Uittenbogaard. Please make checks payable to LPRCS Fundraisers.
The doctrine of common grace developed by Abraham Kuyper has had radical and far reaching effects in the Reformed and Presbyterian denominations that have embraced it. Crete PRC is hosting a lecture on Friday, October 28, at 7:30 p.m. entitled “The Tipping Point: Common Grace, Worldliness, and the Growing Apostasy in the Church.” The speaker will be Prof. Cammenga, professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament Studies at the Protestant Reformed Seminary. The lecture will examine the early reception of the doctrine of common grace, and the long term effects it has had on the church and the Christian schools. Join us at Crete PRC or listen live at prccrete.org.
The Covenant Keepers and Covenant Keepers Seniors of Singapore invite all PRC young adults and young people to attend a camp from December 14-17, 2016. Those who are interested can email Daniel Tang at firstname.lastname@example.org. More info about this camp can be found at www.cerc.org.sg/ckckscamp. Registration forms and a flier can be found in the back of your church or in your church’s monthly newsletter.
What marks identify a church as a true church to which every believer ought to belong as a lively member, and from which he or she ought not to depart? How does a believer recognize that a church is false or is in the process of becoming false? What is his or her calling if he or she is a member of such a church? Is it a real danger that Christians decide on their church membership by other criteria than the genuine marks of a true church? These and other questions related to church membership will be answered from Scripture and the Reformed creeds by a public lecture in Hope Protestant Reformed Church (Walker, MI) on Friday, November 11, at 7:30 p.m. The speaker will be Prof. David J. Engelsma, retired professor of theology at the Protestant Reformed seminary. The lecture is sponsored by the Reformed Witness Committee of Hope church in celebration of Reformation Day. After the speech the speaker will answer questions from the audience. If you are unable to attend, listen online at sermonaudio.com/hopeprc. Refreshments will be served following the lecture.
The Board of Protestant Reformed Special Education is conducting our Fall Drive at this time. This year’s drive goal is $262,500.00. Please prayerfully consider giving to this worthy cause. You should receive a more detailed letter in your home or church mailbox along with a return envelope. You can send your financial gift directly to Protestant Reformed Special Education, 6340 Autumn Dr. Hudsonville, MI 49426. Psalm 139:14 “I will praise Thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”
The Lynden Protestant Reformed Young Adults’ Society welcomes you to our upcoming retreat to be held in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. The retreat will be held at Warm Beach Camp and Convention Center located 40 minutes south of Lynden, WA. The dates are July 3-7, 2017, with activities to be announced in the next few months. Registration will be open in January. We hope to see you there! If you have any questions, more information can be found at our Facebook page or through email of Kyle Hanko at email@example.com.