Offerings next week are for the following causes:
Morning: General Fund and Benevolence
Afternoon: Hull PR School
Nursery this morning: Ashley Van Engen, Abby V.G., Rylee W.
This afternoon: Brooke V.E., Ruth H.
Next Sunday morning: Mrs. A. Van Ginkel, Louise V.M., Gracia K.
Next Sunday afternoon: Mrs. K. Van Voorst, Abbie K.
Ushers: For January: Carl Bruinsma, Allyn Brummel, Joe Bootsma
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 “The Marital Bond” (Song of Solomon 1:16,17a). Next week’s message will be “Give Me Your Heart” (Proverbs 23:24-26).
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.
This morning we celebrate the Lord’s Supper. 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 are allowed to partake of the sacrament. May we be worthy partakers of the supper of our Lord.
The sermon this afternoon will be an applicatory sermon.
The Consistory has granted the request of Tom and Kathy Verbeek (Kalamazoo PRC) to partake of the Lord’s Supper with us this morning. We welcome them to the table of our Lord.
The baptism of Logan Henry, infant son of Jason and Katie Westra, is scheduled to take place on January 29 during the morning service.
With joy the Consistory announces that Shayna Andringa and Michael Laning have appeared before the Consistory to make confession of their faith. Unless there are any lawful objections, Michael’s public confession of faith will take place during the afternoon service on January 22, and Shayna’s will take place during the evening service on March 5.
At the Council organizational meeting the following men were chosen for these positions: Vice President – Steve Kooima, Clerk – Don Vermeer, Clerk of Records – Jeff Baker, General Alternate – Joel Van Ginkel, General Fund Treasurer – Chad Andringa, Assistant Treasurer – Carl Maassen, Building Fund Treasurer – Dan Poppema, and Benevolent Fund Treasurer – Travis Groeneweg. The deacons at their meeting chose the following: Chairman – Carl Maassen, Secretary – Chad Andringa, and General Alternate – Paul De Roon. Committee appointments were also made at the Council meeting and are listed on the back of this bulletin.
Today: The Young People’s Society will meet at 3:45 p.m. The Bible discussion will be on Hebrews 11:32-34.
Tuesday: Morning classes in Bible History (Grades 1–7): Lesson 17.
The FMC will meet here at 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday: Wealth will meet at 9:45 in Hull PRC to study Lesson 16. Kim De Jager, Jeanine Huizinga, and Brenda Bylsma have lunch. Kathy Poppema is the upstairs helper, and Kim De Jager is the nursery helper.
7:00-Heidelberg Catechism (Grades 8 & 9): Lord’s Day 44; 8:00-Essentials (Grades 10 & 11): Lesson 25, Q. 6-10; 9:00-Pre-Confession (Grade 12 and older): Belgic Confession Art. 24; Canons 5:3-8.
Thursday: Martha Ladies’ Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. Bible discussion will begin with Romans 2:6. Lunch: Jan Westra & Janice Zandstra.
7:30 p.m. Men’s Society. We begin our study with 2 Thessalonians 2:13. After recess we discuss Article 26 of the Church Order.
CONCERNING THE CONGREGATION
Amy Laning is asked to write to Gary Brummel and Loren Gritters to Derick Grimm.
Johanna Westra returned home from the hospital on Tuesday.
Ted Hoekstra was admitted to a hospital in California on Thursday night due to high blood pressure and fatigue.
Let us remember them and their families in our prayers. Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55:22
Decisions of Classis East: With thanksgiving to our faithful covenant God, Classis East approved the organization of Zion Protestant Reformed Church, the new daughter congregation of Faith PRC. Classis did not sustain the appeal of a brother against the Consistory of Faith PRC in its implementation of the 1945 decisions of Classis East regarding admittance to the Lord’s Supper of those from other Reformed churches who are not in all respects in agreement with our Protestant Reformed heritage, but who for an extended period of time will be deprived of the opportunity to partake of the Lord’s Supper in their own church or denomination. (The 1945 decisions can be found in the SB, Vol. 61, pp. 53-54).
Rev. Eriks declined the call from Southwest PRC.
Rev. and Mrs. Daniel Holstege and their 4 children (Gabe, Kirsten, Kiley, and Charity) arrived safely at their house in Antipolo, Philippines, this past week. May the Lord bless them as they go through this time of transition, and as they begin their work among our brothers and sisters in the Philippines.
The Evangelism Committee will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday. All old and new members are encouraged to attend.
The annual Trinity Christian High School promotional supper will be held on Monday, January 23, at Calvary PRC with the punch bowl at 6:30 and supper at 7:00. The board encourages everyone post-high school and older to come and support our school!
The Trinity Christian High School Society will have a special meeting on Monday, January 30, at 7:00 p.m. to elect a new board member to replace Glenn Kooima who resigned due to his being elected elder. Nominations for the position are Mike De Jager and Steve Maassen.
Heritage PRC Young People are hosting a Pinewood Derby fundraiser on Saturday, February 25 from 11-2 in the church fellowship hall at 3800 E 15th Street, Sioux Falls. Grilled cheese will be served for lunch. A donation of $15 will cover registration, food, and the kit to build your car. Sign up by January 17 by posting your name on our church Facebook page or calling or texting Crystal at 605-937-7159. Proceeds will go toward 2017 convention travel expenses.
Chaperone registration for the 2017 Young People’s Convention hosted by First PRC of Holland began on Monday, January 2, 2017. The convention is planned for August 7-11 at Michindoh Conference Center in Hillsdale, Michigan. To register, go to our website www.prcconvention.com and follow the instructions under the Chaperone Tab. If you have any questions, email us at email@example.com.
Here We Stand! 500 years ago Jehovah worked a great Reformation in His church. Genuine piety, right worship, scriptural authority, and proper church government were restored to the Church. The reformers restored the principles of salvation by grace alone, the sole authority of scripture, and the priesthood of all believers. We still stand on these vital principles today. Please plan on attending “Here We Stand” on October 27 and 28, a conference marking the 500th anniversary of the great Reformation. Watch for details soon.
New RFPA Book Release! Does the eternal, unchangeable, all-powerful, and sovereign God really have a temporal, changeable, and weak desire to save those whom he has unconditionally reprobated (Rom. 9:22), for whom the Son did not die (John 12:32), and whom the Holy Spirit will not regenerate, sanctify, or glorify (John 3:8)? Pelagianism, semi-Pelagianism, Roman Catholicism, Lutheranism, Anabaptism, Arminianism, Amyraldism, and Marrowism say “yes” to the well-meant offer of the gospel. The biblical, Augustinian, Reformed, and creedal positions is “no”! The new RFPA book Corrupting the Word of God, The History of the Well-Meant Offer by Herman Hanko & Mark Hoeksema is on the tables in the fellowship hall for the Book Club members.
Called to Watch for Christ’s Return – The RFPA has recently published this book by Rev. Martyn McGeown, a new author! This book is not being sent automatically to Book Club members (retail $14.95, softcover). To order your copy sign up on the sheet on the tables in the fellowship hall or talk to Betty Kooiker.
A list of teaching positions is available on the back table.