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Sunday services begin at 9:15 A.M. and 6:00 P.M.
Prayer Services on the 2 nd and 4 th Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.

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Webcast: Mid-Week Service
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You are welcome to listen to our Mid-Week Service beginning at 7:00 PM. Rev. J.A

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Rev. J. A. VandenBerg Rev. J. A. VandenBerg

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By-Laws - (Final) October 2016
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Providence Reformed Church

1700 Coit Ave. NE – Grand Rapids, Michigan 49505 – Ph. 616-363-3919

Abraham said, “My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering.”

Articles of Association or By-laws of Providence Reformed Church

Article I – Name

The name of the congregation and its corporation is Providence Reformed Church, Reformed Church in America.

Article II - Place

The place in this state where the principal office of the church is to be located is the City of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan.

Article III- Purpose

The said association is organized exclusively for religious and charitable purposes. The purpose of the congregation is to worship God and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ in accordance with the word of God. This church will fulfill this purpose within the framework of the doctrinal standards and polity of the Reformed Church in America, of which denomination said congregation is a subordinate organization. In fu1filling this purpose this church will make occasional contributions to other organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any foreign or future tax code. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, this Providence Reformed Church is a member church in the Reformed Church in America; is (and at all times shall be) subject to and governed in accordance with the constitution of the Reformed Church in America; and agrees that the provisions of this (section/paragraph) shall not be amended or modified in any manner without the prior written consent of the classis of which this church is a member.

Article IV – Officers

The officers of the church shall be the President, Vice President, Clerk, and Treasurer of the consistory. The minister shall be President of the consistory. The Vice President shall be elected from among the elders, the treasurer shall be elected from among the deacons; the Clerk shall be an elder or deaconelected by the whole consistory. The members of the consistory shall be the trustees of the corporation. The officers of the consistory are the corresponding officers of the corporation.

Article V - Basis

The government and direction of the church must be based on the unchangeable Word of God and the doctrines contained therein. These doctrines are clearly defined in the three forms of unity, viz., the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession, and the Canons of Dordt. The pastor(s) with the elders, and deacons, (consistory) must be male, not guilty of a public sin, must not be living in open sin, and must be chosen using the qualifications found in 1 Timothy 3. Note: Any pastor, elder or deacon that lives in, or propagates sinful behavior, disqualifies himself from the office, and must be removed. Such sinful behavior includes, but is not limited to: adultery, homosexuality, transexuality, bisexuality, bestiality, murder, theft, perjury, idolatry, blasphemy, etc. (See 1 Cor. 6:9,10; 1 Tim. 1:9, 10.)

Article VI - Articles not subject to change.

Article V is not subject to change.

Article VII - Members

Section A: The congregation is a body of baptized Christians meeting regularly in a particular place of worship. Communicant membership in Providence Reformed Church is by a public confession of faith or a certificate of transfer from another reformed church.

Section B: All communicant members of the congregation shall remain such as long as they continue to be members in good and regular standing according to the Book of Church Order of the Reformed Church in America.

Article VIII - Meetings

Section A: The consistory shall meet in regular session once every two months. Elders and deacons may meet in separate session at their prerogative or at the request of the consistory.

Section B: Notice of all regular and special congregational meetings shall be given to the congregation on the two Sundays preceding the date of such meetings.

Section C: There shall be an annual congregational meeting.

Section D: The annual congregational meeting shall be held during the month of June for the purpose of electing elders and deacons, giving the congregation a financial report, and conducting any other business.

Article IX- Compensation

No part of the net earnings of the church shall inure to the benefit of or be distributable to its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons, except that the church shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in Article three hereof. Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the church shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by an association exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of the federal code, or (b) by an association, contributions to which are deductible under section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future tax code.

Article X- Properties

In case Providence Reformed Church relocates from 1700 Coit Ave. NE or the church is dissolved, the church building, parking lot, and property reverts to the North Grand Rapids Classis of the Reformed Church of America. This includes the facilities, as they existed on December 31, 2000. Other property, structures, and furniture, continue to be the property of Providence Reformed Church.

Article XI - Dissolution

In case of the dissolution of this church, the assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

Article XII- Adoption and Amendments

Section A: These shall be the by-laws of said Providence Reformed Church upon their adoption by two thirds affirmative vote of those present of a duly convened consistory meeting of the said church.

Section B: These by-laws may be amended at any consistory meeting, providing members of the consistory have been notified of such proposed change on the two Sundays preceding the date of such meeting and provided that the vote of two-thirds of the members present at such a meeting shall be cast in favor of such amendment.

Signed this _______ day of ___________________, 2015.

Signed,

Rev. J. A. VandenBerg Date

Pastor

Mr. Walter Rozebom Date

Vice-President

Mr. Donald Vander Boon Date

Clerk

Dr. Ronald Hoogmoed Date

Treasurer

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PRC Church Facility Use (Final)
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Providence Reformed Church

1700 Coit Ave. NE – Grand Rapids, Michigan 49505 – Ph. 616-363-3919

Abraham said, “My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering.”

Church Facility Use Policy

The Providence Reformed Church of the Reformed Church in America [the church] has facilities that are maintained by the sacrifice and generosity of church members. The church desires that its facilities be used to the honor and glory of God; for the furtherance of the church’s religious services and related purposes.

This facility use policy is necessary for two important reasons.

First, the church may not in good conscience materially cooperate in activities or beliefs that are contrary to its faith. Allowing its facilities to be used for purposes that contradict the church’s beliefs would be material cooperation with that activity, and would be a violation of the church’s faith and religious practice. (II Corinthians 6:14 and I Thessalonians 5:22).

Second, it is very important that the church present a consistent message to the community, and that the church’s staff and members conscientiously maintain that message as part of their Biblical witness. Allowing facilities to be used by groups or persons who express beliefs or engage in practices contrary to the church’s faith, would have a severe, negative impact on the message that the church strives to promote. It could also cause confusion and scandal to church members, and the community, because they may reasonably perceive that by allowing use of our facilities, the church agrees with the beliefs or practices of the persons or groups using its facilities.

Therefore, in no event shall persons or groups who hold, advance, or advocate beliefs, or advance, advocate, or engage in practices that contradict the church’s faith, use any church facility. Nor may church facilities be used in any way that contradicts the church’s faith, as it is expressed in our articles of incorporation, bylaws, or any other published positions of the church. This policy applies to all church facilities, regardless of whether the facilities are connected to the church’s sanctuary.

To accomplish this desire, the church commits all decisions regarding the uses of the church facilities to the consistory. The consistory will evaluate all requests for use of the facilities using the following criteria.

  1. The use of the church facilities is restricted to church members, and organized groups that are part of the ministry, organization, or sponsored activities of the church. The facilities are not generally open to the public, other than incidental uses of the facilities such as members of the public attending a worship service, or invited by a member of the church to a wedding service held in the church.
  2. Facility use will not be permitted to persons or groups holding, advancing, or advocating beliefs or practices that conflict with the church’s faith or moral teachings, which are summarized in, or referenced in, among other places, the church’s articles of incorporation, constitution, bylaws or procedures. Nor may the church’s facilities be used for activities that contradict, or are deemed inconsistent with, the church’s faith or moral teachings.
  3. Members of the church are not required to pay a usage fee, consistent with the non-public nature of the church’s facilities and grounds. However, the consistory reserves the right to assess a reasonable fee for cleaning and upkeep.

Signed,

Rev. J. A. VandenBerg Date

Pastor

Mr. Walter Rozebom Date

Vice-President

Mr. James Bazen Date

Clerk

Dr. Ronald Hoogmoed Date

Treasurer

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Mission Statement
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Providence Reformed Church heartily subscribes to the reformed confessions commonly called “The Standards of Unity”. These standards include the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession of Faith, and the Canons of Dordrecht. These forms of unity also include a subscription to the historic church creeds: the Apostles Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed. Although we hold these confessions very dear and find them complete and suitable for the expression of our faith, yet we recognize that they are the writings of men. Therefore, we find our chief delight in the Holy Scriptures, the word of God, and find them perfect, inspired by God Himself and therefore inerrant, the only foundation for faith and practice.

Our primary mandate is to preserve this scriptural confession for our posterity and the world in which we live. Moreover, since the truth of God is best preserved by teaching, we hold very highly the preaching and teaching of the word of God. Our primary comfort is that the word of God, in the hands of the Holy Spirit, will always bring forth fruits of repentance toward God, faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and a sanctified lifestyle, which brings glory to God. Moreover, since this light of the gospel can not be hid, we expect to be used by the Lord to hold forth the Word of Life to those who perish around us.

  • The Holy Bible is the word of God. 2 Peter 1:20-21 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
  • New birth in Jesus Christ is a real, living experience of misery, deliverance, and thankfulness. Romans 7:24-25 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
  • The death and life of Jesus Christ are both the reasons for a believer’s acceptance with God and the spring of a believer’s obedience to God. Galatians 2:19-20 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
  • The mission of Jesus Christ is fulfilled through the testimony of the church, unto the ends of the earth. Acts 13:47 For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth.

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Weekly Bulletin for January 15, 2017.
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