Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan.
The Lord led Candidate Cory Griess to accept the call to Calvary PRC in Hull, IA. We rejoice that our heavenly Father has provided Calvary with its first pastor, after nearly two years of vacancy, and that the Lord has also provided a place for Mr. Griess. Mr. Griess will be examined at a special meeting of Classis West on October 21. We also add our prayers for the Lord’s rich blessing upon the Griess family and the Calvary congregation in the days and years ahead.
Pastor-elect Griess’ acceptance of the call to Calvary also means that he has declined the calls to the Byron Center, MI PRC, the First PRC of Holland, MI, and the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada. Immanuel subsequently extended a call to Rev. Thomas Miersma.
Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma declined the call he received to become the next pastor of the Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI.
Trinity Christian High School, our newest Protestant Reformed high school, in Hull, Iowa, celebrated an important milestone on August 24, with a convocation and dedication service celebrating covenant secondary education in Trinity’s newly constructed facility. Rev. Allen Brummel spoke on the theme, “Planted by the Rivers of Water,” based on Psalm 1:3.
Classes at the Hull, Iowa PR Christian School began on August 25. The school day began with a convocation service in the Hull PRC auditorium. Rev. Andrew Lanning, from the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI, spoke to the students and faculty that morning.
The Northwest Iowa PR Christian School (Doon, IA) began its 43rd year of covenant education on August 25. Convocation services were held that afternoon at the Doon PRC. Rev. Allen Brummel spoke on Psalm 25:4, 5—”God’s School of Grace.”
All the members of the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada were invited to attend the opening convocation for Genesis PR Christian School, which will mark the commencement of their third year of operation. Rev. Dale Kuiper spoke to the students, teachers, parents, and supporters of Genesis on Monday morning, August 31, at Immanuel. The theme text for Genesis for this year is, “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” (Ps. 90:12).
All confessing members of Immanuel were also invited to attend an organizational meeting for a Parent-Teacher Association for Genesis PR School. The Lord willing, this first meeting was to be held September 8.
This summer Faith Christian School in Randolph, WI sponsored their fourth annual Faith Christian School Classic on August 1, an event that features three different runs: a 10K, 5K, and 1-mile fun run/walk. In case you are interested in possible participation in the fifth annual classic next year, record times are around 40 minutes for the 10K, 18 minutes for the 5K, and 6 minutes for the 1-mile run/walk. Proceeds raised went for Faith’s building fund.
We are thankful and happy to report that all the permanent visa applications of our missionary pastor to the Berean PRC in Manila, the Philippines, Rev. Richard Smit and his family, have been approved by the Bureau of Immigration.
The council of the Doon, IA PRC, the calling church for our denomination’s work in the Philippines, recently began an organized effort of regular contact between their congregation and the Smit family in the Philippines. Plans are to have one family contact the Smits, either by mail or e-mail, every two weeks. When the Kleyns go to the field later this year, D.V., they will also be included.
The Steering Committee of the Heritage PR Fellowship in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, with the approval of the Edgerton, MN PRC consistory, signed a one-year lease, beginning July 1, for office space at Dr. Baer’s Town Professional Building at 3321 E. 26th St. in Sioux Falls. Rev. Brummel’s study will be moved into the office in order to free up living space in the parsonage and to give the Fellowship a more visible presence in town.
The Evangelism Committee of the Peace PRC in Lansing, IL began a 4-month trial of making audio of their Sunday sermons available on their web site, www.peaceprc.org. You can listen either by downloading the sermons, or by directly streaming the audio through an Internet connection.
This past summer, members of Life Group, a group of young ladies in the Hudsonville, MI PRC, were once again busy with monthly Bible studies and projects meant to benefit others in their congregation. Activities included a trip to a nearby second-hand outlet store, “Love in the name of Christ,” where money raised goes to help needy in the community; having supper with the seniors in Hudsonville’s congregation; and making salsa for those same seniors.
The consistory of the South Holland, IL PRC approved starting a Junior Adult Bible Study for confessing members up to the age of about 35 for singles, or a combined age of 70 for couples. An organizational meeting was planned for September 15, with the first Bible study to be held, the Lord willing, on October 6.