Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
Rev. A. denHartog, pastor of the Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI, joined a team including Rev. J. Laning and Mr. John VanBaren, to make a visit to the churches in Myanmar. This was done under the supervision of the Hope PRC of Grand Rapids, MI. Our Synod in 2007 made a decision to give a portion of funds collected over the years for assistance to the churches in India and Myanmar to three of our congregations for oversight and distribution. The funds being sent to Myanmar were placed under the oversight of Hope PRC. Since that time, more funds have been received by Hope in connection with relief being sent regularly to the Protestant Reformed Churches in Myanmar. The work of the delegation was not only to consider how the regular benevolent funds sent to Myanmar are being used, but also to consider the spiritual welfare of the churches in Myanmar and seek to encourage the saints there. The committee visited with Pastor Titus and took part in a seminar in Yangon with a number of leaders in the churches from various places in Myanmar. Both Revs. Laning and denHartog also had opportunity to preach in the churches of which Rev. Titus is the pastor. The delegation planned on stopping in Singapore and visiting the brethren there, both before and after their visit to Myanmar. The delegation left the States on March 10 and planned on returning March 27, D.V.
Rev. Dale Kuiper and his wife, Velerie, left March 11 for the Philippines, where Rev. Kuiper anticipated preaching in the Berean PRC in Manila for three Sundays, the Lord willing.
The delegates from our churches’ Domestic Mission Committee made their annual visit to our mission in Pittsburgh, PA the weekend of March 15. In addition to the regular meetings with Pittsburgh’s Steering Committee and Missionary Rev. W. Bruinsma, they also had opportunity to be part of the first celebration of the Lord’s Supper at the Pittsburgh Mission. We can well imagine that the Supper was rightly being anticipated with great joy by our missionary and by the saints gathered at the mission. Two elders from the Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI also went to Pittsburgh for that weekend in March to represent the calling church and to be present at the time of the administration of the Supper. Rev. J. Slopsema preached the applicatory sermon on Sunday evening.
In a recent “Newsletter” from Rev. A. Brummel, missionary to the Heritage PR Fellowship of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, we learn that Rev. Brummel made a visit to Tucson and the Fellowship there at the end of February, to continue contact with the saints and to assess the work. The four families have been zealous in their witnessing to others and were thrilled to see two families and one individual from Tucson attend the services during the two Sundays Rev. Brummel was there. The Fellowship has also been greatly encouraged by the attendance of a number of our people at their services. A few of our families have been able to spend an entire month or more in Tucson and were able to get to know the local group very well. Pulpit supply will be provided from the DMC for approximately two Sundays per month for the coming months. Rev. C. Haak, pastor of the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI, was scheduled to be there March 22, D.V. More information regarding the times and places of worship can be found on their websitewww.tucsonprotestantreformed.org.
Thursday night, March 19, Rev. Richard Smit was installed as foreign missionary to the Philippines in a worship service held in Doon PRC, the calling church. The service was held in a full sanctuary, with Doon’s congregation, as well as members from Hull, Calvary, Edgerton, and Sioux Falls, and even some visitors from Michigan, in attendance. Rev. David Overway, pastor of Doon, led the worship service, preaching from Luke 24:47. Rev. Steven Key, the president of the Foreign Mission Committee, read the Form of Installation. After the service a time of fellowship was held in the basement of Doon Church. Rev. Smit continues his preparations for his labors in the Philippines, and plans to move to Manila with his wife, Tricia, and their eight children, in July, God willing.
The regular meeting of Classis West convened on March 4. On March 3 there was an Officebearers Conference on the subject “Catechizing Our Youth.” Rev. S. Key gave the keynote address, “A Historical Emphasis on Catechetical Instruction,” followed by Rev. N. Langerak on “Antithetical Catechetical Instruction in the 21st Century.” In the afternoon Mr. J. Regnerus gave a speech on “The Involvement of the Elders in Catechism,” and Rev. D. Overway on “Practical Applications of Catechism.”
Young Adult Activities
The Young Adult Society of the Loveland, CO PRC sponsored the annual Spring Retreat on March 16-19 at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park. The last word we had was that 31 young adults from our denomination were scheduled to attend. In addition to the enjoyment of the Loveland congregation, and the surrounding Rocky Mountains, the young adults were privileged to hear two lectures on the theme, “The Mature Christian,” focusing on I Corinthians 13:11-12. Revs. C. Haak and R. Miersma were the speakers.
A special program commemorating God’s faithfulness to our Grandville, MI PRC as a congregation for 25 years was held after their evening worship service on March 15.
The Adult Bible Study of the Grandville Church invited their congregation to meet with them on March 17 to hear Prof. D. Engelsma speak on “Notable Men on My Theological Way.” Members of the Calvary PRC in Hull, IA were invited to the All Season Center in Sioux Center for an evening of both swimming and ice skating, plus pizza, on March 7.
Rev. W. Langerak declined the call extended to him to serve as the next pastor of the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada.