Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.

Let’s start this edition of the “News” with a quick look at calls that have been extended to our churches’ pastors.

First, since Prof. Hanko declined the call to serve as pastor of the Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI, Southeast’s Council presented a new trio to their congregation consisting of the Revs. D. Kuiper (Lacombe, BC), C. Terpstra (South Holland, IL), and G. VanBaren (Hudsonville, MI). On the evening of January 19 they extended a call to Rev. D. Kuiper to come over and help them.

We can also report here that Rev. R. VanOverloop, presently serving as pastor of the Bethel PRC in Elk Grove Village, IL, declined the call he had been considering to serve as missionary pastor to the members of the Covenant Reformed Fellowship of Larne, Northern Ireland.

Mission Activities

First PRC of Grand Rapids, MI, the calling church for the mission work in Jamaica, has asked Rev. B. Gritters, pastor of the Byron Center, MI PRC, to lead the next scheduled conference in Jamaica. This conference involves four weeks of teaching the officebearers from the seven churches on the island. Current plans call for’ Rev. Gritters to be accompanied by his father, Ed Gritters, an elder from the Hope PRC of Redlands, CA. The Lord willing, they will be gone the month of February.

Our readers may remember that it was reported here previously that these conferences will deal with the six loci of Dogmatics. These sessions will be taught about three times a week, with the remaining time given to establishing the leadership in the local churches. Rev. Gritters will teach the theology, while Ed Gritters will busy himself with the practical aspects.

Evangelism Activities

The Evangelism Society of the Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI sponsored a Dutch Psalm Sing on January 20 at Raybrook Manor, a retirement home in Grand Rapids, whose residents, if you haven’t already guessed, are to a large degree Dutch.

The PRC of Byron Center, MI invited their community to three community-wide Bible Study Classes dealing with questions about the church, or Biblical Directions for a Faithful Church.

Some of the questions these classes hoped to answer were: “What is the Church? Where can you find it? Does God command believers to make sure that they are members of some church? And, What Church should I join?”

These are important questions, and it was Byron’s intent to discuss these questions and see what God’s Word had to say in answering them. The classes met on three successive Thursdays; January 16, 23, and 30, at the Byron Center Public Library. Each class consisted of a short lesson followed by refreshments and a question and discussion period.

If you are a regular reader of the Standard Bearer, then you no doubt read Rev. R. Moore’s two-part guest article entitled, “Unbelief’s Attempt to Dismiss Sin” (Dec. 1, Jan. 1 issues). Well, when Rev. Moore was in Lacombe, BC for church visitation with the Immanuel PRC there, he also presented a public lecture on behalf of Immanuel’s evangelism committee. The lecture was entitled, “Unbelief’s Attempt to Dismiss Sin.”

Congregational Highlights

Before taking leave ofImmanue1 PRC, let us also add here that this church in Lacombe took a big step toward the goal of establishing their own church home, when they approved at a congregational meeting in December a proposal to purchase four acres of land. However, this purchase will not be made until approximately 60% of the purchase price has been raised by pledges. In an unrelated matter, it was also decided to re-shingle their parsonage roof.

The congregation of the Hull, IA PRC approved a financial plan which involves both a pledged amount and a monthly budgeted amount to finance their proposed new church sanctuary. The pledge-drive part of this plan was to take place after the first of this year. A successful drive will mean that Hull could begin building this spring.

You may remember that the Bethel PRC in Elk Grove Village has moved from their past meeting place, the Ascension Lutheran Church, to a new location at the Children World Learning Center. As an expression of their appreciation for the support given them financially the past four years by Bethel, the Lutheran Church donated sixty folding chairs and a lectern.