Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
Rev. M. VanderWal, pastor of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA, became the first pastor of our denomination to preach for Tucson PR Fellowship after the DMC decided to send supply there for the next few months. He preached for them on September 28. The DMC is presently working on supplying preaching for various weeks during November. Beginning in December there will be more consistent labor, with Rev. S. Houck there for the first three weeks in December, and then Rev. J. Kortering for January through March. You can learn more about this group from their website www.tucsonprotestantreformed.org. The DMC encourages members of our churches to visit these saints and worship with them.
On Sunday, September 21, the congregation of First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI enjoyed a light lunch after their evening service, followed by a brief presentation from AIM (Active In Missions). Members of this committee informed the members of First about their recent projects and current activities. In addition, an “Introduction to the Protestant Reformed Churches in America” DVD was distributed. This DVD was produced by AIM at the request of the DMC so that individual members could give these out to people who might be interested in knowing what our churches believe. This event was the first of a series of five Sunday-evening-luncheon events (one each month), hosted by the evangelism and fellowship committees of First Church.
Members of the Covenant of Grace PR Fellowship in Spokane, WA sponsored a special Seminar and Exposition on the Covenant of Grace over two Sundays in October. This special event featured Prof. H. Hanko, who spoke four times on the covenant of grace that God establishes in Christ with believers and their seed. This seminar focused on the teaching of the Word of God and setting forth the Scriptures on this rich truth of the gospel. Prof. Hanko spoke October 3 on “The Idea or Essence of the Covenant,” followed by “The Unconditionality of the Covenant” at the Sunday evening worship service of Covenant of Grace on October 5. The following Friday, October 10, Prof. Hanko lectured again on the covenant under the theme, “The Unity of the Covenant and the Different Administrations,” followed Sunday evening, October 12, with “The Promise to Believers and Their Seed.”
On October 10 the congregation of the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI hosted an evening with Rev. J. Kortering. Rev. Kortering was there to give a speech on personal evangelism. After the speech, time was also provided for questions and answers.
The Evangelism Society of Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI asked that the Sunday morning worship service of October 12 be an opportunity to hear God’s Word concerning the persecution of the church (II Tim. 3:12). After the service the congregation was invited to return to the sanctuary to view a DVD from Voice of the Martyrs, which featured modern day saints who experience this horrendous reality.
The Evangelism Committee of the Kalamazoo, MI PRC hosted a potluck dinner following their Sunday morning worship service on October 12.
Rev. A. Stewart, pastor of Covenant PRC in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, took part in a televised debate in London on October 2. Rev. Stewart debated Pastor Timothy Ramsay on Calvinism vs. Arminianism.
Rev. Stewart traveled to Limerick, Northern Ireland on October 17 to lecture on “Marriage, the Mystery of Christ and the Church.”
On October 3 and 4 the Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI invited all current deacons, past deacons, and those who desire the office of deacon to a conference at Trinity on the topic of “The Work of the Deacons in a Tough Economy.” Rev. D. J. Kuiper, pastor of the Randolph, WI PRC, gave a speech on “The Principles of the Work of the Diaconate.” Rev. R. Kleyn, Trinity’s pastor, spoke on “Instructing in Stewardship,” and there was a panel discussion on “Being a Deacon in a Tough Economy.” CDs or DVDs of the conference can be ordered by contacting Jon Drnek at 616-669-3402. MP3s of the three sessions, as well as outlines, slides, and other resources, can be downloaded from Trinity PRC’s website trinityprc.org.
The Adult Bible Society of Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI hosted this fall’s annual Mass Meeting of the League of PR Adult Bible Societies at First PRC in Grand Rapids on September 16. Their pastor, Rev. W. Langerak, spoke on “The Unity of Scripture.”
All the members of First PRC in Grand Rapids were invited to a Fall Fellowship Supper on September 10. Not only did they enjoy a time of fellowship and good food, but after the meal their pastor, Rev. J. Slopsema, gave a short talk to encourage the congregation in their Bible and catechism studies for the year.
The Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI served as host site forthis fall’s annual meeting of the Reformed Free Publishing Association. On September 25, association members gathered together to review the activities of the past year, choose new board members, and hear Dr. David Torlach, a third-year student in our seminary and a member of Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Australia, speak on the origin and history of the EPCA.
Members of the Grandville, MI PRC got to enjoy a fun family evening filled with fall activities on Saturday evening, October 11, when they visited nearby Post Family Farms in Hudsonville for a hayride and bonfire.
The Young Adult Society of the Doon, IA PRC extended an invitation to members of their congregation to a special meeting in late September at which a discussion would focus on the topic of “How to Study the Bible,” with the particular goal of offering some assistance in preparing for Bible studies for a new society year.
The Consistory of the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI organized an evening for their congregation to meet this year’s Seminary students. After the evening service of September 28, there was a time for coffee and cake, an opportunity for fellowship with each other, and a time to get to know the young men studying for the ministry in our Seminary.
The PTA of Hope PR Christian School in Walker, MI met on October 9. At that meeting Rev. J. Laning, pastor of the Hope PRC in Walker, MI, addressed the parents on the timely topic, “Teaching Our Children about Patriotism, Politics, and the Military.”