Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
Rev. W. Bekkering of the Pella, IA PRC was in Boise, ID during the month of August preaching for the Sovereign Redeemer Fellowship. Rev. Bekkering’s visit to Boise completed the six-month preaching schedule the Council of the South Holland, IL PRC had set up in February.
It will interest our readers to know that the group there has requested further help in terms of preaching, and they are organizing a Reformed Conference for this Fall with one of our pastors or professors as the speaker. It will also interest you to know that in response to the request from Sovereign Redeemer Fellowship, and because the work in Boise has gone very well, the Council of South Holland decided to continue to supply them with preaching and teaching for another six months.
While in Boise, Rev. Bekkering also had plans to make a visit to Spokane, WA to meet with Rev. Robert Hargrove, pastor of the Sovereign Grace Presbyterian Church, who has been in contact with the Evangelism Committee of South Holland and has a real interest in our churches.
We are happy to report that, beginning August 25, the Reformed Witness Hour can be heard over radio station KFCV AM 1090, a Christian radio station in Ft. Wayne, IN. This is sponsored by South Holland, but paid for by the Bible Study group in Fort Wayne.
On August 22, a public lecture sponsored by the Reformed Witness Committee of the Doon, Edgerton, and Hull PR Churches of Iowa and Minnesota was held in the First Christian Reformed Church of Edgerton, MN. Rev. Michael DeVries, pastor of our Edgerton PRC, spoke on the topic, “Lovers of Pleasure – the Christian and Entertainment.” A topic very relevant this is, especially for today’s children and young people.
The Evangelism Committee of our Redlands, CA PRC informed their congregation not very long ago, that the new brochures they have been working on for a long time are now ready. These brochures were made especially to invite people to their church. (I mention this here because one of these brochures came along with bulletins from California, and I just had to say what a nice job they did. I would encourage any of our church evangelism committees who may be looking for just such a brochure, to send for a copy. It could be just what you are looking for.)
On September 6, the congregation of our Lynden, WA PRC celebrated their 40th Anniversary. The occasion was marked with a program that evening.
Rev. B. Woudenberg, one of Lynden’s former pastors, was present for the occasion. While in Lynden he was also able to show a slide presentation of his visit to the Reformed Churches of Romania and Hungary.
At a Congregational Meeting in early August, the congregation of the Hull, IA PRC approved two proposals. First, they approved plans submitted by their Council for a new church building. And second, they approved a financial plan to pay for it. The Lord willing, building will begin in 1992.
Following suggestions for their young people, the Council of the Randolph, WI PRC decided to have two Bible Study societies for their youth. Those yet in high school will continue to meet every Sunday evening during the society season. All those young adults who are past high school age will meet on alternate Thursday evenings. In addition, one Sunday night each month the two groups will meet together for discussion and fellowship.
Rev. Joostens wrote to his congregation at First Church in Grand Rapids midway through his and Rev. denHartog’s visit to Jamaica that “twelve men have attended from six of our churches. The sessions have been enjoyable and the men are again eagerly receiving the Reformed truth presented to them. Each session gives rise to many questions and teaching opportunities. The saints on the island are very appreciative of the clothing that has been sent to them, especially the shoes.”
Rev. and Mrs. Kortering have left to work with our two sister-churches in Singapore, where they will be for at least four months, the Lord willing.
The Hope PRC of Isabel, SD has formed a new trio from which to call a pastor. This trio includes the Revs. M. DeVries and R. Moore, and Candidate M. Dick.
Rev. R. Hanko declined the call he was considering to serve as missionary pastor to the group in Larne, Northern Ireland.
Due to Rev. Hanko’s decline, our Hudsonville, MI PRC has formed a new trio consisting of the Revs. R. Cammenga, B. Gritters, and C. Terpstra. The congregation was to call on September 22.
And on September 12 the congregation of our Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI called Rev. Ronald VanOverloop to be their pastor.