Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
With thanksgiving to God the congregation of the Wingham, Ontario PRC held worship services for the first time in their newly purchased church building on October 26.
Members of the First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI enjoyed a Request Night program Sunday evening, November 2. There was a variety of special numbers, including choirs made up of current and past students from Covenant Christian High School, and children in second grade and below. A light lunch was served before the program.
The congregation of the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI enjoyed their annual Fall Family Supper on October 31. In addition to good food and fellowship there were lots of activities, including wagon rides, blowup slides, pumpkin painting, and group games.
October 31 was also the date that the congregation in the Randolph, WI PRC set for their Fall Fellowship Supper. Members of Randolph joined together for a delicious buffet supper, followed by good fellowship and lots of fun.
All the ladies from area churches were invited to the Fall Ladies League meeting held at the Hull, IA PRC on October 28. Rev. S. Key spoke on the life of John Newton, the man who wrote Amazing Grace. A collection was taken for the Beacon Lights, and a time of fellowship and refreshment followed the speech.
We rejoice with the Byron Center, MI PRC in God’s great goodness to them as a congregation. For twenty-five years God has showered them with His new and tender mercies. His faithfulness and amazing grace are great. On Sunday, October 19, Byron Center celebrated God’s goodness to them by marking that anniversary. For that occasion they were privileged to hear God’s Word from two of their former pastors. Rev. Doug Kuiper preached for them in the morning from I Corinthians 3:6-7 under the theme, “God, Giver of the Church’s Increase,” and Prof. Barry Gritters preached in the evening from I Samuel 7:12, under the theme, “Remembering Jehovah’s Unfailing Help.”
The 54th Annual Teachers’ Convention took place on October 16-17 at the Protestant Reformed Christian School in Dyer, IN. The theme this year was, “Steadfast Labor.” Rev. Nathan Langerak, pastor of the South Holland, IL PRC, gave the keynote address.
Young People’s Activities
The young people of First PRC in Holland, MI hosted a singspiration at their church on Sunday evening, October 26. In addition to audience participation, Holland’s church choir also sang a few numbers. A collection was taken for next year’s Young People’s Convention.
The young people of the Grace PRC in Standale, MI took part in a bonfire/hayride activity on Saturday evening, October 25.
The Young Adult Society of the South Holland, IL PRC is planning a YA Retreat for next summer. And, of course, fund-raising for that retreat has already begun. This November the young adults planned two “Rent-A-Helper” days as fund-raisers for the upcoming retreat. If members of South Holland had projects they needed help finishing, or leaves raked, weeds pulled, or other odd jobs, they could rent-a-helper, or young adult to help finish the job.
The Young People’s Society of Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI has started making plans for the 2009 YP Convention. The dates set are August 17-21, 2009, and the location selected is the beautiful Lake Williamson Conference and Retreat Center in Carlinville, about an hour south of Springfield, IL. The theme will revolve around the catholicity of the church of Jesus Christ. The speakers are Rev. R. Kleyn, pastor of Trinity PRC, originally from Tasmania, Australia; Rev. A. Stewart, pastor of Covenant PRC in Northern Ireland; and Rev. J. Mahtani, pastor of Bethel PRC in Roselle, IL, a fruit of PR missions in Singapore. We encourage our young people to look out for more details and to attend.
The 31st of October marked the anniversary of the reformation of the church, “Reformation Day.” By our count, there were eleven Reformation Day lectures given in our churches to celebrate the event. The “News” will work to include each one here in the next month or two.
The Reformed Witness Committee, made up of members of the Iowa and Minnesota PRCs, sponsored a lecture at the Dordt College Chapel on October 24. Prof. Barry Gritters looked at the place music played in the Reformation, and the place music plays in our worship today, under the theme, “Music’s Indispensable Part in (the) Reformation.”
The Evangelism Committee of the Randolph, WI PRC sponsored a Reformation lecture on October 24 in their sanctuary. Prof. Russell Dykstra spoke on the subject, “Genuine Church Unity: The Heritage of the Reformation.”
On Sunday, November 2, two of our congregations extended calls. Calvary PRC in Hull, IA extended a call to Rev. R. Kleyn to serve as their congregation’s first pastor. And the Doon, IA PRC extended a call to Rev. W. Bruinsma to serve as our denomination’s missionary to the Philippines and the Berean PRC in Manila.
Rev. Heath Bleyenberg successfully sustained his classical examination at the special meeting of Classis East on October 21. He gave a good account of his knowledge of and commitment to the Reformed faith, and of his gifts for the ministry of the gospel. Classis unanimously approved his examination and gave Providence PRC in Hudsonville, MI permission to ordain and install him as their first pastor. Providence held a worship service on October 23 and Rev. Bleyenberg was installed into the office of the ministry of the Word and Sacraments. On Sunday, November 2, Rev. Bleyenberg preached his inaugural sermon at Providence, choosing as his theme, “God’s Eternal Word,” based on Isaiah 40:6-8. That evening he administered his first baptism. May the Lord richly bless his ministry and sustain him in faithfulness.