News From Our Churches

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

Evangelism Activities

This past October many of our churches celebrated the Reformation begun by Martin Luther, October 31, 1517, and the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of John Calvin’s birth with their annual Reformation Day Lecture.

Rev. A. Stewart, pastor of our sister church in Northern Ireland, the Covenant PRC in Ballymena, gave two lectures. The first, entitled “Calvin on Justification: Considering the Judgment Day with Singular Delight,” on October 15 in Porthcawl, South Wales, and the second under the same title, on October 30 at the Portadown Town Hall in Portadown, Northern Ireland.

On Friday, October 30, Rev. C. Haak, pastor of the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI, was the guest speaker at the Reformation Day Lecture sponsored by the Lynden, WA PRC. Rev. Haak spoke on the subject, “Calvin and Predestination: Entrusted to the Arms of Christ.”

The Wingham, Ontario PRC invited their community to join them on October 30 for their annual Reformation Lecture. Prof. B. Gritters spoke on the topic, “Music’s Indispensable Place in the Reformation.”

The Reformed Witness Committee, representing our churches in Iowa and Minnesota, sponsored a Reformation Lecture on Friday evening, October 30, at the Hull, IA PRC. Prof. R. Cammenga spoke on the topic, “John Calvin’s Reformation of Public Worship.” Prof. Cammenga provided an opportunity for those attending to learn more about what John Calvin said about public worship of his day and what are the fundamental principles of public worship.

The Evangelism Society of the First PRC in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada thanked those in their congregation involved in wiring and installing the Internet connection to their church. As a result of this connection, their church services are now broadcast live over the Internet. So if you are unable to attend your own worship service because of illness or other reasons, you have the option to go to Edmonton’s website at, click on the designated link, and listen to their worship service in progress.

Congregation Activities

special word of thanks goes out to the Senior Retreat Committee of the Loveland, CO PRC for all their efforts in organizing what we hope will be the first annual Senior Retreat, held October 1 through October 6 at the YMCA at Estes Park in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado. The theme of the retreat was, “The Seasons of Our Life.” There were 183 people registered from our Protestant Reformed Churches across the US and Canada. Due to the size of the group, there were separate church services held at the YMCA on Sunday. The speakers for the retreat were Rev. S. Key, Rev. R. VanOverloop, Prof. H. Hanko, and Rev. R. Miersma, and they broke the retreat down into four areas of one’s life, Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. By all accounts, this long weekend in the Rockies was a wonderful time of fellowship and spiritual enrichment, and provided opportunity for the senior members of our churches to enjoy the rich fellowship we have in the unity of our faith.

As a note of interest connected to the senior retreat, we also have to add that the Senior Retreat Committee paid the Fundraisers of the Loveland PR Christian School to bake up to 100 dozen cookies or bars to serve at the various activities during the retreat.

We give thanks to God for His faithfulness in providing the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada with another faithful undershepherd. Installation of Rev. T. Miersma as their fifth pastor took place October 28, with Rev. J. Marcus, from the neighboring First PRC in Edmonton, officiating. Rev. Marcus preached from the word of God found in Acts 20:28 under the theme, “Taking Heed to the Flock.” A number of families from Edmonton also joined their pastor in making the trip to Lacombe and shared with Immanuel in an evening of heartfelt thanks for the safe arrival of the Miersma family. Rev. Miersma preached his first sermon as pastor at Immanuel from Ephesians 3:16-19 under the theme, “A Prayer to be Strengthened in Christ’s Love.” At that same service he also had the opportunity to administer his first baptism as pastor of Immanuel.

Pastor-elect Cory Griess was ordained into the gospel ministry of Jesus Christ and installed as the first pastor of Calvary PRC in Hull, IA on October 22. Rev. S. Key led that service, preaching from Joshua 1:1-9, under the theme, “Joshua’s Commission.” Rev. Griess preached his first sermon as pastor in Calvary the following Lord’s Day from I Corinthians 1:18, under the theme, “The Message of the Cross.” However, Rev. Griess writes that he is preaching somewhat of an inaugural series on the first four chapters of I Corinthians, so that first sermon, while technically the inaugural sermon, was the first in an inaugural series.

Mission Activities

Rev. Daniel and Sharon Kleyn left for the Philippines in mid-October as part of a delegation from the Doon, IA PRC and our churches’ Foreign Mission Committee, accompanied by Elder Warren Boon and his wife, Marshonn. The purpose of the trip was to visit with the Smit family and the mission field, as well as to make preparations for the Kleyns’ move scheduled for December 15 D.V. On Sunday, November 1, they also had opportunity to join the Berean PRC in acknowledging the Lord’s goodness and faithfulness as they remembered their third anniversary as an organized congregation. The delegation returned home on November 2.

Rev. K. Koole, pastor of the Grandville, MI PRC, left for Singapore in October, where he planned to labor in the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church on behalf of our Contact Committee for six weeks. This trip was to help the saints in Singapore continue to develop in their understanding of the Reformed faith and to work towards re-establishing a relationship with our churches per their request to synod. Rev. J. Laning and Mr. Sid Miedema will be joining Rev. Koole in Singapore toward the end of November, D.V.

Minister Activities

Rev. D. Kuiper declined the call he received from the Bethel PRC in Roselle, IL.

The Byron Center, MI PRC extended a call to Rev. C. Haak to serve as their next pastor.