Mr. Wiggers is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
The Loveland, CO PRC Young Adults Society and Evangelism Committee sponsored two lectures by Prof. David Engelsma on the subject of Eschatology. The first was Friday, October 30, entitled, “The Two Slain Witnesses,” and another on Saturday morning, October 31, entitled, “The Battle of Armageddon.”
The Outreach Committee of the Mission Fellowship in Pittsburgh, PA sponsored a Reformation Day Lecture on October 30. Their missionary pastor, Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma, spoke on the topic, “Calvin and the Sovereignty of God.” There was once again encouraging evidence of the blessing of the Lord seen in the fact that there were twenty-two visitors from the area, all of whom expressed appreciation for the lecture. The radio work being done in the area continues to bear the fruit of people in the Pittsburgh area hearing about the activities of our Mission.
The Hope PRC in Redlands, CA sponsored their annual Reformation Day lecture on October 30. This year their pastor, Rev. Martin VanderWal, spoke on the theme, “Reformed: What It Means, Why It Matters,” or the truths that make a truly Reformed church distinctive.
The Covenant of Grace PRC in Spokane, WA hosted a Reformation Day celebration on November 6, with Rev. Carl Haak, pastor of the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI, speaking on the theme, “Calvin and Predestination: Eternally Entrusted to the Arms of Christ.”
Prof. Herman and Mrs. Wilma Hanko went to the Covenant PRC in Ballymena, Northern Ireland for the month of November. Prof. Hanko planned on preaching for them the four Lord’s Days he was there. This, in turn, allowed Covenant’s pastor, Rev. Angus Stewart, and his wife, Mary, to stay in Limerick for an extended period to help the Limerick Reformed Fellowship and to enable the Council of Covenant to make recommendations regarding the LRF to the PRC Synod of 2010.
Rev. Kenneth Koole, pastor of the Grandville, MI PRC, continued his work among the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church of Singapore into late November, while their pastor, Rev. Paul Goh, was working among Reformed Christians in Malaysia. Mr. Sid Miedema, representing our denomination’s Contact Committee, and Rev. James Laning, pastor of Hope Church, Walker, also planned on joining Rev. Koole in Singapore in mid-November. Rev. Laning and Rev. Koole spoke at a Reformation Day Conference sponsored by Covenant ERCS. They also had plans to meet with the Session of Covenant to work toward re-establishing a relationship with our churches per their request to Synod 2009.
This year’s annual Ladies League meeting was held November 3 and was hosted by the Martha Society of the Doon, IA PRC. Rev. David Overway, pastor at Doon, spoke to the ladies on personal devotions.
The Covenant Ladies Circle of First PRC in Edmonton, AB, Canada hosted their annual Edmonton Car Rally and Soup Supper on November 11. The car rally began at noon, with the soup supper following at about 3:00-4:00 p.m.
The congregation of the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada organized a welcome for their pastor, Rev. Thomas Miersma, his wife, Jan, and their family on November 13, at the Central Alberta Christian High School. Activities started with a potluck dinner at 6:00 p.m., followed by a short program, desserts, volleyball, and fellowship at around 8:00 p.m. Members of neighboring First PRC in Edmonton were also invited to join with Immanuel for the 8:00 p.m. activities. The First PRC congregation in Grand Rapids, MI enjoyed their annual Request Night program on Sunday evening, November 15. Again this year the audience did some singing, and various members of the congregation helped out by providing a variety of musical numbers. In past years, various groups were requested to sing a Psalter number for Request Night. Some of those groups were: those who remembered singing a certain theme song in First Church Sunday School, Adams Christian School graduates, and Covenant Christian High School graduates. This year’s program included plans to form a group of anyone of any age who graduated from a high school other than Covenant.
The men of Providence PRC in Hudsonville, MI were invited to a work bee on Saturday afternoon, November 14. Plans called for the taping and repair of some of the Bibles and Psalters that they are currently using, and also the cleaning of some of the carpeted areas that they use at Heritage Christian School each Lord’s Day.
The young ladies of Life Group from the Hudsonville, MI PRC got together Saturday, November 14, to enjoy a hayride, lunch, and the making of “Sand Art Brownies” in mason jars.
The children of the Byron Center, MI PRC, with a little help from their parents, hosted their annual Thanksgiving program for the seniors in their congregation on November 4. The children took part in a program followed by dessert and coffee.
The annual promotional dinner at Heritage Christian High School in Dyer, IN was held November 6 in their school gym. After dinner, Rev. Nathan Langerak gave a speech on “A Brief History of Christian Education.”
Heritage Christian School in Hudsonville, MI presented their All-School Program on November 12 at Fair Haven Ministries. The program, entitled “God’s Covenant Faithfulness to His Church,” took on special meaning for Heritage and its support-families, since this year marks Heritage’s 25th anniversary as a school.
Since the last “News,” three of our vacant churches have issued calls.
Cornerstone PRC in Dyer, IN extended a call to Rev. James Slopsema; First PRC in Holland, MI extended a call to Rev. Steven Key; and Bethel PRC in Roselle, IL extended a call to Prof. David Engelsma to serve as their next pastor.