Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
The Consistory of the Berean PRC in Manila, the Philippines, sponsored an open forum question and answer meeting on November 30 at 2:00 p.m. at the Quezon City Circle Park. All the men of the Berean congregation were invited to this meeting, as well as the male members from the First Reformed Church of Tondo, the First Reformed Church of Bulacan, the Christian Faith Ministry of Batasan Hills, and some other recent contacts. The Berean congregation prayed that, with the Lord’s blessing and the guidance of His Spirit, this meeting would help answer some significant questions and help the men get to know each other better in the fellowship of Christ and His truth.
At its last meeting, and according to the congregation’s expressed desire at their last general assembly meeting, the Consistory of the Berean PRC also appointed a Building Committee to do some preliminary study on long-range planning and feasibility for a possible future congregational worship and weekly activity building, the Lord willing.
The members of the First PRC in Holland, MI met together on December 4 for a potluck dinner, as a send-off for Rev. Daniel and Sharon Kleyn as they planned to leave for the Philippines on December 16, D.V. The Kleyns planned to give a presentation on the work in the Philippines, and a collection was taken for Psalters for the Berean PRC.
The men of the Heritage PR Fellowship in Sioux Falls, South Dakota approved a motion to proceed to Classis West, meeting March 3, 2010 in Loveland, CO D.V., with a request to organize. The necessary paperwork will now be put in order and submitted to their calling church, the Edgerton, MN PRC, and to the Domestic Mission Committee. As churches we are thankful for God’s blessing upon the work in Sioux Falls and pray for His Spirit to guide them as they prepare for this exciting event.
Rev. Kenneth Koole, pastor of the Grandville, MI PRC, was scheduled to arrive back from his six-week stay in Singapore and the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church, on November 30. Elder Sid Miedema from the Contact Committee flew home with him. Saturday, November 28, Rev. Koole gave his final two Reformation speeches dealing with modern-day errors and the importance and relevance of the Reformed confessions for the twenty-first century church. Rev. James Laning, pastor of the Hope PRC in Walker, MI, gave two speeches on Friday, dealing with the importance of Scripture and the doctrines of grace for the church today. Both preached a sermon on Sunday. Rev. Laning and Elder John VanBaren are going on to Myanmar to continue to assist the work there with Pastor Titus and the churches he pastors. Good discussion on working toward a sister-church relation took place. Reports will be prepared and presented to Synod 2010 recommending what needs to take place for this to be accomplished.
Covenant ERCS has just purchased a place for worship, an 8,000 sq/ft floor in a factory for about $1.5 million US, which will require extensive renovation. They hope to have it ready by the end of January. The saints of Covenant also expressed their appreciation to Grandville PRC for releasing their pastor for six Sundays. They continue to covet our prayers for their development and perseverance in the faith.
The Reformed Witness Committee of our churches in Iowa and Minnesota has created a channel on YouTube that can be accessed at wwwyoutube.com/Reformed Witness. As of right now, the committee has the Reformation Lectures of 2008 and 2009 added to this channel, as well as the lecture given by Prof. Russell Dykstra on “Upholding the Formula of Subscription.” More lectures and sermons will be added in the future.
Also, all eight of the DVD’s of the Calvin Conference, sponsored by our seminary, can now be watched on-line at www.youtube.com/cprcni.
The Deacons of the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI and the Hudsonville, MI PRC once again collected donations this past November for the needy within their respective congregations. Congregation members could either place money or gift-card certificates in collection plates or give to a deacon, or drop off food donations in their church kitchen.
On November 19 the senior and retired members of the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI got together for their annual Autumn Dinner. The Helping Hands Committee of Faith hosted the event.
The ladies of the Covenant Ladies Circle of the First PRC in Edmonton, AB, Canada invited all the ladies and their daughters to enjoy their annual Christmas Cookie Exchange in late November. The concept is simple enough, you bring three dozen cookies/bars to exchange for a variety of other cookies and bars. Sounds good!
The Consistory of the Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI recently approved holding an occasional brief song-service before their Sunday evening worship service. They are scheduled for every other month on the first Sunday of the month. The first such service was scheduled for Sunday, December 6.
The Consistory of the Hull, IA PRC made a change in their second worship service, beginning December 6. After singing the first Psalter number, the congregation will now remain standing as they recite, in unison, the Apostles’ Creed and as they sing the second Psalter number.
The November 29 bulletin from the Loveland, CO PRC included the following from their pastor, Rev. Rodney Miersma. “In light of the recent strokes and the fainting spell of last Sunday, and ongoing health problems, with the possibility of more strokes in the future, I have made the decision to retire from the full-time active ministry of the Word and sacraments, effective immediately….” We echo Rev. Miersma when he adds, “May the Lord be with us as we make the transition to retirement. ‘Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: Wait, I say, on the Lord’ (Ps. 27:14).”
Rev. Carl Haak declined the call he was considering to become pastor of the Byron Center, MI PRC.
The Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI extended a call to Rev. Garrett Eriks to serve as their next pastor.