Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
Rev. Daniel Kleyn, pastor of the First PRC in Holland, MI, received the call from the Doon, Iowa congregation to serve as our denomination’s missionary to the Philippines. May the will of the Lord be shown to Rev. Kleyn, and may the Berean Protestant Reformed Church in the Philippines be preserved in truth and grace.
The Calvary PRC in Hull, Iowa has extended a call to Rev. James Slopsema, pastor of First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI, to be their first pastor.
Rev. Rodney Miersma, pastor of the Loveland, CO PRC, continues to recover from a recent stroke. He reports in a recent bulletin to his congregation, “As to my health, progress is continuing to be made; however, it is going to take time and much patience. The therapist said that the stroke was a high level one, which means that it affects the fine motor skills. It also means that there will be ongoing therapy for several months yet. We wait upon the Lord for all things. Thank you for your prayers and concern.” We can also add that Rev. Miersma preached for the first time since his stroke on Sunday evening, February 17.
The Covenant PRC of Ballymena, NI (www.cprf.co.uk) now has some 203 translated articles in the Italian section of their website. Saturday, March 1, Mr. Francesco De Lucia e-mailed his first translation of the Covenant Reformed News (Italian) to interested persons in Italy. We include here one brief quote from a reader of that Italian material. “All the CPRC Italian section is a true gold mine…. I am reading some articles…and I find them very edifying indeed. I am reading particularly the eschatology section, and the brief and clear articles by Rev. Ron Hanko are so useful. My felt gratitude for your commitment and encouragement to continue.”
The Board of the newly-named Trinity Christian High School in Hull, Iowa met in late February and several important decisions were made. The Board approved an information session for current eighth graders and their parents for Saturday, March 15. Further, the Board approved a floor plan, with stages, and called a special Society Meeting for the approval of this plan on March 19. And the Board finalized plans for a seminar on the “Kingdom of God and the Protestant Reformed Christian School,” scheduled for Saturday, March 29 at the Hull PRC.
The Ladies’ Aid of Covenant Christian School in Lynden, WA invited the supporters of Covenant to a Family Game Night and small craft and baked goods sale the evening of March 7 at the school. Guests of the Ladies’ Aid were reminded to bring their favorite games and were also encouraged to donate baked goods or any small craft items for sale that evening.
Heritage Christian School in Hudsonville, MI presented their annual All-School Program the evening of February 21 at Fair Haven Ministries in Jenison, MI. The students developed the theme, “The Psalms: A Reformed Heritage.”
The Council of the Doon, Iowa PRC has decided to begin a small church library for their members’ personal use and for help finding materials for Bible studies, etc. At this point, Doon will begin the library using only publications from the RFPA.
The Jr. Christian Fellowship Society of the Hudsonville, MI PRC organized a game night for everyone 60 years and older in their congregation for February 29 at their church.
The Consistory of Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada decided at its February meeting not to submit to the March 5th meeting of Classis West a subsidy request for 2009, due to the substantial balance in their General Fund. Immanuel expressed humble thanksgiving to our heavenly Father for their current financial prosperity and for the opportunity as a congregation to be self-supporting for the coming year.
On Wednesday, February 20, the Christian Fellowship Society of the Hudsonville, MI PRC invited all widows, widowers, and senior citizens of their congregation to enjoy an evening of Christian fellowship over a dinner of several hot homemade soups, rolls, and desserts.
A recent note regarding sermon requests in a Georgetown PRC Hudsonville, MI bulletin caught my eye. It said, in part, that, be cause their tape recorder broke and would not be replaced, cassette tapes of worship services would no longer be available, only CDs. How the times continue to change. It wasn’t that many years ago that young men from First PRC in Grand Rapids recorded the worship services on a reel-to-reel tape and brought that one recording to shut-in homes throughout the week. That, of course, gave way to cassette tapes, and now that in turn to CDs and DVDs. What next? Quite possibly the Internet and live-streaming of services through your home computer.
Classis West of our churches met in early March at the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA. As is their custom before many of these meetings, the delegates and other interested church members gathered the day before for an Officebearers’ Conference. This latest conference took place on March 4 and looked at the subject of “Promoting Sabbath Keeping in the 21st Century.” Rev. Martin VanderWal, pastor of Hope Church in Redlands, gave the Keynote Address that morning on “The Force of the Fourth Commandment in the New Testament.” He was followed by Rev. Jai Mahtani, pastor of the Bethel PRC in Roselle, IL, speaking on “Keeping the Sabbath Holy: Fellowship with God and Believers.” After lunch, two more speeches were given: “Resting from Labor: The Fourth Commandment’s Prohibition of Work,” presented by Rev. Steven Key, the pastor of the Hull, Iowa PRC; and “Calling the Sabbath a Delight: Recreation and the Sabbath,” presented by Rev. Doug Kuiper, pastor of the Randolph, WI PRC.