Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
At a congregational meeting on Sunday, October 3, the members of Faith PRC in Jenison, MI extended a call to Rev. R. Cammenga to become their next pastor.
From a trio of the Revs. A. Brummel, J. Mahtani, and J. Slopsema, the congregation of First PRC of Edmonton, Alberta, CN extended a call to Rev. A. Brummel to serve as their next pastor.
The Evangelism Committee of Faith PRC in Jenison, MI sponsored a lecture on September 30. Rev. W. Bruinsma, pastor of the Kalamazoo, MI PRC, spoke on the theme “The Christian: A Country’s Best Citizen.”
Sunday evening, September 19, Rev. M. Dick, pastor of Grace PRC in Standale, MI, preached a special sermon from Isaiah 60:1-3to guide his congregation into the truth of God’s Word concerning their calling to witness, even to rise and shine as those upon whom the glory of the Lord has risen. This sermon was preached, in part, to encourage Grace to consider prayerfully their calling to witness and to invite others to come to a speech that Rev. Dick gave on the following Friday, September 24, at Grace PRC. Grace had its first Evangelism Day that Friday, and it was very profitable. There was a good turnout, and some visiting families. Rev. Dick led the church in a discussion of the subject of “The Big God,” knowing that every day is a blessed opportunity to witness. The congregation at Grace looks forward to more special opportunities like this.
The Reformed World and Life View Conference sponsored by the Christian Fellowship Society of the Hull, Iowa PRC was held September 14 and 15. On Friday evening, September 24, Prof. D. Engelsma gave a lecture on the topic “Reformed Worldview of Particular Grace” at the BJ Horn Auditorium at Dordt College. This was followed Saturday morning, September 25, with activities at Hull PRC. Beginning at 9:30 a.m. Dr. Syd Hielema, Professor of Theology at Dordt College, gave a lecture on their worldview. Prof. Engelsma then spoke on the topic “Flawed and Fatal Worldview of Common Grace,” and at 1:00 p.m. there was a symposium/debate, with Prof. Engelsma and Dr. Hielema.
On September 21 the League of PR Adult Bible Study Societies held its annual Mass Meeting at Grace PRC in Standale, MI. Rev. W. Langerak, pastor of Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI spoke on “Bible Study in an Age of Apostasy: Lessons from Three Theologians.”
The annual meeting of the Reformed Free Publishing Association was held September 23 at the Grandville, MI PRC. Prof. D. Engelsma, past editor of the Standard Bearer, addressed the association on “Reflections on that Rare Creature: Editor of the Standard Bearer.” Not only did this prove to be an interesting message, but it also gave RFPA members an opportunity to thank and congratulate Prof. Engelsma for his many years of faithful work as editor of this magazine.
Members of the Ladies Circle of the Doon, IA PRC invited the women from neighboring Hull, IA and Edgerton, MN PRCs to join them on October 1 for a Fall Noon Luncheon in their church basement.
On the evening of September 22 members of First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI enjoyed their annual Fall Fellowship Supper. Their pastor, Rev. J. Slopsema, closed the evening with a short devotional centering on the need of each member to be faithful in Bible studies this year. Many at First live a distance from each other and often do not visit in each other’s homes, so these times of fellowship around God’s Word in Bible study are especially valuable.
This fall’s latest meeting of the “Men’s Book Reading” took place at Bethel PRC September 25. Their pastor, Rev. C. Haak, led the men in a discussion of the book “Shepherding a Child’s Heart,” by Tedd Tripp.
Rev. C. Haak preached his farewell sermon to the Bethel PRC in Roselle, IL on Sunday evening, September 26. Rev. Haak chose for his textDeuteronomy 33:27a and preached on the theme, “Underneath Are the Everlasting Arms.”
Young People’s Activities
The Young People’s group of our Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, Alberta, CN continues to experience numerical growth. A recent bulletin from Immanuel indicated that their numbers had increased to such a size that it was now impossible for them to continue to meet in many of the homes of church members. Church members were asked to sign up if they thought they had enough room.
The young people of First PRC in Holland, MI planned a camping/canoeing retreat for Friday and Saturday, October 1 and 2, at White River Campground in Montague, MI. If some members could not make the camping on Friday night they were encouraged to join in the canoeing part of the weekend on Saturday morning.
The Young People’s Societies of Faith PRC in Jenison, MI, the host society for next summer’s young people’s convention, sponsored a Hayride/Hymn Sing/Bonfire on Saturday, September 25 at the farm of one of the Faith families. Dessert and beverages were provided. A donation box was also available, to help with efforts for the 2005 convention.
Our churches’ missionary to the eastern United States, Rev. J. Mahtani, along with Mr. Ron Bauman, a member of the Pittsburgh Fellowship, drove to Allentown, PA on September 24. Our missionary led a Bible study that evening, conducted house visits on Saturday, and preached for the saints in Allentown on Sunday.