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

 

Denomination Activities 


A Women’s Bible Study began its new season Wednesday morning, September 21, at the South Holland, IL PRC. Women from all our churches in the Chicago, IL area were invited and encouraged to attend. Rev. Nathan Brummel, pastor of Cornerstone PRC in Dyer, IN, is the leader in the study of the book entitled,The Pursuit of Holiness.

This fall’s annual meeting of the Adult Bible Societies of the West Michigan churches was held September 20 at the Grandville, MI PRC. Rev. A. denHartog spoke on “How to Generate Enthusiasm and Participation in Bible Study Season.” An important consideration for any member of a Bible study. 

The annual meeting of the Reformed Free Publishing Association was held September 22 at the Hope PRC in Walker, MI. Rev. G. VanBaren addressed the audience on “All Around Us,” the title of the rubric for which he writes in this magazine. 


Evangelism Activities


Saturday, September 24, the Evangelism Committee of Bethel PRC in Roselle, IL organized another opportunity for their fellow church members to go to their neighborhood to invite the people to their church for a worship service or perhaps a mid-week Bible study. Bethel also was encouraged to hear that they received a contact looking for more CDs from an earlier outreach. 

The Reformed Witness Committee, made up of members of the Doon and Hull, Iowa PRCs, along with members of the Edgerton, MN PRC, announced plans recently to begin a Bible study in Sioux Falls. This study met for the first time on September 26 at the former Calvin Christian School. Plans call for a Bible study on the parables. It began with an introduction to the parables from Matthew 13:10-17. Members of these three churches living in or near Sioux Falls were encouraged to attend, including all those attending college. 


Congregation Activities

 
With the approval of the consistory of the Lynden, WA PRC, the congregation laid plans for both a Young People’s Society and Young Adults Society season this year. Plans called for the two groups to meet on alternate Lord’s Day evenings. It was anticipated that some of the young people of Lynden would provide babysitting services during the meetings of the Young Adults Society. 

Members of the Reading Club from the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA have begun meeting again this fall. They meet after the evening worship service and continue to discuss chapters of the book The Marks of God’s Children

In the last issue we included news that several of the churches had encouraged their congregations to assist in hurricane relief for some Presbyterian churches and congregations in the Gulf coast of the United States. We are happy to include here that since that writing several of our other churches have joined in the effort. Our Lynden, WA PRC encouraged their members to do what they could on an individual level, while our Wingham, ON PRC scheduled a collection for hurricane relief, as did our South Holland, IL PRC. 

Rev. Daniel Kleyn preached his farewell sermon in the Edgerton, MN PRC the evening of October 2. He and his wife, Sharon, planned to arrive in Holland, MI on Tuesday, October 4. Installation will take place, the Lord willing, October 12, with Rev. Kleyn’s father-in-law, Prof. H. Hanko, as the officiating minister. A welcome program was planned immediately following the installation service by the congregation of First PRC.

A farewell for the Kleyns was held in the Edgerton, MN PRC on September 29, where Rev. Kleyn had served since 1998. 

The consistory of Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI has decided to have the congregation recite the Lord’s Prayer in unison at the very end of their celebration of the Lord’s Supper. After study, the consistory believed this practice will show the unity of faith and the joy of their hearts as a congregation. 


Mission Activities 


The Protestant Reformed Fellowship of Fayetteville, NC welcomed the Domestic Mission Committee-sponsored visit of Elder Larry Meulenberg and his wife, Judy, September 29 to October 2. Plans included a Bible Study on September 29 on “The Way and the Covenant,” fellowship on Friday evening, followed by a Men’s Meeting Saturday morning, with plenty of time in between for visits with families. Elder Meulenberg also led the Fellowship in congregational prayer at both Sunday services. 

Rev. A. Stewart, pastor of the Covenant PR Fellowship in Northern Ireland, was invited to speak to the Aberdeen Branch of the Scottish Reformation Society on September 30 for the first of their services on the five points of Calvinism as set forth from the Scriptures by the Synod of Dordt in the Canons of Dordt. Rev. Stewart spoke in the Footdee Mission Church in Aberdeen on the history of the Synod of Dordt and its vital importance for our day. 


Minister Activities 


The Edgerton, MN PRC has extended a call to Candidate John Marcus to serve as their next pastor. 

Covenant PRC in Wyckoff, NJ has extended a call to Rev. A. Spriensma. 

The Loveland PRC in Loveland, CO has called Rev. A. Brummel. 

Rev. S. Key declined the call from Faith PRC in Jenison, MI to serve as their next pastor.