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


Evangelism Activities 

Bulletins from various of our churches leading up to the last week in October were full of reminders to our denomination, missions, and sister churches to reserve an evening near the end of the month for a Reformation Day Lecture. By our count, and we apologize if we missed any, the end of October leading into early November saw no fewer than fourteen lectures scheduled. Space does not allow the “News” to include them all here, but be assured, given time and a couple more issues, the “News” will include each one.

First, then, from our sister churches in Singapore we learn that Rev. J. Kortering was asked by the churches there to spend a Sunday with a group in Penang, Malaysia. The Korterings planned to be there from October 15-25, during which time Rev. Kortering was to give two Reformation Day lectures, as well as preach on Sunday, October 23. Then the following week he was to give two Reformation Day lectures in Singapore on a different subject.

The Evangelism Committee of South Holland, IL PRC sponsored a lecture, October 21, at their church. Featured this year was Rev. W. Bruinsma, pastor of the Kalamazoo, MI PRC. Rev. Bruinsma spoke on the subject of marriage under the theme, “To Live As One.”

That same evening, a few hundred miles to the north and east of South Holland, the congregation of our Wingham, Ontario PRC sponsored a Reformation Day Lecture, with Prof. R. Cammenga as the featured speaker. Prof. Cammenga spoke on the topic “The Heart of the Reformation: Justification by Faith Alone.”

From the bulletin of the Pittsburgh Mission we read that this year the Reformation theme at the Mission was “The Battle Cry for Scripture Alone.” Rev. A. denHartog, pastor of the Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI, the calling church for the mission, and Rev. J. Mahtani, former missionary to Pittsburgh and now pastor of Bethel PRC in Roselle, IL, were this year’s speakers. Rev. denHartog gave a lecture on October 28 in the library of Trinity Christian School under the theme “Scripture Alone: The Great Issue Today.” On Saturday a question and answer forum related to the theme was held at the mission office. Finally, on Sunday Rev. denHartog preached in the morning from II Timothy 3:14-17 on “The Profitableness of Holy Scripture,” and Rev. Mahtani preached in the evening fromActs 17:11, “Searching the Scriptures Daily.”

A special “Evangelism Night” was held following the evening service Sunday, October 23, at the Grace PRC in Standale, MI. On that evening Rev. M. Dick, pastor at Grace, preached a special sermon from Psalm 57:9 entitled “Our Praises Among All People,” focusing on the privilege and calling as believers and church to hold forth the word of life as God’s witness in this world. Immediately after the service the congregation was treated to a special Powerpoint presentation concerning some aspects of the work their Evangelism Committee is doing on the behalf of Grace, both on the campus of Grand Valley State University and in the community. This evening was also intended to whet the appetites of the congregation for a special “Evangelism Day” discussion to be led by Rev. Dick the following Friday, October 28, at the church. Members of Grace were encouraged to attend and reminded to invite friends, family, and neighbors that evening as well. 

Congregation Activities 

The Building Committee of the Byron Center, MI PRC invited their congregation to a work bee held October 29. Plans called for clearing the creek area by their church. Volunteers were advised to wear gloves and to bring their shovels, rakes, and other necessary tools. Maybe even a dry pair of shoes or pants for sons and daughters who might offer to “help.”

The ladies of the Wingham, ON PRC started a monthly Bible study on Wednesday morning, November 2. The ladies chose to study the book “Far Above Rubies.”

A Request Night program was held Sunday evening, October 30, at the First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI. The congregation at First was invited to stay and perhaps invite a friend for this time of praising God through word and song.

The ladies of the PR churches in Iowa and Minnesota were invited to the annual Fall Ladies League meeting on October 25. This year’s meeting was held at the Hull, Iowa PRC, and Rev. R. Miersma spoke on “The Queen of the Reformation.”

Saturday evening, October 29, members of the Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI were invited to the home of one of their members for what has become known as Trinity’s Annual Fall Family Fling. The night included dinner, hayrides, bonfire, and fellowship.

Young People’s Activities 

The Young People of the Doon, Iowa PRC hosted a Reformation Singspiration at their church on Sunday evening, October 30.

The annual Young People’s Christian Service Day was held Saturday, October 29, at the Grace PRC in Standale, MI. This is a day when the Grace young people make themselves available, at no charge, to help members of the congregation with any kind of house or yard work that needed to be done.

Mission Activities

Rev. R. VanOverloop and his wife, Sue, visited the Protestant Reformed Fellowship of Fayetteville, NC, the weekend of October 28-30. Rev. VanOverloop led a Bible study on “The Covenant and True Worship.” He also made some pastoral and evangelistic calls and preached twice on the Lord’s Day.

Minister Activities

Rev. W. Bruinsma received two calls since our last “News.” First, he received the call to serve as our churches’ missionary to the Eastern United States, working primarily in Pittsburgh. He also received the call to serve as the next pastor of the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI.

Rev. A. Spriensma, our denomination’s missionary to the Philippines, declined the call to serve as the next pastor of the Covenant PRC in Wyckoff, NJ.