Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
Rev. Ken Koole, pastor of the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI, declined the call he had been considering to serve as minister-on-loan to our sister churches in Singapore.
The Grace PRC in Standale, MI has been looking for solutions to their overcrowding “problem.” Recently they voted, at least in concept, to look at some possible future changes in their sanctuary. Plans called for their building committee to hire an architect to look at possible changes that could be made and report back to them sometime late this year or early next year with some choices and prices. Grace is looking at changes that would include a new narthex, new bathrooms, and a new nursery. It also appears that in order to enlarge their sanctuary to accommodate their growing congregation, they will have to change the seating 180 degrees, so that they will face what is now the back of the church. Part of this change will also include a change from pews to individual seating. This means that sometime next year Grace might be facing a problem of what to do with all those extra pews. If you are interested in any, you can contact Grace at 0-11225 8th Ave., Grand Rapids, MI 49544.
The October issue of “The Tulip,” the monthly informational newsletter of the First PRC in Holland, MI, reported to their congregation that their new parsonage continues to move toward completion. It appears that by the time you read this, much of the outside work on the home will be complete. Much of the future work will be inside and will not show very much, but with the cold of winter ahead, that is not all bad. Currently, it appears that some of First’s members have been busy doing electrical wiring as well as wiring for the phones and computer terminals. The concrete for the driveway will be poured after the last heavy trucks are through delivering materials. The brickwork is ready to proceed, as well as insulation and dry-wall installation. No date is given when First expects their pastor and his family to move in, so any date on my part would be strictly a guess, but it sounds like early next year to me.
Some of our readers living in the West Michigan area may be familiar with the Scriptorium, the Center for Christian Antiquities, home to a collection of ancient artifacts, biblical manuscripts, and rare printed materials, located in Grand Haven, MI. Unfortunately this collection will be moving to Florida at the end of this year. Unfortunate as that may be, what it means is that many of our Michigan churches have been arranging a final walk-through tour for their congregations. The Hudsonville PRC sent two groups in September, and the First PRC in Holland, MI is planning a visit on November 18, as well as members of the Peace PRC in Lansing, IL. Personally, I enjoyed the visit we made in September. I came away with a greater appreciation for what our early church fathers went through to preserve copies of the Word of God. They often gave their lives for it. I wonder if it means that much to us?
The Evangelism Committee of the Hudsonville, MI PRC made available to their congregation a video presentation of part of the “Answers in Genesis Series” by Ken Ham. Everyone junior high age and above was encouraged to attend.
The Evangelism Society of the Covenant PRC in Wyckoff, NJ is currently involved in sponsoring the broadcast of “The Voice of Sovereign Grace,” a radio program airing weekly on 570 WMCA. Covenant is scheduled to sponsor the program the second Friday of every month at 10:00 p.m.
In what may be a first for our churches, Saturday morning catechism classes of Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI, had to contend with the running of a local marathon. Ivanrest, the street that runs in front of Southwest, was scheduled to be closed from 9 until 11 a.m. The Grandville police asked that children in the first class be at church by 8:45 so as not to conflict with the start of the race. Thereafter there should have been openings in the race to get through when picking up or dropping them off. All Southwest’s parents had to do was let the officers know they were bringing children to catechism and they would let them through.
Jack and Brenda Brands, daughter and son-in-law of missionary Rev. R. Moore, were able to show slides of their recent visit to Ghana and the mission field there after the evening worship service of the Peace PRC in Lansing, IL on October 8.
This year’s Fall Ladies’ League Meeting, held on October 17, was hosted by the Martha Society of the Doon, IA PRC. Rev. R. Smit, pastor at Doon, spoke and gave a brief slide presentation of his trip with Rev. R. Miersma to the Philippines, entitled “On the Road to Lapalonga.”