Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
Rev. B. Gritters and Rev. K. Koole returned home on Tuesday night, October 24, from their two weeks in Northern Ireland for church visitation with Covenant PRC and oversight of our churches’ missionary and his family.
Nancy Hanko is recovering well from her surgery. The emissaries have also recommended that Rev. Hanko would be helped by a few more weeks off the pulpit—to which he and the consistory there have consented. Arrangements are now being made to have Rev. J. Slopsema, pastor of First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI, preach for the church there on November 5 and 12. Please continue to include Rev. R. Hanko and his family and the congregation in Northern Ireland in your prayers.
Rev. R. Moore, our churches’ missionary to Ghana, writes in his most recent bulletin that he had the opportunity to speak at the Kinbu Secondary School recently. Once again he enjoyed this opportunity to bring the Word of God to the young people there. There were probably about 350 present for this speech and fellowship about the Word of God. This is the second time Rev. Moore has spoken at this school and he is indeed thankful for the opportunity.
The first weekend in November, our Protestant Reformed Mission in Pittsburgh, PA held their Third Annual Reformation Celebration under the theme “Reformed, but Always Reforming.” This year’s celebration was held at Trinity Christian School, with Rev. C. Haak, pastor of the Bethel PRC in Roselle, IL and radio minister for the Reformed Witness Hour, speaking. Rev. Haak was scheduled to give the Reformation Lecture on Friday evening, entitled, “What Is It To Be Reformed,” followed by his preaching twice the following Sunday in the morning on “How Do We Continue To Be Reformed?” and again that evening on the theme, “Why Must We Be Reformed and Always Reforming?”
The council of the Peace PRC in Lansing, IL recently informed their congregation that their building mortgage has been paid in full. Looking back to my notes on Peace, I discovered that Peace dedicated their new church building on November 17, 1995, and they held their first service there on October 29 that same year. A quick look at this year’s “Yearbook” also shows that they organized in 1988, on November 11 I believe, with 24 families. There were 30 families when they moved into their new sanctuary in 1995, and now, some five years later, they have grown to 42 families. Through this all we are reminded of the words of Psalm 127:1: “Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it.”
If you missed the presentation of the Anecdotal History of the PRC at this summer’s 75th anniversary, or if you simply wished to hear it again, you were invited to the First PRC in Holland, MI on October 31 to be part of a special presentation of that history given by Mr. Herm Ophoff and Miss Agatha Lubbers. Having heard it back in June, I do not hesitate to add here that it was truly an interesting and inspiring talk.
The Evangelism Committee of the First PRC in Holland, MI invited members of the West Michigan churches and beyond to a public Reformation Day Lecture on October 27. Prof. H. Hanko spoke on “Suffering for the Faith.”
The Evangelism Committee of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA sponsored a Reformation Day Meeting for October 31. Prof. R. Decker was the featured speaker, speaking on “The Presence of Christ in the Preaching of the Word.” The Reformation debate included not onlythe question of the manner of Christ’s presence in the Lord’s Supper, but also His presence in the preaching of the gospel.
The Bethel PRC in Roselle, IL sponsored a lecture on October 27 with Rev. R. Van Overloop speaking on the subject “Church Unity in Light of Many Denominations.”
Rev. G. VanBaren, emeritus minister of the PRC, was the speaker at a lecture sponsored by the Reformed Witness Committee, the evangelism arm of the Doon and Hull, IA PRCs, along with the Edgerton, MN PRC. This lecture was held in the B.J. Haan Auditorium on the Dordt College Campus in Sioux Center, Iowa on October 27. Rev. VanBaren spoke on the subject, “Hell: Temporal or Eternal?”
The South Holland, IL PRC sponsored a lecture on November 3 with Prof. H. Hanko speaking on “Luther’s Heidelberg Thesis: A Theology of the Cross.”
The Young People’s Society of the Doon, IA PRC invited their congregation, as well as other of the nearby churches, to join them in a Reformation Day Singspiration on October 29. There was a collection for the 2001 Young People’s Convention, which will be hosted by First Holland PRC.
The congregation of the Hope PRC in Grand Rapids, MI announced the following trio, from which they were to call a minister—on-loan to Singapore: Rev. W. Bruinsma, Rev. C. Haak, and Rev. D. Kleyn.