Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
Classis West met in regular session on March 1 at the Loveland, CO PRC. The main item on the agenda for that meeting was the examination of Pastor-elect Dennis Lee with a view to his ordination as pastor of the Edgerton, MN PRC. An officebearers’ conference was held the day before, treating the subject of “The Minister and His Money.” Arrangements were made for a presentation, in the morning session, by Clergy Financial Services of Loveland, CO concerning the unique features of tax law for pastors, followed by two of our pastors, Rev. R. Smit and Rev. R. Miersma, speaking in the afternoon on godly stewardship and the temptations that face ministers of the gospel with regard to money.
In an update from the “News” of the February 15th issue of this magazine we can now report that ten men from our churches went to Biloxi, Mississippi, February 11- 17, under the sponsorship of the Council of the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI to help as volunteers with recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina. Some men stayed at the First Presbyterian Church, while others stayed with the Salvation Army, and worked out of there all week. Their jobs consisted of drywall, electrical repair, and new roofing. Plans also call for a return trip to Biloxi, the Lord willing, the first week of April, for more of the same type of repair work.
In evangelism news from the Randolph, WI PRC we learned that radio station WRRD 540AM will soon begin airing the Reformed Witness Hour at 11:00 A.M. instead of 4:00 P.M. each Sunday. One advantage for listeners from our church there is that now they can listen to the program on their ride home from church.
The Evangelism Committee of the Byron Center, MI PRC sponsored a lecture March 2 at their church. Rev. R. VanOverloop, pastor at Byron Center, spoke on the very important and relevant subject of “The Bible and Bio-ethics.” Rev. VanOverloop looked at a wide range of topics, such as physician-assisted suicide, abortion, technologies used for reproduction, cloning, genetic intervention, stem-cell research, and medical decisions concerning the end of life, and he asked, How would God have us respond?
The Council of the Doon, IA PRC thanked the Bible Societies of their church for their generous assistance with sending Bibles and Psalters to the Berean Church of God in the Philippines. The books were delivered by the recent delegation to the mission field.
The “News” was also reminded at the end of February of the very real dangers that our foreign missionary to the Philippines, Rev. A. Spriensma, along with his wife and daughter, face. As many of you have no doubt heard by now, the Philippines was under a state of national emergency after an attempted coup and large protests in Manila. Our missionary and his family remained safe but were encouraged to stay off the roads and away from large gatherings and to have their visas and passports in order. Please remember to pray for the continued safety of the Spriensmas and for the good of God’s church living in this country of unrest and economic insecurity.
Sunday morning, February 19, Rev. W. Bruinsma preached his inaugural sermon as our churches’ new Eastern Home Missionary to the members of the Fellowship in Pittsburgh, PA under the theme, “Declaring the Testimony of God,” with his sermon text I Corinthians 2:1-5.
Rev. Bruinsma moved to Pittsburgh in mid February, while his wife, Mary, and their two daughters will remain in Kalamazoo, MI until the end of the school year.
In an update to the building plans for the Covenant Protestant Reformed Fellowship in Northern Ireland, we find that the back of a recent bulletin of the CPRF contained a rough floor plan of their much-anticipated church building. Their building committee also recently received formal permission to bring a water line onto the work site, which will enable them to provide running water and toilet facilities for the builders.
Rev. A. denHartog, pastor of the Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI, filled the pulpit of the PR Fellowship of Fayetteville, NC on February 19. Besides preaching at both services that Sunday, Rev. denHartog also gave a slide show of his missionary labors in Myanmar (Burma) on Monday, February 20.
February 24 and 25 the congregation of the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI enjoyed their annual church conference. This year’s conference was held at Camp Geneva on the shore of Lake Michigan in Holland, MI, and featured Rev. Brian Vos, pastor of Trinity United Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, MI and Rev. A. Brummel, pastor of the South Holland, IL PRC, speaking on the theme, “Comfortably Numb,” with Proverbs 4:23 as their basis from the Word of God. The Georgetown congregation hoped to discuss matters of the heart from a spiritual, emotional, financial, and physical point of view. Friday evening Rev. Brummel spoke on “Spiritual Fitness” and Rev. Vos on “That Your Joy May Be Full” and then Rev. Vos spoke Saturday morning on “Of Some Profit.”
March 3 and 4, over 300 ladies from our churches met at the Byron Center, MI First CRC for a Retreat sponsored by the ladies of the Byron Center, MI PRC under the theme, “Women Walking in Wisdom,” based on Ephesians 5. What a wonderful opportunity for these godly wives, mothers, and single women to gather together and not only enjoy Christian fellowship, but also explore how God’s Word instructs them in their unique role in His church and kingdom. The ladies heard three speeches, delivered by Rev. R. VanOverloop, Rev. W. Bruinsma, and Rev. R. Kleyn respectively, and were also able to enjoy their choice of any two of nine sectionals offered throughout Saturday. Thanks go out to the ladies of Byron Center for providing what, by all accounts, was a wonderfully spiritual day. And special thanks to the men of Byron Center who proved themselves gracious hosts by serving the ladies breakfast and lunch Saturday.
Rev. R. Kleyn and Rev. S. Key declined the calls they had been considering from the vacant Faith PRC in Jenison, MI and the Kalamazoo, MI PRC respectively to serve as their next pastors.
The Covenant PRC in Wyckoff, NJ has extended a call to Rev. J. Slopsema.