Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
The Evangelism Committee of the Hudsonville, MI PRC has been active this summer with various projects. This year, as in the past, the committee has sponsored a booth presenting our denomination’s literature at the Hudsonville Community Fair. Plans are currently being made for a fall lecture, together with a distribution of literature by mail. The committee has also been working at producing a website for the Hudsonville PRC which contains new information and audio sermons each week (www.HudsonvillePRC.org). Sunday sermon topics are usually listed on Saturday. A different Scriptural “Word” is given each week. The previous week’s sermons are presented in audio form. Also a growing selection of sermons preached from Hudsonville’s pulpit are listed in audio form (over 66 of these currently). To these have been added a few recordings of sermons from Rev. H. Hoeksema, Rev. Gerrit Vos, and hopefully a few others of our early ministers. The committee also has produced a CD with 56 audio sermons from Hudsonville’s pulpit. This can be played on a computer CD or an MP3 player (but not on the standard home CD player). The program to play
the sermons is included on the CD obtainable from Hudsonville PRC, 5101 Beechtree St., Hudsonville, MI 49426, for $15.00.
The Evangelism Committee of the Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI once again this summer sponsored their ever popular Summer Seminar. This year’s theme was entitled, “Ready to Give an Answer: Responding to False Religions.” For four successive Wednesdays in August, four of our denomination’s pastors spoke on different false religions, starting August 1 with Rev. R. Cammenga, pastor of the Southwest PRC, speaking on “What Is Judaism?” followed the next three weeks by Rev. Doug Kuiper, pastor of the Byron Center, MI PRC, speaking on “What Is Buddhism?”; Rev. T. Miersma, home missionary of our churches, speaking on “What Is Hinduism?” and Rev. W. Bruinsma, pastor of the Kalamazoo, MI PRC, speaking on “What Is Islam?”
The Evangelism Committee of the Edgerton, MN PRC has set up a book shelf in their church basement. The shelf contains the books published by the RFPA, as well as some free literature. Members of Edgerton were encouraged to take a look at the books and purchase different titles if they were interested. In this way they could build
their own personal libraries with good Reformed literature.
In mid-April we read in a bulletin from the South Holland, IL PRC that their Evangelism Committee has contracted to have the Reformed Witness Hour aired on a Chicago-land station beginning Saturday, April 20. If you live in the Chicago area you are encouraged to tune in to WYLL AM 1160 at 8:30 PM to hear Rev. Haak. And please spread the word to others.
Young People’s Activities
The week of August 13-17 the Young People’s Society of the First PRC in Holland, MI hosted the 61st annual Young People’s Convention. This year’s convention was held at the Lake Ann Baptist Camp on Lake Ann near Traverse City, MI. Much thanks goes to the young people and the entire congregation of First for all their hard work in preparing for the convention. A spiritually focused week of many activities was planned around the theme, “Christ—Our Guiding Light on the Sea of Life,” with the Revs. Bekkering, Eriks, and VanOverloop speaking. We echo the thoughts and prayers of many parents and concerned church members when we say that it is our hope and prayer that the 405 young people who attended this year’s convention may have been edified in their faith and walk with the Lord by this year’s gathering.
Young Adults’ Activities
The consistories of the First PRC of Edmonton and the Immanuel PRC of Lacombe, Alberta, Canada have given their support to the request of some of their members to host a Young Adults’ Retreat in Canada in the summer of 2002. These churches hope to make a Canadian Retreat an annual event, the Lord willing, with First and Immanuel alternating each year as host. Immanuel will be the host church for the year 2002. The retreat will be held at Deer Valley Meadows Conference Center near
Alix on June 24-27, 2002. The retreat is open to all young adults 21 and older in all our PR churches in the US as well as our sister churches and mission stations. The retreat itself will be limited to approximately 50 young adults. The initial plans have been made and work is now being done on all the details. We will do our best to keep you informed as plans are made.
The congregation of the Hull, IA PRC has extended a call to Rev. W. Bekkering of Pella, IA to serve as second missionary in Ghana. The Doon, IA PRC presented to their congregation a trio from which one will be chosen to serve as missionary to the Philippines. That trio consisted of the Revs. W. Bruinsma of Kalamazoo, MI; A. denHartog of Redlands, CA; and R. Miersma of Lacombe. The Lynden, WA PRC called Rev. W. Bruinsma to be their next pastor, from a trio which also included Revs. B. Gritters and R. Miersma. The newly organized Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI formed their first trio, from which they planned to call a pastor. That trio consisted of the Revs. W. Bruinsma, C. Haak, and J. Slopsema.