Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
Rev. B. Gritters, pastor of the Hudsonville, MI PRC, has been extended a call to serve as pastor of the Lynden, WA PRC. Rev. W. Bruinsma, pastor of the Kalamazoo, MI PRC, declined the call he received from the newly organized Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI. Rev. A. denHartog, who recently accepted the call to serve as minister-on-loan to the Evangelical Reformed Churches of Singapore, will preach his farewell sermon in the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA on November 11, the Lord willing. This is necessary to give him and his family opportunity to take care of many things related to the move to Singapore. Though no definite date is set at this time, Rev. denHartog, his wife Sherry, along with two of their children, Matthew and Laura, will probably be leaving for Singapore sometime in the middle of January 2002. Before this time they will have to travel to Grand Rapids, MI and Hope PRC for his installation.
The Hope Heralds presented their annual Fall concert September 16 in the auditorium of the Grandville, MI PRC.
Members of Adult Bible Societies of our various congregations in the west-Michigan area were invited to attend their yearly Fall League Mass Meeting, held this year on September 18 at the Byron Center, MI PRC. Prof. H. Hanko spoke on II Peter 3:8, “Growing in Grace and Knowledge.”
The annual meeting of the RFPA was held September 27 at the Hudsonville, MI PRC. Prof. D. Engelsma spoke on the fascinating story of the late Herman Hoek-sema’s soon-to-be-published series of sermons on the book of Romans.
Our missionary to Pittsburgh, PA, Rev. J. Mahtani, was scheduled to be on WORD FM 101.5, October 2 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Among other things, he planned to discuss the subject of death, applying the Word of God to the recent events in our nation. He also planned to use that time to highlight Pittsburgh’s new fall study season, which began that same week in October, as well as the upcoming Reformation Celebration the first week in November. The radio station plans to give Rev. Mahtani a free hour then as well, when Rev. C. Haak will be there both to lecture and to preach, D.V.
Also, we remember Rev. W. Bekkering and his wife, Phyllis, and their family before the throne of God’s grace, through the means of our prayers. Rev. Bekkering’s installation as missionary to Ghana took place last month, so he labors now in that capacity, even though, because of all the preparatory work that must be done, it will be some time before he actually leaves for Africa.
We are happy to report that a joint evangelism effort by the congregations of the First PRC in Edmonton, and the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada, has resulted in the Reformed Witness Hour being on the air in their area each week. It can be heard each Sunday at 6:30 p.m. on CJCA 930 AM.
In late September the Evangelism Committee of the South Holland, IL PRC signed a contract with radio station WYLL 1160 AM to air the Reformed Witness Hour from 3:30 until 4:00 on Saturday afternoons. This time slot is the best they have been able to negotiate during peak air time when the station is operating at 50,000 watts of power. WYLL reaches all of Chicago and beyond, reaching northern Indiana, southern Wisconsin, and even portions of lower Michigan.
At a congregational meeting on September 19, the members of the Byron Center, MI PRC approved a proposal presented by their council to hire an architect to draw plans for a building renovation and expansion.
The consistory of the South Holland, IL PRC recently approved proposing to the young adults in their congregation the formation of a new society in place of their current young adults class. The new Young Adults Bible Society would be for their young adults who have graduated from high school and are no more than thirty years old. This society would be for both singles and married couples. South Holland reported that they currently have approximately seventy individuals in this age group. An organizational meeting was held on September 9 and their first meeting took place two weeks later.
We couldn’t help but notice in a recent bulletin from the Covenant PRC of Northern Ireland that they began family visitation in October. This is not the first time they have enjoyed this tradition, but it is the first time they have been visited by their own pastor, which no doubt made the visits just a little bit special.
With apologies to friends and supporters of Eastside Christian School in Grand Rapids, MI, we include, belatedly, this bit of news. This year’s annual Picnic on the Patio, August 23, was extra special because, along with the usual back-to-school activities, this year’s “Picnic” also included a ground-breaking ceremony for their new building. We hope this news comes before Eastside actually moves into their new building.