Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
The Council of the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI recently organized a Technology Committee. This Committee was organized due to a request from someone in another state who expressed the desire to be able to receive an audio/video presentation of Georgetown’s worship service directly from their website. Georgetown’s council responded by forming this committee to investigate and advise them concerning the possible uses of technology and how it could be used to help their efforts in church as well as to make more effective their gospel witness to those within and without their congregation.
The congregation of the First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI recently was invited to a family-fun outing at the Post Family Farm in Hudsonville, MI. In addition to all the sights, sounds, and smells of a traditional working farm, the members of First were also able to enjoy activities which included hay rides, tractor rides, volleyball, and a petting zoo. Despite the damp weather in Grand Rapids, the sun shone in Hudsonville and the group had a nice time.
Members of the Cornerstone, Peace, and South Holland PRCs in the Chicago, IL area were invited to a celebration of thanks and praise for God’s rich provisions to the congregation of the Bethel PRC in Roselle, IL as seen in the retirement of their debt for both their church and parsonage. Rev. R. VanOverloop, who first worked there as missionary, and then as their first pastor, and now serves as pastor of the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI, was the featured speaker for the program.
On Sunday afternoon, October 14, after their afternoon worship service, the congregation of the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada met together for a supper and a singspiration in recognition of Rev. R. Miersma’s 30 years as minister of the Word of God.
From the most recent “Newsletter” received from the Grace PRC in Standale, MI, we learned that the framing is now done on their building expansion and the shingling of the 150 or so squares of shingles is proceeding right along. Also the gas lines have been put in.
If you live in the United States and would like to prepare somewhat for our nation’s day of Thanksgiving on November 22, we encourage you to read Habakkuk 3:17, 18 and consider it under the theme, “True Thanksgiving Joy.” We mention this because our churches in Canada celebrated Thanksgiving on October 8, and Rev. R. Miersma, pastor of the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, used those verses and theme for their celebration. (See the Feature Article elsewhere in this issue.)
The Evangelism Committee of the Kalamazoo, MI PRC is involved in a number of projects that have been keeping its members quite busy for the past several months. Over the next few issues of the “News” we will be telling you about some of them. Presently Kalamazoo is very busy in publishing in pamphlet form the speech Prof. H. Hanko gave there this past May on the subject, “Genesis 1 and the Framework Hypothesis.” Presently this pamphlet is at the publishers. They intend to print a
thousand copies and make them available to other of our denomination’s Evangelism Committees.
Young Adult Activities
An unofficial group has been organized on-line for general announcements and ongoing discussions. The address is groups.yahoo.com/group/protestant_reformed. The group is for post high young people and is free to join. You are invited to visit the group online or call Mr. Jason Kuiper at 616-677-1172 for more information.
Young People’s Activities
The Young People’s Society of Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI, this year’s host society for the annual YP Convention, sponsored an auction at their church on October 5. In addition to items up for bid, the auction also included a pig roast supper.
The young people of the Bethel PRC in Roselle, IL sponsored a camping trip for October 5 & 6 at White Pines State Park Campground. Couples and young adults were also welcome to attend.
The young people of the Peace PRC in Lansing, IL were asked to reserve October 13 for a canoe trip on the Kankakee River.
Rev. Mark Shand, a graduate of our seminary, was ordained September 29 into the gospel ministry as pastor of the Winnaleah Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Winnaleah, Tasmania. His ordination answers to a pressing need of our fellow saints in Australia and was an occasion of much joy and of thanks to God. We rejoice with the EPC of Australia and their new pastor in this gift of God’s grace.
Rev. Doug Kuiper has accepted the call he was extended to serve as pastor of the Randolph, WI PRC.
On Sunday, October 14, the congregation of the Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI extended a call to Rev. J. Slopsema to serve as their first pastor. With him on that trio were Rev. C. Terpstra and Rev. M. VanderWal.
On October 15 the congregation of the Doon, IA PRC extended a call to Rev. A. Spriensma to serve as missionary to the Philippines. Also included on that trio were the Revs. W. Bruinsma and J. Laning.