Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
Our seminary has informed us that the faculty has licensed Mr. Bill Langerak (Hope PRC, G.R.) and Mr. Paul Goh (from our sister church, ERCS) to speak a word of edification in the churches. We thank God for giving these men the necessary gifts to advance to this part of their training for the gospel ministry.
From a trio of the Revs. C. Haak, C. Terpstra, and M. Vander Wal, the congregation of the Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI has extended a call to Rev. Haak to serve as their first pastor. Rev. A. Brummel declined the call he was considering to become the next pastor of the Lynden, WA PRC. Rev. R. Cammenga also declined the call extended to him from the Byron Center, MI PRC to serve as their next pastor. Rev. M. VanderWal has accepted the call he received to serve as pastor of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA.
On Sunday evening, November 18, Rev. Doug Kuiper and his family bid farewell to the congregation of Byron Center, MI where he had been pastor for six years. He chose as his parting word to the congregation to preach onActs 20:32 under the theme, “Commending You to God.” After the evening service there was a light lunch, followed by a farewell program.
The weekend after Thanksgiving Day the Kuiper family moved from Byron Center to Randolph, WI, where Rev. Kuiper was installed as the 11th pastor of the Randolph, WI PRC on Sunday, December 2. Rev. C. Haak conducted that installation service and preached on John 12:20-22, under the theme, “Sir, We Would See Jesus.” Randolph’s consistory planned a brief welcome program for the Kuipers on Friday, November 30, which coincided with their annual Fellowship Supper.
The same Sunday that Rev. Kuiper was preaching his farewell in Byron Center, Rev. A. den Hartog was being installed at the Hope PRC in Walker, MI as associate pastor, to be minister-on-loan to Singapore. Immediately following the evening service, in which Rev. denHartog preached his inaugural sermon, there was a short program, which included some singing and an account of Rev. denHartog’s life history as Rev. R. VanOverloop gave it. This program of welcome to the entire denHartog family was followed by an open house for them at Covenant Christian High School.
We can also report here that the denHartogs continue to be busy with plans to move to Singapore. After their farewell to the congregation of Hope PRC in Redlands, CA on November 11, where Rev. denHartog served as pastor for 11 years, they traveled to Grand Rapids, MI for installation and then returned to Redlands, and planned to be there until they leave for Singapore on January 21, D.V. However, this is subject to change depending on approval of work permits and dependency passes from the Singapore authorities.
In the latest new addition update from the Grace PRC in Standale, MI, we find that the siding on the outside of the building is finished, the duct work looks done, the a/c unit is in, some electrical work is in place, with dry wall and insulation to follow soon.
The congregation of the First PRC in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada joined together for a potluck supper in late October. This get-together was hosted by their Library Committee and was intended as a fundraiser for their library. After the meal there was a short speech on the Reformation geared towards the children, followed by a short Reformation Singspiration.
Rev. W. Bekkering and his family planned to leave for Ghana on December 5. He preached his inaugural sermon the Sunday before in the Hull, IA PRC. Remember them, along with the Moores and Bleyenbergs, as they make the adjustments to Ghana and continue in the work there.
In late November Ghana also welcomed delegates visiting the mission field from the Hull congregation and the Foreign Mission Committee of our churches. Mr. H. Hoksbergen and Mr. A. Kooiker, along with their wives, spent nearly three weeks there. While they were there they took in as many activities of the mission as possible, along with visits in the homes of members to talk about the work there and their lives under the Word.
The Young Adults of the South Holland, IL PRC hosted a Fall Young Adults’ Retreat at the Amerihost Inn in Hammond, IL on Friday and Saturday, November 30, 31. Rev. A. Spriensma led the discussion on “The Christian’s Responsibility in the Time of War.”
Last month you no doubt heard some wonderful Christmas music. Perhaps your church choir gave a concert, or you went to a presentation of Handel’s Messiah. But none of that inspiring music can compare to the program presented by children and young people with special needs in our churches on November 30 at the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI. My sincere thanks goes to the young people of Faith, who once again this year hosted that concert. What a wonderful evening, and what a wonderful testimony of God’s covenant faithfulness.