Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
The members of the Covenant PRC in Wyckoff, NJ met in late June and extended a call to Rev. Daniel Kleyn, presently serving as pastor of the Edgerton, MN PRC, to serve as their next undershepherd.
Seminarian Bill Langerak will soon begin his internship in the Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI under Rev. Dale Kuiper; and Seminarian Paul Goh will begin his internship in Bethel PRC in Roselle, IL under Rev. Carl Haak.
The synodical stated clerk was directed by synod “to inform all the congregations of the PRC and our sister churches that Candidates Rodney Kleyn and David Overway have sustained their synodical exams, are eligible for a call on or after July 13, 2002 and upon receipt of a call have six weeks to consider the call.”
Rev. Richard Moore preached his farewell sermon June 23 at our churches’ mission in Ghana, W. Africa. He chose as his parting word to preach from II Timothy 1:8, 9 on the theme, “Being Not Ashamed.” Rev. Moore has served our churches as a foreign missionary in Ghana since 1999. That morning, after the morning worship, the group in Ghana hosted a farewell program for Rev. Moore and his wife, Jannet. The Moores were expected to return home to Hull, IA sometime in late June. But lest you think they will simply slide into retirement, we have learned that that may not be the case. It appears that Rev. Moore has agreed to minister to the PR Fellowship of Fayetteville, NC from November through February of next year. He will be going there, God willing, some time in late October. So it seems that he, like most of our retired pastors, will find himself busier in retirement than he may have been while actively serving a congregation.
Also with respect to Fay-etteville, we can report that Rev. Mitchell Dick, his wife, GraceKay, and their family returned from their five-month stay there in late June. The last Sunday Rev. Dick preached for the Fellowship he chose two sermons from II Thessalonians 2. In the morning he preached on verse 15 under the theme, “Stand Fast”; and in the evening he looked at the next two verses, 16 and 17, under the topic, “A Thessalonian Benediction.” Rev. Dick was tentatively scheduled to lead his congregation, the Grace PRC in Standale, MI, in worship at the evening service of June 23.
In early June, Rev. Garrett Eriks, pastor of the Loveland, CO PRC, the calling church for our denomination’s on-going work with the Sovereign Grace Reformed Church of Spokane, WA, in which Rev. Thomas Miersma is laboring as home missionary, along with two of his elders, Bob Brands, and Ray Ezinga, visited the mission field. They left June 6 and returned June 10. This trip was conducted as part of Loveland’s oversight of Rev. Miersma and his work in Spokane, WA.
By the time you read this the Spriensma family will have, the Lord willing, left for their work in the Philippines. Their departure was rescheduled from late June to July 15th when their daughter Alicia broke a bone in one of her legs while playing soccer for Covenant Christian High School. Surgery was needed, and as a result, plans for departure were delayed. We certainly remember Rev. Audred Spriensma, his wife Alva, and their children as they take up their labors as foreign missionary and family on behalf of our churches.
Members of the PR churches in Western Michigan, as well as others interested in hearing explanations of the truth we believe concerning “The Doctrine of Revelation,” were invited to attend summer classes taught by Prof. Herman Hanko at the Hope PRC in Walker, MI. These four classes were scheduled for the evenings of June 18 and 25 and July 2 and 9 and were taken from Prof. Hanko’s book “For Thy Truth’s Sake.” The subjects treated were (1) The Idea of Revelation, (2) Revelation and Particular Grace, (3) Revelation and Scripture, and (4) Revelation and Creation.
The Evangelism Society of the First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI welcomed their congregation to attend a mini-lecture by Jack and Judie Feenstra on “Life in Myanmar” on Sunday, June 23.
The Evangelism Society of the Byron Center, MI PRC hosted an adult Sunday School Class again this summer. This class was held during the children’s Sunday School, and they continued their study of the biblical directions for witnessing, discussing practical ways and methods one can use to witness.
This summer all the ladies of the Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI were invited to Hughes Park at 10:00 a.m. on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of June, July, and August for a time of fellowship, coffee, and playtime for their children.
The 8th grade girls and boys of the Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI were invited to attend a class this summer on the history of the Protestant Reformed Churches.
Construction continues this summer on the sanctuary of the Byron Center, MI PRC. Of course, with construction come work bees, and Byron Center is no exception. On two different occasions members of Byron were invited to show up with gloves, brooms, and hand tools. Plans called for moving the contents of their library, nursery, and upstairs rooms and removing the walls and floors, etc…. They also moved tables and chairs to their parsonage for Sunday School use and cleaned up around the construction site. Having driven by Byron Center recently, we can safely say that there will be more work bees in the near future.