Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
On July 17 of this year, the Lord took unto Himself Prof. H.C. Hoeksema after he suffered for a brief time with cancer.
For some forty years Prof. Hoeksema preached and taught the gospel of sovereign grace. He faithfully served as a minister of the gospel and was a strong leader and teacher of theology in our churches, as well as editor of this magazine. In accordance with his wishes, the family mourned his passing in a private family funeral.
Then, on July 20, a memorial service, entitled Soli Deo Gloria, was held in the sanctuary of our Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, MI. Those who filled the auditorium that night gathered not to mourn, but to rejoice, to rejoice not in what Prof. Hoeksema had accomplished throughout his life, but to rejoice in our sovereign God and His wisdom and will.
Tears were shed that night, but there was no feeling of being overburdened with sorrow. There was indeed a sense of joy that Prof. Hoeksema had been delivered from the church militant to the church triumphant in glory. It was a night of celebration.
Prof. R. Decker led the audience in opening prayer, in the singing from the Psalter, and in the reading from scripture.
Prof. Hoeksema and his family had expressed their desire that the message for this service be based onPsalm 48:14: “For this God is our God for ever and ever, he will be our guide even unto death.”
Prof. Decker went on to show us that the verse serves as a tremendous comfort. It tells us that Gods church can not be destroyed. God is God forever, and He has established His church and not man. Prof. Decker also challenged us to keep up our covenantal responsibility to tell the generation following that this God is also their God. And he encouraged us by calling our attention to the fact that God is also our guide. He guides us both through His word and the preaching of that Word by His faithful servants.
The service was closed with the singing of Prof. Hoeksema’s favorite Psalter number, number 163, after which Rev. J. Kortering closed with prayer.
After the singing of the Doxology, the audience was asked to remain standing while Mrs. Mary Velthouse, Prof. Hoeksema’s niece, played the Hallelujah Chorus on the organ.
We extend our sympathy to Mrs. Hoeksema and her family. May they find consolation in the promise of God and in the hope of final resurrection.
Rev. Robert Harbach celebrated his 75th birthday on July 27. Rev. Harbach is confined to his home, suffering from Parkinson’s disease, which causes him almost constant pain. And Rev. George Lubbers celebrated his 80th birthday on August 6. A letter, or just a card, to these men would mean so much. It would certainly cheer the hearts of these faithful servants of Christ who have for many years served our denomination both as ministers and as missionaries. Rev. Harbach’s address is 3409 Goodman, Wyoming, MI 49509, and Rev. Lubbers is 2074 Cranbrook Dr., NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505.
The P.R. Sunday School Association sponsored an evening of fellowship on June 22. A speech by Rev. J. Heys and an opportunity to meet with the teachers and the editor of “Our Guide” was planned at Faith Church in Jenison, MI. ‘Parents and interested friends as well as all Sunday School teachers were cordially invited to attend.
The Council of our South Holland P.R.C. in South Holland, IL planned a farewell program on June 20 for their former missionary, Rev. R. Van Overloop, who had faithfully served as their missionary for the past ten years. A short program was planned. During the program a collection was taken and given to Rev. Van Overloop as a token of their appreciation for his faithful work.
In early July a congregational meeting was held in the Lynden P.R.C. in Lynden, WA. The consistory’s proposal to build a new church building on their existing property was approved by the congregation.
Rev. G. Van Baren has declined the call to Peace P.R.C. in Lynwood, IL. Rev. R. Hanko has declined the call to Isabel, S.D. and Rev. A. den Hartog has declined the call to serve as missionary to the island of Jamaica.
Rev. J. Kortering is considering a call from our congregation in Pella, Iowa.
On June 6 all the men of the congregation of the Immanuel P.R.C. in Lacombe, AB were urged to attend a meeting, the purpose of which was to form a school society. The committee appointed at the last meeting presented a constitution for discussion and adoption, following which a society was to be organized, the Lord willing.