Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.

Evangelism Activities

The Reformed Witness Committee, comprised of members from our : Edgerton, MN and Doon and Hull, IA PRC’s, is again sponsoring a Bible Study at Dordt College. Plans call for the students to meet together Monday evenings at 7 PM in the Dordt College library. For Bible study this year, the committee has made plans to study the first 11 chapters of Genesis. Not only Protestant Reformed students, but also those outside our churches do attend and are most welcome. If any of our readers know Students at Dordt who might be interested, please do take the time to inform them of these meetings and encourage them to come. If you have any questions, please call Rev. Russ Dykstra at (712) 726-3382.

The Evangelism Committee of our First PRC in Grand Rapids has been sending a letter to each visitor who signs the Guest Book in the narthex of their church. The committee believes it is their calling to recognize the attendance of these visitors, to invite them to return, and also tell them about the particular mission of First Church and the PR churches of America. The letter contains some historical details of the church and also addresses the specific calling of : the church.

The Church Extension Committee of our Randolph, WI PRC received from a non-PR donor a gift of $1,000.00 for tape copying equipment and supplies. A few individuals from different areas of the country had been receiving sermon tapes regularly from our Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI and they want to continue receiving taped sermons of Rev. Key, Randolph’s new pastor. High speed copying equipment has been purchased and the mailing of tapes has begun.

We might add, in connection with the foregoing, that because a tape recording was not made of his inaugural sermon, Rev. Key took time afterwards to record that sermon on Jeremiah 1:1-10, for the sake of those who might have an interest in hearing it.

Congregational Highlights

In one of our past “News” columns it was reported that our Hudsonville, MI PRC began to video record their services, with the intent of sending these on to the congregation in Larne, Northern Ireland, for use there until a man accepts the call to serve as missionary on that field. Hudsonville has found that several of our own PR churches, along with several individuals, have also expressed interest in receiving video copies. This increase in use and demand for more copies resulted in the Hudsonville congregation approving the purchase of new video equipment to help meet this increase in demand.

To get their fall society season off to a flying start, the Young People’s Society of the Loveland, CO PRC planned an overnight camping trip to Bull Mt. for August 23, 24.

Also in August the Young People’s, Jr. and Sr. Mr. and Mrs., and older members of the Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI, were all invited for a day of fun and fellowship canoeing down one of Michigan’s fine streams.

Before we look at ministerial calls, a couple of notes concerning two of our emeritus ministers.

First, we extend congratulations to Rev. and Mrs. Heys. This month marks the 50th anniversary of Rev. Heys’ becoming a pastor in. our churches. Rev. and Mrs. Heys served in four of our churches:, Hope in Walker, MI, Hull in Iowa, South Holland, IL, and Holland, ML During those years Rev. and Mrs. Heys were also sent by our churches nine times to labor in Jamaica. They spent eight months with the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Christchurch, New Zealand. After retirement in 1980, they were sent three times to work in the mission field in Wellington, New Zealand. We are also happy to report that, after a heart attack earlier this year, Rev. Heys has again resumed preaching from many of our area pulpits. May God continue to use him and his wife in the years ahead.

And second, Rev. C. Hanko, presently laboring in our mission field in Venice, FL on behalf of our churches, suffered a blood clot in one of his lungs and was hospitalized in Bradenton from July 20 until July 26. Presently Rev. Hanko is regaining strength and is feeling much better. Plans call for him to leave Florida August 27 for some rest in Michigan.

Ministerial Calls

At a congregational meeting held August 12, the Hudsonville, MI PRC extended a call to Rev. R. Hanko to serve as missionary pastor to the saints in Larne, Northern Ireland.

Rev. B. Gritters declined the call he had received to serve as pastor of the Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI. Soon after, the Council of Southeast formed a new trio consisting of the Revs. D. Kuiper, G. VanBaren, and R. VanOverloop.