Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.

Congregation Activities

We include here some information on the recently disbanded Trinity PRC in Houston, Texas, provided thoughtfully by Mrs. Trudi Hopkins, a member there.

“June 7, 1998 was the last service of the Trinity congregation in West Houston, Texas. The consistory passed the motion to disband on June 8, 1998. Pastor Mahtani and family moved that week to Michigan and another member followed shortly thereafter. Three families remain waiting on the Lord. Our desire is to join with one of our fellow congregations, as soon as the Lord makes the way clear.

“On July 1, the historic church building was relocated, about a half-mile south to the LH7 Ranch, which is a designated historic landmark in Texas. Our church building joins the general store/post office, also rescued from demolition, that was part of Barker, a frontier town which served the ranchers and cotton growers of the area. Today there is not a town. The LH7 Ranch was once a large cattle ranch which still breeds Texas Longhorns, but on a much smaller scale. Perhaps the ranch will someday open to the public as a museum.

“The church building was built in 1949, replacing a run-down church. The only salvageable items were the cathedral windows, which were installed in the new church.

“Rev. Lubbers worked as home missionary in the Houston area in the early 1960s and passed through again in the early 70s to encourage the saints who were interested in forming a congregation. The late Rev. R. Harbach began work in Houston, and Trinity was organized February 15, 1977 under the supervision of Hope PRC in Walker, MI. The people first met in a community center. After about a year the building was purchased from a Presbyterian church that had been meeting in Barker since 1906.

“To God be the glory. His work will not return unto Him void. It shall accomplish that which pleases Him and it shall prosper in the thing whereto He sent it (Is. 55:11).”

The consistory of the South Holland, IL PRC organized eight classes for their young adults to study the distinctives of our churches. They especially encouraged the attendance of seniors in high school and above who were perhaps contemplating making confession of their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Two of the topics covered this past summer were “The Holy Walk of Life of a Reformed Believer,” and “Highlights of Reformed Theology.”

On July 12 Rev. A. Brummel was installed as the ninth pastor of the South Holland, IL PRC. After a couple weeks to settle in and complete some prior commitments, Rev. Brummel took up his labors full time in South Holland, preaching his inaugural sermon on July 26 entitled, “And Pray for Me,” based on Ephesians 6:18-20.

The consistory of the Hudsonville, MI PRC has recently set up a voice-mail communication line to help keep their congregation better informed and updated on the sick in their congregation. The phone number can be called 24 hours a day for up-to-date information provided by the families involved.

Evangelism Activities

In late June the Evangelism Society of the Covenant PRC in Wyckoff, N.J. sponsored a lecture on the subject, “Jesus Christ: The Builder of the Church.”

Young Peoples’ Activities

This year’s PR Young Peoples’ Convention was held July 20-24 on the campus of Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI, with the Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids serving as host. The theme of this year’s convention was “Living the Antithesis.” Prof. D. Engelsma, Rev. J. Laning, and Rev. J. Mahtani were the speakers. Hopefully the young people were spiritually edified through the fellowship and activities of that convention.

Minister Activities

Rev. J. Slopsema has received the approval from his doctor to begin working part time. He is currently preaching once a Sunday and will continue on that basis through the end of the summer, D.V.

A welcome was planned for July 8 by our Loveland, CO PRC for the arrival of Seminarian Garry Eriks, his wife, Jen, and their daughter, Abbie. Mr. Eriks will be serving his internship there through the end of the year, under the care of Loveland’s consistory and pastor, Rev. G. VanBaren.

The Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI, as calling church for a home missionary to Pittsburgh, PA, formed a trio of the Revs. A. denHartog, J. Mahtani, and R. Moore. On July 19 they extended a call to Rev. J. Mahtani. He accepted that call and was installed as missionary on Sunday, August 9.