Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
In his latest letter, dated January 7, Rev. G. VanBaren writes to his congregation concerning the on going work in Northern Ireland with the Covenant Reformed Fellowship. He mentions that the Fellowship “has been trying to send out a little ‘bulletin’ twice a month to about 150 addresses. Also, every other week we have been placing a large ad in the Ballymena paper giving information concerning what we confess.”
In another paragraph of the same letter Rev. G. VanBaren writes: “The Fellowship is taking advantage of some of the January sales to obtain certain things for the house (the house recently bought for the Hanko family, BW). They have also decided to pay for much of the decoration, including carpeting for the ‘manse.’ I remain amazed at their willingness to sacrifice much financially so that they can have a minister of their own.”
Late last year the congregation of the Hope PRC of Redlands, CA decided to go ahead with plans to sponsor the Reformed Witness Hour on radio station KLFE, 1240 AM. With the help of funding both from the Reformed Witness Hour Committee and from their own congregation’s monthly collections for evangelism, they were able to begin broadcasting. These can be heard at 5:00 P.M. Sundays.
The Council of the Bethel PRC of Elk Grove Village, IL appointed a committee to assist the council in fulfilling a mandate given to them at a recent congregational meeting “to continue to investigate the possibility and details for purchasing property and to report to the congregation in a month.”
However, the council decided that such important work should not be done hastily, and therefore decided that it was wise to delay the report for one more month, while the search continued.
At a Congregational meeting of the First PRC of Holland, MI in mid-December, the council presented several options regarding future building to their congregation. One option was to expand their present building. However, the membership felt that their present location was not of sufficient size to make this a viable solution. Consequently they decided to begin looking for property on the outskirts of Holland with a view to relocating in the future.
A New Year’s Day “Get-together” was planned by the congregation of the Bethel PRC, Elk Grove Village, IL, with all those interested meeting at the Elk Grove Bowling Alley in mid-afternoon for a few frames of fellowship.
Many of the PR churches in the west Michigan area were treated to one or more pulpit exchanges during the first couple of weeks in January. The reason for these exchanges was that the pastors of these churches attended a week and a half interim course on “Contemporary Theology” taught at our seminary. And going back to seminary made it difficult to find time to prepare two sermons for each of those two Sundays.
Two days before Christmas Rev. and Mrs. Dykstra of the Doon , IA PRC were blessed with the birth of a baby girl, Holly Sue.
The congregation of the Trinity PRC in Houston, TX extended a call to Rev. C. Haak to serve as their next pastor. With Rev. Haak on the trio were the Revs. Houck and VanOverloop.
On January 28th the Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI was scheduled to meet to extend a call to one to serve as their pastor. The trio presented by Southwest’s council consisted of the Revs. Cammenga, Dykstra, and Haak.