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

Reformation Day Activities

It was only a few short weeks ago that we joined with God’s people throughout the world to celebrate the Reformation of the 16th century. Many of our congregations took the time to commemorate this event by sponsoring a Reformation lecture around the end of October.

The congregation of the Trinity PRC in Houston, TX sponsored a two day Reformation program entitled “The Reformation of the 16th Century Lives On Today.” On Friday evening, October 29, Pastor Jai Mahtani, Trinity’s pastor, gave a message on “The Gospel of the Reformation.” This was followed on Saturday morning, October 30, by a slide presentation on “The Spread of the Reformed Faith to Singapore and India.” In preparation for this two-day program, Pastor Mahtani hoped to visit with some of the many Chinese and Indian peoples in and around the Houston Area.

The Byron Center, MI PRC once again sponsored a Reformation lecture at South Christian High School. Rev. Barry Gritters, Byron’s pastor, spoke on the topic, “Virtuous Women: Valuable Above Rubies.” Two follow-up Bible classes were also held at Byron’s church with Rev. C. Terpstra leading a discussion on “The High Calling of Motherhood,” followed the next week by Rev. A. Spriensma speaking on the topic, “The Woman’s Role in the Church.”

Rev. Ron VanOverloop was the featured speaker at a Reformation Day rally sponsored by the Immanuel PRC of Lacombe, AB, Canada. Pastor VanOverloop spoke on October 29.

While on a visit to the congregation of Covenant PRC in Wyckoff, NJ to conduct church visitation with Rev. G. VanBaren, Rev. Dale Kuiper was able also to speak on Millennialism at a lecture sponsored by Covenant’s congregation.

The Pella, IA PRC sponsored a Reformation lecture by Rev. C. Terpstra, who spoke on “The Beauty and Benefit of the Reformed Confessions.”

“Soli Deo Gloria” was the topic that Rev. W. Bruinsma chose to use at a lecture on October 28 sponsored by the Bethel PRC of Elk Grove Village, IL.

Rev. C. Haak spoke on “To God Alone the Glory,” for a lecture sponsored by his congregation, the Lynden, WA PRC.

Prof. R. Decker chose as the theme for his Reformation Day lecture the topic, “The Foolishness of the Preaching.” He gave this lecture for the congregation and friends of the Hull, IA PRC.

The Evangelism Committee of the South Holland, IL PRC invited Rev. A. Spriensma to speak at their annual lecture. He spoke on November 5 on “Living the Reformation.”

And finally, Prof. D. Engelsma was the featured speaker for a Reformation Weekend sponsored by the congregation of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA.

Congregational Highlights

The congregation of the Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI has recently organized a Men’s Bible Study Society. What makes this society a little out of the ordinary, at least to my knowledge, is that they meet for Bible Study at 7:00 A.M. That’s right, 7:00 A.M. All men are welcome. Coffee and donuts are also provided.

Rev. C. Terpstra, South Holland, IL PRC’s pastor, is leading a new class for adult members of the congregation. This class was set up to treat various ethical and spiritual topics relating to practical Christian living. Their first topic was to be drama.

Pastor M. Dick of the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada has also started a Reformed Doctrine Class for all members of his congregation. Plans called for the group to cover such subjects as the church, and the end times.

Three members of the Building Committee of the Peace PRC in Lansing, IL recently met with Lansing Village officials to solve some problems concerning annexation. The actual construction of the church building is not likely to happen until next spring because of uncertainty about obtaining all the needed permits, and getting bids from contractors.

Evangelism Activities

The Evangelism Committee of the South Holland, IL PRC has begun a new venture entitled the “Reformed Book Shelf.” This is the name they have given to a “book store” they have set up in their church basement. This book shelf contains good solid Reformed books on sale for South Holland’s own members and for visitors or friends and relatives. These books are available for purchase Monday through Saturday. Every book has a card in it which must be filled out and left behind. The purchaser will then be billed for the book(s). There are no immediate cash purchases.

Mission Activities

On October 28 two elders, along with their wives, from the Hudsonville, MI PRC left by plane to spend ten days with the Covenant Reformed Fellowship of Ballymena, Northern Ireland. The Council of Hudsonville had decided some time back that such a visit with the Hankos, as well as the families of the Fellowship, would be a good way to evaluate the mission field in Northern Ireland. By all accounts the visit was very worthwhile for all parties involved. And from the schedule of events that Rev. Hanko had arranged for the elders while in Ireland, there appeared to be very little free time. It must have been a very busy 10 days for all involved.