Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
Rev. and Mrs. Mahtani, of the Trinity PRC in Houston, TX, were blessed with the birth of their seventh child, a healthy baby girl, named Mary, born on July 10.
Our congregation in Doon, IA formed a trio consisting of Candidate Richard Smit and Revs. Audred Spriensma and Arie denHartog. Voting was held on July 14 with a call being extended to Candidate Smit, and he has since accepted that call.
On July 24th, the congregation of the Kalamazoo, MI PRC met and extended a call to Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma to serve as their pastor.
The congregation of the Edgerton, MN PRC sponsored a Community Bible Study on three successive Tuesdays, July 20 and August 6 and 13, in their church. The subject considered on these three nights was “Calvinism: The Doctrine of Grace.” Edgerton’s intent with these classes was to demonstrate carefully from the Bible the doctrine of grace, following the five points of Calvinism. Edgerton’s entire congregation, along with family and friends of the congregation, were encouraged to attend and be refreshed and edified in their knowledge of these fundamental truths.
Our Hope PRC in Walker, MI, through the efforts of their Reformed Witness Committee, sponsored a special worship service on Sunday evening, July 21. We say special only because of the extra effort Hope’s congregation put into inviting those outside their church to worship with them that evening. The sermon that evening, delivered by Rev. R. Dykstra, and based on Ephesians 2:8, 9, was entitled “Saved by Grace,” and was meant to explain the beautiful truth of God’s unconditional election.
The Evangelism Committee of the Randolph, WI PRC received from the Hendry Correctional Institution, Office of the Chaplain, Immakalee, Florida a letter which read, in part:
There’s a large number of Hispanic inmates at Hendry and many don’t read English. That is why I asked for literature in Spanish so that those men can be reached by your ministry also.
Did you know that the Evangelism Committee of the First PRC in Holland, MI has overseen the printing of several pamphlets and books in the Spanish language? The request to Randolph for Spanish literature was therefore forwarded to First of Holland.
Rev. Rodney Miersma became the third undershepherd of the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada at an installation service held July 19 at Immanuel. Rev. A. denHartog of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA led the service, preaching on a theme taken from God’s Word found in Isaiah 6:1-8. The following Lord’s Day Rev. Miersma preached his inaugural sermon, based on I Peter 1:23-25 and entitled “God’s Eternal Word.” Rev. Miersma and his wife, Sharon, were officially welcomed by the congregation the following day with a picnic in a park in Lacombe.
The Council of the Bethel PRC in Itasca, IL, on the recommendation of its Building Committee, adopted a set of conceptual drawings to submit to their congregation for approval. Work is now being done on investigating costs, financing, etc. with the hope of having a proposal concerning building ready for the congregation in the coming months.
At their annual congregational meeting held in early June, the congregation of the Byron Center, MI PRC approved a proposal to install air conditioning in their church building.
At the same congregational meeting in which our Kalamazoo, MI PRC extended a call to Rev. Bruinsma, they also made decisions concerning a new parsonage. It was decided to hold off on building a new parsonage until such time as the Lord provides them with a new undershepherd.
At an Association meeting of Adams Street Christian School, held in early July, a proposal for building expansion was approved. Restroom facilities and three classrooms will be added. Work has already begun, with anticipated completion expected by this month.
We extend our congratulations to the members of the Covenant Reformed Fellowship of Northern Ireland, who by God’s grace and purpose were organized into a congregation of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on July 24. Now they are known as the Covenant PRC in Northern Ireland.
We can also inform you that Prof. D. Engelsma, of our seminary, conducted the organizational service, preaching a sermon entitled “I Will Build My Church,” based on God’s Word in Matthew 16:18. Two elders were elected: Mr. Desmond Callender for a three-year term and Mr. John Clarke for two years. The two deacons elected were Mr. Ivan Reid for three years and Mr. Jonathan McAuley for two. A group of 98 were in attendance for this historic event, with a representative from the local paper there as well. We rejoice with them and thank God for His blessing upon our mission work there. May God bless this beginning and ever cause the Covenant PRC in Northern Ireland to stand as a pillar and ground of the truth.