Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
Typically most requests that come to the evangelism committees of our various churches are for literature or tapes. However, the evangelism committee of the Randolph, WI PRC received a request recently that included more than these usual items. Having seen the sketch of Randolph’s church on one of their bulletin covers, an individual asked about the possibility of getting more information, complete with drawings and plans of their church building for possible use by their own church (Orthodox Presbyterian). Randolph’s building committee chairman gladly granted that request.
The evangelism committee of the Edgerton, MN PRC sponsored a special evening worship service on May 19. A special invitation to the greater Edgerton community was extended by way of the paper and by word of mouth. Rev. A. Brummel, pastor at Edgerton, brought the Word that evening in a sermon based on Psalm 29:2 (the text that appears on the cover of their introductory brochure — see May 1 SB), and entitled “Worshiping in Holiness.” Rev. Brummel also noted that there were some 30 visitors at that service.
In other evangelism news from Edgerton, we learn that they are making plans for a four-to-six week Community Bible Study sometime later this summer. They are also looking into the possibility of video-taping their services for airing on the local public cable channel.
The members of the Pella, IA PRC, through their evangelism committee, have extended a warm welcome to their community to share some time together this summer to study God’s Word. Plans call for Pella to host a six-part seminar series entitled, “Genesis 1-11: The Foundation of the Faith.” The first seminar was held June 13 at Pella PRC and was entitled, “In the Beginning God.”
On Sunday, June 2, the congregation of the Byron Center, MI PRC made a special effort to invite visitors to their evening worship service. Visitors were able to hear Rev. Doug Kuiper, Byron’s pastor, speak from God’s Word concerning the lawlessness that is evident in the world today. This sermon found its basis in Matthew 24:12 and II Timothy 3:1-5 and promised to answer questions such as: How does lawlessness serve as a sign of the times? And do we see an increase in lawlessness in the world and church today?
Since our last “News,” the congregation of the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada extended a call to Rev. R. Miersma of our sister church in New Zealand. We can follow that up by saying that he has accepted that call. The Miersmas will be arriving in the U.S. on June 26 and hope to take up residence in the Lacombe parsonage during the week of July 14.
Our vacant Doon, IA PRC has extended a call to Rev. G. VanBaren. With him on the trio for that call were the Revs. R. Cammenga and A. denHartog.
On May 19, after their evening service, the congregation of the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI hosted a farewell for Mr. Cheah Fook Meng and his wife, Lee Choo. As many of you know, Fook Meng has now completed a special three-year course at our seminary and will by God’s grace soon be ordained as a pastor in the Evangelical Reformed Churches in Singapore. Following a light supper and an opportunity to say good-bye, Fook Meng presented a program entitled, “Mission Opportunities of the ERCS: Past, Present, and Future.”
For this summer, the bookstore run by the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA has decided to feature books for children and young people — a move no doubt intended to give Hope’s younger generation something to do over summer vacation. I include this here to encourage us all to spend some time this summer with a good book.
The weekend of May 12 saw Rev. Ron VanOverloop, pastor of the Georgetown PRC, along with Elder Don Doezema, a member of the Domestic Mission Committee, traveling to the Pittsburgh, PA area to make a follow-up visit to a group of interested families that Rev. T. Miersma, our home missionary, visited in February.
We also want to extend our congratulations to Prof. H. Hanko of our seminary, as he commemorated forty years in the ministry of the Word in our churches. This evidence of God’s faithfulness to Prof. Hanko and his wife, as well as to our churches, was marked with an open house on June 13 at the Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI.
Many of you have seen announcements in your church bulletins inviting you to order either a tape or CD from the Protestant Reformed Psalm Singing Choir. Let me say that if that recording is as good as the concert they gave in early May at the Grandville, MI PRC, it will be well worth having. You may remember from a past “News” that this choir started meeting just last fall, and that this was their first public concert. The choir was made up of 21 men and 21 women, and each one of our west Michigan churches was represented. What a thrill it was to be part of the program that night. Tapes ($6.00) and CDs ($11.00) may be ordered from Mrs. Rebecca Kleyn, 8510 Clyde Park, Byron Center, MI 49315.