News From Our Churches

Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.

Evangelism Activities

In its ongoing effort to spread the Reformed truth throughout their community, the Evangelism Committee of the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada made another tape available, free to church members or anyone else who would like one. This tape of a speech given by Rev. G. VanBaren, pastor of the Loveland, CO PRC, was’ entitled, “Does God Desire the Salvation of All Men?”

Rev. VanBaren was also featured in an evangelism effort by the Hudsonville, MI PRC. Their Evangelism Committee advertised a sermon given by Rev. VanBaren on Proverbs 29:15 entitled, ”

The Reformed Witness Committee of the Doon and Hull, IA PRCs, along with the Edgerton, MN PRC, continues to sponsor their weekly live call-in radio broadcast entitled Reformed Perspectives. On a recent broadcast, time was spent introducing the PRC to the listeners, emphasizing our roots and our distinctiveness, and debunking some common myths about our churches. This program continues to be heard on station KTSB 93.9 FM at 9:00 p.m. on Sunday evenings.

The Church Extension Committee of the Loveland, CO PRC continues to be busy distributing pamphlets and bulletins to addresses in the area of their church. They also planned a special Sunday evening service on May 21, when their pastor spoke on the subject, “How Does One Get to Heaven?”

Rev. R. Flikkema, pastor of the Covenant PRC in Wyckoff, NJ, spoke at a public lecture sponsored by Covenant’s Evangelism Committee on May 19. His theme, “God’s Little White Church in the Woods,” was designed particularly to inform others about Covenant, but also to serve as a reminder to the congregation of who they are.

In an effort to coordinate the evangelism activities and the needed follow-up labors of the Trinity PRC in Houston, TX, the Council there decided to organize an Evangelism Association. Their first meeting was held May 23.

This summer, as in the past, the congregation of the Pella PRC in Pella, IA, will host a series of seminars. The subject for this year will be, “The Return of Christ.” The first seminar was held on June 8.

Rev. S. Key, pastor of the Randolph, WI PRC, again had the privilege to preach in the Fist Christian Reformed Church of East Friesland, WI. He preached from John 21:22b, the uncompromising call of Christ, “Follow Thou Me.”

Mission Activities

At the request of the Foreign Mission Committee of our churches, the Consistory of the Hull, IA PRC granted their pastor, Rev. R. Moore, leave to show the slides of Ghana for the information of our churches. You may remember that Rev. Moore, along with Elder D. VanderMeer, and their wives, were in Ghana, West Africa for six weeks at the end of last year. On May 16 Rev.-Moore was in the Chicago area, at the Holiday Inn in Itacsa, showing slides as the guest of the Bethel PRC. The next night the Evangelism Committee of First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI sponsored Rev. Moore as he showed his slides there. The following evening, the 18th, our Hope PRC in Walker, MI served as host for Rev. Moore. These programs proved to be a wonderful opportunity to hear an informal report of the mission work being done by our churches in Ghana and to learn about the future plans for developing this field.

Minister Activities

A farewell program was held for Rev. Joostens and his family at First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI on May 21, where he served for 17 years. The following Sunday evening, May 21, Rev. Joostens preached his final sermon at First, entitled “Farewell,” based on Acts 20:18-22.

Since Rev. W. Bruinsma’s decline of the call he had received from First in Grand Rapids, the Council of First formed a new trio of pastors: Revs. R. Dykstra, J. Slopsema, and C. Terpstra, and on May 28 the congregation there extended a call to Rev. J. Slopsema.

Rev. A. denHartog of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA declined two calls he was considering to serve as pastor, one from the Byron Center, MI PRC and the other from the Edgerton, MN PRC.

Since that decline the Council of the Edgerton PRC formed another trio consisting of the Revs. Flikkema, Key, and Houck. Their congregation has since extended a call to Rev. Houck.

Denominational Activities

On May 11 parents and Sunday School teachers in the Grand Rapids, MI area met together at Faith PRC in Jenison, MI to hear Pastor R. VanOverloop explain the importance of Sunday School in helping to keep God’s Word alive in the hearts of children over the summer months. Four sectionals were also given by four area school teachers.

We close this issue with a special note of congratulations to all our graduates for this year. May the Lord bless you in all your future efforts. This closing Food For Thought is just for you.

Food for Thought

“Education is what remains when we have forgotten all that we have been taught.”

—Marquis of Halifax