Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
As some of you may know, our First PRC in Holland, MI purchased seven acres of land back in 1995 for a future building site. Plans called for First to begin a building project sometime in the near future. Well, the future for First appears to have arrived sooner than they may have anticipated. On September 27 they finalized the sale of their church (minus parsonage) to the Lord of Life Lutheran Church of Holland. This gave First only 30 days to find a new temporary church home, and beginning on Sunday, November 3, they began meeting at Pine Creek Elementary School at 1184 136th Ave. For our west Michigan congregations, this is north of Holland, between Riley and Quincy streets, north of West Ottawa High School. Services are still held at the regular time, 9:30 am. and 6:30 p.m.
In mid-October, the Bethel ERC in Itasca, IL met to discuss a proposal for building a sanctuary on their Prat Boulevard property. Opportunity was given to discuss this proposal and ask any questions. And after a week of consideration, the congregation voted on October 21 to go ahead with plans to erect a sanctuary for the worship of our Lord.
The Bethel congregation was ,asked to supply a picture of their church building for the Loveland, C O PRC’s homepage o n t h e Internet. Since they presently have no building, they decided to send a group picture of their congregation instead.
On the evening of October 20, the congregation in Loveland, CO met to commemorate and celebrate the 40 years of service to our churches by their pastor, Rev. G. VanBaren. Various societies presented special numbers; an octet sang a number; and a poem was read by Laura VandenTop, written by a former member, Sherry Koole. Letters were also read from Rev. VanBaren’s four prior congregations, offering congratulations and some highlights of his ministry. A plaque marking the event was also presented to the VanBarens.
We also add here our congratulations and thanks to Rev. VanBaren for the past 40 years, asking for God’s continued blessing upon him in his ministry in our churches.
The Evangelism Committees of many of our churches were busy this past Reformation Day sponsoring lectures and conferences which continued to serve as a strong witness to others of the continued importance of the Reformation started October 31, 1517. By my count, our congregations sponsored 14 different events on and around October 31st. Space doesn’t allow us to list them all here, but let me include just a couple.
First, the Evangelism Committee of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA sponsored two Reformation Day celebrations this year, one in Redlands, with Rev. G. VanBaren of the Loveland, CO PRC speaking on “Satan – and the Mother of All Battles,” the other at Victorville, CA. Hope has had an ongoing evangelism work for some time now in Victorville, and, at the occasion of Reformation Day, Rev. Arie denHartog, pastor at Hope, spoke there on the theme, “The Reformation of the Church.”
To save costs, arrangements were made between Redlands and Loveland basically to exchange pastors for a week; with Rev. VanBaren going to Hope at the same time as classical church visitation and Rev. denHartog giving the same speech, “The Reformation of the Church,” in Loveland in conjunction with church visitation there.
The Evangelism Committee of the Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI was able to sponsor a Reformation Conference on November 1 and 2 this year entitled “The Reformation’s Controversy with Rome.” Prof. R. Dykstra spoke Friday night on the theme, “The Cataclysmic Conflict.” This was followed on Saturday morning by two speeches. The first one, entitled “Is the Pope Antichrist?” presented by Seminarian James Laning, was followed by “Evangelicals and Catholics Together,” given by Rev. R. Cammenga.
The Evangelism Committee of the Hudsonville, MI PRC is planning to host a slide presentation by Rev. J. Mahtani, pastor of the Trinity PRC in Houston, TX, on December 3 entitled, “Reaching the Nations with the Gospel of Grace.” This meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m., with refreshments and fellowship both before and after the slides.
Rev. W. Bruinsma presented a speech entitled “The Role of the Church in Society” on October 24 at Muskegon Community College. Muskegon is a city on Lake Michigan, about one hour north of Holland and Grand Rapids, MI. A question and answer period followed the speech, and refreshments were served. The program was sponsored by our Faith PRC in Jenison and our First PRC in Holland.
Our Hull, IA PRC has called Rev. W. Bekkering to serve as our churches’ missionary to Ghana, West Africa.
Rev. C. Terpstra has accepted the call he received to serve as pastor of the First PRC in Holland, MI.
Rev. W. Bruinsma preached his farewell sermon in First in Holland on October 13, and two weeks later he was installed as the eighth pastor of the Kalamazoo, MI PRC.