Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
From the September “Across the Aisle,” the newsletter of the First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI, we find and pass on to you the following good idea. The staff of “Across the Aisle” is trying to encourage everyone in their congregation to memorize and study Scripture regularly. In an attempt to do this this year they introduced a new monthly feature entitled, “Light unto my Path.” Each month they will present a Bible passage in large type (on an 8 1/2″ x 11″ page) so that it can be easily seen when displayed on a refrigerator, mirror, table, etc. They plan on taking 12 issues to cover Luke 12, where Jesus teaches on a variety of subjects. The first group of verses, Luke 12:1-3, is entitled, “Beware of Hypocrisy,” followed by such themes as Fear of God, Do not Worry, and the Faithful and Evil Servant.
Also concerning our First congregation, we note that all of First’s married couples were invited to take part in First’s Second Annual Traverse City Fall Color Tour. This event was held the first Friday and Saturday in October – a beautiful weekend here in Michigan. Plans called for canoeing on Friday, followed by games and swimming Friday night at a Day’s Inn in Traverse City, MI, with a color tour to the Mission Peninsula Lighthouse on Saturday morning.
At their annual congregational meeting held in late September, the congregation of the Grace PRC in Standale, MI did more than elect new officebearers and adopt the yearly budget. They also approved a proposal to hire an architect to draw up plans for their new church home, along with a proposal to accept the offer of Feenstra and Associates to draft a site plan at cost, and a proposal to hold a financial drive for funds to cover these costs.
With summer now a distant memory, we include here one last summer activity of two of our churches in west Michigan. Both the Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids and the Faith congregation in Jenison, MI held breakfast on the beach in August. Everyone in these congregations was invited to share a good breakfast with good fellowship on the shore of beautiful Lake Michigan. What a nice way to spend a Saturday morning!
The Evangelism Committee of the Randolph, WI PRC sponsored a lecture on September 30. Rev. Carl Haak, pastor of the Bethel PRC in Itasca, IL, was the guest speaker that night. He spoke on the subject, “The Building of a Christian Family.” The speech was held in the gym at Central Wisconsin Christian High School. Considering some of the problems we all face as families, Rev. Haak intended to lay out some of the biblical directives leading to a stable and God-glorifying family life.
On Friday, September 27, Rev. C. Terpstra, pastor of the South Holland, IL PRC, gave a speech entitled, “The Individual’s Responsibility in the Church’s Work of Evangelism” at the Byron Center, MI PRC. This speech, sponsored by the Evangelism Committee of Byron Center, served as a springboard for the fall meeting of the P.R.E.P. (Protestant Reformed Evangelism Planning) meeting hosted by Byron Center the next morning. This meeting allowed area congregations to share their information concerning recent successes or non-successes in various areas of evangelism.
Perhaps not coincidentally the annual meeting of the REPA (Reformed Free Publishing Association) was held at the Grandville, MI PRC on September 26. Since Rev. Terpstra was in town for that evangelism meeting on the 27th, he was able to address the association. He spoke, on the topic, “The RFPA, Stimulator of Sound Knowledge in an Age of Ignorance.”
The Men’s and Ladies’ Societies of the Southeast PRC hosted this year’s annual Eastern Men’s and Ladies’ League Meeting on September 24. Prof. R. Dykstra spoke on the topic, “The Great Value of Protestant Reformed Bible Studies.”
Rev. B. Woudenberg, pastor in our churches for 40 years, the last twenty at the Kalamazoo, MI PRC, conducted his last service as an active minister of the Word on September 20. We thank the Lord for his years of faithful service.
Our Hope PRC in Walker, MI has extended a call to Rev. S. Key, pastor of the Randolph, WI PRC, to serve as their next pastor.
Since the decline of Rev. A. denHartog of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA, to serve as foreign missionary to Ghana, the Hull, IA PRC made a new trio for calling a missionary: Revs. W. Bekkering, R. Moore, and R. VanOverloop.