Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
The Evangelism Committee of the Bethel PRC in Itasca, IL has created a sermon tape album on a series of eight sermons taken from the admonition of Philippians 4:8, namely, to think upon those things which are true. These messages expound the great Christian graces so vital for one’s own peace and comfort.
Special applications are made to youth and young couples concerning the need to adorn their lives with true virtues. This series includes “True Love,” “True Humility,” “True Courage,” “True Joy,” “True Peace,” “True Greatness,” “True Honor,” and “True Friendship.” The cost of the album is $11.95 and can be ordered from Bethel Protestant Reformed Church, 1047 Florida Lane, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007.
In a follow-up to our “News” of November 1, we report that Rev. J. Mahtani, pastor of the Trinity PRC in Houston, TX, was invited to return to Texas Christian School for yet another visit, to answer more questions on the doctrine of predestination. When he returned this time he also found two Youth Pastors from the local Baptist churches in attendance, who were apparently invited by some high school students. Rev. Mahtani reports that the time spent proved to be very profitable, and he was able to answer questions such as, “How can you say God hates; is He not a God of love?” or “Show us from the Bible that God sends people to hell!” Some of the positive fruit from this visit is already evident, since Rev. Mahtani has been invited to return to Texas Christian to lead in staff devotions every Friday morning beginning in December.
The Evangelism Committee of the South Holland, IL PRC sponsored a Reformation Day lecture at their church on October 30. Prof. R. Dykstra, of our seminary, spoke on the subject, “A Restored Treasure of the Reformation: Sovereign, Free, Double Predestination.”
Rev. A. denHartog, pastor of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA, spoke at a Reformation Day celebration on October 31 at Hope, on the subject “Reformed Worship.”
The Evangelism Society of the Byron Center, MI PRC, along with the congregation of the Kalamazoo, MI PRC, sponsored a Reformation Day lecture on October 30 at the Martin Reformed Church in Martin, MI, approximately half-way between Byron Center and Kalamazoo. Rev. Bruinsma, pastor at Kalamazoo, spoke on “Making a Stand on the Truth.”
Elder Perlin Schut of the Hudsonville, MI PRC and Rev. J. Slopsema from our denomination’s Domestic Mission Committee traveled to Northern Ireland on November 5 to visit with the newly organized Covenant PRC in Northern Ireland and consistory there, and to help in the oversight of the mission work being done. They have a large agenda set by the Mission Committee and Hudsonville’s consistory, and will be kept very busy meeting with our missionary, with the new consistory, and with as many of the members and new contacts as possible.
At the request of our Domestic Mission Committee, the consistory of the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI sent their pastor, Rev. R. VanOverloop, to labor for a long weekend in Pittsburgh, PA with a small group which has been showing great interest in our preaching. Our home missionary, Rev. T. Miersma, has been there several times, and other of our ministers have labored there as well. Besides preaching there twice, Rev. VanOverloop spent some time visiting and teaching three catechism classes, each of which was several hours long, one with teenagers and one with adults.
Prof. and Mrs. Hanko left in late October for several weeks in Singapore. Prof. Hanko will preach in our two sister churches there; the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church and the First Evangelical Reformed Church. He will also give several public lectures, teach in their Bible School, and consult with them about beginning a seminary. Plans also called for him to attend and speak at a ministers’ conference in Malaysia and preach and teach a course to ministers in Myanmar.
Young People’s Activities
In a couple of interesting items concerning our young people, we find that in late September the young people of the Bethel PRC in Itasca, IL spent a Saturday afternoon at the Chicago Art Institute. One month later, completely unrelated to the above, the Young People’s Society of Bethel met for their regular weekly meeting to discuss “The Human Body and Correlation to Spiritual Life.”
Our South Holland, IL congregation has extended a call to Rev. Arie denHartog, pastor of Redlands PRC.