Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
Along with some bulletins from our Peace PRC in Lynwood, IL this past week came information from their Evangelism Committee giving quotes from contacts they have received lately. These contacts came from Florida, the Philippines, Pennsylvania, and Hawaii. Each excerpt spoke of how much the information sent to them was appreciated. These opportunities, along with those of our other churches, can only make us aware again and again of the power of the truth of God’s Word to penetrate all languages and social barriers. We also can not help but be aware of the calling God has given His church to “preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). It is humbling to know that we as churches have been privileged to be used in a small way to carry out this calling.
In a recent bulletin from the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA, we find word that for several months their pastor, Rev. A. denHartog, has been conducting monthly Bible studies on the book of Ephesians at the home of a family in Victorville/ Apple Valley, which according to my California map appears to be approximately 40 miles north of Redlands. At this time a number of families are attending these meetings, and the Consistory of Hope has decided to support and supervise this work.
The Hope School Foundation, of our Hope PR Christian School in Walker, MI sponsored three travelogues, one on February 4 entitled “Americana,” one on March 4 entitled “Exploring the Northwest,” and one still to come on April 1 entitled, “Canadian Maritimes.” All three were planned for the auditorium of Grandville Public High School, and were intended to introduce the travelogue-goers to the services the Hope Foundation could provide.
What better way to spend a cold wintry night than to find a warm spot with a good book. Perhaps this was the thought that accompanied an announcement in a recent bulletin from the Bethel PRC in Elk Grove Village, IL. Their entire congregation was encouraged to read the book Having a Heart for God, by Sinclair Ferguson – and then not only to read it but also to get together and discuss what they had read.
The Trinitarian Bible Society, whose stated purpose is to promote and distribute the King James Version of the Bible, held an organizational meeting with the assistance of our Immanuel PRC congregation in Lacombe; AB, Canada. While the Consistory of Immanuel did not officially endorse this organization, it did recognize that its stated purpose is a good one. This meeting was held in the Anglican Church, where Immanuel holds their regular worship services.
In our last issue of the SB, we noted that Rev. and Mrs. A. denHartog of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA were able to return to Singapore for two weeks in January. What we failed to tell you then was that the denHartogs were invited back so that they could be included in the dedication of the new church building of the First Evangelical Reformed Church of Singapore. Needless to say, they were overjoyed by this invitation to return to the saints among whom they labored for seven years. (See “Go Ye Into All the World,” in this issue, for a report on this activity of Rev. denHartog.)
Young People’s Activities
The young people of the Randolph, WI PRC invited young people of area PRC’s to join them for a ski outing on February 18 at Cascade Ski Resort. Young people were invited to come already the night before for supper at Randolph Church, followed by an overnighter in their new gym at Faith Christian School and then a full day of skiing on Saturday.
Rev. M. DeVries and his family are waiting for clearance from the Canadian government which will allow them to move to Canada and begin their stay in our First PRC in Edmonton, AB, Canada. This will very likely take a couple of months yet. In the meantime, Rev. DeVries and his wife were able to go on Rev. DeVries’ scheduled classical appointment to First on February 12 and 19. This gave them a time to get acquainted with their new labors and to look at the parsonage into which they will be moving.
After Rev. W. Bruinsma’s decline, the Council of Edgerton, MN PRC has formed another trio from which a call to serve as pastor was to be extended. From a trio of the Revs. W. Bekkering, R. Dykstra, and K. Koole, Rev. Dykstra received the call.
The Byron Center, MI PRC has extended a call to Rev. R. Dykstra of the Doon, IA PRC to serve as their next pastor.
The Lynden, WA PRC formed a new trio consisting of the Revs. Mitch Dick, Meindert Joostens, and Richard Moore.
Food For Thought
A prayerless man is a careless man.
—William Tiptaft (1803-1864)