Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.

Congregational Highlights

On Sunday, September 18, the congregation of our Southwest Church in Grandville, Michigan met for the first time in their new sanctuary. The congregation was informed of one change that was to take place. After Rev. Kamps had pronounced the closing benediction, the congregation was asked to remain standing for a moment of meditation or silent prayer until Rev. Kamps and the consistory had left the sanctuary.

The Adult Bible Society of our church in Doon, Iowa has chosen for its after-recess program this year to study the history of the church from A.D. 100-590 using a syllabus by Prof. H. Hanko.

The congregation of our Immanuel Protestant Reformed Church in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada was called to a divine worship service at 10:00 A.M. on October 10 to celebrate the annual Thanksgiving Day in Canada. The offering on that day was for the churches and saints in Jamaica who suffered the loss of much in the recent hurricane. I mention this because in about a week those of us in the U.S. can gather with our families in the knowledge that “in everything we are to give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning us” (I Thess. 5:18).

Upon the suggestion of a member of the congregation and after much investigation by the council of our Southeast Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the church has installed two new telephone lines for the use of shut-ins. These phone lines will enable one who is unable to come to church to call the church immediately before the worship service begins, and listen to the entire service by means of a speaker attached to their phone.

The Hope Heralds, an all-male singing group from Hope P.R.C. in Walker, Michigan, gave their annual concert at our church in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Tuesday, September 20. For a number of years now Kalamazoo has started their society season with this concert.

On September 28, Rev. D. Kuiper, pastor of our Immanuel P.R.C. in Lacombe, Alberta, gave an inspirational address to begin the catechism and Bible Study Society season. The speech was entitled, “Adding to Faith . . . Knowledge.”

The Building Committee of our First P.R.C. in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada has come to an agreement with St. Barnabas Anglican Church to purchase the requested furnishings for $5,000.00, including pews, chairs, piano, and organ.

Church Activities

On Monday, October 24, a Reformation Day Lecture was scheduled by our congregation in Randolph, Wisconsin. Their pastor, Rev. den Hartog, spoke on “The Reformation and the Authority of the Word.”

On October 27, the Protestant Reformed Lecture Committee, along with our church in Grandville, Michigan, sponsored their annual Fall Lecture. Rev. Jason Kortering, Grandville’s pastor, spoke at the South Grandville C.R.C. on the topic, “Reformed Church Government—a Reformed Church Heritage.”

Tapes of Prof. H. Hanko’s lecture entitled, “I believe in God the Creator” are now available at a cost of $3.00 from Southeast Protestant Reformed Church, 1535 Cambridge S.E., Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506.

The Reformed Witness Hour Radio Choir began meeting back in October. Thirty-seven people from seven churches in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area signed up this year, although there is still a need for a few good men to sing tenor and bass.

Mission Activities

Pastors Key and Kortering left on Thursday, October 6, for the mission field in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Their mandate on behalf of the mission committee was, among other things, to evaluate the situation on the field and to meet with the people there.

In conjunction with the Bible Studies in Fort Wayne, Indiana, there was a public lecture at the Carlton Motel in commemoration of Reformation Day on Thursday, Oct. 27. Missionary Ronald Van Overloop spoke on “Justification By Faith Only.”

School Activities

Covenant Christian High School had their groundbreaking for the Phase I construction on Saturday, October 8.

The Ladies’ Circle of our Loveland Protestant Reformed School in Colorado held a hot dog roast September 17 at the school. There was volleyball and softball planned. People were encouraged to bring their lawn chairs, blankets, Psalters, and flashlights for the sing-along afterward.

Hope Protestant Reformed School in Walker, Michigan held a School Bazaar on November 2 entitled “Treasures from Granny’s Trunk.”

The P.T.A. of Adams Street School in Grand Rapids, Michigan met November 3. The members of the school board and their principal gave a joint presentation on their duties and responsibilities in running the school and how they carry those duties out.

Final thought from Across the Aisle from First Church in Grand Rapids: “There are two ways to reach the top of an oak tree—you can climb it, or sit on an acorn and wait.”