Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
No sooner has one convention come and gone than another one is being planned. The young people of the Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI will be sponsoring the 2004 PRYP Convention, the Lord willing. Next year’s convention will be held July 12-16, at Covenant Hills Camp in Otisville, MI, just north of Flint. Attached to the camp is also a campground and RV park that can be used by parents and friends who would like to camp during the week of the convention and be able to attend the speeches. If you are interested in knowing more about Covenant Hills Camp, you can check it out on the web at www.Covenant Hills.org.
With Young People’s Society starting up again this fall, it is always interesting to note the different special activities and unusual outings some of our young people go to. We would challenge any group to do better than the young people of the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI, who back last May enjoyed a group outing to Yntema Funeral Home in Zeeland, MI. Certainly not your typical outing destination.
Sunday evening, August 24, the congregation of the Hudsonville, MI PRC gathered together after their second service to bid farewell to their pastor for the past nine years, Rev. B. Gritters, his wife, Lori, and their children. As many of you know, earlier this past summer Rev. Gritters accepted the call from our churches to serve as professor of New Testament and Practical Theology in our seminary, eventually replacing the retiring Prof. R. Decker. This farewell-appreciation program featured numbers from Hudsonville Sunday School and Choir, the audience singing various Psalter numbers, and a piano solo. In addition to a monetary gift given to help with the purchase of major appliances in their new home, the Gritters also received a plaque with the words of III John 4 inscribed on it: “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth”—the same text Rev. Gritters used as the theme for his farewell sermon on August 3.
This past Sunday School season the children of the Byron Center, MI PRC took collections for equipment for a Christian doctor in Myanmar and needy children in an orphanage in Myanmar. In response to those gifts Mrs. Judie Feenstra visited their Sunday School the last week of their season to tell them about her missionary assistance work in Myanmar and about the people that the children have been giving money for. Anyone else interested was also welcome.
This fall Rev. R. Cammenga, pastor of the Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI, anticipated beginning to preach through the Lord’s Days of the Heidelberg Catechism again. In light of this, he put together a twenty-eight page packet of “Material Relating to the Background and History of the Heidelberg Catechism.” Included in this material was the history of the H.C. and various items of interest.
To bring their season to a close, the Sunday School children of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA invited their congregation to a short program after their evening service on Sunday, August 24.
The evening of August 17 there was a presentation at Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI given by members of a group that traveled to Romania this summer. They spoke about their experience and showed photos as well.
The Reformed Witness Committee of the Doon, Edgerton, and Hull PR Churches will again be sponsoring a Bible discussion on the campus of Dordt College. This year meetings will take place on a new night, Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Their first meeting was held already on September 3. They have begun a study of the book of Daniel. The RWC invites all who attend Dordt to consider this worthwhile study of God’s Word.
Sunday evening, September 7, members of our congregations in west Michigan were invited to join the Hope Heralds as they concluded their summer season with a concert of sacred music at Grandville, MI PRC.
On September 4, Rev. B. Gritters was installed into the position of Professor of New Testament and Practical Theology in our seminary. This year the annual Seminary Convocation was combined with Rev. Gritters’ installation and was held at the Hudsonville, MI PRC. Prof. R. Decker conducted the worship service and preached on II Timothy 2:1, 2 under the theme, “Committing the Truth to Faithful Men.” This proved to be a very appropriate text for faculty and students alike since it pointed them all to the awesome responsibility they have as undershepherds and potential undershepherds of God’s church. Rev. Dale Kuiper, president of the Theological School Committee, read the form for the installation of Rev. Gritters into the office of professor, and also introduced the five men presently studying in our seminary. They are Nathan Langerak, first-year student; Andrew Lanning and Clayton Spronk, second-year students; Dennis Lee and John Marcus, third-year students. There are no fourth-year students. We would also use this occasion to remind our readers to remember our seminary in your prayers.
Rev. R. Cammenga declined the call he was considering to serve as missionary to Ghana. Rev. R. Cammenga has received the call from Faith PRC to serve as their next pastor. Rev. C. Haak declined the call he received from the Hudsonville, MI PRC to serve as their next pastor. From a trio of the Revs. G. Eriks, D. Kleyn, and J. Slopsema, the Byron Center, MI PRC extended a call to Rev. Slopsema.
And one final thought taken from a recent Grace PRC bulletin. “All the ‘calls’ and now one minister to begin teaching at the Seminary means we have three vacancies in our PR congregations. Ministers are busy filling classical appointments. Churches must find pulpit supply. Elders may lead the worship services. And the congregations without pastors must wait on the Lord. Let us pray for one another as churches. Together let us thank Him for abundantly providing His truth and the ministry of it.”