Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
Rev. Rodney Kleyn accepted the call he received to serve as the first pastor of the newly organized Covenant of Grace PRC in Spokane, WA.
Rev. Steven Key, pastor of the Hull, IA PRC declined the call extended to him from the Byron Center, MI PRC to serve as their next pastor.
Rev. Doug Kuiper, serving our denomination as pastor of the Randolph, WI PRC, declined the call he received to serve as the first pastor of the Calvary PRC in Hull, IA.
Rev. Ron Hanko, pastor of the Lynden, WA PRC, declined the call extended to him to serve as pastor of the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada.
The First PRC of Holland, MI has extended a call to Rev. Garrett Eriks, pastor of the Hudsonville, MI PRC, to serve as their next pastor.
The congregation of the Byron Center, MI PRC has extended a call to Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma, missionary pastor in Pittsburgh, PA, to become their next pastor.
Seminarians Jon Mahtani, Nathan Decker, and Brian Huizinga, were on the pulpit for the first time Sunday, May 24. Seminarian Mahtani was at the Grace PRC in Standale, MI for their morning service; Seminarian Decker was at the Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI that same morning; while Seminarian Huizinga had to wait until the evening service at the Providence PRC in Hudsonville, MI, to speak his first words of edification.
The Randolph, WI PRC sponsored their annual Spring Lecture on May 8. Prof. Ron Cammenga spoke that evening on “The Biblical Doctrine of Creation, in light of the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth.”
The Evangelism Committee of the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI recently began a new program called Faith and Life in conjunction with the Reformed Witness Hour. They are distributing free CDs containing two RWH messages in several area restaurants on a monthly basis, and they have been encouraged by the rapid disappearance of CDs from the display racks. Consequently, Faith is looking to expand their program more widely to include other West Michigan restaurants or businesses.
The Evangelism Society of the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI made preparations for their annual Summer Bible Memory Program, beginning June 7. The TULIP must Bloom! This 8-week program gave Georgetown’s congregation another opportunity to hide God’s Word in their hearts and to become more adept at defending the Reformed truth. The Society will also be promoting the Doctrines of Sovereign Grace (Calvinism) this summer by a series of sermons on TULIP, and, in conjunction with this, the consistory sponsored an Adult Sunday School class on different aspects of Calvinism.
Sister Church Activities
On Wednesday and Thursday, June 3-4, Rev. Angus Stewart, pastor of the Covenant PRC in Northern Ireland, gave two speeches at a conference in Lisbon, Portugal, entitled, “Calvin’s Battle for the Reformation.” The event was sponsored by a Portuguese denomination, the Christian Presbyterian Church of Portugal (Igreja Christa Presbiteriana de Portugal, ICPP).
This opportunity for Rev. Stewart and the CPRC came about through the Portuguese translations on their website. Through these translations they came into contact with a man named Nuno Pinheiro, who lives just outside of Lisbon. Mr. Pinheiro and his family came to last summer’s BRF Conference. After that conference the Stewarts promised the Pinheiro family that they would visit this summer, and Mr. Pinheiro, a member of the ICPP, arranged for Rev. Stewart to speak at their conference in Lisbon. This was the first time the Stewarts were in Portugal and the first time that Rev. Stewart spoke using a translator. You may also be interested to know that Mr. Pinheiro has been translating Rev. Haak’s messages on the Reformed Witness Hour and then reading and recording his translation, which is broadcast on the radio in Portugal.
Rev. Arie den Hartog, pastor of the Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI, was asked to speak at the Family Camp of the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church in Singapore. This camp is held yearly and was held this year in Rompin, Malaysia. Rev. denHartog left on June 8 and returned June 18. At the camp Rev. den Hartog was scheduled to give five messages. This year’s camp had the largest enrollment ever. An invitation was also sent to a mission group in Penang, Malaysia, where ministers of Covenant are going once a month to preach.
On Saturday, May 23, members of the First PRC in Edmonton, AB, Canada were invited to participate in a “Bag-O-Bottles-Pancake Breakfast,” to raise money for this summer’s Family Conference. Edmonton members could drop off their bottle returns, enjoy a pancake breakfast, and then make a bottle run with other experienced bottlers. All ages were encouraged to participate. The breakfast was free for all bottle-driver participants. All others were encouraged to make a generous donation. Rev. Daniel Kleyn preached his farewell sermon as pastor of First PRC in Holland, MI on Sunday evening, May 24. He chose to preach from Exodus 19:4, under the theme, “Jehovah Bearing His Church on Eagles’ Wings.”
Young Adult Activities
The Young Adult Society of the South Holland, IL PRC hosted a Young Adults Retreat on June 2-4 at the Radisson-Star Plaza Hotel in Merrillville, IN. South Holland’s congregation was also invited to attend the speeches featuring Rev. Audred Spriensma, pastor of the Kalamazoo, MI PRC on June 2 and 3. Rev. Spriensma spoke on the theme, “Walking in the Light,” and how it applies to one’s personal testimony, his witnessing, and letting his light shine. Other featured attractions and activities for the week included the Indiana Dunes, on the shore of Lake Michigan, nearby Chicago attractions, and the hotel pool and hot tub.