Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan.
The installation of Rev. Rodney Kleyn, the first pastor of the newly instituted Covenant of Grace PRC in Spokane, WA, took place at the morning worship service of July 19, with Rev. Tom Miersma officiating. Rev. Miersma preached on “Desiring the Sincere Milk of the Word,” from I Peter 2:2. In the evening Rev. Kleyn preached his first sermon as Covenant’s pastor on, “Love the Church,” from Psalm 137:5, 6. The Kleyn family had arrived in Spokane and moved into their new home just two days before that, on the 17th. Their address is 7317 N. Deschutes Dr., Spokane, WA 99208, and they will have Rev. Miersma’s old phone number: (509) 926-0372.
The Providence PRC, presently meeting at Heritage Christian School in Hudsonville, MI, recently approved a proposal from their Council to purchase a plot of land on the east side of 22nd Ave., near the Bridlewood subdivision, a growing area just to the south of Hudsonville. We give thanks to God, with this sister congregation, that He has provided for them this location for anticipated future growth.
The Adult Fellowship Society of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA, along with their families, enjoyed a summer outing at Hope Christian School on July 17. Plans called for outdoor games and a Mexican potluck dinner.
Everyone in the Doon, IA PRC was invited to the Rock Rapids Swimming Pool on July 29 for a Family Swim Night. After swimming, everyone was invited to a nearby campground for a bonfire, with a promise of plenty of campfire goodies to share and enjoy.
The Cornerstone PRC in Dyer, IN hosted their annual Vacation Bible School on July 27-30. This year the VBS was held at the South Holland PR Christian School. Children ages 4 through 5th grade were welcomed to attend.
The Evangelism Committee of First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI invited their congregation and members of other nearby PR congregations to a summer singspiration, “God’s Glory in Creation,” on Sunday, July 22. There was plenty of audience singing assisted by the Majestic Brass, and also other vocal and instrumental special music.
The Reformed Witness Committee of Hope PRC in Walker, MI sponsored their 2009 Summer Class Series during the month of July on the relevant and timely subject of “The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit.” Prof. Herman Hanko was the featured speaker for all four classes.
The Reformed Witness Committee of our churches in Iowa and Minnesota was pleased to have Prof. Russell Dykstra present a lecture on the topic of the formula of subscription in the Hull, IA PRC on July 17. The speech, entitled “To Be or Not to Be Reformed: Upholding the Form of Subscription,” was intended for anyone who has a desire for the church of Jesus Christ to remain faithful to the Bible. The lecture promised to answer questions about the form, about how long the Reformed church has required subscription, why it was necessary, and why the weakening of the form will spell the end of a Reformed church or denomination.
A recent bulletin from the Covenant PRC in Northern Ireland included an encouraging quote that we like to pass on to the readers of theStandard Bearer. From Namibia, Africa; “We receive hunters from all over the world on our hunting ranch. About two years ago we ordered 20 Doctrine According to Godliness books…. So from then onwards, we gave these books as presents to hunters when they go back after their hunts with us…. It is, and always was, our prayer that people will someday, some time, start to read Rev. Hanko’s book and that it will bring them to understand and read the Bible. We have now only one book left and plan to order more of them for future visitors. So yes, we would love more literature of the PRCA.”
Prof. and Mrs. David Engelsma were recently in the Philippines helping the members of the Berean PRC in Manila conduct a three-day conference, July 22-24, on the theme, “The Five Points of Calvinism and the Covenant of Grace.” Their presence also helped the Smit family to settle into their new residence.
Rev. Allen Brummel, missionary pastor of the Heritage PR Fellowship in Sioux Falls, SD, spoke at a public lecture on the subject of John Calvin and his relevance for today. The lecture was held July 31 at the Trinity Reformed Church in Sioux Falls.
Young Adult Activities
The Young Adult Society of the Lynden, WA PRC hosted their first Young Adult Retreat on July 20-23 at Camp Brotherhood, about an hour south of Lynden. The young adults began the retreat on Monday by exploring the coast at Fort Casey, and ended the retreat on Thursday with white-water rafting in the mountains. Along with these and other activities were profitable discussions and speeches by Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma, from Pittsburgh’s mission, and Rev. Ron Hanko, from Lynden, on the topic of “Missions and Witnessing,” an especially relevant topic in light of Washington’s Spokane Mission organizing as a church and the recently-accepted calls to the Philippines by Rev. Smit and Rev. D. Kleyn. Eighteen (age 27+) people took part in the first Middle-Age Adult Singles Retreat on July 27-30 in beautiful Larkspur, CO, hosted by the Loveland, CO PRC. Activities included trips to the Air Force Academy, Pikes Peak, and the Olympic Training Center. Excellent group discussions were led by Mr. Bill Pipe and Mr. Frank Tolsma on the theme, “Our Place as Members of the Body of Christ,” from I Corinthians 7 and 12. One attendee told me, “It was a great time of fellowship, and the wonderful Loveland congregation surely made us feel welcome.”
We extend our congratulations to Rev. Heath Bleyenberg, pastor of the Providence PRC in Hudsonville, MI, and Miss Deb Key, who were united in marriage July 10. Our prayer is that they may experience the Lord’s love in their marriage, that their marriage may prove a blessing to the congregations they serve, and that they may grow in their own oneness in the faith.
Rev. William Langerak declined calls from both Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI and Calvary PRC in Hull, IA.
Candidate Cory Griess is considering four calls to serve as pastor. He has been extended calls from the Byron Center, MI PRC; the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada; First PRC in Holland, MI; and Calvary PRC in Hull, IA.
Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma received the call to serve as the next pastor of the Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI.