Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
Number one on our list for this installment of the news has to be the addition of two new ministers to our churches. At a special meeting of Classis West on June 17th, the delegates heard and approved the examination of Pastor-elect Mitchell Dick and Pastor Audred Spriensma.
Pastor-elect Dick planned to be ordained and installed into the ministry in our Lacombe, Alberta, Canada congregation on July 3. Pastor Spriensma was declared a Minister of the Word and sacraments in our churches and eligible for a call. While he waits for a call, he was encouraged to preach throughout our churches and attend classes at our Seminary.
We can also report here that, with regard to Pastor Spriensma, it was the privilege of the Bethel PRC of Elk Grove Village, IL to have Pastor Spriensma preach for them two Sundays while their pastor, Rev. R. VanOverloop, was on vacation.
At a special worship service in our Hope PRC of Walker, MI on June 22, the installation of Rev. J. Kortering as minister-on-loan to Singapore took place. Rev. and Mrs. Kortering left for Singapore on July 1st.
All parents and Sunday School teachers in our west Michigan churches were invited to attend the annual Sunday School Mass Meeting held on June 23 at the Hope PRC of Walker, MI. Rev. G. VanBaren spoke on the topic, “The Value of Sunday School and the Importance of Parental Involvement.”
The Evangelism Committee of the South Holland, IL PRC decided to place an advertisement in the “South Holland Shopper” promoting the Standard Bearer by offering a free copy of the magazine. The ads were scheduled to appear in the June 10 and 24 and July 8 editions.
South Holland’s Evangelism Committee also sponsored a lecture back in May, given by Prof; H. Hanko at Summit Christian College in Ft. Wayne, IN. The lecture was entitled, “The Battle for the Bible.”
The Evangelism Committee of the Randolph, WI PRC placed ads in two area papers welcoming visitors to meet with Randolph’s congregation for a Sunday afternoon worship service. The sermon for that service was to treat the fourth commandment, the Sabbath rest. Pastor Key entitled this sermon, based on Exodus 20:8-11 and the Heidelberg Catechism, Lords Day 38, “A Sabbath Day Rest, or Christians Called to Sunday labor?” This sermon promised to answer these questions: “Is Sunday just another day? What is the meaning of the Sabbath? Is one commandment out of ten no longer applicable today? Does the Bible forbid all work on Sunday? Why go to church on Sunday? And twice?”
First Church of Grand Rapids, MI has asked Rev. Bekkering and Elder C. Prince to go to Jamaica and conduct training seminars in July and August. And, in connection with this visit, the Council of First Church asked the Deacons of the Hudsonville, MI PRC to conduct a clothing drive in their congregation. The clothing collected in Hudsonville was to be taken along by the two men in July and distributed to the saints in Jamaica.
Many of our congregations have been busy this summer with different projects. Many involved making improvements on either the church building or the parsonage.
The Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI approved proposals to repave the driveway to the parsonage, install air conditioning in the parsonage, and repair windows in the parsonage. A member of the congregation also donated funds to construct a sign in front of Southwest Church.
The South Holland, IL PRC approved plans to move the Council meeting room to the present nursery room due to the need for more space for the Council. The present Council room will become the new nursery.
The Hope PRC in Walker, MI approved plans to purchase more tables and chairs for their society room, along with maps, chalkboards, Bibles, and Psalters.
The First PRC of Edgerton, MN recently passed proposals to purchase new pews, replace fellowship room carpeting, remodel the parsonage kitchen, and install air-conditioning in the church.
Hudsonville congregation also passed a proposal to replace the roof of their church building. Our Pella, IA congregation began directing funds to replace their present piano. They also recently completed repainting the outside of their church building.
And the new church building of the Hull, IA PRC is under construction. It is hoped that the new sanctuary will be completed by the end of this year or the beginning of next.
Rev. B. Gritters declined the call he had been considering to serve as missionary pastor to the saints in Larne, Northern Ireland. In response to that decline, the Council of the Hudsonville, MI PRC met on July 8 to select a new trio. Pastors Bruinsma, Haak, and Slopsema were placed on trio. A congregational meeting was scheduled for July 26 to extend a call to one of these men.