Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
We begin this first “News” of the new year by finishing some business going back to our churches’ and our missions’ Reformation Day lectures sponsored in October.
The Pittsburgh Mission arranged for Rev. Kenneth Koole, pastor of the Grandville, MI PRC, to speak at their October 31st Reformation lecture. Rev. Koole spoke on “The Reformation and the Christian Family.”
Rev. Richard Smit, the pastor of Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada, spoke at a lecture sponsored by Immanuel on October 31. Rev. Smit spoke on “The Antithesis.”
The Loveland, CO PRC sponsored a lecture on Reformation Day, October 31. Prof. Robert Decker spoke on “The Foolishness of Preaching: The Heart of Reformation Preaching.”
The Evangelism Committee of the Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI sponsored a lecture October 31 at their church. Prof. Ronald Cammenga spoke on “The World and Life View of the Reformation.”
Prof. Herman Hanko spoke on behalf of the Evangelism Committee of the South Holland, IL PRC on October 31. The lecture, held at Cornerstone PRC, was entitled, “The Reformed Ecumenical Movement: Was the Reformation a Mistake?”
Rev. Angus Stewart, pastor of the Covenant PRC, our sister church in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, spoke twice on the topic, “The Reformation’s Teaching on the Church.” On October 30 Rev. Stewart spoke at the Portadown Town Hall, and then again on October 31 at the Ballymena Protestant Hall.
The Evangelism Committee of the South Holland, IL PRC recently distributed to each family in their congregation the informative DVD entitled, “Introduction to the PRC,” with the hope that members would pass it on to relatives and neighbors who they thought would be interested in learning about our denomination. The Evangelism Committee also added a link to the video on their church’s website, so that it can be attached to an email and sent out.
A recent Hudsonville, MI PRC bulletin provided information from their Evangelism Committee that their church services can now be heard live through their church website. Visit hudsonvilleprc.org for more information.
For some time now the Covenant PRC in Ballymena, NI has labored in the town of Limerick, Republic of Ireland. Those labors have progressed to the point that the Limerick Reformed Fellowship began having two meetings each Lord’s Day, starting November 30.
On Sunday morning, November 23, Rev. Ronald Van Overloop was installed as the second pastor of the Grace PRC in Standale, MI. Prof. Barry Gritters led that service, preaching from the Word of God found in II Corinthians 11:2-3, under the theme, “A Pastor’s Jealousy for the Church’s Purity.” That evening the newly-installed Rev. Van Overloop led his first service as pastor at Grace, preaching from II Corinthians 4:6-7, under the theme, “Great Treasure in Earthen Vessels.” This service was followed by a welcome program with special music provided by the choir, Sunday School, young people, and others. We pray that Rev. Van Overloop, his wife, Sue, and daughter, Michelle, will experience God’s richest blessing while they serve the cause of Christ at Grace.
With winter weather now a reality in West Michigan, it is interesting to note that two of our churches there are offering a valet parking system for those who have some difficulty getting to and from their cars at church. The Transportation Committee of Faith in Jenison began offering the service on December 7. And elderly members of Grace could sign up to have their cars warmed up and scraped off after church services, also beginning on December 7.
The ladies of two of our congregations in Canada enjoyed their annual cookie exchange in early December. The Covenant Ladies Circle of First PRC in Edmonton, AB enjoyed their exchange on December 4, while the ladies of Immanuel in Lacombe enjoyed their exchange on December 5.
During the month of November, the congregations of both Georgetown and Hudsonville, MI PRC’s were given the opportunity to share what the Lord had given them by way of a food drive for others in their church family. Members could place nonperishable food items in their church kitchen, or gift certificates in the collection plate, by Sunday, November 30, for distribution in early December by their deacons.
A delegation from Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI, the calling church for Missionary Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma and the work in Pittsburgh, PA, visited the Mission the last weekend in November. Rev. Arie den Hartog preached for both services on November 30, and the delegation also scheduled time to meet with Rev. and Mary Bruinsma, as well as the members of the Fellowship.
The recent DMC delegation’s visit to the Heritage PR Fellowship of Sioux Falls was very enjoyable, and the men were pleased with the evidence of God’s blessing upon the work there, both spiritually and numerically. The Fellowship consists of a group of nine families, who meet for worship in the Holiday Inn in Sioux Falls. They are energetic in their witness in the area and continue to grow in faith. They are also very appreciative of the diligent labors of their missionary-pastor, Rev. Allen Brummel, and family. If your travel takes you to that area, be sure to worship with them.
Rev. Rodney Kleyn declined to the call he had been considering to serve as the first pastor of the Calvary PRC in Hull, IA.
Missionary-pastor, Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma declined the call extended to him from our Doon, IA PRC to serve as foreign missionary to the Berean PRC in Manila, the Philippines.
On December 3 the Byron Center, MI PRC extended a call to Rev. Eriks to serve as their church’s next pastor.