Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
On Sunday morning, September 9, the Sunday School classes of the Byron Center, MI PRC were invited to meet briefly after their morning service to present their collection money, taken over the summer months, to Rev. J. Kortering. This gift was to be used to translate and print a study book on the Heidelberg Catechism for boys in an orphanage in India.
Starting on September 14, Rev. J. Mahtani, pastor of Bethel PRC in Roselle, IL, began leading a Bible study at Trinity College, where some twelve PR students are enrolled this year. Present plans call for the group to meet once a month to study “The Armor of God” given in Ephesians 6. We are also happy to include here a sort of follow-up to that Bible study. Rev. Mahtani writes in Bethel’s next bulletin that the first Bible study at Trinity was very encouraging, with some sixteen students in attendance, and there were at least three or four others who called to express interest but were unable to attend. Rev. Mahtani even went so far as to invite all sixteen students to Bethel for Sunday worship services on October 1. All sixteen planned to come to both services and also join the YP/YA after the evening service. Rev. Mahtani also invited all the students to the parsonage for a meal between services. But he also mentioned that although the Mahtanis had invited them for a meal, he was sure that his wife, Esther, would appreciate some help with the food, and they were looking for any offers to prepare a dish to help feed sixteen hungry college students.
In conjunction with the beginning of the catechism classes at the Byron Center, MI PRC this fall, a Men’s Bible Study will once again meet at the same time. Byron Center has done this in the past, giving the fathers who drop off their children for catechism something profitable to do instead of the quick stop at the grocery or hardware store during classes.
The annual Fall Fellowship Supper was held at First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI, on September 13. Everyone, whether older, younger, or in between, was encouraged to make an extra effort to come for this time of fellowship with others in their church family. It was noted that many members of First live quite a distance from each other and do not often visit in each other’s home, so their fellowship times at church are especially valuable. Rev. J. Slopsema also gave a ten-minute talk to encourage the members of First in their Bible study attendance for the year.
Sunday evening, September 10, members of the Hudsonville, MI PRC enjoyed a coffee after their evening worship service to bid farewell to Pastor-elect Andrew Lanning, his wife, Stephanie, and their two children, Jessica and Eric, before they took up the work of pastor and family at neighboring Faith PRC in Jenison, MI.
Having successfully sustained his examination by Classis East on September 13, Pastor-elect Andrew Lanning was ordained and installed as pastor of the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI on September 15. Rev. Lanning became Faith’s sixth pastor since their organization in 1973. Rev. S. Key, Rev. Lanning’s father-in-law, conducted the worship service, with Rev. K. Koole, moderator for Faith, reading the form. Rev. Key’s sermon theme was entitled “To the Angel of Faith Church,” based on Revelation 1:20 and Revelation 2:1. The collection taken was appropriately for the Faith Seminary Student Fund. There was a time of fellowship following the installation to welcome the Lannings.
The following Lord’s Day, September 17, Rev. A Lanning preached his inaugural sermon from Nehemiah 8:8 under the theme, “Giving the Sense of God’s Word,” looking at the meaning, the possibility, and the result. Praise God for granting to us pastors and preachers of the Word. We pray that Rev. Lanning’s ministry be faithful and fruitful to God’s glory in the church.
Seminary Convocation was held at the First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI on September 6. Prof. B. Gritters spoke on the topic, “Ministers and (their) Mothers.”
The annual fall Adult Bible Society League Mass Meeting was held September 19 at Hope PRC in Walker, MI. Rev. J. Laning, pastor at Hope, spoke on the topic, “Laboring for the Meat That Endures.”
The Hope Heralds, an all-male choir from west Michigan, presented their annual late summer concert at the Grandville, MI PRC on Sunday evening, September 10. This was followed September 12 by a concert at the Kalamazoo, MI PRC to mark the beginning of their fall catechism and Bible study season, and the following Lord’s Day, September 17, at the South Holland, IL PRC.
With the concurrence of the council of the Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI and the Domestic Mission Committee, an offer was presented to the seller of a church property in Pittsburgh. The offer was accepted, and as of this writing the finalization of this purchase is now under way. We rejoice in God’s goodness shown to our Pittsburgh Mission in the answering of their prayers for a church building.
In news from the newly organized Covenant PRC in Northern Ireland, we read recently that their pastor, Rev. A. Stewart, conducted a lecture in the Rest Convalescent Home in Porthcawl South Wales under the theme, “Covenant Baptism.”
Pastor Paul Goh was installed this summer as the pastor of the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church of Singapore. We rejoice in God’s goodness to Rev. Goh and commend him to God’s all-sufficient grace and wisdom to perform the work of a pastor. Pastor Lau Chin Kwee, whose health is not good, transferred his membership to the Covenant Church.
Rev. Chris Connors of the Launceston EPC of Australia accepted the call to Brisbane EPC.