Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
Once again this fall the men of Bethel PRC in Roselle, IL were given the opportunity to be part of a Men’s Book Reading Group. Their agenda for the year called for quarterly meetings at Bethel, usually on a Saturday morning. For their October meeting, the men planned to discuss the first 123 pages of The Christian in Complete Armour, by William Gurnal, where the reader is warned of the reality of Satan and the saints’ call to arms.
Starting October 4, Rev. J. Mahtani, pastor of Bethel PRC, began leading a Bible Teaching Class at Emerald Village, a nearby retirement home where one of Bethel’s elderly members lives. Rev. Mahtani hoped, the Lord willing, to conduct one class each month, on the Reformation in October, on Thanksgiving in November, etc.
Rev. J. Kortering met with the council of Grace PRC in Standale, MI in September and gave a presentation on details of the work in India of which he had spoken earlier that month at Grace. A special collection was taken September 24 for the work there. In addition, in the coming weeks and months the council of Grace will be assessing just how their congregation might be more involved with this work, and especially with a man named Paul Raj and a fellowship of believers with whom he is laboring. The council also asked for the congregation’s prayers as they consider whether or not this is an “open door” for Grace to minister to fellow saints on the other side of the world.
The congregation of the Wingham, Ontario, PRC was invited to play softball at Riverside Park in Wingham on Saturday, September 30.
The annual Inspirational Meeting to mark the beginning of the society season at First PRC in Holland, MI was held September 27. Rev. D. Kleyn was the speaker.
On September 27 the Lord sent a severe tropical storm (typhoon) directly through Manila and nearby areas of the Philippines. According to the Philippine news media, there was damage throughout the city. The Spriensmas reported that they were safe and were not hurt, but were without electricity. There were also no reports regarding the welfare of the other saints from the mission. We pray for their safety and thank God that He spared the Spriensmas any harm.
With the approval of the councils of our two churches in Iowa (Doon and Hull) and the council of the Edgerton, MN PRC, several families and individuals who have been attending the Bible Study in Sioux Falls are in the process of sending a letter to the Domestic Mission Committee asking for help in establishing a church plant/mission work in Sioux Falls.
The Evangelism Committee of the Grandville, MI PRC hosted a lecture on “Personal Evangelism: The Believer’s Calling to Share the Gospel,” given by Rev. J. Kortering on Friday evening, September 22, at their church.
Friday, September 29, the members of Peace PRC in Lansing, IL sponsored a lecture entitled, “Bringing Forth Children in an Age of Selfishness.” The lecture was given by Rev. Allen Brummel of the South Holland, IL PRC.
Though schools are now a good two months into their academic year, it’s not too late to mention that all our Christian schools begin each year with a chapel service. Loveland Christian School in Loveland, CO scheduled their first chapel of the school year for September 22. Rev. R. Miersma, pastor of the Loveland, CO PRC, spoke on the “Fruits of the Spirit” from Galatians 5. The students of Northwest Iowa Christian School in Doon, Iowa, along with the students of the Free Christian School in Edgerton, MN, held a combined chapel on October 5. Rev. D. Overway, pastor of the Doon PRC, was the speaker.
At a special meeting of the Midwest PR Secondary Education Society held September 25, the Society approved the proposal to move forward using their existing parcel of real estate as a building site. The Society also approved a proposal to conduct a drive to collect $500,000 in cash and pledges toward the high school project.
Young People’s Activities
For those of you who like to plan activities in advance, we remind you that next year’s PR Young People’s Convention will be hosted by the congregation and young people of the Grandville, MI PRC. Next year’s convention will be held, the Lord willing, at Beulah Beach Christian Camp in Vermillion, Ohio, August 13-17. So please make a note of these dates on your 2007 calendar and look for additional information here or in your church bulletin as it becomes available.
As you might expect, the entire congregation at Grandville has been busy, really even before this year’s convention, with plans for next year’s gathering in Ohio. At this point in time many of those plans revolve around raising the necessary funds to pay for the convention. One such event took place Saturday, September 23, with a 3-D archery tournament at the West Walker Sportsman Club. This event not only raised money for next year’s convention, but it also gave participants a much needed opportunity to resharpen archery skills before the upcoming deer archery season, which opened October 1 in Michigan.
The annual Reformed Free Publishing Association meeting was held September 21 at Faith PRC in Jenison, MI. Prof. R. Dykstra was the featured speaker.