Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
The delegation of officebearers from the Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI recently returned from a weekend visit to our churches’ mission in Pittsburgh, PA with a good report about the blessings of the Lord on the mission and the work being done there. They report that our missionary, Rev. W. Bruinsma, continues to work very hard with plans for a number of new events. He and his family are greatly appreciated by the members of the mission. While there, the delegation participated in a Bible study group, composed of an enthusiastic and spiritually interested group of young people discussing the Lord’s Day. The mission group is also very excited about the prospect of finalizing the purchase of their new church property.
We can also add here that Rev. Bruinsma gave a Reformation Day lecture at the Heinz Chapel on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh on October 31, entitled “Who Determines Right and Wrong?” A great deal of advertising was done beforehand to promote this event, and there are plans to follow up this lecture with a series of Bible studies in various locations in Pittsburgh, starting already the following week. The core group from the mission and Rev. Bruinsma planned to begin meeting twice a week through the end of November. On Monday evenings they planned to meet at the Hampton Inn in North Hills and on Wednesdays at the Comfort Inn in Peen Hills.
As part of their continued oversight of our denomination’s mission labors in Spokane, WA with the Covenant of Grace PR Fellowship, a delegation from the Loveland, CO PRC visited there the first weekend in November. In conjunction with that visit, our Domestic Mission Committee also sent a delegation that same weekend. Rev. R. Kleyn, one of the men on that committee, not only preached for the Fellowship on Sunday, November 5, but he also gave a Reformation Day lecture on Friday, November 3, on the subject of Biblical Family Worship.
At its meeting on October 17, the DMC considered a letter from the families that are meeting together for Bible studies in Sioux Falls, SD, asking that the DMC assist them in establishing a church in that city. Evidently willing to consider looking into the possibility of their being involved in this work, the DMC agreed to send a committee to meet with the group at their regular biweekly Bible studies scheduled for November 13. It will be interesting to see how this develops.
In connection with its continued support and sponsorship of “Christianity on Campus” at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI, the Evangelism Committee of Grace PRC in Standale, MI sponsored a special lecture on the campus, given by their pastor, Rev. M. Dick, on October 26, on “Luther vs. Erasmus: Free Will, Christian Humanism, and Christianity.” Luther, of course, was the Reformation champion of free grace, while Erasmus was the humanist champion of free will. They battled each other in the sixteenth century, and that battle between true Christianity and humanism continues today— on secular campuses and all over the world.
On October 27 the Evangelism Committee of the South Holland, IL PRC sponsored a lecture given by Rev. Doug Kuiper, pastor of the Randolph, WI PRC. Rev. Kuiper spoke on “Philip Melanchthon, Luther’s Assistant and Successor.”
The Evangelism Committee of Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI sponsored a Fall lecture by Prof. D. Engelsma on an important and timely subject. Prof. Engelsma spoke on “The Latest Attack on Grace in the Reformed Churches; Justification by Works—A Covenant Heresy.” This speech specifically challenged the error of Federal Vision. This lecture was given at Grace Community Church in Hudsonville, MI on October 27. Questions and answers followed the speech (cf. www.southwestprc. org/literature.htm).
The Martha Ladies Society of the Doon, Iowa PRC hosted the annual Fall Combined Ladies League Meeting on October 24. Rev. D. Overway, pastor at Doon, spoke on the topic of “Instructing and Disciplining Our Children.”
Members of our PR congregations in West Michigan were invited to Fair Haven Ministries in Jenison, MI on Sunday evening, October 29, for a “Men Sing Thy Praise” concert. The evening included beautiful selections by the Hope Heralds, Trinity Men Singers, Voices of Victory, and a combined group of over 80 men from our area PR churches. It was truly a powerful and inspiring evening of praise to God. A collection was taken for the 2007 Y.P. Convention.
Rev. Doug Kuiper, pastor of the Randolph, WI PRC, was given an opportunity to address the Young People’s Group of the First Christian Reformed Church in Waupun, introducing them to the PRC, on Sunday evening, October 22.
Members of Faith PRC in Jenison, MI were invited to join a Crochet/Knitting class, October 26, in their Fellowship room. Those who wished to do the crocheting around a towel were reminded to bring a hand towel, G-hook, and sugar and cream cotton yarn, while others could bring any project they were working on.
The Doon, Iowa PRC, the calling church for our denomination’s mission work in the Philippines, extended a call to Rev. M. VanderWal to become our next missionary in the Philippines. Rev. A. Spriensma plans to conclude his labors there in the next couple of months, before taking up his work as the next pastor of the Kalamazoo, MI PRC, the Lord willing.