Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
Continuing now with Reformation Day lectures from various of our congregations, we can report that the Wingham, Ontario PRC hosted a Reformation Day lecture on October 31 in their church. Prof. H. Hanko spoke on the topic, “The Crucial Emphasis of the Reformers on Christian Piety.”
On October 27 the congregation of the Lynden, WA PRC sponsored a Reformation lecture. Their pastor, Rev. R. Hanko, spoke on the topic, “The Priesthood of All Believers.”
That same evening in Iowa, the Reformed Witness Committee, made up of members from the Doon and Hull, Iowa PRCs, along with members from the Edgerton, MN PRC, sponsored a Reformation Day lecture in the B.J. Hann Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College. Prof. R. Dykstra spoke on “The Reformation and the Covenant.” In this lecture Prof. Dykstra hoped to demonstrate how the truths of the Reformation laid the necessary foundation for the Reformed doctrine of the covenant.
The Evangelism Committee of the Loveland, CO PRC sponsored a lecture held on October 31. Prof. D. Engelsma spoke on the topic, “Justification and Good Works.”
As part of its evangelism outreach to the community, the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada sponsored a Reformation lecture on November 3. Their pastor, Rev. R. Smit, spoke on the theme, “I Believe in the Holy Ghost: The Church’s Confession Regarding the Holy Spirit.”
Rev. A. Stewart, pastor of the Covenant PRC in Ballymena, NI, spoke October 31 in Limerick, Republic of Ireland, on the subject of “God’s Unconditional Covenant.” Rev. Stewart hoped to consider the question of whether the covenant is a bargain between God and man, where God lays down the conditions and man is required to keep them. Or is this covenant made by God alone, with man being the recipient by grace of God’s covenant blessings?
Cornerstone PRC in Dyer, Indiana has made a request to AIM (Active in Missions) to collect Reformed books on their behalf for use in their prison ministry. Softcover books are preferred, but hard cover books are also welcome. Check with your church to see if there is a box for books to be donated. Books will be collected until the end of the year.
Rev. and Mrs. Jason Kortering left for Singapore November 14. They have been asked to return to Singapore by the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church. They will remain in Singapore, the Lord willing, for a period of six months. Let us pray for the blessing of the Lord upon their labors there for the good of His church among the saints in Singapore.
A delegation from the Doon, IA PRC, Elder Alan VanBemmel and Rev. David Overway, and the Foreign Mission Committee, Elder Allen Brummel, made a visit to our denomination’s mission work in the Philippines in November. Plans called for these men to be there November 8 through November 20. While there they were to hear confessions of faith from some of the members of the Berean Fellowship, obtain the approval of Doon’s consistory, and announce those confessions and baptisms on Sunday, the 12th. The next week included observing the Pastors’ Training Class, taught by our missionary, Rev. A. Spriensma; making a trip to Gabaldon; attempting to determine the future needs of the field; and beginning discussions on what the relationship between the Berean church, Doon Council, and our Protestant Reformed denomination will be in the future. The public confessions and baptisms were scheduled for the first service on Sunday, the 19th. The organization of the Berean Fellowship into an instituted congregation, with the installation of officebearers, was scheduled for the second service. A very busy and wonderful day. Certainly a witness to the fact that God gathers His church from all the nations, enriching His church with the diversity of every nation, tribe, and tongue. May our church in Doon and the rest of the denomination rejoice in God’s marvelous work and grace.
From the Covenant of Grace PR Fellowship in Spokane, WA we learn that on Wednesday, November 8, an association to establish a Christian school in the Spokane area was formed. This association planned to take immediate serious steps toward that goal. All confessing members of the fellowship were strongly encouraged to join. There was a sign-up sheet for those interested, and a meeting was to be scheduled to discuss service and financial obligations and to form committees.
Missionary Rev. W. Bruinsma, accompanied by his wife, was scheduled to be with the PR Fellowship of Fayetteville, NC November 9-12. He led a Bible study on Friday and preached both services on Sunday. Fayetteville is also making plans to have a series of lectures held at a neutral site. The first lecture in this series will be given, the Lord willing, by Rev. Bruinsma on the topic: “Who Determines Right and Wrong.”
The Covenant PRC in Northern Ireland’s web site (www. cprc.co.uk) contains hundreds of written pieces, the Covenant Reformed News, pamphlets, articles, etc. Millions of people from all around the globe are searching the worldwide web for biblical material every day. A number of saints have already translated items on their web site into other languages, including Portuguese, Russian, Dutch, German, and Spanish. Covenant is looking for more helpers to translate items from English into various tongues, and they are willing to mail free books to willing and capable volunteers. Are you interested in spreading the biblical and Reformed faith around the world through translating material into another language or languages? Then e-mail Rev. A. Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Young People’s Activities
The members of our churches’ young people’s societies in West Michigan were invited to a Young People’s Mass Meeting held on Sunday afternoon, November 12, at the Hudsonville, MI PRC. Rev. C. Haak spoke on “Thanksgiving.”