Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
Rev. M. VanderWal, pastor of Hope PRC in Redlands, CA, declined the call extended to him from the Doon, Iowa PRC to serve as our denomination’s next missionary to the Philippines.
As we reported in our last “News,” during the first worship service on Sunday morning, November 19, in the Berean mission in Manila, the sacrament of baptism was administered to five adults and five children, and the public confession of faith of fifteen members was heard, including the missionary’s daughter, Jessica Spriensma. In the second worship service, the organization of the families and individuals into an instituted Reformed congregation, now known as the Berean Protestant Reformed Church of the Philippines, including the installation of officebearers, took place under the oversight of the delegation from the calling church and the Foreign Mission Committee. Tears of joy were seen in many eyes. As a denomination and as individuals we pray that the Lord will now send a man of His choosing to water that which has been planted. New elders are Eric Mescallado and Rod Bongat, and the deacon is Edgar Bansale. The church consists of twelve families. Text for the first worship service wasI Corinthians 15:10 and for the second worship service I Samuel 7:12. Continue to thank God for the glorious work He is performing among the saints in the Philippines, and let us also remember in prayer Missionary Rev. A. Spriensma and his family, who will be moving soon, the Lord willing, to Kalamazoo, MI, to begin their labors in the Kalamazoo PRC.
As a follow-up to his Reformation Day lecture in Pittsburgh, PA, Rev. W. Bruinsma, our churches’ missionary to the Fellowship in Pittsburgh, has been scheduling weekly seminars at two different area locations. The first seminar dealt with the topic of “Acquiring Bible Knowledge in the Church and in the Home,” followed by the subject of “The Fruit of Bible Knowledge,” or how we as believers can equip ourselves to fight the good fight of faith and to walk a life of holiness before God.
The Adult Bible Society of the Lynden, WA PRC invited everyone in their congregation to a special Bible study Thursday, November 30. Plans called for a special look at our churches’ mission work in the Philippines by means of a DVD of the work there, followed by a time to discuss that particular effort of our churches and missions in general.
On Saturday, November 11, members of the Girl’s Fellowship and Activities Program, or LIFE group, of the Hudsonville, MI PRC, met together at the home of one of Hudsonville’s members, for a hayride and lunch, followed by time together making brownie treats and greeting cards for various members of their congregation.
Members of First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI enjoyed a Request Night Program following their evening worship service Sunday, November 12. There were instrumental and vocal numbers by members of all ages, as well as audience singing of several Thanksgiving songs.
There was a Couples’ Fellowship Potluck Dinner for couples married ten years or less at the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI on Friday evening, December 1. Prof. B. Gritters gave a message on “Couples Having Devotions Together.”
Members of Georgetown PRC were also asked to reserve November 10 for a family pizza night and hymn sing/concert by the Voices of Victory, sponsored by TRAC (Transylvania Reformed Assistance Committee). The evening was to benefit the Bogota Orphanage in Romania.
Members of Grace PRC in Standale, MI were invited to celebrate with their church choir on Sunday morning, November 26 by staying after the worship service for a concert to celebrate in songs of thanksgiving the advent and salvation of our Lord.
Members of area PRCs near the Hudsonville, MI PRC were invited to gather together Sunday evening, November 26, at Hudsonville for an hour of song and praise to our heavenly Father presented by their Choral Society.
The Covenant Ladies Circle of First PRC in Edmonton, AB, Canada invited the ladies and daughters of their congregation to their annual Christmas Cookie Exchange at their church Thursday evening, November 30. Everyone was asked to bring a food item to share, as well as to contribute a musical, vocal, or reading number for a short program. Ladies could also bring three dozen cookies if they wanted to take part in the exchange.
A promotional supper for the Midwest Society for PR Secondary Education was held November 27 at the Hull, Iowa PRC. After supper there was a slide show followed by a question and answer period.
The annual Thanksgiving chapel and lunch was held at the Loveland Christian School in Loveland, CO on November 22. Chapel began at 11:00 A.M., with devotions for lunch in the church basement at 11:45. Donations for the lunch were accepted, with proceeds to benefit the Heidelberg PR School Society in Roselle, IL.
Members of our congregations in Iowa were invited to hear the junior high students from Hull and Northwest Iowa PR Christian Schools perform both instrumental and vocal numbers December 1 at the Hull PRC.
Young People’s Activities
The Young People’s Society of Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada invited their congregation to a soup supper and pie auction on November 24.
The members of the Young People’s Society of the South Holland, IL PRC invited the young people from neighboring PR churches to a cookout, hayride, and bonfire on November 18.
The Young People’s Society of the Loveland, CO PRC sponsored a Thanksgiving Singspiration after their evening service on Sunday, November 19.