Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
The congregation of the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada was recently faced with an expensive decision. Their water system failed. In late September their well pump burned out, and as they made plans to replace it, they found that their well had a serious iron bacteria problem, which over time had actually helped ruin their pump. What to do? Clean out the well and install a new pump, or connect to the city of Lacombe’s water and sewer service?
While Immanuel considered their options, their buildings were supplied temporarily by a garden hose to a nearby fire hydrant. Of course that would only work for a short period of time, since winter comes early to Alberta, and soon it would be impossible to prevent that hose from freezing up.
After seven weeks for investigation of the sewer and water installation versus repairs to the well, Immanuel’s Council informed their congregation that it had opted not to install the water and sewer services because of inability to find an affordable contractor to do the work so near winter. Instead, the well was cleaned out and a new pump installed. The Lord willing, the installation of the town’s water and sewer services to Immanuel’s buildings will be postponed until next year.
Members of the Hudsonville, MI PRC were invited to a breakfast on Saturday morning, October 27, hosted by the girls of LIFE, or Living in Faithful Encouragement. These young ladies did this as a fun way of fellowshipping with other members of Hudsonville and to raise money for future group activities. By way of a reminder, we should also add that this group meets five times during the summer for Bible study, fellowship, and fun. Their study this past summer centered on ways Christians use their tongues, and ways we can encourage one another in church by using our tongues. This summer the girls also enjoyed activities like making salsa and casseroles for some church members, washing windows at some of the condos of members of Hudsonville, making flower pens, greeting cards, and enjoying a spa experience.
The congregation at Cornerstone PRC in Dyer, IN invited members from area churches to join them Sunday evening, November 4, after their worship service for an evening of song and fellowship.
Members of the Trinity Christian Bible Study, the group that meets monthly with Rev. J. Mahtani at Trinity College in Chicago, IL, decided to discuss the subject of prayer, using Prof. H. Hanko’s book When You Pray. This group (so far 15-20 students) also planned to visit the Bethel PRC in Roselle, IL, where Rev. Mahtani is pastor, on Sunday, November 4. After attending the morning service, the group planned to join Bethel’s YP/YA’s for a discussion on “Christian Modesty among Men and Women,” followed by an “early Thanksgiving dinner” at the parsonage before returning to Bethel for the evening service.
Rev. A. Brummel preached his farewell sermon as pastor of the South Holland, IL PRC the evening of October 28. Rev. Brummel recently accepted the call to serve as our denomination’s first missionary to the Heritage PR Fellowship in Sioux Falls, SD. Rev. Brummel used the Word of God found inActs 20:32 as his text, and preached on the theme, “Commending You to the Grace of God.”
The Evangelism Committee of the Randolph, WI PRC sponsored a lecture on Friday evening, October 26, in their sanctuary. Rev. A. Brummel, our denomination’s missionary to Sioux Falls, SD, spoke on the topic, “The Church Called to True Repentance: Martin Luther and the 95 Theses.”
The congregation of the Wingham, ON, Canada PRC invited members of their community to a Reformation Lecture at their church on October 26. Prof. R. Dykstra spoke on the subject, “The Reformation and God’s Covenant of Grace—Laying the Foundation.”
The Evangelism Committee of Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada planned a Reformation Day Lecture for October 31. Rev. J. Marcus, pastor of First PRC in Edmonton, and Rev. R. Smit, pastor at Immanuel, both presented speeches on “The Voice of God in Creation,” which these two men previously presented at the June 2007 Young Adults Retreat.
Members of the churches in Iowa and Minnesota were cordially invited to a Reformation Day Lecture on October 26, held at the First Christian Reformed Church in Sioux Falls, S.D. Prof. R. Decker spoke on the topic, “By Faith Alone: The Believer’s Assurance of Salvation.”
The Evangelism Committee of the Loveland, CO PRC reminded members of their congregation to make plans to attend their Fall Lecture. Rev. T. Miersma, our denomination’s missionary to Spokane, WA, was this year’s guest speaker. Rev. Miersma spoke on the topic, “The Deterioration of the Christian Church.”
In mid-October, the Evangelism Committee of Bethel PRC in Roselle, IL sent out 1,000 brochures to those who live in the neighbor hood of their church. Congregation members were also sent a copy and asked if they had read it and if the brochure would help them introduce others to Bethel. In the hope that the brochure would aid Bethel’s members in their personal witness, the Evangelism Committee also printed 500 additional copies for personal distribution.
We also remind readers that our Byron Center, MI PRC now has sermon videos, not just audio, but online:www.byronprc.org/27.html.
The Spokane, WA Mission relocated their place of worship in mid-September. This move was made to make the mission more centrally located in Spokane and more accessible to the North Spokane area. The move also puts the location closer to where most families who are members now live. In an effort to introduce the mission to the Spokane area at their new location, the Mission hosted a series of lectures on Friday nights, beginning on October 26, over four weeks, under the general theme, “Christian Living in a Post Christian World.” Visiting speakers to the field were, Rev. S. Houck—”Who Determines Right and Wrong?” (Oct. 26); Rev. J. Slopsema—”May We Judge Others?” (Nov. 2); Rev. A. den Hartog—”Is Church Membership Necessary?” (Nov. 9); and Rev. W. Bruinsma—”Is Doctrine Important?” (Nov. 16).
Candidate Nathan Langerak has accepted the call to serve as pastor of South Holland, IL PRC. He will, D.V., be examined by Classis on December 5, and ordained on December 7.
The newly organized Calvary PRC in Hull, IA extended a call to Rev. Rodney Kleyn to become their first pastor.