Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
From a recent bulletin of our Doon, IA PRC, the calling church for a missionary to the Philippines, we find a reminder for Doon, and for us as well, to remember the saints in the Philippines. Doon’s Council has been actively seeking ways to help the Berean PRC in the Philippines while they await the man of God’s choosing. They have asked numerous pastors in our denomination to go to the Philippines on a temporary basis, for a month or so, in order that the saints there may have another taste of the lively preaching for which they long. To date, Doon has been unsuccessful in that quest. Meanwhile, the elders of the Berean PRC have been very competently providing reading services. They stay in regular contact with Doon for advice and encouragement. We add our prayer to Doon’s when we ask our heavenly Father to continue to uphold this congregation. …”I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matt. 16:18).
The Protestant Reformed Fellowship of Fayetteville, NC has officially disbanded. As churches we thank God that He gave us the privilege and blessing to have had contact with them over the years, and to minister to this group of like-minded believers. May the Lord be with these two families and two individuals as they seek to discern now the Lord’s will for them regarding a church home.
On Sunday morning, January 26, Rev. W. Bruinsma, our denomination’s missionary to Pittsburgh, PA, preached for the members of the Franklin, PA OPC.
Rev. A. Stewart, pastor of the Covenant PRC in Ballymena, NI, was able to present a lecture on “Lessons from the Reformation for Today” at the Rest Convalescent Home in Porthcawl, South Wales.
Members of First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI were reminded to pray that God may grant His indispensable blessing as several men from their congregation visited the Kent County Jail to witness to the inmates on a recent Sunday afternoon, and that God would use these efforts to glorify His worthy name.
Highlights of the January meeting of the Evangelism Committee of the Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI included a note that they sent out pamphlets to contacts in New Jersey, Indiana, Nebraska, and Turkey. They also heard updates on the addition of the audioStandard Bearer to their web site and the live-streaming of their weekly worship services.
The Evangelism Committee of the Randolph, WI PRC was recently informed that, due to the sale of radio station WRRD, Sunday, February 3, was the last day that the Reformed Witness Hour would be broadcast on that station.
Members of the Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Society of Hope PRC in Walker, MI made plans to sing at the Christian Rest Home on Wednesday evening, January 30. The couples were reminded to bring two things, their Psalters and their children. Always a joy at any rest home.
The Junior Adult Fellowship of the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI enjoyed a ski outing at Pando Ski Area on February 1, with pizza following at church.
The Consistory of Faith PRC in Jenison approved the organization of a Men’s Society for all confessing male members. All interested men were invited to meet Sunday, February 3, following their evening service, to provide input on steps toward organizing.
The final drawings and elevations of the new building project of the Randolph, WI PR church were made available to the congregation on Sunday, February 3. A comment sheet also accompanied the set of plans for specific comments that any member would like considered.
Prof. R. Cammenga, professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament at our Seminary, taught an interim course at the Seminary entitled “Contemporary Roman Catholic Theology.” This course ran from January 7 through January 16. In connection with this course, Rev. W. Bruinsma traveled to Grand Rapids from Pittsburgh on Wednesday morning, January 16, to give a lecture at the Seminary on the subject, “Mission Work Among and Witnessing to Roman Catholics.”
Young People’s Activities
Young people, are you making plans to attend the 2008 Young People’s Convention? This year’s convention is sponsored by the Byron Center, MI PRC and will be held, the Lord willing, July 14-18 at Covenant Hills Camp near Flint, Michigan. The theme of this year’s convention is “Safe from the Snare,” fromProverbs 29:25. Speeches will be presented by Mr. Dan VanDyke, 9th grade teacher at Heritage Christian School in Hudsonville, MI, on “The Snare”; by Rev. C. Spronk, pastor of Peace PRC in Lansing, IL, on “The Safety”; and by Rev. R. Van Overloop, pastor at Byron Center PRC, on “The Freedom to Serve.” If you would like more information, go towww.prcconvention.com.
We pass along our congratulations to Rev. Nathan and Carrie Langerak, of the South Holland, IL PRC, in the birth of a son, Ethan Harry, born on January 24.
Rev. C. Haak declined the call from Calvary PRC in Hull, IA to serve as their first pastor.
Rev. J. Laning declined the call to serve as foreign missionary in the Philippines.