Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
A delegation from our denomination’s Contact Committee, consisting of Prof. R. Dykstra and Mr. Peter Vander Schaaf, accompanied by their wives, left July 6 for a two-week visit to Europe. These men had a full schedule of visits arranged with contacts our churches have in Germany, Russia, and Uzbekistan. Initial reports since their return on July 23 indicate that these visits were profitable for seeking the true unity of Christ’s church in churches worldwide and bode well for future contacts with fellow Reformed believers.
Vernon and Maria Ibe, members of the Berean PRC in the Philippines, arrived safely in the United States in early August. Mr. Ibe is enrolled in our seminary and plans to begin classes there this fall. Our congregation at First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI has been given the opportunity to bring the Ibe’s into their fellowship and assist them in their needs. In July, First began their involvement with the Ibe’s by seeking donations for household items that the Ibes could use during their 3-4 year stay in Grand Rapids. A list was compiled of needed items that the congregation could give to fill those needs. First also enjoyed a coffee after their morning worship service on August 5th to welcome Vernon and Maria (Melody).
Due to the recent sale of their church property and pending relocation, the South Holland, IL PRC will temporarily be holding their worship services at Serbian Hall, located at 186th and Stony Island Ave. in Lansing, IL, beginning on Sunday, September 9. Services will be held at the normal times. Their interim mailing address will be: Protestant Reformed Church, PO Box 478, South Holland, IL 60473. South Holland’s Building Committee is still working out details with Cornerstone PRC, Peace PRC, and our two Christian schools in the area for the use of their facilities in helping out for their weekly meetings and other needs.
The “News” extends its thanks to the members of the Grandville, MI PRC for serving as the host for last month’s annual young people’s convention. This year’s convention was held in Vermilion, Ohio, at Beulah Beach, the week of August 13-17. The young people of Grandville chose for this year a theme of “Living Sacrifices of Thankfulness,” from Romans 12:1, 2.
The conventioneers heard speeches by Rev. K. Koole on “Resisting Temptation,” Rev. W. Langerak on “Our Use of Prayer,” and Rev. R. VanOverloop on “Victory in Christ.” As members of the older generation, we parents and grandparents also pray that these speeches, and the spiritual discussions that followed, serve as a means for spiritual growth for our young people. What a blessing these weeks of convention are each summer. As churches we should certainly be thankful that these gatherings continue to be well attended and that they continue to provide a profitable time of fellowship with other young people of our churches.
With the approval of their council, the Evangelism Committee of the First PRC in Grand Rapids began looking for members of their congregation interested in participating in an outreach program to inmates at the Kent County Jail. Opportunities included participation in leading Sunday chapel services or mentoring outgoing prisoners. There was an informatory meeting at First planned for July 31 to explain further these outreach opportunities, answer questions, and provide enrollment forms to those interested in participating.
The Evangelism Committee of the Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI sponsored their annual “Summer Seminar” for four consecutive Tuesday evenings in August. Each session began at 7:30 and was given in a classroom-style format, providing opportunity for interaction between the presenters and the audience. The title of this year’s seminar was, “The Believer and the Bible.” Prof. R. Cammenga, Prof. R. Dykstra, Rev. A. denHartog, and Rev. W. Bruinsma were the speakers.
The Evangelism Committee of both our Hudsonville, MI PRC and Trinity PRC sponsored an information booth at the Hudsonville Fair the week of August 20. Since rules at the fair call for someone to be physically present at each booth to monitor it at all times, each evangelism committee was looking for members of their respective congregations to volunteer an hour or so of their time. Hudsonville was responsible for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, while Trinity took Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
Many in our denomination had an opportunity in July and early August to welcome to their fellowship Rev. and Mrs. A. Stewart from our sister church in Northern Ireland, the Covenant PRC in Ballymena. They were here for almost four weeks. Their schedule was very busy while here, including giving presentations about Rev. Stewart’s work, preaching in several of our churches, and conducting a marriage ceremony, besides visiting with family and friends. May the Lord continue to bless their labors for the good of His church, and for the closer fellowship between our denomination and our sister in Northern Ireland.
Members of the Lynden, WA PRC and supporters of Covenant Christian School, were invited to hear Prof. H. Hanko speak on August 10 at their church. Prof. Hanko spoke on the topic of “Christian Education.”
If you plan to attend college in the NW Iowa area this fall, there will be a PR Bible Study held every Wednesday at Dordt College beginning September 5 at 7:00 PM in C 175, with discussion taken from II Pete
The Edgerton, MN PRC extended a call to Rev. R. Kleyn, pastor of Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI, to serve as a domestic missionary, whose initial labors will center in Sioux Falls, SD.
And just a reminder that Seminarian Heath Bleyenberg began his Internship at the Hudsonville, MI PRC on July 1.