Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
In early May the ladies of the First PRC in Edmonton, AB, Canada hosted a Spring Ladies’ Lecture. Tuesday morning, May 13, the ladies met with the ladies of neighboring Immanuel PRC in Lacombe to hear their pastor, Rev. John Marcus, speak on the “Profit of Personal Bible Study.” Coffee was served before the lecture, and a nursery was provided in the parsonage basement.
At the meeting of Classis East in May, the Classis gave unanimous approval to the request of twenty-six families and one individual to organize a new congregation in the Jenison, MI area. These families come from Faith PRC, as well as from a number of other of our churches in the area. They have chosen the name Providence PRC. Faith’s Consistory will oversee the organization, and Rev. Andrew Lanning, pastor of Faith, was appointed moderator. We give thanks to God for His blessing evident in giving to our churches another confessional Reformed congregation.
The Consistory of the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI sponsored an Adult Sunday School class to run the same time as the regular Sunday School this summer. These classes began on Sunday, June 8. Rev. Carl Haak began the series with slides and a talk on his recent trip to Singapore. Future classes, to be led by the elders, include: Article 21 of the Church Order, A Reformed World and Life View, and This Was John Calvin.
The Fellowship Committee of the Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI scheduled a Song Service, with a light supper following it for after the evening worship service on May 18.
Rev. Rodney Kleyn, pastor of the Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI, participated in the Hudsonville Memorial Day Service as a representative pastor of the community. This service was held Memorial Day, May 26, at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Hudsonville.
Seminarian Martyn McGeown, a member of the Covenant PRC in Ballymena, NI, attending the Hudsonville, MI PRC during the school year, led the monthly song service at Hudsonville on May 25, at which the congregation sang, without accompaniment, Psalms from the Scottish Metrical Version of the Psalter, the Psalter used in Ballymena.
The plans for the much anticipated church building of the Covenant PRC in Ballymena have been approved. Covenant is now able therefore to get quotes from contractors. The plans will go to the Ballymena council and building control for final ratification.
Professor Ronald Cammenga, accompanied by his wife, spent several days in the eastern United States in late May. Prof. Cammenga preached in the Pittsburgh Mission, and then on Tuesday through Thursday of that week the Cammengas and Bruinsmas attended the annual meeting of the Heidelberg Reformation Association in Bedford, PA, of which our eastern home missionary, Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma, is one of the founding members. At this conference, Prof. Cammenga gave four speeches related to the general topic “Great Reformation Themes in the Heidelberg Catechism.”
The Council of Hope PRC in Walker, MI continues to work with Rev. Titus and the saints in the PRC in Myanmar following the devastating cyclone that struck there in early May. In response to their great need, the deacons of many of our congregations continue to schedule special collections or have set up other means for their congregations to assist the saints in Myanmar. God in His infinite love and wisdom has seen fit to destroy many of their homes and belongings with the recent cyclone, and He has given us the opportunity to do good to these fellow members of the household of faith. May God continue to uphold and strengthen them, as He has promised that He will never leave nor forsake His people.
Rev. Arie den Hartog and his wife left for Singapore on June 3. Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church had invited Rev. den Hartog to speak for their family conference. This conference was held at a resort in Malaysia as in past years. Rev. den Hartog gave five speeches at this conference, one each day. The general theme of the messages was, “The Pursuit of Godliness.” In addition, Rev. den Hartog preached twice each Lord’s Day for the Covenant congregation.
Members of the PR Fellowship in Pittsburgh, PA enjoyed their annual Memorial Day picnic May 26. In addition to the usual picnic agenda of good food and fellowship, the Fellowship heard Prof. Cammenga speak on the subject, “The Christian’s Calling to Put Up a Good Warfare.”
Members of the Heritage PR Fellowship of Sioux Falls, SD were invited to a night hike at Big Sioux Recreation Area by Brandon, SD on June 9. The evening began with a time of fellowship with finger food and s’more fixings. Once it was dark, the night hike began. Children and adults were reminded to bring lawn chairs, flashlights, and, of course, bug spray.
Evangelism Activities he Evangelism Committee of the Hudsonville, MI PRC invited their community to a three-week seminar on the important topic of “God and Marriage.” On May 9 Prof. Barry Gritters opened the seminar speaking on “God’s Design for Marriage,” followed one week later by Rev. Ron VanOverloop speaking on “God’s Calling to Husband and Wife in Marriage.” Rev. Garrett Eriks concluded the seminar on May 22 by speaking on “God’s Way of Building and Strengthening Marriage.”
The Evangelism Society of First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI sponsored a slide presentation on the Philippines on May 25 after their evening service. Seminarian Vernon Ibe, along with his wife, Melody, gave the presentation.
Rev. Doug Kuiper declined the call he was considering to become the first pastor of the Calvary PRC in Hull, Iowa.
Rev. William Langerak declined the call he received from the Doon, IA PRC to serve as foreign missionary to the Philippines and the Berean PRC in Manila.
We extend our congratulations to Rev. Garrett and Jennifer Eriks of the Hudsonville, MI PRC on the occasion of the birth of their daughter, Ellie Grace, born on June 6.