Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
Rev. R. Cammenga was installed as Professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament on August 31 at Faith PRC in Jenison, MI. This year’s Seminary Convocation Exercise was combined with Rev. Cammenga’s installation. Prof. D. Engelsma led the worship service, preaching a sermon based on Titus 1:9entitled “An Orthodox Professor.” Prof. R. Dykstra read the form and conducted the installation. Prof. R. Decker introduced the six seminary students: 1st year, Mr. Nathan Dykstra and Mr. Cory Griess; 2nd year Mr. Heath Bleyenberg; 3rd year Mr. Nathan Langerak; and 4th year, Mr. Andrew Lanning and Mr. Clayton Spronk. The service came to a close when newly installed Professor Cammenga gave the benediction. Remember the seminary in your prayers as it begins its fall semester of instruction.
Classis West met September 7 at South Holland, IL PRC. An officebearers conference was planned for the day before on the theme, “Our Denominational Seminary: Committing the Truth to Faithful Men.” Rev. A. Brummel gave the keynote address, entitled “A Trained Ministry: The Basis and Benefits of Seminary Training.” This was followed by six sectionals throughout the day dealing with overviews of different departments of study in our seminary, the responsibility of churches and consistories in training men for the ministry, and the position and task of a professor of theology.
News from Singapore
The Lord in His inscrutable wisdom took from this life Rev. Cheah Fook Meng, the pastor of the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church in Singapore, at the age of 41. He was taken to glory after several days of struggling with dengue fever. We sorrow together with his wife, Lee Choo, and the members of our two sister churches. Rev. J. Kortering was asked to come to Singapore to conduct the funeral service. Rev. and Mrs. Kortering will, the Lord willing, be staying in Singapore for the next couple of months. Also, Rev. K. Koole and Prof. R. Decker, members of the Contact Committee of our churches, went to Singapore to express the sympathy of our denomination and to help in any way they were able in this time of great difficulty and distress for the churches there. Let us remember our sister churches in Singapore in our prayers.
This summer, as part of their evangelism outreach, the congregation of the Peace PRC in Lansing, IL sponsored a public lecture on “Christian Stewardship,” in their church building on August 26. Rev. R. Hanko, pastor of the Lynden, WA PRC, was the featured speaker.
Christianity on Campus, the ongoing ministry of the Grace PRC in Standale, MI to Grand Valley State University, began in early September with a booth at what is called “Campus Life Night.” Through their display and conversation at the booth, Grace hoped to sign up many students on their mailing list, and also and especially to have them join them in their discussions this year. Hopefully as well, this leads to some, even many, coming to weekly worship services at Grace. The following Thursday night, at the first meeting, Rev. M. Dick, pastor at Grace, introduced the year with a discussion of the Bible, God, and Creation.
The Reformed Witness Committee, made up of the Doon and Hull, Iowa PRCs along with the Edgerton, MN PRC, is once again this year sponsoring a Bible Study at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. Bible study will be taken from the book of Acts under the theme, “Spreading the Gospel.”
The Evangelism Committees of both the Hudsonville and Trinity PRCs in Hudsonville, MI jointly sponsored a booth at this summer’s Hudsonville Fair. This booth was manned each hour of the fair by members of either congregation. Opportunity was given to some 70,000 who attended the weeklong fair to avail themselves of all kinds of free literature, sermon tapes, and general information regarding both congregations.
Sunday evening, August 28, Rev. R. Cammenga preached his farewell sermon as pastor of Faith PRC in Jenison, MI. Rev. Cammenga chose to leave the congregation at Faith with the exhortation by the apostle Paul found in Acts 20 under the theme, “Paul’s Parting Confidence.”
Members of the Loveland, CO PRC were asked in a recent bulletin if they were interested in playing in a handbell choir. The only requirement was that one be able to count timing in music.
The Loveland congregation also approved plans at a recent congregational meeting to do some remodeling work in their parsonage as well as some needed repair work in their church basement.
The annual Inspirational Meeting to begin the society season at First PRC in Holland, MI was held September 7. Rev. C. Haak spoke on “Hiding God’s Word in our Hearts.”
Rev. D. Kleyn accepted the call to become the next pastor of First PRC in Holland, MI. By accepting that call he also declined the call extended to him to serve our churches as missionary to the Eastern United States working primarily in Pittsburgh, PA.
Rev. W. Bruinsma declined the two calls he was considering, the first to become the next pastor of the Loveland, CO PRC and the second to serve as pastor of the congregation at Covenant PRC in Wyckoff, NJ.
Rev. S. Key has received the call to serve as pastor of Faith PRC in Jenison, MI.
Candidate John Marcus has been extended a call from the congregation of First in Edmonton, AB, Canada to become their next pastor.