Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
On Wednesday evening, August 2, a new congregation was organized in Northern Ireland, the Covenant Protestant Reformed Church in Ballymena. Eight families and several individuals were received as charter members. Prof. H. Hanko preached from II Timothy 2:15, and two elders and one deacon were elected and installed. Also present that evening were Mr. Henry Boer, representing the Hudsonville, MI PRC, the calling church for the mission work done there these past years, and Mr. Gary Kaptein, representing our churches’ Domestic Mission Committee. On August 13, the newly instituted Covenant PRC called our denomination’s missionary to Northern Ireland to be their pastor, with his installation following the next evening, August 14, with former missionary to Northern Ireland, Rev. R. Hanko, conducting that special service. We praise the Lord for His tender mercies shown towards the congregation there. They have come through many struggles, and the Lord has truly blessed them with the strength of faith. Let us continue to pray that the saints there remain a faithful witness to the truth that we all hold so dear.
In news from the Pittsburgh Mission, we read recently that partly due to the fact that the lease at their present facility is up, they are investigating the possibility of a different place for their meetings. This may mean moving to a different location in Pittsburgh. The Bruinsma family is settling down in their new home, community, and in the fellowship of the mission group. A major effort is being put forth by our missionary, Rev. Bruinsma, to organize Bible study groups in various parts of the city. Plans are also being worked on for a series of public meetings near Reformation Day.
From Missionary Rev. T. Miersma and the Covenant of Grace PR Fellowship of Spokane, WA, we learned that Elders Robert Brands and Leon Griess were scheduled to visit there as representatives from the Loveland, CO PRC, the calling church for the mission work there, Sunday, August 20, and the following week, when these men planned on visiting each of the families in the Fellowship as part of the supervisory work of the consistory.
Young Adult Activities
The young adults of the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada have begun planning a Young Adults’ Retreat for June 25-29, 2007. It will be held, the Lord willing, at the Goldeye Retreat Centre in Nordegg, Alberta under the theme “The Voice of God in Creation,” based on Psalm 29. The speakers will be Rev. Richard Smit, pastor of the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, and Rev. John Marcus, pastor of neighboring First PRC in Edmonton, Alberta. To see pictures of the facilities and activities, go towww.goldeye.org.
We should also add that bulletins from Immanuel indicate that their young adults are busy with various fund-raisers for next year’s retreat. One that caught our eye, and one that maybe could only work in northern climates, is the selling of cut and split firewood.
Once again this past August, the Evangelism Committee of the Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI hosted a Summer Seminar. This year’s seminar dealt with the topic, “A Biblical Defense of the Reformed Amillennial View of the Return of the Lord.” These lectures were held on August 1, 8, 15, and 22 at the Southwest PRC. Rev. William Langerak, pastor of the Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI began the series on August 1 speaking on the theme, “An Introduction to Amillennialism with Comparisons to Other Views,” followed by Prof. Ronald Cammenga on August 8, speaking on “Jesus’ Olivet Discourse and the Signs of the Lord’s Return”; Rev. Rodney Kleyn, pastor of the Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI, on August 15 speaking on the subject of “Old Testament Prophecy and the New Testament Church”; and Rev. Arie denHartog, pastor at Southwest, speaking August 22 on “The Return of Christ and the Coming of His Glorious Kingdom.” There was a time for questions and answers after each lecture, and a time for fellowship and refreshments concluded the evening.
The Evangelism Committee of the Randolph, WI PRC sponsored a booth at the Alto Fair for two days in early August. This gave Randolph an opportunity to present a godly witness of our Reformed heritage.
Members of the First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI were invited to stay for a summer singspiration entitled “With a Voice of Singing,” Sunday evening, August 6, sponsored by their Evangelism Society. The Majestic Brass joined with organ and piano to accompany some of the singing. An offering was taken to help with the projects that have been undertaken by their Evangelism Society in the past few months.
Sunday evening, August 13, members of the Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI were invited to stay for a brief program of sacred music presented by a cello, flute, and piano trio. No word on who played the instruments, but it certainly sounds like a good combination.
In a follow-up to our last “News,” we find that the council of the Hull, Iowa PRC reviewed the sign-up sheet for those interested in establishing a daughter congregation. There were 32 signatures of families or individuals at this time. Hull’s council decided to make the sign-up sheet available for additional signatures until their October meeting.
We rejoice with Rev. Richard and Tricia Smit of the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada on the birth of a son, Carl David, born on Monday, July 24. “Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord” (Ps. 127:3a).