Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
We begin this issue of the “News” by passing along our heartfelt thanks and congratulations to the newly ordained and installed Rev. Angus Stewart, pastor of the Covenant PRC in Northern Ireland. First, we say thanks because from a personal point of view we grew to know and love the brother during his four years of study at our seminary. He will be especially missed by those in the Hudsonville, MI PRC where he had his membership for four short years. And then we extend to him our congratulations on becoming the first pastor of our sister church in Northern Ireland. That service completed a whirlwind of activity that saw Mr. Stewart complete his oral examination before our synod on June 13 and 14, with his commencement following that same evening. Then he and his wife, Mary, had to pack all their things and move to their new home in Northern Ireland on June 29, followed by his ordination and installation into the office of the ministry on July 4. This service was led by Rev. B. Gritters of the Hudson—ville, MI PRC, who with elder Erv Kortering had flown there to be part of that blessed event. Hudsonville’s congregation also held a farewell program for the Stewarts on June 24. Some slides on Northern Ireland were shown, the Sunday School gave a special number, and Mr. Stewart was presented with a monetary gift intended for the purchase of a new computer. So on one hand we say farewell to the Stewarts, but on the other we say, we wish you the Lord’s richest blessing as you begin your labors in the congregation of Northern Ireland.
The Evangelism Committee of First PRC of Edmonton, AB, Canada hosted a “Summer Seminar” on four consecutive Wednesday evenings, June 20, 27 and July 4, 11. The theme for these four classes was “The Believer and His Bible.” These meetings consisted of a short presentation by Rev. M. DeVries, followed by a discussion and question period. Rev. DeVries first spoke on “The Inspiration & Authority of Scripture.” This was followed by “The Providential Preservation of Scripture,” “Which Bible? The Crucial Question of Translations,” and “Believing Bible Study.”
The congregation of the Hope PRC in Walker, MI hosted a series of summer classes taught by Prof. H. Hanko on the evenings of July 10, 17, 24, and 31. Plans called for him to teach and explain the PR distinctives as they are developed in his book, For Thy Truth’s Sake, under the topic of “God’s Federal and Organic Dealings with Men.” Each week Prof. Hanko will emphasize different aspects of that theme and explain how it relates to Creation and the Fall, the Development of Sin, Salvation, and the Covenant.
Saturday, June 23, the Evangelism Society of the Covenant PRC in Wyckoff, NJ sponsored a booth at the Big Splash in Ocean Grove to distribute our literature. Starting already at 7:00 a.m., two groups manned the booth throughout the day and were able to distribute a lot of literature. Pray that God will bless this, as well as all our evangelism efforts, and cause them to bear fruit.
The Evangelism Committee of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA asked their congregation for help this summer. First, volunteers were needed to serve at a book table they were sponsoring every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at the Redlands Market Night. And then they needed proofreaders to help in the on-going work of reproducing a number of pamphlets and papers that are presently out of print and which they desire to make available for use for evangelism.
Our churches’ missionary to Ghana, Rev. R. Moore, and his wife were on furlough for six weeks this summer in the United States. In addition to seeing family and receiving some needed rest, Rev. Moore did some work promoting the field in four public presentations in our churches. Speaking first on June 10 at the Peace PRC in Lansing, IL, he followed that with stops in Grandville, MI on June 13, Hull, IA on June 20, and Loveland, CO on July 1. He also was given the opportunity to address our synod this June, as well as the council of his calling church, the Hull, IA PRC, and our churches’ Foreign Mission Committee.
This summer the congregation of the Bethel PRC in Roselle, IL has been busy with a Bible memory project. Adults were to memorize Romans 8, while children memorized I Corinthians 13. Sundays were for organized reciting, and awards were to be given at the end of the summer for those who completed the project.
We rejoice with Rev. Doug Kuiper and his wife, Teresa, serving in the Byron Center, MI PRC, on the birth of a son, Ryan Douglas, born on June 22.
The council of the Hope PRC in Walker, MI nominated the following trio for minister-on-loan to Singapore: Revs. denHartog, Gritters, and Slopsema.
Rev. K. Koole declined the call to the Lynden, WA PRC.