Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
The council of the Doon, Iowa PRC formed a trio consisting of Rev. A. denHartog, minister-on-loan to Singapore; Rev. Doug Kuiper, Randolph, WI; and Rev. M. VanderWal, Hope, Redlands, CA. The Lord willing, there was to be a congregational meeting to call from this trio on Saturday, January 1, after the service.
Rev. W. Bruinsma, Kalamazoo, MI, declined the call extended to him by the Hudsonville, MI PRC to serve as their next pastor.
The congregation of the Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI voted on December 19 to extend a call to Rev. A. denHartog to serve as their next pastor. On the trio with Rev. denHartog were the Revs. W. Bruinsma, and G. Eriks, Loveland, CO.
The Bethel PRC in Roselle, IL has a new trio of Rev. A. denHartog; Rev. M. Dick, Grace, Standale, MI; and Rev. G. Eriks.
Saturday evening, December 4, there was a Christmas concert, entitled “Glory to the Newborn King,” at First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI, to benefit Eastside Christian School. Dr. Randy Baker and Mr. Brad Baker presented a wonderful, God-glorifying hour of familiar Christmas carols with organ and piano. First Church was as full as I have ever seen it. It was literally a standing room only program, with people even sitting up on the platform in front facing the rest of the audience. No one was disappointed, except maybe that the concert was over way too quickly. A special thanks to the two Bakers, as well as the Majestic Brass, who provided accompaniment for audience singing throughout the evening. It was truly an enjoyable evening, one that will hopefully be repeated next year.
Again this past Christmas season, many of our congregations were in one way or another busy caroling. Each church invited young and old to come together for an evening of song. Singing usually took place in a Health Care Center, or at the homes of church members. This format was followed in our Lynden, WA PRC, with one minor twist. The carolers at Lynden were reminded to bring proper identification along, because plans called for them to cross the border into Canada and sing there as well.
The 4th-6th grade Catechism class at Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI went caroling to their church neighbors after their evening service on December 12. Besides singing, the students also distributed a small gift, along with an invitation to their neighbors to worship with them.
Members of the Wingham, Ontario, Canada PRC were invited to join their pastor, Rev. M. DeVries, and his wife at their home on December 5 for a time of fellowship and Psalm singing, with three women from our sister church, First Evangelical Reformed Church of Singapore, who were visiting in the area and worshiped in Wingham on December 5 and 19.
Recent bulletins from the Doon, Iowa PRC and Faith PRC in Jenison, MI included notes of thanks to three of our retired pastors. The council and congregation of Doon thanked Rev. J. Kortering for his tireless efforts helping them during their time of vacancy, and Faith thanked Rev. G. VanBaren and Prof. H. Hanko for filling their pulpit — Rev. VanBaren for two years and Prof. Hanko since June. The Lord certainly cared for His church through the work of these faithful preachers.
Rev. R. Cammenga preached his farewell sermon for the Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI on Sunday evening, December 12. Rev. Cammenga chose for his theme that evening words from Acts 20:25-27 under the theme, “Paul’s Parting Confidence.” A farewell for the Cammenga family was held the evening before, with a light lunch and fellowship following the program.
The following Lord’s Day, December 19, Rev. R. Cammenga was installed as the fifth pastor of the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI. Rev. K. Koole, one of Faith’s former pastors, led the installation service, preaching from Isaiah 52:9 under the theme, “Blessing the Feet that Bring the Gospel.” Rev. Cammenga preached his inaugural sermon that same evening, choosing as his text the words from Ephesians 6:19-20, “Pray for Me.”
The consistory of the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada approved the purchase and installation of a wireless hearing-assistance system for their sanctuary.
In light of the fact that the Pittsburgh Mission had sixty first-time visitors at Light Up Night, their Steering Committee has decided to participate annually in this event, which usually takes place the week before Thanksgiving.
Members from the council of the Loveland, CO PRC reported to their congregation that they had a good trip to Spokane, WA in early December to meet with the Fellowship there. The Miersmas and the group are doing well. They are especially excited by a few more visitors and contacts that they have had recently.
Rev. D. Overway and his family traveled to Fayetteville, N.C. in early December to preach for the saints there on behalf of the Domestic Mission Committee.
Young Adult Activities
December 3 & 4 the Young Adults Society of the South Holland, IL PRC hosted a Young Adult Retreat at the Radisson Hotel in Merrillville, IN. Rev. A. Brummel, pastor at South Holland, introduced and led discussion on Christian Compassion, based on Romans 12:10-21.
The Young Adults of Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI invited their congregation to join them on Sunday evening, December 5, to read through the book of Matthew.