Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
Rev. D. Overway, pastor of the Covenant PRC in Wyckoff, NJ, was invited to preach for the Filipino CRC of Jersey City, NJ on Sunday afternoon, February 27. The following Thursday, March 3, Rev. Sideco of the Filipino CRC came to Covenant and gave an informal speech. Rev. Sideco spoke regarding his experiences in evangelism work as a church planter both in the Philippines and in the United States.
Rev. J. Mahtani, our denomination’s missionary to Pittsburgh, PA, along with Elder Gary Boverhof, returned to visit the saints in Allentown, PA the last weekend in February. Plans called for them to conduct house visits, teach a Bible Study, and preach God’s Word on Sunday.
In mid-February, members of a “Follow-up Committee” in our denomination’s mission work in Pittsburgh, PA introduced a “New Visitors Welcome File” to their fellowship. Ushers at worship services were instructed to make sure that all first-time visitors received a copy of this file. This file included an introductory CD, several introductory pamphlets, and a visitor form.
How many times have you been privileged to receive instruction from the Heidelberg Catechism? Well, on Sunday, February 20, Rev. R. Miersma, our denomination’s missionary to Ghana, West Africa, was able to begin a new instruction from Lord’s Day 1 of the Heidelberg Catechism for the Fellowship there. This begins the second time through that confession for them. One twist, instead of sermons in the morning as in the past, Rev. Miersma will now preach this confession in the evening worship service.
Sister Church Activities
Congratulations to Rev. Paul Goh! He was ordained February 20 as a minister of the gospel and sacraments in the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church of Singapore. Rev. Goh will be serving as “minister at large,” assisting in the work of the ministry both in the Singaporean churches and in mission labors. We rejoice with Rev. Goh and his wife, Suet Yin, in God’s fulfilling the desire of their hearts, and we pray for the Lord’s grace to prosper Rev. Goh in the ministry of the Word.
Rev. K. Koole and Mr. D. Kregel left for Singapore February 23 on behalf of the Contact Committee of our churches. They planned to meet with our minister-on-loan, Rev. A. denHartog, attend the annual Classis meeting, and speak and preach in our sister churches there.
The Board of Heritage Christian School in Hudsonville, MI called a special Society Meeting for February 24. Heritage is working to find the right solution to provide their growing enrollment with a quality Christian education. That night the Society approved a proposal that they purchase two reconditioned portable classrooms for placement by September. This should meet their needs for the next two years.
The Free Christian School Society of Edgerton, MN met February 8 in the auditorium of the Edgerton PRC. At that meeting they decided that classes would not be held for the 2005/2006 school year.
Praise with the Piano IV, an evening of sacred piano music, was held February 20 at the Hudsonville, MI PRC. This year’s program featured ten piano players giving expression of their God-given talent playing a wide and varied collection of familiar religious pieces.
The Voices of Victory presented a concert Sunday evening, February 27, at Grace Community Church in Hudsonville, MI. They sang some of their older familiar songs, as well as several new ones. An offering was taken for the 2005 Young People’s Convention, hosted by the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI.
March 1, the day before the spring meeting of Classis West, the delegates to that classis and other interested saints from around the Chicago, IL area met at the Bethel PRC in Roselle, IL for an Officebearers’ Conference. This latest conference looked at the subject of Reformed Evangelism. Rev. D. Kuiper, pastor of the Randolph, WI PRC, delivered the keynote address that morning under the theme, “The Church’s Duty to Preach the Gospel Indiscriminately.” This address was followed at 10:30 by Rev. J. Mahtani, Eastern U.S. Missionary in our churches, leading a sectional entitled, “Equipping Our People for Personal Evangelism.” Afternoon sectionals featured two of our pastors from Classis East. First, Rev. M. Dick, pastor of the Grace PRC in Standale, MI, spoke on “Keeping Busy in Congregational Evangelism,” followed at 2:45 by “Remembering That the Work and Fruit Is of the Lord,” presented by Rev. R. VanOverloop, pastor of the Byron Center, MI PRC.
All the ladies and young girls from the congregation of First PRC in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada were invited to a Cabin Fever Party Friday, March 4, in their church basement. Those 18 and older could use the evening to sign up for a secret pal, or, if they wished, they could just simply come and enjoy the fellowship and food.
The Boys’ G.R.O.W. Group from the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI sponsored a Pine Box Derby night at their church on February 19. Supporters of the boys not only saw some good racing, but they also enjoyed a Potato Bar and Hot Dog supper as well.
Minister Trios and Calls
Rev. D. Overway, pastor of the Covenant PRC in Wyckoff, NJ, has accepted the call to serve as the next pastor of the Doon, Iowa PRC.
The Lord willing, the evening of Good Friday the Hudsonville MI PRC will call a pastor from a trio of the Revs. A. Brummel, M. Dick, and D. Kleyn.