Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
Ladies from both the First PRC in Edmonton, AB, Canada and the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe were invited by the Covenant Ladies’ Circle of First to a Festive Fall Fellowship on September 25 at their church. Rev. R. Miersma, pastor at Immanuel, spoke on the theme “The Woman’s Spiritual Beauty,” based on God’s Word found in I Peter 3:1-12. In addition to a worthwhile and challenging speech, the ladies also had the opportunity to enjoy a time of Psalm singing, a delicious lunch, a good cup of coffee, and good fellowship with like-minded Christian women.
In September our churches were blessed with the addition of two new pastors. Rev. Rodney Kleyn took up his labors as the first pastor of the Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI with an installation service on September 18. Rev. R. Cammenga conducted the service and preached the sermon, while Rev. Kleyn’s brother, Rev. Daniel Kleyn, officiated at the ordination and installation. About ten days later Rev. David Overway was ordained and installed, by Rev. J. Slopsema, as the fifth pastor of the Covenant PRC in Wyckoff, NJ. Both these congregations have been without a pastor for some time now, so it is not difficult to imagine the thankfulness and joy with which these men, with their wives and children, are being received.
The Lord’s Day following Rev. R. Kleyn’s installation and ordination, he chose to address his congregation by preaching from II Corinthians 2:14-16on the theme “Who Is Sufficient for These Things,” and on October 6 Rev. D. Overway brought the Word of God to his congregation in New Jersey for the first time by preaching from II Chronicles 18:13, under the theme, “The Prophet’s Oath.”
From time to time members of the Bethel PRC in Roselle, IL meet together, usually on a Saturday morning, to discuss a book that they have read. This group is loosely known as, “Bring the Books.” Their last meeting was held on September 21, and Seminarian Paul Goh led a discussion on the book “With Reverence and Awe, Returning to the Basics of Reformed Worship.”
Rev. A. Spriensma, our missionary to the Philippines, along with his wife and daughter, traveled on October 5 by plane from Manila to Bacolod City. Rev. Spriensma preached to a group of our contacts there on Sunday. The family returned home to Cainta on Monday evening. On November 3 the Berean group in Manila celebrated their second anniversary as an organized church group.
Rev. J. Mahtani’s voice is once again on WORD 101.5 FM in Pittsburgh, PA—this time promoting the Pittsburgh mission group’s new study season. Plans are for seven different promos to be on the air throughout the remainder of this year, emphasizing major events in their Mission, such as the new study season, Reformation celebrations, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. It is their prayer that through such advertising, and especially through the personal witness of the mission members, God may be pleased to gather His people in the Pittsburgh area. Their latest promo, which was broadcast through October 1, invited interested parties to come to their Orientation Night on October 2.
Rev. C. Haak was scheduled to bring the lively preaching of the Word to the PR Fellowship in Fayetteville, NC September 29 and October 6. During the week between the two Lord’s Days he was also able to give a public lecture for Fayetteville’s second annual Reformation celebration on the theme, “The Need for the Recovery of the Biblical Gospel.” He also used the time in North Carolina to be interviewed for the Reformed Witness Hour on two local radio stations.
The PTA of Hope Protestant Reformed Christian School in Grand Rapids, MI invited Prof. H. Hanko to speak to them for their annual Fall gathering. Prof. Hanko spoke on the topic, “What We Don’t Teach Our Children About Prayer.”
On September 9 & 10 the junior high students of Covenant Christian School in Lynden, WA made their yearly trek to Warm Beach Camp. They enjoyed the marine life on the hike to mud flats. They were able to swim, play miniature golf, tennis, and volleyball, and enjoy games around the campfire. They also sang and had a good discussion on their duties as Christians towards “the higher powers” in our land.
Young People’s Activities
The Young People of Bethel PRC in Roselle, IL invited their congregation to an old-fashioned spelling bee on Saturday, October 19. All ages were able to compete in a spelldown, with a champion for each age group. Refreshments were made-to-order ice cream sundaes, with proceeds going to defray the anticipated travel and lodging expenses for the youth trip to the Pittsburgh Reformation Celebration.
October was “Christian Service Month” for the young people of Grace PRC in Standale, MI. Plans called for the young people to dedicate time that month to help the elderly of their congregation who needed help with fall cleaning, etc.
The young people of First PRC in Holland, MI met recently for their first special discussion meeting of the society season. The topic that night was “Missions: How Should We Bring the Gospel to the Nations, Including Our Own?”
The Young Adult Group of Hope PRC in Redlands, CA sponsored a Family Soccer Night on September 27. Families were teamed against families for an entertaining game of soccer. Adults or children unwilling or unable to play could cheer the rest of their family on.
The council of Southeast PRC formed the following trio to call for a pastor when their pastor, Rev. Dale Kuiper, retires in January: Revs. W. Bruinsma, B. Gritters, and C. Haak. They planned to call on November 3.