Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
For the past several months our denomination’s Domestic Mission Committee has been corresponding with a group of four families in Tucson, AZ who are interested in our churches’ starting a work in their city. These families, through personal study, have become very familiar with the PRC and are also giving a good witness in their community on a personal level and through the Internet (www.tucsonprotestantreformed.org). The DMC sent a delegation of Rev. Ronald Van Overloop, Missionary Rev. Allen Brummel, and Elder Dave Rau to visit with these families and to investigate this field of labor (September 11-15).
Over that weekend, the delegation spent hours, both formally and informally, answering questions about our churches’ position on a wide range of topics. A family living some 90 miles south of Tucson, in Sierra Vista, that has been in contact with our churches for about ten years, also joined the group for worship services Sunday. The delegation advised the heads of these households to organize a steering committee and formally request our churches to start Sunday pulpit supply.
These families met the night of the 15th and organized themselves under the name of the Tucson Protestant Reformed Fellowship and officially requested pulpit supply. Since that time, the DMC has met and approved their request, deciding to try to arrange for supply for the next four to five months. So, readers of the Standard Bearer, if you have family or friends in Tucson, or perhaps are planning to travel there this winter yourselves, our churches will officially be holding worship services there. The Fellowship is still looking for a place to worship, so unfortunately we can’t include that yet, but you can contact Mr. Jeff Wambolt at (520) 877-9152 if you desire more information. Let us pray for this group and for an open door to labor with them.
The Domestic Mission Committee sponsored a Mission Conference at the Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI on September 8 and 9. On Monday evening Rev. Arie den Hartog opened the conference bringing a message to encourage believers in their interest and zeal for the work of missions. Prof. Barrett Gritters followed with a “Critique and Evaluation of the History of PRC Mission Work.” On Tuesday evening, Missionary Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma presented “What We Can Learn from the History of Reformed Missions.” He was followed by Rev. Jason Kortering speaking on, “The Need for Special Training for the Work of Missions.” Clearly this whole conference focused on the work of our own denomination and directed our attention to critiquing, evaluating, and encouraging all of us in the work of missions.
By mid-October, catechism classes in all our churches are in full swing, with most congregations starting back in early to mid-September. The first assignments for the students at the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI was a little different however. Grades 1-7 were to learn Lesson 1, while Grades 8-12 attended the Mission Conference at Southwest PRC, mentioned above, for their first class.
Senior and Junior Adults’ Society members of Peace PRC in Lansing, IL were invited to a pre-season combined society cookout on September 13, at the home of Rev. Clay and Mrs. Allison Spronk. Besides food, the society members were reminded to bring a lawn chair and a Psalter.
The Randolph, WI PRC has begun a building project for a new sanctuary joined to their existing church building. Their current building is 40‘ x 75’, the addition is 60‘ x 70’. If you have access to the Internet, check out the pictures of the construction at Randolph’s web site www.randolphprc.org, or you can link it through our denomination’s web site at www.prca.org.
If you go to our denomination’s web site listed above, we also invite you to view the 10-minute introduction to the PRC posted there, which was recently produced by our churches’ DMC. Some of the churches have purchased a quantity of these DVDs and have encouraged their members to take some in order to pass them around to friends, family, and neighbors.
The annual Men’s and Boys’ campout for First PRC in Holland, MI was planned for September 19-20 at PJ Hoffmaster State Park, located north of Holland on the shore of Lake Michigan.
The 50th anniversary celebration of the Loveland, CO PRC was held September 19. The evening began with supper at 6:00 p.m. The anniversary program and speech followed. Prof. David Engelsma, who served as their second pastor from 1963-1974, gave a speech entitled, “Remember . . . . that God Remembered,” using the text Psalm 105:8.
Additions to the web site of Covenant PRC in Ballymena, Northern Ireland (www.cprc.co.uk) continue. Two translations in Portuguese and one in Afrikaans were recently added, plus the Apostles’ Creed in various other languages. Thirteen of these were languages not before on the CPRC’s web site, so Covenant now has material in 110 languages on-line. The BRF Conference speeches on “The Work of the Holy Spirit” have been added to the BRF web site and are available for free downloading: www.britishreformedfellowship.org.uk/audio.htm.
Rev. Hanko declined the call he received to become the first pastor of Calvary PRC in Hull, IA. Rev. R. Kleyn declined the call extended to him by the Doon, IA PRC to serve as missionary pastor to the Berean PRC in Manila, the Philippines. And Rev. R. VanOverloop accepted the call to serve as pastor of the Grace PRC in Standale, MI.