Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
The Consistory of Georgetown PRC in Bauer, MI has appointed five men to be the initial members of their newly created Evangelism Committee. Their mandate, in part, is to lead their congregation in reaching out into the community and to help equip each member with the knowledge and or materials with which to give witness to their faith.
The Reformed Witness Committee, comprised of members from our Doon and Hull, IA, and Edgerton, MN PRCs; has started yet another new and exciting venture, a call-in radio program. This program, calledReformed Perspectives, will air at 9:00 P.M. on the first and third Sundays of each month over radio station KTSB. Mr. Jim Regnerus and Rev. Dykstra are the hosts of this program. The first program, not a call in because it was pre-recorded, aired on October 2.
Rev. C. Terpstra, pastor of the South Holland, IL PRC, reported to his Council on his recent visit to Florence, KY with Mr. Art DeJong. The core group is small (6-7 people) but the members of it are eager to see the work progress, if the Lord wills. South Holland’s Council approved their Evangelism Committee’s tentative plan to hold a series of midweek meetings in the Florence area sometime this fall, in order to present the basic truths of the gospel from a Reformed perspective.
The Lord willing, Prof. D. Engelsma, of our churches’ seminary and editor of this magazine, was scheduled to take part in an ambitious speaking tour in the state of Mississippi this Reformation Day weekend.
At the request of a number of Presbyterian churches in the Mississippi, Prof. Engelsma planned to speak on October 27 at a Reformation Day lecture in Woodville, MS on “What is the Reformed Church…and Where?” The next day, plans called for Prof. Engelsma to be in Collins, MS speaking on the topic, “Martin Luther: Man of Conviction.” Plans also gave Prof. Engelsma the opportunity to preach twice on October 30 for two Presbyterian churches in Mississippi.
The Consistory of the Byron Center, MI PRC has appointed a committee of church members to help set up a church library.
A growing PR congregation in Randolph, WI has resulted in the formation of a new Bible study society there. This society was begun for the benefit of young adults and young married couples, ages 19-35. Another indication of increased growth at Randolph is that the Consistory called a special congregational meeting to gain approval for the expansion of their parking lot to the north.
During this past Sunday School season the children of the Southwest PRC in Granville, MI decided to give the collections taken during the summer months to the newly established Faith Christian School in Randolph, WI.
At a special congregational meeting held at the First PRC in Edgerton, MN, approval was given to go ahead with projects to reshingle the parsonage roof and construct an attached double garage.
On September 23, Rev. B. Gritters was installed as the pastor of the Hudsonville, MI PRC. Rev. W. Bruinsma, appointed by Classis East as Hudsonville’s counselor, led the service and preached a fitting sermon based on I Corinthians 49, 2 entitled, “Stewards-of Christ.” On that same night, Hudsonville welcomed the entire Gritters family by way of a program which included numbers from Hudsonville’s choir and Sunday School. The following Lord’s day, September 25, Rev. Gritters preached his Inaugural Sermon at Hudsonville under the title, “A Pastor’s Jealousy for the Church’s Chastity,” based on II Corinthians 11:2, 3.
We are happy to report that one of our churches’ pastors, the Rev. S. Houck, serving at the Peace PRC in Lynwood, IL, successfully underwent an angioplasty procedure to open the arteries of his heart. He has since resumed his work after a couple of weeks for recuperation. Remember to pray for him as well as all our churches’ pastors.
Rev. A. denHartog, pastor of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA, declined the call from the Loveland, CO PRC to serve as Home Missionary for work in southern Colorado.
Since Rev. W. Bruinsma was scheduled to travel to southern Colorado and preach there for two weeks in October, he asked for an extension from the Byron Center congregation and will answer their call the end of October.
From a trio consisting of Revs. W. Bekkering, R. Dykstra, and T. Miersma, Loveland chose to extend a call to Rev. Miersma, for the work of Home Missionary.
From a trio of the Revs. R. Dykstra, S. Key, and C. Terpstra, our congregation in Lynden, WA has extended a call to Rev. Dykstra.