Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
This past month members of the Evangelism Committee of the Randolph, WI PRC were able to host a booth at the Alto Fair. Pamphlets, books, and tapes were made available to fair goers in an effort to make them more aware of the Reformed distinctives and Randolph PRC. Related to that effort, in August Randolph will also be starting a series of community mailings this fall, intending to mail about three a year. This was intended to be yet another way in which members of Randolph could show their community that they do stand for the truth of God’s Word. The congregation was also encouraged to talk to their neighbors after the first mailing appeared in their mailboxes, to see if they had any questions about it.
A summer singspiration sponsored by the Evangelism Society of First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI was held Sunday evening, August 8, at First Church. It was hoped that, since it was summertime, many young children would be able to attend. Anticipating this, First’s Evangelism Society planned several songs for younger children. There was an offering for the evangelism work of First, and a light lunch was served before the program. What a joyful way to bring a Lord’s Day to a close with praise to God with instruments and voices.
Members of PR congregations around the Chicago, IL area were reminded in early August that the Reformed Witness Hour program had changed radio stations. Beginning on August 8, the program began to be heard on Sunday mornings, 8:30 a.m., on radio station WAIT. Congregation members were asked to let their friends, family, and acquaintances know of the change. Peace PRC in Lansing, IL even encouraged their members to distribute flyers that included a listing of the programs for August to anyone they thought might be interested in listening to the messages.
In a recent letter from Mrs. Phyllis Bekkering, wife of missionary Rev. W. Bekkering, serving our churches in Ghana, West Africa, we read that our missionaries there are having a difficult time right now. The mission is losing some of its members. Mrs. Bekkering continues her letter by saying, “Whether that is good or bad we leave in God’s hands. The missionaries labor to preach the Word to His people and His people are fed. God, who gives us strength to continue our work here, is working His good work. We trust in His wisdom in all things, which is a great comfort when times are difficult.” Remember our churches’ work in Ghana in your prayers.
When the committee of Rev. G. Eriks and Mr. Dave Poortenga, from the Loveland, CO PRC, the calling church for our denomination’s mission work in Spokane, WA and the Covenant of Grace PR Fellowship there, were in Spokane recently, they heard the confessions of faith of Christopher Miersma, son of missionary Rev. T. and Janice Miersma, and Aaron and Deb Edwards, a young couple who have been part of the group for over a year and a half, on behalf of the Loveland consistory. All three gave a good confession of their belief in Christ as their Savior, as well as to their agreement with the doctrines and practices of the PRC. With thanksgiving to God, the confessions, as well as the adult baptism of Aaron Edwards, took place on Sunday, August 15. We rejoice in this evidence of growth in Spokane.
Missionary Rev. J. Mahtani, his wife Esther, and part of their family were able to spend about two weeks, from August 9-23, in Fayetteville, N.C. with the members of the Protestant Reformed Fellowship there. This was scheduled to be a working vacation in order to fulfill Rev. Mahtani’s long overdue visit to the saints there. For vacation time, those two weeks included spending time with families living in the area, relaxing on the beach, and time for the family to rest and reflect before another busy study season. The working part of the two weeks was to include visiting with the saints there, spending time pursuing past contacts in the area, besides preaching for two Lord’s Days for the Fellowship and its members.
Christian Fellowship members of the Hull, Iowa PRC were invited to join together at Rock Rapids pool on August 11. Swimming was from 7-9 p.m., with lunch served afterwards in the park.
Members of the Adult Fellowship of Hope PRC in Redlands, CA were asked to reserve August 14 for a beach day for the whole family. Members of Hope were invited to come any time during the day, and the committee would provide dinner.
The Men’s Choral Group of the Loveland, CO PRC presented a program on August 8 after their evening service. Besides choral singing, there were several special numbers.
From a trio of Rev. W. Bruinsma, Rev. D. Kleyn, and Rev. J. Slopsema, the congregation of First PRC in Edmonton, AB, Canada extended a call to Rev. Kleyn to serve as their next pastor.