Mr. Wigger is member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
Since our last “News,” three of our congregations have extended calls.
On Sunday, March 29, the Doon, IA PRC extended a call to Rev. D. Kleyn, pastor of the First PRC in Holland, MI, to serve, along with Rev. R. Smit, as missionary to the Berean PRC in Manila, the Philippines.
Rev. S. Key, pastor of the Hull, IA PRC, received a call from the Byron Center, MI PRC to become their next pastor.
The members of the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada, extended a call to Rev. M. VanderWal, pastor of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA, to “come over and help” them as their next pastor.
Rev. C. Haak, presently serving as pastor of the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI, declined the call extended to him to serve as pastor of the Calvary PRC in Hull, IA.
The Consistory of the Kalamazoo, MI PRC recently approved their Evangelism Committee’s plans to have lectures and case studies for the benefit of their congregation. Rev. W. Bruinsma, missionary to the PR Fellowship in Pittsburgh, PA, presented a lecture on March 18 on the “Principles and Practices of Evangelism,” and then on Saturday, March 21, at 4:00 p.m. Rev. A. Spriensma, Kalamazoo’s pastor, spoke on “Finding Our First Love,” followed by a catered church supper. That supper was followed by a “Hands on Learning” class for the congregation.
At its March meeting, the Council of the Byron Center, MI PRC gave approval to the formation of a First Aid Committee. The two initial members of this committee will recommend the purchase of any necessary first aid/emergency items that should be readily available at Byron Center, and also put a proper emergency procedure list together.
Byron Center also continues to investigate the possibility of an outreach into India. In late March, Elder Larry Looyenga and Mr. Aric Bleyenberg flew to India to become reacquainted with Rajastephen, his wife, and their children, along with the boys in their orphanage. Part of that visit included discussions and study of the five points of Calvinism, along with the Heidelberg Catechism. The delegates from Byron Center also hoped to meet with Pastor Izac, who lives in the area and has much interest in the Reformed faith. In addition, they also hoped to develop a plan for Rajastephen to begin an outreach program in his community. They planned to return, the Lord willing, on April 7.
The men from the Bible Society of the Edgerton, MN PRC invited all the men from the neighboring churches’ Bible Study Societies to their annual Combined Meeting held on March 23 at Edgerton. Plans were to study “The Parable of the Pharisee and the Publican.”
The Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI began offering valet parking for members of their congregation in mid-March. This service will be provided only on Sundays when there is inclement weather in the spring, summer, and fall, and every service next winter.
Members of the Choral Society of the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI presented their annual spring concert on Sunday evening, March 29.
The Senior Singles Fellowship, made up of the “older” members of the neighboring churches in West Michigan, held their first meeting of the season on March 26 at the Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI. The Genesis Christian Preschoolers favored the group with a program at 12:00 noon before their luncheon get-together.
Rev. R. Smit, our denomination’s missionary to the Philippines, preached his inaugural sermon after his installation at the Doon, IA PRC on March 22. He chose for his text John 13:12-17, and for his theme, “Washing the Feet of the Saints.”
With thankfulness to our God and with joy, the consistory of the Loveland, CO PRC, with the approval of Classis West and the synodical deputies from Classis East, took part in the organization of the Covenant of Grace PR Fellowship in Spokane, WA, into an instituted church on March 31. Missionary to the Fellowship, Rev. T. Miersma, preached on Ephesians 2:20-22, on the theme, “The Habitation of God.” Rev. Miersma also installed the new officebearers. Rev. R. Van Overloop read greetings from several churches and Classis West. Charter members of our newest congregation include four families, with a total of ten children and four individuals. The Fellowship chose for their name, the Covenant of Grace PRC. Mr. Ray Ezinga and Rev. R. Miersma from the Loveland, CO PRC, the calling church for the mission in Spokane, and Rev. R. Van Overloop and Mr. Harlow Kuiper of the DMC, were also present for the organization.
The next scheduled visit of one of our pastors to our denomination’s mission work to the Berean PRC in Manila, the Philippines, is by Rev. S. Key and his wife, who plan to be there for the Sundays of April 12, 19, and 26, the Lord willing.
All male confessing members of the Randolph, WI PRC were invited to a meeting on March 30 for the purpose of determining how many in their congregation were interested in investigating the feasibility of providing a high school level education for their children, and to form an official association and elect officers with a view to investigating this feasibility.
The band of Covenant Christian High School in Grand Rapids, MI took a spring tour of Iowa in late March. They arranged at least two concerts, one for the Heritage PR Fellowship in Sioux Falls, SD, and the other with the Trinity Christian High School band in Hull, IA.