News From Our Churches

Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.

Congregation Activities

Dr. David Torlach, his wife, Ruth, and their children, left June 19 for their home in Australia after his graduation from our Protestant Reformed Seminary on June 11. Since the Torlachs spent the last three years attending the Byron Center, MI PRC, that congregation hosted a farewell for them on Sunday evening, June 14. Later that week, a large group, including many young people, saw them leave from the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. 

Dr. and Mrs. Torlach expresstheir warm and sincere thanks for the love of God shown to them in our churches during their stay. We, in turn, wish them the Lord's blessing as they return home and as they begin Dr. Torlach's internship with Rev. Mark Shand, pastor in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Australia. 

Speaking of internships reminds us that on July 1, Seminarian Dan Holstege began his internship under Rev. Doug Kuiper and the Randolph, WI PRC, and Seminarian Martyn McGeown began his internship under Rev. Arie den Hartog and the Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI. These internships are for six months. May the Lord use these internships to prepare these men for the gospel ministry. 

Ladies from the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA were reminded and encouraged to participate in a summer reading discussion group. The ladies hoped to spend the summer months discussing the book The Excellent Wife, by Martha Peace. 

Rev. Rodney Kleyn preached his farewell sermon as pastor of the Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI on Sunday evening, June 28. Rev. Kleyn brought God's Word as found in Acts 20:32 under the theme, "Commend You to God and His Word." The Kleyn family planned, D.V., to leave Hudsonville for the Covenant of Grace PRC in Spokane, WA on July 10. 

Members and friends of our churches were invited to what promised to be a God-glorifying weekend at the 2009 Family Conference, hosted by the First PRC of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on July 3, 4, and 5 at the Parkland Immanuel Christian School in Edmonton. This conference was themed, "Calvin and His Christian Family." Speeches included: "Calvin's Influence on the Family," "Calvin on the Catechizing of our Children," and "Calvin on Family Discipline." Speakers were Prof. David Engelsma, Prof. Barry Gritters, and Rev. John Marcus. Sunday worship services on July 5 were also held at the school, and the 182 registrants to the conference enjoyed a Sunday meal together between services. The Lord's Day, and the conference, came to a close with an hour of singing praises to God for His wonderful gift of salvation. Psalter 369, stanza 1. 

The India Outreach Committee of the Byron Center, MI PRC gave a presentation of the work that is being done in India by their congregation on Sunday evening, June 28. 

A special congregational meeting was held on May 26 at the Peace PRC in Lansing, IL, where the South Holland PRC approved a proposal from their Council to authorize South Holland's New-Building Committee to proceed with the construction of their new church building.


Evangelism Activities


The Evangelism Committee of First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI invited all who were interested to a Summer Workshop to learn about the principles of biblical parenting, as they studied togetherShepherding a Child's Heart, by Tedd Tripp. A series of eight classes were scheduled at First Church beginning June 17. Each class included a short video and then discussion.

Mission Activities


We thank Rev. Steven Key for providing the "News" with the following: 

"For the second time in just over three months, Doon's congregation gathered in a special worship service for the installation of a missionary for the Philippines. Wednesday night, June 24, Rev. Daniel Kleyn was installed in the Doon, IA PRC, the calling church. The joyful service was held in a full sanctuary, with Doon's congregation, as well as members from Hull, Calvary, Edgerton, and Sioux Falls in attendance. Rev. David Overway, pastor at Doon, led the worship service, preaching from Luke 5:4-11. Rev. Steven Key, the president of the Foreign Mission Committee, read the Form of Installation. After the service, a time of fellowship was held in the basement of Doon. Rev. Kleyn continues his preparation for his labors in the Philippines and plans to move to Manila with his wife, Sharon, later this year, God willing. There they will join Rev. Richard Smit and his family." 

Rev. and Tricia Smit and their children were scheduled to depart Sioux Falls for the Philippines on Tuesday morning, July 8, D.V. 

Rev. Daniel Kleyn preached his inaugural sermon as missionary to the Philippines in Doon on Sunday, June 28. Rev. Kleyn preached from Zechariah 4:6 under the theme, "The Spirit's Work in the Day of Small Things." 

Candidate Cory Griess and family will be spending six weeks with the Franklin OPC in Franklin, PA this summer. They planned to leave the first week of July. Mr. Griess will be preaching and teaching for the congregation at their and the Domestic Mission Committee's request.

Minister Activities

Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma declined the call he received from the Byron Center, MI PRC. 

Rev. William Langerak is considering calls from the Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI and from Calvary PRC in Hull, IA. 

Rev. James Laning declined the call he was considering from the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada. 

Rev. Garrett Eriks declined the call extended to him to become the next pastor of the First PRC in Holland, MI.

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