News From Our Churches

Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.

Minister Activities

Our PR readers may remember back in the summer when an announcement appeared in your bulletins asking for your help with plans to commemorate Rev. C. Hanko's 70 years in the ministry. We can report that, thanks to your contributions, an album of memories was put together and given to Rev. Hanko on September 24, the 70th anniversary. In response to that observation, Rev. Hanko writes: "I wish to thank the Hudsonville consistory for so thoughtfully remembering my 70 years in the ministry. I also wish to thank the many friends from various churches who sent a card or wrote me recounting some experience of the past. These letters have all been placed in an album to be referred to whenever the occasion offers. Above all, our humble thanks to our covenant God who has cared for us as churches and as individuals these many years. To Him be the praise."

Rev. Dale Kuiper, pastor of the Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI, has declined the call he received from the Hull, IA PRC. Hull's new trio, from which they will call a pastor on November 8, consists of the Revs. Bruinsma, Koole, and Doug Kuiper.

Most of our readers wouldn't know the difference, but we want to get our facts straight. In the October 15 "News" we mixed up a couple of facts concerning Rev. Nathan Brummel's ordination. His brother, Rev. A. Brummel, read the Ordination Form and his brother-in-law, Rev. Dick, gave the closing admonitions and prayer, not the other way around.

Mission Activities

The last week in October saw two couples from the Grandville, MI PRC leave for destinations on opposite sides of the globe. Mr. and Mrs. John Bouma left to serve as missionary assistants to Rev. and Mrs. Moore in Ghana, West Africa, and Mr. and Mrs. Jack Feenstra departed to begin service to our sister churches in Singapore. May the Lord bless and encourage them as they begin a new work in the service of God's kingdom far from their homes.

Prof. H. Hanko left on October 23 for a brief five-day visit to Myanmar. He planned to teach a course on the subject of biblical interpretation and sermon making. Though the teaching cannot be so thorough and extensive as the professor would have liked, this will give the Myanmar pastors help in sound preaching. Prof. Hanko was to be joined by Rev. Cheah and others later that same week. Myanmar had been closed to such visits for teaching, but the Lord provided an open door when the government recently resumed granting visitor visas.

School News

Adams Christian School invited supporters to join them for a Ground Breaking-Open House Celebration on October 9. They could visit the school and also witness ground breaking for a future gymnasium, science classroom, and rest rooms. The Lord willing, this addition will be completed in about a year.

On October 30 the members of the Association for the Heidelberg PR Christian School invited supporters to an Open House for the purpose of fellowship and celebration. This Open House took place in Elgin, IL. Food, activities, and entertainment were also provided.

October 21 and 22 the teachers of all our schools held their 45th annual convention at Covenant Christian High School in Grand Rapids, MI. Rev. Doug Kuiper gave the keynote address on October 21 at Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI, entitled, "The Christian Home and School Connection to Raising Strangers and Pilgrims in the New Millennium."

Denomination Activities

This year's annual meeting of the Reformed Free Publishing Association was held at the Hope PRC in Walker, MI. Rev. W. Bruinsma, pastor of the Kalamazoo, MI PRC, spoke on "The Standard for the New Millennium."

Evangelism Activities

A conference/panel discussion was held at the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI on October 28 and 29. The first night Rev. M. Dick spoke on "The Reformation and Evangelism." The next evening there were two panel discussions. The first was led by Rev. J. Slopsema, on "Pamphlets, Pamphleteering, and the Circular File," and the second was led by Rev. R. VanOverloop, on "From the Weather to the Water of Life."

The Reformed Witness Committee, made up of members from the Doon and Hull, IA PRCs, along with the Edgerton, MN PRC, sponsored their annual Reformation Lecture. This year Prof. R. Dykstra spoke at the B.J. Hann Auditorium on the Dordt College campus on October 29. He spoke on the theme, "Martin Luther and 1517: Unfortunate Rift? or Necessary Reformation?"

That same evening Prof. R. Decker was at the Randolph, WI PRC to speak for their Reformation Lecture. Prof. Decker chose to speak on preaching as the heart of reformation and worship. His topic was "Christ's Real Presence in the Preaching of the Gospel."

Rev. T. Miersma, missionary in our churches for the past five years, was the featured speaker at a public lecture sponsored by the Evangelism Committee of the Lynden, WA PRC. He spoke on October 29 on the subject, "Gospel of Christ Crucified: The Heart of the Reformation."