Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
We rejoice with the Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI, the calling church for our denomination’s mission work in Pittsburgh, PA, their missionary, Rev. J. Mahtani, and the Fellowship in Pittsburgh, in the administration of the first Pittsburgh baptisms on Sunday, March 7. Eight children (one entire household), ranging from 2 to 15 years old were baptized. The Pittsburgh group is also preparing for five more baptisms and several confessions of faith in the year ahead, D.V.
The continued growth of the work in Pittsburgh had led the council of Southwest and our churches’ Domestic Mission Committee to begin seeking a volunteer missionary assistant (office bearer of ex-office bearer) to help with the work there for approximately three weeks at a time, twice a year.
Rev. A. Stewart, our denomination’s missionary to the PR Fellowship in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, writes that he was asked to contribute to a radio program on City Beat 96.7 FM, based in Stranmillis, Belfast, on Mel Gibson’s film, “The Passion….” He was asked because of a letter published by the Fellowship against the film in the Newsletter, a Northern Ireland daily paper.
Friday, March 12, Rev. D. Overway, pastor of the Covenant PRC in Wyckoff, NJ, went to the Good Shepherd Mission in Paterson, NJ with a group from the Free Reformed Church on one of their regular visits to the mission. Rev. Overway brought with him a box of food that had been donated by members of Covenant. The idea of this visit was that Rev. Overway, as a representative of Covenant’s Evangelism Society, would report back to Covenant so that they could discuss whether or not they would be interested in sponsoring visits of this kind in the future for their church members. The visit included a chapel service of singing, prayer, and a message delivered by the Free Reformed minister and opportunity after the service to talk with and witness to the men staying at the mission. In other evangelism efforts at Covenant, we read recently that their Evangelism Society sent out flyers informing their mailing list of their Prayer Day service, and they were delighted to have several of their contacts join them for that service. Covenant plans to do the same for their upcoming Good Friday and Easter services.
A recent bulletin from the Byron Center, MI PRC contained a note from their Evangelism Committee asking for volunteers to join in singing songs celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ at the Ottawa County Jail in March.College Student Organization “By Faith We Understand” and the Evangelism Committee of the Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI together sponsored a creation conference at Calvin entitled, “When Faith Meets Science: Standing by the Bible in the Face of Evolutionism.” Those who attended watched two educational videos, and heard a speech by Rev. W. Langerak, pastor of Southeast, on the subject.
The students and teachers of
Hope Christian School in Redlands, CA invited supporters to their annual Spring program on March 19. This year’s theme was “God’s Children: Pilgrims and Strangers.”
Early in March the Junior High students from our Christian schools in Hull and Doon, Iowa presented a combination choir and band concert. This concert was held at the Hull PRC.
At a congregational meeting in early March, the congregation in Wingham, Ontario officially adopted the name Wingham PRC.
Members of the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI gathered together on March 20 for an evening of fun, food, and fellowship. That late afternoon and early evening the congregation enjoyed basketball games, activities for the children, and food for everyone.
All interested ladies of the Lynden, WA PRC were invited to their parsonage the morning of March 1 for a time of Reading, Prayer, and Fellowship. Plans called for the ladies to read together from volume one of Upon This Rock on the life of Jesus, and spend time in prayer and fellowship.
Members of the Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI were encouraged to join together on March 18 for an evening centered on ministering to elderly saints in their congregation and in the local area. Plans called for a time of singing and fellowship followed by refreshments.
Friends of First PRC in Edgerton, MN were invited to Edgerton’s Request Night for a night of fellowship and praise to God on March 19. Numbers were given by members of the Doon, Hull, and Edgerton congregations. An offering was taken for Edgerton’s next retreat effort.
Rev. C. Terpstra and his wife traveled to Orlando, FL in early March for a Reformed theology conference. This national conference, sponsored by Ligonier Ministries 2004, was entitled, “A Portrait of God: The Abundance of His Perfections.”
The Wingham Ontario PRC has extended a call to Rev. J. Slopsema to be its first PR pastor. Faith PRC in Jenison, MI has formed a new trio.