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

Minister Activities

Rev. C. Hanko, one of our churches’ emeriti ministers, was admitted in early January to a hospital in Grand Rapids, MI for pneumonia. After about one week there, he moved to Brookcrest Nursing Home in Grandville, MI, where, as of this writing, he continues to make steady improvement. Let us continue to pray for him, as well as all our ministers, missionaries, and professors.

Rev. Doug Kuiper, pastor of the Byron Center, MI PRC, has declined the call he had been considering to serve as undershepherd of the Hull, IA PRC.

Because of that decline, the council of Hull formed a new trio, which consisted of Rev. J. Laning, Rev. C. Terpstra, and Rev. R. VanOverloop.

Rev. and Mrs. Smit and family were blessed the morning of January 1 with the birth of a healthy baby boy, Jay Allen. We extend our congratulations and give our thanks to God for His covenant blessings.

Congregation Activities

On January 3, work began on an extensive renovation project on the interior of the Doon, IA PRC. This scheduled, month-long renovation included, first of all, the repairing and strengthening of their roof trusses. Part of the renovation also included installing a new and better air-cooling system, new carpeting in their narthex and sanctuary, a new exhaust fan in the attic, and three ceiling fans in their sanctuary. Plans also called for new sheet rock on the ceiling of the narthex and sanctuary, followed by texturing and painting of the walls and ceiling of the narthex and sanctuary.

Doon decided earlier last year to go ahead with this ambitious project because they wanted basically to eliminate the unsightly cracks and discoloration that had formed on the ceiling of their sanctuary. They also had to strengthen a weakening roof, replace worn-out and torn carpet, and maintain cooler temperatures and a fresher air supply during their worship services, especially during the hot summer months.

During this renovation, Doon’s worship services were to be held in the Doon Community Center, with all catechism classes and Bible Study Societies meeting at the Northwest Iowa P.R. Christian School.

The Senior Bible Fellowship of the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI began the new year with a study on our churches’ liturgical forms and our form of worship. These meetings were to be led by Prof. R. Decker and were open to any other members of Faith’s congregation who might like to join in what promised to be a worthwhile and important study.

The council of the Cornerstone PRC in Schererville, IN gave their Building Committee permission to conduct a drive for their building fund in December of last year. The council also informed their congregation that they have completed the purchase of property for a future building site, and more importantly, the property is also completely paid for. Sounds like a nice way to enter a new year.

In a follow-up to a recent news item about a possible daughter congregation being formed by members of the Hudsonville, MI PRC, we can report that Hudsonville’s consistory has appointed a committee to work toward such a goal. This committee is made up of two consistory members and four men from the congregation. We will keep you informed.

Mission Activities

News from Rev. R. Moore, our missionary in Ghana, West Africa, is that the worship services are being very well attended. Average attendance has been between 60 and 70 the last couple of weeks. An outdoor tent was set up for the special Christmas Day service, and more than 100 were in attendance. Rev.Moore has also been told that their library will be enriched by the generosity of a brother in the States who is sending his personal library so that the group in Ghana can have more books to read.

We rejoice that the Lord is blessing the work there and pray that He will continue to sustain Rev. and Mrs. Moore, as well as all our missionaries and those who help them as they labor for the gospel in a difficult field away from family and friends. Let us remember them in our daily prayers.

Young People’s Activities

The Young People of the Peace PRC in Lansing, IL recently began a study of “Rock Music.” Both young people and parents were encouraged to read this informative paper written by Prof. H. Hanko so that they could learn more about this subject.

The council of the Grace PRC in Standale, MI recently expressed their appreciation to their Young People’s Society for having been responsible for the cleaning of their church for one month.