News From Our Churches

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

Sister-Church Activities

One of our sister churches in Singapore, the First Evangelical Reformed Church, sponsored a two-day Reformation Day Conference on November 25 and 26. Prof. H. Hanko, professor of church history and New Testament in our seminary, spoke both nights on the theme, “Passion for the Old Truths.”

Congregation Activities

This fall the young adults of our four Chicago-area churches decided to depart from their Bible study of last year and study various figures of church history using Portraits of Faithful Saints, by Prof. H. Hanko, as their text. Plans called for the four area pastors to take turns leading these classes. It was hoped that these classes would explain the controversy and struggle of the early church and show how God used different saints to bring the truth to a greater development for us today.

A recent bulletin from the First PRC in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada indicated that, due to the large size of their Young People’s Society and at the request of some of the older young people, their consistory approved the organization of a Young Adults Bible Study. We rejoice with them that the Lord has given them increasing numbers of covenant young people, which makes this possible.

In early November, the Young People’s Society of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA sponsored an “Appreciation Breakfast” for their congregation. In this way the young people hoped to show their appreciation for all the help and support given towards the Young People’s Convention this past year.

All the societies of the First PRC in Holland, MI were invited to a combined meeting on November 30. Plans called for a presentation on the history of their congregation, since on July 3, 1999 they celebrated their 70th anniversary as an organized church in our denomination.

Mr. Herm Ophoff, a member of the Byron Center, MI PRC, spoke on November 28 at a meeting of the Young People’s Society of the Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI. He spoke on the interesting subject, “Recollections and Reflections of 1953-54.” All interested members of Soutwest, not just the young people, were invited to attend.

Members of the West Michigan churches were invited to an Organ Concert of beautiful music to glorify and praise our God at the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI on November 18. Georgetown was privileged to have Jonathan Tuuk, one of the country’s most highly regarded organists, conduct a concert on their new organ, the Renaissance 270. This is the newest digital organ made by Allen, with the most realistic pipe organ sound available from a pipeless organ. The concert was an opportunity for those in attendance to witness firsthand the many features of Georgetown’s new organ.

The choir of the Peace PRC in Lansing, IL presented their combined concert and singspiration after their evening worship service on November 7.

School Activities

The Board for Secondary Education in South Holland, IL sponsored a promotional supper on November 5 at Trinity Christian College. Prof. R. Dykstra spoke on “God’s Covenant, Faith, and Our Own High School.”

The Ladies’ Aid of the Covenant Christian School in Lynden, WA invited families in their school to a Library Fun Night on December 3. There was story time for younger children, games for older children and parents, and refreshments for all. There was also a bake-sale/donation-box to help support the library.

Evangelism Activities

The Evangelism Committee of the South Holland, IL PRC, in conjunction with the Reformed Witness Hour Committee, is now airing the Reformed Witness Hour on WYCA 92.5 FM at 1:00 p.m. on Sundays. Their first broadcast aired way back on August 22.

The Evangelism Committee of the First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI sponsored a public lecture on November 18 at their church. Prof. D. Engelsma spoke on the subject, “A Reformed Response to Pope John Paul’s Declaration of the Year 2000 as the Year of Jubilee.”

Rev. M. DeVries, pastor of the First PRC in Edmonton, Alberta, CN, spoke at a Reformation Day lecture sponsored by his congregation’s Evangelism Committee. Rev. DeVries spoke on the theme, “The Bondage of the Will.”

Denomination Activities

The PRC Web Page now has audio, the sermon of the week, from the Hudsonville, MI PRC, and the weekly message by Rev. C. Haak on the Reformed Witness Hour. Encourage friends, neighbors, and relatives with access to the Internet to check this out. www.prca.org

Minister Activities

Rev. W. Bruinsma, pastor of the Kalamazoo, MI PRC, has declined the call he was considering from the Hull, IA PRC.