News From Our Churches

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


Congregation Activities 

Michigan weather in October can be either warm and sunny with trees full of splendid fall colors, or quite the opposite: cold, wet, and gray. Thankfully, members of the First PRC in Holland, MI scheduled an overnight camp-out at Hoffmaster State Park near Muskegon for one of those warm, sunny weekends—October 6 & 7. Twelve men, along with sixteen boys ranging in age from teenager to as young as two years old, enjoyed time together for First’s annual Men and Boys Camp-Out. These 28 campers enjoyed lots of good fellowship together, as well as lots of good food. In fact, according to Rev. D. Kleyn, pastor at First, and a camper, the main activity of the overnighter was simply cooking and eating (these were male campers, after all), with hobo pies and other campfire food served until well after midnight, followed by a hearty breakfast in the morning. When they weren’t eating, the campers found time for a hike to the Lake Michigan shore after dark, as well as time for another hike in the dunes the next morning.

Members of the Wingham, Ontario PRC were asked to reserve Friday evening, October 6, for a concert featuring the Voices of Victory, a PR men’s quartet from Grand Rapids, MI. This concert was held at Westfield Church.

A recent notice placed in the bulletin of the Byron Center, MI PRC reminded the “News” of just how much time and effort now goes into the planning of our denomination’s annual young people’s convention. This notice was asking members of Byron Center to express their interest in serving on various committees needed to assure the success of the week-long gathering of our churches’ young people—not for the summer of 2007, but for the summer of 2008, some 20 months from now. Certainly a reminder of just how large an undertaking it has now become for our various congregations to support young people’s conventions both with their time and money.

And from our advance-notice department, the “News” also wants to remind our readers of the next British Reformed Fellowship Conference scheduled for 2008. This conference will be held, the Lord willing, July 25-August 1, 2008 at The Share Centre, Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, and will look at the work of the Holy Spirit, with Prof. D. Engelsma and Prof. H. Hanko as the main speakers. The Share Centre is located right on the shore of beautiful Upper Lough Erne, and all of Share’s facilities have been purposely built for guests with disabilities. More information, including colored pictures, is available at www.share

Evangelism Activi


The congregation of Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI sponsored a public lecture on Friday evening, October 13, at their church. Their pastor, Rev. R. Kleyn, spoke on the topic of “Biblical Family Worship in the Home.” During this fall lecture, Rev. Kleyn explained that we should worship God, not only in church, but also in our homes. After the lecture there was time for questions, followed by fellowship and refreshments.

This fall the Evangelism Committee of the Hudsonville, MI PRC is offering a free kit of pamphlets for business owners to display in their customer reception areas as a way to exhibit their faith when customers visit their business. This kit of pamphlets covers three areas of the Christian walk. Three cover the area of the family, three look at some basic beliefs of the Christian faith, and three cover the subject of Christian living. If interested, you may contact Hudsonville at

School Activities

The building permits for the PR Christian School/Heritage Christian High School in South Holland, IL have been obtained and work has started. A groundbreaking photoshoot involving both school boards and the Project and Development Committee took place Saturday, September 30, at the Calumet Ave. property. If you are interested, various pictures of the joint building project are now available for viewing on the Heritage Christian High School website at

The Senior class of Covenant Christian High School in Walker, MI hosted a Fall Family Festival on October 7 at their school. The festival included a chicken and pig roast, along with an expanded Farm and Craft Market. The market featured fall decorations, baked goods, crafts, and fruits and vegetables. Activities such as face-painting and a hayride were also planned—for the younger supporters of Covenant Christian.

The first PTA meeting of Hope PR Christian School in Walker, MI for the new school year was held October 12. Rev. G. VanBaren spoke on “The Internet: Bane and Boon.”

This year’s PR Teachers Convention, hosted by the faculty of Covenant Christian High School in Walker, MI, was held October 19-20. All retired, prospective, and active teachers were invited to attend. This year’s theme was “Discipleship: Called to Serve the Master,” with the text from Mark 8:34.

Young People’s Activities

On Saturday, September 30, the young people and young adults of Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI were able to participate in a combined golf outing at the Mines Golf Course in Walker, MI. Those signed up for the event were able to enjoy nine holes of golf with a cart, and supper afterwards.

The Young People’s Society of Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada sponsored a car wash and BBQ fundraiser on September 30 at Heritage Chrysler in Lacombe.

Minister Activities

We extend our congratulations to Rev. Andrew and Stephanie Lanning, presently serving our churches at Faith PRC in Jenison, MI, on the occasion of the birth of their third child, Emily Kate, born September 21.