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

Evangelism Activities

The Evangelism Committee of First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI recently printed a brochure containing information about their church and what they believe. It was hoped that greeters and others in their congregation would give these brochures to visitors and any others who may be interested.

Members of the Evangelism Committee of the Randolph, WI PRC encouraged members of their congregation to invite family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers to their church on Friday evening, April 27, to hear their pastor, Rev. D. Kuiper, present a timely lecture entitled, “Isn’t Sunday the Lord’s Day?”

Rev. Kuiper was also recently asked to address the Young People’s Group of Living Hope Church, introducing them to the beliefs and practices that the PRC hold dear. All the young people of Randolph were welcomed to come along.

Denomination Activities

All the ladies from the area churches were invited to attend the Spring Ladies’ League Meeting held at the Hull, Iowa PRC on April 17. Rev. G. VanBaren gave a speech entitled, “It’s Grace!” based on
Ephesians 2. An offering was taken for the Domestic Mission Committee’s work in Sioux Falls.

The annual combined Men’s Society meeting of area PR churches was held on March 29 at the Doon, Iowa PRC. The topic for discussion was taken from I Corinthians 13, and the men from the Edgerton, MN PRC provided the after-recess topic.

Members of the Adult Bible Study of the South Holland, IL PRC hosted a combined meeting for the area churches on April 24 at South Holland. Bible study centered on Daniel 6, which records the history of Daniel and the lion’s den.

The Hope PRC in Walker, MI hosted this spring’s annual Sunday School Teachers’ Mass Meeting on April 26. Rev. C. Haak gave an inspirational message meant to encourage all Sunday School teachers.

Mission Activities

In mid-April seven men from the Grand Rapids, MI churches traveled to Pittsburgh, PA to assist the Fellowship there with ongoing repair work to their newly purchased church home. They removed the “onion” dome on the church and replaced it with a new steeple. Their crumbling chimney was repaired, a drop ceiling was installed in the fellowship room, and many other smaller items were taken care of. In addition to thanking these men for their efforts, the Pittsburgh Fellowship also stated that through this experience they were able to witness the tremendous blessing that is received in belonging to the communion of the saints.

Rev. M. Dick and Mr. Harlow Kuiper, representatives from our churches’ Domestic Mission Committee, were able to visit with the members of the Covenant of Grace PR Fellowship in Spokane, WA on April 20-22. A picnic at Audubon Park to meet with the men was planned for Saturday, April 21. Opportunity for fellowship was also provided Sunday after the morning worship service at the home of our missionary to Spokane, Rev. T. Miersma. In addition to these informal meetings, the delegates also visited with Rev. Miersma and his family, as well as the Steering Committee. Rev. Dick preached for the Fellowship Sunday evening.

Since our last “News,” the third and fourth lectures of the series held at the Wingate Conference Room in Fayetteville, NC and sponsored by the PR Fellowship of Fayetteville have taken place. Rev. W. Bruinsma spoke April 13. His topic for this lecture was, “Is Doctrine Necessary,” and Rev. J. Slopsema spoke on April 27 on the subject, “May a Person Judge and Condemn?”

Minister Activities

Rev. Kleyn, pastor of the Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI, declined the call he had been extended to serve as our denomination’s next missionary to the Philippines.

Rev. J. Slopsema, pastor of First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI, received the call to serve as the next pastor of the Peace PRC in Lansing, IL.

Congregation Activities

The Building Committee of the Lynden, WA PRC invited members of their congregation to a “cleanup day” on Saturday, April 21. This was an outdoor work day, which included the planting of 37 trees along the eastern fence line, pruning bushes and trees, weeding and sprucing up of the flower beds, and window washing. Depending on the amount of time and the turnout, scrubbing and painting of the rails could also be done.

The council of the Grace PRC in Standale, MI recently informed their congregation that they have now collected enough funds through collections to go ahead with the purchase and installation of previously approved narthex acoustical sound panels for their auditorium. The council also reminded the congregation that back in December they approved two projects: the acoustical panels, and a project to remodel the parsonage study, and that beginning in July, collections would begin for that upgrade.

Since Good Friday is a Canadian holiday, all our Canadian congregations were able to hold worship services Good Friday morning. Our congregation in Wingham, Ontario held their service at 10:30 A.M., followed by a short break for refreshments and then a singspiration. Part of that singspiration included the catechism children singing Psalter #47.