Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michgian.
Members of Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI were asked to reserve the evening of January 19 for their congregation’s Talent Night. Trinity members were encouraged to sign up themselves, or volunteer someone else in the church, to take part in the program. The evening provided an opportunity for good Christian fellowship and for discovering God’s gifts and talents in each member who participated.
The Choir of First PRC in Edmonton, AB, Canada spent the evening of January 6 singing for the residents of Emmanuel Home in Edmonton. In addition to providing an hour of spiritual refreshment in song, the choir was also accompanied by their pastor, Rev. John Marcus, who provided a short meditation from God’s Word for the residents as well.
As noted in our last “News,” Seminarian Heath Bleyenberg completed his Internship at the Hudsonville, MI PRC on December 31. As a way of saying thanks and farewell to Mr. Bleyenberg for his diligent work during his internship, as he brought God’s Word from the pulpit, in catechism classes, at Bible Study, and in some homes for the past six months, Hudsonville held a farewell coffee for him after their worship service on New Year’s Day.
There was also a note in a recent bulletin of the Hope PRC in Walker, MI from Mr. Bleyenberg, where he is a member, thanking the congregation for a grocery shower and gift certificates collected on his behalf during the just-completed holiday season.
In keeping with the subject of Seminary Internships, we can also add that the Council of the Hull, IA PRC approved a request from our Seminary to oversee the Internship of Seminarian Cory Griess from July 1 – December 31, 2008. Coincidentally, Seminarian Griess was scheduled to come to Hull for pulpit supply on January 27, when their pastor, Rev. Steven Key, served a classical appointment to Calvary. So the congregation will have an opportunity to meet Mr. Griess at that time, God willing.
The Council of the South Holland, IL PRC approved their Building Committee’s recommendation to hire Craig Architects to design their new church building. The Council also scheduled a special congregational meeting for January 24 to gain congregation approval of this action and expense.
For those of us living in the northern half of North America, it is not unusual to experience weather-related cancellations. This time of year you can almost expect that a Sunday worship service or a midweek catechism class or Bible Study will not meet because of snow or ice. This was the case again on a Monday evening in January in west Michigan when several of our churches cancelled their scheduled meetings—not because of snow or ice, but because of a tornado watch. A tornado, in January, in Michigan? A reminder to us again that God controls everything, weather included (Job 37).
We are also reminded that the warmth of summer is now only a few short months away, when we read in several of our church bulletins that plans are already well under way for church camping at various locations for July and August.
The Evangelism Committee of the First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI reported to their congregation that the book entitledEvangelism in the Established Church has been completed and published. This book is a compilation of Standard Bearer articles written by Rev. Jason Kortering to encourage and assist each of us in our personal witness. So convinced was the Evangelism Committee that this book would be a blessing to each of their congregation’s members that they reserved a free copy for each household to read and add to their library.
Rev. Daniel Kleyn, with his wife, Sharon, and Elder Jim Holstege, left Friday, January 11, for Northern Ireland to visit our sister church, the Covenant PRC of NI on behalf of our denomination’s Contact Committee. While there the men were able to meet with Covenant’s Consistory for their annual visit. Rev. Kleyn also preached for Covenant the two Lord’s Days they were there, led a midweek Bible Study on Jonah, and gave a lecture in Limerick on “Living Antithetically in a Technological Age.” May this trip serve to strengthen our sister-church relationship and encourage Rev. Stewart, the Consistory, and the congregation in all their work.
Young People’s/Young Adult Activities
Members of the Kalamazoo, MI PRC were asked to reserve January 11 for a soup supper hosted by their Young People’s Society. After the supper Rev. A. Spriensma, pastor at Kalamazoo, gave a presentation on the work in the Philippine Mission.
The Young Adult Society of the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada met at the home of Rev. R. Smit for Bible Study on January 13. Their after-recess discussion that evening centered in the interesting and no doubt thought-provoking question of attending other denominational services.
Rev. Rodney Kleyn and Elders Vern Haveman and Harlow Kuiper, from our churches’ Domestic Mission Committee, visited our mission field and the Covenant of Grace PR Fellowship in Spokane, WA on January 19, 20. Also included in that visit to the west coast was a planned stop in Loveland, CO for a meeting with the Council of the Loveland, CO PRC, the calling church for Spokane, and attending a mission conference at Westminster Seminary in Escondido, CA with our missionaries and seminary students on January 18 and 19.