Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
This past December the students and teachers of Heritage Christian School in Hudsonville, MI were given an opportunity to contribute towards a cause that will, the Lord willing, assist fellow saints in need. This year’s Christmas collection was to assist the Herrick Presbyterian Covenant School in Tasmania.
The students of the South Holland, IL Protestant Reformed School presented their annual Christmas program on December 21 at the Cornerstone PRC in Dyer, IN. The students developed the theme, “His Star: Light for the Gentiles.”
If there is one characteristic that all our congregations share in the month of December, it has to be the Christmas program. One would be hard pressed to find any of our churches that did not have some type of celebration for the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The program could have been given by the Sunday School, or the choir, or some combination of the two. What type of program really does not matter; what does matter is that young and old alike in our churches were given a wonderful opportunity to offer their praise and thanks to our heavenly Father for the unspeakable gift of His Son.
At a congregational meeting held in December, the members of the Grace PRC in Standale, MI approved a proposal for a new church sign on their property.
The last “News” reminded us that the internships for Seminarians A. Lanning and C. Spronk were over at the end of December. The congregation of First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI, the church where Seminarian Lanning served his internship, marked the occasion with a special reception for the Lannings on Sunday, January 1, as an expression of their appreciation for their time with them.
Sunday evening, December 25, the Voices of Victory Quartet led a singspiration at the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI. The evening included lots of audience singing, as well as several special numbers by the quartet. What a wonderful way to join together in joyful praises as we thanked our Father for the gift of His Son!
Radio station WFUR, serving the area around Grand Rapids, MI, contacted our Georgetown PRC with a request for a church service recording to be aired in the 3 P.M. to 4 P.M. time slot on Sunday afternoons. Georgetown saw this as a very worthwhile outreach to their community, and their Evangelism Society understandably wanted to move forward with the project. But standing in their way was the cost of a little more than $9,000.00/year. Thankfully this all came together in less than a week and a half. God has made it possible and provided the funds. A broadcast committee has been appointed, but as of this writing no start time has been announced. Stay tuned for more information.
Young People’s Activities
The Young People’s Society of the Wingham, Ontario, Canada PRC presented a Christmas program at the Braemar Retirement Center in Wingham, the evening of December 27.
The Young People’s Society of the Edgerton, MN PRC sponsored a Christmas Singspiration on December 18 for their congregation as well as the members of the Doon and Hull, IA PRCs. Everyone was invited to join the host society for an evening of singing praises.
The Young People of the South Holland, IL PRC invited the young people from our other area churches to join them December 17 for ice-skating at Millennium Park in Chicago.
Since our last “News,” the members of the PR Fellowship in Fayetteville, NC have received two visits from our Domestic Mission Committee. First on December 1-4 Mr. Gary Kaptein, an elder at Faith PRC, along with his wife, Judy, visited. Then on December 15-18 Rev. W. Bruinsma and wife, Mary, visited. Both men led Bible Study when they were there, and Rev. Bruinsma also preached at both services on December 18.
We could also mention that a picnic basket for Christmas cards, letters, etc. for the saints in Fayetteville was collected by members of the Grace PRC in Standale, MI to be sent to them late in December.
Rev. M. Dick declined the call to serve as the next pastor of Covenant PRC in Wyckoff, NJ.
Congratulations to Rev. Martin and Tricia VanderWal, serving in the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA, on the adoption of a son, Cameron James, born November 2 and placed with the VanderWal family through Bethany Christian Services on December 8.
On Sunday, January 1, Rev. Doug Kuiper, pastor of the Randolph, WI PRC, was in the Loveland, CO PRC on classical appointment. That morning he had the opportunity to install newly elected officebearers, and that evening he led the installation service for Loveland’s eighth pastor, Rev. Rodney Miersma. Rev. Kuiper preached from John 21:15-19 under the theme, “Peter Restored to His Office.” A welcome dinner for Rev. and Mrs. Miersma followed the evening’s worship service.