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

Young Adults’ Activities

 

This year’s annual post-high Young Adults’ camping trip took place on a rainy weekend in late August at the Stoney Haven Christian Campground (north of Muskegon, MI near New Era).  Some of the young adults arrived early Friday afternoon and were able to squeeze in a round of golf, but the majority of the 70 campers arrived later that evening.  Mr. Jon VanOverloop, a science teacher at Covenant Christian High School in Walker, MI, served as moderator for a group discussion on the topic, “Being Fearfully and Wonderfully Made,” a look at the question of stem-cell research, cloning, and gene manipulation and how it affects the raising of covenant children.  This discussion was based on Psalm 139:13-16. Besides the foursomes who went golfing, other activities included playing cards, staying dry, and not sleeping.  Supper and breakfast were provided for the campers, and most left by 10:00 Saturday morning.

 

Evangelism Activities

 

A man from Germany found the website of the Hudsonville, MI PRC and wrote that he was greatly helped and encouraged by what he read and heard there.  Hudsonville’s sermons can be heard from their website only hours after they are preached.  After correspondence with the man, Hudsonville’s consistory gave him permission to translate some of these sermons (from audio to printed form) and to put them on his own website.  The first of those sermons has been translated and posted.  For any of you who can read German (for anyone really), you may find his website at http://www.calvinianum.de/.

This year again the Evangelism Committee of the Grace PRC in Standale, MI is sponsoring their “Christianity on Campus” series at Grand Valley State University.  For ten successive Wednesdays each semester students at Grand Valley are encouraged to meet together and look at various topics in the light of God’s Word.  All are welcome.  The only requirements are a heart for God and His Word, an earnest desire to serve Him, and a love to witness for the truth.  If you are college age or thereabouts, or at least look that way, you are encouraged to attend. Meetings are held each week in Cabins ABC in the Kirkhof Center.  Some topics for this semester include “The Christian and the Environment” on October 3, which will explore questions like, should we hold hands with tree-huggers or have a windmill in our front yard?  On November 28 you can listen to a topic entitled “Of Stem-Cell Research and Pandora’s Box”—a look at the whole genetic-engineering question and whether President Bush opened a veritable Pandora’s Box?

 

Congregation Activities

 

The congregation of the South Holland, IL PRC marked their 75th anniversary as a congregation with a church picnic held on August 25.  This Saturday picnic was special since a personal invitation had been extended to previous pastors of their congregation, and pastors who are sons of the congregation, to attend.  These men were not only able to enjoy the fellowship with the congregation but they were also given the opportunity briefly to address the gathering.  Two previous pastors, Professors Engelsma and Decker, also were able to preach for them the next day, Sunday, August 26.  Prof. Decker preached in the morning using Hebrews 4:14-20 as his text and preaching on “Holding Fast Our Profession,” while Prof. Engelsma preached that evening on the subject “Jealousy over the Congregation,” based on II Corinthians 11:2-4.

 

Denomination Activities

 

The Convocation for our denomination’s seminary was held at Faith PRC in Jenison, MI on September 5.  Prof. R. Dykstra, rector of the seminary, spoke on the theme, “Handling the Word of God Honestly,” based on II Corinthians 4:1, 2.

 

School Activities

 

Friends and supporters of Hull PR Christian School were invited to join parents and students in celebrating their school’s 25th anniversary on August 31 at the Hull, IA PRC. The celebration revolved around the theme, “God’s Covenant Faithfulness.”  An open house and lunch at the school followed the program.

On August 22 an overflow crowd gathered at Calvary Reformed Church in South Holland, IL to be part of the official dedication of Heritage Christian High School.  Besides singing appropriate Psalter numbers, the audience also heard a special number from the choir of Heritage, and Prof. D. Engelsma deliver a stirring speech based on Nehemiah 4:6entitled “So Built We the Wall.”  Immediately following the program, visitors were invited for an informal walk-through of Heritage.

 

Minister Activities

 

The Doon, IA PRC extended a call to Rev. R. Miersma to serve as missionary to the Philippines. Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI extended a call to Rev. W. Bruinsma to serve as their first pastor. Rev. C. Haak declined the call extended to him from the Randolph, WI PRC.  Since that decline Randolph has formed a new trio consisting of the Revs.  R. Hanko, Doug Kuiper, and R. VanOverloop. Rev. W. Bekkering has accepted the call he received to serve as our churches’ second missionary to Ghana. Rev. A. denHartog has accepted the call to serve as minister-on-loan to Singapore.  As a result of that acceptance, the council of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA, where Rev. denHartog is pastor, has made a trio from which they will call a pastor, the Lord willing, on September 16.  That trio consists of the Revs. C. Terpstra, J. Slopsema, and C. Haak.