News From Our Churches

Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.

Evangelism Activities

 

The Evangelism Committee of the Byron Center, MI PRC recently informed their congregation of plans to proceed with the printing of two new pamphlets in the next few weeks. These include “The Sin of Gambling,” by Rev. Douglas Kuiper, and “Genesis 1-11: Myth or History,” by Prof. D. Engelsma. We believe that both of these pamphlets deal with issues to which the church must give a clear and biblical response, so we are thankful that Byron Center has taken it upon themselves to provide that response. We hope that we will all have an opportunity to read these pamphlets soon.

This past February 8 and 9 the Evangelism Committee of the First PRC in Holland, MI sponsored their 4th annual “Winter Conference.” As in the past three conferences, First chose a subject that could not help but stir the interest of church members in the area, choosing this year to address the subject of creation, under the theme, “God’s Creation—Theater of His Glory.” Prof. H. Hanko spoke Friday evening on the theme, “Creation versus Evolution.” This was followed on Saturday with three speeches. Mr. Joel Minderhoud, a science teacher at Covenant Christian High School in Grand Rapids, spoke on “Man—God’s Unique Creation,” after which Prof. R. Dykstra spoke on “Man—Spiritual Image Bearer.” Rev. C. Terpstra concluded the conference by addressing the subject of “Creation’s Relation to Christ.”

 

Mission Activities

 

Rev. M. Dick continues to be busy with the work in Fayetteville, NC. In addition to the work with the core group, plans include also mailing out a newsletter to various contacts in the area to invite them to attend their worship services and meetings. Rev. Dick also decided to begin some discussions on various matters of doctrine and life on a regular basis with the Fellowship. These are planned for two or three Saturday mornings a month at 7 a.m. at the church. The first of these meetings was scheduled for March 2 and was to consider “The Millennial Views.” We will also add here that Rev. and Mrs. Dick recently invited the entire Fayetteville Fellowship to their home, after an evening service, for singing and fellowship. Rev. Dick planned on videotaping the group singing a few numbers, and then showing this at the Grace PRC in Standale, MI when he and his family return there for the dedication of their new building.

 

Congregation Activities

 

In connection with the above reference to a dedication at Grace, we also note that in early February Grace was scheduled to hold worship services at Hope PR Christian School while their sanctuary was under construction. We can only assume that the construction project is nearing completion. Perhaps we will have more about a dedication program next time.

The congregation of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA officially welcomed their new pastor and his family by way of a welcome program on Sunday, January 27. This program included numbers from a male chorus, the Sunday School, a piano and organ duet, an instrumental ensemble, and audience singing.

The Contact Committee of our churches sent a delegation of Rev. K. Koole and Rev. R. VanOverloop to the Covenant PRC of Northern Ireland. They left on Wednesday, February 13 and planned to return the following Tuesday. The purpose of this trip was to conduct church visitation with the church there. You might also be interested to know that in July the Contact Committee will be sending a delegation to Australia to participate in a conference with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, D.V. Prof. R. Decker and Rev. R. Cammenga are scheduled to go.

 

Young People’s Activities

 

Recent bulletins indicate that our churches’ young people’s societies are gearing up for this summer’s convention. By gearing up, we mean fund-raising, and, like everything else today, the cost of conventions keeps going up.

The young people of the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada recently sponsored a sledding party with a bonfire afterwards. The young people both of our Hope PRC in Redlands, CA and of Byron Center, MI recently hosted pancake breakfasts for their respective congregations, and the young people of the Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI hosted a “Burger Bash” for their supporters on a recent Saturday night. So if you get the opportunity to help your congregation’s young people raise some money, we remind you it’s a good cause—and it may also give you an excuse for a meal out.

 

Minister Activities

 

Rev. C. Haak declined the call he had been considering to serve as pastor of the Byron Center, MI PRC. The congregation of the Covenant PRC in Wyckoff, NJ extended a call to Rev. M. DeVries, currently pastor of the First PRC in Edmonton, AB, Canada, to serve as their next pastor. The Lynden, WA PRC called Rev. J. Slopsema.

Rev. N. Brummel, pastor of the Cornerstone PRC in Dyer, IN, was able to speak at two chapel services lately—one at Illiana Chr. High School, and the other at Mid-America Seminary. In mid-January, Rev. B. Gritters, pastor of the Hudsonville, MI PRC, spoke at a chapel service for the students of Adams PR Christian School. He asked the students, “How do others know you are a Christian?” and he based his answer onJohn 13:34, 35. Good advice for all of us.