Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
Young Adult Activities
The Young Adults’ Society of the Covenant PRC in Wyckoff, NJ hosted an evening of activities in their church fellowship hall for Christian young adults in their community on February 22. Pizza and refreshments were provided. Covenant’s young adults were encouraged to invite their friends and were reminded to bring some games along as well.
Once again this March the Young Adults’ Society of the Loveland, CO PRC served as host society for their annual Spring Retreat. This year’s retreat was held between March 11 and 14 at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park. Rev. G. Eriks, pastor of Loveland, and Prof. D. Engelsma were this year’s featured speakers. The theme for this year’s retreat was “The Second Coming of Christ.” On March 12 Prof. Engelsma spoke on “The Signs of Christ’s Coming” and on Wednesday, March 13, Rev. Eriks spoke on “Living in the Hope of Christ’s Coming.” From all accounts this year’s retreat went well. There were no physical injuries during the week and the 50 or so young adults had a nice time in fellowship and in discussing and hearing lectures concerning the second coming of Christ.
Young People’s Activities
A Young People’s Mass Meeting was held at the Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI on Sunday afternoon, March 17. Prof. R. Dykstra spoke on “The Great Divide: The Resurrection of Jesus from the Dead.”
The young people of the Bethel PRC in Roselle, IL recently sponsored a soup supper for couples and adults of their congregation. Nothing too unusual about that, but what caught our eye was the added benefit — besides a good meal, there was free baby-sitting. The young people provided this for couples with little children on a first-request, first-served basis. The baby sitter was brought to your home and you had to bring them back later after the meal. A unique idea, one that other societies might consider sometime in the future.
The young people of the Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI have begun collecting pop cans to raise money for a piano for their church.
The Mary-Martha Society of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA recently sponsored a Pie and Dessert Social for the express purpose of raising funds for a new church organ.
The Choir of the Hudsonville, MI PRC presented their annual spring concert on March 17 at their church. The choir chose songs that testified of Christ’s power over death and of our gratitude for what He has done.
The Men’s Society of the Hull, IA PRC invited the men from the neighboring churches of Edgerton, MN and Doon, IA to join them in a combined society meeting on March 18. Discussion was taken from Malachi 2.
A late season ski outing was planned for the congregation of the Randolph, WI PRC. On the afternoon of March 12, old and young alike were invited to meet at their church and from there join together for an evening of skiing.
The congregation of the Grace PRC in Standale, MI was able to enjoy a Church Dedication Program on February 15 upon the occasion of the completion of a major church addition project.
The Building Committee of the Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI reported to their congregation in early February that the house their church purchased on the north side of their property is now ready for church use. The utilities have been turned back on, and improvements to the bathroom have been completed. In addition, the house has been cleaned, painted, and fixed up through volunteer help, to allow their church’s Evangelism Committee to use the facility for storage and distribution of pamphlets and other literature formerly contained in the church basement. Two trees that were unsightly and decayed were also removed from the property.
Widows, widowers, and elderly couples of the Hudsonville, MI PRC were invited to join the Jr. Fellowship Society for a night of fun, games, and food on Friday, March 15 at their church.
Pastors and their wives in the Michigan area were encouraged to “come apart and rest awhile” by way of a PR Ministers Retreat held at Maranatha Bible Camp in Muskegon, MI in early February. The various ministers and their wives spent Friday evening and Saturday morning singing, discussing a book, and fellowshipping with one another.
Rev. B. Gritters, pastor of the Hudsonville, MI PRC, received the call from the Grandville, MI PRC to serve as their next pastor. Rev. J. Slopsema declined the call from the Lynden, WA PRC. Their new trio is Rev. R. Hanko, Rev. J. Laning, and Rev. R. VanOverloop. The Byron Center, MI PRC has formed the following trio: Rev. W. Bruinsma, Rev. J. Slopsema, and Rev. C. Terpstra. They were to call on March 27. The Covenant PRC in Wyckoff, NJ formed a new trio consisting of Rev. R. Hanko, Rev. T. Miersma, and Rev. R. Van Overloop. On March 17 they extended a call to Rev. VanOverloop.