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

Congregation Activities

 

The council of the Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI gave recent approval for the purchase and installation of video-taping equipment in their auditorium. The equipment was installed in mid-November and used that following Lord’s Day. This addition at Southwest should prove to be of great benefit, not only for the sick and shut-ins, who can now view a worship service in their own home, but also for Southwest’s Evangelism Committee to promote church extension. It can also be used, as the need arises, by the Pittsburgh Mission, when their missionary pastor, Rev. J. Mahtani, is unable to bring the lively preaching to them in person.

The members of the Loveland, CO PRC were invited to come with thanks in their hearts as their church choral society presented their annual fall Thanksgiving choir program on November 24.

Sunday, December 8, the choir of Faith PRC in Jenison, MI presented their Christmas concert for the enjoyment and spiritual profit of their congregation.

The choir of Hope PRC in Redlands, CA presented their Thanksgiving program after their evening service on November 24.

The Ladies Bible Study of Bethel PRC in Roselle, IL invited all the post high school and older women of their church to a Christmas party on December 11. Plans were to study II Corinthians 8 and II Corinthians 9 on the Principles of Christian Giving as rooted in the gift of God’s grace. This discussion was followed by a brief program and a special lunch.

All the Bible Societies of the Hudsonville, MI PRC were invited to come together for a combined society meeting on December 18. Bible discussion was taken from Luke 2 and dealt with the angels’ appearance to the shepherds. After the Bible study, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Spriensma showed slides of their recently completed trip to the Philippines to visit with their son Rev. A. Spriensma, his wife Alva, and their daughter Jessica, our denomination’s missionary family there.

 

Mission Activities

 

In news from the Philippine Mission Field we find that Rev. A. Spriensma made plans to conduct a conference at the mission house on the subject of Reformed church government the week of December 26-28. In addition to the members of the Berean group, contacts from other areas in the Philippines also hoped to attend the instruction.

There is encouraging news from the Covenant Reformed Fellowship in Northern Ireland and Rev. A. Stewart. Recent worship services have seen many new and interested visitors, a family has moved to join the group, one family also returned to them who had left when the church disbanded, and there has been excellent response to the news-sheet that goes out monthly.

The Steering Committee of our churches’ Pittsburgh Mission decided to hold an information session for all their members on December 19. That evening, instead of their regular Bible study, their missionary pastor, Rev. J. Mahtani, spoke on the vision and goals of the PR Mission, and members of the Steering Committee gave updates on the various ministries of their mission. An annual review file has also been prepared, which includes everything from a calendar of activities, to budget proposals, to tasks and duties of each member.

Our churches’ mission labors in Allentown, PA seem to be flourishing. In recent weeks there have been more than a dozen people gathering there for PR video services. The Domestic Mission Committee and Southwest’s Council have asked Rev. Mahtani to visit the saints there again. Plans are tentatively set for February 21-23. Let us continue to pray for the saints in Allentown, but also Fayetteville, N.C. and Lanham, MD. May we be thankful and rejoice in the open door God continues to give us in the eastern United States.

 

Evangelism Activities

 

The Evangelism Committee of Bethel PRC in Roselle, IL has just put together a tract explaining the basics of the Christian faith, entitled “Tract for the Unchurched.” This pamphlet was intended to serve as an introduction and witness to those around Bethel who either had very little or no contact or knowledge of the Christian faith.

Young People’s Activities

 

Over the month of December many, maybe all, of our young people’s societies usually spend a night going to widows, widowers, shut-ins, and elderly in their congregation to sing Christmas carols.

We noticed that our newest congregation, Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI, had plans to do the same on December 12, but Trinity has only two people for the young people to visit with caroling. So instead of having a short night of song, Trinity’s young people contacted neighboring PR churches and visited some of their elderly members.

Minister Activities

 

On Sunday morning, December 15, Rev. K. Koole was installed as the third pastor of Grandville, MI PRC. Rev. R. Cammenga, as Grandville’s moderator during their vacancy, led the service.

On Sunday evening, December 15, the congregation of Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI extended a call to Rev. W. Bruinsma to serve as their next pastor. With him on that trio were the Revs. Cammenga and Houck.

Since Rev. M. DeVries had been busy with church visitation and the busy holiday season he asked for and was granted a brief extension for the consideration of his call to Ghana. He planned to answer on January 5.

Faith PRC in Jenison, MI extended a call to Rev. C. Haak to become their next pastor.

Our vacant Byron Center, MI PRC has extended a call to Rev. R. Cammenga to serve as their next pastor.