Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
Young People’s Activities
The Young People’s Society of First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI sponsored a concert on January 26 in their church. The concert featured cello and piano, organ and a brass quartet. A collection was taken for the 2003 Young People’s Convention.
Members of Bethel PRC in Roselle, IL were invited by their Young People’s Society to a Valentine’s Day Supper at their church on February 14. The evening featured a punch bowl, a tasty barbecue steak dinner, a special program including a Young Men’s Quartet, surprise activities, and much more.
Late last year the congregation of Faith PRC in Jenison, MI approved a proposal from their council to go ahead with an extensive remodeling project on their now vacant parsonage.
The congregation of Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada was invited to go sledding at Government House Park on Monday, Family Day, February 17, along with the members of First PRC in Edmonton. A soup supper (what could be better after sledding?) followed back at First. Proceeds went towards Edmonton’s 2003 Family Conference this July, when sliding down a snow-covered hill will not be one of the activities.
The Byron Center, MI PRC had their share of winter fun on Saturday, February 15. Their congregation, at least the hardy members, met in the afternoon at the hill behind Byron Center Jr. High for a couple of hours of sliding. Dinner followed at Adams Christian School.
Two items in recent bulletins from the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville caught our eye. The first informed Georgetown that a group from Cornerstone PRC in Scherereville, IN was looking for 10-14 people willing and able to go to the Ukraine in early May 2003 to help build a Christian school under the auspices of Worldwide Christian Schools. The second was an invitation to Georgetown’s members to meet after their evening service on February 2 to consider going to Romania this summer. Anyone interested was encouraged to be present to hear what was involved, including explanations of costs and funding, as well as information about what types of work projects were being planned.
At the request of the council of the Hull, IA PRC, the consistory of Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada has agreed to release their pastor, Rev. Rodney Miersma, for seven weeks labor in Ghana while our denomination’s missionary, Rev. Wayne Bekkering, is on furlough. This will be for the month of June and the first half of July, the Lord willing.
Rev. Audred Spriensma was in Bacolod City (on a different island than Manila) February 10 for a conference there on the 10th and 11th. About 25 men planned to attend, some from our group of contacts in Bacolod, and others who are officebearers from other churches nearby. During the two-day conference, Rev. Spriensma was scheduled to give three speeches on the truth of the covenant of grace and five speeches on Reformed church government.
Staying with the Philippines for one more news item, we can tell you that Rev. Richard Smit and Elder Bob Mantel from the Doon, IA PRC, the calling church for the Philippines, were scheduled to make their annual visit to the field to oversee the work from February 18 through March 3.
About the same time that Rev. Smit and Elder Mantel were on their way to the Philippines, Rev. Charles Terpstra, on behalf of our churches’ Contact Committee, along with his father, Mr. Gord Terpstra, a representative of Hope PRC in Grand Rapids, MI, the calling church, were traveling to Singapore to visit and encourage our sister churches there and Rev. Arie den Hartog, our minister-on-loan and his family.
Young Adult Activities
The Post High Young Adult Society of Trinity PRC in Hud-sonville, MI was able to visit the congregation and young adults of Covenant PRC in Wyckoff, NJ the weekend of February 7 – 10. This was not merely a social visit. By going, the young adults hoped to encourage the saints there. They also were eager to see the Christian labors in another part of our churches, and they looked forward to having good Christian fellowship with the members of Covenant. The group from Trinity, including their pastor, Rev. Rodney Kleyn, left Friday afternoon and returned Monday afternoon.
The Evangelism Committee of the First PRC in Holland, MI sponsored their fifth annual Winter Conference on three successive Thursday nights in February. The general theme was: “The Sovereign God and the Free Will of Man: Whose Will Is Truly Sovereign?” The first Thursday, February 13, Prof. Herman Hanko spoke on “Predestination and Free Will,” followed, the Lord willing, the next week by Prof. Robert Decker speaking on “Sovereign Grace and Free Will,” and concluded on February 27 with Rev. Carl Haak speaking on “God’s Law and Free Will.”
Rev. Barry Gritters, pastor of the Hudsonville, MI PRC, declined the call extended to him by the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI to serve as their next pastor.