Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
I thank Bethel P.R.C. in Elk Grove, IL for supplying the following information.
On March 29, 1990 Bethel P.R.C. will have completed its first year of existence. It is with great joy and humble gratitude to God that she can report a year of rich blessing.
First, they are thankful that it was God’s will that their missionary pastor might become their pastor. It has meant much to all, but especially to the new elders and deacons, that Pastor Ronald Van Overloop continued to labor among and with them.
Secondly, whereas the “sanctuary” remains a gymnasium in the morning and a double portable classroom in the evening, the attendance at both services is not only excellent, but has increased. The congregation has grown from the twelve families and two individuals of one year ago to fifteen families and three individuals as of this anniversary. In this first year of existence they have witnessed three public confessions of faith and four baptisms (and another two very soon).
Truly, God is building His church, even as Prof. Engelsma preached at the service of the institution of Bethel. They pray that they may continue to know God’s most indispensable blessing in the future, doing “good unto Zion.”
The Evangelism Society of the Southeast P.R.C. in Grand Rapids, MI has recently decided to subscribe to three periodicals with the intent of making these available to the congregation. Copies of The Christian Observer, Christian Renewal, and The Banner of Truth are now finding their way into the homes of Southeast’s congregation.
It might also interest you to know that The Christian Observer will soon feature an article on Southeast P.R.C., along with an interview of Ken Rietema Sr. and daughter-in-law Kathy, concerning their work in taping audio copies of The Standard Bearer.
On Sunday evening, March 4, both the Choral Society of the Hope P.R.C. in Walker, MI and the Choral Society of the Doon P.R.C. in Doon, IA presented a program. Hope’s concert was their annual spring program, and Doon’s program consisted of hymns and Psalms divided along the lines of the Heidelberg Catechism.
We are also happy to inform you that at this present time six sister congregations have responded to a call for financial help from our Pella P.R.C. in Pella, IA. You may remember that they needed work done on the exterior of their church building, and, being unable completely to underwrite this expense themselves, they asked other PR congregations for help. From my latest Pella bulletin approximately $1,400 has been raised.
The Young People’s Society of the Hull P.R.C. in Hull, IA recently sponsored their annual soup supper on February 20 at the City Hall. Money raised was to go towards the expenses of this summer’s convention in Redlands, CA.
The young people of the Loveland P.R.C. in Loveland, CO, also busy raising funds for this year’s convention, recently sponsored their second annual Sweetheart Banquet. A delicious meal and worthwhile program were planned. All couples, regardless of age, were invited.
The congregation of the Southwest P.R.C. in Grandville, MI held their annual potluck supper on February 23 in the church.
An Officebearers Conference was held on Tuesday; March 6, in our South Holland P.R.C. in South Holland, IL. The subject of the conference was “Preaching.” The conference began with a keynote address by Prof. R. Decker, “The Reformed View of Preaching,” and was followed by a number of sectionals dealing with various aspects of the main theme.
Rev. Steve Key has declined the call he had been considering from the congregation of the Randolph P.R.C. in Randolph, WI.
On Friday, February 23, Rev. M. DeVries spoke on the theme, “Submission to Government,” for a chapel service at the Free Christian School in Edgerton, MN.
The Ladies’ Guild of the Loveland P.R. Christian School, Loveland, CO, sponsored a Father-Son Banquet for all men and boys school age and older.
On February 22 the students of Heritage Christian School in Hudsonville, MI presented their annual All School Program entitled, “Our Only Comfort.” The program, as you might have guessed, was based on the divisions of the Heidelberg Catechism.