News From Our Churches

Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.

We begin this issue of the “News” with a followup to our last issue. Concerning the Young Adults’ Retreat held in Colorado, Rev. R. Cammenga writes that our Loveland, CO PRC has intentions of holding a similar retreat next spring. If some could not attend this year, they may want to make tentative plans to attend next year.

Evangelism Activities

Two of our churches, the congregation in Doon, IA, and the congregation in Lynden, WA, extended special invitations to the members of their communities to come and worship with them. On Sunday afternoon, April 7, Doon invited their neighbors to gather and hear God’s Word proclaimed based on Lord’s Day 9: “I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.” Advertisements were placed in local papers urging attendance. On April 14, an invitation from Lynden’s congregation was extended to their community to gather for an evening worship service to hear the biblical truth of proper Sunday observance explained.

The Evangelism Committee of our Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI sponsored a lecture, with their pastor, Rev. M. Kamps, as speaker. He spoke on April 18 at Southwest on the subject, “The Purpose of Sacred Scripture.”

The Consistory of the South Holland, IL PRC has changed the time of preaching services in Ft. Wayne, IN to 10:00 AM to encourage more visitors from the area.

Congregational Highlights

The building committee of the Hull, IA PRC presented to their consistory a preliminary plan for a new church building. Presently the consistory is working to finalize this preliminary plan so that it may be presented to the congregation for their approval, hopefully by June.

The members of the Immanuel PRC of Lacombe and the First PRC of Edmonton, AB, Canada joined together for a sing-song (or singspiration) on April5. First’s choir provided some Easter numbers, and Immanuel also had some special numbers.

On the evening of April 24, an organ concert by Mrs. Fran Lubbers was given in the auditorium of the Grandville, MI PRC. This provided a wonderful opportunity to enjoy an evening of good music. The committee even arranged to pre-record the numbers, to eliminate audience noise. And the tapes were available the same night.

Rev. W. Bruinsma, pastor of the Holland, MI PRC underwent surgery on two herniated disks in his back in late April.

Denominational Activities

On April 23rd, Rev. DeVries was the featured speaker at a Spring Ladies’ League Meeting in Edgerton, MN. He spoke on the topic “Sound Doctrine For Women’s Lives,” from Titus 2:3-5.

The Mr. and Mrs. Society League Mass Meeting was held in the Hope PRC in Grand Rapids, MI on April 16. Rev. Key addressed the couples on “Women Serving God.”

And, just a reminder, especially to you young people, that this year’s Young People’s Convention, sponsored by our Byron Center, MI PRC, is scheduled for August 5-9 at Grand Valley State University, just west of Grand Rapids, ML Byron Center has chosen for its theme this year, “Reformed Young People Living in the Last Times,” based on I Thessalonians 5:8.

Ministerial Calls

The congregation of Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI has extended a call to Rev. R. Dykstra to serve as their next pastor. With Rev. Dykstra on the trio were Revs. Gritters and Kortering.

Our Kalamazoo congregation has extended a call to Rev. T. Miersma to serve as missionary to the area of Venice, FL.

And our last news item for this issue, Rev. B. Gritters has declined the call he was considering to serve as pastor of the Hope PRC of Isabel, SD.