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

Young People’s Activities

I can safely say that virtually every one of our churches’ young people’s societies has been, is now, or will be involved in some fund-raiser for this year’s convention, scheduled for the first week in August in Lynden, WA. I count at least twelve current activities that could be mentioned in this news column. So I trust that you will forgive me if yours is not included. Just keep those good ideas coming, and continue your commitment to the upcoming convention.

Activities vary from church to church, but the common thread of food seems to run through each one. Randolph, WI society sponsored a Belgian waffle breakfast. The young people of First in Grand Rapids, MI made and sold pizzas. The Young People’s Society of South Holland, IL made 349 subs (their most ever) for their congregation’s enjoyment. Hudsonville, MI young people held their annual Beast Feast (wild-game) dinner. The young people of Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB Canada sponsored an evening of volleyball, games, and fellowship with refreshments and hotdogs served afterwards. The congregation of the Peace PRC in Lynwood, IL was able to purchase Easter lilies from their young people. And, finally, the congregation of the Kalamazoo, MI PRC was able to get together in March for a sloppy-joe dinner followed by a service auction – that is, the young people auctioned off their services for any household chores or other work which someone might desire to have done.

School Activities

Mr. Dale Bekkering, a member of our Grandville, MI. PRC, and a biblical counselor with the Biblical Counseling Center of West Michigan was the featured speaker at a recent meeting of the Hope PR Christian School Circle. He spoke on the topic, “Grief, How Can We Help?” He focused primarily on helping children cope with various kinds of grief.

The Association for PR Secondary Education in South Holland, IL recently invited their members to gather for a special lecture at the South Holland PRC to hear Prof. Hanko speak on the Subject, “The Increasing Need for A Protestant Reformed High School.”

The Lacombe, AB, Canada PR School Board recently decided to establish a library for all their grade school children, and also to make these books available to society members. To help them with this project, they were looking for anyone able to donate good Reformed books. Interested? Please contact Tim Zylstra at (403) 782-4579 or Wilbur Linker, (403) 782-4089.

Congregational Activities

In a reminder that the time is coming soon when the world will seek to snuff out any witness whatsoever of the gospel, the congregation of our Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada was recently notified by the radio station in their area that the time for broadcasting the Reformed Witness Hour had been changed to 11:30 p.m. Sunday night. The radio station told them that this was the only time they would make available to them. Immanuel therefore canceled the broadcast of the Reformed Witness Hour on that station, and are looking now for a suitable alternative.

In an unrelated matter, the congregation of Immanuel recently had to choose between which phase of their long-range building plans they wanted to consider first – their parsonage, or their church. They chose to make plans to build their church.

After the evening service of February 27, the congregation of our Grandville, MI PRC met for a short program to commemorate the 10th anniversary of their organization.

Rev. W. Bruinsma was recently asked to speak on the subject, “Your Family and the New Age Movement,” at our First PRC in Grand Rapids for their Mr. and Mrs. Society.

At its inaugural meeting, the newly elected Council of our Georgetown PRC, currently meeting in Bauer, MI, elected Mr. Jay Kuiper, 4964 Laurelwood, Hudsonville, MI 49426, (616) 669-5561, as clerk. Anyone needing to contact that congregation can notify him.

Minister Activities

Georgetown has also formed their first trio, from which they hope, the Lord willing, to call their first pastor soon. On this trio are the Revs. C. Haak, J. Slopsema, and C. Terpstra.