News From Our Churches

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

Congregational Highlights

The Council of the Hudsonville, MI PRC decided last year that at the installation of officebearers the Formula of Subscription would be read publicly and signed by those who not previously done so. This added an interesting touch to this year’s installation, making it just a little bit more memorable than in the past.

It could also be noted here that First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI has decided to do the same next year.

The Young People’s Society of Loveland, CO PRC sponsored what I think is a unique fundraiser for this year’s Young People’s Convention. On the evening of January 28, between the hours of 5 and 9 PM, the young people did all the waiting, serving, and busing of tables at the Riverhouse Restaurant in Loveland. Their profit for those four hours included all tips left by patrons, as well-as a dollar donated by the owner of the Riverhouse for every plate served. Those who ate there that night not only got a great meal at an affordable price, but they also got the satisfaction of having helped their young people earn money to attend the 1991 P.R.Y.P.’s Convention in Byron Center, MI. And, as if that wasn’t enough, they also received a $5.00 gift certificate to be used on their next visit—compliments of the Riverhouse. Sounds like a good deal.

And now that I’ve mentioned the 1991 P.R.Y.P. Convention, let me just add that plans call for this year’s edition to be held August 5-9 at Grand Valley State University, sponsored by our Byron Center, MI PRC and their young people.

The Evangelism Committee of our South Holland, IL PRC sponsored a special lecture at the Summit Christian College in Fort Wayne, IN on January 24. Rev. B. Gritters spoke on the subject of the “Antichrist,” the same subject which he dealt with last fall for the annual Reformation Day lecture in Grand Rapids, MI.

The Jr. & Sr. Bible Study Societies of our Byron Center Church asked their pastor, Rev. B. Gritters, to show the slides he and his wife, Lori, had taken while on classical appointment in Larne, Northern Ireland. Rev. Gritters showed these slides on January 29, and related something of the work there in Ireland.

And, directly related to the above bit of news concerning Larne, the Mission Committee of our churches has been concerned with, and has considered, the reported possibility of terrorism in connection with international flights. Their conclusion was that, if there are no government warnings against such flights, and there are no reports of terrorist attacks against Americans in the area of our labor, the appointments would be kept—unless the minister and his consistory considered it unwise to go. May it be the prayer of all our congregations that this work continue without interruption and the men laboring in Larne may travel in safety.

Ministerial Calls

Rev. Carl Haak declined the call from our Kalamazoo, MI PRC to serve as missionary in Venice, FL.

Rev. Tom Miersma declined the call he was considering from our Hudsonville, MI PRC to serve as missionary to the saints in Larne, Northern Ireland.

And a final parting thought lifted from one of our South Holland, IL PRC’s bulletins:

“Peace is the deliberate adjustment of my life to the will of God.”—Anonymous