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

Congregational Activities

Before we go any further into this issue of the “News,” there is one update that should be made from the February 15th “News.” That is that the date set for the organization of the Bauer group has been moved back to the 2nd of March. That’s one week later than was reported here last time.

The consistory of our Hope PRC in Walker, MI recently extended an invitation to young adults and young married couples of other area PR congregations to join them in their Monday evening Bible Class led by Prof. Hanko. The present discussion is on prayer.

The young singles of our Grandville, MI PRC met recently after a Sunday evening service to discuss a pamphlet by Prof. D. Engelsma on the covenant. Nothing very unusual about that-except for the fact that Prof. Engelsma was also there, to help lead the discussion and, presumably, to answer any questions that might arise about what he had written.

The Consistory of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA recently decided that the elders will now come to the front of the church to shake hands with the minister immediately following the benediction. The purpose for this change, prompted partly by suggestions from members of the congregation, was to make for a more visible presence of the elders at the worship service, especially in their signifying by a handshake with the minister their agreement with the Word preached. The elders will also take part in greeting the congregation at the door after the worship service.

The Choral Society of our Grandville, MI PRC presented a program for the enjoyment of their congregation as well as visitors from other congregations on Sunday evening, January 30.

Young People’s Activities

The Young People’s Society of our First PRC in Holland, MI recently discussed a timely topic for after recess. They took a long hard look at contemporary gospel music.

Several of our other Young People’s Societies have been busy these past few months with projects to help raise funds for this year’s YP Convention. The young people in our First PRC in Edgerton, MN sponsored a soup supper in December. Southwest PRC’s young people held a pancake breakfast in mid-January. And the young people of our Lynden, WA congregation, this year’s host society for the convention, sponsored a hostess dinner for the enjoyment of their congregation.

Evangelism Activities

The Evangelism Society of our Byron Center, MI PRC invited all area congregations to attend a meeting after their evening service on January 23, to hear Mr. Dan VanderKlok speak about work he has done at the Kent County Jail. Visitors were encouraged to come with questions.

School Activities

At the last meeting of Covenant Christian High School’s P.T.F.A., in Grand Rapids, MI, members were able to meet together and hear Dr. Leroy Stegink, the head of the Education Department at Calvin College, speak on the timely topic, at least for Michigan residents, “School Reform in Michigan and How It Affects the Schools.”

The P.T.A. of our Hope PR Christian School in Grand Rapids, MI, met together on February 3 to hear Rev. W. Bruinsma speak on the topic, “The New Age Movement.”

Minister Activities

The congregation of our Loveland, CO PRC has extended a call to Rev. R. Dykstra to become their next pastor. Rev. Dykstra presently serves our churches as pastor of the Doon, IA PRC.

We also want to extend our congratulations to Seminarian Allen Brummel and his wife, Crysta, on the birth of their first child, a son, Dean Ray, born January 23.