News From Our Churches

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

School Activities

After a year and a half of planning, East Side Christian School emerges at 2800 Michigan NE in Grand Rapids, MI. This pre-K—9th grade facility will open its doors for the first time in September at its temporary home, the lower level of First PRC.

East Side School Board and parents are excited with the group of educators that have committed themselves with their varied talents to this effort. The four teachers and one administrator who begin this inaugural year at East Side have nearly 100 years of combined classroom experience, which should provide an enviable learning environment.

We take this opportunity to remind each one of us to continue to pray for all those devoted to educating our covenant children and young people, and to pray for the students as well, that the lessons learned may serve to prepare the church of the future.

The Hope Foundation, of the Hope PR Christian School in Walker, MI, sponsored their Second Annual Perch Fishing Tournament on Saturday, July 26, at South Haven, MI. The day included perch fishing from 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon; lunch of hot dogs, chips, and pop; and special prizes and awards.

Minister Activities

Candidate James Laning received two calls to serve as pastor: from the South Holland, IL PRC, and from the Hope PRC in Walker, MI. We can now report that Mr. Laning has accepted the call extended from the Hope PRC.

The Covenant PRC in Wyckoff, NJ has been blessed this summer with the presence of Candidate Martin VanderWal and his family. In July the consistory presented to their congregation a trio consisting of Rev. K. Koole, Rev. S. Houck, and Candidate M. VanderWal. The call was extended to Mr. VanderWal.

Mission Activities

Candidate Daniel Kleyn and his wife were laboring for several weeks in the Covenant PRC in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, while Missionary R. Hanko and his family were on furlough. Plans also called for Candidate Kleyn later to devote some time in August and September helping Rev. Hanko with mission work in the British Isles.

From our PRC in Hull, IA we learn that Rev. Jai Mahtani was spending July 29 through August 15 in Ghana as he continues to look into all aspects of his call to be missionary to Ghana. Rev. Mahtani was told that “if he decides to take the call to Ghana, Hull would give him time (through May ’98) to finish graduate school studies in multicultural missions before he leaves. These studies serve his preparation for the labor and field if he were to take the call. Also, the brother minister and his wife are expecting their eighth child in February of ’98, and it would not be good for him to go before this blessed time. This will also give the Hull Council and FMC the time to arrange for and obtain the volunteers, as well as help with their preparation for the labor in Ghana.”

We ask you to remember the Mahtanis in your prayers as they continue to consider this awesome and blessed call to be our missionary.

Congregational Activities

The congregation of our Loveland, CO PRC took time this summer, and maybe longer, to commit a proof text a week to memory. Each week there was listed on the bulletin one text and what it proved (e.g., Deut. 6:4, “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord,” proving the oneness of God). It was even suggested that, as the list continued to grow, individuals could set aside weekly time to test each other—perhaps even scheduling a three-on-three competition later to determine the over-all winners.

In our ongoing futile attempt to keep up with the building progress of our Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada, we can report that the last word we had was that the carpenters had finished, the shingles were on, the electricians and plumbers could start with their work, and the stucco was scheduled to go on.

Evangelism Activities

The Evangelism Committee of the First PRC in Edmonton, AB, Canada set aside a Saturday earlier this summer to distribute their “Welcome” brochures and magnets in mailboxes in the Mayfield neighborhood. Approximately 900 were distributed.

The Evangelism Committee of the Grandville, MI PRC sponsored a series entitled, “The Reformed Faith on Civil Government.” This series included a special worship service the morning of July 6 and a lecture at 8:00 p.m. on July 10 at their church.

The Evangelism Committee of the Hudsonville, MI PRC is making Ezra study guides and sermon tapes available for the upcoming society season. They may be used together or separately, and are also helpful for one’s own personal study. If interested, please contact Hudsonville’s Evangelism Committee or Rev. Gritters at 5101 Beechtree St., Hudsonville, MI 49426.