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

Congregational Activities

The Council of the South Holland, IL PRC has approved a plan proposed by their Audio-Visual Committee to make use of selected video-tapes of their services on the local South Holland cable TV station. This service is provided free to the churches in the South Holland area. South Holland has been given an hour and a half time-slot on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 P.M.

This past summer, the congregation of the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI was able to meet together for a couple of special activities. After the evening service on July 30, the congregation was invited to stay for a light lunch followed by an hour of singing and Christian fellowship led by the Voices of Victory quartet.

Also on Saturday, August 5, the congregation was invited to a beach breakfast outing at North Shore Park in Grand Haven, on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Concerning updates on the progress being made with the building of the Peace PRC in Lynwood, IL, we really have no specific information other than that it is progressing nicely and some members at Peace predict that it could be completed yet late this Fall.

The men of the congregation of the Randolph, WI PRC were called together back in July to treat three proposals, all dealing with the sewer and water extension on Adams St. behind their church. They approved proposals to install a sewer lateral stub to their church and also install sewer and water lateral stubs for use in case a parsonage would be located on the church property in future years.

With thanks to our heavenly Father, we send our congratulations to the congregation of the First PRC in Edmonton, AB, Canada which celebrated their 20th anniversary as a congregation on September 8.

The musical group, “Make a Joyful Noise,” from our Bethel PRC in Itasca, IL, were part of two special singspirations during the month of July. They took part first in a singspiration at the South Holland, IL PRC on July 2, and later, on July 23, at Faith PRC in Jenison, MI. In each singspiration proceeds were designated for Bethel’s Building Fund.

Denominational Activities

Our churches’ minister-on-loan to the Evangelical Reformed Churches of Singapore, Rev. Jason Kortering, with his wife Jeanette, were able to return to the United States for a month’s furlough in late July. While they were here they spent time with family and were also able to visit and preach in a few of our churches. They were scheduled to return to Singapore on or about August 29.

Evidently before the Korterings left Singapore, some members there asked if there were tapes or CDs available with the Psalms, which are sung both there and here in our churches. So when the Korterings left on their return to Singapore last month they had tapes and CDs of Psalter selections from “Make a Joyful Noise,” who just happened to have made a recent recording for a fund-raiser for Bethel PRC’s building fund.

Young People’s Activities

Certainly taking center stage this summer, as far as our young people were concerned, was this year’s annual Young People’s Convention, hosted by the young people and congregation of the Grandville, MI PRC and held on the campus of Hope College in Holland, MI and other locations throughout west Michigan. Close to 400 of our young people came together the second week of August to enjoy this year’s convention, which developed the theme, “Courageous Christian Youth.” This theme was unfolded by three speeches, all dealing with Daniel and his example from Scripture. Rev. J. Mahtani, of the Trinity PRC in Houston, TX, spoke on “Daniel—a Faithful Prayer Life.” Rev. C. Terpstra, pastor at the South Holland, IL PRC, spoke on “Daniel—a Bold Witness.” And Mr. C. Kalsbeek, a teacher at Covenant Christian High School in Walker, MI, addressed the conventioneers on “Daniel—Godly Choices.”

Some comments heard from different young people and adult chaperones indicated that this year’s convention was one of the best behaved ever, which suggests that no detail was overlooked by the host society, and that speeches and discussion group topics dealing with devotions, respecting authority, and choosing friends were dealt with in an interesting and challenging way. One final note: find a young person in your church who went and ask to see this year’s convention picture. What a good-looking group! And the picture even has Rev. A. Spriensma, pastor at Grandville, on one end, and his identical twin brother on the other.

Evangelism Activities

The Evangelism Committee of the Randolph, WI PRC is making available a set of tapes on the recently completed series by their pastor, Rev. S. Key, on “Reformed Worship: Fellowship with the Holy One.” This set of eight tapes (16 sermons) comes in a book-type album. Cost is $20, with checks to be made payable to the Randolph PR Evangelism Committee, 225 Pierce St., Randolph, WI 53956.

Minister Activities

Rev. M. Dick, pastor of the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada, declined the call he received to serve as pastor of the Byron Center, MI PRC.

Rev. W. Bruinsma, of the First PRC in Holland, MI, declined the call he received from the Hope PRC in Walker, MI.

Our newest congregation, the Grace PRC in Standale, MI, voted to extend a call to Rev. R. Dykstra, pastor in Doon, IA, to serve as their first pastor. With Rev. Dykstra on that first trio were Rev. W. Bruinsma and Candidate Doug Kuiper.

Food for Thought

“happy the man who sees God employed in all the good and ill that chequers life.”

—W. Cowper