Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
Rev. B. Gritters, representing our Hudsonville, MI PRC, the calling church for our denomination’s mission work in Northern Ireland, along with Mr. Tom Bodbyl, representing the Domestic Mission Committee of our churches, returned home safely from their visit to Northern Ireland on February 12 after a 12-day absence. They believe their trip was a profitable one, and they report that our missionary, Rev. R. Hanko, and his family, are doing well. They also reported that the Covenant Reformed Fellowship is growing both numerically and in spiritual maturity. The members of the Fellowship look forward eagerly to Synod’s treatment, this summer, of their request to be organized into a church.
The Consistory of the Edgerton, MN PRC approved a request from our churches’ Foreign Mission Committee that would release their pastor, Rev. A. Brummel, for a possible two-week trip to the Philippines this summer.
Edgerton’s Consistory approved plans for the printing and mailing of a tri-fold pamphlet which will serve to introduce their church to residents of the area.
In a recent bulletin from the Bethel PRC in Itasca, IL we learn that their Building Committee has been eagerly working on plans for a building of their own, on their own church property. They hope to be able to submit a concept for a building, with costs and other details, to their council and congregation shortly.
These past winter months have also seen our Loveland, CO congregation busy with some improvements to their church property. They approved plans back in December to complete repair to their church basement by adding a handicapped restroom and a new boiler.
Young Adult Activities
The Post-High Young Adults of our PR churches in West Michigan met together on January 28 at the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI to discuss the topic, “Visiting the Sick and the Elderly.”
The congregation of the Grace PRC in Standale, MI extended a call to Rev. M. Dick to serve as their first pastor. Rev. Dick is presently serving our churches as pastor of the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada.
Young People’s Activities
The 1996 Young People’s Convention is now only about four months away. A lot of work has yet to be done by the host societies. And a lot of money has yet to be raised. Just how much is staggering. In a recent convention-news up-date from the South Holland, IL PRC, it was reported that this year’s convention will cost right around $93,000.00. A quick look at the ’96 convention budget shows that housing is the largest item, followed by activities and transportation.
This report also shows that the two main areas of income will be registration and fundraising. Obviously the Young People’s Societies of our churches need our support. So when you get an opportunity to join them for a pancake breakfast or a dinner of sloppy joes and hot dogs or a car wash or sub sale, please consider helping these young people out. Our conventions are expensive, and they will continue to be — but they are worth every penny.
The Young People’s Society of the Hull, IA PRC invited the young people and young adults, along with their friends from the neighboring PR congregations of Doon, IA and Edgerton, MN, to an evening of fun and fellowship on February 2 at the Rouwenhort Center in Orange City, IA. The young people were to be locked in at the Center from 10:00 p.m. until 3:00 a.m. the next morning.
On Sunday afternoon, February 18, the young people of our West Michigan churches met together for a combined mass meeting hosted by the Young People’s Society of the Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI. The Young people heard Mr. Richard Smit, a student in our churches’ seminary and a member at Southeast, speak on the story of Gideon, as found in Judges 7. Mr. Smit’s message for the young people dealt with how Gideon was tested, how he was strengthened, and how he was victorious. Also, the program included a piano and flute duet by Alissa Ophoff and Amanda Hekstra.