Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
On May 2 the council of the Grandville, MI PRC brought a proposal to their congregation for adoption. The council, through its Long- Range Planning Committee, was looking for authorization to proceed with construction of a 3,900 square foot addition to their church. This proposed addition will include a large meeting room capable of seating 200 people around tables. The room will contain movable partitions, so that it can be divided into six classrooms. Also included in the proposed addition are a kitchen, a pastor’s study, a council room, and two nurseries with adjoining bathroom. The council recommended also that part of the funds for the project be used for the repair of the existing church building, primarily damage that has been done in the past as a result of a water leak.
Writing this a couple of days after this meeting makes it possible for me to tell you that the proposal was approved by the Grandville congregation, and that the project is scheduled to begin after this year’s Young People’s Convention in August, hosted, as you know, by Grandville. A six-month construction period is anticipated.
While our Grandville congregation is gearing up for a much-needed addition to their church home, the Peace PRC in Lynwood, IL continues to mark weekly progress in the construction of their eagerly anticipated new church home. This update will not be current but will still give you a feel for the progress being made. As of late April, the plumbing and electrical roughing-in work was done and the block walls were up displaying the locations of doors, windows, and rooms.
The congregation of the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI was invited to stay after their evening service on May 7 for a light supper and a song service.
Recently we were informed that the area code for part of Colorado, including the city of Loveland, where our Loveland PRC is located, has been changed to 970. Currently you can still use either the existing area code of 303 or the new code 970, but after October 1, 970 must be used or your call will not go through. Please make a note in your copy of the 1994 Yearbook of our churches.
The Peace PRC in Lynwood, IL sponsored their annual Spring Lecture on April 21 at the Illiana Christian High School. Rev. Haak, pastor of the Bethel PRC in Itasca, IL, spoke on the topic, “Personal Evangelism: A Desire for the Glory of God in the Salvation of Souls.”
Monthly meetings of the Christian S.I.N.D.H.I. group continue to be held in the Trinity PRC in Houston, TX. These meetings continue to be a blessing. A dozen or more Hindus regularly attend and show interest in the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Let us continue to pray that God will bless these labors as well as all our churches’ evangelism efforts and that He will add to His church such as should be saved.
At this time of year our Christian schools usually meet to adopt budgets for the coming school year. In order to educate the anticipated 410 students at our Heritage Christian School in Hudsonville, MI for the school year 1995-1996, their budget topped the $1,000,000.00 mark. We would assume that this is the first time that that has happened in the history of the PR schools.
Despite this figure, we can also report that tuition costs at Heritage have not changed for the last two years, nor will they next year, D.V.
This year’s Spring Mass Meeting for all Mr. & Mrs. and Adult Bible Societies of our west Michigan churches was held on April 25 at the Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI and featured Prof. Hanko, of our seminary, speaking on the subject, “The Importance of Prayer, and Teaching our Children to Pray.”
Young People’s Activities
In a fund-raiser for the up-coming convention in August, the Young People’s Society of the Peace PRC sponsored a travelogue on May 5 in the auditorium of the South Holland, IL PRC. Mr. and Mrs. Hank Brands showed slides of their 1994 trip to Alaska.
The Young People’s Society of the Lynden, WA PRC met earlier this year for an evening to discuss the topic, What makes the PR churches different?”
The Young People’s Societies of the Hudsonville, MI PRC hosted a combination pancake-breakfast /carwash at their church in late April.
Rev. M. Joostens, who just accepted a call to serve as pastor of the Lynden, WA PRC, will be preaching his farewell sermon at First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI on May 21, D.V.
First PRC in Grand Rapids has extended a call to Rev. W. Bruinsma, pastor at First PRC in Holland, MI, to serve as their next pastor.
The Byron Center, MI PRC has extended a call to Rev. A. denHartog, pastor of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA, to serve them as their next pastor.
At a congregational meeting on April 30, the members of the Edgerton, MN PRC called Rev. A. denHartog to serve as their next pastor. With Pastor denHartog on that trio were the Revs. Flikkema and Koole.
Food for Thought
“The great weight of eternity hangs upon the small wire of time.”