News From Our Churches

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

Evangelism Activities

The Peace PRC of Lynwood, IL sponsored their annual Spring Lecture on April 21 at the Illiana Christian High School. Rev. C. 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.”

The Extension Committee of the Lynden, WA PRC also scheduled a Spring Lecture. On March 31, Professor H. Hanko, of our Seminary, spoke on the subject, “The Church: A Spiritual Institution.”

Congregational Activities

The Council of the Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI recently decided to do away with their piano fund and instead take the amount that was in there and transfer it to their church library.

On March 28, the Adult Bible Societies of the Peace PRC in Lynwood, IL, and the South Holland, IL FRC met together at Illiana Christian High School to study a special topic, “Angels: Good and Evil.”

From bulletins of March and April we can let you know that the building of the new church home for the Peace PRC appears to be moving along at a nice pace. The ground was prepared for pouring the footings, followed by the foundation walls two days later. On two days the next week, fill was put around the foundation, followed soon after with the plumbing work. And I think we are safe in assuming that even more has been done since that time. We will keep you updated.

During the time of our celebration of the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, many of our churches’ choirs give their annual spring concerts. This was the case again this year, with at least three choirs giving concerts around the 16th of April: the Hudsonville, MI PRC’s choir, the choir of Faith PRC in Jenison, MI, and our Loveland, CO PRC’s choir.

The Ladies’ Society of the Hull, IA PRC served as host for this year’s Spring Ladies’ League meeting. The theme for this year’s meeting was “Affluence and Its Effect on Home and Church,” based on Colossians 3:2.

School Activities

The Hope PR Christian School in Walker, MI presented their All- School program entitled, “All Nature Praises God,” on April 20 at the Beverly Christian Reformed Church Independent.

Young Adult Activities

Once again this year the Young Adult Society of the Loveland, CO PRC sponsored what has become an annual Young Adults Spring Retreat. This fifth annual retreat was held the 26th, 27th, and 28th of March at the Covenant Heights Conference Center in beautiful Estes Park, CO. Rev. G. VanBaren, pastor at Loveland, and Rev. S. Key, pastor at the Randolph, WI PRC were this year’s speakers. Each addressed the group of young adults on the central theme, “Discerning God’s Will in Our Lives.” Rev. VanBaren’s speech was entitled, “God Has a Wonderful Plan for Your Life,” and Rev. Key addressed the group on “The Rewards of Searching out God’s Will.” Included with the two speeches were two debates and one discussion group and numerous indoor and outdoor activities, including skiing before, during, and after the retreat, as well as snowshoeing. This year saw 53 young adults, a record number, attend the three-day retreat, which despite being advertised as a spring retreat saw snow fall every day. We can also mention here that during the retreat 13 young adults were involved in a serious van accident while returning from snowshoeing. The van was badly damaged when it left the high mountain road they were traveling; but thankfully, by God’s grace, there were no serious injuries.

If you would like a tape of the two speeches given at this year’s retreat, you can obtain a copy for $3.00 by writing the Loveland PRC at 709 E. 57th St., Loveland, CO 80538.

Minister Activities

After graduating from our Seminary last spring, Mr. Chris Connors and Mr. David Higgs have now completed further studies and internships and successfully sustained examinations in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Australia. Both have received and accepted calls. Mr. Connors was ordained as pastor of the Launceston congregation on March 24, and Mr. Higgs was ordained as pastor of the Brisbane congregation on April 22.

Rev. C. Terpstra, pastor of the South Holland, IL PRC declined the call he was extended to serve as pastor of the Edgerton, MN PRC.

First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI has formed a trio from which they called Rev. Bruinsma. The other ministers on the trio were Rev. J. Slopsema and C. Terpstra.

Food for Thought

“Not why but what?”

“Searching out the reason for our trials is not usually so profitable as asking what we may learn from them. God does not always explain His actions to us; but, ‘who teacheth like him?'”