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

Evangelism Activities

The Men’s Society of the Hudsonville, MI PRC recently thought it appropriate to give their congregation and catechism children a little update on how things are going with sending Bibles to Ghana. During the 1995/96 season they sent out 471 Bibles. Along with these Bibles they sent out also additional reading material such .as some of Hudsonville’s unused Sunday School papers, Beacon Lights, and the Standard Bearer. So far in this society year they have sent out an additional 156 Bibles. The majority of requests come from young people ages 12-15. Hudsonville’s Men’s Society of course does not know what the Lord has in store with all these requests, but they feel compelled to supply Bibles to these young people, letting God deal with the increase. We know that His Word does not return unto Him void. This project continues to be financed from various individual donations as well as yearly catechism collections.

Rev. J. Mahtani was able to show his slide program, entitled “Reaching the Nations with the Gospel of Grace,” at a mid-week Bible study for his own congregation at the Trinity PRC in Houston, TX in mid-November. This served as preparation for showing the same program to sister congregations at South Holland, IL on December 1 and Hudsonville, MI on December 3, and later that month in Singapore as well.

With recent additions to their mailing list, the Evangelism Comm ittee of the Hope PR in Redlands, CA now has more than 300 subscribers to their monthly newsletter, “The Reformed Witness.” And they also report that the Christian Discount Bookstore in Ontario, CA is now selling RFPA books.

Congregational Activities

In early September, the ladies of the Grandville, MI PRC were asked to remember to reserve September 19, 26, and October 3 for the “Women Caring for Women” seminar in their church. Each of these sessions were led by Rev. A. Spriensma, Grandville’s pastor, and were followed by discussion groups. Some of the goals of this seminar were: 1) to receive biblical instruction and to discuss together the ‘role of women, based on Titus 2, 2) to foster relationships for daily personal edification and that of Grandville Church, and 3) to evaluate if there is a desire and need for a Ladies’ Bible Study in Grandville Church. We are happy to report that one visible result of this seminar was the organization of a Ladies’ Bible Study at Grandville. They began their meetings together on October 30, with Rev. Spriensma leading discussion centered on Women of the Bible.

The Choral Society of the Hudsonville, MI PRC presented their annual Thanksgiving/Christmas Concert on December 1.

The Choral Societies of the Edgerton, MN and Doon and Hull, IA PRCs combined their voices this past Christmas season to present a choral program at Hull on December 8. Each choir sang separate numbers, with all three choirs joining together at the end in singing praises to, God.

The Choral Society of the Loveland, CO PRC invited their congregation to their program after their evening service on December 8.

Young People’s Activities

The Young People’s Society of the South Holland, IL PRC invited members of their congregation, as well as members from the nearby Bethel and Peace PRCs, to a Christmas Singspiration on December 8, The audience sang from the Psalms and Christmas carols, plus they were able-to enjoy some special numbers by the young people.

The Young People’s Society of the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI hosted this year’s Thanksgiving Mass Meeting for all young people’s societies around Grand Rapids, on December 1 at Heritage Christian School. Rev. Doug Kuiper, pastor of the Byron Center, MI PRC, spoke on the theme “A Pharisee, a Leper, and a PR Young Person.” Rev. Kuiper used the accounts of the healing of the ten lepers in Luke 17, and the parable of the Pharisee and publican in prayer in Luke 18, as a springboard to show the young people the proper way to show thankfulness to God for all He has done for us, His people.

Minister Activities

Rev. and Mrs. G. Lanting arrived at the Trinity PRC in Houston, TX in early December to take on the care of the congregation .there in the absence of Rev. Mahtani. Rev. Lanting was scheduled to lead the divine services on December 8, 15, 22, and 29, as well as all special services.

Rev. W. Bekkering has declined the call he had been considering to serve as our denomination’s missionary to Ghana, W. Africa.

Rev. B. Gritters received the call to serve as pastor of the South Holland, IL PRC. With Rev. Gritters on the trio were Rev. S. Key and Prof. H. Hanko.

Our vacant Hope PRC in Walker, MI extended a call to Rev. Dale Kuiper to serve as their next pastor. Rev. Kuiper was chosen from a trio which included also the Revs. R. Cammenga and K. Koole.