Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
The membership of the Adult Bible Study of our First PRC in Holland, MI invited their entire congregation to a week-long camp-out at Muskegon State Park For those who could not make the camp-out there was a special invitation extended to join the group of campers on the last night for a potluck supper.
Each year the members of First in Holland kick off their society year by holding an Inspirational Meeting. Each society takes a turn hosting this event. This year’s meeting was sponsored in part by First’s Men’s and Ladies’ Societies. Members from all of First’s societies were invited to get together for a time of fellowship, and to hear Rev. Peter Breen, one of our denomination’s retired ministers, speak.
On Sunday evening, September 11, the congregation of Byron Center, MI PRC heard their pastor, Rev. Barry Gritters, preach his farewell sermon. This service was followed by a program of thanksgiving from Byron’s congregation for the past years of Rev. Gritters’ ministry in their midst. After several special numbers, and a presentation of a gift, the congregation was able to say goodbye to the Gritters individually over coffee and cake.
Now that all of our Christian schools are in full swing, we ought to make mention of the fact that by God’s grace there is one more Christian school to add to the list of PR covenant schools. We speak of the Faith Christian School in Randolph, WI. This is their first year of operation, and even if we were not there in late August when the doors opened, we all can share in the joy and thankfulness of those in Randolph who have done so much these past years to move this longing from a dream to a reality.
We can only imagine the joy that must have filled the sanctuary of the Randolph, WI PRC on August 22 when Faith Christian School was officially dedicated. This dedication/ convocation service was preceded by an open house at the school, and followed by refreshments provided by Faith’s Mothers’ Club. Rev. S. Key, Randolph’s pastor, preached a fitting sermon the day before entitled, “A Consecrated Child,” based on I Samuel 1:27, 28.
The Hope Heralds, an all-male choir primarily from the Hope PRC in Walker, Mi, were able to give two concerts in the month of September. They first sang in the auditorium of our Hope Church on Sunday evening, September 11; and a couple of days later they gave a concert at the Kalamazoo, MI PRC. The concert at Kalamazoo served also to signal the beginning of Fall society activities at Kalamazoo.
Seminary Convocation was held this year on the evening of September 7 in the Hope PRC in Walker, MI. Prof. Hanko, this year’s speaker, addressed the students, friends, and supporters of our churches’ seminary on the topic, “Our Church-Governed Seminary.”
The annual meeting of the RFPA, the organization responsible for publishing this magazine, was held in the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI on September 22. Rev. C. Hanko spoke on the subject, “Our Heritage and OurStandard Bearer.” All readers of the SE were enthusiastically encouraged to attend.
Rev. Carl Haak, pastor of the Lynden, WA PRC has accepted the call he received from the Bethel PRC in Elk Grove Village, near Chicago, IL. He plans to preach his farewell sermon at Lynden on October 23.
Rev. B. Gritters and his wife and family were able to move from the parsonage at Byron Center, MI PRC to their new parsonage at the Hudsonville, MI PRC on September 13. Plans called for Rev. Gritters to be installed on September 23, with his first sermon as Hudsonville’s pastor coming on September 25th.
On Sunday evening, September 18, the congregation of Byron Center, MI PRC extended a call to Rev. W. Bruinsma to serve as their pastor. With him on that trio were the Revs. Dykstra and Slopsema.