Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
On February 19 the Evangelism
Society of the Covenant PRC in Wyckoff, NJ sponsored a viewing of the video of the Engelsma/Mouw debate on Common Grace, held this past summer in Grand Rapids, MI.
The Byron Center, MI PRC sponsored a lecture entitled “The Christian, Politics, and the Antichrist,” by Rev. R. Cammenga, pastor of Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI, on February 12 at their church. Anyone interested was encouraged to join Byron Center for a timely discussion on our calling towards government and our call to watch for the coming of Antichrist. The lecture was followed by a question and answer period and refreshments.
Starting February 12, and then again on February 18 and 26, the Evangelism Committee of First PRC in Holland, MI hosted what has become their annual Winter Conference. The topic of this year’s conference was “God’s Covenant of Grace with His People.” Thursday, February 12, Prof. D. Engelsma spoke on “God’s Sovereign Covenant with His People,” followed the next Wednesday with Rev. G. VanBaren speaking on “Sovereign Election and the Particular Promise,” and Rev. C. Terpstra speaking the last Thursday on “The Particular Implications of the Covenant of Grace.”
The Steering Committee of our
denomination’s mission work in Pittsburgh, PA recently made a decision to advertise their Fellowship and its activities in Faith Talk magazine. This magazine was referred to Pittsburgh by WORD FM, where one can hear our eastern home missionary, Rev. J. Mahtani, speak throughout the year and the Reformed Witness Hour each week. There are over 16,000 people who receive each issue of this magazine.
Recently a committee made up of members of the Pittsburgh Mission and of the Covenant PRC in Wyckoff, NJ organized under the name Eastern Mission Retreat Committee. At their first meeting in late January, this committee decided to have the Eastern Mission’s Retreat May 26-30, 2005, which is Memorial Day weekend. The purpose of the retreat will be for a time of fellowship and instruction among the isolated contacts we have in the Eastern United States, as well as those who are new to the Reformed faith, and a limited number of members of our denomination. The theme of the retreat will be “Reaching the Nations with the Gospel of Grace,” with an emphasis on the content of the gospel and how we reach the nations, and how we do evangelism work. The committee is working out additional details regarding the venue, guest speakers, activities. etc. The Lord willing, the committee will meet next in New Jersey, July 1-5.
Contact Committee Activities
nomination’s Contact Committee, and Mr. John Buiter, from the Hope PRC in Grand Rapids, MI, the calling church for our missionary-on-loan in Singapore, left Tuesday, February 17, for a two-week trip to visit our sister churches there and Rev. A. denHartog, our minister-on-loan. This was according to a synodical mandate to visit the Evangelical Reformed Churches of Singapore, as well as Rev. denHartog and his family. The timing of this trip also made it possible for the emissaries to visit the Classis of the ERCS, which met during the time that the emissaries were there. They planned to return, the Lord willing, on March 1.
The Eastside Christian School
Promoters invited interested supporters of their school to gather together on February 19 at First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI to hear Prof. Robert Fortner of the Communications Dept. of Calvin College speak on the topic, “The Computer and the Human Condition: Help or Hindrance for the Soul?”
On Thursday, February 12, parents and teachers of Hope PR Christian School in Grand Rapids, MI met for one of their semi-annual PTA meetings. At this meeting, Mr. Joel Minderhoud, a science teacher at Covenant Christian High School, spoke on the theme, “The Unity of the Human Body and the Unity of the Church.”
Heritage Christian School in Hudsonville, MI had their All-School Program on February 19 at the Fairhaven Ministries in Jenison, MI. The theme for this year’s program was, “A Wonderful Savior.”
Rev. and Mrs. J. Laning, serving the Hope PRC in Grand Rapids, MI, were blessed with the birth of a daughter, Julianne Rose, born on Wednesday, February 4.
The congregation of the Byron Center, MI PRC was to call a pastor on Sunday evening, February 22. From a trio of Rev. C. Haak, Rev. D. Kleyn, and Rev. R. Van Overloop, Byron Center called Rev. VanOverloop.
Young People’s Activities
The Young People’s Society of
the Lynden, WA PRC planned a dinner for their church members on the evening of Saturday, January 17 in the gym of Covenant Christian School. Dinner began at 5:30 p.m., with games and fellowship following.
A Candlelight Supper was planned by the young people of the First PRC of Edgerton, MN for Monday, February 9. Group seating was available for those who preferred it, as well as babysitting for those who needed it.
Friday, February 6, the Young People’s Society of Byron Center, MI PRC hosted a Valentine Banquet, and on Saturday, the 7th, the Young People of First PRC in Holland, MI sponsored a Soup Supper, with proceeds going for the 2004 Young People’s Convention.
Which reminds me that registration for this year’s convention is due by April 9. Young people, have you sent your registration forms in? This year’s convention, hosted by Southwest PRC Young People’s Society from July 12-16 at Covenant Hills Camp in Otisville, MI, will provide you with an opportunity to spend a week with like-minded young people from many different churches and missions. What a wonderful way for you to “Draw Near to God.”