Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
Rev. A. Spriensma, our denomination’s missionary to the Philippines, continues to be very busy heading into the new year. On a Saturday morning in early January, he began his day with a church meeting with all the heads of households of the members of the Berean Church of God Reformed in Manila, followed by teaching a Reformed church government class, and then a Board of Trustees meeting. On Sunday he preached two services, with an Essentials catechism class in between. The following weekend he planned to travel to the island of Negros, and meet with a small group in the city of Bacolod to hold a conference and preach again. During the week he continues to mentor and teach some of the pastors and Bible students with whom he has recently started meeting.
Rev. Rodney and Sharon Miersma left around 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 13, from Sioux Falls, S.D., arriving in Ghana and the city of Accra the following day at 7 p.m. They were met there by members of the Fellowship, along with Rev. Wayne and Phyllis Bekkering and Justin and Kathy Koole. Pray for the Miersmas as they begin their missionary labors with the Bekkerings and Kooles and the Fellowship.
Rev. R. Cammenga, Elders William DeKraker, Roger Groenendyk, and Dave Rau, as well as Deacons Marc Kuiper and Steve Kuiper, members of Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI, the calling church for our denomination’s mission work in Pittsburgh, PA, visited the field January 15-19. Their visit was to include meeting with our missionary, Rev. J. Mahtani, and the steering committee of the Fellowship. Plans also called for the elders to conduct family visitation, under the theme, “As for me and my house,” and the deacons to make some diaconal visits. As a denomination we can be thankful for this supervision of our calling church, and we pray that God will make their work profitable for our missionary and the saints in Pittsburgh.
An effort is also underway to organize pen pals between the Pittsburgh Mission and the members of Southwest PRC. Mr. Brian Suber, a member of the Mission, recently developed a questionnaire for the members to complete. From this questionnaire he planned to develop a brief article on each one of them to be included in future publications of Southwest’s Messenger.
Monday, January 5, members of the Hope PR Christian School Society in Grand Rapids, MI gathered together for a special society meeting to consider their Board’s plans for building expansion. The Board reminded the school society members that having the need for building expansion is evidence of God’s continued faithfulness at Hope School. Plans approved that evening call for the construction of four classrooms and a gym, with bathrooms, storage area, and lobby area, along with parking lot, new well, and site work for relocation of the playground.
Saturday evening, January 17, supporters of Hope PR Christian School in Grand Rapids, MI were invited to come and visit “Yellowstone High Country Treasure” at Grandville Middle School for the first of four travelogues to benefit the Hope School Foundation.
Teachers, prospective teachers, and parents in and around our churches in the Grand Rapids, MI area were invited to enroll in a college credit seminar, sponsored by the Federation of Protestant Reformed Christian Schools, entitled, “Principles and Practices of Reformed Education.” This seminar began meeting in January at our Seminary and was scheduled to continue every other Wednesday evening through May.
Starting in the spring of 2004, the city of Wyoming, MI will begin a project to expand Byron Center Ave. As a landowner along this section, Adams Christian School will be compelled to sell a strip of land to the city. The strip is 17 feet wide and runs the entire length of Adams’ property, making a total of about a quarter of an acre. This expansion will include improving the street with curb and gutter, cement sidewalks, and cement approaches for all driveways connected to the street. Adams will also use this street expansion project to relocate their existing north driveway and add a new south driveway to 56th Ave. Plans also call for Adams to use this opportunity to hook up to sanitary sewer.
For some time now we have noticed that bulletins at the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI have included announcements concerning a Boy’s G.R.O.W. Group at their church. G.R.O.W. is an effort by members of Georgetown to have their boys from the 4th through the 8th grade grow spiritually in giving, righteousness, obedience, and wisdom, hence the acronym G.R.O.W. Under the direction of several men at Georgetown, 25 boys meet together on Tuesday nights for a Bible Study followed by some time spent with assorted craft projects. On January 20 they were scheduled to tour our own PR Seminary. Besides such activities they also recently had a visit from a member of the Ottawa County sheriff department and his K-9 Unit.
With great joy and gladness in our hearts to our heavenly Father, Classis East, meeting January 14 at the Grandville, MI PRC, received the Wingham, Ontario congregation, formerly of the OCRC, into our churches. This group consists of 13 families and 27 communicant members. A committee consisting of the church visitors was appointed to assist them in making the transition out of the OCRC and into our denomination.
Rev. W. Bruinsma declined the call extended to him from the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB Canada to be their next pastor. Immanuel will meet together on January 29 to call a pastor from a trio of the Revs. A. Brummel, C. Haak, and C. Terpstra.
On Sunday, January 18, Rev. C. Haak declined the call he had been considering to serve as the next pastor of the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI.