Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
The Student Council of Covenant Christian High School in Grand Rapids, MI sponsored a pop-can drive at their school from November 3 – 14. Students, parents, and supporters of Covenant were encouraged to bring empty pop cans or bottles to Covenant, so that the students could return them for a deposit refund. Money raised from the drive was going to help Covenant Christian School in Lynden, WA and Herrick Covenant School in Tasmania.
The young people of Bethel PRC in Roselle, IL invited their congregation to an Ethnic Supper the evening of October 24. The young people promoted this dinner by asking their fellow church members the questions, Do you enjoy tasting foreign cuisine? Exotic Asian dishes? Hearty European favorites? South African specials? If the answer was yes, then they were invited to an International Supper featuring the best from around the world and prepared by those at Bethel whose forefathers lived on and relished those exquisite dishes. Ethnic dress was also encouraged at the supper.
Plans for next summer’s Young People’s Convention are picking up speed at our host congregation, the Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI. If you need reminding, the dates for the 2004 convention are July 12-16. Rev. R. Cammenga, Rev. R. Kleyn, and Rev. W. Langerak will be speaking on “Drawing Near to God,” Psalm 73:28. The convention will be held at Covenant Hills Camp in Otisville, MI. The most current information can be found as it becomes available on Southwest’s web site at: www.prc convention.com.
The Young People’s Society of the Doon, Iowa PRC hosted this year’s annual Reformation Singspiration at their church on Sunday evening, October 26.
Sunday afternoon, November 16, the young people from our churches in west Michigan were invited to their annual Young People’s Thanksgiving Mass Meeting, held this year at the Grand-ville, MI PRC. Prof. D. Engelsma was this year’s speaker.
Members of the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada were invited to the annual Remembrance Day Car Rally and Soup Supper held at First PRC in Edmonton on Tuesday, November 11. The car rally began at 12:30 p.m., with supper following at 4:30.
The Council of Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI has decided to hold monthly song services the first Sunday of each month 15 minutes prior to their evening worship service. Their first song service was November 2.
Everyone at Trinity was also invited to a hayride on Saturday, November 1, at the farm of one of the families in their congregation. Activities began in the late afternoon with horse-drawn wagon rides, followed by a hayride for the young and young-at-heart. A supper of hot dogs, barbecue, cider, and hot chocolate followed. The evening came to a close with time spent around a bonfire.
The adult members of Grace PRC in Standale, MI were invited to experience a lazy cruise down the Grand River aboard the Grand Lady River Boat on the evening of October 14. Dessert and coffee were served afterward at Grace.
The debate between Dr. R. Mouw and Prof. D. Engelsma on the subject “Is the Doctrine of Common Grace Reformed” can now be heard, and also read, on www.prca.org under News and Views.
Rev. J. Mahtani, our churches’ missionary to the Fellowship in Pittsburgh, PA, was an active participant in an Evangelism Conference at Covenant PRC in Wyckoff, NJ, November 7-9. On Friday evening Rev. Mahtani presented his speech on “Preaching and Witnessing in Our Pittsburgh Mission,” material that he used in Bethel PRC, Roselle, IL this past spring, and again in the Covenant of Grace PR Fellowship in Spokane, WA this fall. On Saturday, Rev. Mahtani led a Forum on Evangelism, and he preached at both services for Covenant PRC on the Lord’s Day.
Rev. R. Miersma, who recently accepted a call to serve our churches as our second missionary to Ghana, West Africa, is busy making plans for his and his wife’s move in early 2004, the Lord willing. Rev. and Mrs. Miersma enjoyed a farewell supper and program on November 7, given in their honor by their congregation in Lacombe, AB, Canada. The following Lord’s Day, November 9, Rev. Miersma preached his farewell sermon on the theme, “Our Assurance of the Crown of Righteousness,” based on II Timothy 4:7, 8.
The council of the Hull, IA PRC has scheduled a call to worship on December 11 for Rev. Miersma’s installation as missionary. Rev. Miersma will preach an inaugural sermon in Hull on Sunday, December 28. The Miersmas are scheduled to leave for Ghana on January 6, all the Lord willing.
The Hudsonville, MI PRC has extended a call to Rev. C. Terpstra, pastor of First PRC in Holland, MI, to serve as their next pastor.
Rev. M. Dick has declined the call extended to him from the Byron Center, MI PRC to serve as their next pastor.