Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
The Psalm Choir, made up of members of many of our west Michigan PR churches, was once again able to give two quality and very enjoyable concerts this late winter. On Sunday evening February 27 they presented their selection of favorite psalms in the auditorium of our First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI, and then they followed that up one week later with a concert at our Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI. We could also add, by way of a reminder, that if you have not had an opportunity to hear this fine choir, perhaps because you live outside the state of Michigan, you will get your chance this June, since they are scheduled to be part of our 75th anniversary celebration.
This year’s annual combined Men’s Bible Society meeting was held March 21 in the basement of the Edgerton, MN PRC. Men from the Doon and Hull, IA PR churches joined Edgerton’s men in a study of the history of Israel at the time of Eli and Samuel as found in I Samuel 4:14ff. Hull’s Men’s Society, by rotation, was also responsible to provide a topic for after-recess discussion.
This year’s annual Young Adults’ Spring Retreat was once again sponsored by the young adults of the Loveland, CO PRC. Loveland’s Young Adults also hosted a singspiration the Sunday before the retreat. This provided an opportunity for the entire congregation to welcome the visiting young adults from across the country. This year, as in the past, the week was spent in the Rocky Mountains at Covenant Heights Convention Center in the shadow of Longs Peak.
This year’s retreat took an in-depth look at the whole subject of prayer. Rev. Garry Eriks, Loveland’s pastor, spoke the first evening on “The Nature of Prayer,” and the following evening Rev. Nathan Brummel, pastor of the Cornerstone PRC in Dyer, IN, spoke on “The Power of Prayer.”
Rev. J. Mahtani, our churches’ missionary to Pittsburgh, PA, was scheduled to visit with interested believers in Fayetteville, NC, March 24-26. Since this visit coincided with his children’s spring vacation from school, the whole family accompanied him. Saturday’s plans called for a fellowship meal and activities, followed by a Bible Study on the sovereignty of God. Rev. Mahtani also planned to bring God’s Word to the group the next day by preaching for them. We are happy to report that the Fellowship in Fayetteville is making arrangements with the RFPA to stock some of their publications in a local Christian bookstore.
Rev. Mahtani was also recentlyinvited to give a chapel speech at the Reformed Presbyterian Seminary in Pittsburgh.
In a recent bulletin from Ghana we find that Rev. R. Moore was able to speak at a Hostel for college students in early March. Rev. Moore spoke from Ephesians one and two, with an emphasis on God’s sovereignty in salvation. We also note with sadness that the three-year-old daughter of a couple who were attending the worship services on a regular basis died suddenly after becoming ill with malaria. Rev. Moore was thankful that this little one was able to worship with them the Sunday before. A good reminder to us all of the brevity of life and of the weakness of our own bodies.
At a special congregational meeting back in late February, the congregation of the Loveland, CO PRC approved a proposal to purchase the pews of the South Holland, IL PRC. They will probably arrive sometime in May. We can assume that South Holland will in turn be getting some new ones … or they could be standing soon after that?
The Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, CN recently added some new furniture to their auditorium as well. They purchased a bookcase requested by their Evangelism Committee for the establishing of a church library. They also obtained a large pamphlet rack for the display of pamphlets and books, a bulletin board, a small table for the front of the auditorium on which to place the offering bags, and a table in their narthex for bulletins and newsletters.
On March 15, Mrs. Roberta Harbach, widow of the late Rev. Robert Harbach, who served as pastor in our churches for 24 years, passed away at the age of 82 years. We thank the Lord for the life and witness of this saint and the labors that she and her husband were able to carry out for the kingdom. Rev. 14:13.
The council of our vacant Hull, IA PRC formed a trio of the Revs. J. Laning, M. VanderWal, and R. VanOverloop. On March 20 they met and voted to extend a call to Rev. VanOverloop.