Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
The members of the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI were invited to their Fellowship Hall after their evening worship service on February 8 for a program on the PR Fellowship of India. Joel and Ellen Bruinooge, along with Dave and Nancy Ondersma, showed slides and gave a talk on their recent trip to Vellore, India. This evening provided a wonderful opportunity for Georgetown to become better informed of their involvement with Paul Raj and the saints under his care. Tom Schimmel also gave a brief report of his time in the Berean PRC of the Philippines with Rev. R. Van Overloop in mid-January.
On Saturday, February 7, the members of the Wingham, Ontario, CN PRC, were invited to the Belgrave Arena for a time of skating and fellowship. There was also a reminder that helmets were required for hockey.
The congregation of the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada gathered together the evening of February 6 to bid goodbye to their pastor of the past five years, Rev. Richard Smit, and his wife, Tricia, and their family. The evening farewell included dinner, a short program, and a time of fellowship together. The following Lord’s Day, February 8, Rev. Smit preached his farewell sermon as Immanuel’s fourth pastor, choosing for his text the Word of God found in II Corinthians 13:11, and preaching under the theme, “Finally, Brethren, Farewell.”
An announcement in a recent bulletin from the Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI caught our attention. The notice simply informed the congregation that the “Caring and Sharing Used Clothing Rooms upstairs in their building were newly organized and full of both adult and kids clothing available for anyone in the congregation. Please help yourself.” We did some investigating and found that Trinity has for several years made donated children’s clothing available for anyone in the congregation. Recently that benefit has grown to include adult clothing as well. Trinity’s members are encouraged to donate their gently used clothing, both child and adult, and in turn take any items off the rack for their own personal use. This is not a fundraiser, but a free program for all the members of Trinity.
As many of our readers know, the Hope PRC in Walker, MI continues to offer financial help to the PR churches of Myanmar. With that thought in mind, we noticed a quote from a recent bulletin from the Hull, IA PRC detailing current persecution in Burma (Myanmar). “Dublin, January 21 (Compass Direct News). Burmese authorities last week increased restrictions on Christian activity in the capital city of Rangoon and surrounding areas, including the closure of several churches. Orders issued on Jan. 5 had already forced many Christians meeting in residential homes or apartments to cease gathering for worship. Officials last week ordered several major Rangoon churches to cease holding services and continued enforcing the Jan. 5 ban on meetings held in unauthorized facilities. In the late 1990’s authorities stopped issuing permits for land purchase or the construction of new churches, leading many Burmese Christians to conduct services in rented apartments or office buildings. The Kyauktada Township Peace and Development Council on Jan. 5 invited pastors from more than 100 Rangoon churches to a meeting where they were told to sign documents pledging to cease operation of their churches. About 50 pastors attended. The documents threatened punishment, including jail terms and the sealing of church facilities, for pastors who refused to obey the closure orders. Another local online news source, the Democratic Voice of Burma, claimed officials from the Ministry of Religious Affairs had summoned the owners of a building where churches met and ordered them not to rent their properties to religious groups.”
The Council of the Wingham, Ontario, CN PRC has decided to renew their commitment to broadcast the Reformed Witness Hour on CKNX for another year.
Young People’s Activities
The Young People’s Society of the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, CN planned a skating party for February 16, which was Family Day in Canada. Everyone was invited to Les Walker Park at noon. The skaters were also encouraged to bring hot dogs, etc., for lunch.
The Young People’s Society of the First PRC in Edmonton, AB, CN planned a day of sledding and a hot dog/sloppy joe supper fundraiser on Family Day, February 16. Donations from the supper were for this year’s YoungPeople’s Convention. Sledding was scheduled from 2:00 – 4:00, with the supper following from 5:00 – 7:00 at the church.
Recent meetings of the young people at the Lynden, WA PRC have looked at the question, “Are You a Discerning Christian?” Can you discern the truth from the lie? Can you distinguish what God says from what man says? The young people recently also considered the question, “Should we (can we?) love the sinner and hate the sin?” They were challenged to come to each meeting prepared to discuss and debate, defend or deny, on the basis of Scripture: “18 common sayings of Christians.”
The PTA of Hope PR Christian School in Walker, MI met Thursday evening, February 12. Part of the evening included several presentations on the topic, “Motivating Our Children to be Lifelong Learners.”
Sunday, February 15, the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, CN extended a call to Rev. W. Langerak to become their next pastor.