Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
It was interesting to note that soon after the first of this year a couple of our congregations used their church bulletin, or church newsletter, to encourage their members to lead a more sanctified life. Both our Hudsonville, MI PRC and our Loveland, CO PRC encouraged their members to begin a regular systematic reading of God’s Word by providing them with a daily Bible reading schedule. Hudsonville’s schedule, if followed completely, would make it possible to read through the entirety of God’s Word in just one year, while Loveland’s schedule made it possible to read through the Bible in chronological order. To encourage the Hudsonville congregation, the schedule asks by way of introduction, “who in the interest of their eternal soul is truly unable to dedicate so few minutes out of their whole day to such a noble pursuit?”
At their annual congregational meeting this past December, the congregation of the Hope PRC in Walker, MI did more than elect men to the office of elder and deacon and approve their proposed budget for the year 2000. They also approved two proposals from their council: one, to install new carpet in their church narthex and two, to replace the roof of their parsonage.
The Choral Society of the Peace PRC in Lansing, IL hosted a Christmas singspiration the evening of December 26. Members of the Chicago area PRCs were encouraged to come together and share the joy of our Savior’s birth.
The Choir of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA presented a concert commemorating the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ for the enjoyment of their congregation on December 19.
Young People’s Activities
Over the past few years we have noticed with growing interest that many of our churches’ young people’s societies are serving as hosts for families and individuals of all ages to meet together, usually at their church, to arrange groups for delivery of Christmas cards and for caroling. Plans quite often call for the larger group to break into smaller groups of about eight to twelve and visit the homes of the elderly and shut-ins, giving them greeting cards from the congregation and singing a few Christmas carols. This is indeed a wonderful opportunity for many young people to greet these members of their church family, and something that thankfully seems to be growing in popularity, with more and more church members, not just young people, joining in each year.
The Young People’s Society of the Byron Center, MI PRC hosted a continental breakfast on Christmas morning. Donations were for this year’s PRYP Convention.
The Young People’s Society of the Covenant PRC in Wyckoff, NJ was treated to a progressive dinner on January 9. Appetizers, dinner, dessert, and games were all at different locations.
Young Adult Activities
The young adults of the Edgerton, MN PRC will be hosting a Summer Retreat for PRC young adults August 14-17 of this year, the Lord willing. In order to meet some of the expected expenses from that retreat, they recently sponsored an Australian supper with authentic Australian food. I think it’s safe to say that their pastor, Rev. D. Kleyn, must have served as a consultant for the menu.
Hope Christian School in Redlands, CA and Heritage Christian School in Hudsonville, MI once again this year took a collection for a “kingdom cause” instead of doing a gift exchange with their children. This past Christmas the donations collected were sent to Jack and Judie Feenstra to help them in their work of helping to establish a Bible School in Singapore.
The students of the South Holland, IL PR Christian School presented their annual Christmas program on December 21. The students developed the theme, “Behold, I Come Quickly,” based on Revelation 22:12. Future students of South Holland in the year 2000 and 2001 were also part of the program, singing “Away in a Manger,” Psalter #400, and “Jesus Loves Me.”
Sister Church Activities
Rev. Lau Chin Kwee, pastor of the First Evangelical Reformed Church in Singapore, has been studying this past semester in our seminary to further his education. He planned to return to Singapore, and home, about the middle of January, and to come back for another semester at the seminary next year. While here Pastor Lau was able to preach for many of our West Michigan congregations, which served as an excellent occasion to renew friendships and to extend greetings from the ERCS to various churches in the PRC.
Prof. H. Hanko and his wife, who are spending approximately six months in Singapore to help establish a Bible School, took a slight detour south to Australia to visit with the congregations of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. They were there December 20 until January 3.