Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
Pastor Daniel Kleyn and his wife, Sharon, left on December 15 for the Philippines to begin their work in missions there. They will be joining Rev. Richard Smit, his wife, Tricia, and their children, and together they will help the newly formed Berean PR Church in Manila, as well as develop the mission outreach into other areas in the Philippines. The calling and needs will be great, but God’s grace and faithfulness will be greater. We commend them in our prayers to the word of His grace that is able to keep them and use them as instruments for the gathering of the church.
The lectures of the recent John Calvin Conference, sponsored and provided by the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary, were viewed during the Bible Study meetings of the Berean PRC during December and January. There were seven lectures on the work, the teachings, and life of the reformer John Calvin that were studied. Ample time was given for follow-up questions and discussion after the individual lectures each night. The subject of the lecture on December 8 was “John Calvin as Model for Reformed Ministers,” by Prof. B. Gritters, and December 15 was “John Calvin as Church Reformer,” by Prof. R. Dykstra.
Elder John VanBaren and Rev. J. Laning arrived safely in Myanmar November 30. They had long and very profitable meetings with Rev. Titus. In addition, they gave instruction to the special officebearers, visited catechism classes, and conducted family visitation. Rev. Laning also preached both services there on December 6. The men returned home on December 8.
All the members of the Heritage PR Fellowship in Sioux Falls, SD were invited to Bethany Meadows Lutheran Home in Brandon on Sunday evening, December 13, for a brief instrumental and vocal program by the children and other members of the Fellowship, along with a time of singing Christmas carols.
Young People’s Activities
The young people in our churches in west Michigan were invited to their annual Thanksgiving Day Mass Meeting on Sunday afternoon, December 6, at the Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI. Rev. G. Eriks, pastor of the Hudsonville, MI PRC, spoke on Jonah 2 under the theme, “True Thanksgiving from the Fish’s Belly.” Rev. Eriks looked at four lessons of true thanksgiving from this history.
The Young People’s Society of Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI collected cans, bottles, and cash through the month of December to raise funds for Psalters and Bibles for Covenant of Grace PRC in Spokane, WA.
The Young People and Young Adults of First PRC in Edmonton, AB, Canada enjoyed a combined meeting on Sunday, December 6. Their discussion that evening centered on Luke 16:1-12 under the theme, “Making Friends of Unrighteous Mammon.”
The Young People’s Society of the Hope PRC in Walker, MI were invited to sing at the nearby Christian Rest Home on December 2. Plans called for the young people to present two programs, the first starting at 7:00 p.m.
During the month of December, many of our young people’s societies also participate in a night of caroling to the elderly members of their congregation. The young people also usually extend an invitation to their congregation to join them in this act of service and also use the visit to distribute Christmas cards from the congregation to the elderly.
To make it easier and safer for the elderly, widows, and those in need of assistance, several of our churches in west Michigan are again providing valet parking. If members wish to have their cars parked for them, they can simply pull up to a designated entrance and leave the rest to a volunteer. After the church service, that volunteer will scrape/brush the snow or ice off their car and bring it back to the entrance when they are ready to leave.
The Consistory of the Kalamazoo, MI PRC approved a recommendation from their Evangelism Committee to have a hymn sing every other month in 2010 after their evening worship service.
A Christmas concert performed by the combined choirs of the Peace and South Holland, IL PRC’s was held Sunday evening, December 6, at Peace.
The choir of the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI presented their Christmas concert on Sunday evening, December 13, following their evening service. There were selections by the choir, audience singing, and special numbers, including a flute and piano duet, vocal duet, piano solo, and violin solo.
Also presenting choir concerts that Sunday evening were the choirs of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA; the choir of the Loveland, CO PRC; and the choir of the Hudsonville, MI PRC. The latter program included selections from the choir as well as three vocal solos, a saxophone solo, and a couple of numbers played on a saw.
The deacons of the Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI invited their congregation’s widows and widowers to their annual Deacon Christmas breakfast on Saturday, December 12. This continues to be a time of enjoyable conversation and fellowship that the deacons look forward to each year.
Rev. J. Slopsema declined the call extended to him to serve as pastor of the Cornerstone PRC in Dyer, IN.
Rev. G. Eriks declined the call he received from the Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI to become their next pastor.
Rev. S. Key declined the call from First PRC in Holland, MI to serve as their next pastor.
On Wednesday evening, December 16 the Byron Center, MI congregation extended a call to Rev. Eriks to serve as their next pastor.