Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
Each year at Christmas time the students at Heritage Christian School in Hudsonville, MI contribute to a Christmas collection. This year the collection went to the Free Christian School of Edgerton, MN. After having closed two years ago due to a lack of students, the school reopened this year with nine students in grades K-6 and two fulltime teachers. The money collected from the students at Heritage was to be put towards the purchase of much needed Math and Reading Enrichment and Activity Books for the lower grades and for Bible maps and geography/history map sets for the upper room.
The Building Committee of Hudsonville, MI PRC, under the direction of the Council, has formed a long-range study committee. This committee has been asked to look at the classrooms and activity areas of Hudsonville’s church building to see if their size and location are best serving the needs of the congregation, or perhaps if expansion is necessary.
On Wednesday evening, December 13, the members of First PRC in Edmonton, AB, Canada were invited to their annual Christmas program. The evening of praise in celebration of Christ’s birth involved the entire congregation, with numbers provided by the children and adults as well, culminating, as it does every year, with the singing of Ere Zig God (“Glory to God” in Dutch) by the entire group to bring the evening to a close.
The Adult Bible Study of the Lynden, WA PRC invited everyone in their congregation to another special meeting on December 14 to listen to a CD of Prof. D. Engelsma’s lecture on Federal Vision.
At their annual congregational meeting on December 7, the members of Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada approved, among other things, a proposal from their Council that their church building be used by several families of their congregation for parts of their combined home-school education twice a week for the 2006-2007 school year.
A special proposal presented by the Council of the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI to hire a part-time secretary for their church was approved.
The congregation of the Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI approved adding six more lines to their phone system for use by shutins during worship services.
The congregation of Grace PRC in Standale, MI approved a proposal at their annual congregational meeting in December to add acoustical panels in their narthex.
The Bible Societies of the Hudsonville, MI PRC met together December 13 for their annual combined Society Meeting. Rev. G Eriks introduced the topic “History of the Wisemen,” and discussion followed.
An informational meeting was held at the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI Saturday afternoon, December 9, for anyone with questions about, or who was otherwise interested in details concerning beginning, the process of organizing a daughter congregation from Faith. Two main reasons for beginning this process now are that Faith’s present sanctuary will be filled to capacity in the very near future and, second, to attempt to alleviate some of the workload that a large congregation places upon one pastor.
The Choral Society of the South Holland, IL PRC presented their annual Christmas program Sunday evening, December 10.
The congregation of the Loveland, CO PRC was invited to gather after their evening service on December 3 to enjoy their choir as they presented their Fall program of songs of praise to our glorious God.
Young Adult Activities
The Young Adults of the South Holland, IL PRC hosted an overnight retreat on December 8-9 at Eaglewood Resort and Spa in Itasca, IL. Rev. R. VanOverloop, pastor of the Byron Center, MI PRC, led the discussion on the subject of purity and dating on Friday evening, and organized activities were planned for Saturday.
After a trial-run for several months, the Evangelism Committee of Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI has installed a computer in their sound booth and hardwired an Internet connection to that computer for live broadcast of their services. Presently Trinity has up to fifteen listeners to their weekly services, and have established contact with at least four of them. You can check all this out and listen at www.trinityprc.org.
The Council of the Doon, Iowa PRC, the calling church for our denominational mission work in the Philippines, has sent letters of request to all our denomination’s pastors to consider spending a two month period on the field while Doon seeks a full-time missionary.
We can also report that present plans call for the arrival of Rev. A. Spriensma and his family, the Lord willing, in the Kalamazoo, MI PRC March 1 or 2, with his installation as their pastor to take place on March 11.
The Domestic Mission Committee has requested Candidate Clay Spronk to work with the group in Sioux Falls, SD. We are thankful with the Spronks that God has provided this opportunity for them.
The purchase of the church building in Pittsburgh was finalized on December 1, and the Fellowship there intended to begin meeting in their “new” building December 10.
It is with thankfulness to God that the faculty of our seminary recently announced that they have licensed third-year seminarian Mr. Heath Bleyenberg to speak a word of edification in the worship services of our churches.