Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
The council of the Hudsonville, MI PRC approved the request of our Seminary that their pastor and council oversee the internship of Mr. Heath Bleyenberg from July 1 through December 31 of this year. Seminarian Bleyenberg is in his third year of seminary, is a son of the Edgerton, MN PRC, and currently is a member of Hope PRC in Walker, MI. The bulk of work for the intern is preparing and delivering a minimum of nine sermons during the six months of the internship. In addition, the student must teach a minimum of two catechism classes per week, lead a minimum of two Bible Study Societies weekly or biweekly, attend some consistory meetings, take part in some family visitation and counseling sessions, and, either in the company of the pastor or on his own, do some sick visiting and comforting of the bereaved.
The members of the Byron Center, MI PRC got together Saturday afternoon, February 10, for their annual sliding party at Byron Center Jr. High School. Sliding started around 3:00 P.M. and lasted until dinnertime, which was at Adams Christian School at 6:00 P.M. This year, unlike some in the past when the sliding had to be cancelled for lack of snow, the party came off without any problems. There was plenty of snow and cold to go around.
At its meeting on January 2, the council of the Randolph, WI PRC appointed a Future Building Expansion Committee. This committee’s mandate is to make recommendation to the council regarding a building expansion, in light of the fact that Randolph’s sanctuary is full every Sunday, with an increasing number of members sitting on chairs in their narthex. In addition, Randolph’s council called a congregational meeting for February 12. At that meeting the council presented a proposal to their congregation to allow the newly appointed Future Building Expansion Committee to spend money for services required to do conceptual planning and cost-estimating for any building plans.
The February 4 bulletin from the First PRC in Holland, MI contained an invitation to the men of First to meet together that afternoon for the inaugural meeting of a Men’s Chorus. All men interested in singing were welcomed to join.
On Sunday, February 11, members of our churches in west Michigan were invited to Faith PRC in Jenison, MI for a late-winter program presented by the Faith Choral Society.
Members of the PTA of Hope PR Christian School in Walker met together February 8 to hear Mrs. Sarah Decker speak on the topic, “Why Can’t Johnny Read—What’s going on in the Brain?” Mrs. Decker explained in detail why some students struggle with reading, and what can be done to help them.
The ladies of the Loveland PR Christian School Fundraisers in Loveland, CO delivered flowers for two local flower shops on February 13 and 14 as a way to raise money for their school.
Young People’s Activities
The Young People’s Society of the Peace PRC in Lansing, IL planned a Gym Night for Friday, February 9 at Lansing Christian’s gym from 6:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. High school age and older were invited. Pizza and refreshments were provided.
The Jr. Young People’s Society of the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI hosted a mother/daughter/sister dinner Saturday, February 10 at their church.
The Young People’s Society of Randolph, WI PRC invited the young adults and young people of our Bethel PRC in Roselle, IL for an exciting weekend of skiing and fellowship together February 3 or 4 in Randolph. The group from Bethel left their church parking lot around 8:00 A.M. Saturday morning, arriving in Randolph in time for a pizza lunch with Randolph’s young people. After lunch the group spent time together discussing the booklet “The Evil of Drama,” written by Rev. R. Smit, with the remainder of the afternoon spent in fellowship and games. Sadly, the weather proved too cold for skiing, so the young people of Randolph made alternate plans for a night at the gym. The group from Bethel stayed overnight in Randolph and attended worship services with the congregation there on Sunday, arriving back in Roselle Sunday evening. The consistories of each congregation also approved a pulpit switch between Rev. J. Mahtani and Rev. D. Kuiper for that Sunday as well, so each congregation enjoyed a guest pastor that Lord’s Day.
The Young People of the Doon, Iowa PRC hosted a supper for members of their congregation on February 5. In addition to a delicious meal, the young people offered valet parking before the meal, and an opportunity for couples to have their picture taken sometime during the evening. Donations were accepted to help finance this year’s young people’s convention.
Members of the Lynden, WA PRC were invited to dinner on February 9 at their church. This opportunity for dinner and fellowship was hosted by Lynden’s young people, and the money raised was also in tended to help support this summer’s young people’s convention.
The young people of the South Holland, IL PRC enjoyed a ski outing at Bittersweet Ski Resort in Michigan on Saturday, February 10. The young people traveled together by bus, arriving back sometime around 9:00 P.M. after a day of fun and fellowship together.