Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
The PR Fellowship in Fayetteville, NC hosted the second lecture in their series of lecture-discussions on the subject of “Answering Postmodernism” on March 23 at the Wingate Inn Conference Room, with Rev. Arie denHartog, pastor of the Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI, as the featured speaker. Rev. denHartog spoke on the topic, “Is Church Membership Necessary?”
In a follow-up to our last “News,” we are happy to report that Rev. Angus Stewart and the Covenant PRC in Northern Ireland were able to hold their lecture on “Homosexuality: What Does the Bible Teach?” in Limerick on March 23. Rev. Stewart writes that the meeting went well and passed without further trouble.
The Evangelism Committee of the Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI recently reported to their congregation concerning some of their work. Highlights include: bulk mailing a newsletter introducing Southeast to homes within 1/2 mile of their church; looking at the possible support of requests for translation of Reformed literature; considering using their church web site to gain more exposure for the service of providing audio versions of theStandard Bearer for the blind. (SE currently mails 28 cassettes each issue.) The Evangelism Committee plans to place audio versions of Rev. Langerak’s sermons on their web site, and to put Prof. B. Gritters’ recent sermon on “God’s Calling of the Church to Sing” into pamphlet form. They also report having filled several pamphlet requests, including one from Auckland, NZ, and Nigeria.
The Evangelism Committee of the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI is planning their activities for this year around the theme: “Having a Heart for God.” Among their projects will be revitalizing the Mission Board in their church lobby to show our denomination’s current missions, as well as the persecuted church. The committee hopes to sponsor seminars and workshops for the congregation on equipping the saints to evangelize. They plan also to continue developing Georgetown’s web page, with real time streaming of their church services for the future.
In an effort to invite family, friends, and neighbors to their Good Friday and Easter Sunday worship services, the Evangelism Committee of the Bethel PRC in Roselle, IL decided to print one thousand copies of their new invitation flyer in an effort to make it easier to invite others to Bethel’s regular and upcoming special worship services. Bethel hoped to distribute these flyers by encouraging each family to pass out at least a dozen copies to family, friends, and neighbors. In addition, Rev. Mahtani and two other members of the Evangelism Committee placed over 500 flyers in neighborhood businesses and stores around Bethel a couple of weeks prior to Good Friday worship services.
The Internet continues to be of special concern for parents. What steps can be taken to ensure that our children are using the Internet correctly—and perhaps even more importantly, safely? In an effort to answer these questions and to give guidance to parents in our schools, two groups recently provided some direction. First, the PTA of Heritage Christian School in Hudsonville met on March 8 to hear Rev. Rodney Kleyn speak on “Internet Use in Our Homes.” Rev. Kleyn also provided a follow-up from that speech on the next weekly school memo by giving Heritage parents a list of resources that they could use to their benefit to equip themselves against the dangers of the Internet. Secondly, the Ladies Auxiliary of the South Holland, IL PR Christian School met on March 20 to hear Mr. Mike Feenstra, a teacher at South Holland, speak to them on, “The Awareness of Internet Communications for Our Use.” Rev. Kleyn concluded his remarks on that school note by saying, “I realize that the Internet has many positive uses . . ., but as the potential for its good use increases, so also does its potential for harm to our homes, hearts and children . . . . If we leave our children to themselves in this wide world of the web, they will come to ruin and bring us to shame (Prov. 29:15). ‘The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.'”
The students of Covenant Christian School in Lynden, WA presented their annual Spring Program on March 30 at Lynden PRC. Supporters of Covenant were invited to join the students as they spoke, sang, and gave a PowerPoint presentation on their theme, “The Beauty of the Lord.”
The congregation of the Loveland, CO PRC was invited to stay after their evening service on April 1 to enjoy a program given by the Loveland PR Christian School Choir and Handchime Choir.
Young Adult Activities
The Young Adults of the Loveland, CO PRC once again hosted their annual Spring Retreat on March 19-23 at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, CO. This year’s retreat looked at the theme of “Contending for the Faith,” with Rev. R. Miersma, pastor at Loveland, and Prof. R. Cammenga as the featured speakers. Rev. Miersma’s speech on March 20 was entitled, “Contending for the Faith,” and Prof. Cammenga’s speech the following evening was entitled, “Contending for the Life of the Faith.”
Young People’s Activities
The Young People of the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI sponsored their annual soup supper on March 22. In addition to the usual good menu of soup and salad, this year’s supper featured a chili cook-off contest. If you had an old family favorite, or a secret chili recipe, you were invited to enter the contest. Twelve participants did. To ensure fair judging of the different chili entries, Georgetown secured the services of Revs. Eriks, Kleyn, and VanOverloop.
The Young People’s Society of the Kalamazoo, MI PRC sponsored a soup supper/gym night on March 24 at the gymnasium of Kalamazoo Christian High School. Supper began at 5:30 P.M. followed by gym activities at 6:30.