Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
The Evangelism Committee of the Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI arranged a project for the parents of their congregation and any other willing members to participate in while their church’s children were practicing for their upcoming Sunday School Christmas program. On Saturday morning, December 21, while practice went on at Trinity, volunteers were going to be hanging on the front doors of houses in their community a package that included a pamphlet written by Rev. R. Kleyn entitled “Why Did Jesus Come into the World?”; an introductory flier to Trinity; and an invitation to their worship services.
Members of the First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI were encouraged to sign up for their Evangelism Committee-sponsored “Night of Caroling” for December 18. Plans called for the group to visit a local community and sing traditional Christmas carols and then meet back at First for refreshments and fellowship.
The Evangelism Committee of Bethel PRC in Roselle, IL prepared twenty-five care packages to be distributed at the Alexian Village on December 11, as part of Bethel’s “hands-on” discipleship training.
The congregation of First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI was invited to enjoy a coffee-time DVD presentation of Christ Life Center Ministries International in their fellowship room following the morning worship service on Sunday, December 9. Members of First serve on the board of directors for this nonprofit organization that is currently providing for the spiritual and material needs of 37 orphans and 8 widows in rural India. CLCMI supports and manages both the House of Hope Orphanage and Grace Christian Academy, where orphans as well as many local children receive a Christian education. As a congregation, First has supported this effort through special collections.
At their meeting on December 11 the Council of Faith PRC in Jenison, MI, received a formal request from their daughter group to be organized as a congregation. The Council approved their request, which means that Faith will bring that request to the May 2008 meeting of Classis East, D.V. If Classis approves that request, Faith will appoint a committee to assist the daughter group in organizing.
In a follow-up to the “News” of December 15, we can also include here a note that at their congregational meeting held December 10, the Randolph, WI PRC approved plans to proceed with their building addition and renovation.
The choir of the Peace PRC in Lansing, IL, along with members of the South Holland, IL PRC, presented a Christmas program and singspiration at their church on Sunday evening, December 16. All were welcomed to join the choir as they gave praise to God with heart and voice.
Sunday evening, December 9, the Choral Society of the Loveland, CO PRC presented their Christmas concert. A collection was received for Loveland’s organ fund.
At their December congregational meeting, the members of First PRC in Edmonton, AB, Canada approved proposals to renovate eaves troughs and to regrade the landscape around their church and parsonage.
The newly organized Calvary PRC in Hull, IA approved a proposal from their Council to proceed with the purchase of a parsonage. Evidently Calvary took occupancy of that home immediately, since ladies of the congregation were asked to volunteer their cleaning skills at the parsonage on December 29, with an open house for the entire congregation coming on December 22.
A note of thanks was extended by our Calvary congregation to Rev. J. Kortering and his wife, Jean, for the six weeks Calvary had the Korterings with them. You may remember that the Korterings had been ministering to the members of the Heritage PR Fellowship in Sioux Falls, S.D., and when Rev. A. Brummel accepted the call to serve as missionary there, the Korterings simply moved over to Calvary until mid-December.
The Consistory of the South Holland, IL PRC invited their congregation to two special worship services the first week of December. The first was held December 4, with Pastor-elect Nathan Langerak leading the service and delivering a sermon from II Timothy 3:16-17 under the theme, “The Profitable Scripture,” as part of his classical exam. The second service took place December 7, with Prof. D. Engelsma leading the service for the ordination/installation of Pastor-elect Langerak. Prof. Engelsma chose to preach from Ephesians 4:11, 12 under the theme, “The Gift of Pastor and Teacher.” Both services were held at Cornerstone PRC. Then on Sunday morning, December 9, Rev. Langerak preached his inaugural sermon from Titus 1:1-4under the theme, “Truth According to Godliness (1) The Commission of the Preacher in God’s Service.” As Rev. Langerak begins his ministry as South Holland’s tenth pastor, we pray that the Lord will use him as a clear and shining light of the gospel of God’s grace in Jesus Christ.
On behalf of the denomination it serves, the Domestic Mission Committee heartily thanks all those in the South Holland, IL congregation who assisted Rev. A. Brummel, his wife, and their family in their move to Sioux Falls. So generous was South Holland in the giving of their time and resources that no expense was incurred by the denomination for putting its newest missionary family in place. This is much appreciated!
We rejoice with Rev. John and Amy Marcus and their seven children in the blessing of a baby daughter and sister, Miriam Doris, who was born on December 11.
Seminarian Heath Bleyenberg led the Hudsonville, MI PRC in worship for the last time on New Year’s Day. This service marked the end of Mr. Bleyenberg’s internship at Hudsonville, leaving him one more semester in the Seminary before his graduation this spring, D.V.