Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
Once again this past Christmas season students of Heritage Christian School in Hudsonville, MI were encouraged to contribute towards Heritage’s annual Christmas collection. This past year the collection was evenly split between Genesis Christian School in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada, and the Wingham PR School Society in Wingham, Ontario, Canada. Genesis Christian School is supported by members of the Immanuel congregation in Lacombe and currently has two teachers and thirty-two students. The members of the Wingham PRC congregation have begun to plan for the opening of a school in the fall of 2008, D.V. They have around twenty-one students who will be able to attend the new school. As you can imagine, both of these schools face tremendous start-up costs and are thankful for the help and encouragement that they receive from fellow saints.
Eastside Christian School in Grand Rapids, MI took a Christmas collection this past December for Christian Life Ministries. Christian Life Ministries supports orphanages and churches in India.
The Eastside Christian Promoters of Eastside Christian sponsored a game night on December 26 at their school. Some games played that night included: tabletop board games, tug of war, dodge ball, basketball, volleyball, table tennis, football, and more. All supporters of Eastside were invited to attend.
Students of the PR Christian School in South Holland, IL presented their annual Christmas program on December 20 at the Cornerstone PRC in Dyer, IN. The theme for this program was taken from the Messiah, composed by George Frederick Handel.
On Sunday evening, December 16, the Band and Choirs of Covenant Christian High School in Grand Rapids, MI presented their Christmas Concert in the auditorium of Allendale High School.
The junior high students of the Hull, IA PR Christian School and the Northwest Iowa PR Christian School joined together to present their annual combined band and choir concert on December 7 in the Hull PRC.
Young People’s Activities
The Young People’s Society of the Edgerton, MN PRC invited members of the other congregations and fellowship in the area to join them for an evening of song and fellowship at Edgerton’s annual Christmas Singspiration on Sunday evening, December 30.
Members of the Loveland, CO PRC were reminded to reserve the evening of December 18 for a soup supper sponsored by their church’s Young People’s Society.
While reading bulletins from almost all of our churches during the month of December, we came to the conclusion that all of our Young People’s Societies arrange to go Christmas caroling to their congregations’ elderly, widows, widowers, and shut-ins. What an opportunity to share with the saints of each congregation, whether old or young, the joy of our Lord’s first coming. This is our glorious hope, and what a benefit we have that together we can share that joy with others in our various congregations.
The Young People’s Society of the Calvary PRC in Hull, IA is going to be collecting pop cans as an ongoing fund-raiser. The young people plan to collect cans in the spring and fall of each year. Members of Calvary also had the option to have a young person pick up the cans before the bi-yearly pickup or, still better for the young people, the members could bring their returnables to a local supermarket in Sioux Center, where the young people have set up an account. At their December meeting, the Council of the Hudsonville, MI PRC approved a request from the Federation Board of our Young People’s Societies to host the 2010 Young People’s Convention. Hudsonville’s Young People also voted to approve this request. So for those of you who like to plan ahead, this year’s convention is hosted by the Byron Center, MI PRC; the convention of 2009 by the Trinity PRC in Hudsonville; and the 2010 convention by Hudsonville PRC, D.V.
Members of the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI were encouraged to attend an eightweek series on Evangelism and Witnessing presented by Rev. Jason Kortering. This series of Bible studies began on January 8.
All adults of the Grace PRC in Standale, MI were reminded to set aside the evening of December 18 for their congregation’s annual “Christmas Study and Song” celebration. The organizing committee was looking for anyone willing to bring some refreshments or wanting to render a special musical number, or share some thoughts, or perhaps recite a poem, etc.
Faith PRC in Jenison, MI served as host, on December 12, for the first Reformed Doctrine class on the person and work of the Holy Spirit. Faith has long served as host for the Canons Class taught by Prof. David Engelsma, but by December of last year that group had concluded its study of the Canons and so decided to consider the topic of the Holy Spirit in the ecumenical and Reformed creeds, in the light of the history of the truth in the early church. In so doing, they changed their name to better reflect their new area of study.
Rev. A. denHartog declined the call extended to him to serve as missionary to the Philippines. The Doon, IA PRC formed a new trio, consisting of the Revs. G. Eriks, W. Langerak, and J. Laning. A congregational meeting was held on New Year’s Day and Doon extended a call to Rev. Laning.
Calvary PRC in Hull, IA formed a trio of the Revs. C. Haak, J. Slopsema, and Doug Kuiper. From that trio they voted to extend a call to Rev. Haak.