Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
The consistory of the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada recently informed their congregation of their decision to discontinue, for the present time, the investigation of a church building addition. This decision was taken because, as reported in July, the Genesis PR School Society received approval from the Immanuel congregation to purchase part of their church property for the construction of a school building in the near future. Immanuel’s consistory decided that the cost of the construction of a school building and an addition to the church building at the same time may result in a financial burden that neither the congregation nor the school society would be able to bear. Immanuel also felt that a building for the school was a higher priority at this time than a church building addition.
Immanuel’s consistory also approved the recommendation of a special committee that a computer audio recording system be purchased. This proposed computer system will be able to record worship services into a digital format and distribute copies of those worship services on CD. Storage, cataloging, and retrieval of past worship services will also be easier with this system.
The council of the South Holland, IL PRC informed their congregation in mid-June that the closing on their church and school property took place on June 13. South Holland will now pay rent to Power and Light Evangelistic Church for the use of the church and parsonage for each month they stay. South Holland has the option to rent the church until the end of October and after that to continue renting the parsonage until the end of 2008. Power and Light will take possession of the school building for the summer months until mid-August. At that time the school will have the option to rent the facility on a month-by-month basis until the end of 2007.
The Building Committee of the Byron Center, MI PRC purchased a heart defibrillator in June and hoped to have it installed by the first of July. Training was also made available for anyone interested in learning how to use it.
The Cornerstone PRC in Dyer, IN hosted a Vacation Bible School June 25-29. This year’s school studied “The Ten Commandments.” Children 4 years-5th grade were invited to attend.
All prospective members of the daughter church of the Hull, IA PRC, what we will call Hull II, were invited to the Boyden Centennial Park June 20 for an evening of fun and fellowship. Prospective members were encouraged to bring their favorite desserts and toppings. A donation box was present to help cover the cost of a soft-serve ice cream machine. Activities planned for the evening included horseshoes, sand volleyball, softball, and a small bicycle trail.
The council of Bethel PRC in Roselle, IL decided to sponsor “Sing- Along-Evenings” for their congregation as a way to promote fellowship and singing in their midst. These will probably be held in the months of March, June, September, and December of each year. Bethel’s first “Sing- Along-Evening” was planned for Sunday, June 24, after the evening service.
The Building Committee of the Wingham, Ontario, Canada PRC thanked all those from their congregation who came out to help with the reshingling of their church roof.
The council of Wingham decided to place a weekly ad promoting their church, including service times, in the Wingham Advance-Times for six months, beginning this summer.
The Evangelism Committee of the Hudsonville, MI PRC reported to their congregation that during the past few months over 80 of their sermons posted on Sermonaudio.com have been downloaded. Some of those downloads are from Germany, Brazil, and many even from China.
The Evangelism Committee of the Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI recently provided their congregation with some of the highlights from their June meeting. Included in those highlights was a thank you received by the committee for the audio version of theStandard Bearer, which Southeast has provided upon request to anyone desiring it, from an individual who was the first person in Northern Ireland to receive the Standard Bearersome 30 years ago. He has since lost his eyesight.
Sister Church Activities
As we have written in the past, we continue to be amazed at the website (www.cprf.co.uk) of the Covenant PRC in Ballymena, NI on account of the tremendous amount of spiritual information they continue to provide. Covenant now has almost 400 pieces in 59 different languages on their “Languages” page. Additions include ecumenical creeds in Albanian, Arabic, Icelandic, Irish, Macedonian, Scottish Gaelic, and Tamil; the Heidelberg Catechism in Indonesian and Korean; six new Portuguese translations; a Ukrainian translation of HC Hoeksema’s pamphlet “The Marks of the True Church”; and a much lengthened Italian translation of Prof. H Hanko’s “The Covenant with Believers and their Children.” We are not alone in that admiration. A visitor to their website writes, “What an incredible service you perform for the body of Christ in that you provide the timeless orthodoxy of the church to so many in their own tongue. The more Christians and newly converted we get started off with their thinking framed by proper doctrine, the better off we will be . . .” (Ohio, USA).
The members of the Genesis PR School Society of Lacombe, AB, Canada sponsored a lecture given by Prof. R. Decker entitled, “Holding the Traditions of Reformed Christian Education.” This lecture was held at the Immanuel PRC of Lacombe on June 15.
The Federation of PR Schools sponsored a two-day Summer Seminar on June 21 and 22 entitled, “The Kingdom of God and the PR Christian School.”