Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
Mission Awareness Day was held at the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI Saturday, June 14. AIM (Active in Missions) organized the day, where members of our congregations were able to meet our domestic missionaries, learn of recent mission developments, share ideas, and hear presentations from different Evangelism Societies, the Reformed Witness Hour, Philippine Missions, and others, about the spread of the gospel. Devotions started the day around 9:30 and then 12 sectionals were available to choose from in different time slots, with coffee midway through the morning, and, at noon, an ethnic meal of white and fried rice with 5 different toppings, or Subway subs for those who preferred traditional American food. Thanks to AIM for providing a good activity for us and our families.
At the request of the Domestic Mission Committee of our churches and with the approval of his consistory, Rev. Rodney Kleyn, pastor of Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI, preached June22 and 29 in Trinity Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Franklin, PA. Over the past several years the DMC and our Eastern Home Missionary, Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma, have periodically been providing pulpit supply for this congregation that is showing interest in the PRC.
Seminarian Vernon Ibe and his wife, Melody, members of the Berean PRC in the Philippines, spent time this June visiting the Doon, IA PRC, the calling church for the mission field in the Philippines, and other area churches. Part of that visit included a presentation, at the Hull PRC on June 23, of the exciting story of God’s saving grace as it was experienced in the Ibes’ lives. This evening provided a unique opportunity to witness their account of being called “out of darkness into his marvelous light” (I Pet. 2:19).
Providence PRC held its organizational meeting on June 18 at Faith PRC in Jenison, MI. This included elections and installation of officebearers (3 elders and 2 deacons). For the present time Providence will continue to meet at Heritage Christian School in Hudsonville for their weekly worship services. We could also add here that at a recent congregational meeting Faith PRC approved a gift of $300,000 for Providence, their daughter congregation. $150,000 was given upon organization, to be followed by $75,000/year, this year and next. In addition, the interest this sum has earned was given as a startup General Fund for Providence. May God’s blessings rest on this new congregation.
The Council of the South Holland, IL PRC has approved the plans for a new church building as proposed by their New Church Building Committee. A special congregational meeting was scheduled for June 30 at Peace PRC to consider a number of proposals from their Council.
Members of First PRC in Edmonton, AB, Canada were encouraged and reminded to get rid of any of their unused or unnecessary items by donating them to a congregation-wide garage sale held at their parsonage on June 18 through 20. Proceeds went for Edmonton’s upcoming Family Conference.
The ladies of the Grandville, MI PRC were reminded to plan for another lunch-in-the-park day on June 18 at Wedgewood Park in Grandville.
The Hudsonville, MI PRC has experienced a baby boom this year. Due to the many new babies in their congregation, Hudsonville has moved their Infant Nursery to a more spacious room on the other side of the church. Their previous Infant Nursery is now a Nursing Mother’s Room, meant for women and infants only.
The Fellowship Committee of Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI invited their congregation to enjoy some refreshments each week after their morning worship service while Sunday School is in session. Members were welcome to use the back yard of the parsonage for seating and fellowship.
This summer members of the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI were encouraged to participate in a Summer Bible Memory Program. This year’s program will run from June 22 to August 10, with recitation until August 17. The program focused first on God’s Comfort and Care for His Covenant People (4 wks.), and then on the Praise, Honor, and Glory that Belong to God Alone (4 wks.).
Members of Georgetown also joined together Sunday evening, June 22, after their evening service, for a farewell supper for Seminarian Cory Griess and his wife, Lael, members of Georgetown, who anticipated leaving at the end of June for a six-month internship in the Hull, IA PRC.
Plans are also well under way in Hull for the arrival of Cory and Lael at the end of June. A home has been found, but other than major appliances, it was in need of all other items for daily living. Hull’s congregation was asked to donate as many of these items as they could.
This past spring, many of our sons and daughters reached important milestones in their lives with graduations from various schools. We extend our congratulations to them all. A special note goes out to Prof. B. Gritters, of our seminary, who graduated in May from Calvin Seminary with a Master of Theology degree (Th.M). Prof. Gritters did his thesis on the study of the history of the mission work of the PRC since 1924. We also congratulate Mr. Heath Bleyenberg, who successfully sustained his oral examination before synod this June and has been declared a candidate for the ministry in our churches, eligible for a call on or after July 12, 2008. Finally, we congratulate the first graduating Grade 9 class of Genesis PR School in Lacombe, AB, Canada, who graduated June 20.
We rejoice with Rev. Richard and Tricia Smit and family in the birth of their son and brother, Ryan Lee, on June 8.
Sunday, June 29, the Calvary PRC in Hull, Iowa extended a call to Rev. Kenneth Koole to become their first pastor.