Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
Young People’s Activities
This past month about 320 young people from across our denomination traveled to Missouri for their annual PRYP Convention. This year’s convention, held June 27-July 1, and hosted by the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI, considered the theme, “Royal Citizens in the Kingdom of God” (I Pet. 2:9). Revs. M. VanderWal, J. Mahtani, and A. Spriensma were the speakers. It was a very warm and busy week at a very beautiful camp with very few problems. We pray that you young people have returned from the convention spiritually refreshed and renewed to fight the good fight of faith. May the friendships you renewed, or found for the first time, continue to be a blessing to you.
June 18 the young people of Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada hosted their annual pancake breakfast at their church. Following breakfast there was also opportunity for everyone to join in playing volleyball and soccer on the church grounds. (After pancakes, that probably was a good idea.)
The congregation of Cornerstone PRC in Dyer, IN hosted a Vacation Bible School June 20 through June 24. The theme was “Joseph, the Faithful Dreamer,” based on Romans 8:28, and was intended for children from 4 years old to children who will enter the 5th grade this fall.
We cannot let this issue of the SB pass without at least a mention of annual church picnics. Is there any church in our denomination that does not have one? What can be more enjoyable than a warm summer day with lots of good food, good Christian friends, and good fun? A Bonfire Game Night was sponsored in Randolph, WI on June 17. Games and contests began at 7:00, followed by a fire at 8:45 P.M. Unfortunately, the greased pig contest was cancelled. (Fortunately for the pig.) On July 2 the congregation of First PRC in Edmonton, AB, Canada gathered for their annual picnic at Cardiff Park. Besides children’s games, followed by softball and volleyball games, members were also encouraged to take along water guns and balloons for some water fun too. Now that sounds interesting.
On Sunday, June 26, Mr. Cory Griess, one of our seminary students, came to the Byron Center PRC during their Sunday School hour to show slides and tell about Christians in India. All the Sunday School classes were invited, as well as anyone else in the congregation.
Ladies and children of Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI were invited to join together at Hughes Park for a time of coffee and fellowship on June 30.
This summer two groups from the Georgetown PRC made trips to Romania. The first group of twelve were there for about two weeks and planned to assist in the construction of a bakery for an orphanage and in the repair of a church parsonage. The second group of five left soon after and hoped to follow up on the work started by those who visited first.
On June 30, members of the Singles Fellowship in and around Grand Rapids, MI met for dinner at the Community Restaurant in Zeeland. From there they went to First PRC in Holland, MI for a program. Mr. Wes Koops acquainted the singles with the Pittsburgh Mission, showing videos taken recently while he and his wife were there for three weeks as missionary assistants.
On June 19, at the Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI, Rev. J. Mahtani preached his farewell sermon after serving as our denomination’s eastern home missionary for the past seven years. Rev. Mahtani chose to preach his sermon based on the Word of God found in I Timothy 6:12under the theme, “Fighting the Good Fight.” There was an open house and farewell program for the Mahtanis following the worship service that evening.
The PR Fellowship of Fayetteville, NC continues to meet from Sunday to Sunday. They listen to DVD’s of sermons from Grace and Hudsonville, MI PRC’s. Some visitors have begun to attend the services regularly and some also are coming to weekly catechism classes taught by Dr. P. LeMaster. One family who became familiar with the PRF via the PRC website even traveled 2 1/2 hours to attend one service of the PRF. Rev. M. Dick, along with his wife and family, traveled to Fayetteville June 16-19. Plans called for a lecture June 16 on the covenant. Rev. Dick’s Sunday sermons on June 19 also followed the theme of the covenant as this applies especially to fathers and their calling and delight to raise their children in the fear of the Lord.
The council of the Doon, IA PRC, with the concurrence of the Foreign Mission Committee, has granted Rev. A. Spriensma permission to perform the sacrament of baptism in the Berean Church of God Reformed in the Philippines. We give thanks to our heavenly Father for this fruit upon our labor in the Philippines.
In early June the members of the Covenant of Grace PR Fellowship of Spokane, WA were invited to a camp-out at Porcupine Bay in the FDR Federal Recreation Area.
June 29 Rev. A. Stewart, our denomination’s missionary to Northern Ireland, gave a lecture in Limerick entitled, “Christ Will Build His Church.”
A special welcome was extended to Rev. J. Kortering, minister emeritus in our churches, and his wife, by the congregation of First PRC in Edmonton, AB, Canada on Sunday, June 19. He had agreed to provide preaching of the Word for them for eight weeks this summer.
On July 3 the Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI extended a call to Rev. Dick to serve as missionary in the eastern United States.