Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
Give high school students five days off from school during the spring and chances are they will head straight for a warm locale with lots of water. While we are sure that some students from Covenant Christian High School in Grand Rapids, MI did just that during last month’s spring break, we can also report that a group of 27 classmates, along with 10 adults, chose instead to travel to Biloxi, MS for a week to help with the rebuilding effort after damage caused by Hurricane Katrina. Each student was expected to raise the amount of $125 to go toward expenses for the trip in addition to anticipated expenses for meals, lodging, and transportation cost of about $5,000, which the group hoped to raise through private donations.
Students of Covenant Christian School in Lynden, WA invited parents and friends to come to school Wednesday afternoon, April 19, at 1:45 for a softball game with the Junior High. Covenant planned to hold games every Wednesday afternoon at the same time until the end of the school year.
April 5 Rev. J. Mahtani, pastor of the Bethel PRC in Roselle, IL, gave a chapel speech for the students at Heritage Christian High School in South Holland, IL on “Speaking the Truth.”
In the May 1st issue of the “News” we reported that the Building Committee of First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI recently closed on the purchase of a new parsonage directly adjacent to their church building. To finish that thought, we can now also tell you that First’s Building Committee has since accepted an offer for the purchase of their other parsonage on Tekonsha. First may retain possession until July 15.
All members of First in Grand Rapids, MI were encouraged to join their Junior Adult Society for an evening of fellowship and caroling to their congregation members at Raybrook Christian Rest Home, Holland Home, and Sheldon Meadows. Plans were to sing Psalter numbers, in addition to Good Friday and Easter songs, to these members on April 18.
Members of the Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI were asked in a recent bulletin if they were interested in discussing God’s Word and having fellowship in the home with members of their church family? If they were, then they were asked to consider participating in Summer Bible Discussion Groups. Anyone 18 or older, single or married, were invited to sign up for these once-a-month meetings beginning June 25.
The Choir of the Hudsonville, MI PRC presented their annual Easter concert on Sunday evening, April 9. The collection taken that evening was for the Midwest Prot. Ref. Secondary Education Society.
An Easter concert was given by the Trinity Men Singers and the Trinity Women’s Choir at their church in Hudsonville, MI following their Good Friday worship service, April 14. The congregation of the Wingham, Ontario, PRC held their Good Friday worship service at 10:00 on April 14.
Following their worship service the congregation also enjoyed a singspiration, part of which featured the catechism children singing Psalter #318.
Pastor-elect Dennis Lee was ordained and installed into the ministry of the Word and Sacraments on Friday evening, April 7, at the Edgerton, MN PRC. Rev. D. Overway, pastor of the neighboring Doon, IA PRC, led the worship service. He preached from God’s Word found inII Timothy 4:1-2. Also present were Rev. S. Key, who read the form for Ordination, and Rev. A. Brummel, who participated together with the other two ministers in the laying of hands on Pastor- elect Lee. Rev. Lee now becomes the twelfth pastor to serve the Edgerton congregation. The following Lord’s Day, April 9, Rev. Lee preached his inaugural sermon entitled “A Sweet Savor of Christ,” out of II Corinthians 2:15-17. May the Lord grant to Rev. Lee a fruitful ministry in the Lord’s vineyard.
An Easter choir program and singspiration was held Sunday evening, April 16, at the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA.
Members of the Lynden, WA PRC were encouraged to invite family and friends to a lecture sponsored by their Evangelism Committee on April 6. Prof. H. Hanko spoke at the Lynden, WA PRC on the topic “Federal Vision,” an issue that is causing many problems in many Reformed churches today.
A boat trip on the River Logan, or as Rev. A. Stewart called it, the Titanic Boat Tour on the Logan River, was enjoyed Easter Monday by the members of the Covenant PR Fellowship in Ballymena, N.I. Weather permitting, plans also called for a picnic lunch afterwards at Crawfordsburn Country Park. Rev. Stewart was also scheduled to speak to a year 12 religious education class at Ballycastle High School on April 6.
In an ongoing church construction update from the Covenant PR Fellowship, we learned recently that they now have received permission to connect their building site to the city sewer.
Young People’s Activities
Two of our churches’ Young People’s Societies, the Young People from the First PRC in Edmonton, AB, Canada and the young people from the Hull, IA PRC, recently sponsored Pop Can Fund-raisers—Edmonton on April 1 and 22, and Hull on April 22. Edmonton’s young people collected over $580.00 on the fund-raiser of April 1 alone. That’s a lot of bottles and cans to turn in.
Rev. M Dick declined the call extended to him to serve as the next pastor of the Kalamazoo, MI PRC.
Rev. R. Kleyn received the call “to come over and help” the congregation of the Covenant PRC in Wyckoff, NJ as their next pastor.