Mr, Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
Rev. J. Slopsema, pastor of the First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI, declined the call he had been considering to serve as the next pastor of the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI.
Catechism classes for our churches have finished their lessons for the season. We can thank our heavenly Father for the privilege of feeding the children and young people of our congregations with the life-giving truths of His Word. In connection with that official work of the church, we ask our readers if they have personally thanked their pastor or elder, or maybe retired pastor or a seminarian, who has taught their children this past season. By God’s grace these men guided the feet of our children into godliness as they helped prepare them for their place in our churches and God’s kingdom.
Somewhat related to the above comments on catechism, we couldn’t help but notice that the May issue of “Closer Look,” the monthly newsletter of the Hudsonville, MI PRC, included a copy of one of their church bulletins from September 13, 1942. That bulletin contained an announcement that their weekly catechism classes would begin that week on Saturday afternoon for all children 6-15 years old. Ages 6-8 at 1:30, ages 9-11 at 2:15, and ages 12-15 at 3:00 P.M. How times have changed!
There was also a reminder to parents in an April bulletin from the First PRC in Holland, MI concerning catechism. Their pastor, Rev. D. Kleyn, had arranged to pick up some of his catechism students after school at Heritage Christian School for a short trip to downtown Hudsonville and the Reformed Book Outlet. There these students, who had successfully memorized and recited Hebrews 11, were given opportunity to choose and purchase books, at the expense of First Church, as a reward for a job well done.
The council of the Hope PRC in Walker, MI informed their congregation recently that they had approved the formation of a church library. Funds for the project came in the form of a donation. Obviously at this point their library committee is still in the early stages of beginning the venture, but they were already looking for sound Reformed literature to begin filling their bookshelves.
The Building Committee of the Grace PRC in Standale, MI invited their congregation to a spring cleanup of their church and grounds Saturday, April 29. Work to be done included site preparation for their new church sign, general yard cleanup, like raking and weed-pulling, and the cleaning of lights and ceiling fans inside the church building.
The combined choirs of our two Iowa PRCs, Doon and Hull, presented their choir program on April 23 in the auditorium of the Doon PRC. The collection taken was for the upcoming 2006 Young People’s Convention to be held this summer, the Lord willing, at Dordt College.
The Adult Choir of the Loveland, CO PRC presented their annual Spring Program Sunday evening, April 30.
Tuesday evening, April 25, there was a combined Bible study at the Peace PRC in Lansing, IL for members of Adult Bible Societies from Peace as well as our other neighboring PR churches in the Chicago, IL area, including Bethel, Cornerstone, and South Holland. The topic for discussion was “Peter’s Denial and Restoration,” using passages from Luke 22 andJohn 21 for the basis of the study.
The members of the Ladies Morning Bible Study at the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI were invited to meet together May 2 for an informal talk with Rev. and Mrs. J. Kortering concerning the church in Myanmar, India, and the Far East. Rev. Kortering also planned to include information on recent developments in our sister churches in Singapore.
In ongoing evangelism work at the Grace PRC in Standale, MI, we read recently that members of Christianity on Campus manned a booth at Grand Valley State University during exam week in April. The purpose was to administer a most important test on theology. Many students took the “test,” and there was plenty of opportunity for conversation and witness. Hopes are that this may kindle interest in God’s Word on campus among people there. Though Christianity on Campus is officially over for the summer, Grace’s congregation was encouraged to pray that true Christianity, and Christ Himself, may be known and shown as they walk in this world unto Him by faith and not by sight.
The Evangelism Committee of the Bethel PRC in Roselle, IL has decided to begin publishing a quarterly Evangelism Newsletter. This newsletter will be for the specific purpose of reaching unbelievers with the good news of the gospel. This will put in the hands of members of Bethel a newsletter that they, in turn, can distribute to those who have no background in the Christian faith. Bethel is considering articles on fundamental truths of Christianity as summarized in the Apostles Creed.
With thanks to God for granting our churches a faithful minister of the gospel for nearly forty-one years, thirty-three of those years in our seminary, we can report that Prof. R. Decker will be declared emeritus, that is, he will be retiring from the active labors of the ministry, effective July 1, 2006. If you would like to write to encourage him and his wife, their address is Prof. & Mrs. Robert Decker, 8760 Cedar Lake Dr., Jenison, MI 49428, or email@example.com.
The Psalm Choir, made up of members of the West Michigan churches, presented two concerts this spring. The first at First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI on Sunday, April 23, and the second, one week later, at the Grandville, MI PRC.