Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
Our First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI is sponsoring a summer workshop series for the members of their congregation on Personal Witnessing. Ten sessions, begun on June 7, have been planned for the summer. The members of First who are taking part in the workshop are using the book “Tell The Truth,” by Will Metzger, as their guide. Each class follows the same format. First the whole group discusses a part or section of the book, led by Rev. J. Slopsema, pastor at First. Then the group breaks up into smaller sections to practice what they learned that evening and to encourage each other. First’s goal in all of this is to become more effective in personal witnessing.
This summer the Junior Fellowship Society of the Hudsonville, MI PRC worked on a continuation of their church’s “In Your Heart” summer Bible memory program. As before, everyone in the congregation is encouraged to participate, from toddler to retiree. Hudsonville members could choose either what was described as an easy memory challenge, by learning selected verses from Colossians 1 & 3,Ephesians 6, or Psalm 139, or a more difficult memory program, by committing to memory any two chapters from those mentioned above. The real reward in all of this was the great blessing of the Word in the hearts of the members of the church.
The renovations approved at a recent congregational meeting at the Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI are starting to take shape. The new roof on their annex is finished, with new carpet and doors to follow. Their new stair-lift will be installed soon.
The Covenant Ladies Circle of First PRC in Edmonton, AB, Canada sponsored a morning of fellowship for the ladies of their own congregation and neighboring Immanuel PRC in Lacombe on May 31. Coffee was provided at 10:00 A.M., followed at 10:30 by a meditation entitled “Ruth: A Faithful Servant in God’s Kingdom,” presented by Rev. J. Marcus, pastor at First. Lunch followed.
The Choral Society of Grace PRC in Standale, MI presented a program of sacred music shortly after their morning worship service on May 21.
Catechism students of the Bethel PRC in Roselle, IL invited their parents and other interested members of the congregation to their annual end-of-year program and dinner beginning at 5:00 P.M. on May 22. The catechumens sang, played the piano, and recited passages from Scripture and our confessions. One young man from their Essentials class gave a speech meant to encourage the students and their parents. This activity was followed, at around 6:00, by a dinner of pizza, ice cream, and doughnuts.
The combined choirs of our Doon and Hull, Iowa PRCs presented a concert of praise to our heavenly Father in the auditorium of the Edgerton, MN PRC Sunday afternoon, May 28.
The deacons of Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI once again this spring sponsored their annual Spring Food & Gift Certificate Drive for the needy within their own congregation. Members of Georgetown were invited to drop off their food donations in their church kitchen, or place gift certificates in their collection plates any time between May 28 and June 18.
A special congregational meeting was held at the Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI on May 15 to consider a proposal concerning renovations to their Fellowship Building to accommodate the Hudsonville PR Preschool. There would be no cost involved in this for Trinity. They simply were approving the modifications to their building, while the cost would be born by the Preschool. The proposal passed.
After the evening service of May 21, the congregation of the Peace PRC in Lansing, IL was invited to stay and enjoy an evening of song presented by their Choral Society. Along with the numbers presented by the choir, the Young People’s Society also held a singspiration. A collection was taken for this year’s Young People’s Convention.
Spring means cleanup time in many of our churches. Congregations routinely get together to clean up the inside and outside of their church property. Such was the case at the Wingham, Ontario, PRC on May 24. Everyone who was able was invited to come out and help to clean the church. Members simply had to bring a bucket, a rag, and lots of elbow grease.
Monday, May 15, the Evangelism Society of Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids invited their congregation to participate in a “Door-to-Door Project.” Plans called for the volunteers to meet at Grand Rapids Christian High School in the early evening and then proceed to place information regarding Southeast on doors in the neighborhood.
The Evangelism Committee of Bethel PRC in Roselle, IL organized an outreach to their neighborhood to make known the Reformed faith. Some fifteen members came out to help, which included several children. Bethel distributed over a hundred packets that included three messages on CD that explained the gospel, the atonement, and the resurrection of Christ. Also included were flyers inviting neighbors to Bethel’s upcoming Ascension and Pentecost services.
On his furlough, missionary Rev. A. Spriensma planned to give several audio-visual presentations of the work of our churches in the Philippines. Plans were to make a presentation in Cornerstone PRC in Dyer, Indiana on May 28; at the AIM Conference at Eastside Christian School in Grand Rapids, MI on June 17; at Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI on June 18; and in Northwest Iowa on June 25.
Seminarian Nathan Langerak, having just completed his third year in our seminary, will begin his six-month internship under Rev. K. Koole and the Grandville, MI PRC beginning on July 1, D.V.
Rev. R. Kleyn declined the call extended to him from the Covenant PRC in Wyckoff, NJ to serve as their next pastor.
Rev. J. Slopsema declined the call extended to him from the Kalamazoo, MI PRC to serve as their next pastor.