Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
Members of the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI were invited to take a moment before a recent Sunday morning worship service to look at a copy of the 1793 edition of the Liturgical Form for Baptism displayed in their narthex. This 1793 edition was the first translation of that form from Dutch into English, and members of Georgetown could see that the form and questions asked on the occasion of baptism in our churches were identical to the form and questions that have been in use in the Dutch Reformed Churches in America since the early 1600s. Quite literally, hundreds of thousands of Reformed believers for more than 300 years have used this form, the same form we use in our churches today for the baptism of our covenant children. May God keep us faithful to the path of truth that our spiritual fathers have confessed before us.
Our Hope PRC in Walker, MI held an open house Sunday evening, June 18, at Hope PR Christian School to commemorate Prof. H. Hanko’s 50 years of service to our churches. Thanks go out to Hope for giving all of us who were able to have an opportunity to express our appreciation to Prof. Hanko personally for his many years of faithful service.
During the summer months many of our congregations find time to come together for their annual church picnics. The Grace PRC in Standale, MI is one of those congregations. But they do their picnic just a little differently. Instead of eating dinner together, they get together for breakfast. This year’s church picnic was held at Hope PR Christian School on June 24. Coffee and fellowship began at 9:00 and breakfast was served at 9:30.
The Young Adults of the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada are responsible for their annual church picnic each year. This year’s picnic was held Saturday, July 1, at the Gull Lake Park. Immanuel’s congregation could look forward to a day of fun and games, some of which included Hydro Challenge, Drag Racing, Truck Driving, and the William Tell game. Each family was asked to bring either a salad or dessert, but buffalo patties, smokies, and beverages were provided.
Also with respect to Immanuel, we note that Rev. Dale Kuiper, one of the churches’ emeriti pastors, supplied the pulpit there on June 18 and 25. While there, Rev. Kuiper planned to finish a short series on the prophecy of Jonah. Immanuel’s congregation was reminded that Rev. Kuiper began this series among them last summer.
The consistory of the Byron Center, MI PRC encouraged their congregation to come and hear Rev. J. Kortering speak after their morning service on June 25 on work being done by Rajastephen, a man in India who is presently being supported by individuals in his very beginning efforts to establish a Reformed Christian orphanage and work.
Several young people and adults from the Georgetown congregation in Hudsonville, MI left in late June for service trips to Romania and Rehoboth, New Mexico. The Romanian group left June 19 and the Rehoboth group on June 24.
The Cornerstone PRC in Dyer, IN invited their children to attend Vacation Bible School the week of June 19-23. The work promised to be an opportunity for learning, singing, and “Discovering the Riches of Christ.”
All members of First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI were invited to attend an open house at their new parsonage on Wednesday evening, June 28. Members could park at church and follow a walking path between the church and parsonage. The Slopsema family planned to move into the new parsonage in mid-July.
Rev. R. Miersma, his wife, Sharon, and Elder Steve Ezinga, visited the Covenant of Grace PR Fellowship of Spokane, WA from June 23 through 27. These delegates from the Loveland, CO PRC, the calling church for our denomination’s mission work in Spokane, were there primarily to receive the confession of faith of some fellowship members and also to have opportunity to get to know the members better.
Friday evening, June 23, Rev. A. Stewart, our denomination’s missionary to the Covenant Reformed Fellowship in Ballymena, N.I., spoke at Porthcawl, South Wales on “The Two Witnesses of Revelation 11.”
Members of our churches were invited to stop by the new RFPA facility on Saturday morning, June 17, for an Open House. You could not only enjoy refreshments, but you could also see the warehouse, offices, and how the Standard Bearer and books are mailed to people around the world. In case you missed the open house and would just like to drive by the building, it is located at 1894 Georgetown Center Dr., near the corner of Baldwin and 20th Ave. in Jenison, MI.
The Kalamazoo, MI PRC has extended a call to Rev. A. Spriensma, presently serving our churches as missionary to the Philippines, as their next pastor.