Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
This summer girls ages 7-15 and members of the Hudsonville, MI PRC were invited to come together and have fellowship with other girls from the church. Hudsonville promoted this twice-monthly “Girls Fellowship and Activities Program” as a great opportunity for young girls to strengthen friendships over the summer and start becoming women of the church.
The first session began on Mon day morning, June 19, with the younger girls using the book “Sticky Situations.” This book has several different stories in which a problem arises. After reading the story, the girls must decide what multiple-choice answer is the best solution to the problem. Using God’s Word as a guide, the girls tried to determine how God tells us to handle this problem, and why the other choices would not be correct in the eyes of the Lord.
The older group discussed women of the Bible using the book “Lost Women of the Bible” as a reference. Plans called for this group to look at women that God placed in the Bible as examples for women of the future church.
After Bible study, the remaining time was spent in activities that were meant to teach and inspire the young girls to help others in the church now and for years to come. That first week the girls not only enjoyed Bible study but also spent time picking strawberries and making strawberry jam. Later meetings gave the girls opportunity also to make flip-flops and to crochet a bookmark, sew a pillow, and do some baking.
The council of the Hull, Iowa PRC held an informational meeting on June 26 concerning the work toward starting a daughter congregation. Following that meeting, the council of Hull made available in their fellowship hall a sign-up sheet for any who may be interested in being part of a daughter congregation. Signing that sheet did not commit one to membership in a daughter congregation, but was intended to help Hull’s council identify those who may be interested, with a view to determining overall interest, possible location, etc.
The consistory of the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada voted recently to return to our denominational Subsidy Fund more than $8,000 that was sent to them in February as part of their subsidy support for 2006. This decision was taken because their General Fund had accumulated, through the regular giving of their congregation, a balance of over $20,000. Immanuel gave thanks to our heavenly Father for granting them the financial prosperity to lower their need for subsidy this year.
Earlier this summer, members of the Byron Center, MI PRC were informed that Dr. David Torlach, along with his wife and their five children (9-17), from the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Australia, planned to affiliate with their congregation during the three years that he will be attending our seminary. Byron Center considers it a privilege to host them, just as they did the Mark Shand family a few years ago. The family arrived on Monday, July 24, and by that time Byron Center had found them rental housing and provided all the furnishings that go into a busy household of seven members. The committee coordinating all these details also arranged a grocery shower for the family just before they arrived, which included all the necessities for the kitchen, bathrooms, and bedrooms.
The Reformed Witness Committee of the Hope PRC in Walker, MI sponsored again this year a Summer Class Series entitled “God’s Everlasting Covenant of Grace” at their church for five weeks this summer, beginning June 27. The speaker at all these classes was Prof. H. Hanko. Over the course of these five meetings, Prof. Hanko looked at questions ranging from the history of covenant theology, erroneous views of the covenant, the place of children in the covenant, and the blessings of covenant theology.
The Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI has made available for your listening or downloading, the three messages given at the Women’s Retreat held recently at the Byron Center, MI PRC. They can be found on line atwww.trinityprc.sermonaudio.com.
With thanksgiving to our covenant God we rejoice to report that the Society for Protestant Reformed Education in Wingham, ON Canada was organized Thursday, July 6. Twelve men considered and approved a constitution presented by a volunteer steering committee, and signed as organizing members of the society. A five-member Board was elected. May God continue to bless this endeavor.
Young Adult Activities
The Young Adults and Young People of the Bethel PRC in Roselle, IL once again sponsored their canoe trip to the Boundary Waters of Minnesota. This year 27 young men and women, plus several only young in heart, enjoyed a unique adventure in God’s wonderful creation July 17-22.
Young People’s Activities
The week of July 24-27 approximately 400 young people from our churches met at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa for their annual young people’s convention. This year’s convention, hosted by the young people and congregations of the Doon and Hull, Iowa PRCs, looked at the spiritual calling of young people to “Run the Race,” based on Hebrews 12:1, 2. Monday’s speech was entitled “The Course We Run,” by Rev. S. Key. Tuesday’s speech was entitled “The Discipline Required,” by Rev. A. Brummel. And Wednesday’s speech, by Rev. D. Overway, was entitled “The Strength for Victory.” Many thanks go out to the two congregations involved in this year’s convention. Unless you have had the experience, you can hardly imagine how much work it takes to keep 400 young people busy for five days.
We congratulate Rev. and Mrs. Rodney Kleyn, who were blessed with the birth of a baby girl, Anna Kate, born June 30. She was 8 lbs. 10 oz. and 21 in. long. Anna joins Sarah, Alyssa, Matthew, and Aaron in the Kleyn home.
Candidate Andrew Lanning has accepted the call extended to him by Faith PRC in Jenison, MI; and Rev. Spriensma, currently serving as missionary in the Philippines, has accepted the call from Kalamazoo.