Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
Rev. J. Mahtani, our churches’ missionary to Pittsburgh, PA, and the Fellowship there was scheduled to be heard on radio station WORD FM 101.5 in Pittsburgh on March 20 & 27. These two prerecorded interviews, on the subjects of the atonement and the resurrection, were planned to coincide with Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
We are also happy and thankful to report that the Lord has provided the volunteer assistant, Mr. Wes Koops, a former elder from First PRC in Holland, MI. Mr. Koops, with his wife, planned to be in Pittsburgh from March 21-April 11. Part of Mr. Koops’ work was to encourage our missionary, his family, and the core group. Mr. Koops also planned to visit with the Steering Committee, attend catechism, Bible study, and Fellowship meetings. He was also to help with work at the mission office, answering phone calls, and cataloging pamphlets, tapes, and such like.
Rev. G. Eriks, pastor of the Loveland, CO PRC, the calling church for our denomination’s mission work in Spokane, WA, and the Covenant of Grace PR Fellowship, along with Mr. Al Elzinga and his wife, representing our denomination’s Domestic Mission Committee, visited the field in Spokane March 4-7. Rev. Eriks preached for the Fellowship Sunday morning, and the group enjoyed a time of fellowship with the emissaries after the service. This trip was made as part of the oversight of the Spokane Mission.
This time of year many of us living in the northern part of North America often “wish” that winter would finally give way to spring. So I found it interesting to hear those same sentiments expressed by Mrs. Sharon Miersma, wife of Rev. R. Miersma, our churches’ missionary to Ghana, W. Africa, only from a different perspective. She writes in a letter dated March 4, “Saw on the Lacombe bulletin (Immanuel PRC) that they had their annual sledding and hot dog roast in February (Family Day, Feb. 21). I remember the first winter we were there and it was soooooo cold. We wondered how they could sit outside on straw bales and roast hot dogs and marshmallows—and ‘enjoy’ it!! Well, we got used to it and also enjoyed it. Now this year in February we are sweltering in 95º heat and said to each other … remember Lacombe?” So, be careful what you wish for, the cold will give way to warm soon enough.
Young Adult Activities
Since our last “News,” two of the Young Adult groups from our churches have sponsored retreats.
March 14-17 the Young Adults of the Loveland, CO PRC sponsored their annual Spring Retreat at the Y.M.C.A. of the Rockies in Estes Park. This year’s theme was “Spiritual Growth,” and this year’s speakers were Rev. W. Langerak from the Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI, speaking Tuesday night in the Willome Conference Center on “What is Spiritual Growth?” and Rev. G. Eriks, pastor of Loveland PRC, speaking Wednesday evening on “How to Grow Spiritually.”
March 18 & 19 the Young Adults of Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI hosted a weekend retreat at the Farmstead Inn in Shipshewana, IN. Sandwiched between a homemade Amish dinner and breakfast, the young adults had the opportunity to hear Rev. R. VanOverloop, pastor of the Byron Center, MI PRC, lead a discussion Friday evening entitled, “Guarding Our Hearts Against the Influences of Sin,” and Rev. R. Kleyn, pastor at Trinity, lead a discussion Saturday morning on “Overcoming Sin in Our Lives.”
Sunday evening, March 20, the congregation of the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI hosted a “Psalm Sing.” The theme for the evening was, “Christ Portrayed in the Psalms.” A collection was taken for this year’s convention, hosted, of course, by Faith.
Members of the Lynden, WA PRC were invited and encouraged once again to come to a painting party. This “party,” scheduled for February 22, was advertised as Lynden’s last evening of painting, since this “party” would complete the entire interior of their church building. Plans were to paint the church kitchen and council room.
The senior members of the Hudsonville, MI PRC congregation were invited to join the Junior Christian Fellowship Society for their fourth annual Game and Dessert Night on Friday evening, March 4.
The council of the Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI appointed a Library Committee to study, organize, and promote this service to their congregation.
At a congregational meeting, February 14, the congregation of the Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI adopted their council’s proposal to renovate their parsonage.
Members of our churches in the Chicago, IL area were encouraged to reserve Palm Sunday evening, March 20, for a Celebration in Song at Cornerstone PRC in Dyer, IN. Plans called for an evening of music, refreshments, and fellowship. Part of the program included a choir made up of members from the three area churches.
Rev. S. Key declined the call he was considering from the First PRC in Holland, MI.
Rev. G. Eriks declined the call from Bethel PRC in Roselle, IL.
Rev. J. Mahtani declined the call from First PRC in Edmonton, AB, Canada.
Our Lord delivered, on March 14, His faithful servant Rev. Cornelius Hanko from the infirmities of this life. Ordained in 1929, Rev. Hanko was minister in our churches for some 48 years. Many of us have received the heritage of the truth through his ministry. We rejoice in the knowledge that this man, who suffered in so many ways on the behalf of the gospel, is now made a pillar in the heavenly temple, and given a crown of glory and a new name (Rev. 3:11, 12).
We extend our sympathy to the Hanko family and remember them in prayer.