Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
Rev. A. Brummel, pastor of the South Holland, IL PRC, declined the call he had been considering to serve as the next pastor of the Hudsonville, MI PRC.
At a congregational meeting Sunday evening, April 17, the congregation of the First PRC in Holland, MI extended a call to Rev. W. Bruinsma, presently serving our Kalamazoo, MI PRC, to serve as their next pastor.
Rev. D. Overway was installed as the 13th pastor of the Doon, IA PRC on Friday evening, April 15. Rev. S. Key spoke from Revelation 1:20, 21under the theme, “To the Angel of the Church in Doon.” There was a time of refreshment and fellowship with the Overways after the installation, and a formal welcome is planned for April 29 D.V. The following Lord’s Day, April 17, Rev. Overway preached his inaugural sermon from John 15:4, 5 under the theme, “Called to Abide in Christ.”
On Sunday evening, April 10, the congregation of the Hull, IA PRC sponsored a farewell program for Rev. Wayne and Phyllis Bekkering, who have served our denomination faithfully for the past 33 years, and since 2001 as Foreign Missionary to Ghana, West Africa under the direction of Hull. You may remember that Rev. Bekkering’s request for emeritation was approved at the March 2 meeting of Classis West. Hull’s Council also granted Rev. and Mrs. Bekkering’s request for a transfer of membership and the transfer of his ministerial credentials to the Georgetown PRC of Hudsonville, MI.
With all the media attention recently focused on the death of Pope John Paul II, it was interesting to read a recent short article written by our churches’ missionary to the Covenant PR Fellowship in Northern Ireland, Rev. A. Stewart. In the article Rev. Stewart answers the question, “Is Pope John Paul II in Heaven?” If you care to read the article for yourself you can find it on their web site at www.cprf.co.uk.
On April 14 Rev. and Mrs. Spriensma and their daughter Jessica returned to the Philippines. Surgery was performed several weeks ago and the diagnosis of a parathyroid problem was inconclusive. Jessica’s symptoms improved somewhat, and so they returned to their work. There will be a follow-up visit to Ann Arbor, MI later this spring. We commend them to the Lord’s care.
In mid-April the Evangelism Committee of the South Holland, IL PRC planned to insert a full-color, 4-page, newspaper-size edition of their Reformed Perspectives into the Shoppers in South Holland and Thornton. Copies of the newsletter were also available for families of the congregation to use in their outreach with neighbors, coworkers, or family members. These newsletters were also mailed to everyone on their Reformed Perspectives mailing list.
Young People’s Activities
Friday evening, April 15, the Sr. Young People’s Society of the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI hosted their fifth “Special Needs Program.” What a wonderful hour of praise in song and word from the 19 or so young men and women who participated. These members of our various congregations are a very special part of our church family, and they teach us daily that we do need to depend on the Lord for everything. A special thank-you to the young people of Faith. This program has become a labor of love for them and we do appreciate it more than we will ever be able to tell them.
The congregation of Grace PRC in Standale, MI was invited to attend their annual Ice Cream Social, sponsored by their Young People’s Society, following their Good Friday evening service. Donations were gladly accepted to benefit the YP Convention.
Everyone in the congregation of First PRC in Edmonton was invited to their church for a Family Potluck Dinner on April 19. Proceeds were going to aid some of the young people going to this year’s convention.
The Young People of Hope PRC in Redlands, CA hosted a Pancake Breakfast on April 23 as a fundraiser for this year’s convention.
Through the generous donation of a member at Grace PRC in Standale, MI, a new First Aid Box has been added to their church nursery cupboard. It contains a blood pressure cuff, stethoscope, blood-sugar monitor, various bandages, etc. Also added were CPR/Choking posters on the walls in the nursery and in the kitchen for quick reference in case of an emergency.
The Trinity Men Singers of Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI, presented their annual Spring Concert on Good Friday evening after their worship service.
The month of April also saw many of our congregations enjoy concerts of sacred music presented by their choral societies. The Choral Society of Faith PRC in Jenison, MI presented a program Sunday evening, April 10. The Choir of the Hudsonville, MI PRC presented a program April 17, and the Psalm Choir presented two concerts in April—April 17 at First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI and April 24 at the Grandville, MI PRC.
The Doon/Hull, Iowa Choir invited everyone to their two programs—April 17 in the Hull, IA PRC, followed on April 24 in the Doon PRC.
Members of the Adult Fellowship of Hope PRC in Redlands, CA were invited for a night of fellowship and dinner on April 15. Games and dessert followed.