Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
When Rev. B. Gritters and his father, Elder E. Gritters, went to Jamaica to conduct a seminar for the leaders of the Jamaican P.R. Churches, they also, as is customary, brought benevolence gifts with them. For this reason the Consistory of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA decided to conduct a clothing drive for that purpose in their congregation. On Saturday, January 25, members of the congregation were encouraged to bring any appropriate light-weight clothing for either children or adults. Donations of shoes, eye glasses, and purses, etc. were also accepted.
On January 29th, Rev. R. Dykstra and Elder Henry Bleyenberg left to do investigative work in Ghana, Africa. Plans originally called for Rev. M. DeVries to accompany Elder Bleyenberg, but due to the serious medical condition of his father, Rev. DeVries was unable to go.
These men will be in Ghana over three Sundays, meeting face to face with contacts that our churches have had there for several years. They will be doing some preaching and teaching, while investigating also the possibility of making Ghana a denominational mission field.
When the congregation of the Byron Center, MI PRC celebrated the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper back in December, they did so with a completely new communion set. Byron Center’s Consistory had been buying the set in pieces, and with the purchase of the chalice, the set was finally complete. The Consistory went on to thank the catechism students for their support in the past years, since their collections had been used for the purchase of this set. On the Monday following that communion in December, the students had an opportunity, at catechism, to see the set that their collections had bought.
In appreciation for their congregation’s efforts involving the 1991 Young People’s Convention, the Young People’s Society of the Byron Center PRC served cake and ice cream after an evening service in December. Besides the cake and ice cream, a brief slide presentation dealing with last year’s convention was also shown. In this small way the Society wished to thank the congregation for their prayers, help, and support.
Presently the congregation of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA is working to expand both their library and. their book store. An encouragement to expand their library came in the form of a gift of a complete set of bound volumes of the Standard Bearer. To accommodate these and other books, more shelves are being added to the library.
Hope’s Evangelism Committee has also decided to expand its book sales and place some of the books available on display at the church. Once this project gets underway, Redlands hopes to be able to purchase books from many good Christian publishers and make them available at cost. Hope is doing all this to promote the reading of good Christian books both in and outside of their congregation.
The Consistory of Hope in Redlands decided to appoint some of their young single men to serve as ushers for visitors to their worship services. These men will not usher everyone to their seats, but will serve as greeters and ushers for visitors to their services.
Rev. C. Haak was unable to go to Boise, ID for two Sundays in January to preach for the Sovereign Redeemer Fellowship on behalf of our churches. The Evangelism Committee of the South Holland, IL PRC, the church working with the group in Boise, was able to secure the services of Rev. A. denHartog to assist there for the month of February. He planned to be there from February 8-17.
The supporters of the Loveland Christian School, in Loveland, CO were invited to father-son, mother-daughter basketball games on January 31. The boys’ and girls’ teams from the school played these parents. No word on how those games turned out. Any guesses?
Many of you are no doubt aware that two of our churches’ emeritus ministers have not been well recently. Rev. George Lubbers fell and broke his hip in mid-January. Consequently, he underwent surgery for a hip replacement. After surgery he was able to be moved to the nursing section of Raybrook Manor in Grand Rapids, MI. His therapy is progressing nicely.
And Rev. C. Hanko has been suffering from a bad case of bronchitis. He was able to attend services in Venice, FL for the first time in three weeks on February 2, and he hoped to be able to preach again the next Sunday. May we all be reminded of the words of Isaiah 26:4: “Trust ye in the Lord for ever; for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength.”
Since Rev. R. VanOverloop declined the call to serve as missionary pastor to the Covenant Reformed Fellowship of Larne, Northern Ireland, the council of the Hudsonville, MI PRC, the calling church for a missionary to Larne, formed a new trio consisting of the Revs. B. Gritters, M. Kamps, and J. Kortering.
A call was to be extended to one of these men after a congregational meeting on February 23.