Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
During this past Christmas season many of our schools took up special collections for various important and worthwhile outside causes. The Student Council of Covenant Christian High School in Grand Rapids, MI decided again to have a food drive for needy families in their churches. The staff of Hope PR Christian School in Grand Rapids took up a collection for the Books for Needy Servants Fund. This fund has been set up for the Singapore/Myanmar Missionary cause. The students at Heritage Christian School in Hudsonville, MI were encouraged to give to a collection taken for the science programs of the Hull PR Christian School and Northwest Iowa PR Christian School. And profits from a hot lunch at Thanksgiving at Loveland Christian School in Loveland, CO were sent to Faith Christian School in Randolph, WI for use in their library.
Of course, not all gifts around the holidays have to be monetary. The students of two classes of Covenant Christian School in Lynden, WA spent some time in December visiting the residents of the Christian Health Care Center. This practice of bringing students to the Rest Home began in 1996 and will continue throughout this school year as well. It seems that each classroom takes part of one day each month and goes to the Rest Home to sing songs of praise to God for the elderly residents, as well as do a hands-on activity with them, such as cookie decorating or an old-fashioned spelling bee.
Young People’s Activities
The Young People’s Society of our Kalamazoo, MI PRC plans to host a number of fund-raisers in the next several months in order to help pay for a trip which they are planning to take at a future date to the mission field in Pittsburgh, PA. The first of these fund-raisers was scheduled to be a night of praise and fellowship at church on December 12. The young people were looking for volunteers from their congregation who would be willing to present a sacred song, an instrumental number, poem, or something of that nature at that program.
A special word of commendation has to go out to the Senior Young People’s Society of our Faith PRC in Jenison, MI. This group of young people hosted, and were the driving force behind a program on November 21 which featured the special needs children of our West Michigan churches. I was unable to attend that program, but what I have heard about it makes me envy those who were there. From all accounts it was a very spiritual program and well worth the time and effort of parents and young people alike.
The Young People of the Edgerton, MN PRC hosted a Christmas Singapiration for their congregation and the members of our Hull and Doon, IA congregations on December 21.
At a December 10 Congregational Meeting, the members of our Trinity PRC in Houston, TX adopted the motion to disband in the year 1998 unless there is a significant change in their membership in the coming year. Their consistory presented this motion and now plans to bring the results to Classis West in March for their approval. If indeed Trinity does disband, it would be at the latest by December 31 of this year. Again your prayers are requested and needed as Trinity faces this difficult prospect.
The deacons and Helping Hands Committee of the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI coordinated a food drive this past holiday season for needy families in their church.
The congregation of the First PRC in Holland, MI has given their council the go-ahead to investigate the building of a parsonage along with the building of their new church sanctuary.
In a new church building update from our Bethel PRC in Itasca, IL, we find that their council approved a perk test if needed on their new church property, and they also directed their building committee to secure the services of an architect.
The consistory of the South Holland, IL PRC announced a new trio consisting of Revs. A. Brummel and G. VanBaren and Candidate D. Kleyn. On January 7, they called Rev. VanBaren.
Rev. Heys, one of our churches’ emeriti ministers, remains in the Christian Rest Home in Hudsonville, MI. As I write this, he is stable but still sick with pneumonia and very weak. Pray for him, his family, and all our emeriti ministers.