Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
In glancing back over the past few issues of the “News,” it seems that we were just writing about the end of another school year and now suddenly, almost as if without effort, we find our Christian schools starting up again. Perhaps we take our schools too much for granted.
The Lord willing, our Hope PR Christian School in Walker, MI will graduate its 50th class in June, 1997. To commemorate this milestone a special program and open house will be held April 18 of next year. We, of course, will have more about that later.
But even as one school makes plans to celebrate its 50th birthday, another is just beginning. That beginning took place on July 30 at our First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI when supporters of the proposed East Side Christian School met for an organizational meeting to help lay the foundation for the future of their children. On the agenda that evening were Board nominations, presentation of a constitution, and information regarding the anticipated Fall 1997 opening, D.V.
Our denomination’s Seminary Convocation was held this year at the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI on August 29. Prof. R. Decker gave the address entitled, “Brethren Pray for Us.”
The Council of the Grace PRC in Standale, MI called a General Information Meeting on September 5 for their entire congregation to discuss a rough draft of a building for worship to be constructed on their property. This building would eventually be used for a fellowship room when the sanctuary is completed. The Council was looking for their congregation’s agreement with this proposed concept before proceeding with more definite plans.
Members of the First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI were invited to a family camping get-away for three days in late August. Families spent an enjoyable time together at Baldwin Oaks campground in Hudsonville, MI. Activities included horseshoes, swimming, volleyball, campfires (with s’mores), biking, and more.
As many of our regular readers know, next year’s Young People’s Convention will be hosted by the congregation of the Hudsonville, MI PRC. Activities at Hudsonville are accelerating with a view to that event on August 18-22 of next year. Hudsonville’s convention Steering Committee held an informational meeting after the evening service on August 25. The congregation heard of plans made to date, and they were able to see a video of Camp Miniwanca, where next year’s convention will be held.
From all reports coming from the British Reformed Fellowship’s Family Conference held July 27 through August 3 in East Sussex, England, it seems to have been a tremendous success, with more than 100 participants. There was much interest shown, and delight was expressed in the Reformed faith. If you care to mark your calendars, the next conference of the BRF will be held in two years, D.V., in a castle in Northern Ireland. The subject will be the “Doctrine of the Last Things.”
You may remember that our Trinity PRC in Houston, TX has been busy with an active outreach to the large Indian population in the Houston area. In news from Trinity, we learn that Pastor Mahtani and Mr. Jerry Nainani recently traveled to Dallas to meet with the SWAMI Executive Committee to discuss future plans for a conference in Houston and another in India in 1997. It is also encouraging to note that this group has, at Trinity’s recommendation, adopted the Apostles’ Creed as their “Statement of Faith.” These young Sindhi converts are eager to receive further instruction in the Reformed faith.
The Loveland, CO PRC shared some responses they have received from their “Home Page” on the Internet. Responses have come from Hong Kong, California, and Germany. And a respondent from Germany perhaps summed up the intent of our churches’ outreach best when he wrote, “I was happy to have found your site among other Christian sources. It is a wonderful feeling that there are Christians everywhere in the world, and one can keep contact with unknown friends and brothers in the name of the Lord.”
The Hull, IA PRC has made a trio for calling a missionary to Ghana. Revs. W. Bekkering (Pella, IA), W. Bruinsma (First, Holland, MI), and A. denHartog (Hope, Redlands, CA) were on that rio.
From their trio, the Hope PRC in Walker, MI has extended a call to Rev. denHartog.
Rev. W. Bruinsma has accepted the call he received from the Kalamazoo, MI PRC.
Rev. R. Flikkema and his family moved to Jenison, MI at the end of August. While he waits upon the will of the Lord, he will be teaching catechism for different churches and leading some societies.