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Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.

Ministerial Calls

Our Holland, Michigan congregation has called Rev. W. Bruinsma, from a trio which included also the Revs. S. Key and B. Gritters.

Prof. Decker has declined the call extended to him from Faith Church in Jenison, Michigan.

Mission Activities

During the first week of September Rev. and Mrs. Bernard Woudenberg of Kalamazoo, Michigan, along with Dr. and Mrs. Dwight Monsma of Grand Rapids, Michigan traveled through the area of Maryland and Virginia on behalf of the Mission Committee, contacting a number of people who have expressed interest in our churches.

The Synodical Committee for Contact with Other Churches requested that the consistory of our Southwest Church in Grandville, Michigan, along with the consistory of our South Holland Church, send their pastors, Rev. Kamps and Rev. Engelsma, to Larne, North Ireland on behalf of the Protestant Reformed Churches, for the work of the ministry of the Word.

Rev. Kamps and his wife left a week early for a vacation in England before they were scheduled to meet Rev. Engelsma in Larne on September 2. They were scheduled to be in Larne September 3-11 and were to return home on September 12.

Congregational Highlights

The congregation of our church in Byron Center, Michigan held their first worship service in their new building on August 14. The Lord willing, in our next news column I will have some details about the dedications of our Byron Center and Southwest Churches, scheduled for September 16 and 23, respectively.

We also want to extend our congratulations to the congregation in Pella, Iowa which celebrated its 60th anniversary on September 16th.

August 30 the children of our First Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan who were entering the second grade through the ninth grade were invited to spend a day at Pleasure Island Water Park in Muskegon, Michigan. Refreshments, supper, and an all day pass were furnished. Having seen the effects of an entire day at a water park on children and adults alike, I dare say that there must have been some tired people riding home that night.

Sunday evening, September 18, the congregation of Randolph Church held a special Singspiration at which some good psalter singing was combined with a few special numbers especially chosen to feature their new organ.

The Evangelism Society of our Southeast Church is going to promote an attractively-boxed set of cassette tapes of their pastor’s series of nine sermons on Daniel 1-6. Although there is no mention of making these tapes available to those outside of Southeast Church, I can’t help but believe that if you wrote the church at 1535 Cambridge Ave. S.E. in Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506 you could arrange to purchase a set. Cost: estimated somewhere between $15-$20.

We extend our congratulations to Rev. and Mrs. C. Haak of Lynden, Washington on the birth of their third daughter, Melanie Jane, on August 25, and to Rev. and Mrs. B. Gritters of Byron Center, Michigan on the birth of their fifth son, Bradley Scott, born on September 6.

Church Activities

September 13 an Officebearers’ Conference was held at our Byron Center Church. Rev. C. Hanko introduced the subject “Practical Help for Elders on Family Visitation.”

A question period followed this informative speech. A Men’s and Ladies’ League meeting was also held on September 13 at our Holland Church. Rev. M. Joostens spoke on “Temptations in our Affluent Society.”

On September 6 at 7:00 PM, the night before Classis West met in our Loveland Church in Colorado, the congregation of Loveland was invited to an hour of fun and fellowship in the gym of the Bill Reed Jr. High School. This night was intended to provide an opportunity to meet the delegates of the Classis.

And, speaking of Classis, Classis East met on September 14 for the first time in the new church building of our Byron Center Church.

School Activities

September 23 was the tentative date set for an all-day, all-school picnic for students, teachers, and parents of Adams, Street Christian School in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The picnic was to be held at Douglas Walker Park in Byron Center.

The Heritage Christian School Fundraisers sponsored their annual Salad/BBQ Supper at our Hudsonville Church the night of September 16.

August 21 the Covenant Alumni Chamber Choir presented a concert at our First Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan.