Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
Everyone in and around the
Grand Rapids, MI area was cordially invited to an open house and presentation by our denomination’s eastern home missionary, Rev. Jai Mahtani, at Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI on Sunday evening, April 11. Rev. Mahtani gave an update on the labors in Pittsburgh, as well as throughout the eastern United States. There was an opportunity for questions and there was a time of fellowship and refreshments after the presentation.
Rev. Angus Stewart, our churches’ missionary to the Covenant PR Fellowship in Northern Ireland, appeared on the TV program “Hearts and Minds” on April 1. He was interviewed by the program’s host, Noel Thompson, arguing against the film The Passion of the Christ as idolatry, while a church of Ireland cleric, Canon Walters Lewis, argued for the film. The interview appeared twice, one on BBC 2 in Northern Ireland, and again later that same evening on BBC in Great Britain. We can be thankful and grateful to God for this opportunity to witness to the true Christ.
The Reformed Witness Hour can now be heard in the Chicago, IL area on Sunday mornings at 8:30 AM on radio station WAUR 930. Pray that the RWH program will be used of God to spread the truth we love, not only in Chicago, but in all the other areas in which it can be heard.
A spring lecture sponsored by the Evangelism Committee of Peace PRC in Lansing, IL was held on Friday, April 16. Prof. H. Hanko spoke on “Is the King James Version Still the Best Translation Available?”
Congregations in West Michigan
were invited to celebrate Christ’s resurrection by listening to uplifting music performed by the Majestic Brass at First Church in Grand Rapids on Easter Sunday, April 11. In addition to the music of Majestic Brass there were special numbers performed on a bassoon, violins, and cello.
Friday evening, April 16, the congregation of Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI celebrated a rededication and upgrading of their church facilities and balcony with a brief program and open house with refreshments following.
The combined voices of the Doon and Hull, Iowa PRC choirs presented two programs this spring. The first was in Doon on April 18 and the second, one week later, April 25, in Hull.
The Choral Society of the Hudsonville, MI PRC presented their annual spring concert the evening of April 18.
The Trinity Men Singers, from the Trinity PRC in Hudsonville PRC in Hudsonville, MI, invited everyone in their community to join them for their 2nd annual Good Friday evening concert and hymn sing on April 9. The concert took place at Trinity following their service.
Parents, grandparents, and friends of Bethel PRC in Roselle, IL were welcomed at Bethel’s end-of-the-catechism-season evening on April 6. The students were involved in a brief program, in which memorization awards were presented, followed by pizza and games.
Two of our churches, the South Holland, IL PRC in March and the Randolph, WI PRC in early May, have approved an additional special collection for the RFPA building fund. The RFPA, publisher of this magazine, has outgrown the space it currently uses in the basement of the PRC Seminary and is considering the acquisition of its own building. These collections will help provide funds for a new building.
Young People’s Activities
The young people of Grace PRC
in Standale, MI once again this year sponsored their annual Ice Cream Social after their Good Friday service. Donations received benefited this year’s young people’s convention.
The annual Spring Break Skating Party sponsored by the young people of First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI was held April 5 at Standard Federal Ice Center in Grand Rapids. There was ice-skating on one rink and broomball on the other. Refreshments and viewing areas were also available for those young at heart.
The young people of Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB hosted a potluck supper and gym night on April 2 at the Lacombe Christian School.
The choir of Covenant Christian High School in Grand Rapids, MI made a trip to Iowa in mid-April. During that two-day visit they were able to perform two concerts, the first at the Hull PRC on Thursday afternoon for students of our various Christian schools, and then again Friday evening, April 16, at Dordt College, along with other local high school choirs.
Rev. G. Eriks, pastor of the
Loveland, CO PRC, declined the call extended to him to serve as pastor of the Hudsonville, MI PRC.
On Sunday morning, April 18, Rev. A. Brummel, pastor of the South Holland, IL PRC, informed the congregation of Faith PRC in Jenison, MI that he was led by God to decline their call to him to serve as their next pastor.
Rev. J. Slopsema declined the call extended to him from the Wingham, Ontario, Canada PRC to serve as their first pastor. Wingham has since extended a call to Rev. M. DeVries of the First PRC in Edmonton, Alberta to become their pastor. With Rev. DeVries on trio at Wingham were the Revs. W. Bruinsma and A. Brummel.
The Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI was to call a pastor on Sunday, May 2, from a trio of the Revs. G. Eriks, S. Key, and J. Slopsema.