Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
Young Adult Activities
Members of the Young Adults Society of the Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI planned an overnight retreat at Maranatha Conference Center in Muskegon, MI for January 23 and 24. All from their congregation who fit into that age group were invited and encouraged to attend. Rev. J. Kortering agreed to lead two discussions for the group, one on witnessing and the other on being single and being content.
The young people and young adults of Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada were invited to join the young people and young adults of First PRC in Edmonton for an evening of ice-skating on Friday, January 23, at Hawrelak Park in Edmonton. Plans also called for the group to go to Pizza Hut afterwards.
The Young Adult Society of Grace PRC in Standale, MI has been enjoying a Bible Study this year in I Thessalonians. A recent study brought them to the second chapter and the question, “What do pastors do, anyway?”
Young People’s Activities
The young people of the two societies at the Hudsonville, MI PRC were invited to their annual ski and snow-boarding outing at Caberfae Ski Resort on January 23.
The consistory of the Loveland, CO PRC recently approved the formation of a helping hands committee to help in the coordinating of help for families who need meals because of illness or the birth of a child, etc., as well as to organize such things as funeral lunches. Loveland’s consistory also stressed that this committee was not meant to replace or discourage individuals in their congregation from helping families with meals.
The church renovation project at Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI remains on schedule, as of the last day of January. Their balcony has been roughed in. Drywall is being finished in the bathrooms and in the balcony. Carpeting is scheduled for the week of February 16, with pews being upholstered the week of February 23. Southwest’s congregation will probably wait to meet in their church until after that is completed, meaning either late February or early March.
The men of the Peace PRC in Lansing, IL were reminded in a recent bulletin that efforts were under way in their congregation to organize a male chorus. The initial rehearsal was scheduled for Sunday evening, February 8. Four rehearsals were planned, with a performance to be part of a singspiration sometime in March.
The men and boys of the Loveland, CO PRC were invited to attend a Guys’ Night on Thursday, January 22. Plans included a wonderful meal, along with special music from some of the boys and men of the congregation. The theme for the evening was, “Walking in His Ways,” and proceeds raised went to support Loveland Christian School.
Members of our denomination’s mission in Ghana were able to arrange a brief welcome program for Rev. and Mrs. R. Miersma after their morning service on January 18. Continue to remember the Miersmas as they now join with the Bekkerings in the work of missions in West Africa.
Rev. A. Spriensma, our churches’ missionary to the Philippines, writes that on Saturday, January 24, he was able to speak in Bacolod on the island of Negros to a group of 43 men. Rev. Spriensma spoke on the Reformed pastor—his calling, his life, and his fallibility. A good discussion followed, with the meeting lasting until about 4:30 p.m. The next day he and his wife, Alva, enjoyed Sunday worship in the backyard of the home of Mr. Rey Decierdo and his wife, the family who are the main contacts in Bacolod. Mr. Decierdo led the Sunday School on God’s covenant with Noah, using Gertrude Hoeksema’s Bible material. Rev. Spriensma preached under a tarp over some chairs, with his feet in the mud because it was raining, on Titus 2:1, on the theme, “The Things That Become Sound Doctrine”—looking at the need of sound doctrine, the things that become sound doctrine, and the command to speak these things. Rev. Spriensma was also scheduled to begin teaching a class of some seven Bible students and pastors in Laguna on the doctrine of theology and Old Testament interpretation on February 2. This will involve leaving home very early and returning quite late, with lots of driving in addition to teaching. Rev. Spriensma hopes to do this every other week.
The Immanuel PRC in Lacombe,AB, Canada has extended a call to Rev. C. Terpstra to become their next pastor.
Sunday evening, February 21, the congregation of the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI extended a call to Rev. R. VanOverloop to become their next pastor. With him on that trio were the Revs. W. Bruinsma and A. Brummel.
Rev. R. Cammenga declined the call extended to him to serve as the next pastor of the Hudsonville, MI PRC.