Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
The Covenant PRC in Wyckoff, NJ has been busy the past several months with evangelism efforts in their surrounding neighborhood. The congregation celebrated their annual Christmas dinner on Saturday evening, December 13. Covenant was delighted to be joined by quite a few of their contacts from the area. Those who attended enjoyed plenty of good food, singing, fellowship, and games and gifts for the children. Covenant’s Evangelism Society also sponsored an evening of caroling in their church neighborhood after the evening service on Sunday, December 21. While singing carols, members passed out pamphlets and information about their church at each of the homes and invited their neighbors to join them in worship in the future. There were eleven members making a joyful noise to the Lord that evening. They were well received and all enjoyed the evening.
Having just returned from Romania in mid-December, three couples, members of the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI, reported to their congregation that they were able to deliver the mercies of the Lord in food and Word to eleven extremely needy families. The 54 children from Valuszut Christian School were visited and given gifts of toys and candy. They also visited Emmaus Orphanage in Bogata to deliver clothing and a monetary gift. A new orphanage in Cauasna was investigated and given a contribution, and future contact was discussed. Many homeless were visited and food was distributed. Another Christian school in the process of being built in Felar was visited and given a monetary gift, with future association encouraged.
Saturday, December 13, members of our congregations in and around Grand Rapids, MI were invited to an evening of sacred Christmas music at First PRC in Grand Rapids. The program, under the title “O Come Let Us Adore Him,” featured much audience participation through song, hand bells, cello, piano, organ, and vocal solos.
January marked the beginning of an extensive renovation project at the Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI. Plans approved last year included adding seating to their church balcony, increasing the size of their narthex, and removing the platform area in their fellowship room, plus updates to bathroom facilities and other miscellaneous improvements. During this renovation at Southwest, worship services were planned for the gymnasium of Covenant Christian High School for 4-6 weeks starting Sunday, January 11. Starting Monday, January 5, all catechism classes and societies were to meet at Adams Christian School.
The council of the Hudsonville, MI PRC informed their congregation that, starting January 1, 2004, a smoking ban would extend to the entire church property, not just to the inside of this building. Among the reasons listed for this change was the ground that allowing smoking on the property sets an unhealthy example to the con-gregation’s children and young people.
Young People’s Activities
In their on-going efforts to raise funds for this summer’s young people’s convention, the Young People’s Society of the Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI enjoyed a successful fund-raiser, gift wrapping Christmas gifts at the Barnes and Nobles bookstore in nearby Rivertown Crossing Mall the week before Christmas.
The young people of Grace PRC in Standale, MI also got into the fund-raising mood by offering to perform different odd jobs for anyone in their congregation willing to make a donation towards the upcoming convention. These jobs could include babysitting, housecleaning, yard work, or any other related activity.
On a recent Sunday evening the young people of the First PRC in Holland, MI were invited to one of their special meetings. The special topic considered that night was “Entertainment in the Christian’s Life,” based on an article from World magazine.
The Young People’s Society of First PRC in Edgerton, MN invited members from their own congregation, plus members from the Doon and Hull, Iowa PRCs, to join them for the annual Christmas/New Year’s Singspiration held Sunday evening, December 28 at Edgerton. Besides several special numbers and audience participation, a collection was taken for this year’s convention. Refreshments were served after the hour of singing.
Like many other of our young people, the young people of Grace PRC in Standale, MI spent an evening in December caroling to widows, widowers, and shut-ins in their congregation. A recent bulletin from Grace contained a thank-you from their council. It seems the young people made a surprise visit to the council meeting before leaving for the homes of members. The unexpected visit was much appreciated.
Each Christmas season Hope Christian School in Redlands, CA encourages their students to contribute to a worthy cause to impress upon them the true spiritual meaning of the season. This year donations were made to our churches’ five seminary students and their families.
The students of Heritage Christian School in Hudsonville, MI were also given the opportunity to give donations to a Christmas collection this past December. Money was collected for the YoungPeople’s fund in Ghana.
Rev. W. Bruinsma has received a call from the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada to serve as their next pastor. The Byron Center, MI PRC has extended a call to Rev. G. Eriks to come over and help them as their next pastor. From a trio of the Revs. W. Bruinsma, A. Brummel, and C. Haak, the congregation of Faith PRC in Jenison, MI has extended a call to Rev. C. Haak to become their next pastor. At a congregational meeting Sunday evening, January 4, the Hudson-ville, MI PRC extended a call to Rev. Cammenga to serve as their next pastor.