Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
Try as I would, my mind just couldn’t help but stray a little before our Sunday morning church service on April 2. The night before, several in our congregation had taken part in the fourth annual night of ice skating and hockey at the Walker Ice Center, sponsored by the Hope Foundation, and when they walked into the auditorium with their families you could almost feel their sore calves and other assorted aches and pains. An hour of intense hockey or just plain skating will do that for you. It leaves little doubt that you are one year older than last year’s game and your body wants you to know it.
The Hope Foundation does a good job with this fund-raiser and it seems to be as popular as ever. Thankfully, by the time the fifth annual evening rolls around next spring, those aches and pains will be long forgotten.
The Lynden PRC in Lynden, WA was the location this spring for Covenant Christian School’s Annual School Program. On March 31 the student body and teachers presented a program entitled, “Daily Christian Joy.”
This time of year all our church bulletins, or monthly newsletters, contain a seemingly growing list from our Christian schools looking for teachers. For whatever reason, there always seems to be a need.
But I was reminded recently by way of a newsletter from the Covenant Christian School in Lynden, WA just how difficult this time may be for teachers, even those not actively looking to move. We may never know the real struggles that sometimes teachers have to go through to realize their calling before God as to where and even if they should teach. For all of us this is a good time to ask if we take time to bring this great need of our teachers before God in prayer. Do we seek to help our teachers in this burden that they carry every year? Are we speaking to them often, not just a word here or there, but often, to be a willing instrument used of God to help them in this situation? It is of utmost importance to the vitality of all our schools.
The PTA of the Free Christian School in Edgerton, MN met on March 24. Rev. D. Kleyn, pastor of the Edgerton, MN PRC, spoke to the parents and teachers on, “Small But Not to Be Despised.”
The Evangelism Committee of the First PRC in Holland, MI has had a busy spring. On the first Wednesday night of April they began their involvement in the preaching services at the Holland Mission on River Street. That will continue the first Wednesday of every month for the rest of the year (after which their council will review). First was reminded that it is extremely important to have congregational support for this work, and they were encouraged to attend the service and/or help out in other ways.
On March 24 and 25 First served also as host for their Second Annual Bible Conference, entitled, “Biblical Worship for Our Contemporary Age.” Friday night Prof. D. Engelsma opened with the subject, “The Regulative Principle of Worship.” The next morning Rev. B. Gritters spoke on “A Critique of Modern Forms of Worship,” and Rev. C. Terpstra spoke on “The Believer’s Active Participation in Worship.”
Rev. G. VanBaren, one of our churches’ emeriti pastors (which in this case does not mean retired), traveled to our Hope PRC in Redlands, CA in March to preach for them while their pastor filled a classical appointment in our vacant Hull, IA PRC. While he and his wife were there, he was also able to be part of Hope’s yearly spring lecture. Rev. VanBaren spoke on the subject, “Hell: Temporal or Eternal?” Rev. VanBaren also was a guest speaker at Hope Christian School while there. He spoke to the students on the subject, “Resist the Devil.”
Young People’s Activities
The Young People’s Society of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA sponsored a program of musical numbers on March 17, and, thanks to a note accompanying the last bunch of bulletins from Hope, we can add that it was really a wonderful evening of praise to God. The special numbers were: eight flutes playing Psalter numbers together in harmony; Art Griess on his accordion (no program in Redlands would be complete without that!); the young people’s society singing a couple of songs; a flute/french horn duet; a violin/piano duet; a piano solo; a vocal solo; a vocal duet by two grade school boys; and lots of audience singing of Psalter numbers.
Rev. Moore was recently informed by the Ministry of Interior in Ghana that the mission has been given approval for a quota of two missionary families. This does not include the volunteers, who will continue to go to Ghana on a temporary basis as have John and Judy Bouma. This means that we could have two ministers of the PRC in America working in Ghana in the future. The next step is for Rev. Moore and Jan to be approved under the quota to be the missionary there. The Moores will then be considered residents of Ghana. Give God thanks for this positive development.