Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
Rev. D. Kleyn announced on Sunday, April 26, his acceptance of the call to serve as second missionary in the Philippines. We give thanks for the provision of two missionaries for this field. Rev. Kleyn will remain in the area for at least six months to take some mission courses, study the language, and prepare for the work. Let us pray for the Kleyns, the Smits, and the church in the Philippines, that the major plans being made for all of this will be fruitful for the gathering and establishing of His church.
Rev. Kleyn’s acceptance of the call to the Philippines also means that the congregation at First PRC in Holland, MI will be unable to host this year’s anticipated internship of seminarian Mr. Martyn McGeown. Consequently, our seminary has asked that the Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI be involved in that internship. Southwest has enthusiastically accepted that request. In case you forgot, Mr. McGeown is a member of our sister church in Northern Ireland. Martyn has completed his third year of study at our seminary. The internship is part of the fourth and final year of seminary training.
The faculty of our seminary also rejoices to announce to our churches that they have licensed three students to speak a word of edification in our churches. These students are Mr. Nathan Decker from Faith PRC in Jenison, MI; Mr. Brian Huizinga from the Grandville, MI PRC; and Mr. Jonathan Mahtani from Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI.
Rev. M. VanderWal, pastor of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA, declined the call he was considering to serve as pastor of the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada.
The newly organized Covenant of Grace PRC in Spokane, WA extended a call to Rev. R. Kleyn, pastor at Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI, to serve as their first pastor.
On May 3 the Calvary PRC in Hull, IA extended a call to Rev. Doug Kuiper to serve as their first pastor.
The Ladies’ Bible Study Society of the Loveland, CO PRC sponsored a Spring Lecture and Luncheon the morning of April 22. Rev. R. Miersma spoke on the life of Martin Luther’s wife, Katie, “The Queen of the Reformation.”
The ladies of the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI enjoyed a Lady’s Luncheon at “Love in the Name of Christ” on April 28. The ladies enjoyed a tour of Love’s facilities, had an opportunity to review their ministry outreach, and enjoy lunch.
We rejoice with Rev. and Mrs. N. Langerak, of the South Holland, IL PRC, in the birth of a son, Noah Brian, born on April 28.
The ladies of the churches in Iowa were invited to a Combined Ladies Meeting hosted by the Edgerton, MN PRC on April 2 at the Edgebrook Care Center. Rev. A. Brummel, missionary to the Heritage PR Fellowship at Sioux Falls, SD, spoke on “Singing—a Balm for the Soul.”
Everyone from our churches in the Chicago, IL area were invited to attend the annual Combined Bible Study held on April 28 at the Cornerstone PRC in Dyer, IN.
The Sunday School teachers of the Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI hosted this year’s annual Sunday School Mass Meeting on April 23. Prof. H. Hanko was originally scheduled to speak on a topic relating to the kings of Israel and Judah, the subject of the Sunday School lessons this coming year. However, those plans changed with the Hankos flying to Singapore that same day. A last-minute replacement was found when Seminarian Dan Holstege agreed to speak to the teachers and, from our source, did a wonderful job speaking on the same topic.
At the request of our denomination’s Contact Committee, Prof. H. Hanko and his wife left for Singapore April 23 to labor in the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church there. They planned to be gone for six weeks.
The Psalm Choir, made up of members from area churches in west Michigan, presented two concerts this spring. The first at First PRC in Grand Rapids on April 19, and the second on April 26 at Grandville PRC.
Rev. A. Lanning, pastor of the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI, along with Mr. Gary Kaptein, left on April 30 to supply the pulpit of the Berean PRC in Manila, the Philippines, for the first three Sundays in May, at the request of the Doon, IA PRC, the calling church for the Philippines.
The Council of Hope PRC in Walker, MI presented a public program concerning the recent visit and work done in Myanmar at Covenant Christian High School gymnasium on Sunday evening, May 3.
The Student Council of Covenant Christian High School in Walker, MI once again sponsored their annual Blood Drive on April 21.
The April 29th School Note from Heritage Christian School in Hudsonville, MI, included a big thank you to the students of Heritage who took part so energetically the week before in Heritage’s annual Walk-a-Thon. The students were bused to the 1/4 mile track of nearby Unity Christian High School, where they raised money for Heritage through pledges they received for each lap completed. The kids walked or ran a total of 5,144 laps, equaling 1,286 miles.
Young People’s Activities
The Young People’s Society of the Hudsonville, MI PRC sponsored their first annual Job Fair and Trade Show in the gym of Covenant Christian High School on Saturday, April 25. The event showcased over 40 businesses that are owned or run by various members of area PR congregations, and was intended to provide the ultimate in PR networking.
The Young People’s Society of Hope PRC in Redlands, CA hosted a breakfast on April 11 for their congregation. The menu included one item we have not seen offered before, and one that sounds kind of good: French Toast. Obviously, Hope thought so too, contributing close to $900 to help their young people attend this year’s convention.
The Young People’s Society of Grace PRC in Standale, MI put together a progressive dinner for the adults of their church, on Saturday, May 2. Appetizers were served at 5:45 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:45, with dessert and devotions back at church at 8:15.
[As the SB goes to print today, we just received news that Prof. R. Cammenga’s back surgery appears to have been successful. Surgery was a laminectomy to correct deterioration in the lower back caused by arthritis. Plans are for a 3-4 day hospital stay. Prof. Cammenga hopes to be back to limited work already within a few weeks. We pray his hopes are fulfilled, according to God’s good will. (Ed.)]