News From Our Churches

Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.

 

School Activities 



On Thursday evening, March 27, members of the Society for PR Secondary Education met together at Covenant Christian High School in Grand Rapids, MI for their annual Society meeting. In addition to the usual electing of new board members and the approval of the yearly budget, the men also gave approval to a library/computer lab expansion project. Studies by Covenant's Long-Range Planning Committee showed that Covenant's current library/computer lab was a top priority to be updated and expanded, both books and student body having outgrown the present space some time ago. The cost of this project will be approximately $590,000, with funds coming from Covenant's Library Expansion Fund and an anonymous donor family. Construction will begin as soon as planning is completed, with the intent of having the project finished before the start of the 2008-2009 school year. 

On Thursday, April 3, there was an organ/pan flute concert with Andre Knevel and Liselotte Rokyta-Fennema performing at Park Church in Grand Rapids, MI. Our Grand Rapids area PR grade schools sold tickets and found patrons to sponsor that concert, and a portion of those proceeds were given back to the schools as a fund-raiser. 

Supporters and families of students attending Covenant Christian School in Lynden, WA were invited to attend Covenant's Spring Program on March 28. The invitation promised that those who gathered together with the students would be inspired and blessed as the students, through song, recitation, and picture presentations, brought a powerful message of the Christian who, like a tree, must be rooted in Christ, grow up into Him, and bring forth fruit (
Ps. 1:3). 


Evangelism Activities 



In our April 1 column we mentioned that maybe someday soon there will be live-streaming of church services over the Internet and into our homes by way of our home computers. As a follow-up to that, we are happy to report to our readers that there is already live-streaming of the worship services of the Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI (www.trinityprc.org). Rev. R. Kleyn, pastor at Trinity, writes,

Our worship services are 9:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. EST. We also broadcast all special services. Right now it is just live audio. We have looked into video streaming, but the technology is still a little behind, and the expense a little high. We have been doing this for about a year and a half now, and Rev. W. Bruinsma (our denomination's missionary in Pittsburgh, PA) has been able to recommend it to some isolated individuals, and we have at least four who we know listen regularly from outside our churches. We have about 15-20 who listen each service. It is also a handy tool for those who have to stay home with sick loved ones or young children, or for shut-ins."

The Evangelism Committee of the Randolph, WI PRC sponsored a lecture on April 11 at their church. The lecture, entitled "Reaching the Nations with the Gospel of Grace," was given by Rev. J. Mahtani, pastor of Bethel PRC in Roselle, IL. 


Congregation Activities 



The entire congregation of the Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI was invited to what was billed as Spring-break Roll and Bowl, or a night of unlimited bowling and roller skating, pizza and pop, a game of laser tag, and fun and fellowship, on April 9 at Rollaway Fun Center in Lowell. 

Members of First PRC of Holland, MI were invited to gather together on April 15 for pictures of a recent trip to Germany and Russia by the delegation of the Contact Committee, Prof. R. Dykstra and Mr. P. VanDerSchaaf. 

The newly formed Men's Society of Faith PRC in Jenison, MI had their first meeting of the year on April 18 at 6:30 a.m. at Faith Church. Plans called for the men to study the book of I Peter. 

The Men's Society of the Hull, Iowa PRC hosted the annual combined Men's Society meeting on March 24. Their Bible study was centered on 
I Corinthians 11, with an after-recess discussion entitled "Questions About the Formula of Subscription." 


Sister-Church Activities 



On Friday evening, March 28, Rev. A. Stewart, pastor of Covenant PRC in Ballymena, NI, presented a lecture at the Rest Convalescent Home in Porthcawl, South Wales on the subject of "God's Magnifying His Word," based on 
Psalm 138:2


Young Adult Activities 


The Young Adults and Young People's Societies of First PRC in Edmonton, AB, Canada had a combined meeting on April 6. Their topic of discussion was "What Life Consists of," based on 
Luke 12:16-21

The Young Adult Society of First PRC of Holland, MI invited all the seniors in their congregation to a game night on April 18. Besides the fun and camaraderie anticipated, the seniors also enjoyed a menu of various appetizers and desserts. 


Denomination Activities 



Members of the churches in west Michigan were able to enjoy two concerts this spring given by the Psalm Choir. The first concert was on March 30 at Faith PRC in Grand Rapids, MI and the second on April 13 at the Grandville, MI PRC. 

Our Protestant Reformed Seminary, located in Grandville, MI, sponsored a series of three public lectures on Southern Presbyterianism in April. The schedule was: Tuesday, April 15 at 1:30 p.m., "Development of the Reformed Faith in the South"; Wednesday, April 16 at 1:30 p.m., "Distinctives of Southern Presbyterian Theology and Ecclesiology"; and Thursday, April 17 at 7:30 P.M., "Notable Southern Presbyterian Theologians and Preachers." The speaker for all three lectures was the Rev. Eugene Case, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Woodville, MS (PCA). All the meetings were held at the Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI.


Minister Activities


On April 16, the Doon, Iowa PRC extended a call to Rev. W. Langerak to serve as foreign missionary to the Berean PRC in Manila in the Philippines.