News From Our Churches

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

Mission Activities 


Our denomination's missionary to the PR Fellowship in Pittsburgh, PA, Rev. W. Bruinsma, along with his wife, Mary, traveled to Grand Rapids, MI in late February. While there Rev. Bruinsma met with the Council of the Southwest PRC, the calling church for the work in Pittsburgh, to give them a personal update on his work in Pennsylvania. Rev. and Mary also attended the annual Southwest Potluck on February 23 and provided the after-dinner entertainment when they gave a PowerPoint presentation of the work on the newly acquired church building in Pittsburgh. The Bruinsmas were also able to enjoy what has become the annual Ministers' Retreat at Maranatha Christian Resort in Muskegon, MI. 

Rev. A. Spriensma, our churches' missionary to the Philippines, preached his farewell to the newly organized Berean PRC of the Philippines on Sunday, February 25. Plans were for Rev. Spriensma to fly to the United States on March 1, and for his wife, Alva, and daughter, Jessica, to come the following week on March 7 so that Jessica could finish the school quarter. The Lord willing, Rev. Spriensma will be installed as pastor of the Kalamazoo, MI PRC on March 11. Please continue to pray for the Spriensmas and the members of the Berean PRC as they all continue to make this transition—the Spriensmas to the work in Kalamazoo, and those in the Philippines to church life without a missionary pastor. 

On behalf of our denomination's Domestic Mission Committee, Mr. David Moelker, his wife, Bonnie, and daughter, Kris, visited with the members of the PR Fellowship at Fayetteville, NC on February 23-25. Mr. Moelker led a Bible Study on Friday evening and directed the worship services on Sunday, the 25th, before returning home the following day. 

Rev. A. Stewart, pastor of the Covenant PRC in Ballymena, NI, accompanied by his wife, Mary, traveled to South Wales on Friday, March 2, to give a lecture on "Homosexuality: What Does the Bible Teach?" 

We continue to be amazed at the number of translations that continue to be added to the website of the Covenant PRC. They now have over 300 ecumenical and Reformed creeds and various translations in 26 different languages, including new links to 6 Hindi (Indian), 5 Armenian, and 2 Vietnamese creeds. 3 pamphlets in Italian (The Christ of Arminianism; The Biblical Mode of Baptism, and The Biblical Ground for the Baptism of Infants), 1 Spanish, and 5 Portuguese were also recently added, as well as the pamphletJustification: the Heart of the Gospel(http://cprf.co.uk/languages.htm).

While on the Internet checking out the website of the CPRC of NI, you might also want to go to the British Reformed Fellowship's website atwww.britishreformedfellowship.org.uk. Audios of past BRF conference speeches on "The Antithesis," "The Church," "Assurance," and "The Kingdom of God" have been added. 


Evangelism Activities 


The Evangelism Committee of the Byron Center, MI PRC sponsored a conference on March 1 at their church. Prof. B. Gritters spoke on the subject "Couples That Pray Together." 

The Evangelism Committee of the South Holland, IL PRC continues to work diligently in the spread of the gospel. Presently this committee is involved in a number of activities. About six times a year they advertise a pamphlet or a book for free inWorld magazine. Some of the literature offered in the past has beenUntil Death Us Do Part by Prof. D. Engelsma, and Wonder of Grace by Herman Hoeksema. South Holland is especially thankful for the recent good response to the new pamphlet, Until Death Us Do Part. They have received reviews of this pamphlet from many periodicals from across the world. 


School Activities 


Parents, grandparents, and supporters of the Free Christian School in Edgerton, MN were invited to join the students as they gave a program at the Edgebrook Assisted Living Center on March 2. 

In an effort to raise money for new playground equipment at Covenant Christian School in Lynden, WA, the Ladies Aid of Covenant hosted a dinner on March 2. The menu included Scrabble Soup, Payday and Twister Salad, Dutch Blitz (the main course), and Checkers and Dominoes for dessert. 


Young People's Activities 


Saturday, February 24, the young people of the Hudsonville, MI PRC made arrangements to take the younger children of the congregation sliding at the Hudsonville water tower, and then to the home of the young people's Bible leader for hot chocolate and hot dogs. 

The Fellowship Committee of the Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI invited their Young People's Society to a sledding activity at Pando Ski Resort on Saturday, February 24. 

The Young People's Society of the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada, invited the adults of their congregation to a Black Tie Dinner on February 23.


Congregation Activities 


In an effort to promote the communion of saints, and the bearing of each other's burdens, Rev. D. Kuiper, pastor of the Randolph, WI PRC, has begun an effort to obtain current e-mail addresses of members of his congregation to inform them of the joys and sorrows of their fellow members. 

Members of a Congregational Bible Study at the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI met together recently to look at 
Judges 11 & Judges 12, and they asked an interesting question about Jephthah. Is it proper to take a vow of celibacy for Christian service? No word on what they decided.

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