News From Our Churches

Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.

Congregational Activities

This summer the consistory of the Hudsonville, MI PRC has encouraged all the members of their congregation to put to memory the Word of God from the book of James, a part or the whole. This program, entitled "In My Heart," had a part for both young and old. Good quality Bibles will be awarded to those who recite their chosen portion by the end of the summer, whether that is a small part of the book or the entire book.

Hudsonville's consistory's goal was twofold: that the people of God memorize the Scriptures, so that the Word is "in their heart," and that the people of God have Bibles in their homes, sufficient that each person has one by his bedside for personal devotions when retiring at night.

Memorize the whole book of James? Impossible you say? Well, maybe not. James has five chapters with a total of 108 verses. Divided by the 10 weeks of summer, that is only about 11 verses per week. And divided by six days per week (figure one day off), that is only two verses a day.

And, really, what better way to spend some spare time this summer, considering that we usually get a break this time of year from school, catechism, and organized Bible study. We are happy to say that almost 90 members of Hudsonville did sign up for the program by the June 1 deadline.

The council of the Byron Center, MI PRC decided to add an elder to their consistory, bringing the total number of elders to six.

The choir of the First PRC in Edmonton, AB, Canada presented their annual spring concert on Sunday evening, May 18.

All of the moms of First in Edmonton were extended an invitation to a Mom's Morning Out. They were invited to come out, with their children six and under, for a morning of fun and fellowship, swimming together at the West Edmonton Mall Water Park.

The council of the Bethel PRC in Itasca, IL decided to change the starting time for their morning service to 9:30 a.m., from 10:00 a.m., starting June 1. Their primary reason for this was that it was better to start their morning worship service a little earlier at the Holiday Inn to avoid breakfast or lunch buffets. And when Sunday School is in session it can be over before running into the Sunday lunch time.

School Activities

There was a meeting on May 16 at the home of David Benson of our Bethel PRC to discuss the possibilities of starting a PR Christian School Association in the Northwest side of Chicago. All interested parties were invited to attend. While their group understood that a school may be a long way off, they also believed that a job never begun is a job never completed.

We pass along our congratulations to Miss Agatha Lubbers, who is retiring this spring after 45 years of teaching and administrating in our Christian schools. An Open House, followed by a short program, was held May 30 at Covenant Christian High School in Walker, MI to mark the event.

Evangelism Activities

It is always interesting to see how our churches' evangelism work can develop into other areas. Along these lines you may remember that about a year ago the Evangelism Committee of our Randolph, WI PRC received a request for blueprints for their church from the Church of the Covenant (OPC) in New Jersey. Members of that church became interested in the plans when they saw a picture of Randolph's church building in some of the literature distributed by their Evangelism Committee. They now write Randolph that "the consensus of the Building Committee was that the plans were appealing both functionally and aesthetically. These plans have been submitted to a builder for an estimate."

The Evangelism Committee of the Bethel PRC in Itasca, IL set aside two Saturdays in May for members of the congregation to distribute tracts and invitations door to door in the Elk Grove and Itasca areas.

Mission Activities

Our minister-on-loan to our sister churches in Singapore, Rev. J. Kortering, along with his wife, Jeanette, recently returned to Singapore after a six-week absence. They left Singapore on April 28 and spent a week in the Philippines with three pastors who have shown an interest in learning more about the Reformed faith. They would like to have someone come to teach them, or go to Singapore themselves to study in their Bible School.

Then it was on to Grand Rapids, MI for three weeks, followed by ten days in Loveland, CO, four days in Hawaii on their return, and then back home in Singapore by June 11.

Minister Activities

Our Hope PRC in Walker, MI has extended a call to Rev. Gritters, who was chosen from a trio which included also Revs. Koole and Houck.

Rev. A. Spriensma declined the call he had struggled with to serve as our churches' missionary to Ghana. And, subsequent to his decline of that call, Rev. Spriensma received the call from Covenant PRC in Wyckoff, NJ.

Rev. Lau Chin Kwee, pastor of one of our sister churches, the First Evangelical Reformed Church of Singapore, has declined the call from the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church of Singapore. Hence, Candidate Cheah Fook Meng now has the call to Covenant Church.