News From Our Churches

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

Evangelism Activities

The Evangelism Committee of the Trinity PRC in Houston, TX did some fine-tuning with their two radio broadcasts heard each Sunday over KTEK 1110 AM. Every Sunday at 10 a.m. and again at 1 p.m., Rev. Mahtani, Trinity's pastor, will introduce the message to be given on the Reformed Witness Hour that same day at 4 p.m. Although these two one-minute messages entitled, "Reaching the Nations with the Gospel of Grace" will continue to bring the simple message of the gospel to the listeners in Houston, they will now also serve to promote the R.W.H.

Also related to this fine-tuning, Trinity mailed out in early December, 1,500 brochures advertising these Sunday broadcasts, along with scheduled up-coming Christmas and New Year's church services, Christian S.I.N.D.H.I. special Christmas and New Year's meetings, and a new doctrine class on the Belgic Confession which was to begin meeting the first week in January. This particular class was designed to attract those in the area who were interested in learning more about the doctrine of grace as it is found in the Belgic Confession.

The Evangelism Committee of the Hudsonville, MI PRC, with the support of Hudsonville's Council, sponsored two special church services at the end of last year. Rev. B. Gritters, pastor at Hudsonville, preached two sermons based on II Peter 3:10-14. On Old Year's evening he carefully explained what the sudden return of Jesus will mean for this world, namely that the earth and its works will be burned up. And then on New Year's morning Rev. Gritters answered the related question, "Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought we to be?" Before the world ends, how shall we live? These two services were advertised with special ads in the Grand Rapids Press. The Hudson-ville congregation was also encouraged to consider inviting friends, family, and neighbors to church for those special services.

Mission Activities

Rev. W. Bruinsma, pastor of the First PRC in Holland, MI, and elder Don VerMeer of the Hull, IA PRC left on January 2 for a month-long visit to Ghana, West Africa. This trip was planned by our churches' Foreign Mission Committee and was intended to make a final determination of the advisability of asking our Synod to establish Ghana as a mission field. And if it should prove to be advisable, to attempt to determine details of beginning the work there. The FMC was especially eager to send Rev. Bruinsma there because of his experience in Jamaica, where he and his family spent some years as missionary for our churches.

Rev. Bruinsma was to look at the situation in Ghana from a practical point of view. If we were to send a man and his family there sometime in the future, where would they live, and what about school, money, transportation, etc.? In short, Rev. Bruinsma was to look at the situation and try to answer the many problems and questions facing a missionary, with the experience gained from Jamaica. These two men were to spend the month in four different areas, including the capital, Accra, renewing old and making new contacts. They were scheduled to return home on February 1.

Young People's Activities

The Young People of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA sponsored a Christmas Singspiration after their evening service on December 24. This program included several numbers from Hope's choir, as well as special numbers from the young people.

Post high school young people were invited to a special meeting on December 31 at the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI. Plans called for a Bible discussion followed by refreshments, as the young people ushered in the new year.

The Y.P.'s Society of the Pella, IA PRC recently donated $500 towards the cost of padding the pews in their church auditorium.

The Young People of the Edgerton, MN PRC invited not only their own congregation, but the congregations of the Doon and Hull, IA PRCs as well, to a Christmas Singspiration on December 17.

Congregational Activities

On Sunday evening, December 31, the congregation of the Bethel PRC, presently meeting at the Holiday Inn in Itasca, IL, held their service at and with the Peace PRC in Lynwood, IL.

A congregational meeting was called, back in December, at the Byron Center, MI PRC. They not only approved their annual budget that night, but they also approved a proposal to present to Rev. Doug Kuiper, their new pastor, a gift of $3,500 for furniture and furnishings for the parsonage.

We also send our congratulations to one of our sister churches, the First Evangelical Reformed Church of Singapore, who celebrated their 14th anniversary as a church on January 27.

Minister Activities

The Grace PRC in Standale, MI has extended a call to Rev. Dale Kuiper, presently pastor at the Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI. With Rev. Kuiper on that trio were Revs. Dick and Terpstra.

Rev. C. Terpstra, pastor of the South Holland, IL PRC declined the call he had been extended from the Doon, IA PRC.