News From Our Churches

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

Congregational Highlights

With thankfulness to God, our Grace PRC in Standale, MI reports that they have agreed to purchase the property of the disbanded Grand Valley Covenant Reformed Church at the corner of Lake Michigan Drive and 8th Avenue near Standale, MI.

This is the same location where Grace has been worshiping since their organization back in 1995, so they are very familiar with what they have purchased. The only difference now is that all the bills come to them and not to the former congregation.

As a result of this purchase, Grace also began holding their services at 9:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on January 18.

This purchase included a fully equipped building with a piano, organ, KJV Bibles, pulpit furniture, and all the necessary items for a worship service. It also included many other items such as a fully equipped kitchen, folding tables, and chairs. As if that were not enough, the purchase also included the parsonage—a four-bedroom home (two really huge rooms). They also purchased 2.5 acres to the north of the property for possible future expansion.

I have no way of confirming this, but it is quite possible that our congregation in Loveland, CO holds the distinction of being the only PR church with its web site printed on their sign out in front of their building. Loveland also continues to report that they have a very positive response to their web site.

For those of you who don't have the time to drive to Loveland, I include their web site address here: http://www.iserv.net/~prc.

While we are mentioning web sites, we can also include here that the Covenant PRC in Wyckoff, NJ can now be found at the following address: http://www.covprc.org.

The congregation of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA hosted a farewell gathering for Nathan and Paula Brummel on January 4. Nathan had just completed his six-month internship at Hope at the close of 1997. Plans called for the Brummels to go first to Loveland, CO for two Sundays and then continue on to Grand Rapids, MI where Nathan will complete his last semester of seminary training, D.V.

The months of December and January saw many of the choirs of our various congregations present their annual Christmas concerts. It all started back in early December, with the choir from our Hudsonville, MI PRC, followed soon after by programs presented by the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI; the Loveland, CO PRC; and the Edgerton, MN PRC. It all concluded on January 18 with a combined concert presented by choirs from the Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI and the Grandville, MI PRC.

Evangelism Activities

In late September of last year, Rev. J. Slopsema, pastor of the First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI, began a series of sermons on "The Christian Family." First's Evangelism Committee advertised this series extensively in area papers, and their congregation was urged to invite friends and neighbors.

In evangelism news from the Randolph, WI PRC we include the following excerpt from a letter they received from Pompano Beach, FL. "We are a local church-run mission organization and are preparing curriculum for use overseas. We are very impressed with much of the PR literature and would very much appreciate receiving two copies of "Church Membership in an Evil Age." These are for the purpose of previewing for future ordering of larger quantities. Secondly, we are presently collecting literature for six different libraries for churches and schools overseas (Russia, Zimbabwe, Surinam, Italy, and two in Albania). It is very possible that some of these will get translated into the language of the country at some point."

The Evangelism Committee of the Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI reports that their pastor, Rev. R. Cammenga, spoke for a Reformed Doctrine class at Calvin Christian High School on "The Origin, Beliefs, and Practices of the PRC." The presentation was well received and many good questions were asked.

We also find that this committee has filled over a hundred requests for copies of the pamphlet, "Promises, Promises, Promises—A Reformed Look at Promise Keepers," in response to an ad in World magazine.

The consistory through the Evangelism Committee of the Hudsonville, MI PRC encouraged their congregation to consider inviting a friend or neighbor to their New Year's Eve and New Year's Day worship services. Rev. Gritters preached from Philippians 1:21 and Romans 14:8, on the Christian's View of Death and the Christian's View of Life. God gives Christians the grace to die—without despair or the desire to commit suicide. He also gives grace to live before death—to the Lord.