News From Our Churches

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

Congregational Activities

Since last August, the congregation of the Georgetown PRC, meeting presently at Heritage Christian School in Hudsonville, MI, has been busy with providing a parsonage for their pastor, Rev. Ron VanOverloop, and his family. The progress of that home has been watched very closely these past four months, and recent bulletins from Georgetown have regularly included parsonage updates. Activity appeared to reach a climax in late January with regular calls for congregational help in work bees on Saturdays and cleaning projects going on throughout the week. Finally, on January 23, the VanOverloops and all their worldly goods were able to be moved into their new home. We assume that by now the settling-in process is coming along well. For your information, their new address is 4510 Bridgeville Ct., Hudsonville, MI 49426. Phone (616) 662-0257.

The consistory of Georgetown PRC decided that collections taken in catechism this year would be used for the purchase of two carts for the storage of their Psalters and Bibles while they are meeting at Heritage Christian School.

The Young Adults of the Georgetown and Hudsonville, MI PRCs have been meeting together this past season. At one of these meetings in mid-January the discussion centered in the pamphlet "Sex and Dating in the Christian Life," with discussion being led by Revs. Ron VanOverloop and Barry Gritters, pastors of Georgetown and Hudsonville respectively.

Evangelism Activities

Rev. Jai Mahtani, pastor of our Trinity PRC in Houston, TX, was invited to speak at the Grace Communion Church in Jasper, TX. Original plans called for Pastor Mahtani and Elder Joel Sugg to visit over a two-day period in late January, with Pastor Mahtani speaking on one evening and, on the next, discussing with the leaders of the church the subject of "Grace." However, Elder Sugg was unable to travel to Jasper with Pastor Mahtani, but George Kamps, a member of the Hudsonville, MI PRC, and in Houston for the winter, was able to go in his stead.

The Evangelism Society of the Georgetown PRC held their inaugural meeting on February 5, after their evening service. All interested in joining to work together in the important work of evangelism on behalf of their congregation were urged to attend.

Young People's Activities

The Young People's Society of the Grandville, MI PRC, this year's host of the Young People's Convention, sponsored a convention fundraiser on January 31. On that Tuesday, between the hours of 4:30 and 8:00 p.m., they received 20% of all sales made at a nearby McDonald's restaurant. Besides lots of Big Macs, supporters of Grandville's young people could also get their children free balloons and/or face painting.

The South Holland, IL PRCs young people invited their congregation, as well as the congregations of both Bethel and Peace, to join them after their evening services on January 29 for an hour of Christian fellowship in song. A collection was also taken, not for this year's convention, but rather for the 1996 Young People's Convention which will be sponsored by our South Holland young people, D.V.

Mission Activities

Rev. and Mrs. Arie denHartog, of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA, were able to spend two weeks in January preaching and speaking with our sister churches in Singapore. You may remember that the denHartogs previously labored on behalf of our churches in Singapore for eight years.

The address, including phone number, of our home missionary, Rev. T. Miersma, is 6551 Walker Rd., Alamosa, CO 81101. His phone number is (719) 589-8687.

Rev. B. Gritters and his wife, along with Rev. A. Spriensma and his wife, representing the calling church and the Mission Committee respectively, returned home in late January after a two-week visit to our churches' mission field in Northern Ireland. They report that our missionary, Rev. Ron Hanko, and his family and the Covenant Reformed Fellowship are prospering under God's blessing. Both the visitors and the visited were encouraged in the Lord during the stay. While the visitors were there, Rev. Hanko was scheduled to take part in a public debate on common grace and the Reformed Faith. Along with other labors, the two visiting pastors hoped to conduct family visitation.

Minister Activities

Rev. W. Bruinsma, pastor of the First PRC in Holland, MI, declined the two calls he was considering to serve as pastor. These two calls had come from the Edgerton, MN and the Lynden, WA PRCs.

The Council of the Byron Center, MI PRC formed a duo from which their congregation will call a pastor. On that duo were Rev. R. Dykstra of the Doon, IA PRC and Rev. A. denHartog of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA.

Food for Thought 

"Faith is to believe what we do not see and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe."

—Augustine