News From Our Churches

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


Congregation Activities 

On Monday evening, December 12, Rev. John Marcus was ordained and installed as the fourth pastor of First PRC in Edmonton, AB, Canada. Rev. Richard Smit, of neighboring Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, led the service. We rejoice and give thanks, along with Rev. Marcus, his wife, and family, as well as the congregation at First, for this final step in God's calling of Rev. Marcus into the ministry of the Word and sacraments. Rev. Marcus and his family had arrived in Edmonton on December 7, and as pastor elect he provided pulpit supply for First on December 11, the day before his ordination and installation. Then on Sunday, December 18, he addressed his congregation for the first time as their pastor, choosing to preach his inaugural sermon from the Word of God found in 
Ephesians 6:15-20, under the theme, "And for Me." 

Sunday evening, December 4, the Choral Society of the Hudsonville, MI PRC presented a night of praise and thanksgiving in song to their congregation and members from our churches around the area. A collection was taken for the Northern Ireland Building Fund.

The following Sunday evening, December 11, the Choral Society of the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI presented their annual Christmas concert. Faith's congregation and others from our area churches were invited to join together for an hour of praise to God. 

The combined choirs of the Doon and Hull, Iowa PRC's presented a program in the auditorium of the Hull PRC Sunday evening, December 11. This program presented a variety of numbers that told of God's praise from His people and His creation around them, as well as songs fitting for the season of Thanksgiving and Christmas. An offering was taken, with proceeds going towards the 2006 Y.P. Convention. A repeat of this program was to be held the evening of January 1 in Doon, D.V. 

The congregation of the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI was invited to remain after their evening worship service on Sunday, December 11 for a program presented by their church choir. In addition to their choir and congregation joining together to sing praises celebrating our Savior's birth, the young people provided a special number, and Melonie Haak added a flute solo. 

The deacons of at least two of our congregations, Georgetown and Hudsonville, once again this past Christmas season led efforts to help provide for the needy in their respective congregations by coordinating Holiday Food and Gift Certificate drives. Congregation members were encouraged to drop off food donations at their church or simply place gift certificates in the collection plate. 

The council of First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI recently approved initiating an e-mail mailing list, with the purpose of increasing communication and thereby strengthening the fellowship of saints at First Church as they share each other's burdens and joys. Members of the congregation who wanted to be notified of deaths, births, or hospitalizations within their own congregation were asked to write their name and e-mail address, or phone number if they did not have e-mail, on a sign-up sheet, and their pastor, Rev. James Slopsema, would use these to send out announcements when something happens during the week. 

School Activities 

The Student Council of Covenant Christian High School in Walker, MI sponsored their annual gift certificate drive to help those in need in our churches in the area this past Christmas season. You might also be interested to know that these gift certificates are distributed in such a way that the students have no idea which area church receives them, since a teacher actually delivers the certificates to the area churches, and the deacons of that church distribute them to needy families. 

The Foundation of Eastside Christian School in Grand Rapids, MI presented their second annual Christmas celebration concert on Saturday evening, December 10, at First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI. This year's concert was entitled "The Child of Wonder," and featured Mr. Eric Phelps playing the cello and his wife, Crista, playing piano. What a beautiful hour spent enjoying the songs of the Christmas season, and what a wonderful way to prepare for the coming Lord's Day! In addition to the Phelps, Miss Shari Faber provided about a 20-minute prelude to the concert by playing her harp for the enjoyment of the audience, and Rev. Mitchell Dick, pastor of the Grace PRC in Standale, MI, added his tenor voice for a couple of solos that evening as well. 

Instead of a gift exchange this year at Hope Christian School in Redlands, CA, the students collected monies to give to the six students enrolled in our PR Seminary.

Minister Activities 

We take this opportunity to remind our churches that the end of December brought the internships of Seminarians Andrew Lanning and Clay Spronk to a close. We are sure that we echo the members of First in Grand Rapids and the Byron Center congregation when we thank God very much for the blessings He gave through them during their past six-month internship. We pray God's continued blessing during their final semester in our seminary. 

We also rejoice with Seminarian Nathan Langerak, who has been licensed by the seminary faculty to speak in our churches. We also pray that this experience will be used to confirm his call to the ministry. 

Since our last News, both the Edgerton, MN PRC and the Kalamazoo, MI PRC have extended calls. On Sunday, December 18, Edgerton called Rev. M. Dick, and Kalamazoo called Rev. A. Brummel.