It seems that the choir of Covenant Christian High, under the direction of Mr. R. Petersen is acquiring some renown. On May 26 they traveled to Kalamazoo to perform there in a program sponsored by the Kalamazoo Protestant Reformed Church. And on May 19 they went even further—out of state, no less. The Ladies Society of South Holland’s church sponsored a program in that church’s auditorium. The feature attraction was Covenant’s a cappella choir.
It’s evident from information found in church bulletins received during the past couple of weeks, that many of our churches were actively involved in the commemoration of Reformation Day. We find the following, for example, in the October 29 bulletin of Southwest: “Rev. Veldman has received the consent of the Consistory to administer the Word to the Congregation at Pella today. He will deliver a Reformation Day speech Tuesday evening in the Pella area.”
At the annual Congregational meeting of Grand Rapids’ Hope Church, held on November 27, Rev. C. Hanko was called to be minister, from a trio consisting of Rev. C. Hanko, Rev. J. Heys, and Rev. B. Woudenberg. By the time you read this, Southwest will also have chosen a minister at their December 4 Congregational meeting.
In the November 5 bulletin of Southeast Church appeared the following announcement concerning Rev. Schipper: “In the evening service today your pastor will be calling to mind ten years of the ministry of the Word in your midst. On November 4th he preached his inaugural sermons, and on November 1st he was installed by the Rev. C.
The news from our church in Holland, Michigan, is that the pastor, Rev. Heys, declined the call from Doon, Iowa. And, according to news from another of our churches, Rev. Heys, eleven days later, received the call from Southwest Church. The diaconate of Hope Church in Grand Rapids was happy to announce that the recent Jamaican Clothing Drive was very successful. On November 10, no less than 3000 lbs. of clothing was sent to Jamaica.
For the news column of this issue of the Standard Bearer, the mailman was hardly cooperative. During the past two weeks he brought not one single church bulletin. Bulletins have been slow in coming on occasion in the past, but this is the first time I’ve hadnone. None that are new, that is. Without my little box, I would be in bad trouble. Just imagining the predicament in which I could otherwise find myself, is enough to give me gray hair—which, come to think of it, would be a vast improvement, on a head as smooth as mine.
An exchange of pulpits by Rev. VanBaren and Rev. Decker made it possible for the congregations of Grand Rapids’ First Church and South Holland to fellowship with a “son of the church” on December 27.
According to an October 29 bulletin from Randolph, the Reformed Witness Hour “Will again be broadcast in this area beginning November 5, at 3:45-4:15 P.M., over WBEV, 1430 AM and 95.3 FM.” The November 5 bulletin was accompanied by a newsletter, the contents of which pertained to that radio broadcast. The part of the letter which dealt with the matter of financing was of more local interest, but I’m certain that the remainder could be repeated with profit in this column. Here it is:
One thing that’s even better than an abundance of bulletins from which to gather news, is a long Classis report. Enough space remains, we think, for one short paragraph, so we’ll put a few sentences together and proceed to take the evening off.
Classis Report In the little remaining space . . . two short items, gleaned from bulletins: Two of our congregations, apparently, are planning building projects. Hope Church in Grand Rapids has announced its intention to sell the, present parsonage, with a view to building a new one. And the December 24 bulletin from Randolph indicated that, at a recent congregational meeting, “the proposed plan for the new church building was accepted.”