The pastor of the Loveland congregation, Rev. Engelsma, has received the call from Doon, Iowa.
We understand that Seminarians VanOverloop and Kamps share the task of giving catechism instruction at Hudsonville Church. That arrangement, though, is likely only temporary, since Hudsonville is looking forward to the arrival, in the near future, of Rev. C. Hanko. October 17 is the scheduled date for Rev. Hanko’s Farewell Sermon in Redlands, and October 31 for his installation in Hudsonville.
We have several short items of interest with which we would like to begin this time. Our church in Redlands has extended a call to Rev. D. Engelsma, from a trio which included also Rev. R. Harbach and Rev. G. VanBaren. The congregation at Redlands planned to hold a Farewell for Rev. and Mrs. Hanko and Alice on Friday, October 22. On September 27 there was a congregational meeting in our South Holland church, for the purpose of considering “the council’s proposal for the plan and contractor’s bid for the new parsonage.”
Several items concerning various of our ministers have come to our attention through bulletins, which, incidentally, arrive regularly. We notice, for example, that Rev. G. Van Baren has declined the calls he had received recently from our Randolph and Hope (Grand Rapids) congregations. We learn, further, that Hudsonville held a welcome program for Rev. Hanko and his family on Friday, October 29. Rev. Veldman, pastor of our Southwest congregation, was scheduled for surgery (described by the pastor as “not serious”) on November 5.
Last time we reported that Rev. H. Veldman planned to undergo surgery on November 4. We’re happy to note, from the bulletin of his congregation, that “the operation was successful and his condition is as well as can be expected.” It was anticipated that he would be absent from the pulpit for about a month. Following Rev. D. Engelsma’s decline of the call to Redlands, the consistory there made a new trio consisting of Rev. R. Harbach, Rev J. Heys, and Rev. G. VanBaren.
Trios and calls certainly figure in the news for this issue of The Standard Bearer. From a trio consisting of Rev. R. Decker, Rev. M. Schipper, and Rev. G. Lanting, Hope Church (Grand Rapids) has extended the call to Rev. Decker. Rev. G. VanBaren received the call from our Redlands Church. He was chosen from a trio which included also Rev. R. Harbach and Rev. J. Heys. Randolph’s trio consisted of the following: Rev. Decker, Rev. Schipper, and Rev. Woudenberg.
As a follow-up to our rather extensive list of trios and calls in the last issue, we can report the following: Rev. Van Baren has declined the call extended to him by the Redlands’ congregation, and the call from Grand Rapids’ Hope Church has gone to Rev. Decker, who, as you probably recall, is also considering the call from Randolph, Wisconsin.
The following notice has appeared in several of our church bulletins in the Grand Rapids area: “The Reformed Witness Hour is now open for membership from any of our area Prot. Ref. Churches.” The Reformed Witness Hour, as you may recall, had its origin in First Church of Grand Rapids, and is presently under the sponsorship of that church’s consistory. As one would expect, the composition of the Radio Committee has long been men and women who were members of First Church. As is evident from the advertisement just quoted, a decision has been made to change that.
Two of our churches called ministers during the last week of January. Southwest had a trio consisting of Rev. R. Moore, Rev. G. VanBaren, and Rev. H. Veldman, while that of Grand Rapids Hope Church consisted of Rev. J. Heys, Rev. M. Schipper, and Rev. H. Veldman. The calls went to Rev. VanBaren and Rev. Schipper, respectively.
All the “Call” news for this issue concerns Rev. R. Decker, pastor of our church in South Holland, Illinois. Rev. Decker has declined the calls extended to him from the Randolph and Hope (Grand Rapids) congregations. And, at present, he is considering the call from Redlands. Redlands’ trio, incidentally, included Rev. R. Decker, Rev; R. Harbach, and Rev. J. Heys.