From the September 24 bulletin of First Church comes the following news concerning our missionary:
As we mentioned last time, some of our churches are engaged in church extension work which should be of general interest. Perhaps as good a way as any of passing along information concerning that of the Loveland congregation would be to quote from several of that church’s July and August bulletins.
Rev. Dale Kuiper preached his farewell sermon in Pella on September 22. On September 25, he was installed into his new office of missionary minister of the Word, in a Divine Worship Service held in Hudsonville Church. The church was nearly filled on that occasion, as a goodly number of our people came to witness what First Church’s bulletin called, “this important event in the history of our churches.” The following week Rev.
We have a requested announcement that is, for this column, rather unusual in that it’s advance news. “The Reformation and the Unchaining of the Scriptures”—if the lecture is as good as the title (and with Prof. Hanko speaking, it no doubt will be), you’ll certainly want to be at First Church of Grand Rapids on October 30 at 8 P.M.
The last meetings of the season for some of the organizations in our churches included some very interesting topics for after-recess programs. Take these, for example: “Children studying homework on Sunday,” at Hope’s (G.R.) Senior Mr. and Mrs. Society; “Creation Days or Periods,” at Hudsonville’s Mr. and Mrs.; and “Why did God permit polygamy in the Old Testament?” at Southwest’s Men’s Society.
As is plain from the report which follows this news column, Classis East met on October 4. From Hope’s bulletin we read that this session of Classis was of “Particular significance to us as congregation, as our pastor-elect will be examined.” The announcement concluded with the fitting prayer “that our faithful God may sustain him and continue to bless him as he nears his long sought-after goal of undershepherd of the King of the Church.” At a worship service, led by Rev. H. Veldman, in Hope on October 5, pastor-elect Ronald J. VanOverloop was ordained into the ministry.
Incoming news from the churches has been dwindling a little lately; so let’s try some from the schools. You probably know that Hope Protestant Reformed School, of Grand Rapids, looks considerably different than it did a year ago at this time. A building program has resulted in another classroom, a gym, kitchen, and a very attractive office area. In fact, the whole new addition is extremely attractive. Mr.
At the installation of now Rev. W. Bekkering, Rev. R. Decker read the Form and Prof. H.C. Hoeksema led the service. After the service a lunch was served in the church basement. In Randolph’s bulletin of the following Sabbath, Rev.
It seems that the big item in the news in many of our churches a couple of weeks ago was that of public lectures. In the Loveland Community Building, on October 29, Rev. Engelsma spoke on “a theme related to the great Reformation of the Church, which is commemorated on Reformation Day. “And, in connection with that lecture, we read further that, “as advertisement of the Reformation Day speech, we will soon send out about 2000 copies of a pamphlet by the pastor entitled, ‘What is a Protestant?’ This is the Reformation Day speech which the pastor gave last year.