As the copy for this column is being assembled, the 1976 Synod of our churches has completed its work in South Holland, Illinois, our schools have conducted their annual graduation exercises, and most of the seasonal meetings in the churches have recessed for the summer. Some of our churches have already had their church picnics. Many of our western churches schedule their church picnics on the 4th of July. At least this is true in Hull and Doon, Iowa, and Randolph, Wisconsin.
Candidate Ronald Cammenga has accepted the call extended to him from our Hull, Iowa congregation. Candidate Carl Haak has accepted the call extended to him by our Southeast Church in Grand Rapids. Rev. Arie den Hartog has received a call from our church in Doon, Iowa, to serve as missionary in Singapore. The duo revised from a trio also included Rev. Jason Kortering. Rev. den Hartog has also received a call from Hudsonville to serve as ‘minister on loan’ to Christchurch, New Zealand.
Rev. J. Kortering, pastor of our church in Redlands, California has accepted the call extended to him by the congregation of our church in Loveland, Colorado. This means that he has declined the call he received from the congregation of Hope Church in Walker, Michigan.
Again this month there is quite a bit of news concerning calls extended by various of our congregations. Candidate Ronald Hanko has accepted his call from Covenant Church in Wyckoff, New Jersey, to become the second pastor of this young congregation. Their current pastor is leaving soon to labor as missionary in Singapore.
After welcome contributions from the clerks of Classis West and Classis East, it is again up to your news editor to fill this page. There may, however, be another contribution from the clerk of Classis East, as the Classis was scheduled to meet in special session on October 30. This session was called to examine Candidate Ronald Hanko who accepted the call of our Covenant Church in Wykoff, New Jersey to become their second pastor. Their first pastor, Rev. Arie den Hartog, has accepted his call to serve as missionary to Singapore.
Our congregation in Redlands, California, has extended a call to Rev. Wayne Bekkering. Their trio also included Rev. John Heys and Rev. Dale Kuiper. Rev. David Engelsma declined his call from Redlands.
At this writing, there are a number of calls outstanding from a number of our churches. Rev. Dale Kuiper has received the call to serve as pastor of our Hope, Walker, Michigan congregation. Rev. Wayne Bekkering has received the call to our church in Redlands, California. Our church in Lynden, Washington, has extended a call to Rev. James Slopsema of Edgerton, Minnesota, to serve as home missionary in the Northwest Washington area.
At the time this issue was ‘locked up’ for publication, no news had been received concerning e Rev. James Slopsema’s call from our Lynden, Washington church to serve as home missionary in the Northwest Washington area or concerning the call extended to Rev. Dale Kuiper to serve as pastor of our Hope Church in Walker, Michigan.
Candidate Wilbur Bruinsma has accepted the call he received from our Faith Church in Jenison, Michigan, to become their pastor. We can probably assume that Candidate Bruinsma has declined the call he received from Southeast Church. The trio of Southwest Church consisting of Candidate Bruinsma, Rev. Arie den Hartog and Candidate Michael DeVries has now been reduced to a duo.
Classis East of our churches has scheduled a special session on October 25 in order to examine Candidate Wilbur Bruinsma who has accepted a call to our Faith Church in Jenison, Michigan. Candidate Richard Flikkema has accepted his call to our church in Isabel, South Dakota. Classis West has postponed its fall meeting to October 18 in Doon, Iowa. Candidate Flikkema will receive his Classical exam during this meeting. Our Southwest Church in Grand Rapids has called Candidate Michael DeVries. Should Candidate DeVries accept this call, he too will be examined by Classis East on October 25.