Our missionary pastor, Rev. Robert Harbach, now has a more ‘permanent’ address. The Harbachs have rented an apartment at 55 Bay Street, Victoria, British Columbia V9A 6X9 Canada. Rev. Harbach is holding regular church services, a mid-week Bible study class in Reformed Doctrine and two catechism classes on Friday evenings, with a third class planned to begin soon. The missionary also visits with those who have expressed an interest in our churches.
First Church in Grand Rapids is conducting Sunday worship services in Bradenton, Florida, as a church extension work. Professor Robert Decker was the first of our ministers to go there and preach. Prof. Decker preached there on three Sundays beginning on December 31, and on New Year’s Day. Prof. Decker reported in the First Church bulletin that the preaching of God’s Word was gladly received. Approximately twenty “Visitor’s cards” were filled in. On his last Sunday there, 47 attended the service. About half of those present were not Protestant Reformed.
Our Southeast Church in Grand Rapids has called Professor Herman Hanko to be their pastor.
Another postcard with a rather spectacular view (this one of Mt. Cook) has arrived from New Zeeland. The sender, of course, is Rev. John Heys. The postcard was not sent just to share a view of the New Zealand mountains, of course, but to inform Standard Bearer readers of his new address. The new address is: Rev. & Mrs. John A. Heys, 515 Barrington, Christchurch 2, New Zealand. It seems that the owner of the “flat” in which the Rev. and Mrs. Heys were living returned from his trip around the world and wanted his home back. Hence the need for new...
Professor Herman Hanko has declined the call extended to him by the congregation of our Southeast Church in Grand Rapids to “come over” and be their pastor. Rev. Marvin Kamps, pastor of our church in Doon, Iowa, and Mr. Dewey Engelsma plan to leave on March 19 for Singapore. The brethren are taking this long journey to the other side of the globe at the invitation of a group of young Christians in that far away land who desire to learn more of the Reformed faith.
Our Southeast Church in Grand Rapids has extended a call to Rev. David Engelsma, pastor of our church in South Holland, Illinois. The call was extended after a congregational meeting on March 19. The trio also included Rev. Arie den Hartog and Rev. Bernard Woudenberg. Professor Herman Hanko declined the call extended to him previously by the Southeast congregation.
Rev. Ronald Van Overloop is considering a call extended to him by the congregation of our church in South Holland, Illinois, to be a missionary in Birmingham, Alabama. Rev. Van Overloop is the pastor of our Hope Church in Walker, Michigan. He spent several months last year as “minister on loan” to the Orthodox Presbyterian Church of Christchurch, New Zealand.
Beginning on Sunday, December 30, and continuing for fourteen weeks, the Consistory of our First Church in Grand Rapids, working through its Church Extension Committee, has attempted to extend our witness to the Bradenton, Florida area. A report of these labors was given to the congregation of First Church on May 13. What follows was excerpted from that report.
Rev. David Engelsma declined the calls extended to him by Southeast Church in Grand Rapids and the congregation of our church in Hull, Iowa. From a trio of Rev. Arie den Hartog, Rev. Marvin Kamps, and Rev. Bernard Woudenberg, Southeast has extended a call to Rev. den Hartog.
Rev. James Slopsema declined the call extended to him by our church in Randolph, Wisconsin. Soon after they received this news, Randolph formed a new trio consisting of Rev. John Heys, Rev. Rodney Miersma, and Candidate Kenneth Koole. After a recent congregational meeting, Candidate Koole received the call from Randolph.