Professor Herman Hanko, now teaching in our Seminary, has declined his call to become pastor of First Church in Grand Rapids. Our church in Randolph, Wisconsin, has extended a call to Candidate Kenneth Koole. Rev. Ronald VanOverloop, pastor of Hope Church in Walker, Michigan, has accepted the request of our Synodical Committee for Contact with Other Churches to labor in Christchurch, New Zealand for a period of nine or ten months. Permission for this rather special ‘loan’ of their pastor has been granted by the Hope Church Council. Rev.
Our church in Kalamazoo, Michigan, extended a call to Rev. Woudenberg of Lynden, Washington, to be their pastor. Kalamazoo’s trio consisted of Rev. Woudenberg, Rev. Slopsema (Edgerton, Minnesota), and Rev. Van Overloop (Hope, Grand Rapids). Rev. Kortering was granted an extension of time in which to consider his call from Redlands, California, due to vacation time and the meeting of Classis West the first week in September.
Recently Rev. Marvin Kamps was installed as the new pastor of our church in Doon, Iowa. Rev. Kamps’ former charge was in Redlands, California. The Redlands congregation extended a call to Rev. Jason Kortering who has been serving the congregation at Hull, Iowa, just a few miles from Doon. Rev. Kortering has accepted the call to Redlands. Hull has made the following trio: Revs. Dale Kuiper, Mark Hoeksema, and Ronald VanOverloop.
Rev. Kortering was scheduled to preach his ‘farewell sermon’ on October 10 in Hull, Iowa, before departing with his family to his new charge in Redlands, California. The Hull congregation extended a call to Rev. R. Van Overloop of our Hope (Walker, Michigan) church.
The consistory of our church in Lynden, Washington made a trio consisting of Revs. Wayne Bekkering, Dale Kuiper, and Gise VanBaren. The Lynden congregation elected to extend a call to Rev. Kuiper. Lynden’s present pastor was expected to arrive in Kalamazoo, Michigan to take up his labors in his new charge early in November. The tentative date for Rev. Woudenberg’s installation in Kalamazoo is November 11. Rev. Ronald VanOverloop has declined the call he received from Hull, Iowa.
There are several items to report in the area of mission and church extension work which would indicate that there is no lack of activity in these areas within our churches. From 346 Water St., Skowhegan, Maine 04976, Rev. D. H. Kuiper reports on some of the facets of his work as missionary as follows: August 27, instead of a regular meeting of the Adult Bible Study Class, the group, in Skowhegan met together for a farewell to Mr. and Mrs. John Hilton and daughter. Mr. Hilton will take up his studies in the Seminary of our churches this fall....
Our church in Hull, Iowa has extended a call to Rev. Mark Hoeksema from a trio which included Rev. Dale Kuiper and Rev. Gise VanBaren.
After accepting the job as News Editor for theStandard Beaver there has been a very noticeable increase in the mail delivered on Linwood St. In fact, we are considering a bid solicitation for an addition to our mailbox so that all the interesting material being sent can be accommodated.
This is the time of year when churches schedule their annual congregational meetings to elect office bearers, approve a budget for the coming year, and address various other issues put before the meeting by the consistory. First Church in Grand Rapids met in their annual meeting on November 28. In addition to the normal business before the meeting, a pastor elect was chosen. From a trio of Rev. David Engelsma, Rev. Meindert Joostens, and Rev. James Slopsema, Rev. Engelsma was extended a call to “come over and help us.”
The October calendar has been filled with all kinds of special meetings—especially in the greater Grand Rapids area. In addition to the normal consistory meetings, catechism classes, societies, Sunday school, school board meetings and the like, some of the October ‘extras’ include three PTA meetings, Men’s League with Rev. Veldman speaking on “The Power of Unceasing Prayer,” Mr. & Mrs. League with Rev. Veldman again on “Patriotism—What should we teach our children?—What should be our attitude toward our Country?”, Ladies League with Rev.