Quite a few items of interest have accumulated concerning the places in which our various congregations hold their worship services. Previously reported was the news that our Hudsonville congregation was now worshiping in their new church building. Even the church building committees which have a new building under their care have their problems. There was no water in the new Hudsonville church one Sunday. It seems a pipe was frozen. Redlands is holding services in a temporary place of worship beginning this January.
The retired clerk of Southwest Church asked that mention be made of the new consistorial clerk andbulletin clerk of Southwest Church. The new clerk is Mr. Gerald Feenstra, 7643 Cardinal Dr., Jenison, Michigan 49428. Phone—616-669-1484. Office Bearers Conferences are not held exclusively in the Michigan area. Rev. R. Moore was to speak on the subject, “Christian Giving and the Budget” during an Office Bearers Conference on January 27 in the Doon, Iowa, Church.
Our church in Redlands, California has extended a call to Rev. Kenneth Koole of Randolph, Wisconsin. The Redlands trio also included Rev. Marvin Kamps and Rev. Richard Moore. A review of calls declined recently is as follows: Rev. Kamps from Lynden to serve as home missionary; Professor H. C. Hoeksema from Hudsonville to serve as minister-on-loan to Christchurch, New Zealand; Professor H. Hanko from Redlands; and Rev. David Engelsma from Hope, Walker, Michigan.
Hope Church in Walker, Michigan scheduled a special congregational meeting on Monday, March 10. The congregation voted to extend a call to one of its own members, Professor Herman Hanko. The trio also included Rev. G. Van Baren and Rev. B. Woudenberg. Our church in Redlands, California extended a call to Rev. Kenneth Koole of Randolph, Wisconsin. Rev. Robert Harbach was scheduled to have eye surgery on Wednesday, March 5, in Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Rev. Kenneth Koole has declined the call he received from our congregation in Redlands, California. Their new trio includes Rev. Richard Moore, Rev. James Slopsema, and Rev. Gise Van Baren. Rev. Schipper, one of our “retired” ministers, plans to preach for the Redlands congregation during the months of April and May. Since there are more pulpits than ministers to fill them in our denomination, our retired ministers have been of great help in bringing the lively preaching of the holy gospel to many of our pulpits from week to week.
Our congregation in Redlands, California has extended a call to Rev. Gise Van Baren to be their pastor. The Redlands trio also included Rev. Richard Moore and Rev. James Slopsema. Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Engelsma left for Singapore on April 29. They will assist Rev. Arie den Hartog in his mission work there. According to the bulletin of our Covenant PRC, the Engelsmas plan to work in Singapore for about three months.
A number of items of interest have arrived during the past several weeks concerning our Southwest Church in Wyoming, Michigan. On Saturday morning, December 31, the Southwest Mr. & Mrs. Society sponsored a pancake breakfast at Hope Protestant Reformed Christian School. Payment for this delicious breakfast was by way of donations which will be used to furnish the nursery in the new Southwest Church building now under construction.
From week to week a steady stream of church bulletins arrive on Linwood Street. This continuing supply of news is appreciated. News editors who invent their copy in the absence of news to report find themselves in a not too enviable position. Occasionally something just a little bit different arrives in the mail. This week such an item arrived—a church directory. You say, what could be interesting about a church directory? The 1976 directory of our Randolph, Wisconsin, congregation is unlike any directory I have ever seen.
Time certainly flies by. It seems only a few months ago that Faith Church was established in Jenison, Michigan. On February 22, however, Faith Church celebrated anniversary number three—but let Rev. Joostens tell it: “This Sunday is special, in that it was exactly three years ago that we became organized as Faith Protestant Reformed Church in Jenison. This is a good occasion to reflect and give thanks for the fact that the Lord has richly prospered us.
First Church in Grand Rapids extended a call to Rev. Meindert Joostens of our Faith Church in Jenison, Michigan. A special congregational meeting for the purpose of calling a minister from a duo of Rev. Joostens and Rev. James Slopsema was held after the evening service on Sunday, January 22.