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. He has blessed us materially, in that our building program is ahead of schedule; numerically, in that we have grown to be 42 families in size; but especially spiritually, in that we have grown from week to week in His grace and fellowship.”
The Reformed Witness Committee (a committee composed of members from our churches in Hull and Doon, Iowa, and Edgerton, Minnesota, who concern themselves with the work of church extension) continued their lecture series in Rock Valley, Iowa on February 18. Rev. J. Slopsema was to speak on the subject, “Are You Sure of Your Salvation?” Prior to the lecture a pamphlet by Rev. Slopsema was mailed in the Rock Valley area. The pamphlet is titled, “The Assurance of our Salvation.”
In the performance of their classical duties, the ministers in Classis West seem to do quite a bit of traveling. The meeting of Classis West on March 3 in Edgerton, Minnesota, will be the occasion for our ministers from South Holland, Illinois, to Lynden, Washington, to once again gather to transact business relating to the churches in common. Rev. Miersma planned to take a little detour on the way to Edgerton by way of Pella, Iowa. Rev. Miersma was asked by the Pella consistory to preach for them the Sundays of February 22 and 29. Rev. Lubbers, Pella’s pastor, is in Jamaica for the months of February and March at the request of the Mission Committee of our churches.
In addition to the official preaching of the Word in regular church services, most of our people take advantage of the opportunities for spiritual growth and the communion of the saints available in the meetings of the various societies in all of our churches. In addition to a systematic study of the Bible, other topics of interest are often considered. Some of the topics considered during the past couple of months include a talk on “Birth Control” by Prof. H. Hanko for the Southwest Mr. and Mrs. Society. Southwest’s Jr. Young People’s Society heard a paper on “God’s Covenant Promise.” South Holland Mr. and Mrs. Society discussed “The Place of Children in the Family” and “Discipline in the Family.” Loveland Young People’s Society had as their topic “Our Duty of Self-Preservation” for an after recess program. Loveland Men’s Society heard a paper on “Sitting or Standing for the Congregational Singing.” Edgerton Ladies’ Society also considered two interesting topics, “May We Rejoice in Our Own Works?, Eccl. 3:22,” and, in response to a Standard Bearer article last November, “Question: Should we open our eyes during the salutation and the benediction?”
The Young People’s Societies have been active in other ways this winter as well. Most have been sponsoring both social and fund raising activities. Any ‘profits’ from these events are usually set aside for the Young People’s Convention. Redlands Young People’s Society sponsored a roller skating outing on February 23; South Holland and Loveland had similar outings. Edgerton Young People’s Society planned a sliding party to which the entire congregation was invited. Apparently the older folk in the congregation had enough sliding this winter, as not very many responded to this invitation.
Rev. Kamps declined his call from Edmonton.
Every attempt is made to report the facts in this column. But, sometimes one gets by me. This column reported that G. Feenstra was the new clerk and bulletin clerk of Southwest Church. Mr. Feenstra is the clerk, but the immediate past clerk has retained his job as church bulletin editor. So, if you will kindly redirect the flood of bulletin announcements for Southwest from Cardinal Dr. to P. J. Lotterman, 871 Rushmore St., Jenison, Michigan 49428, all will be well again—I hope.