Rev. C. Hanko, of Redlands, has received the call from our church in South Holland; Hull’s congregation has called Rev. G. Vanden Berg, of Oak Lawn; Randolph has called Candidate D. Kuiper from a trio which included Revs. C. Hanko and G. Vanden Berg; and, Forbes had named the following trio: Revs. R. C. Harbach and G. Vanden Berg and Candidate D. Kuiper, with the Candidate receiving the call.
The Outing of the Protestant Reformed Young People’s Convention will be held in Hull Park and Newton Hills. Candidate D. Kuiper will be the speaker.
Rev. Woudenberg’s ‘‘Studies in Biblical Doctrine” project is going apace. Volunteers who help in the preparation and mailing of these sheets worked at an accelerated pace during the month prior to the pastor’s vacation. Recently a reader from Grand Rapids wrote: “I am very appreciative of the Doctrine Series. I do some teaching in the adult Bible Class in my church and find the questions thought provoking. I also find the doctrine to be sound and Biblical to my liking. Thank you and bless you in your ministry.”
Rev. and Mrs. C. Hanko have returned to Redlands and the pastor has plunged into his work trying to catch up and get back into routine. His summer “vacation” will include Church Visitation and preaching in Lynden in August. He, like all the ministers in the outlying churches, mix work with pleasure: church work and vacation.
This notice appeared in the June 25 bulletin of Redlands’ church: “The Young People’s Society will have their annual outing this Saturday, July 1, and go skiing to Lake Elsinor.” You may be sure that the “Red- landers” know if that sport is to be enjoyed on water or on the snow-covered mountain slopes.
Rev. Heys and Elder Zwak have arrived in Jamaica and are making good use of their two month stay. They have over 300 Bibles and about 100 Psalters to distribute besides the distribution of the beneficence of the people of our churches whose combined offering will alleviate the needs of food, clothing, medical supplies, and repairs to the churches of the Island. Rev.
Heys is active in conducting a course in sermonizing to a class of some twenty Ministers and Elders. Rev. Heys’ correspondence course has been taken up by Rev. C. Hanko, to which Rev. Elliott refered in a recent letter as follows: “We are surely satisfied with the doctrine and teaching of Rev. C. Hanko on the same basic teachings of Rev. Heys. We of the Protestant Reformed Churches of Jamaica are growing daily in the faith, for God has promised to add to His Church, and new converts are coming day by day.” May the blessing of our God rest upon the labors of our “Missionaries” in their short stay there.
One of Synod’s decisions was to instruct the Mission Board to conduct another Lecture Series this winter in the Grand Rapids area. This will be accomplished through a committee drawn from the various churches in the area.
Rev. Kortering began the annual Family Visitation in his new charge during the month of June, before vacation time prevents a day-to-day scheduling.
Bulletin Quote (Oak Lawn): “Even though the tongue weighs practically nothing, it is surprising how few persons are able to hold it.”
The 1967-1968 drive for our High School netted $26,000.00 in cash and pledges. The Board’s “thank you” said, “The Board thanks all those who took part in this drive, especially the collectors and captains and all who contributed their time and money, and also their prayers without which our high school could never hope to be realized.”
To the sick and sorrowing and the shut-ins who find it difficult to read Psalm 23 with pleasure we give this little gem found in First Church’s bulletin:
In pastures green? Not always; sometimes He
Who knows best, in kindness leadeth me
in weary ways, where heavy shadows be.
So, whether on the hill tops high and fair
I dwell, or in the sunless valleys, where
The shadows lie, what matter? He is there.