December, 1976, is a month that will probably be remembered by Rev. Dale Kuiper and his family for many years. On the 11th, the Kuiper family was blessed with the arrival of a son, Victor Paul. Rev. Kuiper preached the evening sermon in Hudsonville Church on the 12th, his last in the church which had been “home” for the Kuipers for the past several months. On the 13th Rev. Kuiper left for Lynden, Washington with his older children. Mrs. Kuiper was to follow by plane with the two youngest children a bit later. Rev. Kuiper was scheduled to be installed as the new pastor of our Lynden Church on the 19th by Rev. Wayne Bekkering.
Upon decision of the Mission Committee and in harmony with our last Synod’s decision, Elder and Mrs. J.M. Faber of First Church and Rev. and Mrs. John Heys of our Holland Church left on January 12 to labor on the island of Jamaica for six weeks. For those who desire to write (and I am sure the emissaries would appreciate your letters), their address is: c/o General Delievery, Montego Bay, Jamaica W.I. Rev. Heys says air mail postage is only 25¢. Letters should get to them in about one week.
Bulletin contributors please take note. The new bulletin clerk for First Church is Mrs. Judi Doezema 1904 Plymouth Terrace SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506. Bulletin announcements must be in written form and on Plymouth Terrace before 6:00 P.M. on Thursdays. Mr. Jim Heys retired from this post after ten years’ service. He was publicly thanked for his many labors in this task and for his service as clerk of the First Church consistory upon the occasion of his retirement as elder on January 2.
The congregation of Hudsonville extended an invitation to all our area churches to join with them in the dedication of their new church building on January 20. An open house followed on January 22. The new church is located at 5101 Beechtree Ave. in Hudsonville, Michigan.