News From Our Churches

Rev. R. Decker and family planned to move to Grand Rapids the day after Labor Day. His installation into the office of Seminary Professor is scheduled for October 3, in First Church. Professor H. Hanko will conduct the service and Rev. G. VanBaren will read the Form for Installation. Following the service there will be a social hour in the basement.

On August 27 a Congregational Meeting was held in our South Holland church for the purpose of calling a minister from a trio which consisted of the Reverends D. Engelsma, J. Kortering, and G. VanBaren. Rev. Kortering received the call. 

According to a Southeast Bulletin, Rev. and Mrs. Schipper returned from New Jersey on August 28. Rev. Schipper reported that it was “a most blessed experience to be privileged to bring the Word to a people that is hungry for the truth.” He added that, “though a congregation was not organized, as was previously planned, we believe this will be accomplished in the near future.” 

From a Hope Church bulletin we learn that “Rev. Woudenberg has been going to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, every other Thursday for a Bible Study Class. He meets with about twenty people who are keenly interested.” 

Rev. Heys has declined the call to serve as Home Missionary.

Our Business Manager, who receives fascinating correspondence almost daily, has again forwarded a couple of letters to us. The first is a very favorable reaction to the Standard Bearer by a reader of our magazine in Northern Ireland. In requesting that we continue to send him the Standard Bearer, he submits the following: 

“I must take the opportunity of thanking the editors and contributors for maintaining such a high standard of publication. I have read with great interest the articles on the ‘Free Offer of the Gospel,’ and I am particularly looking forward to following the series on ‘Isaiah’ and ‘Hyper-Calvinism’ that are beginning to appear.” 

“Being a Baptist I suppose from my point of view there are some ‘faults’ with your magazine, but not having magnifying spectacles I confess to finding very few. All in all I find the Standard Bearer very profitable indeed.”

Then there’s another letter, this one from The Netherlands. The letter contained a request that we by all means stop sending the Standard Bearer to a certain address in that country. The writer noted that copies of our magazine were sent to an individual in Friesland, The Netherlands, “much to his surprise.” The writer continued, “Now you invited him to subscribe to the Standard Bearer, but you will understand that he cannot do that and he hopes that you will stop sending more issues.” The reason? Oh, yes, the reason—”He doesn’t know a word of English!”

Building projects: At a July congregational meeting, Grand Rapids’ Hope Church approved plans for building a new parsonage. At a June congregational meeting in our Loveland Church, the congregation decided to build a new parsonage on the church’s property on E. 57th St. And, by the end of July, the construction of the new church building in Randolph had progressed to the point where “the entire structure is standing and is “roughed in.”

Before the current school year gets too far along, I ought to quote a little from a March, 1973, Covenant Christian High School Newsletter which has been in my box entirely too long. The newsletter included a list of “Did You Knows” which might be of interest to those of you who didn’t see the letter. Following are some of them. Did you know that: CCHS has 120 students? draws its students from a 25 mile radius of the school? has 8 teachers (6 men, 2 women)? all the faculty members have an AB or MA degree in the field they teach? has 7 classrooms and about 14,000 square feet of floor space? has a library of over 3,000 books and 180 tape recordings? was built in 1968-l 969, with an addition in 1971-1972? 

Further “school news” comes by way of bulletins from Hull. On April 29 the parents there attended a meeting “to hear a speech on aspects related to organizing our own Protestant Reformed School Society.” The June 24 bulletin announced that a “committee has been appointed to propose a constitution, after which the real business of making plans and discussing details can take place.” In the July 22 bulletin it was reported that, at the school society meeting held on July 16, five board members were elected after “the constitution was adopted, spelling out the basis and formal organization of the Society for Protestant Reformed Education of Hull, Iowa.” Needless to say, we follow these developments with deep interest.