News From Our Churches

The August 29 bulletin of Southeast Church had a section entitled “Church News.” It very nicely took care of the news concerning calls, so we’ll borrow it. “Candidate R. Miersma has accepted the call extended to him by our church in Isabel, S.D. Rev. C. Hanko has received the call to Hudsonville, Mich. Rev. Harbach has declined the call to be Home Missionary.”

Actual bulletin quotations are often more interesting than summaries thereof. Something is lost in a summary—the immediacy, perhaps. So we’ll present a few more quotations, this time from a couple of August bulletins of our Redlands’ congregation. They read as follows: 

“A pulpit exchange has been arranged between Rev. Woudenberg and our pastor for the next two Sundays. Rev. Hanko plans to take his family with him, and also plans to do church visitation in Lynden at the same time.” 

And from another: “Rev. Hanko has a classical appointment next Sunday in Forbes, N. Dakota. He plans, at the same time, to do church visitation in the Midwest, and also to attend classis in Isabel on the 1st of September.” 

It’s at that meeting of Classis West, incidentally, that Candidate R. Miersrna was to be examined, prior to his ordination as minister of the Word, and installation as pastor at Isabel.

The radio broadcasting of one of the worship services in our church at South Holland, Illinois, was begun August 1. The service will be broadcast weekly, over station WLNR-FM, on Sunday afternoon, from 5:30 to 6:30. The prayer of the congregation was that “by this means we may give witness to the truth of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

From South Holland we have this “advance notice,” which is advance even for The Standard Bearer(though just barely): “Professor Herman Hanko will lecture September 17th on the subject ‘The Christian and the Film Arts.'”

The Protestant Reformed Young People’s Convention was held in South Holland this year, on Aug. 17-20. The convention theme was “Disciples of Christ.” The three speeches, “Mark of Discipleship,” “Costliness of Discipleship,” and “Freedom of Discipleship,” were given by Rev. Kortering, Rev. Schipper, and Rev. Van Baren, respectively. 

Recreational activities included an outing at Lake of the Woods, boat cruise on the Chicago River, and a view of Chicago and vicinity from the top of the John Hancock Building. 

The “Federation Board Message,” in the Convention Booklet, included these lines, written by Gary Bouwkamp, the Board president: “. . . it is our calling as host and visiting societies to stand out as true disciples of Christ, in all activities, from sports to discussion groups, from business meetings to banquets and speeches, constantly reminding ourselves that everything must be done to God’s honor and glory.” If that attitude was characteristic of the conventioneers as a whole, then the experience must have been what South Holland Young People’s Society tried to make it—a truly great convention.

The doors of our day schools have opened for the 1971-1972 season. Notice was made, in the “Highlights” of Hope School, that this year “marks a quarter-century of the operation of Hope School.” The school administrator, Mr. John Buiter, goes on to write that “with thankful hearts we can look back and to the future, thanking God for His faithfulness in making this school possible. By the Grace of God the school has been maintained and has grown much over the past twenty-four years. There have been changes and growth over these years, but one factor has remained constant, God has allowed us as parents to maintain instruction based on His Word, which changes not.” 

Mr. Buiter adds that, “One change in the school building this year will be the remodeling of the old furnace room, office, and kitchen into a central library room.”

The students of our Seminary have also reached the end of their summer vacation—though four of them might question the use of that term, “vacation.” Mr. VanOverloop spent the first part of the summer preaching in Forbes, the second part in Doon. Mr. Bekkering spent the first part in Doon, the second in Forbes. Our church in Randolph was supplied till July 18 by Mr. Slopsema, and after July 18 by Mr. Kamps. 

Our “vacant” churches must certainly appreciate the work of these students, and we have no doubt that the students not only benefit from the experience, but also enjoy this foretaste of the work for which they are diligently preparing.