News From Our Churches

May we remind you, again, of Hope School’s celebration of its 25th anniversary? For a quarter of a century, the dedicated boards and teachers at Hope have been providing distinctive instruction for our covenant children. The teachers and board members of the past twenty-five years certainly deserve a word of commendation. More important, of course, is the fact that the continued existence and growth of the school has been possible only through the blessing of God on the efforts expended there. That the present board is very much aware of that fact is evident from its choice of theme for the celebration—”Gold’s Covenant Faithfulness”—as well as by the steering committee’s stated purpose in planning the celebration, namely, “to acknowledge God’s goodness to us.” 

That we, who live within reasonable distance of the school, share in their gratitude can be shown in no better way, I think, than to attend the program being planned to celebrate the anniversary. And an interesting evening it promises to be. Rev. D. Engelsma, a Hope alumnus, will be the main speaker. In addition, Mr. John Buiter and Miss Agatha Lubbers, present and former administrators, respectively, will provide some highlights of the present situation and of past history, again respectively. 

The date for the program, remember, is May 12, and the place is Grandville Junior High School gymnasium. After the program, you’ll no doubt want to drive over to Hope School for the “open house” there.

The inclusion of this next item will mean that the “News from our Churches” is made up entirely ofschool news this time; but that’s all right once in awhile, isn’t it? 

The written product of last summer’s Social Studies workshop has recently come off the press (located in one of the Seminary rooms in First Church’s basement). It consists of about 120 mimeographed pages, bound in a soft-covered volume. It’s entitled “Biblical Perspectives in the Social Sciences,” and includes seven different essays dealing with “problems or concerns which arise repeatedly in the study of history.” “The Proper Relationship, of Church and State,” is one such topic. A couple of others are “The Idea of Revolution,” “The Decline of Nations,” and “War and Peace.” In the book’s preface, the workshop director, Mr. Lamm Lubbers, suggests that “the principles stated are meant to stimulate the creative and dedicated teacher to make explicit and specific the principles from the Word of God in his teaching.” 

That the participants of the workshop were thus stimulated is plain from the following statement from Mr. Gerald Kuiper, in a written evaluation of the two-week session: “The workshop has reminded me again of the importance of the subjects I am privileged to teach. I also feel that I am better prepared to teach from a distinctive point of view.” 

A third summer workshop is being planned for this coming summer. The topic, this time, is “Written Communication Skills.” A director has been chosen—Mr. Darrel Huisken, junior high teacher at Hope School—and applications are being taken, presently, for participation in the workshop. It’s the hope of the Federation, which sponsors the event, that the 1972 workshop will be “a worthwhile experience for the teachers, and, therefore, of value, ultimately, to the students who receive instruction in our schools.”