News From Our Churches

The call from Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Redlands, California has gone to Rev. Schipper. 

The Consistory of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids has formed two trios: for minister—Rev. R. Harbach, Rev. D. Kuiper, and Rev. M. Schipper; for missionary—Rev. R. Decker; Rev. D. Engelsma, Rev. B. Woudenberg.

Mr. Vander Wal has again provided some very interesting news for this column. This time it concerns work not directly connected with theStandard Bearer, but, nevertheless, work in which our active business manager has had a leading role. 

A nice feature about Mr. Vander Wal’s contributions, as far as the News Editor is concerned, is that the information is presented in well-written, journalistic style, so it can be simply passed on to the reader, without any effort on the editor’s part. Here it is: 

“Our dictionary defines the term ‘cooperation’ as ‘a working together toward a common goal: a joint action.’ 

“At the present time, such ‘cooperation’ is being demonstrated by the following ‘joint action’: Rev. G. Van Baren, pastor of First Church (Grand Rapids), recently began a series of Lenten sermons. This series was initiated Sunday evening, Feb. 20, and will continue through March 26. The theme of Rev. VanBaren’s messages is ‘The Calvinistic Concept of the Cross.’ All six of these sermons will be tape recorded (by the Young Peoples Society). But that is not all! Copies of these tapes will be reproduced (through the cooperation of the Radio Committee of our Reformed Witness Hour). Then on each Monday (through the cooperation of our Mission Committee) these copies will be Air Mailed to New Zealand, and replayed the following Lord’s Day, by Mr. Wm. van Rij, to,a group residing in Christchurch, New Zealand. Indeed a—CO-OPERATION!”

The rest of the items chosen for this issue of theStandard Bearer could well be said to relate, in varying degrees, to that same concept of “cooperation.” 

Take this short one from Hull’s February 20 bulletin, for example: “The next pamphlet of the Reformed Witness Committee is to be prepared for mailing by our congregation on Thursday evening at 8 P.M. Any help from young and old will be appreciated by the committee.”

Or this one from Holland’s February 6 bulletin: “Ladies Aid Society meets Tuesday evening at the home of Mrs. Yonker in Muskegon, with a view to her 95th birthday, D.V., this coming Saturday.”

And perhaps even this one from First Church’s February 27 bulletin: “The pastor expects to meet in conference with our ministers of Classis West and with most of the ministers of Classis East, the professors, and the seminary students, at Pella, Iowa, this week Tuesday, D.V. The meeting was arranged by the ministers of Classis West to provide closer fellowship and communion of our clergy. Prof. H. Hanko and Rev. C. Hanko will present papers which treat the subject of pastoral counseling.”

Then there’s this one from Southeast’s often instructive bulletin: “Your pastor, along with our other ministers and students, had the privilege of visiting with Rev. Sang Chan Lee, a representative of the Hapdong Presbyterian Church of Korea, this past week. This church is very much interested in us because of our stand against the World Council of Churches, the Reformed Ecumenical Synod, and the McIntire segment of the Presbyterian Church. Rev. Lee made a plea for the help of our churches in giving his churches doctrinal and church political leadership, as the church of Christ forms battle lines against the forces of Antichrist incipient in the ecclesiastical movements of our time.” 

We could interject, at this point, that Rev. Lee is currently working on his doctorate at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina; that he was a guest, for a couple of days, at the home of Professor Hoeksema; and that his schedule, while in Grand Rapids, included a visit to our Adams Street School, where he talked to some of the students about his experiences as a Christian in communist North Korea, and where he also, to the students’ delight, demonstrated on the chalkboard the complexities of the Korean and Chinese written languages. 

But there’s more to be learned from Southeast’s bulletin: 

“It will also interest you to know that recently the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Australia has requested correspondence with our churches. 

“Wonderful, indeed, it is that in the last two years we have had correspondence with people in Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, England, and numerous other contacts in the States. Is the Lord telling us something which we ought to hear?”