Following Rev. Kuiper’s decline of their call, Redlands has extended a call to Rev. Flikkema, from a trio which included also Reverends Bekkering and Prof. H. Hanko.
From a Hull, Iowa bulletin, under the heading, “News from our sister churches,” we find in rather concise form a report concerning the building projects of several of our churches: “Our church in Kalamazoo, Michigan has plans for their new building. Those plans may be seen on the bulletin board in the back of church. Our Loveland PRC has proposed the building of an addition to their present sanctuary which has become too small for their congregation. And also our Lynden PRC has decided to build a new sanctuary due to the growth of the congregation. Because of the required payment of taxes, the building project of our congregation in New Jersey has received a bit of a set-back.” In connection with the tax payment by our New Jersey congregation we have learned that tax must be paid until the building is used for services.
While we’re on the subject of building projects, from a South Holland bulletin we learn that a 5,000 square foot addition to their present school building was approved at their last Association Meeting.
In a bulletin two weeks after the one mentioned above, we find that South Holland’s Council called a meeting of all the men in our congregation who are interested in establishing a society for a Protestant Reformed High School.” The South Holland Council further stated: “Our motivation in this is not mainly the weaknesses of the existing Christian High Schools. But our motivation is positive—the very same as that which motivated us to establish our Protestant Reformed Christian Grade School. It is our covenant calling as Protestant Reformed believers to instruct and bring up our children in the doctrine taught in our churches to the utmost of our power; and we promise to do this when we present our children for baptism. (see our Form of Baptism). We are called to teach our children on the basis of the inspired Scriptures as interpreted in our Reformed Creeds and confessed by our Protestant Reformed Churches. We are called to teach our children to live the life of the antithesis in the world, out of the principle of regeneration.”
A Hudsonville bulletin announces some changes in their worship services: “the doxology of Psalter 197 will be sung at the conclusion of the morning service and the Apostles’ Creed will be recited in unison while the congregation remains standing (this latter is for a three-month trial).”
In a recent letter from our mission field in Singapore, Rev. denHartog writes of many exciting activities that are currently taking place there. In that connection he writes: “During the past two weeks, I have had the opportunity to give instruction to a group of Singapore University students in the doctrines of grace or the Five Points of Calvinism. This was indeed an unusual experience. We had altogether five sessions with a group of 12-14 young men. With only one exception, all of these brethren are strangers to the G.L.T.S. They came from different churches of Singapore. We were quite overwhelmed by their interest. Evidence of this is that all of the sessions which we had with them lasted from 2½ to 3 hours. It was amazing how many questions they had and how keen they were on searching out the implications of the truths of sovereign grace for all areas of Christianity, especially the area of evangelism.” Later in that same letter Rev. den Hartog wrote: “It really continues to amaze us how filled with zeal the members of the G.L.T.S. are. It is indeed wonderful to see how much time and labor is spent by the members directly in the work of the church. Some of the members of the G.L.T.S. are busy with church work almost every evening as well as most of the Lord’s Day. They do this in spite of the opposition many receive from their homes.” And in closing he asks for “your continued prayers on our behalf and on behalf of the saints among whom we labor.”