News From Our Churches

Rev. Decker has declined the call extended to him from Hope Church of Redlands, California.

Rev. Moore, pastor of our Doon congregation, was in Forbes, South Dakota, on classical appointment on January 16. On that Sunday a tape service was held in his own congregation. It was the hope of the consistory, according to the Sunday bulletin, “that the congregation will find this to be an improved means of receiving the edifying Word in the absence of our minister.” An elder conducted the entire service, as usual, “with the tape replacing the reading.”

Also from a Doon bulletin we learn that the Reformed Witness Committee of Doon, Edgerton, and Hull planned a series of lectures on “The Christian’s Witness.” The lectures were scheduled to be held in Doon on February 3, 10, and 17. We understand that each of the three ministers (Revs. Kortering, Lanting, and Moore) was to deliver one of the three lectures. The announcement read, further, “we ask that you begin talking up these lectures to your neighbors now. Tongue speaking, lay preaching, conversion experiences, and Jesus People are some of the things to be treated.”

Amor. Veritas. Dice. 

Strange looking words? Then how about the following: 

Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht! 

Alles schlaft, einsam wacht

Perhaps you’re now beginning to see das licht . . . I mean, the light. The first three words were used as subject headings for the three parts of a Christmas program entitled “In Amori Veritatem Dice” (In Love Witness the Truth). That’s Latin, of course; but the verse, which you might have immediately recognized as the first two lines in the first stanza of Silent Night, is German—which fact probably betrays the source of this information as being the printed program of the Christmas presentation in our church in Loveland, Colorado. 

It seems that the program was a sort of joint venture, consisting of the efforts of the Sunday School, the day school, and the Young People’s Society. There were numbers by individual classes, as well as by various combinations of the different groups involved. And audience-participation included the singing of English tunes, as well as, as we suggested, songs in the German tongue. “Diesz ist der Tag, den Gott gemacht!” A well-planned program it was, in our opinion, and one well-calculated to be spiritually stimulating.

The Standard Bearer business manager receives, needless to say, countless letters from likewise countless readers of our magazine. We’re happy to say that he has passed along to us excerpts from a few of those letters sent to the Business Office. Here they are:

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And, from another reader in California—”Through the kindness of a friend, we get to read the Standard Bearer, which I think is the best church paper in the USA. All the articles are worth reading, but I find the issue of Nov. 15 (1971) outstanding.” 

Mr. Vander Wal adds, appropriately, that “the above lines are not to be taken as our boasting. God forbid! But, rather, as our calling, as God has so instructed us in His Word (II Cor., Chap. 11).”