News From Our Churches

Trios and calls certainly figure in the news for this issue of The Standard Bearer. From a trio consisting of Rev. R. Decker, Rev. M. Schipper, and Rev. G. Lanting, Hope Church (Grand Rapids) has extended the call to Rev. Decker. Rev. G. VanBaren received the call from our Redlands Church. He was chosen from a trio which included also Rev. R. Harbach and Rev. J. Heys. Randolph’s trio consisted of the following: Rev. Decker, Rev. Schipper, and Rev. Woudenberg. At the time of this writing, the seats used for Randolph’s congregational meeting were probably still warm; but since a considerable expanse of country lies between that city and Grand Rapids, we have not yet received word of the results. 

Hope Church (Michigan) is, as you no doubt remember, the calling church for our second missionary. Their trio for home missionary was: Rev. J. Heys, Rev. M. Schipper, and Rev. B. Woudenberg. In their congregational meeting of Nov. 26, Rev. Heys was elected to receive the call.

According to Southwest’s bulletin of Nov. 21, Rev; Veldman made an unexpected return to the hospital, “because of complications due to surgery.” The announcement added that “his condition is not serious and he is feeling quite well.” According to the following week’s bulletin, the second stay in the hospital was a brief one, but necessitated confinement to his home till December 7. “He is well on the way to recovery and looks forward to the time when he may again go in and out with our congregation.”

Included in First Church’s 1972 budget, adopted at the annual Congregational Meeting, was a figure of $4,000, which is intended to be the beginning of a “Building Fund for the purpose of relocating the parsonage and church if this becomes necessary.”

Are you interested in hearing about the progress of the “drive” for funds for our proposed theological school building? Mr. R. Teitsma, who is a member of the Theological School Committee, and is in charge of the funds collected for the new school, reports that the first contributions came in February of this year. Gifts of note include an anonymous one of $500, two collections amounting to a total of $782 from our church in Pella, and also a gift from an industry. As of the beginning of November, church collections, gifts from societies and from individuals, etc. brought the total to $7,156. The estimated cost of the proposed building was given as $70,000. Mr. Teitsma didn’t mention this, but it’s clearly evident that there’s quite a bit of room above the present balance in the fund.

The annual Protestant Reformed Teachers’ Institute Convention met in Adams Street School on October 28 and. 29. This convention of our “eastern” schools included teachers from Adams, Covenant, Hope, and South Holland. There were a number of “sectionals” held during the course of the two-day convention; in addition to a couple of speeches presented to the group as a whole. You might, perhaps, be interested in some of the topics considered there. One sectional was led by Mr. Darrel Huisken, who gave a scholarly presentation concerning “The English Bible.” At the same time that Mr. Huisken was leading his sectional, another group of teachers attended a presentation on “Remedial Help in the Classroom,” by Miss R. Dykstra and Mrs. R. Petersen. 

Those were only two, of ten different and interesting topics treated at the Teachers’ Convention. The keynote address was, without doubt, the speech by Prof. H. Hanko. His topic was “The Scriptural Conception of the Covenant Child, from a Spiritual Point of View.” He spoke on the child as a regenerated sinner, as a developing adult, and as a potential saint. The speaker did not merely busy himself with interesting theory. The eminent practicality of his speech can be readily understood from the fact that each of his three points concluded with remarks concerning the implications for teaching. This is hardly the place to give even a brief summary of that fine speech; but perhaps we can be excused for quoting a few scattered lines, in order to convey, in a limited way, a sense of what might be called the flavor of his address. “We cannot deal responsibly with children unless we know ourselves. The only difference between a child and an adult, as far as sin is concerned, is that the adult has learned to present to others an erroneous picture. . . . In our discipline of the child, we will find that the only thing that will appeal to the child is the Word of God. Psychological tricks won’t work. . . . There’s precious little that a teacher can do to change the child. The relationship between child and parent is the influential relationship in the child’s life. . . . God has determined from eternity the place that each individual child of God has in the church on earth and in the church in heaven. God uses the experiences of youth to prepare him for that place. We don’t know that place. So, in a sense, we work in the dark. . . . It’s a glorious task. . . . We are instruments. . . . ‘Weakest means fulfill thy will.'”

On Reformation Day Sunday, a singspiration was held in our Hull church. Rev. Moore gave a short speech, and the young people of Doon rendered a special number. 

The preceding item came from Doon’s bulletin, of course. From that same bulletin, we learn that, on October 29, the school children of Doon Protestant Reformed School traveled to our Edgerton school for a combined chapel service, at which Rev. Moore was again the speaker. Measuring with a meter stick on a map in an Atlas, we figure that distance to be about 40 miles one way. (Editor’s note: A bit short! My odometer always registered 55 miles when I used to go on classical appointments from Doon to Edgerton.) The students of Doon probably enjoyed that Friday afternoon, for reasons in addition to attendance at a chapel exercise.