News From Our Churches

Professor Herman Hanko has declined the call extended to him by the congregation of our Southeast Church in Grand Rapids to “come over” and be their pastor. 

Rev. Marvin Kamps, pastor of our church in Doon, Iowa, and Mr. Dewey Engelsma plan to leave on March 19 for Singapore. The brethren are taking this long journey to the other side of the globe at the invitation of a group of young Christians in that far away land who desire to learn more of the Reformed faith. 

The Council of our Southwest Church in Grand Rapids has decided to send Rev. H. Veldman to the Skowhegan, Maine, area in order to investigate the mission field there. Rev. and Mrs. Veldman left the third week in January. They plan to labor there for a period of about three months. 

The Council of our Hope Church in Walker, Michigan, and the Mission Committee of our churches jointly care for Rev. Robert Harbach and the field in which he labors as home missionary. As a part of the responsibility of oversight and to encourage our missionary in his difficult labors, these two bodies sent Rev. Van Overloop, pastor of Hope Church, and Elder Jon Huisken to Victoria, B.C., for a week. The Hope Council concluded the announcement of this trip with the prayer “that this also may be used for the strengthening of our witness of the truth in the mission field.” 

Sunday preaching services continue in Charlotte, Michigan, under the direction of the Mission Committee and our Kalamazoo Church. Pulpit supply is being furnished by the students and professors of our Seminary. 

Rev. Kenneth Koole, pastor of our church in Randolph, Wisconsin, preached the Sundays of February 11-25 in Bradenton, Florida. During his absence, seminarians Ronald Hanko, Carl Haak, and Ronald Cammenga “filled .the pulpit” in Randolph. The services in Florida are being sponsored by First Church in Grand Rapids. Rev. Koole was followed in Bradenton by Rev. Joostens, pastor of First Church. Professor H. Hoeksema is scheduled to follow Rev. Joostens.

The Council of Hope Church has approved a change in schedule for their Sunday School. Sunday School will meet from June 10 through November 4. There will be a Christmas program given and practices will be held on December 16; 22, and 23. This replaces the October through April schedule. In order to assist in the support of the seminary students who are members of Hope Church, the Council has appointed a “Seminary Student Aid Fund Committee.” 

In order to meet the financial needs of the students, the committee has to raise $911 per month. This is done through freewill offerings from the congregation. 

The Sr. Young People’s Society of our First Church scheduled a program on the work of our churches in Jamaica. The program featured the revised pictures of Mr. C. Prince, some musical numbers, and refreshments. The program was scheduled on March 15 in Southeast Church. 

The Federation Board of Young People’s Societies sponsored a Dutch Psalm Sing in First Church on Sunday, March 18. The theme was “Het Vasthouden van’t Geloof van onze Vaderen.” No translation available. 

Rev. Lanting, pastor of our church in Loveland, Colorado, and Rev. J. Kortering, pastor of our church in Redlands, California, did quite a bit of traveling in early March. In addition to attending the meeting of Classis West, they performed their function as Church Visitors by conducting Church Visitation in our churches in Houston, Texas; Pella, Iowa; Randolph, Wisconsin; and South Holland, Illinois. 

The new sanctuary and organ of our Faith Church in Jenison, Michigan, was dedicated on February 28. The program featured suitable music, greetings from Faith’s former pastor, Rev. Joostens, a report from the Building Committee and a Charge to the Congregation by Faith’s pastor, Rev. W. Bruinsma. Technical printing processes permitting, this issue features a picture of the new Faith Church, crowned with January snow.