News From Our Churches

Rev. H. Veldman, of Hope Church, Grand Rapids, has received the call from our Randolph congregation from a trio which included the Revs. J.A. Heys and G. Vanden Berg. 

Edgerton has announced a new trio: Revs. C. Hanko, G. Lubbers, and M. Schipper. 

Hudsonville has scheduled a congregational meeting for July 19 when they will call a minister from the, following trio: Revs. G. Lanting, G. Vanden Berg, and H. Veldman.

Redlands’ pastor, Rev. C. Hanko, is gratefully experiencing recovery from his recent surgery. Rev. and Mrs. Hanko have received many, many cards and letters from the people of the denomination and are especially appreciative of this demonstration of the communion of saints as it exists in that bond of love that transcends time and distance.

Some of our young people’s societies are in full swing even though most of them are in summer recess. Hull’s society, in an after recess discussion introduced by Jerry Brummel and Andy Jansma, treated the question, “At what age should young people make confession of faith?” South Holland’s society was host to that of Oak Lawn July 19; the guests furnished the after recess program.

Seminarian D. Kuiper and his wife are spending the summer in the Isabel-Forbes area, where Mr. Kuiper is supplying the pulpits.

Hull’s congregation scheduled their annual picnic for the 4th of July, and invited Doon’s pastor, Rev. R. Decker, to speak. His topic was, “Independence Day.” Proceeds of the canteen were earmarked for “The Reformed Action Society.”

Bulletin Quote (Oak Lawn’s), quoting Chas. Hodge on the word, “Love”: “The word used by the apostle expresses properly the strong natural affection between parents and children, but is applied also to tender affection of any kind. Here, no doubt, the idea is that Christians should love each other with the same sincerity and tenderness as if they were ‘the nearest relatives.”

One of the decisions taken at the 1966 Synod was to instruct the Mission Board to draw up plans for a program of on-the-scene instruction in Jamaica, to be submitted to the 1967 Synod. This nebulous promise must remind the brethren in Jamaica of the proverb (we suppose they have it there also), “All good things come slowly.” If this promise does develop into a reality, they will have had a solid foundation for that instruction through the means of the Correspondence Course prepared by Rev. Heys. In the meanwhile, Jamaicans, heed the words of our Lord Jesus, “Search the Scriptures . . . . . they are they which testify of me.” 

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