The ’66-’67 Lecture Series came to termination on the evening of May 11 with Rev. G. Van Baren giving the concluding lecture on, “Perseverance of the Saints” the fifth of the famous Five Points of Calvinism. The speaker examined that concept from three aspects, its essence, its basis and its comfort. He postulated the elemental fact that the Saints (Separated Ones)persevere unto the end because they are preservedby the same God Who chose them; that all of the Infinite Attributes of God are the basis for this truth; and, that when saints see themselves as sinners they are immeasurably comforted with the blessed truth that God will, for Jesus sake, preserve them unto the Day when they shall be lifted up to meet Him at His Coming.
This series of lectures was characterically Scripture- orientated. As Mexican food has gained its reputation by being liberally sprinkled with spicy condiments, so this final lecture, too, was liberally spiced with quotations from Holy Writ, giving it its flavor: that ofThe Truth of God’s Word.
Special music was a vocal duet by Messers C. Jonker and A. Dykstra who sang a versification of Psalm 51; Mrs. C. Lubbers, organist for the whole series, was in her accustomed place at the console, accompanying the singing as well as performing some beautiful solo work for the prelude and postlude. Rev. C. Lubbers closed the meeting with a prayer of thanksgiving to our God Who so greatly privileged us in the past season. There were some empty seats, not surprisingly in these days of nonchalance in respect to the basic doctrines of the Church, but those in attendance were privileged to hear sound lectures by sound expositors of the Scriptures whose theme throughout was, “To God Be The Glory”. It is hoped that the Mission Board will schedule a new series for next winter and that the dates will not coincide with the winter’s worst storms as did the majority of the past series.
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Holland’s new pastor preached his inaugural sermon Sunday morning, April 30. Rev. Heys chose the passage of God’s Word, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom”, one in a series of admonitions penned by the Apostle Paul to the Colossians. Fitting no less to the latter-day-saints in Holland, Michigan than to the early Christians in Colosse, Asia Minor.
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As is our custom, all our churches met in Divine worship services on Ascension Day to commemorate the day when our Lord left the terrestrial to enter the celestial sphere. Rather than to take the earthly viewpoint Rev. Van Baren led his congregation into viewing it from Heaven’s vantage point, sharing the joy of the heavenly host which the “Lamb that had been slain” occasioned at His reception into the company of the elders and Him that sat upon the throne when it was announced that He alone was worthy of opening the Book of God’s council as we find this account portrayed in Revelations 5. And so, the annual celebrations which begin Dec. 25 and conclude May 14, commemorating the work of redemption accomplished by our Savior, is again ended, the final culmination of which we eagerly anticipate when we plead, “Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly”.
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The Young People’s Annual Spring Banquet was held in Grand Rapids May 9 with young folks coming from Holland, Kalamazoo, Oak Lawn and South Holland to help fill the Oakdale Church parlors to capacity. Rev. Kortering, Hope Church’s pastor, in his address provided some worthwhile directional signals in developing the banquet theme, “Guidance of the Youth”. The program included a male quartette consisting of Don I Jonker, Gary Bylsma, Bob Velthouse and Jim Huizenga, and a violin solo by Mary Klop accompanied by Anita Clason, both from Kalamazoo. Surely, if ever Covenant Youth seek for guidance it is now, a time of violence in all spheres of life when it is becoming increasingly evident that, “the wickedness of man was (is) great upon the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was (is) only evil continually”. Pastors, elders, teachers, leaders and parents: this responsibility of guidance rests upon you!
The Society of Protestant Reformed Secondary Education gathered in annual meeting May 10 and adopted the budget proposed by the Board, planning to erect the building this year and opening the doors in September of ’68. This project is contingent upon the receipt of sufficient funds which are not yet in evidence but are hopefully anticipated. An administrator has been retained to expedite the work involving the details of personnel, curriculum, supplies, etc. Three new board members were elected and the work goes on with the blessing of the members of the society who, in effect, say “GO with God”.
The Sunday School children of First Church have contributed the funds to purchase 200 Bibles to be distributed to our Jamaican friends. The opportunity to contribute to this cause is open to all our people, and if you would like to donate Bibles or Psalters send them to Rev. G. Lubbers, 2612 Central Ave., Wyoming, Mich. 49509. Two hundred Bibles seems quite a large number, but there is need for many more, and many, many Psalters will also be appreciated by the Protestant Reformed people in Jamaica.
In a May 15 congregational meeting First Church approved a substantial remodeling and repair proposal by the consistory. After nearly 40 years of service the property is in need of much work to bring it up to its value, which can now be realized.
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