News From Our Churches

Our congregation in Redlands, California has extended a call to Rev. Marvin Kamps to “Come over and help us” at a special congregational meeting held on Monday, July 14. Professor Robert Decker preached in Redlands for six Sundays, concluding with Sunday, July 20. Rev. Herman Veldman plans to preach in Redlands for six Sundays, July 27 through August 31. It is interesting to note that Redlands has called Rev. Kamps for the second time. Redlands was Rev. Kamps first pastorate. 

At the time this page was written (August 9) two other calls were outstanding: Holland, Michigan called Rev. James Slopsema, and Hope Church in Walker, Michigan has extended a call to Professor H.C. Hoeksema. 

While Rev. Ronald Hanko was absent from his church in Wyckoff, New Jersey, on vacation in Michigan, Seminarian Dean Wassink took his place on the pulpit at our Covenant Church. 

The new address of Rev. G. Lanting is 1040 W. 8th St., Loveland, Colorado 80537. 

Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Engelsma, members of our Hope Church in Walker, Michigan, returned home on July 18 after spending about two and one-half months in Singapore. The following report from the Engelsmas was printed in the Hope bulletin on June 8; “We greet you all in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ from hot and humid Singapore. Even the natives state that it is unseasonably warm. The work of our churches with the GLTS is progressing very well. The Reformed Truth as held by our Protestant Reformed Churches is eagerly received in the preaching, also in the several study classes that are taught by Rev. den Hartog, and in many private conversations. We are thankful to be of assistance to the GLTS and Rev. den Hartog.” 

Rev. Rodney Miersma, pastor of our church in Pella, Iowa, conducted a Bible class once a week during the month of June in the Pella Nursing Home. 

A special congregational meeting was held the last week in June in our First Church in Grand Rapids. The pastor, Rev. Joostens, Rev. C. Hanko, and the consistorial Church Extension Committee reported on the history, progress, and future plans of the church extension (mission) labors conducted by First Church in Bradenton, Florida. All of these reports were optimistic that with continued intensive labors a church can be organized in Bradenton. The Committee plans to resume work in November and continue, if possible, through 1981. The consistory requested financial assistance for this work from the Mission Committee of our churches. Funds were granted by the Mission Committee but later denied by Synod. 

The siding was being applied to the new church building of our Covenant Church in Wyckoff, New Jersey the last week in July. 

Our congregation in Kalamazoo, Michigan, received final approval on their bank construction loan. Construction of their new church building was to begin on June 17. Their new building is scheduled for completion in about six months – or about Christmas time. 

Our Southwest congregation planned to hold their church picnic at Palmer Park. The rain forced a change in location to Hope School gym. In spite of the weather, all present seemed to enjoy themselves. 

As the fall society season will soon be upon us, it may be of interest to review some of the special topics discussed in some of our society meetings during the past season. The Reformed Fellowship in South Holland, Illinois viewed Dr. James Dobson’s series of films on the Family. The Summer Society in Hudsonville viewed slides taken by deacon Marvin Lubbers of the recent visit of the deacons to Jamaica. In a previous meeting the society saw slides of the work of Dr. Richard Kreuzer in Ethiopia several years ago. Paul Griess introduced the subject, “Is there a place for Fasting” in a Loveland Men’s Society meeting. Covenant’s discussion group discussed “Prayer” in their June gathering. Rev. DeVries spoke on “Our Personal Witness” for the combined meeting of the Ladies and Men’s Societies of Southwest Church. Redland’s young people discussed the special topic introduced by Dave Buiter, “Should we enlist in the Armed Forces?” John Kalsbeek introduced the topic, “Human Engineering: A Christian’s Concern,” for the Redlands Men’s Society. 

Convocation Services for our Seminary will be held in our Southeast Church in Grand Rapids on Wednesday, September 3, at 8:00 P.M. Professor Decker will be the speaker.