News From Our Churches

Candidate Richard Moore accepted the call he had received from our church in Isabel, South Dakota, providing that congregation with its first minister since their organization. Rev. Lubbers, of Southwest Church, declined the call he was considering, which he had received from Hull, Iowa. South Holland has named another trio, consisting of the Revs. C. Hanko, M. Schipper and G. VanBaren.

The success of the discussion group meeting in First Church was reflected in this announcement: At the special meeting after the service last Sunday evening those present enthusiastically approved the suggestion of continuing the discussion group meetings at the rate of one per month. The meetings are scheduled for the second Sunday of each month. You are requested to take this into account in arranging your date schedule, or rearranging this where necessary.

From our Randolph, Wis. church we learn that two of their young men made public confession of their faith Aug. 4; and, that the young people have underwritten the re-upholstering of the 140 seats in the auditorium, with several of the men of the congregation doing the upholstering; and, that volunteer labor also accounted for making repairs on the pastor’s garage, and the application of a fresh coat of paint on the parsonage. Randolph has scheduled their 25th Anniversary celebration to be held Aug. 24 at Fond du Lac County Park with a dinner, program, etc., and special commemorative services Sunday, Aug. 25, with two of their former ministers conducting those services. They promised accommodations for their friends in our denomination who would come out to share with them this joyful occasion.

Rev. G. Vos, Emeritus minister of Hudsonville, Mich. entered into his heavenly rest Tuesday, July 23. Funeral services were held in the church Friday, July 26, with the Revs. H. Veldman and G. Lubbers officiating.

The Pre-Convention Hymn-sing, sponsored by the staff of Beacon Lights was held in First Church and drew a splendid crowd of enthusiastic singers. Ron VanOverloop opened the meeting with prayer, and introduced the song leader, Arnold Dykstra. Mr. Dykstra divided the song selections into two groups, The Greatness of God in creation, and, the Greatness of God in our salvation. Special numbers included a tenor solo by Gary Bylsma; a violin solo by Mary Klop, and a trumpet solo by John Hoekstra. Randy Meyer, of the host society, gave a brief run-down of the activities planned for the conventioneers, and it sounded like a full schedule, brimful of physical and spiritual exercises. Ellen Kregel at the piano and Mary Kregel at the new Wicks organ furnished the accompaniment, and for the offertory they played a beautiful duo arrangement of Psalm 23. Before closing the meeting with prayer Rev. Van Baren invited all those present to come out for the Mass Meeting to be held Friday evening, and to the Convention Hymn sing the next Sunday evening.

Though Redlands had a taped message from Mr. Feenstra, and Holland had one from Rev. Heys, the only “news” we can give you at this late date is this bulletin news item dated July 21: “During the first two weeks in Jamaica Rev. Heys preached nine times, two of those times were way up in the hills where he had not been before. His schedule called for preaching in Rev. Frame’s church ten times, in Rev. Elliott’s eleven times and in Rev. Ruddick’s nine times. Rev. and Mrs. Heys and Mr. and Mrs. Feenstra slept in five different places the first five nights, but are now settled “at home” for the duration. Their small rented car, with a car top carrier is able to carry four suitcases, two tape recorders and two accordions, the last mentioned a gift from friends in the States. They found no appreciable progress in church building, but noted a great improvement in the singing of the Psalter songs. The Hope Heralds, from Grand Rapids, have recorded several Psalter numbers for the Jamaicans which should help them learn the tunes, and the accordions will also begin to serve this need. The bales of clothing were expected in Kingston on the 13th of July and would be shipped by rail to Montego Bay where distribution would be made.” The next news of this venture will probably be heard from the emissaries themselves as they relate their adventures to our church people.

The people of Loveland’s congregation are enjoying the new seats recently installed in the auditorium. The Aug. 4 bulletin thanked the willing workers who did the work.

The last church picnic scheduled in our denomination is probably Lynden’s, which is to be held on Labor Day.

Our own High School will open its doors to an enrollment of about 63 students. The Reference Library is being catalogued; the Mothers’ Circle has donated an overhead projector for classroom use and also furnished a Thermo Fax copier for office use. Other volunteer supporters have promised furnishings for the teacher’s lounge, landscaping, and brick-laying for the brick sign in front of the school. September of 1968 will indeed be a highlight in our history, for now our ministers will be able to get all their education from kindergarten up under Protestant Reformed educators! 

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