News From Our Churches

On September 7, 1983, the convocation of the Theological School of the Protestant Reformed Churches took place at Southwest Church. Prof. Decker delivered the convocation address. In addition to our regular students, there will be three part-time students from Canada and a special student, Mr. Jaikishin Mahtani, from Singapore. May God bless the Professors and students as they study the Word of God.

I have met Mr. Mahtani and his wife, Esther. This will be a frequent occurrence, since they live nearby. Their address is 4962 Ivanrest Ave., S.W., Apt. B, Grandville, Michigan, 49418. Telephone number 616-532-6832. We hope that they will experience the richness of the communion of the saints while in Grand Rapids.

Apparently Mr. and Mrs. Mahtani were busy visiting our churches as they made their way to Michigan. Loveland Protestant Reformed Church had this notice in their July 31 bulletin: “Mr. Mahtani will show some pictures and update us on the mission work of Singapore. . . . We rejoice in what work God is doing there and we are thankful for the opportunity to learn more of this by the servant of God who is in our midst today.”

The annual meeting of the Reformed Free Publishing Association will be held September 22, 8 P.M., at Southwest Church. Rev. C. Hanko will speak on the subject, “Contending for the Faith.” I hope that the members of the Association will make a concerted effort to attend this important yearly meeting.

The Council of Southwest Protestant Reformed Church made the following change in their evening worship service, “. . .the evening doxology (is changed) from ‘May The Grace’ to Psalter #197.”

Hope Protestant Reformed Church’s Consistory of Walker, held a meeting of its interested members on Thursday, August 18th, with a view to organizing a congregation in the Grandville area. The meeting was well attended and a committee was formed to investigate the various aspects of organizing a congregation in the Grandville area or surrounding areas. It is the hope of the Consistory that this will relieve the crowded conditions in Hope.

Hudsonville Protestant Reformed Church had this July 31 bulletin announcement: “Services for the proposed Byron Center-Cutlerville Church will begin Sunday, August 7th, 1983, at Byron Center Christian Junior High School, 8840 Byron Avenue. Services will be held at 9:30 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. These services are under the supervision of the Hudsonville consistory and will have two elders and one deacon present at the services before organization. . . .”

Covenant Protestant Reformed Church, in New Jersey, has progressed in the building of its church: “. . .the scaffolding is down from the steeple, an extra partition and some odds and ends of framing have been done in the basement. We expect the men to install the heating system this week.” I gleaned that from their July 10, 1983 bulletin.

On September 6, 1983, the “Conference on Reformed Higher Education” held an informational public meeting at Hull Protestant Reformed Church. Part of this meeting was to give a history and explanation of Reformed Higher Education, a college level education based on the truth of the Reformed Faith.

Hope Protestant Reformed Church had a farewell program for Rev. S. Houck, who has accepted the call as missionary to Ripon, California. May God bless the work in Ripon and bring fruit upon the labors of Rev. Houck.

Covenant Christian High School will celebrate its 15th Anniversary on Saturday, October 8. Anyone having pictures of interest is asked to contact the school office, 453-5048.

Southeast put this announcement in their July 24, 1983 bulletin: “The Evangelism Society has recently made available to the congregation the book ‘Three Men Came to Heidelberg,’ and ‘Glorious Heretic’ (the story of Guido de Bres). We believe for those that love the Reformed truth an even deeper appreciation can be gained concerning the catechism and the Belgic Confessions. Price—$4.00. Contact Bruce Van Solkema.”

“Those who are engaged in active and useful service for the Church, are not prepared exclusively by their own exertions, or framed to it by their own talents, but stirred up thereto by God.” John Calvin (on Ps. 105)