Rev. B. Woudenberg; of Edgerton, has received a call from Redlands, California.
Our Missionary, Rev. G. Lubbers has received a call from Southwest Church in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Contribution from the Radio Committee: The Lord willing, Rev. H. Hoeksema will conclude his current series of radio messages Resurrection Day, March 29. Sermon titles for the five Sundays in March are: March 1—”The Kingship of Christ”; March, 15—”Condemned by Pilate”; March 22—”The Cross of Christ”; March 29—”The Meaning of the Resurrection of Christ.” You may have printed copies of these radio sermons and also the others in this series, by simply sending in your request to The Reformed Witness Hour, Box 1230, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49501.
Hudsonville’s Young People’s Society visited First’s Junior Society in February. The after recess program was moderated by Hudsonville’s president, Mr. H. Zwak. The subject under discussion was, “Sports in the life of a Christian,” and was introduced with a very good essay by Maxine Lubbers. Maxine ably proved her conviction that active participation in some sports may be of some value, but that watching others participate (either live or on T.V. ) is liable to lead to mis-use of our time. She stated that it should never be done to the detriment of our school studies or of our preparation for Bible discussion in our society. That was a point well taken and could be seriously considered by the oldsters that we might be “redeeming the time for the days are evil.” Eph. 5:16.
The Mission Committee in conjunction with the calling church (First, of Grand Rapids ) has decided that our Missionary shall continue to work in that huge city, Houston, Texas. Methods and means have been delineated so Rev. Lubbers may reach out to more of the 1,200,000 inhabitants of that city who have never heard the blessed truths dear to our Reformed people. It is not rash to say that Rev. Lubbers is the only voice that consistently proclaims the absolute Sovereignty of God in that teeming metropolis. Let us all remember him and his mission in our daily prayers.
Rev. H. Hanko, of Doon, and Rev. G. VanBaren, of Randolph, conducted Church Visitation in Loveland, January 27. This was done after a public lecture by Rev. Hanko to which all Loveland’s people were invited.
From Loveland Rev. VanBaren went to Redlands, Calif. on a three week, Classical appointment. He was joined by Rev. J.A. Heys Feb. 17 to conduct Church Visitation there. Rev. Heys then stayed on for his three week appointment. So one notes how appointments for lectures, preaching engagements and church visitation are maneuvered to save time and traveling expenses.
We have received a mimeographed copy of the Church Directory from Doon’s pastor. It lists 21 families and six individuals which count up to 49 communicants and 101 souls. Besides the two Sunday public worship services the men, women and young people seek the communion of saints in their respective weekly society meetings. It is to be noted that they take up a special offering each Sunday and special days (57 of them); all but two—benevolent fund and parsonage debt—are for causes not directly connected with their congregation. The prosperity of the times is also evident in that church for the Deacons had no opportunity to dispense from the Benevolent Fund to any of their members in ’63. The pages of the directory, which concern the membership, list birthdays and anniversaries as well as names and addresses. Some of the addresses are from 8 towns in Iowa and one in Minnesota. We appreciate this gift from Doon, and would like others from the churches that we might give a thumb-nail description of your church on this page!
Rev. Lubbers Feb. 2nd morning sermon was on, “The New Testament Observance of the Sabbath,” and was in part motivated by the tract ministry of the local Seventh Day Adventist Church whose evidence was found on the neighborhood doorsteps. So, even theirtract ministry bore fruit for our missionary’s hearers!
In two succeeding weeks South Holland’s Men’s Society heard after-recess papers, one by Mr. Gil VanBaren on “Smoking in the light of recent medical reports,” and one by Mr. Gise VanBaren on, “Social Security in the light of Scripture.” Methinks the first named evil might also be viewed in the light of Scripture, as no doubt it was.
From Oak Lawn’s bulletin we learn that some sixty copies of their School’s Paper, The Resume are sent out each month. In the last issue one of the ninth graders reports that they play chess, checkers and ping-pong during recess. The speed of the moves of each of these games is in an ascending scale in the same order as listed, you can be sure!
“And now, little children, abide in Him; that, when He shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before Rim at His coming.” I JOHN 2:28.
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