Our Redlands congregation has extended a call to Rev. B. Woudenberg, of Edgerton, Minn.
The January News Bulletin of the Society for Secondary Education (high school) contains some statements worthy of our notice. The Board announced that the purchase of the property approved at the September meeting has been completed; and adds that the enthusiasm shown by the membership encourages them to attack the next problems with renewed vigor. They further report that 35% of the budget envelopes are in use and can be expected to bring up about $3809.00 in this first year. That income with the $1000.00 from church collections will make it possible for the Board, to meet the payments due on the property with a little left over for the building fund. The report concluded with: “How soon can we expect to have our own High School?” “This is a question the Board cannot answer; the answer depends upon the extent to which our people are willing to work and to sacrifice for the cause. The time will be short if our school receives full financial and moral support from all of you.”
South Holland’s services have been re-scheduled. Beginning January 5, the morning service has been changed from 9 to 9:30; the afternoon service has been discontinued to be replaced with a 7 o’clock evening service.
Did you know that Rev. H. Hoeksema accepted an invitation to speak before a Student Club of Hope College Seminary Jan. 21? To an audience of Seminary professors and students Rev. Hoeksema spoke on, “The Place of Reprobation in the Preaching of the Gospel.” Copies of the six propositions the speaker intended to develop were distributed to the audience. They were: 1. The Counsel of God in general, 2. Election, 3. Reprobation, 4. Relation of reprobation to election, 5. The Gospel, 6. The place of reprobation in the preaching of the Gospel. After the lecture questions relating to the subject were answered by the speaker. It is safe to say that those seminarians enjoyed that unique lecture—unique because that subject is commonly hidden in the recesses of the Reformed Confessions seldom seeing the clear light of exposition in these days of God-loves-all-men-ism. The enthusiastic reception given by the audience seemed to indicate a repeat invitation in the not too distant future.
The smallest congregation in our denomination is located at Pella, Iowa. That very distinction makes them live in the consciousness of the promise of our Lord, “that where two or three are gathered in My Name, I will be in the midst of them. “This tiny (4 communicants, 8 souls), but courageous congregation meets in Elder Vander Molen’s home in the morning, and holds de afternoon service in the Legion Hall. Regular Classical appointments keep their pulpit partially supplied; taped sermons from South Holland’s Rev. Heys and from First Church in Grand Rapids supply their needs for the balance of their services. The Clerk, Neal Van Soelen, writes that the Prot. Ref. Church of Pella is still definitely on the map!
Another first: A tourist from the First Prot. Ref. Church of Grand Rapids was a visitor in the Sunday morning service of the First Prot. Ref. Church of Jamaica Jan. 12! The tourist, Don Faber, and a friend toured the Caribbean Islands and stopped off at Jamaica for three days and nights. They attended the morning service in the tabernacle at Lucea and heard a sermon based on Question 20 of the Heidelberg Catechism! That last observation will please Rev. C. Hanko who instructed the Jamaicans in the way of Reformed Church practices. The young men were welcomed with joyous enthusiasm, and after the service were served a lunch by some of the good folk of Lucea. In the company of the brethren Elliott, Jackson, and others they traveled far back into the hills to Friendship Hill tabernacle where Rev. Frame was conducting an evening service. The surprised pastor was happy to learn the identity of the visitors and introduced them to the congregation. The service ended with the singing of Psalter No. 200. Imagine the emotions of the visitors to hear the familiar, “Christ shall have dominion” sung to the accompaniment of drums, tambourines and gourds instead of a large church pipe organ!
Rev. C. Hanko, in the evening service of Feb. 2, very forcibly; brought to the attention of his congregation the admonition of Heb. 10:25 concerning the faithful frequenting of our assemblies. Beginning with the public worship services the pastor enumerated all the activities of the church which demand our faithful attendance. Methinks that specific Word of God points an accusing finger at each one of us with lesser or greater urgency and should result in the plea, “Forgive, Lord, forgive.”
We gather from the bulletins that Oak Lawn is the only church which maintains a library. Last month seventeen new books were added to the shelves, and a new set of library regulations were adopted by the consistory.
The School Board of Loveland Prot. Ref. Christian School called a meeting of the society membership for a social evening Jan. 24. The meeting had a dual purpose: to bid farewell to Mr. Tom DeVries and to welcome Miss Mary Pastoor—both of these young people are from First Church in Grand Rapids, Tom leaving the post of school teacher for Mary to pick up. Loveland’s parents are truly grateful to these young people who have taken the responsibility of teaching their children the three R’s in the clear light of Scripture.
. . . See you in church.