News From Our Churches

The Loveland Protestant Reformed Church has, extended a call to Rev. G. Lubbers, our Missionary, from a trio which included the Revs. R. Veldman and G. VanBaren.

The Lord willing, Rev. H. Hoeksema hopes to continue his radio messages on The Reformed Witness Hour during April and May. The second in his current series of Lenten sermons can be heard April 1 under the title, “The Tyrant of Death Destroyed.” April 8 and 15 messages entitled, “Like Unto His Brethren” and “Christ Learning Obedience” will be aired. Resurrection Day, April 22, the sermon entitled “The Resurrection of Our Lord.” A sequel to this sermon is to be aired April 29 entitled, “. . . And Peter,” in which the truth is proclaimed that our Lord Jesus Christ was raised from the dead and He loved His own to the very end and blotted’ out all their sins. Our readers can enjoy these radio messages two ways by listening to the broadcasts and (or) by writing for printed copies to The Reformed Witness Hour, P.O. Box 8, Grand Rapids, Mich.

In the editorial found in the latest issue of the Adams St. School’s “Announcer” Miss W. Koole, with Eph. 4:32in mind, wrote about Christian virtues, naming patience, thoughtfulness, consideration and kindness. She likened them to oils which are lubricants that “smooth away untold irritations that are bound to arise in our daily, elbow-rubbing contacts with one another.” The author states that we need these precious oils because God is glorified when His children show they possess Christian virtues. The writer closed the editorial with, “Is your supply low? God will replenish your lack: go to the Throne of Grace from which flows a never-ending supply.”

Did you know that a special program was held in the Community Building in Hull. Iowa, Friday evening, March 9? This was “Mission Night” in our Western Churches, and the program featured our Missionary, Rev. G. Lubbers, speaking on his labors; a progress. report of The Reformed Witness Hour by Mr. C. Kregel and Mr. C. Prince, members of the Radio Committee, who, with their wives, came out West for this purpose; a collection for the recorder purchased by the Mission Committee, and a social hour. The people from Hull, Doon, Edgerton and Tripp, South Dakota, were invited. The recurring blizzards that swept the Plains States were a handicap to the return of the Grand Rapids visitors as well as to the comings and goings of the native Iowans.

The first notice regarding donation to the 1962 Y.P. Convention has appeared in Doon’s bulletin, a harbinger of Spring amidst all that snow!

The March 6th meeting of First’s Sr. Y.P. Society featured an after recess essay by Miss Mary Pastoor entitled, “The purpose of Lent and should it be observed in a special manner?”

In the scheduled round of joint Men’s Society meetings First’s society was host to Hope’s Society March 9, with Mr. John Kalsbeek, of the visiting society; giving a paper on “Our Confessional Standards.” March 19 Hudsonville’s society was the guest, with Mr. Harry Zwak giving an essay on “Christian Liberty.” This expression of the communion of saints has been a source of spiritual enjoyment for all the members during the past season and serves to cement the bond of fellowship between the sister churches.

The Beacon Lights’ staff invited the people from the area churches to a program, March 18, featuring The Hope Heralds, a men’s group from Hope Church. Another of Hope’s singing groups, their choral society, is preparing a special program to be rendered on Easter Sunday.

Hudsonville’s newly organized choral society holds its meetings on Sunday afternoons, at 3:15. The Western Ladies’ League will meet April 13 in Doon. The hostess society is that of Hull. Rev. Woudenberg is scheduled to speak on The Communism in the Book of Acts, and Rev. VanBaren will answer questions. TheStandard Bearer will benefit from the offering that will be taken at that time.

Hope’s bulletin quoted the following from the 1647 Westminster Confession of Faith, Article 30: “Church censures are necessary for the reclaiming of offending brethren; for deterring of others from like offences; for purging out of that leaven which might infect the whole lump; for vindicating the honor of Christ, and the holy profession of the gospel; and for preventing the wrath of God, which might justly fall upon the church if they should suffer his covenant, and the seals thereof, to be profaned by notorious and obstinate offenders.” You will notice that the reasons given in 1647 are the same that prevail in 1962: the purity of the church is necessary for the vindication of the honor of Christ her king.

As you know, some of our Western churches publish monthly pamphlets written by their ministers. We see by their bulletins that each congregation, in their turn, provides volunteers to fold, staple, and prepare them for mailing.

. . . . see you in church.