The taping of, the 1,000th broadcast of the Reformed Witness Hour was accomplished in a public gathering Thursday evening, Jan. 25. Rev. H. Hoeksema preached the sermon and music was furnished by the Radio Choir and by congregational singing. Beginning with this broadcast, which will be aired Sunday, March 11, the program will be announced as being “sponsored by the Protestant Reformed Churches of America” instead of “sponsored by the First Protestant Reformed Church of Grand Rapids, Michigan.” All future programs will continue to be the responsibility and under the supervision of the Consistory of the First Protestant Reformed Church as before. After the broadcast was recorded the audience was favored by a special program planned by the Radio Committee. On the printed programs was found this paragraph: “With humble thanks to our ever gracious Covenant God, the Radio Committee of the Reformed Witness Hour dedicates this special program, celebrating the 1,000th broadcast of our Distinctively Reformed Radio ministry, to our beloved pastor, the Rev. Herman Hoeksema.” Due to malfunction of the church’s public address system the special program was somewhat curtailed, and though the disappointment suffered by the Radio Committee, who had been planning this occasion for a half year, was of “Cape Canaveral” proportions, the audience enjoyed the program nevertheless. The music was furnished by the usual radio talent: a duet by Mr. and Mrs. C. Jonker; solos by Edward Ophoff, Gerald Kuiper and John Bult. The Radio Choir, Hope’s Choir, the Men’s Chorus, and Hope’s Heralds rounded out the program with choral numbers. Organists were Mrs. Cornelius Lubbers and Miss Bonnie Bylsma. Mr. Charles Kregel, president of the Radio Committee, opened the meeting with prayer and was master of ceremonies throughout the evening. Clarence Prince explained the mechanics of the broadcast and Peter Reitsema was the announcer. Roland Petersen and Gerald Kuiper directed the different choral groups. Rev. H. Hanko, of Hope Church, led the gathering in .thanks to God for His mercies displayed to us in the past twenty years of continuous broadcasting. After the program the entire audience was invited to partake of refreshments in the church parlors served by the radio committee personnel and their wives. It truly was a memorable evening and will long be remembered by those attending. That we have been permitted to broadcast for 1,000 times carries with it the great responsibility that we are called to proclaim God’s Word in all the world until our Lord returns on the clouds of heaven, and evokes our sincere thanks that we are privileged to broadcast our messages throughout the United States, the British Isles,, and some parts of Continental Europe.
February 5 was the date scheduled for a lecture by Rev. J.A. Heys, of our South Holland Church. The lecture, on “The Kingdom of Anti-Christ” was given at Isabel while Rev. Heys was in the Dakotas on Classical appointment. The next lecture on the calendar is scheduled to be given in Edgerton, February 22, by the local pastor, Rev. B. Woudenberg. The title of this lecture is “The Christian’s Attitude Toward War.”
Southeast’s Men’s Society was host to that of First Church, February 5. The after recess program consisted of a paper answering the question, “Is Cremation Permissible?” by John Flikkema, of the visiting society. He took the position that Scripture describes cremation only as a picture of the wrath of God upon sin; that the saints were said to be buried; that God buried the body of Moses in a cleft of a rock; and, that God Himself ruled that Adam and his posterity should return to the dust from whence he was taken. Many other passages of Holy Writ were adduced to support his position, which was generally accepted by the members.
First Church’s bulletin carried an urgent request for summer clothing and shoes from the churches in Jamaica who have been corresponding with Rev. Hanko and receiving our literature and who express a keen interest in our doctrine. The consistory decided to heed the plea and the Deacons boxed and shipped the donations contributed by the congregation.
The latest pamphlet issued by the Reformed Action Society of our Western churches is entitled, “The Shape of the World to Come,” and was written by Rev. G. VanBaren of Doon, Iowa.
Rev. Lubbers writes that he has completed a year of regular Sunday worship services in Tripp, South Dakota. The people who attend those services rejoice in the fact that the Protestant Reformed Churches, through their Missionary, maintain the Word of God as confessed in the Heidelberg Catechism.
South Holland’s Church parlors have been improved by removing a wall between the two north rooms, providing a large room for society meetings. A public address system has also been installed downstairs for the benefit of those who must leave the service in the auditorium.
Hope’s School Board, via a bulletin announcement, thanked all those who labored and contributed to the recent deficit drive which netted over thirty-three hundred dollars, and giving all honor to the Lord Who again supplied the means to continue the Protestant Reformed education of their own children.
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