Rev. C. Hanko declined the call that came to him from Southwest Church. The consistory has announced a new trio: Revs. J.A. Heys, B. Woudenberg and G. Vanden Berg.

Doon’s new trio consists of the Revs. H. Hanko, J.A. Heys and J. Kortering.

Rev. J.A. Heys, of South Holland, has received the call from Loveland. With him on the trio were the Revs. H. Hanko and B. Woudenberg.

Kalamazoo has extended a call to Rev. B. Woudenberg of Edgerton, Minn.

Thanks to Oaklawn’s bulletin from which we culled the above information in toto.

Rev. C. Hanko, of First Church, filled a Classical appointment in Loveland, Nov. 9 and 16, in compliance with the request of Classis West which was granted by Classis East at its last meeting. On his way back Rev. Hanko planned to preach in Edgerton an Thanksgiving Day while Rev. Woudenberg preached in Loveland. Rev. and Mrs. Hanko also planned a short stopover in Tripp, S.D., to visit Rev. and Mrs. Lubbers and other friends there.

Our Missionary’s Thanksgiving Day sermon was based on Acts 14:15-17, under the theme, “God’s Testimony In Fruitful Seasons.”

The Lord willing, Rev. H. Hoeksema will be the speaker on the Reformed Witness Hour during the next few months. Following the usual pattern the pastor will begin his radio ministry in December and will conclude his series on Resurrection Day (April 14). Continuing with his series on the Epistle of Peter, begun last season, the speaker will proclaim the truth that Christ is “The Great Shepherd and Bishop of our Souls” (Dec. 2); Dec. 9 the message will be entitled, “Living Unto Righteousness”; Dec. 16 the speaker will explain the meaning of “God’s Un-common Grace,” proclaiming the truth that “while God hates the wicked every day, He loves His people with an everlasting and unchangeable love.” Rev. Hoeksema’s sermon, celebrating the Savior’s birth, (Dec. 23), will be, “Born in Bethlehem.” The fifth Sunday the subject will be “God’s People Abiding Forever.” Special music by the Radio Choir, assisted by the Junior High Choir of the Adams St. Christian School will be aired on the programs of Dec. 9 and 16. The Radio Choir will furnish special Christmas music on Dec. 23. Printed copies of the radio messages may be had by writing to The Reformed Witness Hour, P.O. Box 1239, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Did you know that, Rev. H. Hanko, of Hope Church, lectured in South Holland, Nov. 15? The topic was, “God’s Wise Reformation Plan.”

and, that Southwest’s Mr. and Mrs. Society on a recent after recess program, discussed the question, “What should our churches do about the missionary work begun on Jamaica?”

and, that Hope’s Ladies’ Aid Society recently discussed the question, “Why is Art. 70 of our Church Order not followed in our churches?”

and, that the Beacon Lights special Thanksgiving Hymn sing drew a capacity crowd in Hope Church, Nov. 18? Mr. Edw. Ophoff led the spirited singing, and special numbers were rendered by the Hope Heralds and by Mr. John Bult.

The Mission Committee of our Churches have asked our Deacons to conduct a drive for summer clothing for the congregations of Jamaica. All of our people are urged to contribute good dresses, work clothes and children’s wear on Dec. 5, 6 and 7. This plan is no doubt the result of the visit of the Mission Committee’s delegates to that island who reported the dire poverty of the Christians they contacted. Well may we all heed, the admonition of Paul to the Corinthians in his second Epistle, the 8th chapter, as he spoke of the fellowship of the ministering to the saints (verse 4), when he added (verse 7): “Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.”

Nov. 12 the Hope Men’s Society was host to the Men’s Society of First Church. Whereas: When a work force is doubled, the output will also be doubled: but, contrariwise, when two societies meet together the Bible discussion does not result in twice the quantity studied; therefore: one must conclude that the quality of the discussion has doubled in value. (The above mentioned meeting covered only in Romans 11:22, 23.)

We note from the bulletins that congregational meetings are scheduled for late November and early December. In all cases consistory members will be chosen to serve their appointed tenure of office. May the King of His Church give abundant grace to those office bearers that they measure up to the criteria submitted in I Timothy 3:1-13.

Future program scheduled: Christmas program by the Hope Choral Society in their church, Dec. 16; a program by the Hudsonville Choral Society in their church, Jan. 6.

While Rev. Kortering was on classical appointment in South Dakota he was unexpectedly called home to conduct a funeral for one of his parishioners. With an exchange of pulpits with Rev. Woudenberg, and a re-arrangement of catechism classes, he was able to meet the change of schedule and return to the Dakotas to finish his assignment.

Bulletin quote (Lynden’s): “It is human to err, devilish to continue in it, and supernatural to rise from it.” —Augustine

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