News From Our Churches

Rev. H. Veldman, of Redlands, declined the call which came to him from the church at Doon, Iowa.

Loveland’s new trio includes the Revs. H. Hanko, J.A. Heys and B. Woudenberg.

Rev. M. Schipper preached his farewell sermon in Southwest Church, Oct. 28; the theme of which was the Word of God recorded in Acts 20:32.

The previous Thursday evening the entire congregation came together for a farewell program arranged to bid Rev. Schipper God-speed in his new pastorate. Representatives of each society spoke of their appreciation of Rev. Schipper’s ministry in their midst. A parting gift of furniture—a kitchen set and a clock for the fireplace—were appreciated by Rev. and Mrs. Schipper. The installation service in Southeast Church was conducted by Rev. C. Hanko, of First Church. An inform21 reception was held in the church parlors after the service. Rev. Schipper’s inaugural sermon was scheduled for Nov. 4.

Seminarian Dave Engelsma spoke at the meeting of the League of Men’s Societies which met in Hudsonville Monday, Oct. 29. His topic, “Philip Melanchthon,” proved very interesting to the ninety men present who expressed their satisfaction by asking the speaker to publish his speech, if possible. Mr. Engelsma was scheduled to repeat his lecture at the Fall Mass Meeting of the Young People’s Societies meeting at Hope Church, Nov. 6. Philip Melanchthon, it was learned, was very active in the Reformation and the results of his activity bear fruit in the churches of the Reformation today; those results being the errors of ,humanism and synergism, no doubt due to his sympathy for the teachings of the Greek philosophers with their man-elevating doctrines. The speaker carefully worded the theme of his lecture: “The Reformation, in Spite of Melanchthon.”

Other recent speakers and their topics: Rev. J. Kortering, “Contentment and Godliness” at the Western Ladies’ League; Rev. H. Hoeksema, “Perseverance of the Saints” in Oaklawn; Rev. G. Vanden Berg, “The Threat of Communism” at the Fall Mass Meeting of the Mr. and Mrs. Societies at Southwest Church; Rev. J.A. Heys, “The Number of Man” at the Eastern Ladies’ League. Have you noticed the character of those speeches? In this day of superficial religiosity it is heartening to know that many people come out to hear lectures on serious subjects as the above. Surely, there are always the seven thousand who do not bow the knee to Baal.

Southeast Church is now using bulletin covers like those of Loveland’s which feature beautiful lithographed scenes depicting beauty spots of God’s marvelous creation.

Bulletin quote (Randolph’s): “Grace cannot be severed from its fruits. If God gives you St. Paul’s faith, you will soon have St. James’ works.” Toplady. We wonder if that author was thinking of the true mark of discipleship so succinctly set forth by our Lord when He said, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love for one another.” John 13:35.

Oak Lawn’s Oct. 7 bulletin carried this paragraph: “Following this afternoon’s service we will begin our Bible Story Class for pre-school children. We will again follow the stories of our Sunday School Guide.” Is this unique in our denomination?

Hull’s Ladies’ society, in a recent after recess session, discussed the subject, “Is Integration Biblical?”, which was introduced by Mrs. B. Bleyenberg and Mrs. F. Vogel; and the Sr. Y.P. Society of First Church also discussed a paper by Miss Karlene Oomkes on the same subject. Here we see two geographically separated societies joining in the contemplation of the breach (segregation) made by God at Babel, healed (integration) by His Son in principle (Gal. 3:25), and in final perfection, when all nations shall walk in the Light of the New Jerusalem (Rev. 21:24).

Sunday, Oct. 14, Randolph’s congregation welcomed a returning serviceman, Ted DeVries, and bade farewell to two others, Henry and Maurice DeVries. The afternoon sermon on “Gideon’s Might” was chosen particularly for the benefit of the latter two, as well as the congregation, during the years of separation.

From one of Lynden’s bulletins we lift a part of a challenging paragraph which each one of us may read as directed to us personally: “What are you doing when you join the congregation at worship in the recitation of the Apostles’ Creed? Are you really doing it? Confession of faith as part of our worship should be the outpouring of a heart overwhelmed, with the joy of salvation. I ask you, do you experience that kind of joy when you take part in this confession of faith? It is well to watch ourselves, to study our reactions when we are called upon to declare: ‘I believe in God . . . .'”

“Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.” II John 8

. . . see you in church.

—J.M.F.