News From Our Churches

Rev. R. Decker, of Doon, Iowa, has accepted the call extended him by our church in South Holland, IL; and, Doon has already named a trio from which they will choose one to fill Rev. Decker’s place: the Revs. D. Kuiper, D. Engelsma and H. Veldman.

Our brethren and sisters in Jamaica will be happy to learn that the consistory of Southwest Church has granted Rev. Lubbers permission to labor among them for a few months. They, no doubt, will welcome their good friend back with open arms and grateful hearts, showing their usual eagerness to learn more of the truths of Scripture as they have been set forth in the Reformed Confessions. Let us remember this faithful servant of the Lord in our prayers as he ministers to His people in a strange land. “. . . . . the isles shall wait upon me, and in mine arm shall they trust.” Isaiah 51:5


The Men’s League scheduled it’s Fall meeting for Oct. 13 in Holland Mich. Rev. J.A. Heys was the speaker; his topic, “The Church and the Space Program”. During the course of the speech the men were increasingly appreciative of the fact that the Church has a Faith Program instead of a space program.


Rev. Schipper, of our Southeast Church, enjoyed a “day-off” Sunday, Oct. 5 through the gracious offer of Prof. Hoeksema to conduct the two services of the day. This was prompted by concern for his pastor “in the midst of a very heavy schedule” in which he was involved.


From Loveland’s school principal we learn that one-third of the student body are from three families from two churches outside of our denomination. In the school paper, “The Loveland Ledger” Miss Hoekstra informs her readers that she has some students who ask for more assignments; others who voluntarily work ahead; and some, who have considered themselves to be behind in their work, who conscientiously volunteer some of their play-time to catch up! This would seem to be the modern anti-establishmentarianism in reverse!


The P.R. High School Circle invited the Rev. Schipper to speak at their meeting of Sept. 22. The High School Choir, under the direction of Mr. Petersen, led the membership into the praise of God by singing a few choice selections from their repertoire of sacred music.


The Adams St. School Mother’s Club- meeting of Oct. 2 featured Seminarian Rodney Miersma as speaker; his theme: “And thou shalt teach them diligently to thy children”. Deut. 6:7. Mr. Miersma is also engaged in pre-ministerial “interning” as he teaches some catechism classes for First Church.

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—JMF