News From Our Churches

Rev. G. Vanden Berg, of Oak Lawn, received the call from our Loveland congregation;

Southeast called the Rev. M. Schipper, of Southwest Church, from a trio which included the Revs. C. Hanko and H. Hanko.

Kalamazoo’s consistory announced the following trio: Revs. H. Hanko, G. Vanden Berg, H. Veldman.

The catechism classes are again started in most of our churches. A notice regarding this was found in Hope’s bulletin and carried this provocative sentence: “In this important part of the ministry of God’s Word to the covenant seed it is essential that parents do all in their power to aid their children and encourage them in their work.” May all our parents share this admonition with Rev. Hanko’s congregation.

In Randolph’s Sept. 9 bulletin the pastor indicated what the catechumens could expect in the coming season, such as sermon reports, written tests and the like. The following week Rev. VanBaren listed four specific statements concerning proper preparation for catechism, the first addressed to the scholars and the last three addressed to the parents! Like Hope’s minister, Rev. VanBaren stresses the parents’ responsibility to keep the vow sworn at baptism to: “. . . help or cause them to be instructed therein.”

The officers of the re-organized Southeast consistory are: Vice President, Gerrit Pipe; Secretary, Melvin Wiersema, Gen. Adjunct, Richard Teitsma.

A unique announcement appeared in a recent bulletin of First Church. This one noted the approaching wedding of a couple way down there in the Island of Jamaica. This was not primarily a wedding announcement but one which made public the need for suitable raiment for the bride and groom. First’s deacons are soliciting such suitable attire and will send it on.

The August 30 Lynden Tribune carried an article by our Rev. Harbach in which he discussed “The Mark of a Christian.”

October 4 is a date marked on the religious calendar of Marvin Roerner and Donald Knoper our people in Michigan. The Beacon Lights‘ staff is sponsoring a “Mission Emphasis Night” to be held in the auditorium of First Church. Rev. Lubbers will be the speaker and will show slides of his work. An added attraction will be slides of the Jamaican trip recently made by Mr. and Mrs. H. Zwak of Hudsonville and Mr. and Mrs. H. Meulenberg of First Church. The “travelogue” accompanying these slides should prove instructive and enjoyable.

The same date (Oct. 4) is also underlined for our people in Illinois. The Oak Lawn Men’s Society is sponsoring a lecture in their church that evening. The speaker, Rev. H. Hoeksema; the topic, “Justification.” Assuredly, this program will prove to be instructive and conducive to true spiritual enjoyment.

Rev. M. Schipper, pastor of the Southwest Prot. Ref. Church of Grand Rapids, Mich., has prepared four radio sermons which, D.V., will be aired by the Ref. Witness Hour during the month of October. The subject material can be found in the Book of Revelation. Oct. 7 the sermon entitled, “The Beast out of the Sea” (Rev. 13:1-10) will proclaim the truth “that in the battle of the anti-Christian world empire against the true Church of Christ the latter shall have the victory.” The next sermon, “The Beast out of the Earth” will explain verses 11-14. Oct. 21 the sermon title will be, “The Name of the Beast” discussing the truth of verses 1.5-18. This series will be concluded Oct. 25 under the theme, “Divine Calling to Separation” (chap. 18:4, 5). The Radio Committee urges you to tune in to “hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches” through these messages.

Note: The Grand Rapids Post office has assigned a new box number to the Reformed Witness Hour. The mailing address will now read, Box number1230, and Rapids, Michigan.

The first meeting of the Adams St. School Mothers’ Club featured a travelogue by Mr. Seymour Beiboer of First Church. The ladies toured the West with him and enjoyed his superb pictures and running monologue. We predict that this trip will be repeated for other groups this winter.

The Annual Meeting of the Reformed Free Publishing Association (Standard Bearer) was held in Hope Church, Sept. 20. Prof. H. C. Hoeksema was the speaker. Under the theme, “We, Protestant Reformed” he answered three questions: “Who are we?”, “What is God’s purpose with us?”, “What is our calling?” The speaker evoked from the hearts of the members the realization that if we do not faithfully maintain the distinctiveness of our churches we, too, will be swallowed up in the maelstrom of merger and unionism. The complete text of the Professor’s speech is to be printed in The Standard Bearer upon the request of the membership. Three new Board members were elected: Fred Huizenga, Marvin Roerner and Donald Knoper.

“Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen; that ye may know and believe, and understand that I am He: before Me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after Me.” ISAIAH 43:10.

. . . . see you in church.

—J.M.F.