News From Our Churches

Nov. 20, 1959 

Edgerton has named the following trio: Revs. C. Hanko, G. Lubbers and B. Woudenberg. 

The trio selected by the consistory of Hull consists of the Revs. C. Hanko, G. Lanting and G. Vanden Berg. 

The Mr. and Mrs. Society of Southwest was host to the Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Society of First Church Nov .13. The Bible discussion was on The Doctrine of the Last Things, following an outline by Rev. M. Schipper, Southwest’s president. After recess the joint societies enjoyed colored slides of Yellowstone Park. Seymour Beiboer, of First Church, was the photographer, and also narrated the showing thereof. Mr. Beiboer has shared his beautiful pictures with the Men’s Society and the Y.P. Society of his church on some of their after recess programs. 

The Adams St. School Athletic Ass’n served a pancake supper Nov. 7 to raise money to build a paved turn-around for the school busses and for a basketball court for the older children. That evening, like its predecessors, provided opportunity for friendly visiting, and for contributing towards the goal of the Association. 

Did you know . . . . that the three-fold purpose of the Federation of Prot. Ref. School Societies is: 1. Supplying and training Prot. Ref. teachers; 2. Supplying a Prot. Ref. course of study and textbooks ; 3. Attaining cooperation among schools in reaching the goal of distinctive Prot. Ref. education for our children, and, that Miss Thelma Pastoor, of Adams School, has been assigned the next seminar paper entitled, “Development of the child, physically, emotionally, socially, intellectually and spiritually,” and, that about eight ministers and fifteen teachers and prospective teachers, attend these seminars whenever possible? 

We surmise that Rev. G. Van Baren of Doon, will miss Rev. J. A. Heys very keenly after the brother leaves Hull to settle in South Holland. The cooperation between those two ministers made it possible for their congregations to enjoy at least one preaching service on the Sundays that their own pastor was away on Classical appointment. 

Because of the shortage of ministers Rev. G. Hanko is busy occupying various pulpits in the area. Due to this fact First Church sometimes alternates the Catechism sermons from morning to evening. 

Add to the list of churches that include the sign of the pouring of the wine as a part of the ceremony of the Lord’s Supper: Hope Church, whose consistory decided upon this action this month. 

Rev. G. Lanting conducted both services in Holland Nov. 8, the day the bulletin carried a copy of his letter accepting the call extended him. 

Some of the area bulletins are asking people to keep Sunday, Dec. 20, open for the Prot. Ref. Men’s Chorus Christmas Program to be given after the evening service in First Church. The following week the Hope Choral Society plans to give its annual Christmas Program in their church. Two consecutive Sunday evenings providing splendid Christian entertainment to the glory of the Babe of Bethlehem, Who is our Lord and Savior. 

Hulls Young People’s Society sponsored a Reformation Day program Nov. 1, inviting the Doon people to share with them the interesting program planned. Beacon Lights was the recipient of the offering taken. 

This bit of news came to us over the signature of Mr. E. B. Gritters, clerk of Redland’s Consistory, “The congregation of Redlands has experienced many welcome changes in the past few months. First of all, after nearly nine months of vacancy Rev. H. Veldman of Edgerton, Minn., accepted the call to labor in Redlands. Secondly, after meeting in Legion Halls and similar buildings since 1953, the congregation has purchased the church, social hall, and parsonage formerly owned by the Free Methodists, at Colton Ave. and Webster St. in Redlands. With a good deal of volunteer help by both men and women of the congregation our Building Committee, consisting of M. Gaastra, T. Feenstra and H. Sawyer, has completely remodeled and redecorated the parsonage. We thank God Who has so prospered us, and pray for His continued guidance and blessing in the future.”

. . see you in church. 

J.M.F.