News From Our Churches

Rev. A. Mulder, of Kalamazoo, has declined the call he received from the churches in Isabel and Forbes; he is still considering call from our church in Randolph, Wisconsin.

Rev. H.H. Kuiper from Loveland, heeded a call last week of a highly different nature—the kind that comes to each of us but once, and cannot be declined. All of our bulletins carried the news; we quote from one: “Last Tuesday afternoon, the Lord called into the Church Triumphant His faithful servant, Rev. H.H. Kuiper, at the age of 56 years. The family and the congregation keenly feel the loss of his departure, yet they rejoice in the fact that he is delivered from further suffering and, according to his own confession, is now with the Lord in glory. May the comfort of the Holy Spirit sustain the widow and family in their bereavement, and may the congregation also rest in the confidence that the Lord, Who does all things well, will provide for them.”

Contribution: Beginning December 3, Rev. H. Hoeksema will again be the speaker for the Reformed Witness Hour. The Lord willing, Rev. Hoeksema will continue our radio ministry through April 20, 1962. Among the radio sermons to be heard are a special Christmas message, an appropriate sermon commemorating the 1,000th broadcast of The Reformed Witness Hour, a series of Lenten sermons, and concluding with an inspiring message regarding the glorious resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. The pastor, in his first sermon, will explain “The Glorious Inheritance” promised to God’s people in I Peter 1 verse 4, to be followed with a message entitled, “Kept in the Power of God” (vs. 5) and on Dec. 17, under the theme, “Rejoicing Through Manifold Temptations” the sixth verse of this chapter will be treated. A sermon, celebrating the birth of our Lord, will be heard Dec. 24, entitled, “The Virgin Birth.” Are you among the many listeners of this distinctively reformed radio program? Printed copies of these messages may be obtained by writing to The Reformed Witness Hour, P.O. Box 8, Grand Rapids, Michigan. The bulletins reveal that many and varied Scripture portions are being studied in the societies. The Books include, Genesis, Luke, Acts, Romans and emblematical of the nearness of the Parousia—the Book of Revelation. Take note, non-society members, you are missing a golden opportunity to heed the injunction recorded in II Peter 3:18, “But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

At a recent Young People’s Society meeting in First Church Miss Clarice Newhof gave a paper answering the question, “What we as young people should do to promote mission work locally.” The essayist gave different views of what is considered “mission work,” and suggested various ways of accomplishing it. The essay provoked considerable discussion, enough to be continued in the next meeting.

The Reformed Action Society in the Menno-Tripp Mission Field has decided to meet Monday evenings for the purpose of studying the “Church Order” of the Reformed churches in the light of the Heidelberg Catechism and the Scriptures. Invitations have gone out to men and women, members or non-members, to avail themselves of that opportunity to become acquainted with the basic principles of Church Order in the Scriptures, and also to learn of the Church Orders which depart from the principle of Scriptural, Reformed Church Polity.

Advance Notice: The Hope Choral Society has announced its Christmas program date td be Sunday evening, Dec. 24. And, The Prot. Ref. Men’s Chorus will render an inspirational program on Sunday evening, Dec. 31, at 9 p.m. at First Church.

A Reformation Day program was held in Hull the evening of Nov. 5. Hull’s Young People’s Society sponsored that event and secured Rev. B. Woudenberg, of Edgerton, as speaker. The society invited Doon’s and Edgerton’s young people to attend the meeting “so that we may commemorate the wonder of God in the Reformation in which He preserved His own Church and Truth over against the lie which was prevalent.”

Our Missionary’s Thanksgiving Day sermon was entitled, “The Good Giving and Gifts of the Father of Lights.” The sermon was an exposition of James 1:17, 18.

Under the announcement regarding the Wednesday evening Adult Bible class in Lynden’s bulletin Rev. Harbach gave the challenge: “Russellites study the Bible avidly, why shouldn’t we?”

The first (Nov. 12) hint of Christmas was noted in Doon’s bulletin which asked the catechumens to stay after the morning service to practice a number for the Christmas Program.

Hudsonville’s Mr. and Mrs. Society sponsored a Coffee in the church basement Nov. S. The proceeds were used to, augment the church kitchen furnishings.

Young men: The denomination’s loss of Rev. Kuiper has: increased the already critical need for ministers. May it please the Lord to give you grace to respond as did Isaiah as it is recorded for us in Isaiah 6:8, “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ Then said I, ‘Here cm I, send me.'”

. . . . see you in church.

—J.M.F.