Sept. 5, 1959 

South Holland has called Rev. C. Hanko from a trio which included the Revs. Heys and Vanden Berg. 

Edgerton has called Rev. H. Hanko and Holland has called Rev. B. Woudenberg. 

Randolph has named a trio which consists of the Revs. C. Hanko, G. Lanting and G. Vanden Berg. 

Our children have gone back to school. From all our pulpits we have been admonished as to our covenant privileges and duties. In Lynden’s bulletin we found this prayer: May our children be blessed of God their Covenant Savior in the new school year, so that they confess not, as, sadly, some must: “I’ve not learned wisdom; neither have I the knowledge of the Holy One” (Prov. 30:3). May they be guarded by the truth, “The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of wisdom; and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding” (Prov. 9:10).

Rev. C. Hanko has again taken up, his duties at First Church after many weeks of recuperation. He is occupying his usual place in the pulpit, and had taken up a full schedule of family visitation. 

Radio station KPUG is the Reformed Witness Hour’s outlet in Bellingham, Wash. This station furnished additional opportunity for Prot. Ref. witness Saturday, Aug. 22. At that time Rev. R.C. Harbach, of Lynden, spoke on the theme, “What do we mean by the New Birth?” The next day Rev. Harbach addressed the patients in the local Christian Rest Home. Our little (membership 37) church in Lynden makes its presence known, and bears witness to the truth through every available means.

South Holland’s farewell Program for their pastor and his family did not mean farewell in the absolute sense of the word. Pending Classical appointments, Rev. Hoeksema shall continue to supply their pulpit the first three weeks of September. 

Sept. 4, 1959 was indeed a highlight in the history of our denomination. Upon that date a Professor of Theology was formally installed into office for the first time. Rev. H. Hoeksema, Rector of our Seminary, preached the sermon which was based on II Tim. 2:1, 2, which reads, “Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me among any witnesses the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. The speaker developed his theme, “An Exhortation To Professors Of Theology,” by explaining what they must teach, whom they must teach, and by what power they may do so. The Rector admonished the professor-elect that he must teach the Gospel in all the branches of study; that he must teach the Gospel to faithful men, while refuting the errors of faithless men; and that he can expect to do so only in the power of the grace that is in Christ Jesus through fervent prayer and diligent study. The entire service was spiritually moving to those in attendance, and impressed us of the necessity of praying for our seminary and professors in order that our churches may remain pure in doctrine through the instruction the ministers receive in that seminary. The situation was an analogy of that which prompted the Apostle Paul to write to Timothy. The professor-elect was Rev. H.C. Hoeksema, son of the Rector who had instructed his son in the doctrine of the church among many witnesses, and who was now being called by God to instruct others also in the same things that he had heard from his father. Rev. G. Vos, our next senior minister, read the form for installation and heard the responses of the professor-elect, and Professor H.C. Hoeksema closed the service by pronouncing the blessing. The evening of joy was not entirely unmixed with sadness because of the reason behind it all. Professor G.M. Ophoff has been led in ways of illness which necessitated his emeritation. Although our churches will miss his leadership in the future they also will remain affected by his leadership in the past. Emeritus Professor G.M. Ophoff, God go with you till we meet in the Church Triumphant. Professor H.C. Hoeksema, God bless you in the Church Militant! 

Did you know that. . . 

Our Missionary, Rev. G. Lubbers, and his wife were in a car-tractor collision on their way home last week. With them in the car were Mr. and Mrs. Herman DeVries from Randolph. The tractor driver turned off the road into the path of the car which struck it broadside. Both vehicles were damaged considerably, and the occupants suffered cuts and bruises. The “accident” happened near Richland Center, Wisconsin; about 100 miles from Randolph. The Lubbers and DeVries families were taken to the hospital for treatment and x-rays. They then proceeded to Randolph and the next day Rev. and Mrs. Lubbers went home by plane. Our missionary plans to stay in the Grand Rapids area for about a month filling preaching engagements until the Mission Committee decides his field of labor. 

An organizational meeting of the Prot. Ref. High School Society was held Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. at Southwest Church. All adult members of our churches are invited and urged to attend. 

see you in church . . . . 

—J.M.F.