News From Our Churches

Creston’s congregation has extended a call to the Rev. A. Mulder of Kalamazoo. 

The joint consistories of Isabel and Forbes have placed the following ministers on trio: Revs. G. Lubbers, R.C. Harbach and A. Mulder. 

Jeremiah’s prayer, “O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps. O Lord, correct me, but with judgment; not in thy anger, lest thou bring me to nothing,” was the basis for an applicatory sermon preached by Rev. G. VanBaren after the communion service in October. Doon’s communicants were comforted with this portion of God’s Word as their pastor led them in the contemplation of that Man of God’s confession of complete contentment in God’s direction of His children’s way. 

A brief glance at any of our church bulletins suffices to cause us to realize how varied the study of the Scriptures is in the weekly work of our ministers. A recent bulletin from Edgerton reveals that Rev. Woudenberg’s study concerns: the letter to the Galatians, on which he is preaching a series of sermons; the Book of Revelation, which is being treated in the Young People’s Society; the Gospel according to John, which the Ladies’ Aid Society is currently examining; the Book of Romans, which is the study of the Men’s Society; besides the Bible History and Doctrines of the Church, which occupies the catechism classes. 

Bulletin quote: What we should pray for in the morning of the Sabbath: “For him who dispenses the Word, that his tongue may be touched with a coal from God’s altar; that God would warm his heart who is to help warm others. Your prayers may be a means to quicken the minister. Some complain they find no benefit by the Word preached. Perhaps they did not pray for their minister as they should. Prayer is like the whetting and sharpening of an instrument which makes it cut better.”

Holland’s Men’s Society was host to the men of First Church Monday, Nov. 7. Bible discussion was on the twenty-second chapter of the Book of Revelation, and after recess, Mr. S. DeVries, of the visiting society, gave an essay on the topic, “The Son of Man.” 

The Senior Mr. and Mrs. Society, of First Church, had an open discussion on the very timely subject, “Woman Suffrage” on the after recess program, Nov. 9, the day after the National Elections. 

We have received the following contribution from the Radio Committee: “With most grateful and humble to our Sovereign God we have now begun our 20th year of continuous radio broadcasting. Thankful also that the Lord has again granted us the privilege of recording our beloved pastor, Rev. H. Hoeksema, for another series of radio sermons beginning Sunday, Dec. 4, and continuing through April 2. Included in the series are a Christmas Day sermon and a message treating the glorious resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. The remainder of the series will be sermons based on the visions of the Apostle John as they are recorded for us in the Book of Revelation, chapters 5 and 6. The first three topics of the series are: “The Vision of the Sealed Book,” “An Important Challenge,” “The Lamb That Stands As Though It Had Been Slain,” followed by the Christmas Day message, “The Sign of the Christ Child.” We further report that in the very near future, perhaps in a week or two, a “News Sheet” will be printed and distributed in our congregations, and mailed to the radio listeners. This sheet relates highlights of the past years of our radio endeavors, and also reveals information regarding the present and future plans of the Radio Committee. Be on the lookout for this little paper, and in the meantime (and each Sunday) listen to the Reformed Witness Hour. Remember our mailing address—P.O. Box 8, Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

First Church Ladies’ Aid Society held their annual Bazaar and Baked Goods Sale Nov. 17 in Adams St. School Gym. (The society members donated the fruit of their handiwork to the sale, the proceeds all going to the various Kingdom causes usually remembered by the society when they empty their coffers for distribution.

Bulletin quote: “Simply to will belongs to man: what is evil, to corrupt nature; to will what is evil, to corrupt nature; to will what is good, to grace … whatever good is in the human will is the work of pure grace.”—Calvin.

Sunday, Nov. 20, the Protestant Reformed Men’s Chorus provided the Sunday Music Hour in the Chapel of the Pine Rest Hospital. The program was opened with prayer by Mr. Charles Westra, member of the chorus, and closed by the Institutional pastor, Rev. R. Heynen. The repertoire included such songs as, “O Jesus Grant Me Hope and Comfort,” “Nearer My God To Thee” and a traditional English Christmas song, “A Child This Day Is Born.” The singing was interspersed with organ selections by Miss Karlene Oomkes of First Church. 

You may find the correct formula, given by the Holy Spirit, whereby we may provide an invigorating atmosphere for the well being of our Christian walk on earth—for us and our children—in Colossians 3:16, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” 

. . . . see you in church. 

—J.M.F.