News From Our Churches

There have been quite a few news items of late concerning our ministers. With the retirement last year of Rev. C. Hanko and this year of Rev. G. Lubbers, Rev. H. Veldman, and Rev. M. Schipper there have been and will be changes in the pulpits of our churches. As of June 3 the following items were on hand: Rev. James Slopsema has declined the call received from Faith Church in Jenison, Michigan. However, from a trio of Rev. D. Engelsma, Rev. R. VanOverloop, and Rev. Slopsema, Rev. Slopsema received a call from Southwest Church in Wyoming, Michigan. Faith Church has formed a trio consisting of Rev. D. Engelsma, Rev. A. den Hartog, and Prof. H. Hanko. Rev. den Hartog has the call from our church in Isabel, South Dakota. Should Rev. den Hartog decline the call to Isabel, the Seminary has informed the Isabel congregation that upon graduation from Seminary, the then Candidate Richard Flikkema will supply their pulpit for the summer months beginning June 25. Isabel’s former pastor was installed as the new pastor of our church in Pella, Iowa, on Thursday evening, May 25, by Rev. M. Hoeksema. 

Rev. Schipper plans to preach his farewell sermon in Southeast Church in Grand Rapids on July 16. The congregation is planning a special program for Rev. and Mrs. Schipper to be held in the church on Friday, July 14. 

A special program was held in our Edgerton, Minnesota, church on May 18. Rev. Slopsema showed slides from his trip to Singapore and informed the congregation of his work there. This trip was undertaken at the request of our Synodical Mission Committee upon the request of a large number of young people in Singapore who desire to learn more of the Reformed truth. 

Parents from our congregation in Lynden, Washington, have banded together, formed a school society, and elected a school board. The society has purchased a Grange Hall on 2 1/2 acres which they propose to remodel for use as a school. The new school will be called the Covenant Christian School. About 30 students are expected when the school opens this fall. 

The Young People’s Societies from First Church sponsored a special program on May 30. Rev. Woudenberg and Elder Prince showed pictures taken on their recent trip to visit the Jamaican Churches and spoke of their work there. This program will probably be repeated in other of our churches. The young people have also been busy of late conducting a clothing drive for the Jamaicans. 

Hudsonville Church sponsored a second lecture following up an earlier lecture in April by Prof. Hanko. Hudsonville’s pastor, Rev. G. VanBaren, spoke on “The Pleasures of Babylon: Dancing,” on May 25. 

Spring and early summer is a time for many special activities in church and school circles. There are banquets, mass meetings, graduations, and picnics, to mention a few of the activities announced in church bulletins. Among these seasonal activities we note the following: Randolph scheduled the Annual Spring Church Cleaning on May 13. The ladies were admonished to bring their Spit & Span. Redlands held their Sunday School Wiener Bake on May 12. Faith Church in Jenison, Michigan, held a picnic toy shower for the church nursery on May 3. The Hull, Iowa, young people sponsored their annual Spring Banquet on April 27. Rev. Mark Hoeksema spoke on “Our Proper Use of Leisure Time.” The Ladies’ League met at 1:00 PM in Doon, Iowa, on April 18. Rev. Kamps spoke on “Mothers and Their Calling to the School.” Rev. Hoeksema conducted a question hour after the speech. The Free Christian School PTA of Edgerton, Minnesota, met on April 28. Rev. Kamps was the speaker. After the meeting a shortage meeting was held. During the past two years we have learned about ‘tasting bees’ and ‘bean walks.’ Now somebody might explain what a ‘shortage meeting’ consists of. The Loveland, Colorado, Ladies’ Circle annual Auction was held on May 13. Also in Loveland, a Singspiration was held on Tuesday evening May 9. A collection was taken for the 1978 Young People’s Convention at South Holland, Illinois.