News From Our Churches

When I asked the question last time, “What is the ‘Question Box’?” I was not referring to the “Question Box” that appears in this magazine. Instead, I was thinking about the “Question Box” that appears in the Katy Times. Now you ask, “What is the Katy Times?” The Katy Times is a newspaper found in Texas. You see, our Trinity Protestant Reformed Church has started a venture called the “Question Box” in the Katy Times to make the people around their area aware of what the Trinity Protestant Reformed Church is and why they are sponsoring the “Question Box.” The answer to the first question is, “We are a church that is interested in a deep, rich and consistent understanding of the truth of God as it is taught in the Bible. We strive for a balance in emphasizing the knowledge of the Bible and living in obedience to it. Both are very important.” The answer to the second question is, “Life presents all of us with many difficult questions. These questions need answers before God and man. Many people do not know the clear teaching of the Bible as it relates to their questions. We do not profess to have all the. answers by any means. But we will work and study to try to help you find the answers.” The congregation is encouraged to submit questions that they would like to see treated. This is an interesting way to have the congregation involved with witnessing to the truth. 

The Canadian Government has allowed Rev. Tom Miersma to begin his labors in Edmonton before his papers are approved. That means Tom and Jan Miersma have been in Canada for a month and a half now. I wonder if their papers are approved by now.

Rev. Heys is now laboring in the Wellington area of New Zealand. Wellington is on the “north island in distinction from Christchurch which is on the south island” according to Holland’s bulletin. Rev. and Mrs. Heys plan on being in this area for up to six months. Their address is 16 Camellia Terrace, Maungaraki, Lower Hutt, New Zealand. 

Now that the missionary from Singapore, Rev. den Hartog, and his family have been in the Grand Rapids area for awhile, he will by this time be in Wyckoff, New Jersey. He plans on giving a slide program for the congregation while he is there. The den Hartogs will leave the New Jersey area Thursday, December 2. At this time I do not know where they plan on going next. 

Prof. H.C. Hoeksema traveled to Blue Bell, PA to speak at a Reformation celebration held at the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in that town. His invitation gave him the opportunity to speak on the importance of our “Canons” for today and on the history of the Protestant Reformed Churches. I understand that Mrs. Hoeksema also spoke to a group of people who are using or are going to use her bookPeaceable Fruit for studying. The people who are Orthodox Presbyterians in this area are familiar with our churches and our many publications. While I am talking about Prof. H.C. Hoeksema, I will add the fact that his Canons Class that met at Cutlerville Christian School now meets at Byron Center Library every Wednesday. 

Loveland Protestant Reformed Church will be celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary as a congregation very soon. The church is taking donations for this celebration. Loveland was organized in 1958 with seventeen families. Now there are thirty-nine families. The consistory has decided to increase its size by one elder and one deacon for a total of four elders and three deacons. This increase in office-bearers will help to facilitate the work of both the elders and the deacons. 

God is making it known to us that He continues to use us in the proclamation of His word. I will end with this quote from Spurgeon, as it appeared in Holland’s bulletin: “The way to grow strong in Christ is to become weak in yourself. God pours no power into man’s heart till man’s power is all poured out. The Christian’s life is one of daily dependence on the grace and strength of God.”