We have another new sister congregation. This time in the Grandville, Michigan area. On February 9th, at Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Walker, the Grandville Protestant Reformed Church was formed. That, by the way, is not their official name. Prof. H. Hanko gave the sermon based on I Timothy 3:15b; “The Church, The Pillar of the Truth'” The charter members consisted of 25 families and 5 individuals. May our covenant God establish this new congregation as a foundation and pillar of the truth.
Our new Byron Center Protestant Reformed Church had this note in their February 5th bulletin: “We welcome into our fellowship six new members all from Hudsonville Church. . . . We pray that the love of Christ may abound in our congregation that we may mutually be blessed from our God as we worship together from Sabbath to Sabbath. . . .” Byron Center Consistory elected the following trio from which the congregation will call an-Undershepherd: Candidate Barry Gritters, Rev. Carl Haak, and Rev. Jason Kortering.”
Southeast Protestant Reformed Church is having a birthday! Their January 22, 1984 bulletin reads, “Southeast Protestant Reformed Church celebrates 4-O years in existence this spring. Set aside the evening of April 26 to help commemorate God’s faithfulness to His Church. Anyone with memorabilia of any type is asked to contact Herm Ophoff at 452-1908. More specifics coming later.”
An announcement in the January 15, 1984 bulletin of Southwest Protestant Reformed Church reads, “The Consistory has decided in accord with the request of the Evangelical Reformed Church of Singapore to take the spiritual oversight of Mr. & Mrs. J, Mahtani while they are in this country for his seminary instruction.”
I received a colorful postcard from Rev. & Mrs. Heys with two postage stamps totaling 58 cents airmail. They wrote, in part,” . . .we are laboring with two groups of saints in New Zealand. Every second Sunday in the month we go to Palmerston North which is a good 100 miles north of Wellington. Both groups love the true Reformed Faith.” Remember, Rev. & Mrs. Heys’ phone number is 011-64-4-672-200 and their address 44A Norton Park Avenue, Lower Hutt, New Zealand.
The January 29th bulletin of Hudsonville Protestant Reformed Church had this announcement: “Rev. C. Hanko plans to leave this week to preach in Bradenton for the next several months. May God guide and bless him in his labors.” Incidentally, the address of the church in Bradenton is: 3304 W. 43rd St., Bradenton, Florida. Services are held at 10 A.M. and 4 P.M.
The Activities Committee of Kalamazoo Protestant Reformed Church is planning on a spring conference to be held March 30 in their church at Kalamazoo. Two years ago the conference was on the subject of missions, and last year they considered the subject of Child Development. This year they plan to look into the matter of Christian living.
Covenant Protestant Reformed Church had important information regarding their church building. A January 8 bulletin reads, “At a Building Committee meeting held last Friday evening it was decided to offer. . .our sanctuary bonds. . .This is with a view to finishing the driveway and parking lot this coming spring.”
South Holland Protestant Reformed Church has another publication. Rev. Engelsma has edited “The Christian School Movement; Why a Failure?” by Herman Hoeksema.
The Evangelism Committee of South Holland Protestant Reformed Church arranged a meeting for the Rev. George G. Hutton, minister of the Bible Presbyterian Church in Northern Ireland. He spoke concerning his church, the struggle for the Reformed faith in Northern Ireland, and the state of the church in Northern Ireland.