First Protestant Reformed Church of Grand Rapids has changed the end of their worship service. The December 18, 1983 bulletin reads, “The consistory has decided to return to the practice of shaking the pastor’s hand on the platform after each service. This should help those in the rear of ‘the auditorium to know when the approbation of the sermon is finished so that the congregation may begin its exit.”
According to the December 25 bulletin of First Protestant Reformed Church, “Professor Decker has received the call tot ‘Come over and help us’ from our Byron Center Congregation.” And at the New Year’s Eve service at First Church it was announced that Rev. Van Overloop had declined, the call to serve as missionary to Jamaica.
The Evangelism Committee of South Holland Protestant Reformed Church has printed another pamphlet and included a brief description of its contents. Their December 11, 1983 bulletin reads, “Our Evangelism Committee has published a new pamphlet, ‘Try the Spirits (A Reformed Look at Pentecostalism).’ Pentecostalism, or the charismatic movement, is one of the most significant and popular departures from the Faith in Protestantism, in the last hundred years. Our pamphlet answers, from Scripture, Pentecostalism’s appeals to Scripture for its basic teachings (Holy Spirit Baptism and tongues-speaking). It shows the fundamental opposition between Pentecostalism and the Reformed Faith. It ends with a brief, description of family, friends, and acquaintances who are tempted by Pentecostalism . . . . ”
Sometimes a bulletin announcement has to wait a couple of months before there is room to use it. First Protestant Reformed Church of Holland, Michigan put this announcement in their October 30, 1983 bulletin: “. . . Our monthly collection for the Evangelism Fund . . . is running very low since our monthly offerings have not covered the expenses. The Evangelism Committee buys nine subscriptions to the Standard Bearer which they distribute to people outside our church who are interested in the truth. They also buy tapes and mail recordings of our worship service to those who ask for them and place a weekly advertisement in the Holland SENTINEL. These projects as well as others cost money. May we remember this church extension work as we give freely according as the Lord has prospered us.”
Kalamazoo Protestant Reformed Church put this notice in their December 11, 1983 bulletin: “For the time being the special offering on the third Sunday of each month will be for the Activities Committee so as to cover the expenses of the radio broadcast.” They sponsor a broadcast called the “Christian Dialog” which is on every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, at 11:30 a.m., on WKPR.
The Reformed Witness Hour is still typesetting its radio sermons. Instead of printing these sermons, they are now being produced on a high quality mimeograph stencil at considerably less expense. You should see the March through April sermons coming out soon.
In Hope Protestant Reformed Church’s bulletin of December 25, this appeared: “The Reformed Witness Committee has a need for old Standard Bearers, Beacon Lights and Sunday School papers to send to Africa. Please give them to Mr. Jacob Kuiper.”
Covenant Protestant Reformed Church received this letter from Covenant Christian School of Lynden, Washington: “. . . We as a board wish to convey our appreciation for the monetary gift from Covenant Protestant Reformed Church. You can be assured the gift is needed and will be put to good use . . . . We are located in the heart of the dairy-land only a few miles from . . . Lynden. Classes are held in what was once a building used as a meeting place for the ‘Grange’ . . . . We are in our sixth year of existence and have a total enrollment of 54 students, 38 of which are elementary and 16 in the high school. . . . ”
I will end with a quote from Newsletter No. 5 of the Randolph Protestant Reformed School Society. “And here too there must be agreement with the church and home. What confusion for the child if he is taught one thing in the home and church but another thing in the school! . . . What confusion if the school contradicts what the child learns in the home and church to be the proper way of serving God, of living antithetically in the world, of praying! . . . Above all we must have unity among the church, home and school.”