News From Our Churches

Our Grand Rapids area church bulletins have carried many announcements of the transference of membership papers to the new congregation of Byron Center. The Byron Center congregation organized with twenty-four families and two individuals. May our faithful covenant God establish the truth of His Word with this new Protestant Reformed church. 

Hope Protestant Reformed Church of Redlands had this information in its October 30 bulletin: “Our missionary, Rev. Houck, informs us that he and the family have adjusted well to the Ripon area. The work goes slowly, the contacts few. The group itself is doing well. This coming Thursday, a Reformation Day Lecture is scheduled there. The missionary asks to be remembered in our prayers.” It is a blessing from God to have three missionaries and a candidate proclaiming His truth to those who love the truth. 

In addition to the above announcements in the Redlands bulletin there was this information regarding their new church: “More and more the scheduled date of November 20 for using the new church for worship services looks to be realistic. The carpet was laid this past week, the pews arrived last evening and are to be installed tomorrow, D.V. As well the control cabinet and stove hood are built and being installed.” Again remember that December 1 & 2 are the dates for the Dedication of the new church and the celebration of their 50th anniversary as a congregation. We hope that the congregation of Redlands is able to worship in their new church by the time this news is printed. 

Loveland Protestant Reformed Church was invited to meet with the congregation of Hope Reformed Church in observance of the Reformation. Loveland’s October 30 bulletin read, “The congregation is invited to attend the worship service this afternoon at 2 p.m. of the Peace Reformed Church, 1725 10th St. S.W. Rev. Ploeger will conduct the service.” 

A cassette copy of Rev. Cammenga’s speech, “The Reformation: A Battle For The Bible” is available for $2.00. I would assume that contact should be made through Rev. Cammenga. 

The Sunday School of First Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids gave this report in Across the Aisle, November 1983. “. . .Some 40 years ago the Sunday School of First Protestant Reformed Church began to put in printed, pamphlet form short treatises by Rev. Herman Hoeksema on topics such as The Antichrist and The Christian and Culture. In the early 70’s there were added new titles, among which wereThe Infallibility of the Scriptures, by Prof. Hanko; The Marks of the True Church, by Prof. Hoeksema;Creation . . . or Evolution, by Rev: Van Baren;Missions, by Rev. Hanko. A new pamphlet will appear soon. . .entitled As A Father Pitieth His Children, by Rev. David Engelsma.” The response to these pamphlets has come from such places as the Chaplain at Oklahoma State Reformatory; Ministry of Education, Exams Divisions, Benin City, Nigeria; and Uganda, Africa. The report ends with these words, “Our hope is, of course, that the King of the Church universal will be pleased to use our literature to bring His saints in other lands to a more perfect knowledge of the truth.” 

South Holland Protestant Reformed Church made this announcement in its October 30 bulletin: “The council has put two new books in the church library. They are. . .The Life Of David by Pink and Bible History of the Old Testament by Edersheim. These books can be used by the Young People’s Society and the Mr. and Mrs. Society. . . .We encourage all members to make use of our church library.” 

The October 30 bulletin of First Protestant Reformed Church read, “Beginning November 6, the Reformed Witness Hour will be heard over WFUR both 4 P.M. Sunday on AM and at 9:00 A.M. Sunday on FM. . . .This new time costs us an additional $80 per week. . . .Remember this is your radio witness! Write us a card or letter also; we need your moral as well as financial help. Thank you.” In connection with the Reformed Witness Hour, some of you are aware that the printing of the radio sermons has fallen behind schedule. The main reason for this is that there are not sufficient funds in order to print these sermons in booklet form or any other form. In addition, demands for the printed sermons cannot be met. 

—DH