News From Our Churches

Rev. Wayne Bekkering, pastor of our church in Randolph, Wisconsin, has accepted the call to be the first pastor of our new church in Houston, Texas, Trinity Protestant Reformed Church. From a trio of Candidate Ken Koole, Rev. James Slopsema, and Rev. Ronald VanOverloop, Randolph has extended a call to Rev. VanOverloop. A Farewell Potluck Supper was planned for Rev. Bekkering and his family on August 1 in Randolph Park. Rev. Bekkering planned to preach his farewell sermon on Sunday, August 7. Upon the request of the East Friesland Christian Reformed Church and with the permission of the Randolph consistory, Rev. Bekkering conducted the evening service at East Friesland on July 17. 

At age of 70 years, Rev. C. Hanko has been emeritated at his request. It does not sound as if Rev. Hanko is planning to ‘retire’ though. He has already been asked to teach in our Seminary. According to the Redlands bulletin, Rev. Hanko is also interested in laboring in New Zealand, a country he visited with Prof. H. Hoeksema in 1975. Rev. Hanko’s charge, Hudsonville, has called Rev. James Slopsema from a trio which included Rev. David Engelsma and Rev. Gise VanBaren. 

At the request of several families, Rev. Robert Harbach, our home missionary, expects soon to begin three months labor in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. This period of labor may extend for a year. Victoria is on Vancouver Island and is located a little north and west of Lynden, Washington, where a Protestant Reformed Church is established. The Mission Committee also expects to begin labors in Birmingham, Alabama, at the request of four families there. Probably, different ministers will be requested to labor there in turn for periods of two or three weeks. A young man from this area plans to enter our seminary this fall. 

In our last column, we reported that the ladies circle in Hull scheduled a money raising project called ‘bean walking.’ Some degree of puzzlement was expressed as to what bean walking consisted of. Readers in Minnesota and Iowa kindly wrote to explain. Simply put, bean walking consists of weeding a soybean field. One of the definitions received goes as follows (edited for lack. of space): “Bean Walking may be defined as that activity consisting of ambulating through a field planted with soybeans while armed with a hoe or other sharp instrument of destruction. It is. generally a group activity, the purpose being the destruction of various noxious weeds inimical to the soybeans and incongruous in the field, which purpose is usually accomplished by a straggling line of persons of all ages engaged in sighting and uprooting such noxious weeds. This activity is designed to produce, among other things: blisters, perspiration, aches and pains, and questions as to how much more remains to be done.” For the complete definition, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope.