News From Our Churches

The organizational meeting of the Byron Center Protestant Reformed Church took place Thursday, October 20, in the Byron Center Christian Junior High School. Prof. Hoeksema was the speaker. May God bless this new church. 

The consistory of Hope Protestant Reformed Church held a meeting on August 18 for all those who were interested in the organization of a church in the Grandville area. Since then a group of families has met for Sunday worship services in the Grandville High School. It is the desire of these families to organize in the near future. 

God has put a profound love for the Reformed truth in our hearts. That is evident when we consider the many Reformation Day lectures that took place in October. South Holland Protestant Reformed Church held two lectures. Rev. Engelsma spoke October 13, on “The Reformation and Love of the Truth.” Rev. Van Overloop spoke October 27, on “The Reformation and Prayer.” Remember the Reformation Day Lecture to be held November 4, 8 P.M. at Kalamazoo Protestant Reformed Church. Rev. Bekkering will be the speaker.

Rev. Houck’s address is 1109 W. Rumble Road, Modesto, CA 95350. 

First Protestant Reformed Church of Grand Rapids had this announcement in their September 18 bulletin: “Our missionary, Rev. Van Overloop . . . reported to Classis that his work in Birmingham was slowly moving forward. Also, that while he was in South Holland, he was made aware of an interested group in the Elk Grove area of Chicago.”

The October 9 bulletin of First Church also read, “Candidate K. Hanko, his wife and family have left to labor in Blue Bell, Pa. for about two and one-half months. He is being sent by our Hope consistory at the request of the Mission Committee.” 

The Church Extension Committee of Southwest Protestant Reformed Church is working on the idea of “submitting informative items regarding our services in the ‘church calendar’ of the Saturday Grand Rapids Press, periodically placing brief doctrinal statements along with information regarding our church in theAdvance Newspapers, and distributing Standard Bearers in some of the area homes for the elderly.” 

—DH