News From Our Churches

Of a trio consisting of Revs. Wayne Bekkering, George Lubbers, and James Slopsema, our Houston, Texas, congregation has called Rev. Bekkering of Randolph, Wisconsin.

The first full week in June was graduation week in the Grand Rapids area. On Tuesday, June 7, Seminary Graduation was held in our Hudsonville Church. Professor Hanko nave an address on “Predestination. the Heart of the Gospel.” Three graduates received their diplomas: Mr. Kenneth Koole of our churches and two students from the Free Reformed Churches. Mr. Koole will be eligible for a call in early July. On Wednesday evening Hope Protestant Reformed Christian School held their graduation in Hudsonville Church also. Rev. B. Woudenberg was the speaker. On Thursday evening in First Church, Adams St. Christian School held their graduation exercises. Prof. R. Decker gave the address. And, on Friday evening, also in First Church, Covenant Christian High School scheduled their graduation. Rev. M. Schipper was the speaker. 

This note concerning Rev. Harbach’s work as missionary was in Hope’s bulletin: “Rev. and Mrs. Harbach are planning to leave Thursday, May 26, on an investigative trip in the area north of Lynden, Washington. The Mission Committee has received information of some interest in Victoria, Vancouver, and Abbotsford, British Columbia. The Harbachs plan to stay in Lynden during this month of work. We wish them God’s blessing and pray that the Lord may yield fruit to their labors.” 

The following news from our Faith Church in Jenison, Michigan, concerning their building program was in their bulletin: “A good spirit prevailed at the congregational meeting held last week Monday evening. (May 9) By an almost unanimous vote the congregation decided to proceed with the drawing up of final plans for phase one, which will consist of a $200,000 sanctuary. May the Lord prosper us in this work toward the building of His house.” 

Our Southwest Church in Wyoming, Michigan is also looking forward to the time when they too can occupy a new church ‘home.’ Their “Permanent Building Committee” has been busy with the questions of ‘how and when.’ The results of a questionnaire distributed to the congregation by the committee indicate that 80% of the congregation is in favor of a church building program in light of the continued growth of the congregation. However, 50% of the congregation indicated they were “able or willing” to meet the financial obligations outlined by the committee necessary to build a new church. Based on their survey information, the committee decided to continue to investigate ways and means to proceed with the directive of the council to “study the problems and costs involved in construction of a new church building on our Ivanrest Ave. property.” 

The church ushers in our South Holland Church have; scheduled a class in emergency medical training. That sounds like a good idea. 

The Sunday School Teachers’ Mass Meeting was held lin Southwest Church on May 2. Mr. D. Boone was scheduled to speak on the topic, “Sunday School—Is It a Valuable Tool In Covenant Instruction?” 

The Sunday School teachers in our Redlands, California church scheduled their ‘annual wienie bake’ for their Sunday School students on May 27. This event seems to be a little unique in our churches. 

Also in Redlands, Rev. Kortering has moved his study into the parsonage at 902 E. Brockton. The trailer which had been used as a study was vacated and will be returned.

The Young People’s Societies of our churches across the land scheduled their Spring Banquets during May. The Michigan area banquet was held in Hudsonville Church on May 20. Rev. David Engelsma of South Holland, Illinois, was the speaker. In the Edgerton—Northwest Iowa area, the Young People’s Banquet was held on May 4. Rev. M. Kamps spoke on “Seek Ye the Lord While He May Be Found.” 

Rev. Kamps also was the speaker at a public lecture in our church in Isabel, South Dakota, on April 22. His topic was, “THE OLD CREEDS: Are They Still Right For The Last Days?” Lunch was served in the church basement after the lecture so those attending could visit with Rev. and Mrs. Kamps. 

Rev. Miersma of Isabel spent the Sundays of May 15 and 22 on classical appointment in Forbes, North Dakota. These were the last services in the Forbes church as the congregation was dissolved after the service on May 22. The members of the small congregation in Forbes are moving to other cities where they can continue their membership in our churches. 

The following reminder from the Isabel bulletin is something we can all take to heart: “Now that the society season is over there is a danger that we forget about studying the Bible or related writings. Try through the summer months to continue reading or studying the Bible itself, commentaries, or Church History—something to keep our minds active in order that we continue to grow in the knowledge of the truth and of God’s way for us.”