News From Our Churches

Our church in Pella, Iowa, has extended a call to Rev. Rodney Miersma of Isabel, South Dakota, to be their pastor. 

The consistory of First Church in Grand Rapids called a special congregational meeting on the evening of April 10. The congregation approved the purchase of a house at 2016 Tekonsha SE for a parsonage. This home is in the Indian Village area of Grand Rapids, about two miles southeast of the church. Rev. Joostens is scheduled to be installed as the new pastor of First on April 16. If plans go according to schedule, Rev. Joostens and his family should move into the “new” parsonage before the end of April. 

The congregation of Randolph, Wisconsin, met in a special meeting the week of March 19 and decided not to construct a nursery room in the church, but to continue to use the consistory room for that purpose. It was also decided that nursery once a week is sufficient. 

Our Trinity Protestant Reformed Church in Houston, Texas, began to meet in their “new” church building on March 26. Perhaps a little more information about the new facilities in Houston will be forthcoming. Southwest Church in Wyoming, Michigan, is also meeting in a different but temporary facility (a school building near 28th and Byron Rd. SW) until their new church home is completed some time this summer. 

A number of special lectures are scheduled by our churches again this Spring. The Annual Spring Lecture sponsored by the Michigan Area Churches is scheduled on April 27 in the Hudsonville Church. Professor H. Hanko will speak on “The Pleasures of Babylon in Jerusalem” (an analysis of the entertainment problem). Professor R. D. Decker has been asked to speak for the combined meeting of the Men’s and Ladies’ Leagues on April 18 in our Holland Church on matters pertaining to the love of God. His title is, “Does Emphasis on the Love of God Lead to Arminianism or to the Comfort of the People of God?” The Men’s Society of our South Holland, Illinois, Church has scheduled a lecture on May 15th in their church. Rev. George Lubbers plans to speak on “Healthy Piety versus False Mysticism.” 

The Young People’s Society in South Holland brought plants to the older members of the congregation during Easter week. The young people in First Church recently sponsored a ‘coffee’ for the senior citizens of the congregation. From all reports the coffee was well attended and well received. 

Spring also brings notice of spring banquets, kindergarten roundups and bulletin notices in our midwestern churches to the effect that church services will be canceled if a tornado watch is in effect one half hour before the worship service. 

Our church in Houston held what could be called a “Millennium Seminar” on Saturday morning, February 25. Rev. Wayne Bekkering presented the amillennial view and Rev. Lewis Bulkeley, pastor of the Providence Presbyterian Church presented the postmillennial position. A time was also given for questions and discussion. 

The South Holland Young People continue their fund raising activities for the ’78 Protestant Reformed Young People’s Convention, which they are hosting this summer, with a submarine sandwich sale and an organ recital in their church on April 7th. 

The children of our Christian day school in South Holland were addressed in a chapel talk by Rev. Moore recently. Rev. Moore is pastor of our church in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and had come several thousand miles not only to make a chapel speech, but also to attend the meeting of Classis West of our Churches which met in South Holland this spring. 

Our denominational missionary, Rev. Harbach, included the following appropriate paragraph entitled “Spring Housecleaning,” in his little paper “The Calvinist Contender.” “It’s that time again! Carpets, closets and clothes are cleaned. The whole house, basement to attic, is swept, dusted and polished. It’s time for housecleaning in the churches too. Much of what is only trash has accumulated. Attention is called to this refuse in synodical decisions on dancing, worldly amusement, unbiblical divorce, abortion, homosexuals, lodge membership, union membership, the charismatic movement, etc. For the ordering of God’s house will the synodical broom sweep clean? Need we majority vote directives on how to ‘clean house’? Haven’t we in us the Spirit of God who teaches us to cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit (II Cor. 7:1)?”