It seems that the choir of Covenant Christian High, under the direction of Mr. R. Petersen is acquiring some renown. On May 26 they traveled to Kalamazoo to perform there in a program sponsored by the Kalamazoo Protestant Reformed Church. And on May 19 they went even further—out of state, no less. The Ladies Society of South Holland’s church sponsored a program in that church’s auditorium. The feature attraction was Covenant’s a cappella choir.
The schools have again been closed for the summer season, as some of you mothers have probably already had reason to regret. June church bulletins carried many announcements of commencement exercises. One of our ministers actually spoke at two such programs—and at nearly opposite sides of the continent. Rev. D. Engelsma first spoke on “Going on in Confidence” at our school in Loveland. This was not, strictly speaking, a graduation program, since our school there has, at present, only grades 1 through 6; but the similarity is evident enough. Then Rev. Engelsma also accepted the invitation to speak at Covenant’s graduation exercises, a visit made possible, of course, by his attendance at the meeting of Synod in Grand Rapids.
The pre-synodical prayer service was held on June 2, at First Church in Grand Rapids. Rev. C. Hanko preached the sermon from Ephesians 2. First’s bulletin noted that “we expect, D.V., to see also Rev. Elliott from Jamaica at this service.” Southwest offered this added information, that “Rev. Clinton Elliott will arrive in Chicago at the O’Hare Airport, D.V., on Monday,June 1, at 2:15 P.M. He will fly by way of the Bahama Islands on the Maiden Flight of Air Jamaica, Inc., to Chicago . . . . Rev. and Mrs. Lubbers intend to meet him in Chicago and bring him home with them.” And, we’ll have to give credit for the last word in this matter to our church in Holland. “Rev. C. J. Elliott did not receive his passport in time for the trip last Monday and now plans to come later in the month.”
You were promised some news from the schools this summer. Well, it’s summer; so here it is. For this issue, we’d like to pass on some information and a photograph from Loveland, Colorado, both of which were graciously provided by a couple of members of Loveland’s School Board. The picture below is of Loveland’s student body (grades 1 through 6) in their classroom (in the church basement) with Miss B. Hoekstra (teacher and administrator).
In March of 1959, a group of 11 men met to discuss the possibility of establishing a Protestant Reformed Christian school in Loveland. Two years of preparation led to opening of school in the fall of 1961, with 5 grades under one teacher, Miss Ruth Kuiper. This coming fall, there is an anticipated enrollment of 31 students, an expansion to 8 grades, and, for the first time, 2 teachers. Miss Beverly Hoekstra will teach the upper 4 grades and Miss Barb Zandstra, teacher of grade 3 for the last 2 years at Adams in Grand Rapids, will teach the lower 4 grades.
The School Board has, with the assistance of the church pamphlet committee, distributed pamphlets to hundreds of families in the Loveland area, giving grounds for their support of a Christian school over against the public schools. The result has been that they now receive the support of the Reformed Church of Fort Collins; and the pastor of the 4th St. Baptist Church sends his child to their school. Next fall, 8 of 31 students will be from non-Protestant Reformed churches.
“School” will still be the church basement, but they’ll be using more of it. They look forward, though, to the day when they will have their own school building. They plan to, sometime in the future, build on the approximate 2-acre plot of land adjacent to the church building.
Let’s conclude with this quote: “We have seen the blessing of the Lord on our endeavors, and proceed in the confidence that He is our help and strength, and that the small beginning that we have seen, He surely will prosper.”
News like this, we think, is interesting. Many Standard Bearer readers are, likely, unaware of what’s happening in Loveland; and some might even be unaware of the fact that we have a school there. We would like, therefore, for the above material, to thank especially Mr. Frank Van Baren. And we would also like to encourage others with similar news to make use of that address listed in the front of this magazine.
From the bulletin of Southeast Church we learn that Rev. Schipper has declined the call from our church in Doon, Iowa. After Rev. C. Hanko declined the call from Randolph, Wisconsin, that church made another trio consisting of Revs. R. Harbach, G. VanBaren, and B. Woudenberg. And then there’s an acceptance which, because of its momentous importance, is, no doubt, already general knowledge; but it gives us great pleasure, nonetheless, to report that Rev. G. Lubbers has accepted the call to serve as missionary on the island of Jamaica.
We still have a lot of church news left. Next month’s news ought to be easy—it’s half written already. By that time, though, to call it “news” would be misnomering. How about “olds?” Better that than writing a whole new column.