Rev. G. Lubbers accepted the call he received from Pella. The congregation of First Church, of which he had been a member since 1970, when he accepted the call to serve as missionary to Jamaica, planned to bid Rev. and Mrs. Lubbers farewell, in the basement of the church after the evening services on December 22.
The congregation of First Church made an effort, too, to help Mrs. Wm. Nienhuis celebrate her birthday anniversary. A large birthday card was placed on a table in the foyer, and members of that church placed their signatures on it. First Church doesn’t do that withevery birthday, of course. This one was something special. Mrs. Nienhuis, you see, was born on December 11, 1874!
Scores of names must have filled that card. An evidence, that surely is, of the communion of saints. That’s a form of communion which could be seen inany of our churches, of course. But, how about thisone, from Isabel? According to a December bulletin, one of the members “invites the congregation to his house tonight for song and fellowship.” A Sunday evening singspiration which fills a large auditorium has distinct advantages, surely; but the kind of communion experienced by a small congregation, gathering for “song and fellowship” in a home, has a beauty all its own.
Dipping into my supply of old news, just now, I happened, coincidentally, I to draw out an Isabel bulletin on which I had underscored a reference to aSingspiration held there. “Next Sunday evening,” the July 21 bulletin read, “our sister church at Forbes will join us in a SINGSPIRATION here in Isabel. Let us keep this evening open to sing praises unto our God and to fellowship with our fellow saints.” It’s plain that Isabel also seeks what I had just referred to as the advantages of a larger gathering in singing the Lord’s praises.
On that same bulletin from Isabel, reference was made to the work of radio-broadcasting in that area. The announcement read as follows: “We are now co-sponsors with the Mission Committee, of the REFORMED WITNESS HOUR to be heard weekly on Sunday afternoon at 4:10 on KBHB, Sturgis, 810 on your dial. This one-half hour program will replace the 15-minute Reformed Witness which we enjoyed for the past 13 weeks. The Mission Committee has agreed to help us support this program by paying one-half the cost. Let us be thankful that we can have the opportunity to bring this radio ministry into our homes and into the homes of many others.”
For further news concerning radio broadcasts, we lift the following from a September bulletin of our church in Holland, Michigan: “This afternoon The Reformed Heritage Hour will air over WZND the 100th message that the radio ministry of our congregation has sent forth. . . . May our covenant God use this ministry to His own glory and the comfort of His people.”
Further efforts “to disseminate our distinctively Protestant Reformed views,” were set forth in a December Congregational Letter from the Reformed Witness Committee of our Hope Church. “The committee is now engaging itself,” according to the newsletter, “in an effort to proclaim the truths of God’s Word by means of the printed page. We plan to place one-fourth page ads in the Walker, Ottawa, and Grand Valley Shoppers, D.V. These ads would consist of a written meditation summarizing appropriate sermons by our pastor and also including the availability of a taped copy of that sermon.”
It seems that taped sermons are duplicated and mailed regularly “to people in Maine, Montana, Ohio, South Africa, and New Zealand.” The newsletter included excerpts from a couple of letters received in response to those mailings. From New Zealand, this response: “I was in Wellington a couple of days ago . . . the brethren there are coming together in a home and listen to the sermons. We here at Christ Church make a much wider use and they go all over the country, even students at universities are listening to the sermons: Young men are becoming hungry for the reformed truth. We thank the Lord for the blessings of this ministry . . . in your country you have big churches and sometimes I think that some of your people take it for granted to belong to a faithful reformed church. . . .”
And, from South Africa: “. . . What a sheer delight it was to receive the tapes you sent me! . . . I appreciate them tremendously and am grateful to God for His goodness to me. It makes me so glad to hear God honored and Christ exalting sermons in these days of apostasy and compromise.”