Delegates of Classis West attended an officebearers’ conference Tuesday, February 5, in Doon, Iowa. Rev. Moore presented a paper, on that occasion, on an aspect of the work of the deacons. On Tuesday evening Candidate Mark Hoeksema preached his Classical sermon in a special worship service held in Doon Church. And on Wednesday there was the convening of Classis West, part of the agenda for which was the examination of Candidate Hoeksema, pastor-elect of Ebenezer Protestant Reformed Church of Forbes, North Dakota.
On the basis of that examination, Classis recommended that our Forbes congregation proceed with his installation. The installation took place two days later, on Friday, February 8. Ebenezer’s consistory invited the congregations of Doon, Hull, and Isabel to witness the ordination of their pastor-elect into the ministry. At the service, which was held in the Ebenezer Church at 2:00 in the afternoon, the candidate was ordained into the ministry by his father, Professor H.C. Hoeksema. Following that service, a reception was held in the parlors of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Forbes.
That the congregation in Forbes would describe this as a’ “joyous occasion” in their invitation to their sister congregations in Iowa and South Dakota, is understandable, of course, in light of the fact that Forbes has been for so many years without a pastor. And we all rejoice with them, both in that they have received an undershepherd, and in that, as stated in First Church’s bulletin, God “has seen fit to add another young man to the ministry of the Word.”
As these lines are being written, on the 14th of February, another installation is taking place — this one in South Holland, Illinois. On February 4 the congregation of Loveland, Colorado, met in a farewell gathering for Rev. and Mrs. Engelsma and family. A program was presented and refreshments were served in the Loveland Community Building. On the following Sunday, February 10, Rev. Engelsma preached his “farewell sermon” in Loveland, and on Monday he and his family left for Illinois. On Thursday evening Professor Decker and Rev. Bekkering officiated at his installation as pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of South Holland.
Rev. G. Lubbers expected to be in Prospect Park, on a preaching assignment, on the last three Sundays of February. His work there followed that of Rev. Joosten, who was in New Jersey on the three preceding Sundays. At the end of February, Rev. Lubbers plans to go to Houston, Texas, and remain there until the first of June. Two forthcoming lectures: on April 18 in First Church, Professor Hoeksema will speak on the topic, “Why Are We Protestant Reformed?” and on May 9 in the Hudsonville Public High School, there will be a lecture on “The Signs of the Times” delivered by Professor Decker and Rev. Bekkering officiated at his installation as pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of South Holland.
Rev. G. Lubbers expected to be in Prospect Park, on a preaching assignment, on the last three Sundays of February. His work there followed that of Rev. Joosten, who was in New Jersey on the three preceding Sundays. At the end of February, Rev. Lubbers plans to go to Houston, Texas, and remain there until the first of June.
Two forthcoming lectures: on April 18 first church, Professor Hoeksema will speak on the topic, “Why Are We Protestant Reformed?” and on May 9 in the Hudsonville Public High School, there will be a lecture on “The Signs of the Times” delivered by Professor R. De…… but that’s right, I was going to stick to things that have already been.
So . . . from an October 28 bulletin from Isabel, I noticed that I missed a couple of Reformation Day lectures in a previous report concerning them. On October 31 Rev. Miersma delivered a public lecture, in the Isabel church, entitled “The Church of Today in Light of the Reformation.” On Friday of the following week he presented the same lecture in Forbes.
Response to the materials sent out by Mr. Vander Wal is often most interesting. He has, incidentally, recently received response from Thailand. Not all the requests come from so far away, of course, but even those closer to home can be very interesting. Imagine Mr. Vander Wal’s surprise, for example, when he opened this letter from a reader in Florida: Ik kan niethet Engels schrijven zoo ik hoop dat een van jullie Hollands kan lezen, nu wou ik heel graag dat jullie ‘Good News for the Afflicted’ zou zenden, en een paar van die preeken ook ‘The Unbreakable Bond of Marriage.’ ”
Fortunately, Mr. Vander Wal was able to find someone to “lezen Hollands,” so he could fill the request for several of our pamphlets.
That our literature is, on occasion, very well received is evident, further, from a letter received from a Kingsport, Tennessee, reader. He writes, “I have just finished reading your pamphlet titled ‘Missions’ and found it most instructive. I would like to avail myself of the offer on the back of this pamphlet of a number of additional pamphlets, listed below.” After listing those titles, the writer stated, “I commend you, the Protestant Reformed warriors for the faith once delivered unto the saints, for your constancy and purity of doctrine.”