Rev. M. Kamps is currently considering the call from Kalamazoo.
Rev. and Mrs. Lubbers are, of course, well into their labors in our congregation in Pella. Rev. Lubbers writes that they’re happy to be there, that he is quite busy, and that he tries “to do the work with all the zest that a sixty-five year old man can muster with God’s help.” He was, incidentally, scheduled to speak at the chapel exercises in Pella Christian School on the 19th of February.
Mrs. G. Vos celebrated her 80th birthday on Saturday, February 15. She was remembered on that occasion by an open house, held in the Hudsonville Church on Friday evening, the 14th of February.
A January 12 bulletin of Faith Church reported concerning progress in the construction of Faith’s parsonage. By the middle of January the exterior brick, work was completed, and the carpenters were “busy working on the interior trim.” March 1 is the target, date for the completion pf the house.
Hope Church of Grand Rapids instituted a change in its order of worship. As of February 16, the invocation in Hope’s service precedes the singing of the doxology. The reasoning of the Consistory was that it’s proper that the service begin officially “with the minister declaring the votum.” The new order, according to the February 9 bulletin, is as follows: “1) The organist will stop playing after the minister and council are finished praying; 2) the congregation will rise with the minister; 3) the minister will give the invocation; 4) the organist will give the cue for the doxology and the congregation will sing; 5) the minister will announce the first Psalter number.”
Bulletins of our churches in the Grand Rapids’ area carried notices, during the past several weeks, concerning “the first Singspiration during the anniversary year of our churches.” The theme for that Singspiration is, appropriately, “God’s Covenant Faithfulness.” It’s to be held on the evening of Sunday, March 2, in First Church.
“God’s Covenant Faithfulness” is, as you probably know, the theme of the 1975 Protestant Reformed Young Peoples’ Convention—the 35th in the history of our churches. This particular convention is, therefore, as far as our young people are concerned, of significance in itself. But it takes on added importance in that it will be held concurrently with the 50th anniversary celebration of our churches. The host societies (First Church’s Senior and Junior Young Peoples’) are putting forth every effort to plan a convention which will rank with the best. The planned site of the convention, the beautiful and expansive Calvin College Knollcrest Campus, will surely help in that regard. But the concern of the host societies is for more than facilities. “We want to believe,” they write, “that this will be one of the most profitable spiritual conventions ever held
On August 6 Wednesday of the Convention week) there will be a Field Day intended for all of our people. In writing concerning that event, Randolph’s bulletin suggested that “this is a good opportunity for all of us to renew old acquaintances and to make new ones. This is a good time to come together as a denomination and celebrate ‘God’s Covenant Faithfulness.’ As many of us as possible should plan to be in Michigan for this event.”
That same Randolph bulletin, by the way, contained a couple of other paragraphs which ought to be of general interest. One concerns the missionary labors carried on in Maine, the other concerns that in Texas. The first, lifted from a letter written by Mr. John Hilton, reads as follows:
“Now Rev. Kuiper is working here and although we don’t have any more regular worshippers than before, many people have come to know about us through the newspapers and radio as well as his visits. We now have a weekly radio program here. Rev. Kuiper goes to Portland to preach every other Sunday afternoon and people from there come here on the other Sunday. . . . We only wish more people would make use of the priceless privilege of hearing the preaching and join with us.”
The second paragraph from Randolph’s bulletin was, according to its introduction, “gleaned from Pella’s bulletin.” And the latter indicated that it came from a letter written b y Mr. Joel Sugg, teacher of “the Country School” at Brookshire, Texas. The following excerpt, then, has reached us by a route somewhat less than direct. Here it is:
“With the seed planted over ten years ago through the loving ministry of Rev. G. Lubbers, the Protestant Reformed Churches have provided an unbroken continuity of preaching since Rev. David Engelsma’s profoundly powerful clarion call of the Gospel preached to over 80 souls gathered at the Cottage on the 3rd Sunday of September, 1973. Presently Rev. Robert Harbach is the Missionary pastor preaching to our group of 8-10 families meeting every Sunday in Houston, and while our greatest gratitude is for the gift of God’s Son, we have knowledge of this only through the Gospel, which has been brought before us by these ministers. May God be praised!”