Following Rev. Woudenberg’s decline of the call from Kalamazoo, the Consistory there formed a new trio, this one consisting of Revs. C. Hanko, M. Kamps, and H. Veldman.
The time of the evening worship services of our South Holland Church has been changed, as of January 12, to 6:00 P.M. Sunday visitors to that part of Illinois will probably want to bear that in mind.
A rather interesting letter from Covenant Christian High School was distributed in our Grand Rapids’ area churches early in January. The letter concerned the possibility of holding adult education classes at Covenant. The purpose of the letter was to determine, by means of a form to be filled out and submitted to the school, the degree of interest in such classes. It was suggested that courses such as Ancient Church History, painting, beginning astronomy, conversational German, etc., could be offered in evening and/or summer daytime classes, which would be taught, presumably, by members of the high school faculty. It will be interesting to learn how all that turns out.
Advance notice was given, in an Isabel, S.D. bulletin, to the public lecture held “on the 27th of December at 8:00 in our sister church in Forbes. Prof. H. C. Hoeksema will be the featured speaker who will speak on the subject of God’s Sovereign Love for the World’ as that truth is based on the Word of God in John 3:16.”
Prof. and Mrs. Hoeksema were in Forbes, N.D. for part of the Christmas vacation period, to visit their son and daughter-in-law, and, of course, their first grandson—Stephen Mark, son of Rev. and Mrs. Mark Hoeksema. The Professor took advantage of his stay there, to preach and deliver that lecture in the Forbes’ Protestant Reformed Church on December 27. The little church held on that evening approximately fifty people, several of whom came from as far away as fifty and sixty miles. After the speech, the audience was invited for coffee to the home of one of the members of the congregation. Nearly twenty people took up the invitation and enjoyed the opportunity to question the speaker and discuss matters related to the speech. All in all, we’re told, it was a very interesting evening.
On his way back to Grand Rapids, Prof. Hoeksema stopped in Randolph for a short visit, preaching the afternoon service there on December 29. The preceding Sunday, incidentally, Randolph’s pastor had the privilege of administering the sacrament of baptism to his son, born December 2, the fifth child in the Bekkering home.
By the way, have you ever seen Randolph’s 1974 Church Directory? Its cover pictures their new church building, and the contents include, in addition to the usual listing of names, addresses, and phone numbers, a group picture of the consistory, as well as two full pages devoted to small pictures, taken by a professional photographer, of each of the families which make up the Randolph congregation. A very attractive directory!
Several months ago I jotted down a few notes concerning the 1974 Young People’s Convention, and since that time I’ve never been able to find room to include it in this column. It’s already too old to be called news, I suppose, but I think I’ll slip it in here anyway, so that my previous efforts will not have been for naught. The 34th Annual Protestant Reformed Young People’s Convention was held during the week of August 11, on the campus of Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. Many of the convention activities were held on the campus; and the campus dorms served as lodging place for the conventioneers. The host societies (Doon, Edgerton, and Hull), under the leadership of Revs. Moore, Lanting, and Kortering, respectively, obviously put a considerable amount of time and effort into the planning of the convention activities. The convention theme was, “Serving the Lord with Gladness.” The fast of the convention speeches was delivered by Rev. Heys, who spoke on “Making a Joyful Noise.” The second speaker was Rev. Van Baren, whose topic was, “Serving the Lord.” The third speech was Prof. Decker’s, on “Coming Before His Presence.” There was also time set aside for discussion groups, as well as for the usual business meetings. Recreational activities included a hayride, swimming, and an apparently unscheduled pillow fight which raged throughout the dorm and throughout the night (almost). Members of the three area congregations joined the conventioneers at a pork barbecue (“two hogs on an open spit”) at the football field across from Dordt.
The Convention Booklet contained a greeting which began as follows: “Welcome, to the land of farms and cornfields, and the 1974 convention. We hope that we may experience a true unity of Christian youth and that serving the Lord with gladness may become more and more a part of our lives.” In Hull’s August 18 bulletin, Rev. Kortering wrote in retrospect concerning the convention, that “we believe it helped unite our Protestant Reformed youth and through the means of serious discussions and practical speeches as well as fun activities, they have been spiritually enriched.”