The latest news we have from our calling churches is that Redlands has extended a call to Rev. Slopsema. Though without a pastor of their own, Redlands has continued to receive pulpit supply with considerable regularity. From Redlands’ bulletins of May 17, 24, and 31 we learn that, following Rev. Veldman’s extended visit, Rev. Cammenga spent two Sundays there on classical appointment, and he was to be followed by Seminarian Deane Wassink “beginning June 7 through August, if necessary.” Obviously Redlands has not given up hope that the Lord will, in His good time, send them an undershepherd.
Speaking of seminarians, from a Hope, Michigan bulletin we are informed that Seminarian Jon Smith will be spending the summer months laboring with our Isabel, South Dakota congregation.
Although it is not unusual that our schools conduct graduation exercises at this time of the year; it is interesting to note that graduating classes of our Adams, Hull, and Redlands schools all chose the same class text: “The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1
Also worthy of note is the fact that our Redlands school imported Rev. Cammenga all the way from Hull, Iowa to speak at their commencement exercises. If you have read the preceding portion of this column carefully, however, you have figured out that there was no need for Rev. Cammenga to make a special trip to California to give this speech since he was there at the time on classical appointment.
We missed a lecture in our spring speech and lecture list of our last news column, that being one given in the United Methodist Church of Franklin Lakes; New Jersey by Rev. Ronald Hanko, pastor of our Wyckoff congregation, on the topic “Sovereignty and Responsibility.”
Do you remember Rev. Jose Martinez? You may recall that it was he who deciphered a mistakenly addressed Spanish letter that was sent to the S.B. post office box. From a May 10 Trinity Protestant Reformed Church (Houston, Texas) bulletin we quote the following: “. . .we plan to have a program of slides and a talk by Rev. Jose Martinez on his former labors in El Salvador. Rev. Martinez has long been acquainted with our churches and appreciative of our faithful stand for God’s truth. We plan to have a time of refreshment and fellowship following the program so that we can get better acquainted with the Martinez family.” Considering this idea of getting better acquainted with the Martinez family, I wonder if they have ever considered visiting Michigan?