Last time we reported that Rev. H. Veldman planned to undergo surgery on November 4. We’re happy to note, from the bulletin of his congregation, that “the operation was successful and his condition is as well as can be expected.” It was anticipated that he would be absent from the pulpit for about a month.
Following Rev. D. Engelsma’s decline of the call to Redlands, the consistory there made a new trio consisting of Rev. R. Harbach, Rev J. Heys, and Rev. G. VanBaren.
On November 12 there was an Open House at Covenant Christian High. The program included a speech by the school administrator, Mr. Roland Petersen, as well as several numbers by the a cappella choir, and a performance by the band, which Covenant has organized for the first time this year. Of special interest, also, was the opportunity to “browse around.” The $70,000 addition, you see, has only recently been completed. Two new classrooms have alleviated the overcrowdedness experienced during the first few weeks of school, and the two new shower rooms should be a good thing for the school’s physical education program.
An August bulletin of our church in Redlands included the response of a listener to the radio broadcast of the Reformed Witness Hour. This evidence of God’s use of that witness will certainly be of interest to many of our readers, so we’ll pass it along.
“Yesterday as my family and I were returning from Los Angeles, we heard your program over KBBI, for the first time. It was a joyous experience to hear this message on “Calling,” by Rev. VanBaren. We are of the same leaning on these matters, and have never before heard them expounded over the radio.
“We are unable to receive the program here at Vandenberg A.F.B., as we are out of range of the station. So we would like to receive future messages and other material you might have.”
Our business manager will testify to the fact that car voice is, indeed, being heard. He has informed us that five sets of “The Triple Knowledge” have been requested by a university in Japan! He has also recently mailed a bundle of our material to Britain.
How do they learn of us? It seems that Mr. Vander Val has asked that question of a correspondent in England. This was the reply: “Thank you for your letter of May 2, 1971. You ask how I came by your address. It was on an old envelope in a book that I found in a second hand book shop.”
To quote the business manager—”Amazing!”
News concerning some Reformation Day activities in the west arrived too late for our November 15 column. The young people of our Hull congregation sponsored an evening program on Reformation Sunday. It included “special numbers, a speech by Rev. Moore, and an offering for the young people’s scholarship fund.”
The congregation in Pella, Iowa, asked Rev. D.
Engelsma to give a public lecture in the afternoon of October 31. According to Loveland’s bulletin, “the consistory has given the pastor permission to be gone from our pulpit next Sunday, so that he can give this speech. He plans to speak in Pella on “The 16th Century Reformation of the Church.” He will also preach at the evening service of the Pella Church, the Lord willing.”
We have received a copy of a newsletter of the Evangelism Committee of our South Holland Protestant Reformed Church. The whole letter is worth quoting, but we’ll have to settle for excerpts. The committee is an old one, by the way, but it has a new name. The reason suggested for the change was that “Church Extension,” the previous name of the committee, seems to imply that efforts are made to “extend the body Christ so that it becomes bigger than it really is,” which is, of course, impossible of realization. “Evangelism,” on the other hand, denoting the heralding of the good tidings, “is a. Biblical idea and is rich in meaning in itself.”
A current project of the committee, according to the newsletter, is that of preparing copy “that can be used by the station as fill in material for the ‘unused portion’ of our radio time.” An anticipated project is the printing of a bulletin cover. “The front page of the Bulletin Cover will show a picture of our church building; the back cover will contain a statement: THIS WE BELIEVE. The inside will remain blank for messages prepared by our Pastor. Using names taken from telephone books, these will then be mailed for general distribution throughout the Illiana area. Naturally, this mailing will take place over an extended period of time. We hope to enlist the aid of our Young People’s Society in this.”
Another anticipated project is the publication of a pamphlet entitled Consolation For the Sick. Their intention is to make “into an attractive booklet a series of short messages that originally appeared in the bulletins of the First Church during the war years. These can then be distributed on pastoral calls; left in hospital and doctor waiting rooms; supplied to Rest Haven, Holland Home for the Aged, Elim and other local rest homes. They could also be made available to other of our congregations.”
The newsletter ends, appropriately, with the following lines: “We go forward in the humble acknowledgement that the Lord requires faithfulness (I Cor. 4:2) of us as a congregation.
“May we be diligent, then, in the dissemination of the truth with which He has singularly blessed us.”