Another postcard with a rather spectacular view (this one of Mt. Cook) has arrived from New Zeeland. The sender, of course, is Rev. John Heys. The postcard was not sent just to share a view of the New Zealand mountains, of course, but to inform Standard Bearer readers of his new address. The new address is: Rev. & Mrs. John A. Heys, 515 Barrington, Christchurch 2, New Zealand. It seems that the owner of the “flat” in which the Rev. and Mrs. Heys were living returned from his trip around the world and wanted his home back. Hence the need for new quarters. Rev. Heys is a “minister on loan” from our churches to the congregation of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Christchurch. Rev. Heys also mentioned that he had just returned from a 300 mile trip to the north. He had preached in Nelson, New Zealand, the previous Sunday.
Rev. Meindert Joostens and his family were scheduled to leave on Thursday, March 1, to labor in Bradenton, Florida, for three weeks. During the absence of their pastor, First Church expects to receive pulpit supply from the seminary.
The dedication program for the new sanctuary and organ of our Faith Church in Jenison, Michigan, was scheduled for Wednesday evening, February 28.
The Mr. and Mrs. Society of Faith Church scheduled a special meeting of their society on January 31. They invited Rev. Ronald Van Overloop to show his slides on New Zealand and talk about his work there. Rev. Van Overloop preceded Rev. Heys as “minister on loan” in Christchurch.
Faith Church recently made a change in their order of worship. This change was made known to the congregation in the bulletin as follows: “At its last meeting, the Consistory adopted a recommendation to begin our worship service with a moment of united silent prayer. The Consistory believes this would be an improvement in our service since it serves to unite the saints together in this prayer. Also, it will include the children of the congregation in the prayer and it will eliminate the interruption of those praying as others are entering the pew rows. The use of the united silent prayer will begin on the first Sunday in January with the following order observed: 1) announcement by our Pastor of the prayer, 2) united silent prayer, 3) organist to conclude the prayer by playing “Hear Our Prayer, O Lord,” 4) doxology (congregation standing), 5) benediction. In preparation for the united silent prayer, the parents are asked to teach their children how they should properly participate in this prayer. Faith has now joined a number of our churches which have adopted the use of the united silent prayer before the service.
Rev. Lubbers began preaching on Sunday, January 7, to a group in Charlotte, Michigan. Rev. Lubbers led a morning service, followed immediately by a catechism class, to four families (16 individuals) meeting in the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Rev. Woudenberg, pastor of our church in Kalamazoo, Michigan, is presently teaching a midweek Bible class there.
The 1979 Protestant Reformed Young People’s Convention will be held on July 23-27 at Pine Summit, a Christian camp in the mountains near Redlands, California. The Young People’s Society of our church in Redlands is sponsoring the convention this year. The convention theme will be “Redeeming The Time,” based on Ephesians 5:16.
The Men’s Society of our church in Loveland, Colorado, has established a library in the church basement. The contents of the library are available to all the members of the congregation. The material includes “good sound Reformed literature and cassette recordings of sermons and lectures.” In their letter to the Loveland congregation announcing the new library, the Men’s Society stated, “It is our desire that you use our library material as we strive to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” The library idea appears to be a very worthwhile service to the church and could be copied with profit by other of our churches.
Martin Luther is quoted in the Redlands bulletin as follows:
“I have tried to keep things in my hand and lost them all, but what I have given into God’s hands I still possess.”