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From one of our Western churches has gone forth the call to Rev. Kortering, of Hope Church, to fill their vacancy and take up his labor among them. By the time you read this his decision will probably be known.


Inspirational Meeting and supper, in preparation for the Covenant Chr. High School drive, featured Rev. Kortering as speaker. His speech was a dissertation on Isaiah 12:1-3 which counsels the children of God to drink of the wells of salvation. The speaker found joy in the knowledge that nothing is more precious than God’s gift of salvation to us and our children, pointing out the importance of Covenant Chr. High School as a means God uses whereby He leads our children in the ways of salvation.


Notices were found in the area bulletins from the Federation Board thanking, “all the parents, friends, young people, speakers and the conventioneers themselves for making our dream a blessed reality; and thanks be to the Lord for an enriching and safe convention.” The parents are undoubtedly appreciative of all the work done by the Redlands young people and their pastor in playing host to such an influx of young people who became their concern and care. The reports filtering back to Michigan were all of a glowing nature, you may be sure.


A “Retreat” (Come ye apart, and rest a while”) for Protestant Reformed ministers ‘and their wives was held at Lake Twenty-eight in Central Michigan Aug. 26’ and 27. This two-day meeting featured a Tuesday evening discussion on “Mission Work” on the level of local church extension, introduced by Rev. Kortering; and a Wednesday morning discussion of a more theological nature centering around the “Doctrine of Scripture”, introduced by Prof. H.C. Hoeksema. The social aspect of the retreat provided swimming, boating, fishing, steak-fry, fish-fry (thanks to Rev. Schipper) and a meal of savory charcoal-broiled chicken. The success of this venture, the first of its kind, was largely due to Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Kamps, who furnished the lake-front, and to the committee—Rev. and Mrs. Kortering and Rev. and Mrs. VanBaren—who made the plans and provided the well-rounded program of activities. According to the acclaim voiced by the participants, a second retreat will be awaited with keen anticipation.


Lynden’s pastor, Rev. Woudenberg, scheduled a two-week classical appointment in Hull, Iowa with a stop-over at Loveland, Colo. to speak at a Christian School Society meeting, and the Sept. 3 meeting of Classis West at Randolph, Wis.


Our Protestant Reformed Seminary again opened its doors Wednesday, September 3. The staff personnel as well as the enrollment remains the same as last year. Seven dedicated young men will seriously take up their studies which are designed to prepare them for the work of the ministry, and two dedicated professors will put forth every effort to instruct them in that way in every department of their demanding curriculum. Shall we remember them before the Throne of Grace in our daily prayers?


News from the Hope School Board reveals that their teaching staff has been fully built up. A heavy pupil load for the next nine years is already insured by the enrollment of a kindergarten class which is so large that it must be served in two sections!


Encouraging shadows of the coming winter season’s activities are being cast upon the pages of our church bulletins. The first of these was the calling of a meeting of the 1969-70 Lecture Series Committee.


Joy and gratitude filled the heart of Kalamazoo’s pastor, Rev. Harbach, as he was privileged to conduct the Aug. 24 Sunday evening service in which his son, Philip, made public confession of his faith before God and His Church.


Meager are the summertime bulletins as to news—like the cupboard of old Mother Hubbard. But an Aug. 31 bulletin informed the people that the Diaconate of our South-West Church is in charge of a denominational clothing drive for the needy in Jamaica. Besides the clothing suitable for tropical wear, the need is for financial aid for shipping expenses and for new clothing. .Surely our cupboards (closets) are not as bare as (that of) the Old Lady of nursery rhyme fame, are they?


Finally, a quote from Lynden’s bulletin, withholding the signature: “We have been receiving your Bible Studies for some time now and would like you to know how much we appreciate them. Until ’53 we were members of the Prot. Ref. Church; how good it is to read again the blessed truths of Scripture. . . .We have now again joined the Prot. Ref. Church. May God bless you in your work.” 

. . . .see you in church 

—J.M.F.From one of our Western churches has gone forth the call to Rev. Kortering, of Hope Church, to fill their vacancy and take up his labor among them. By the time you read this his decision will probably be known.


Inspirational Meeting and supper, in preparation for the Covenant Chr. High School drive, featured Rev. Kortering as speaker. His speech was a dissertation on Isaiah 12:1-3 which counsels the children of God to drink of the wells of salvation. The speaker found joy in the knowledge that nothing is more precious than God’s gift of salvation to us and our children, pointing out the importance of Covenant Chr. High School as a means God uses whereby He leads our children in the ways of salvation.


Notices were found in the area bulletins from the Federation Board thanking, “all the parents, friends, young people, speakers and the conventioneers themselves for making our dream a blessed reality; and thanks be to the Lord for an enriching and safe convention.” The parents are undoubtedly appreciative of all the work done by the Redlands young people and their pastor in playing host to such an influx of young people who became their concern and care. The reports filtering back to Michigan were all of a glowing nature, you may be sure.


A “Retreat” (Come ye apart, and rest a while”) for Protestant Reformed ministers ‘and their wives was held at Lake Twenty-eight in Central Michigan Aug. 26’ and 27. This two-day meeting featured a Tuesday evening discussion on “Mission Work” on the level of local church extension, introduced by Rev. Kortering; and a Wednesday morning discussion of a more theological nature centering around the “Doctrine of Scripture”, introduced by Prof. H.C. Hoeksema. The social aspect of the retreat provided swimming, boating, fishing, steak-fry, fish-fry (thanks to Rev. Schipper) and a meal of savory charcoal-broiled chicken. The success of this venture, the first of its kind, was largely due to Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Kamps, who furnished the lake-front, and to the committee—Rev. and Mrs. Kortering and Rev. and Mrs. VanBaren—who made the plans and provided the well-rounded program of activities. According to the acclaim voiced by the participants, a second retreat will be awaited with keen anticipation.


Lynden’s pastor, Rev. Woudenberg, scheduled a two-week classical appointment in Hull, Iowa with a stop-over at Loveland, Colo. to speak at a Christian School Society meeting, and the Sept. 3 meeting of Classis West at Randolph, Wis.


Our Protestant Reformed Seminary again opened its doors Wednesday, September 3. The staff personnel as well as the enrollment remains the same as last year. Seven dedicated young men will seriously take up their studies which are designed to prepare them for the work of the ministry, and two dedicated professors will put forth every effort to instruct them in that way in every department of their demanding curriculum. Shall we remember them before the Throne of Grace in our daily prayers?


News from the Hope School Board reveals that their teaching staff has been fully built up. A heavy pupil load for the next nine years is already insured by the enrollment of a kindergarten class which is so large that it must be served in two sections!


Encouraging shadows of the coming winter season’s activities are being cast upon the pages of our church bulletins. The first of these was the calling of a meeting of the 1969-70 Lecture Series Committee.


Joy and gratitude filled the heart of Kalamazoo’s pastor, Rev. Harbach, as he was privileged to conduct the Aug. 24 Sunday evening service in which his son, Philip, made public confession of his faith before God and His Church.


Meager are the summertime bulletins as to news—like the cupboard of old Mother Hubbard. But an Aug. 31 bulletin informed the people that the Diaconate of our South-West Church is in charge of a denominational clothing drive for the needy in Jamaica. Besides the clothing suitable for tropical wear, the need is for financial aid for shipping expenses and for new clothing. .Surely our cupboards (closets) are not as bare as (that of) the Old Lady of nursery rhyme fame, are they?


Finally, a quote from Lynden’s bulletin, withholding the signature: “We have been receiving your Bible Studies for some time now and would like you to know how much we appreciate them. Until ’53 we were members of the Prot. Ref. Church; how good it is to read again the blessed truths of Scripture. . . .We have now again joined the Prot. Ref. Church. May God bless you in your work.” 

. . . .see you in church 

—J.M.F.