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Rev. D. Engelsma is again in receipt of a call from our Hull congregation, the second within a year, while he was still considering a call from South Holland, which he has subsequently declined. 

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Tornadoes have recently raked paths of destruction through the cities of Oak Lawn and Grand Rapids wherein some of our churches reside. Through this powerful manifestation of God’s wrath upon this cursed world and fallen mankind we again witnessed a precursory sign of the complete destruction of this world and all it contains. But for people of God this same sign was a means to point us to our deliverance which will be ours at the final holocaust when we shall be lifted up to meet our Lord ─ to be separated from the old earth, melting with fervent heat, to be transplanted upon the new earth wherein righteousness shall dwell and the Eternal Tabernacle of God shall be with the men of His good pleasure. Surely, the power of a tornado is also a picture of theInfinite Power which we confess to be that by which “He upholds and governs all things for the service of mankind to the end that men may serve God”. 

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Holland’s new minister, Rev. J. A. Heys, was installed in a regular divine worship service Friday evening, April 28. Rev. H. Veldman conducted the service, including the reading of the Form for Installation. The sermon was an exposition of Ephesians 6:19 under the theme, “A Prayer for Utterance”, examining the prayer from the three-fold aspect of its Object, its Necessity and its Fruit. A goodly number of visitors joined the congregation to fill the auditorium to near capacity to welcome Rev. Heys to Holland. At the conclusion of the service Rev. Heys pronounced the benediction of the Triune God upon his new flock. 

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The fourth of the current Lecture Series was held in First Church April 20 with Rev. G. Van Baren on the speaker’s stand. The audience was the usual attentive one as they followed the speaker’s treatise on, “Irresistible Grace”. This evening differed from the first three in that there was no snow storm to dissuade the public from venturing out. We can indeed be grateful that so many people are interested in the truths set forth in Calvin’s famous Five Points. Music was furnished by a male quartet from Hope Church, and Mrs. C. Lubbers was at her accustomed place at the pipe organ. Rev. Ban Baren has been named to render the final lecture of this series May 11. Were you there? 

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Lynden’s Adult Bible Class examined the truth of Justification in their April 5th meeting. Significantly, the recommended reading for preparation for this study was pages 499-509 of Rev H. Hoeksema’s “DogmaticsDogmatics”. Rev. Woudenberg’s “Studies in Biblical Doctrine” is still enjoying a wide response from many States. Readers write: “I am enjoying the “Studies” very much. It is a unique way of presenting the Word.” and, “I certainly receive a blessing from the “Studies”, and I want to thank you personally, even as I pray God’s blessing upon them for others…” 

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Oak Lawn’s Church Extension Committee regularly mails out neatly printed sheets under the title, “Scriptural Meditations”. Number six was a dissertation on, “The Covenant of God”. And so each of our churches, in its own way, strives to follow the injunction of our Lord to be as “a lighted candle set on a candlestick” and “a city set on a hill”, remembering that it was He, our blessed Lord, Who told us that we are the light of the world! 

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The Eastern Ladies League Fall Meeting was held in Hudsonville Church, April 28, with Rev. H. Veldman as speaker. The topic of his speech was, “The New Morality” and was considered under three sub-titles, “The Meaning, The Fundamental Error, and The Certain Collapse”. The speaker noted that modern men, as all their earlier counterparts, take it upon themselves to sit in judgment upon what is right and what is wrong, while only God has that prerogative, which shall be fully manifested in the Day of Judgment. The comforting theme found in the speech was the fact that the people of God still have the privilege to instruct their children in the Scriptural truth over against the lie of the modern educator. Special music was furnished by an octet from Southwest Church who sang, “Great is thy faithfulness”. A very liberal offering was received, which was tagged for our own High School fund. 

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Hull’s Young People’s Society has extended an invitation to the Convention Board to hold the 1967 Convention in their church. The first harbinger of this event was seen in Loveland’s bulletin in which appeared an announcement that their members could expect a visit from their young people soliciting donations for their annual assembly. 

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Another thought in connection with the recent tornado: Even as in the end of time, so now─ as demonstrated by the published statement of a Grand Rapids clergyman that the Finger of God was not in this, but that it was merely a natural occurrence ─ The Book of Revelation prophesies: “And they repented not.” 

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Oak Lawn’s consistory originated preliminary steps to celebrate their 40th anniversary in June, appointing two of its members to the planning thereof. 

. . .see you in church. 

J.M.F.