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Rev. D. Engelsma is considering two calls; the first from our church in Randolph, Wis., and the second from our church at South Holland, Ill. 

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Beacon Lights Singspiration turned out to be one of great satisfaction for the young people of the Beacon Lights staff. The evening of Resurrection Day saw the largest crowd ever assembled in First Church for an after-service singspiration. The spirited singing was led by Mr. Phil Lotterman, of our Southwest Church. Special numbers included a vocal duet and a piano-organ duet. Mr. and Mrs. C. Jonker sang “Christ Arose”, accompanied at the piano by their daughter, Marilyn; Mary Kregel was at the console of the organ and her sister, Ellen, at the piano keyboard as they presented “The Risen Lord” in a beautiful duet arrangement. The Easter holiday was a factor in the large number of school children attending this late evening hymn sing with their parents. The offering received was for the Beacon Lights’ needs. 

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The Mr. and Mrs. Society of Hudsonville, in an after recess program, discussed, “Protestant Reformed Secondary Education”, touching upon such aspects as: necessity, difficulties, curriculum, goals, distinctiveness, and needs. We trust that after having learned the curriculum and its distinctiveness, and understood the goals, the members of the society were also convinced of its necessity, and that the difficulties could be surmounted and the needs met. 

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The Mr. and Mrs. League Meeting is scheduled to be held in Hudsonville Church May 12 with Rev. J. Kortering as speaker. Rev. Kortering was also slated to speak at the Men’s League Meeting to be held April 3 at Hope Church. The topic of the latter speech was, “The Importance of Maintaining the Three Forms of Unity and the Formula of Subscription”. 

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On March 14 Rev. R. Decker, of Doon, Iowa, gave a public lecture in South Holland under the sponsorship of the local Men’s Society. The topic of the lectures was announced as “Striving for the Faith of the Gospel.” 

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During a multiple-purpose Church Visitation-Classis visit to Illinois Rev. C. Hanko, of Redlands, Calif., was privileged to conduct both services March 12 in our Oak Lawn Church where he held a ten-year pastorate some twenty two years ago. 

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The Young People of our Michigan Churches held a Mass Meeting in Hudsonville’s Church on Resurrection Sunday afternoon. Prof. H. Hanko was invited to speak on “Proof of the Resurrection”. Special music and refreshments were also provided to enhance this hour of Christian fellowship. 

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Parents of young men, are your sons interested in attending our Seminary in the future? If so, they may obtain a Seminary Catalogue from your pastor or consistory clerk at their convenience. The Theological School Committee and our professors have made this booklet available to them, which contains such information as school calendar, courses taught, requirements for entrance as well as graduation, etc. A close look at the curriculum reveals that our Seminary leans heavily in the direction of exegetical and dogmatical studies with special emphasis on preparations to preach, affording six semesters of practice preaching. Young men, interested in the course of study offered in our seminary, who are not members of our denomination, may also obtain this catalogue by requesting it from the Theological School Committee, addressing their request to the secretary, Rev. M. Schipper, 1543 Cambridge Ave., S.E., Grand Rapids, Mich. 49506. 

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Redlands’ congregation, in a March 17 meeting, decided to purchase the proposed 5-acre tract of land for a future site “for our own school, and a new church and parsonage”. The success of this project following their decision, rests upon raising the necessary down payment which is expected to be met by loans made by members of the congregation. 

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The third of our Lecture Series was held in another snowstorm-evening when the streets were slicked to the extent that it was very dangerous driving on many of the roads leading to First Church. Despite this natural (?) handicap a goodly number of interested people were present to hear Prof. H. C. Hoeksema expound the theological concept, “Limited Atonement”, but much more than a mere concept — an eternal truth revealed in the Scriptures and embodied in our Confessions! May our churches never loosen their grip on those five points of Calvinism which are the subject of our own current lecture series! 

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The next in the above series is scheduled to be held April 20 in First Church. Rev. G. Van Baren has been named to give this fourth lecture, which will be on, “Irresistible Grace”, the “I” of the word TULIP which so handily initials the famous Five Points. Consider this announcement to be an invitation to you and your friends to attend this timely lecture, when we hope to — 

. ..see you in church 

J.M.F.