Hudsonville, in its April 25th congregational meeting, chose to call Rev. M. Schipper, of Southeast Church, from a duo which included Rev. H. Veldman, of Hope Church in Grand Rapids.
The Correspondence Course for the Protestant Reformed ministers in Jamaica is proceeding satisfactorily. Rev. J.A. Heys, their instructor, has finished a series of five lessons covering “The Church in the Old World,” and devoted the sixth lesson to a review. The seventh tape that went out began a new series on, “The Church in the New World.” It called attention to the fact of Noah’s sin and the development of sin to that of Nimrod, who was an early revelation of the Anti-Christ. This latest lesson contained questions regarding some of the Five Points of Calvinism, and the truths found in the Fifth Head of Doctrine in our Canons. Rev. Heys concluded the tape with words of encouragement, telling his students that he was happy with their work—in their written tests, and the sermons they were, returning on the tapes before their re-use. The, Mission Board is also well pleased with the result of this unique venture and has plans for a course on the New Testament, with another instructor preparing for this.
We gather from the bulletins from our churches that the Annual Young People’s Convention for 1966 will be a weekend affair—an innovation in the history of our conventioneers. The Mass Meeting will be held Friday evening; Saturday will make room for an outing, and “Sunday will be a day devoted to the Service of the Lord. Contributing to the spiritual fellowship among our young people, in addition to two church services, will be discussion groups in the afternoon revolving around the topics ‘Faith in Work’ and ‘Education.’ A Singspiration following the evening service will conclude a day of spiritual devotion.”
The Reformed Witness Hour features Rev. G. Lubbers, of Southwest Church, for the month of May. The topics for the second half of the month are: May 15—”Duty of Parents to Their Children”; May 22—”Christ, the Lord of Servants and Masters”; May 29—”The Great Foe.”
The Western Ladies League met in Doon’s Church April 15. Rev. J. Kortering, of Hull, spoke on “Enduring Friendship,” and Doon’s pastor, Rev. R. Decker, was at the podium for a short “Question Hour.”
The Grand Rapids area church bulletins of April 24 all had the same outside appearance. The covers were furnished by the Society for Secondary Education and were intended to remind the people of the financial drive to be held that week. The face of the cover contained a drawing of a balance scale with a caption, “Weighed in the balance and found wanting.” The back cover carried a message from the Board calling attention to the duty of the church to provide for faithful replacements of our “watchmen on the walls of Zion” when the time comes for them to be released from their duties. It questioned our awareness of the seriousness of providing to our utmost for the proper training of our covenant children, and warned against the indictment that we may be, “weighed in the balance and found wanting” with respect to that training.
Rev. G. VanBaren of First Church, was the speaker at the Men’s League meeting held in First Church April 18, and at the Ladies League held April 14 at Hope Church. At the Ladies Meeting he spoke on “The Signs of the Times,” based on the Book of Revelations. At the Men’s meeting Rev. Van Baren spoke on, “The Second Coming of Christ.” Both these topics have been timely ones ever since our Lord’s Ascension when the attending Angels told the Church, “This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into Heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into Heaven.” The speaker warned his hearers about trying to prevent this Second Coming; to try to read the Signs in the light of Scripture; to be diligent in the study of those Scriptures, in society and in our homes—that those Scriptures may be a lamp unto our feet to light our way even unto the end, knowing that Christ will keep His Church. Speeches like, these surely cause us to respond with the Apostle, “Come, Lord Jesus, yea come quickly.”
The Prot. Ref. High School Circle met April 4 at Southwest Church. The program consisted of a speech on, “The Principles of Teaching Bible,” by Miss Agatha Lubbers, of Hope Prot. Ref. Chr. School.
The Oak Lawn Men’s Society invited the ladies of the church to their meeting held April 27. Rev. Vanden Berg read a paper on, “Our Calling With Respect to the Fifth Commandment.” Discussion followed the speech after recess.
The Redlands Sunday School rendered an Easter Program immediately after the morning service. The children sang some appropriate hymns, and their pastor, Rev. C. Hanko, told the Resurrection Story. The Choral Society rendered their Easter Cantata the previous Monday evening. An offering was taken then to build up a fund for a new piano in the auditorium.
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” I Cor. 15:58
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