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Rev. C. Hanko, of Redlands, has declined the call which had come to him from our church in Hull, Iowa. 

Rev. J. A. Heys, of South Holland, Ill., has accepted the call he has received from Holland, Mich. 

Randolph’s new trio consists of the Revs. D. Engelsma, C. Hanko, and M. Schipper. 

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Rev. D. Engelsma, on a three-week Classical Appointment to Hull, included a meeting of Classis West in that time. The classical appointment was shared with Rev. Decker in a pulpit exchange Sunday afternoon, March 5. Loveland’s consistory decided to conduct the Annual Prayer Day Service a week early for the above reason. 

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Jamaican News. In a recent letter to a Grand Rapids brother Rev. Elliott exults that he has many candidates for adult baptism in his various churches. And you may be sure that these candidates will have been instructed in the truth as it is embodied in the Five Points of Calvinism! 

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Southeast’s March 5 bulletin expressed the good news that Rev. Schipper, “hoped to teach the catechism classes again this week and to lead the societies.” 

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The Staff of our Theological School has announced the first “Seminary Day” will be held March 28, D.V. On that date all the prospective seminary students are invited to attend one day’s classes in the school. The program provides for “practice preaching” by seminarian D. Kuiper; a regular “History of Dogma” class of Prof. H. Hanko; and Prof. H. C. Hoeksema’s “Dogmatics” class. Beside the two regular students seven other young men are expected to sit in on this session of school that they may get a little taste of the banquet they will be privileged to attend when they will have finished their high school and college education. Here is hoping that the next “open house” will be for the general public that we, too, may appreciate the menu served in our seminary. 

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Redlands’ church has a new Communion Table, built for, and presented to the church by the two Joostens. Is a new matching pulpit next? 

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Holland’s Feb. 12 bulletin expressed congratulations and greetings to Mrs. N. Yonker who celebrated her 90th birthday anniversary. This sister was a charter member of our Grand Haven church; and since it was dissolved, her membership has been with Holland’s congregation. The Ladies Society paid an evening visit to their aged member and presented her with the gift of an AM-FM table model radio. 

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Rev. G. Van Baren, in his Prayer Day sermon, expounded God’s Word as recorded in Jeremiah 14:22, “Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles that can cause rain? or can the heavens give showers? art not thou he, O Lord our God? therefore we will wait upon thee: for thou has made all things.” What a storehouse of comfort did the Holy Spirit tuck into that brief text! 

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Hope School staff has picked up quite a heavy project for their all school Spring Program which is scheduled to be given in First Church’s auditorium March 23. The title, “Our Catholic Undoubted Christian Faith,” an exposition of the Apostles’ Creed. You will agree that this is quite an ambitious undertaking, and far outclasses the caliber of many of the other school programs advertised in the daily papers, whose products consist of the presentations of “plays”, or like vanities. 

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Doon’s Ladies’ Society prepares and sends parcels of baked goods to the Servicemen who are members of their church. Jay Stellinga received his package in far-off Viet Nam where the Service has called him. 

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Loveland’s church now displays a new bulletin and pamphlet rack, the work and gift of Mr. Paul Griess. 

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A harbinger of Spring: some of the bulletins are mentioning that the young people’s societies are electing delegates to the Summer Convention. 

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Edgerton’s Men’s Society was host to those of Hull and Doon March 6. The after recess program featured a paper on, “Protestant Reformed Mission Work”, with a general discussion following. 

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Hope School Board is taking a telescopic glance at their needs in the future. It has prepared forms for a five-year kindergarten enrollment survey to be filled out by parents of one, two, three, and four year olds and babies. 

. ..see you in church 

J.M.F.