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The Consistory of Holland, Mich. has named a new trio from which the congregation will make a choice at a meeting scheduled for Feb. 1; the trio — Revs. D. Engelsma, R. C. Harbach and J. A. Heys. 

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New clerks appointed this year are: Holland, Mr. B. Windemuller, 267 32nd St., Holland, Mich; Loveland, Mr. W. Griess, 701 Clay St., Denver, Colo. 

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Many of our bulletins name the new appointed clerks, without their addresses (of course their people know them), so we cannot list them on this page until they are supplied.

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Rev. G. Vos, Hudsonville’s emeritus minister, has volunteered to make the weekly bulletins again, with Rev. Veldman serving as a clearing-house for the announcements. In that way the old pro can still keep his hand in to some extent. During the years Rev. Vos wrote the bulletins they were uniquely warm and personal, and we are sure the Hudsonville people will welcome them back in the bulletin racks. 

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The Grand Rapids Press, in its Saturday evening edition of Jan. 28, carried a two-column ad of our Reformed Witness Hour which called attention to the fact that Prof. H. C. Hoeksema would preach a series of sermons expounding the first chapter of Genesis. The caption on the ad was, “Genesis One, Fact or Fiction?” Our brethren in Jamaica would find it difficult to believe that in a Reformed community we would find it necessary to devote a 20-week series to the truth that this chapter is Fact, but even we who live in this community probably do not realize the inroads our Adversary, the Devil, has made against the bastions of our Reformed Faith in this area of the Truth. The Radio Committee will be ready to meet the increased demand for copies of this series which is expected upon this broadcast. 

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Prof. H. Hanko has been released from writing “The Covenant Witness”, a monthly pamphlet put out by Hope Church of Grand Rapids. The press of,Seminary duties necessitated his request, and the consistory “thanked him for the years of faithful service” by way of a bulletin announcement. 

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On the same page, as the above, was a nine inch, two column ad regarding the “Studies in Biblical Doctrine” which Lynden’s little church publishes. The ad spoke of the “spiritual coldness so common today” and that the “pathetic ignorance concerning the most basic teachings of the Word of God” are running parallel for they are related together. Rev. Woudenberg is hereby inviting any who are interested in following a “program of regular and systematic study in Biblical doctrine” to send for the “Studies” that treat those “various doctrines, not abstractly, but in direct connection with the Scriptures upon which they rest.” 

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The above mentioned ads are a lively witness to Western Michigan that the Protestant Reformed Churches (though not mentioned by name in Lynden’s ad) are still vitally interested in maintaining the Truth of God’s Word upon which our faith is founded. Probably those ads are also a sign that we no longer are made to cringe under the epithets of “Sect”, “followers- of-a-man”, “splinter-group”, but that we are gradually lifting our head as a denomination that has not been founded upon a man, but on the Infallible Scriptures explained in the Reformed tradition, as we have received it from the Fathers of the Reformation. 

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The Reformed Witness Hour has acquired another outlet, this one in the South Holland-Oak Lawn area. The new station is WLNR-FM, and airs our program Sundays at 1:30 p.m. 

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Loveland’s Young People’s Society devoted a recent after-recess program to hearing a tape on the mission work of our churches in Jamaica. This tape was provided by the Mission Committee, and is available to any society that requests it. You may request it from Mr. H. Vander Wal, 1047 Alto Ave. S.E., Grand Rapids, Mich. 49507. Prof. H. Hanko has been released from writing “The Covenant Witness”, a monthly pamphlet put out by Hope Church of Grand Rapids. The press of Seminary duties necessitated his request, and the consistory “thanked him for the years of faithful service” by way of a bulletin announcement. 

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The public lecture given in the Thornridge High School of Dolton, Ill. was attended by an audience of about four hundred people who were very attentive as Prof. H. C. Hoeksema spoke on, “The Reformed Faith in Crisis”. The size of the audience might have been larger but for the competition given it by the Illianna Christian High School Band which gave a concert that evening, but was still considered good because of the difficulty of securing advertising media. But those in attendance said it was for them a worthwhile evening in that it strengthened them in their resolve to meet the attacks of the enemy in this crisis. 

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The first of the winter lecture series slated for Jan. 26 was postponed for one week due to the vicious winter storm which decended upon Western Michigan that day. All the main roads were impassable to all but horse-drawn sleighs which are extinct in that area. Hazardous driving warnings were changed to “emergency driving” warnings, and few of those were made. Again we were reminded that the “D.V.” we so glibly add to our plans is not to be taken lightly. In this case the Lord did not will.

…see you in church

J.M.F.