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Rev. M. Schipper, of Southeast Church, declined the call tendered him by our Hull, Iowa, congregation. 

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Southwest Church has appointed two clerks, the new consistory clerk is Mr. Ted Engelsma, 2333 Clyde Park Ave., SW., Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49509; and the bulletin clerk is Mr. P. Lotterman, 2141 Newport S.W., Wyoming, Mich., 49509. Southeast’s new clerk is Mr. John DeVries, 824 Evergreen St. S.E., Grand Rapids, Mich., 49507; and First Church has appointed Mr. James Heys, 1432 Giddings Ave. S.E., Grand Rapids, Mich., 49506. 

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Kalamazoo’s consistory has inaugurated a change in their order of worship. We note that in the evening service they now use Doxology #8 in our Psalter as a closing doxology. In so doing they have joined many of our congregations who thus pray for the grace of Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Spirit, and ask for the fruit of that communion in their fellowship, immediately before the minister pronounces that blessing upon them. 

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Oak Lawn’s Extension Committee has published a good 8-page paper. Its name — “The Reformed Messenger”, and it can be had free of charge by writing the Committee at: 9402 South 53rd Court, Oak Lawn, Ill., 60435. 

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The January 3rd Officer, Bearers’ Conference was held in the Hope Church of Grand Rapids, with Rev. J. Kortering addressing the men of the Conference. His assigned topic was, “The Proper Supervision by the Consistory over the Preaching of the Word”. This important duty of the Elders is one in which they vowed to be diligent when they were installed into office, and is probably the most demanding of their manifold duties for it involves a “diligent search of the Word of God, and to be continually meditating on the mysteries of faith”. The result of that speech cannot but spur the office bearers to be mentally alert under the preaching of the Gospel that they may prevent any “strange doctrine” being taught; and to heed the exhortation to “watch diligently against the wolves which might come into the sheepfold of Christ.” Blessed is the church whose “watchers on the walls of Zion” take their vow seriously as one made to Christ, the King of His Church! 

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Do you know which Standard Bearer article in the January 1st issue included this sentence? “But the line . . . . . through Scripture is disjointed, slip-knotted, sheepshanked, strained and broken with many gaps intervening along its shabby, ludicrous length”. If not, then you have not read the entire issue, and you should go back and read Rev. Harbach’s treatise on “Dispensationalism An Ancient Error.” 

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Of special interest to our constituency is the news found in the latest Seminary Newsletter that their library facilities will be available to us so that it will be possible to borrow a book for reference and study upon our request. The faculty also announced a new project: that of the publishing of a “Theological Journal” to meet the need of maintaining the historic and Reformed position on a wide range of theological subjects — a position steadily abandoned by much of the church world. We may expect the first issue next fall. The faculty ended the letter with a plea we cannot afford to neglect when it commended “our Seminary and its needs to our churches and to the prayers of our people”. It is the age-old request made by God’s ministers, “Brethren, pray for us!” 

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Did you know that our South Holland Church has made arrangements to hold a public lecture in the Thornridge High School in Dolton, Ill.? The announced topic is, “The Reformed Faith in Crisis”, with Prof. H. C. Hoeksema as lecturer. We presume that our professors and ministers must feel lonely in the awareness that we are the only denomination which still warns the Reformed people of the danger threatening our position that is based on the faith of the giant leaders of the Reformation of the 17th century. Indeed, Christ’s Word of prophecy is being fulfilled when, referring to the falling away of many, He said, “because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold”. 

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Southeast’s Young People’s Society, in their January 15th after recess program scheduled Prof. H. C.Hoeksema who gave an historical introduction to the Three Points of Common Grace; and the young people of Loveland are reading and discussing the book, “The Protestant Reformed Churches of America” currently treating the doctrinal part under the chapter heading, “The General Grace Theory of the First Point”. Surely an indication that the leaders of our youth realize that today’s youth is tomorrow’s church. 

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Rev. R. Decker’s year-end bulletin carried a warm expression of appreciation for the congregation’s acceptance of his family into their hearts and homes, and the many tokens of Christian love manifested in the 14 months of his pastorship in Doon. . . 

..see you in church. 

J.M.F.