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On Sunday Morning, March 24, in First Church of Grand Rapids, “the minister and rulers of the church of God, being assembled in the name and authority of our Lord Jesus Christ” under the disagreeable necessity of being further grieved for members of their congregation, came to the “last remedy” of excommunicating the impenitent “to the end that they might not put the whole body of the church in danger, and that God’s name might not be blasphemed.” Let every one of us, besides those who heard the Form read that morning, “take warning by this and such like examples; to fear the Lord and diligently take heed unto himself, if he thinketh that he standeth, lest he fall, but having fellowship with the Father and His Son Jesus Christ, together with all faithful Christians remain steadfast to the end, and so obtain eternal salvation.”


The Beacon Lights Hymn sing drew a capacity crowd in Hudsonville Church March 17. With Mrs. Bert Maring at the organ, Mary Ann Holstege at the piano, and Mr. Clare Kuiper on the director’s stand, those in attendance enjoyed the “sing” immensely. Mr. Kuiper chose all the songs from the Psalter featuring the praises of God the Creator and Sustainer of the universe, especially as the Life giver of the plants which provide the food for mankind. Special numbers included a male quartet from Adams St. School staff, a cornet duet by John Knoper and Larry Looyenga, and a thrilling organ solo by Mrs. Bernie Lubbers which was. a variation of “Master the Tempest is Raging.” Without straining the imagination one could hear the thunder of the approaching storm, the wind whistling through the rigging of the ship in which the Master lay fast asleep, and the still calm called down upon the lake by the aroused Jesus, “master of ocean and earth and skies.” Kalamazoo’s church scheduled a vesper service to allow Rev. and Mrs. Harbach to join their young people at the hymn sing. It was an evening of praise and fellowship giving encouragement to the staff of Beacon Lights to plan the next one. 

. . . see you in church 

—J.M.F.