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Rev. G. Lanting, of Holland, Mich., has accepted the call which came to him from our church at Edgerton, Minn. Installation service will be conducted Dec. 9, by Rev. R. Decker’ of Doon, Iowa. 

Holland’s new trio consists of the Revs. D. Engelsma, C. Hanko and M. Schipper. Rev. J. A. Heys declined Randolph’s call, and Rev. Engelsma Hull’s call. 

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Jamacia News. The Correspondence Course furnished by our Mission Board is enjoying full cooperation by the ministers in the Prot. Ref. Churches of Jamaica. Rev. J. A. Heys, of South Holland, Ill. continues to conduct this class via the mails. Here are excerpts from some of the letters received from that island recently. One of them wrote: “I want to continue as a saint by persevering to the end by irresistible grace. And the reason is this, I am being unconditionally elected. And although I was born depraved, through the instigation of the Devil, yet I am being saved on the basis of limited atonement…..”notice the that ‘being unconditionally elected’ shows heed of further instruction, but one cannot help but smell the sweet odor of God-glorifying praise of the correspondence course truths given him).” Another wrote: “The people accept the Reformed faith. Oh, yes, there is no shadow of doubt about this. It is enjoyed by the people when I visit these congregations. When I put forth the Reformed Faith, explain the Five Points of Calvinism as best I can, then our Covenant God gathers His elect sons and daughters.” Still another wrote: “I. . . ..your faithful servant, am so glad and happy for the lessons you are sending me. ‘When I preach and teach the Five Points of Calvinism in the congregations they say, ‘Amen.’ They never heard such truth before.” And their instructor, Rev. Heys writes: “I cannot begin to tell you how thankful I am to our covenant God for the opportunity to teach these brethren of another color and race on an island of the sea….” And may we write to Rev. Heys and all those who preach the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ: Ye are the salt of the earth.

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The work accomplished last year by Mr. Zwak and Mr. Meulenberg in Jamaica is still being remembered at sundry times. Holland’s Ladies Society, Nov. 18, scheduled Mr. Zwak to show their film of Jamaica accompanied by a narration of their experiences in the Island. 

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The Deacons of First Church sponsored a “grocery shower” for the benefit of our Seminary students the three evenings preceding Thanksgiving Day. The notice read, “All non-perishable food items and/or money will be greatly appreciated.” The results were highly gratifying and the families involved are deeply appreciative of this stretching of their food budget for weeks to come. 

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Oak Lawn’s Young People’s Society invited the adults of the congregation to their Nov. 29th meeting to help them discuss Psalm 1, and to hear a debate by the young folks. 

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After 25 years in the ministry Rev. J. A. Heys, of South Holland, enjoyed the privilege of baptizing an infant whose mother he had baptized when she was an infant. The former was the second baptism of his 26th year and the latter was the second baptism of his first year. This reminds one of the faithfulness of our Covenant God Who calls his people in the line of continued generations. 

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The November issue of “Highlights” a monthly publication of Hope’s School was an outstanding one. It contained editorials by Miss A. Lubbers, Mrs. I. Quenga, D. Huisken and J. Huisken. Two Chapel Talks were also included; one by Rev. H. Veldman, a Reformation Day speech, and one by Rev. G. Lubbers. Rev. Lubbers’ speech was written and scheduled to be given some years ago in the High School in Pella, Iowa, but the engagement was cancelled by someone in authority in that place. The speech was on “The Ten Commandments” and Rev. Lubbers was happy to give the talk after having kept it in mind (and in his files) for such a long time. The very last paragraph of the issue was a farewell to the children of Rev. and Mrs. Lanting who were moving to Edgerton, Minn. their father’s new charge. 

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The November issue of South Holland’s school publication “The Reflector” featured the work of the Junior High students. The Student Editor, Margaret Wories, wrote an editorial on “Praying Hands” a masterpiece painted by Albrect Durer, in the 16th century. The subject of the painting served as the theme of her Thanksgiving Day editorial which concluded with a quotation from I Cor. 5:18. A news item in the magazine told of the plan to purchase a new flag from the State which has flown over the State Capitol one time for historicity sake. 

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Loveland’s school magazine, “The Loveland Ledger” for November was headed by an editorial by Rev. D. Engelsma. The theme of that Thanksgiving Day message was their own school. He wrote in part, “Our Protestant Reformed Church School is thanksgiving. Both the origin and the continued existence are due to thankfulness…. The school stands as a visible, tangible expression of thankfulness to God.” 

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Thought for today: “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water; he turneth it whithersoever he will.” Prov. 21:1

. . ..see you in church 

J.M.F.