Rev. H. Veldman, in a bulletin notice, asked his congregation to remember him in their prayers as he is confronted with the call to serve our church at South Holland, Ill. Redlands’ pastor, Rev. C. Hanko, has declined the call he had from our Hull church.
In a Nov. 3rd bulletin, of Lynden we found an excerpt of a letter, postmarked Big Springs, Texas, from a reader of Rev. Woudenberg’s Study Sheets who writes that he enjoys the Reverend’s comments very much; and adds, “I believe in Total Depravity, Unconditional—Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace and Perseverance of the Saints. I believe that Eternal Life, faith, repentance and all such things are the gifts of God. And I believe that you think along these lines.” Rev. Woudenberg has made friends in Ladner, British Columbia, who have invited him to conduct a weekly Bible Class in the public school building on Thursday evenings. Members of Lynden’s congregation will accompany their pastor to give leadership and support to this new venture. Did you notice? Little Lynden’s pastor has long arms which reach from border to border. Isn’t it amazing what one man can do when the Holy Spirit crowns his efforts!
Because of the Reformation Day Rally being held on Tuesday evening, Hope’s catechism classes were combined with Monday’s classes. Southwest’s classes were assigned to attend the Lecture—and report on it the next Tuesday!
Many of you have heard from the lips of Rev. Heys and of Mr. T. Feenstra regarding their work on the Island of Jamaica. But here is an opportunity to read a report from the pen of Rev. Joshua E. Frame of First Hill Prot. Ref. Church of Lucea, Jamaica. “They arrived in Jamaica at Montego Bay Airport the 25th day of June, Tuesday. Wednesday they journeyed to Lucea where they met with the Prot. Ref. congregation at First Hill. Then we had a service and Rev. Heys preached on the text from Isaiah 40:1, 2. Rev. Heys explained the text carefully and plainly. I can say without a shadow of doubt that the work accomplished here was well done. The truths preached and taught were well received. I have gathered a wider experience of the truth through his preaching. I understand much more of the scriptures. I learned more and it has made me wiser. I can safely ‘say’ that the preaching of Rev. Heys has been a blessing throughout the congregations here in Jamaica. We never weary of his preaching. I have received this Reformed Faith, and I believe it to be the truth of God’s Word. I believe the Five Points of Calvinism that a totally depraved sinner is saved according to Unconditional Election on the basis of limited atonement and by an irresistible grace to persevere as a saint to the end. I have made a vow ever to teach and preach this truth and will defend this Reformed doctrine. I wish that someone would come to us again and would stay with us here another length of time to teach us more of this Reformed doctrine. O, I would be very glad to have Rev. Heys once again here in Jamaica. In conclusion let me say, ‘How shall they call on Him in Whom they have not believed, and how shall they believe in Him Whom they have not heard, and how shall they hear without a preacher, and how shall they preach except they be sent?’ Rom. 10:14, 15.”
The membership roll of Hope church is steadily growing, and this growth was reflected in a bulletin notice which stated that one elder and one deacon would be added to the Council January 1.
Isabel’s congregation is growing, too. From the Manse came the news that Rev. and Mrs. Moore rejoice in the birth of a son Thursday, Nov. 7.
Rev. H. Veldman addressed the League of Mr. and Mrs. Societies speaking on, “The New Morality.” In the absence of a report on this speech we wonder if modern morality is any newer than that of Genesis 13:3 and of Judges 17:6.
The Discussion Groups which meet monthly in First Church after the evening service discussed, “The Christian and Politics” Nov. 10, with some 60 in attendance. Meeting so soon after the National Elections they must have noted that the 1968 campaigns were scarcely characterized by Christian virtues. Every four years we are vexed with the problem, where do we stand in regard to the cannibalism of the campaigns and the hypocritical embracing of former foes after the election? One is reminded of Genesis 6:5, “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great upon the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart were evil continually”. How long ere He will again say, “I will destroy . . . . ?”
According to a bulletin notice in the area bulletins our Radio Choir is being threatened as to its very existence. There is a dire need for male voices to bring the choir up to a proper balance. It would appear that men are too busy with other activities which conflict with choir practice on Monday evenings. Can it be that the men do not realize that membership in the Radio Choir involves a ministry of music, and that the gift of singing is a gift to be used in this ministry?
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