Rev. G. Lanting, of Holland,, Mich., is considering a call which came to him from our church at Edgerton, Minn.
The consistory bf Hull, Iowa named the trio, Revs. D. Engelsma, G. Lanting and M. Schipper, from which the congregation chose Rev. Engelsma to be called.
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NOTICE: Classis East has appointed Rev. G. Van Baren as secretary of the Classical Committee, and all material for this committee must be sent to his address.
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The Eastern Ladies’ League meeting was held October 13 at our Southwest Church in Grand Rapids, with Rev. M. Schipper as speaker. He called the ladies’ attention to an, “Exhortation to be Submissive to the Government” under the following points: The Idea of Government, Reason for Submission, the Way in which this Submission Can and Should be Manifested. The passages of Scripture on which his talk was based were, I Peter 2:13-16, and I Timothy 2:1-3.
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The Western Ladies’ League met October 5 in an afternoon meeting in our Hull Church. Rev. R. Decker, of Doon, was selected to address the league, and his topic was, “Consecrated Conduct.” Rev. Decker delineated the conduct, or conversation, to be a reflection of the one spirit that pervades the church, and which manifests the striving for the faith of the gospel with one mind. A panel discussion followed the speech which further pursued the subject of this unity of the believers in their striving for the faith, while pilgrims and strangers in this world in which we are surrounded by our adversaries. The speech and the discussion were based on the Apostle Paul’s admonition to the Philippians as found in the twenty-seventh verse of the first chapter; Musical numbers by members of the various societies were enjoyed and refreshments were served before the ladies returned to their homes — with a renewed resolve to strive to manifest a consecrated conduct in their daily walk.
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We found this item of interest in Southeast’s bulletin Oct. 16: “Here are the countries into which the booklet, ‘In the Beginning God’ has been sent so far: England, Finland, Hungary, Netherlands, Jamaica, Ceylon, Canada. Here are the States (a partial list, J.M.F.) besides our own: Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma; Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin, Kentucky. Most of these have been sent out on request of those who have read the booklet and enjoyed it.”
Isn’t it remarkable that a series of lectures held in First Church in Grand Rapids, having been incorporated countries? This small effort of our Mission Board is being felt far and wide under the Providential care of the King of His Church, Who has His “remnant” who have not bowed the knees to Baal — those who are not numbered with the people described in the New Testament those whose “love has waxed cold”.
The Second Annual Reformation Day Rally was held Oct. 31 in the Civic Auditorium in Grand Rapids, Mich. This second event did not bring out a larger audience than last year (probably due, in part, to the competition of the heathenish festival of Halloween), but was characterized by silent and rapt attention. Prof. H. C. Hoeksema spoke on “Children of the Reformation,” and in his introduction remarked that he would speak to as well as about those children. His approach to the subject was one that required self-examination by each of the hearers. The subject was treated in three divisions, headed: Reformatory Hearts; Reformatory Obedience and Discernment; and Reformatory Militance. The speaker defined the sharp distinction between reformation and rebellion, and exhorted his hearers to choose the former and reject the latter in all circumstances that demand our bowing to the authority of the Word of God or that of the Church Institute. A specially trained choir of “untrained voices” under the direction of Mr. Roland Petersen, provided the musical portion of the program which augmented the message of the evening by means of the God-given talent of song — a vehicle specially suited to render praise to our Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier, the God of our Salvation. According to the printed programs this speech will again be printed in a booklet, and the entire program (almost two hours) has been taped. Either, or both, may be had by sending your request to Rev. M. Schipper, 1543 Cambridge Ave., Grand Rapids, Mich. 49506. The printed message is free, but there will be a small charge for the tape to cover expenses.
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The Young People’s Society of Hull, Iowa, sponsored a Reformation Day Program Sunday evening, Oct. 30. Rev. J. A. Heys, of South Holland, Ill., was the speaker; his topic, “An Ecumenical Approach of the Reformation”. The offering taken at this meeting was for the Scholarship Fund of the Young People’s Federation.
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Our Mission Board is sponsoring a series of lectures, beginning in January, and covering the Five Points of Calvinism. The plan is to have one lecture a month. The first two will be delivered by Prof. H. Hanko, the third by Prof. H. C. Hoeksema, and the last two by Rev. G. Van Baren. All these lectures are scheduled to be held in First Church, corner of Franklin and Fuller Avenues in Grand Rapids. Deo Volente!
. . .see you in church.