Rev. B. Woudenberg, of Edgerton, Minn., has received a call from Forbes, N.D.
Rev. Woudenberg has accepted the call which he had received from Lynden, Wash.
Rev. Robert Decker was installed into office in Doon, Iowa, Friday evening, Oct. 1. Prof. H.C. Hoeksema preached the sermon, which was based on II Cor. 2:14-17. Rev. J. Kortering read the Form for Installation. Rev. Decker preached his inaugural sermons on the following Sunday; the morning sermon was on Romans 1:16, 17 and the afternoon’s was on Romans 5:1. The congregational reception for their new minister was scheduled for the next Friday evening. And so we have a new worker in the vineyard of the Lord.
And now a look at “the other side of the coin”. It has pleased the King of His Church to counter-balance the above news. Rev. G. Vos has requested Hudsonville’s consistory for emeritation due to failing health. Rev. Vos has consented to occupy the area pulpits whenever health permits, his first such assignment was in First Church while Rev. VanBaren was in Hudsonville on Classical appointment Nov; 1. Rev. Vos preached his farewell sermon Sunday, Oct. 24.
The long awaited—and much planned for—Reformation Day Rally held in the Civic Auditorium in Grand Rapids belongs to history. A very large audience (the place seats 5,000!) were pin-dropping-attentive as the Prof. H.C. Hoeksema, spokesman for all our churches, witnessed to the fact that the “faith of our fathers” is “living still” in the pulpits of the Prot. Ref. Churches. He spoke on “Our Reformed Heritage,” exhorting all sons and daughters of the Reformation to return to the truth as epitomized under the T-U-L-I-P of Calvinism. The chairman of the evening, Rev. M. Schipper, led in opening devotions, and welcomed our guests, members of other denominations, to share with us something of the rich inheritance God had given us. Music was furnished by a massed choir under the direction of Mr. Roland Petersen, with Mrs. C. Lubbers accompanying. Mrs. Lubbers also rendered the Prelude and the Postlude. Rev. H. Veldman led the huge gathering in closing prayer, after which the audience stood and sang the Doxology. The work of the Mission Committee, of the broader committee consisting of members of each of the area churches, of the 120 voice choir with its director and accompanist, of the 40 or more ushers and usherettes assisted by several deacons; and of the gifts of all our people to foot the cost; and especially the speech of our Seminary professor, all added up to a worthwhile project that served as a Protestant Reformed witness to the churches in Michigan’s “Jerusalem”. We thank Thee; Lord, for this privilege!
Did you know—that Rev. Veldman made a hurried train trip from Lynden to Grand Rapids and arrived at the Civic Auditorium ten minutes before program time to take his place (which he did not know he was to occupy) on the platform as scheduled on the printed programs? and, that many of the stalwart members of our Oak Lawn and South Holland churches also drove the three hundred mile round trip to attend the Rally?
Redlands’ Ladies Aid Society is re-discovering the Book of Revelation, examining the 16th chapter at present, in their Bible Study. The after recess activity centers around the history of our churches. Other news in their bulletins included a renovation of the lawn by the men of the congregation called out en masse by the building committee. Some saddening news also reached us from that California outpost: Mrs. C. Hanko suffered a double fracture of her left arm in a recent fall. Rev. Hanko wrote, “God teaches us that we must wait upon Him, committing all our way to Him, and trust Him to provide for us in every contingency of life. ‘O, we of little faith!'”
The Young People of Hull sponsored a Reformation Day Rally scheduled to be held in Hull Oct. 31. Rev. B. Woudenberg, of Edgerton, was to be the speaker. An offering was taken for the Scholarship Fund of theBeacon Lights.
The Northwest Iowa P.R. School Society sponsored a public lecture by Prof. H.C. Hoeksema to be held in Hull Sept. 29. His topic, “Reformed Christian Instruction—In the Fear of the Lord.” The Board requested Rev. Kortering to write a series of newsletters which stress the need for such. In the first of these Rev. Kortering discussed the fact of our children being comprehended in the Covenant of God and that the instruction the parents provide for their children must be covenantal.
Monday evening, Oct. 18, the League of Mens’ Societies sponsored a public lecture in Hope Church. The speaker, Prof. H.C. Hoeksema; his topic, “Our Mission Activities”. This lecture may have sparked the enthusiasm that was evidenced at the Rally and talked about ever since. To quote our Rev. Vos: “It is the beginning of a new era. We have among us his (Rev. H. Hoeksema’s) son; and with him is a worthy companion, Prof. Herman Hanko. And we have a band of young and devoted men who love to preach the truth he loved, preached, taught, and suffered for. But what is more: We have God!”
“Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power
. . . . . Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.” Psalm 150.
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