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Rev. R. C. Harbach, of Kalamazoo, has received the call (for the third time) to be Home Missionary of our churches. First Church of Grand Rapids is the calling church. 

Ebenezer Prot. Ref. Church, of Forbes, N.D. has tendered a call to Rev. D. Engelsma, of Loveland, Colo. 

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Monday evening, Sept. 26, Hope’s, congregation, of Grand Rapids, gave a farewell social for Rev. and Mrs. H. Veldman who are going to take up their labors in Hudsonville, Mich. Mr. D. Kooienga, vice-president of the consistory, voiced the congregation’s thanks for Rev. Veldman’s faithful labors in their midst, and presented the departing couple with tangible evidences of appreciation, including furniture, a record album and a receipted order for Rev. H. Hoeksema’s “Dogmatics” coming off the press in November. The program included numbers by the choral society and the Hope Heralds, and the showing of Mr. S. Beiboer’s colored slides of the Rocky Mountains, with appropriate taped music, under the theme, “Great is Thy Faithfulness”. The “farewell’ was not a complete one for many of the children of the congregation because Rev. Veldman has agreed to conduct some of Hope’s catechism classes until a new pastor accepts the post. The Veldman family moved into Hudsonville’s parsonage Sept. 29, re-modeled and re-furbished for the new occupants. Prof. H.C. Hoeksema was scheduled to install Rev. Veldman in his new charge Sunday morning, Oct. 2. 

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Classis West met in Edgerton, Minn., Sept. 21, and, according to bulletin news finished its business that afternoon at 3:30. The official Report has not yet reached our desk so will have to await its publishing until our next issue. Rev. C. Hanko, minister-delegate of Redlands, combined his trip with Church Visitation, and Rev. Engelsma, of Loveland, filled a Classical appointment in Pella, Iowa, thereby saving time and expenses for Classis.

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Loveland’s Prot. Ref. Chr. School scheduled its Convocation Exercises for Tuesday evening Sept. 6. Rev. Engelsma was the speaker. The Board had invited “the children and their parents and all those interested in Protestant Reformed education” to attend. Refreshments were served which contributed to the sociability of the get together after the program. 

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Since our last issue of the news two of our ministers were bereaved of their fathers; as Rev. Vos, minister emeritus of Hudsonville, so graphically put it in his bulletin: “their earthly remains were laid to rest against the great harvest of the ages.” 

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Upon reading a news item regarding two of our servicemen who said they longed for letters from the folks in their congregation, one serviceman requested of us their addresses. Evidently we stay-at homes little realize how homesick our young men become when separated from the fellowship of the people of their church. This concerned soldier wrote in part, “. . .if you would be willing to send me their addresses I’ll write them myself because I know, for one, what it feels like when people from our own churches do not write. . .” Well, do you

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Rev. G. Van Baren, of First Church, was the speaker at the Annual Meeting of the R.F.P.A. (Standard Bearer) held in Hudsonville Sept. 29. He spoke on, “The Standard Bearer, A Plan for its Failure.” This negative approach was like an icy shower exposing his hearers to the chilling realization of what we should not do if we want our Standard Bearer to continue to witness to the Truth as we are privileged to proclaim it. After the speech three new board members were elected: the brethren G. Pipe, C. Westra and V. Graeser. Look for the secretary’s and treasurer’s reports elsewhere in this issue. 

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Is this news to you? This sentence found in Timemagazine is a shocking revelation of that to which some of our Covenant children are exposed: “On one T.V. station, in one week, the author found 334 completed or attempted killings, mostly during youngster’s viewing time” . That would be 334 violations of the Sixth Commandment between the reading of The Law on two successive Sunday morning services: and all in the name of Entertainment! 

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Some bulletin notices as shadows of things to come: Mr. Fred Hanko, teacher in Adams St. School, is the scheduled speaker for the Mothers’ Club October 6th meeting. His announced topic is, “The Teaching of Bible in School.” Rev. M. Schipper has been chosen to address the Fall Meeting of the Eastern Ladies League on October 13. November 11 is the date set for a public lecture on “Protestant Reformed Education” in our Hudsonville Church. 

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The September issue of “Highlights’, Hope School’s paper contained an editorial by Miss A. Lubbers which was an outstanding challenge to the teachers to educate their children for a world to come — The Worldto come. This editorial was the text of a chapel talk by Miss Lubbers on Sept. 8 before the student body, and must surely have inspired teachers and pupils alike to strive to be ready for that World to come wherein “the wolf and the lamb shall feed together and the lion and the ox shall lie down together – when all that is in part shall be done away and we shall see Jesus as He is.” 

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Bulletin quote (Oak Lawn’s); “When we go to God in prayer the devil knows we go to fetch strength against him and therefore he opposes us all he can”. 

– R. Sibbes