The first of two of this winter’s Lecture Series was held in First Church February 1 on a foggy, rainy evening—a change from the blizzards of last winter. Prof. H. Hanko was the lecturer, his topic being the timely one of Ecumenism—the word on the lips of the majority of church leaders who want “involvement” in the social affairs of the world: the race question, peace talks, its population explosion and the burning issues of the day.
The speaker viewed his subject under the theme, “Scriptural Ecumenism,” and asked us to consider it as to its meaning according to the Word of God; how we should evaluate modern ecumenicity; and what is our calling in regard to this. His emphasis was found in our confession that we believe in One Holy Catholic Church; how that is founded on Christ Who is The Truth—the full revelation of God; the Christ who is her Head, and she His Body. The speaker also described the test which the True Church must meet, that of displaying The Three Marks: the pure preaching of the Word, the pure administration of the Sacraments and the proper exercise of Christian discipline. The Lecturer evaluated for us the modern ecumenical movement and found it to be derisive of doctrine, a rejecter of the creeds, and an advocate of union before a common basis may be established, The trend of all these is toward social reform, an alliance with the State, and eventually the institution of a One-World-Church—that of the Anti-Christ. The Professor pointed out our calling in regard to this modern idea of unity, counseling us to remain firm in our resolve to resist this pressure while we still have a choice. He warned about the future in which the choice would be, “Join, or else!”, when the “or else” would mean our lives. The speaker’s final observations led to the prediction that true church unity (in its institutional form) might be expected when the saints will be driven into each other’s arms through the persecution by the Beast and its Image in the Latter Days. That, he concluded, would be true ecumenicity.
The program committee chose two appropriate Psalter numbers for the audience to sing, Nos. 350 and 371, which was the only music beside the organ prelude and postlude by Mrs. C. Lubbers. The main auditorium was comfortably filled with many young people in evidence. Rev. VanBaren led in the opening devotions, and Rev. Lubbers led in closing prayer.
The High School Board, in its last bulletin, reported several large gifts which added materially to the school’s treasury. Two of those were bank drafts of about $1,200.00 each from an anonymous donor. The members of the finance committee, in their monthly meetings, eagerly look for that one blue envelope which contains a neatly folded $100.00 bill each month! The name chased by the board is, “Covenant Christian High,” which expresses both its foundation and the goal.
The Holland Ladies Aid Society met in the home of Mrs. N. Yonker Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 6 to honor her 91st birthday anniversary which she hopes to celebrate Feb. 12. This aged widow is wheelchair bound but comes to Holland’s Church regularly from her home in Muskegon. Transportation and noon lodgings are furnished by the members of her church. The host family finds her an interesting historian who can remember events from yesterday to more than 80 years into the past.
Loveland’s new clerk is Mr. G.R. Griess, 1017 E. 57th Street, Loveland, Colorado 80537.
Southeast’s church building committee has finished off the former consistory room to make it a cloak room with an additional exit. This will hopefully relieve the congestion in the main lobby when leaving the building.
An announcement recently appeared in First Church’s bulletin in the Holland language.Correction—what was supposed to be the Holland language. But, probably due to the fact that the typesetter was not a Hollander the typographical errors and misspellings resulted in a Yankee-Dutch version, with the Dutch for “First Church” coming out as “Farthest Church” in the translation. But the message was clear: a soup supper scheduled for Feb. 23. If it should turn out to be alphabet soup ‘t would make no great difference—the Dutch and the English both have the same twenty-six letters.
“Growth from within” was reflected in Loveland’s Jan. 14 bulletin when it recorded that the infant daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Engelsma was to be baptized that morning, and that a daughter had been born to Mr. and Mrs. D. Gleason that week. Hudsonville’s Jan. 28th bulletin also announced that two infant daughters of the congregation would receive the sign and seal of the covenant through the administration of the sacrament of baptism that morning.
A family visitation schedule in a recent bulletin of First Church revealed the polyglot character of the constituency of that congregation. The names Grusczynski and Quenga are very evidently not natives of the Netherlands, the nationality that characterizes the bulk of our denominational roll-call. What a roll-call that will be when all nations, tribes and tongues shall be gathered before the Great White Throne in the Day of The Lord!
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