Hope Church, of Grand Rapids, has tendered a call to Rev. J. Kortering, of Hull, Iowa. The trio included the Revs. M. Schipper and C. Hanko.
Our Theological School opened the ’66-’67 school year with a convocation led by the Rector, Prof. H. C. Hoeksema. After a short chapel talk on the Scripture dealing with “Men of discernment” — those who know the times — the Rector and Prof. H. Hanko gave the initial assignments. If you could have heard the huge assignments each student received you would have wondered, as we did, how many hours are contained in their days! Four members of the School Committee were present, and Rev. Schipper gave the faculty and students a word of encouragement, and led in closing prayer. We would like to see an improvement made in arranging the program for Opening Day. We believe the public should be invited! Public attendance would serve to remind us of the importance of our Seminary, and would tend to make for it a bigger place in our prayers for this institution from which flows the lifeblood of our denomination.
Oak Lawn’s congregation was again invited to a Home-Talent program scheduled for Aug. 31. This talent probably could not compete with that on the T.V. scheduled for that evening (according to the world’s standards), but the music produced by the church in her gatherings surely is a foretaste of the Song of the Redeemed, augmented by the Heavenly Choir which had practiced for some six thousand years! How could anyone pass up an opportunity like that for T.V. fare? Not anyone who.meets the description of the “We are of God” found in I John 4:6, who confess “hereby know we the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.”
The tornado damaged church at Forbes has been moved back upon its foundation and the necessary repairs have begun.
Oak Lawn’s church made use of the National Holiday Sept. 5 to picnic at Bachelor’s Grove. A noon lunch was scheduled, followed by a program and afternoon activities. The committee said, “Come and enjoy a day of Christian fellowship”.
The book, “In the Beginning God….” furnished by the Mission Committee, has found its way to all our churches. Rev. C. Hanko, in Redlands’ bulletin, suggests: “When you are finished with it will you kindly pass it along to some interested friend?” From Redlands we also learn that Mrs. Hanko is quite well, but feels her best when she gets her quota of rest and quiet living.
On August 28 Rev. Kortering exchanged pulpits with Seminarian Moore in order that Hull might hear one of the products of our Seminary.
From Kalamazoo’s (keep them coming!) bulletins we learn that their latest production — a 53 page booklet containing the Three Forms of Unity, the Athanasian Creed and the Nicene Creed — is for sale to the members of their church. Rev. Harbach suggests that they buy them, at 35C each, for gifts, “to pass on to friends and acquaintances in the Reformed Church of America, thus providing them with that which they are otherwise without, ‘the Rejection of Errors’, which shows the contrast of Arminianism and Calvinism”. We suppose that if any of our readers should order booklets from Rev. Harbach, those orders would be honored also.
The Annual Meeting of The Protestant Reformed Action Society was held in Doon, Iowa Friday, Sept. 9. Rev. J. Kortering, of Hull, spoke on, “Holding Fast to Our Profession.” This lecture was followed by a business meeting with election of officers, etc.
An old Dutch proverb was placed in the fill-in-space in a recent bulletin of Redlands, which we think is worth repeating, “He who dies before he dies will not die when he dies”. This sounds like a conundrum and would make a good riddle to ask our children at the dinner table this evening: “What does that Proverb mean?”
The bulletins of our Michigan churches all carried a notice of the first meeting of The Radio Choir; and the Iowa churches are also calling members and prospective members to a business meeting and social of their Choral Society. This is a good time of the year when all of the winter activities of the church get into full swing!
Doon’s Sunday afternoon sermon Sept. 11 was based on Hebrews 10:24-25. About this, Rev. Decker said in the bulletin, “Our sermon this afternoon is in connection with the beginning of the catechism and society season. May we hear the Word of God with joy and have a blessed season of fellowship as we ‘assemble ourselves together’ to study and learn God’s Word”.
The above,text from Hebrews 10 is worth quoting in full for the admonition of all; “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works; not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another; and so much the more, as we see the day approaching.”
. . .see you in church.