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Rev. J. Kortering, of Hull, declined the call which came to him from Forbes, N.D.

Lynden, Wash., called Rev. J. Kortering from a trio which included the Revs. G. Vos and G. Vanden Berg. 

First Church of Grand Rapids has called Rev. G. VanBaren of Randolph, Wis., from a trio which included the Revs. J.A. Heys and B. Woudenberg. 

First Church of Grand Rapids, Synod-delegated Calling Church, has called Rev. R.C. Harbach of Kalamazoo to be Home Missionary for our churches, from a trio which included the Revs. J. Kortering and H. Veldman. 

The Reformed Witness Hour presents Rev. H. Hanko, of Doon, Iowa, during the month of August. The topics chosen for this series are: Aug. 9 and 16—”The Gospel, the Power of the Kingdom”; Aug. 23—”Seeking the Kingdom”; Aug. 30—”Watching for the Coming of the Kingdom.” Texts taken from the Gospel according to Matthew form the Scriptural basis of these Distinctively Reformed radio messages. Free copies may be obtained by writing to The Reformed Witness Hour, Box 1230, Grand Rapids, Mich. 49501. 

First Church of Grand Rapids sadly bade their pastor of 16 years farewell on the evening of June 24. A short program in the church auditorium was given which included special numbers, remarks by Rev. Hoeksema, and the presentation of a farewell gift. A social gathering followed in the church parlors, giving opportunity to everyone to bid a personal goodbye to Rev. and Mrs. Hanko and Alyce. Surely, First Church relinquished to Redlands a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.” The congregation’s sentiment was expressed in the bulletin thus: “With gratitude to God for all His goodness, we commend Rev. Hanko and his family to our Heavenly Father and bid them Godspeed as they take their place in our sister church of Redlands, California.” 

Hull’s congregation adopted a property settlement whereby they regained their church property after an eleven year period of dispossession. The settlement sum included a recent refurbishing of the property. Transfer details were to be completed so that services might be held July 12. What a happy occasion for the people of Hull, especially for the many children who knew no other place of public worship than a Community Hall! 

Randolph’s pastor, Rev. G. VanBaren, has scheduled a public lecture on “The Vatican Council” for July 23. Postcards were furnished the members of the congregation so they might invite others to the lecture. Such invitations have resulted in the attendance of many visitors to former lectures. 

Southeast, of Grand Rapids, and Edgerton have granted the request of Synod that they release their pastors for three weeks each for work in Houston, Texas. 

Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sinsI John 4:10 

. . . see you in church . . . . 

—J.M.F.