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Rev. C. Hanko, pastor of First Church for sixteen years, has accepted the call from Redlands, California. He has scheduled his farewell sermon for June 28, and the family’s departure for California June 29.

The Radio Choir rendered a beautiful program in First Church after the evening service on May 31. The Radio Choir’s main purpose is to furnish music for our Reformed Witness Hour broadcast, and the anthems that made up their program were for the most part those that had already been aired on previous broadcasts. The numbers were adaptations of the Psalms or direct quotation from the Scriptures. Probably the best of these was a rendition of Philippians 2:5 —”Let this mind be in you which also was in Christ Jesus.” When a really good choral group brings Holy Writ in song it often strikes deeper into the soul that if the same Scripture were read aloud. Surely this was one of those experiences. The Choir brought the evening to a close with, “The Lord bless thee and keep thee.” What a beautiful ending to the Lord’s Day, a foretaste of the joys awaiting us in the Eternal Sabbath! 

Did you know that Synod declared all our ministers eligible for the nomination for Missionary, since the possible list of nominees is very limited, and our churches should have a missionary as soon as possible? 

Contribution from the Radio Committee. After some of his busy days attending our Synodical gatherings last month, Rev. J.A. Heys took time out to record five radio sermons for our Reformed Witness Hour. The messages, the Lord willing, will be aired on the four Sundays of July and the first Sunday of August. Under the general theme, “The Battle of Faith,” Rev. Heys has chosen for the subtitles of his sermons: “The Battle Enjoined” (July 5), “The Resourceful Opponent” (July 12), “The Believer’s Safety” (July 19), “The Victory” (July 26), and, “The Lasting Peace’ (August 2). The Program Committee of the Reformed Witness Hour assures those that bear these Distinctively Reformed Radio programs that Rev. Heys’ voice was as strong and fervent during the fifth sermon as it was while he “preached” his first message of the series. Printed copies can be obtained by writing to The Reformed Witness Hour, Box 1230, Grand Rapids, Mich. 49501. 

Bulletin Quote—”A dew drop does the will of God as much as the thunderstorm.”—W.P. Loveless (Oak Lawn’s bulletin). 

Loveland’s congregation was invited to read a letter of thanks from Lynden’s congregation for their collection taken for their new church building. The letter, and an accompanying picture of the new church, were posted for all to appreciate. 

From the May 10 bulletin we learn that Loveland’s Manse was enriched by one a baby girl. 

The Hope School Board, via area bulletins, thanked the donors who made the Spring Deficit Drive such a great success—$4,434.00 in cash and pledges! 

The Northwest Iowa Protestant Reformed School Society scheduled a special Society meeting for June 15 to consider the purchasing of Perkins School. Their Annual Meeting will be held, D.V., June 29. 

Rev. R.C. Harbach, of Kalamazoo, was the Commencement speaker at the Hope School Graduation exercises held in Hudsonville; Rev. J. Kortering gave the Commencement address at Hull’s Grammar School’s exercises; and Rev. D. Engelsma gave the address at the Graduation program of Redlands Christian School while he was on Classical appointment in Redlands. 

A “quiet thought” found in Southeast’s bulletin: “The promises of God are the molds into which we pour our prayers. 

Holland’s bulletin reports a successful financial drive recently held in their congregation which brought up over $5,000.00 in cash and pledges. Indeed, there never is lack of opportunity to distribute our tithes! 

Oak Lawn’s young people invited the adults to share a conducted tour of Tribune Tower in Chicago June 15. 

Did you know that Rev. D. Engelsma conducts an Adult Bible Class in Loveland Wednesday evenings and one in Denver Thursday evenings? The Book of Acts is under consideration in both classes. 

Monday evening, June 8, the Standard Bearer Staffmet in annual meeting. Some changes in format have been adopted and will be realized in the 40th Anniversary number Oct. 1, 1964. 

The Senior Young People of First Church used the occasion of their Annual Church Picnic to raise some more money to defray the expenses of shipping clothing to Jamaica by providing dessert for the picnickers. 

In our vacation travels this summer let us heed the admonition found in Hebrews 10:25: “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is . . .” 

. . . . see you in church. 

—J.M.F.