At a September congregational meeting Hull chose Rev. C. Hanko to receive their call to come over to help them. The trio also included the Revs. R.C. Harbach and B. Woudenberg.
Usually our news items are gleaned from bulletins received through the mails, but we found the September 22 bulletins of Hull and of Doon in the racks while visiting there. Hull’s pulpit was supplied by classical appointment, with Rev. G. Vanden Berg the appointee. They are scheduling special collections for the building fund which will provide the means to give the auditorium a new, clean look. Doon’s congregation witnessed the public confession of faith of two men in the morning service, and the sacrament of Baptism was administered to three infants in the afternoon service. The next Sunday we were privileged to join the congregation at Loveland in their worship services morning and evening. It was a genuine pleasure to see them in (their) church.
The Western Ladies League Fall meeting was scheduled to be held Oct. 3 in Edgerton, Minn. with Rev. R. Decker as speaker. His topic was “Scriptural Ecumenicity,” based on Ephesians 4.
Another Western activity announced in Hull’s bulletin was the Annual Meeting of The Reformed Action Society Sept. 30 in Edgerton. Rev. G. Vanden Berg, of Oak Lawn, was slated to give a lecture at that time.
Loveland’s School “Ledger” for September carried an editorial by Prof. H. Hanko, which was a condensation of a lecture given at an earlier date. A visit to the school revealed some penmanship specimens pinned on the wall upside down. One of the sixth graders, Laurel Buiter, explained in the Ledger that this was designed to “see if the slant were even.” Miss Beverly Hoekstra is the new teacher, and a few minutes in her presence is enough to be infected by her vibrant enthusiasm for her work.
From the first bulletin to arrive at our desk from Isabel we learn that their parsonage has been lowered to a more stable foundation; a fence has been erected that neatly sets off the church property; seven trees have been planted, and fill-dirt has been hauled in to level the foundation for the addition to the parsonage. Evidently the men of the congregation are endeavoring to match the ardor that their pastor displays. Rev. C. Hanko, in his report of his combined church visiting-lecturing-installation-trip wrote that “the exuberant joy of Isabel was invigorating.”
The Office Bearers’ Conference held in Hope Church Oct. 1 featured a talk by Rev. J.A. Heys on, “The Problems and Potential of our Jamaican Mission Field.” Those in attendance were overheard to say that this was one of the best conferences they could remember. Rev. Heys is planning an illustrated (200 pictures) lecture on Thanksgiving Day dealing with our friends in Jamaica. Watch for the Mission Committee’s announcement regarding this program.
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