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The Beacon Lights November Hymn sing was held in Southeast Church with a capacity crowd joining in the spirited singing. Charles Westra, youth leader in Southeast Church, led the singing with an assist from Edward Ophoff who directed a few numbers. Eunice Hoeksema was at the organ, and Dianne Hauck augmented the accompaniment with the piano. A small band had also been invited to swell the instrumental praise. In the final numbers the organ, piano, band, and human voices joined in a mighty chorus that filled the auditorium as suggested in Psalm 150. Miss Pat Kamps gave a reading entitled “Rejoice,” which, when she had finished, she announced to be a “meditation” by the late Rev. H. Hoeksema found in a 1933 issue of theStandard Bearer. Something has happened to hymn sings lately—they are drawing bigger and bigger crowds that like to sing!


Prof. H.C. Hoeksema delivered a lecture in Pella, Iowa, November 9, the same he gave at the Reformation Day Rally in Grand Rapids, Mich. He was privileged to speak to an appreciative audience of about 150, and the committee reports that there is evidence of an awakening in the Pella area, which is heartening in this age of apostasy. There certainly is need for a spiritual “Paul Revere” to sound the tocsin that an enemy is coming to seize from us our Reformed heritage. Coming? No, is in the pulpits and seminary seats of our land, undermining the foundations so jealously laid by the Reformation fathers. May we continue to be willing servants of our King to sound this alarm.


The Young Peoples’ Societies of Michigan held a Thanksgiving Mass Meeting in Southwest Church Sunday afternoon, Nov. 19. Don Offringa, vice-president of the host society, led in opening devotions, and introduced the speaker, Rev. VanBaren, of First Church. The topic of the speech was, “Thanksgiving—Its Practical Aspect for Young People.” About 200 young folk were in attendance, quite filling the auditorium. An un-accompanied flute duet by Donna Knoper and Beth Westra was one of the special numbers. Also included in the “specials” was a girls quartette from Hudsonville—Judy Holstege, Marian Lubbers, Joanne Lubbers and Donna Kuiper, with Evelyn Lubbers at the piano. The Young People’s Federation sponsored and Southwest hosted this get-together, a worthwhile Sunday afternoon activity.


Lynden’s congregation was asked to decide on a proposal by the consistory, in their annual meeting, to build a “cry room” in the back lobby of their church; and First’s consistory proposed to their men a rejuvenation of the lighting system in the auditorium using indirect lighting and spotlighting in strategic places to bring the illumination up to par.


Quiet Thought found in Southeast’s bulletin: “No man can live wrong and pray right. No man can pray right and live wrong.”


Appearing in the area bulletins is an advance notice that Adams St. School will present their Christmas program in First Church, Dec. 21.


Did you know that Rev. R. Decker, of Doon, Iowa has received the call from South Holland, IL? and that Rev. G. VanBaren has declined the call he had received from Hull, Iowa?


The name of Oak Lawn’s Young People’s Society made news in their bulletin in three announcements: first, that they were traveling to Randolph, WI to meet with that society Friday evening for an evening of Bible discussion, debate and other special numbers; secondly, that the consistory had asked them to prepare the annual Christmas Program; thirdly, that they were also planning a December 24th Singspiration.


Bulletin Quote (Oak Lawn’s): The work is solemn. . .therefore do not trifle; the work is difficult. . .therefore do not relax; the opportunity is brief. . .therefore do not delay; the path is narrow. . .therefore do not wander; the prize is glorious. . .therefore do not faint.


Have you noticed that the majority of news items on this page concern the young people? It seems that any activity worth noting was performed by our “teenagers” who have absolutely nothing in common with their contemporaries in the world.


Scripture literally being fulfilled today: “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof. . .” Paul, in writing to Timothy prophetically saw the close of our 20th century. He ended this graphic description of our neighbors with this solemn admonition; “From such turn away”. Do you?

…see you in church 

—J.M.F.