“Today we welcome Rev. M. Schipper to our midst.” Sunday, Feb. 1, wrote finis to a whole series of similar notices in the bulletins of Southwest Church. The first announcement in their Feb. 8 bulletin read “We are happy that Rev. Lubbers has returned to us from Jamaica after his extended stay.” And, further, “We take this opportunity to thank Classis for furnishing us pulpit supply while Rev. Lubbers was in Jamaica, and to the ministers and students who brought us words of edification both in preaching and catechism classes.” Rev. Lubbers will likely be quite busy preparing talks for various groups interested in hearing of his experiences during his last visit to Jamaica. One such group is the student body of Adams School, scheduled for March 2.
Speaking of speeches, there was a public lecture held on February 6 at Calvin Christian High School, Grandville, Michigan. Rev. H. Veldman spoke on the topic, “God’s Love, Not Common But Particular.” Quoting abundantly from Scripture and the Confessions, Rev. Veldman showed clearly that love is strictly divine, wholly particular, and gloriously efficacious. As Rev. Kortering stated in his closing remarks, the audience was reminded that the truth is profoundly simple. Simple, because the Word of God is clear. Profound, because we stand amazed at its depth. The next public lecture to be held in the Grand Rapids area is planned for April 9, with Rev. G. VanBaren speaking on “The Coming of the Risen Lord.”
Rev. Kortering, minister at Hope Church of Grand Rapids, has received the call from Randolph.
From the bulletin of our church in Holland, Michigan, we learn that the Ladies Society held their meeting at the home of Mrs. N. Yonker. It seems that this is done annually at the time of Mrs. Yonker’s birthday—this being her 93rd.
Elsewhere, we find that Mrs. Gerrit Vos celebrated her 75th birthday on February 15, “She is very lonely, suffers much pain, and is able to come to church only on communion Sundays.” belated birthday cards, There’s nothing wrong with to cheer her in her difficult way.
We should pass along a few excerpts of letters received in response to the radio broadcast Southeast Church is supporting in New Jersey.
—”I heard the most wonderful sermon . . . I am 85 yrs. of age and brought up by Christian parents and joined the church in 1895. I have heard many ministers in the pulpit and over the radio, but never a sermon like I heard this morning . . . I would like to have a copy to read and reread. I thank you for sending the sermon over the air ways.”
—”Alerted by friends a few days in advance, my wife and I listened . . . to the Reformed Witness Hour . . . We will help spread the word to those with FM equipment.”
—”I am writing to say how much I enjoy the message and hope you will continue on the radio . . . . We need a full gospel to stir the people . . .
There is an attempt being made by members of First Church of Grand Rapids to get its members interested in Sunday evening meetings in homes, once a month, for the purpose of discussing some topic of a spiritual nature. The committee organizes the meetings—picks the topic for discussion, prepares a question sheet to stimulate discussion, calls a Host and Leader to give them the names of couples to make up their group. The Host then calls each couple to invite them to his home for an evening of Christian fellowship. Each group remains the same for three meetings, except that the job of Host and Leader rotates within the group. For the fourth month, the committee would arrange new groups. The first meetings were held on Feb. 8. The topic for discussion—the Sunday School pamphlet “The Mark of the Beast.”
Excerpt of a letter of thanks from the Mission Committee to the Loveland congregation: “. . . Your contribution for this cause will do so much to ease the burden of the Jamaican ministers who receive so little for their labors that often their expenses must be taken out of their family livelihood. ‘Blessed is he that considereth the poor.'”
From Southeast’s “Quiet thoughts”:
“The true reflection of a person comes from the heart, not a mirror.”
And from Oak Lawn’s “Quotes”:
“The measure of a man is not the number of people who serve him, but the number of people he serves.”