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New evidence for the fact that our “retired” ministers continue to be active in ‘the ministry of the Word can be seen from bulletin announcements which confirm that Rev. Schipper will be preaching, D.V., in Redlands through January 4, 1981; and Rev. Heys is slated to lead services in Bradenton, Florida, beginning the first Sunday in December. :

Hope Church in Walker, Michigan recently formed a trio of Reverends Bekkering, Flikkema, and Joostens. 

Speaking of Hope, on October 31 they hosted a program and open house commemorating Professor Herman Hanko’s twenty-five years in the ministry. In addition to numerous special numbers there were some remarks made by Rev. C. Hanko, Prof. Hanko’s father, and Mr. Dewey Engelsma, whose comments concerned the seven years of Prof. Hanko’s pastorate at Hope. Mr. Engelsma related that back in 1955 he and Mr. Newhouse delivered Hope’s call letter in person to the then Candidate Hanko. Upon going to his home they were directed to where he was working, and there he received Hope’s call, “with paint and brush, in painter’s garb;” Also mentioned was an early shock that Prof. Hanko experienced at the first consistory meeting that he attended, when Mr. Newhouse, a charter member of Hope and a member of Hope’s consistory at the time, intimated that the, minutes were written in Friese. (Those who know Mr. Newhouse will not be surprised to hear this of him.) The evening reminded us of our God’s covenant faithfulness in providing faithful preachers of the Gospel. We concur with what Rev. C. Hanko said at the close of his remarks, “May the Lord use his (Prof. Hanko’s) ministry to the glory of His name and the salvation of His Church.” Incidentally—as reported two issues back—a few days before this celebration Prof. Hanko spoke for the Mr. & Mrs. League on the topic “Religious Ferver, Why is it Waning?” We mention this again to inform our readers that a cassette tape of that timely speech can be obtained by contacting Mr. Gary Bylsma, 7507 Astronaut, Jenison, MI. 49428. 

From a Kalamazoo bulletin we gleaned the following item of interest: “This year for the election of officebearers we will be following the first method given in Art. 22 of the Church Order. Accordingly we request that nominations for one elder and one deacon be submitted by the members of the congregation to the clerk of the consistory; Mr. H. Kuiper, in writing. From this nomination a selection will be presented to the annual congregational meeting for approval.” 

An organ dedication ceremony and Martha’s Ladies Aid Commemoration were recently held by our Hull congregation. 

Some tidbits of information from two letters received from our business manager, Mr. VanderWal, may be of interest to our readers: The first one comes from a Reformed Presbyterian Church pastor who also serves as Librarian of the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland. This pastor came into contact with the Standard Bearerwhile a student at Westminster Theological Seminary and now requests current and back copies of the S.B. The second letter accompanied a notification of a change of address from a pastor in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Although the heading of this column doesnot read “Letters From Our Readers,” this pastor’s remarks merit additional circulation, I think. He writes: “Since becoming a reader I have very much enjoyed this periodical. Not an avid Calvinist, by any stretch of the imagination, I was at first wary; and even skeptical, of many of your contributor’s (positions. However, over the past year, finding myself carefully scrutinizing the scriptural assertions which find their way into your contributor’s articles, I have diligently searched. God’s Word, and researched Calvinistic works on theology which has afforded me with a much broader base of comprehension, pertaining to a strategic grasp of our Lord’s single Sovereignty and Glorious Grace in His work of salvation. Thank you for so fine a publication. It keeps us thinking, searching, and praying.” 

In recent months Rev. R. Hanko of our Covenant Protestant Reformed Church in New Jersey has had opportunity to preach in the People’s Park Reformed ‘Church of Paterson. Along these same lines, Pastor Bekkering, of our Trinity Protestant Reformed Church of Houston, Texas reports that Professor Hoeksema accepted a request to preach at the evening service of the Covenant Presbyterian Church during his already action-picked Reformation Day week end in Houston. 

Sometimes a bulletin announcement activates one’s curiosity, such as the one from our South Holland Church which announced a “Clue Car Chase” sponsored by their Mr. & Mrs. Society. At the risk of appearing nosy, and/or experiencing the fate of the curious cat, I wonder if. Someone might be willing to clue us in on this one? 

—CK New evidence for the fact that our “retired” ministers continue to be active in ‘the ministry of the Word can be seen from bulletin announcements which confirm that Rev. Schipper will be preaching, D.V., in Redlands through January 4, 1981; and Rev. Heys is slated to lead services in Bradenton, Florida, beginning the first Sunday in December. :

Hope Church in Walker, Michigan recently formed a trio of Reverends Bekkering, Flikkema, and Joostens. 

Speaking of Hope, on October 31 they hosted a program and open house commemorating Professor Herman Hanko’s twenty-five years in the ministry. In addition to numerous special numbers there were some remarks made by Rev. C. Hanko, Prof. Hanko’s father, and Mr. Dewey Engelsma, whose comments concerned the seven years of Prof. Hanko’s pastorate at Hope. Mr. Engelsma related that back in 1955 he and Mr. Newhouse delivered Hope’s call letter in person to the then Candidate Hanko. Upon going to his home they were directed to where he was working, and there he received Hope’s call, “with paint and brush, in painter’s garb;” Also mentioned was an early shock that Prof. Hanko experienced at the first consistory meeting that he attended, when Mr. Newhouse, a charter member of Hope and a member of Hope’s consistory at the time, intimated that the, minutes were written in Friese. (Those who know Mr. Newhouse will not be surprised to hear this of him.) The evening reminded us of our God’s covenant faithfulness in providing faithful preachers of the Gospel. We concur with what Rev. C. Hanko said at the close of his remarks, “May the Lord use his (Prof. Hanko’s) ministry to the glory of His name and the salvation of His Church.” Incidentally—as reported two issues back—a few days before this celebration Prof. Hanko spoke for the Mr. & Mrs. League on the topic “Religious Ferver, Why is it Waning?” We mention this again to inform our readers that a cassette tape of that timely speech can be obtained by contacting Mr. Gary Bylsma, 7507 Astronaut, Jenison, MI. 49428. 

From a Kalamazoo bulletin we gleaned the following item of interest: “This year for the election of officebearers we will be following the first method given in Art. 22 of the Church Order. Accordingly we request that nominations for one elder and one deacon be submitted by the members of the congregation to the clerk of the consistory; Mr. H. Kuiper, in writing. From this nomination a selection will be presented to the annual congregational meeting for approval.” 

An organ dedication ceremony and Martha’s Ladies Aid Commemoration were recently held by our Hull congregation. 

Some tidbits of information from two letters received from our business manager, Mr. VanderWal, may be of interest to our readers: The first one comes from a Reformed Presbyterian Church pastor who also serves as Librarian of the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland. This pastor came into contact with the Standard Bearerwhile a student at Westminster Theological Seminary and now requests current and back copies of the S.B. The second letter accompanied a notification of a change of address from a pastor in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Although the heading of this column doesnot read “Letters From Our Readers,” this pastor’s remarks merit additional circulation, I think. He writes: “Since becoming a reader I have very much enjoyed this periodical. Not an avid Calvinist, by any stretch of the imagination, I was at first wary; and even skeptical, of many of your contributor’s (positions. However, over the past year, finding myself carefully scrutinizing the scriptural assertions which find their way into your contributor’s articles, I have diligently searched. God’s Word, and researched Calvinistic works on theology which has afforded me with a much broader base of comprehension, pertaining to a strategic grasp of our Lord’s single Sovereignty and Glorious Grace in His work of salvation. Thank you for so fine a publication. It keeps us thinking, searching, and praying.” 

In recent months Rev. R. Hanko of our Covenant Protestant Reformed Church in New Jersey has had opportunity to preach in the People’s Park Reformed ‘Church of Paterson. Along these same lines, Pastor Bekkering, of our Trinity Protestant Reformed Church of Houston, Texas reports that Professor Hoeksema accepted a request to preach at the evening service of the Covenant Presbyterian Church during his already action-picked Reformation Day week end in Houston. 

Sometimes a bulletin announcement activates one’s curiosity, such as the one from our South Holland Church which announced a “Clue Car Chase” sponsored by their Mr. & Mrs. Society. At the risk of appearing nosy, and/or experiencing the fate of the curious cat, I wonder if. Someone might be willing to clue us in on this one? 

—CK