Candidate D. Kuiper was installed into the office of the ministry Friday evening, Sept. 29, with Rev. G. Vanden Berg, of Oak Lawn, officiating. Rev. Vanden Berg chose to preach on, “And I will set shepherds over them which shall feed them”, found in Jeremiah 23:4. The sermon’s theme was, “Shepherds, a Gift of God”, and was treated under these three points: The gift as such; The need for such gift; and, The benefits derived from that gift, After the sermon Rev. Kuiper pronounced the blessing upon his flock. A reception followed the ceremony, and the congregation enjoyed a social hour with their new pastor and his family.
The Eastern League of Men’s Societies met in annual meeting Oct. 9 at Hudsonville’s church. Rev. J.A. Heys, of Holland, was the speaker, and gave a talk on, “Evangelism, what is its office, and what has happened to it.” Rev. Heys held his audience’s attention with his description of this early-church-office, to which Holy Writ refers in only three passages. The speaker deplored the corruption of this office by those who call themselves evangelists today. After the annual business was conducted, refreshments were served in the church parlors. After recess Rev. Heys answered questions from the floor pertaining to the general subject of evangelism.
Our friends in Jamaica are the happy recipients of the 400 Bibles and 100 Psalters we sent them recently. They sent “their glowing and heartfelt thanks for those gifts of love, and express a special word of thanks to the Sunday Schools, churches, and individuals who were the donors of those gifts.” By the way—You can hear them sing some of the Psalter songs and hear the children recite some of the Heidelberg Catechism if you get the tape specially prepared by the Reformed Witness Hour staff for the after-recess programs in your societies.
Doon’s School Dedication program was held Friday evening, Oct. 6. Mr. Edw. Van Egdom, president of the Board, led in opening devotions and Rev. R. Decker gave the address, speaking on the truth of God’s Word as recorded for us in Deut. 6:7. Refreshments were served in the church basement after the program and the new school was open for inspection for friends and’ visitors. The names of the thirty-nine pupils were listed on the printed programs with those of the two teachers. The glowing reports coming from Doon all express the joy and gratitude for this gift of grace by which they may “teach. . . . diligently. . . .their children.” as prescribed in the sacred text from Deuteronomy.
Holland’s consistory sponsored a public program giving their pastor the opportunity to give a detailed report of his labors in Jamaica which he did with the aid of colored slides. From viewing those pictures one can learn, among other, things that abject poverty is no deterrent to spiritual happiness; one is forced to admit that “the have nots” truly have something!
Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin? Prov. 9:20. . . see you in church.