First Church of Grand Rapids announces the following trios have been made: for Minister—the Revs. H. Hanko, M. Schipper and B. Woudenberg; for Missionary—the Revs. D. Engelsma, J. Kortering and G. VanBaren. The congregational meeting to elect men from these trios is scheduled for March 23.
Kalamazoo has scheduled a congregational meeting for March 17 for the purpose of approving the purchase of a church building. Further details will have to await our next issue.
Our South Holland, Ill. congregation has decided to build a new church with four hundred seating capacity. Construction will begin the first of July, D.V.
From Loveland’s Feb. 21st bulletin we lift the following: The loan necessary for the construction of our new church edifice has gone through. Labor will begin at once. Ray Ezinga (Loveland’s newest member, received from Hope Church in Grand Rapids, J.M.F.) has been hired to work full time on the edifice and to oversee the construction. The men of the congregation, in accordance with their decision, are expected to donate fifty hours of labor apiece, to the equivalent of $100.00. Thus the cost of the building is calculated to remain within the figure originally set . . . . . . As we put our hands to the work of the building of the house of God, may it be true of us as a congregation which was true of the children of Israel in building the Tabernacle: “The children of Israel brought a willing offering unto the Lord, every man and woman, whose heart made them willing to bring for all manner of work.” (Ex. 25-29) Then we will find, as did Israel, that “the people bring much more than enough for the service of the work which the Lord had commanded to make.” (Ex. 36:5)
The Hope Prot. Ref. Christian School has a very clever and effective method to notify parents on the school bus run if the bus is late or will not come at all. The driver, or the Principal, phones the first family on the schedule, and each successive family is responsible for relaying the message along the way so that all parents on the route are properly advised.
According to the bulletins, the Young People’s Societies are all devoting an after-recess program to the discussion of possible improvements that can be effected in their Annual Convention. For instance, Melvin Griess, of Loveland’s Society, gave a paper on that subject Feb. 7. That certainly is the proper source for such improvements,—at the society level,—from the young people themselves. Have the young people of your church asked for your contribution to their 1965 Convention? Because so many of them are not wage-earners, your support is sorely needed; how about it?
Hudsonville’s pastor, Rev. G. Vos, still suffers discomfort because of his mending collarbone fracture. Prof. H.C. Hoeksema supplied his pulpit for him in the evening service of March 7.
The flu-bug is no respecter of persons, as Southeast’s pastor learned experientially; and Rev. Schipper had to cancel some of his mid-week schedules in the week of Feb. 21.
The Northwest Iowa Prot. Ref. Christian School Society scheduled a special meeting March 5 to make decisions regarding the opening of their own school this Fall. The society also announced a public lecture to be given March 22,—speaker and topic not yet known. The Board meets monthly, alternating between Hull and Doon.
Prof. H.C. Hoeksema will be the speaker on the Reformed Witness Hour this month. The theme of his first two radio sermons will be, “Edom’s Blockade of Israel,” with sub-topics as follows: April 4, “A Harmless Purpose;” April 11, “God’s Purpose in Edom’s Hateful Blockade.” After a Resurrection Day message on April 18, there will be two sermons that take us back to the days of Noah: April 25, “The Sons of God and the Daughters of Men;” May 2, “Amalgamation.”
Saturday, March 13, Rev. H. Hoeksema celebrated his 79th birthday anniversary. He has now entered the year of which Moses of old sang in Psalm 90 that men may reach by reason of strength. Our faithful servant of First Church agrees with that servant of old: “yet is their strength labor and sorrow.”
Rev. G. Lubbers, of Southwest Church in Grand Rapids, spent a two week vacation in Houston, Texas in his former Mission field. In his absence his catechism classes were conducted by Students Nobel and Kuiper. Seminarian R. Decker occupied Southwest’s pulpit three of the services and the fourth was held Sunday afternoon with Rev. H. Veldman officiating. Rev. Lubbers’ vacation was marred by illness, nine days of which were spent under doctor’s care receiving anti-biotic treatments. Upon his return to Grand Rapids, Rev. Lubbers preached in his own church Sunday morning and in First Church, on Classical appointment, in the evening. In our present shortage of ministers our pastors are loath to take “sick-leave,” and therefore often perform their duties under physical handicaps. Indeed, our men are of that number spoken of in II Timothy 2:2.
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