Seminarian David Engelsma has accepted the call from Loveland. Redlands, Lynden and Isabel-Forbes had also extended calls to the new graduate.
Rev. C. Hanko, of First Church, has declined the call which came to him from our Southwest Church in Grand Rapids.
The Mission Committee has directed our missionary, Rev. G. Lubbers, to work in the Paterson, New Jersey, area. Rev. R. Harbach, of Kalamazoo, has been requested by the Committee to accompany the missionary for two weeks because of his familiarity of the territory and many of the people residing therein. Rev. Harbach’s previous experience in the East under the Mission Committee years ago, and his continual contact by correspondence will be of invaluable help to introduce our missionary in that new field.
At this writing Classis West intends to meet Sept. 25 (the revised date) and is expected to examine Candidate David Engelsma before his installation in Loveland’s congregation.
Reports from the people in Edgerton have come filtering through acclaiming the 1963 Young People’s Convention as “the best yet.” The deportment of the young delegates was unblamable and the meetings were well attended. The Mass Meeting was held Tuesday evening, Aug. 20, in the Southwest Christian High School Gym with a large and enthusiastic audience in attendance. Some six hundred people heard Rev. H. Hoeksema deliver the keynote speech, “More Than Conquerors In The Church.” Wednesday was a busy day beginning with a business meeting. A tour of Pipestone National Monument followed; then to Blue Mounds State Park for games and supper. The evening meeting featured a speech by Rev. R. Harbach on, “More Than Conquerors Over Against An Evil World.” Thursday picked up the unfinished business and ended with an evening banquet in the High School gym. The banquet’s motif was, “Buffalo and Indians.” Special numbers by the delegates preceded and followed the main event which was a speech by Rev. G. Lubbers on, “More Than Conquerors In The Last Days.” Rev. J. Kortering closed the Convention with prayer; and joining in, “God be with you till we meet again” all the delegates went to their lodgings. The next morning, to meet the 8 o’clock bus back home, some of the young people had to fight the results of a 3 1/2 inch rain which gummed up the roads so that their car had to be towed (dragged) through the mud by a tractor, and then—homeward bound to await August, 1964!
Thursday evening, Sept. 25, the Adams St. School Mothers’ Club held their first meeting of the season. Rev. C. Hanko showed some slides and gave a short talk on “Jamaica, the Island of Contrasts.” Rev. Hanko is withholding his report on the work accomplished until a “Missionary Meeting” can be held, and limited his remarks to the-extreme conditions he witnessed, from the flamboyant display of wealth of the rich in the resort cities to the abject poverty of the people in the hills. Their experience revealed the answer to the Word of God asked in James 25, “Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?” Surely, if we all could see what Rev. Hanko’s party saw it would be easier to comprehend the Scriptures found in Luke 13:29: “And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God.” Yes, Jamaicans too, shall be of “that great multitude which no man can number.” Rev. 7:9.
At this time when the activities of our congregations gain momentum we present the following appropriate contribution: “This month the societies of the Protestant Reformed Churches will again resume their meetings. Most important among the activities is, of course, the study of the Word of God. The Radio Committee of the Reformed Witness Hour wishes to remind our people that books written by Rev. H. Hoeksema are still available. Free pamphlets are also obtainable as an aid in the study of our doctrinal stand relative to subjects such as Calvinism, Infant Baptism, Holy Matrimony, and various others. For a complete list of books and articles write to The Reformed Witness Hour, Box 1230, Grand Rapids, Mich. 49501; or you may order direct to the Book Committee, c/o Mr. Fred Geers, 162 Baynton Ave., N.E., Grand Rapids, Mich. 49503.
The Board of the Society for Prot. Ref. Secondary Education (High School) scheduled a special meeting to be held Sept. 6 at Southwest Church. A proposed site for a High School will be presented to the Society for approval. The location of the proposed site is adjacent to our Hope Church and School. The Board reasoned that this site is most desirable because, 1. Many of the pupils that will attend the High School live in this area; 2. The proximity of Hope School offers possible co-operation in the transportation of pupils; 3. The cost is less than half that of property in a central location; 4. This site offers opportunity to locate in a new and growing community.
The Oak Lawn Prot. Ref. Christian School held Convocation exercises Sept. 3, the first day of school, in their school which this year will be housed in two rooms in the Trinity Lutheran Church of Oak Lawn, Miss Hulda Kuiper will teach the four lower grades; Mr. Henry Kuiper will teach the higher grades and will be the Administrator of the school. Shortly after the opening of school they will be visited by an agent of the Cook County Superintendent of Schools that they may be accredited.
. . . . See you in church.