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Redlands’ newest trio consists of the Revs. J. Kortering, G. Vanden Berg, and Candidate D. Engelsma.

Rev. C. Hanko has received a call from our Southwest Church in Grand Rapids. 

Our Missionary, Rev. G. Lubbers, has been recalled from Houston to investigate areas in the eastern part of the U.S. 

Candidate D. Engelsma is presently considering calls from Loveland, from Lynden and from Isabel-Forbes. 

A new organization has been born in our denomination, one with a noteworthy purpose: to publish in book-form the writings of our Prot. Ref. professors and ministers. We are confident that this new Publication Committee will receive the support of our people because it is so vitally important that the Word of God be maintained in this age of apostasy and modernism. Membership in this Committee is of two kinds: Regular members whose support shall be that of sharing the expense and the work involved: and associate members who cannot help with the work but who nevertheless do share by supporting the cause morally and financially. So the way has been opened for all of you to take part in this titanic venture. The first book is designed to be Rev. H. Hoeksema’s “Dogmatics.” Watch this page and your church bulletins for further details concerning your part in this ambitious resolution of the Publication Committee. 

Did you attend the Pre-Convention Hymn sing held at First Church Aug. 11? If so you very likely shared the view of those who reported it to be “the best ever.” 

At this writing Rev. and Mrs. C. Hanko and Mr. and Mrs. H. Meulenberg have just recently returned from their plane trip to Jamaica. Details of their missionary journey will be divulged at various times and places that we all may know the results of their labors. 

Radio Comm. contribution: During September Rev. C. Hanko, pastor of First Church in Grand Rapids, is to be the speaker on our distinctively Reformed radio broadcast. With the general theme—”The Rise and Development of a World Empire”—Rev. Hanko introduces his first of five radio messages proclaiming the truth “that the rise and development of the kingdoms of this world point ever more emphatically to a sure and speedy return of the Lord.” September 1st message is entitled, “The Rise of a World Empire.” The second (Sept. 8) concerns “The Tower of Babel.” An exposition explaining “Nebuchadnezzar’s Golden Image” will be aired Sept. 15. The subject of the fourth of the series is “The Man of Sin” (Sept. 22). “The Number of Man,” concludes- the series September 29. Printed copies of these messages may be obtained by writing: to The Refqrrned Witness Hour, Box 1230, Grand Rapids Mich. 49501. 

Hope Church has instituted a new order in the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. The communicants now all partake of the bread and of the wine in unison. 

Harry Rutgers, of the South Holland Y.P.S. recently gave an essay which purported to answer the question, “How was it possible for Noah to keep all those animals in the Ark for such a long period of time?” 

Did you know that last month a couple of pranksters stole the, clapper from the bell in the steeple of First Church? One evening two young boys entered the building and proceeded to the belfry (a height of a 5 story building) by means of the inside ladders, and removed the 25 lb. clapper from the 2000 lb. bell. Quite a feat! They were seen leaving the building with the cumbersome piece of cast-iron, but eluded their pursuers. A temporary clapper has been concocted by welding a few pieces of iron together, and so—the bell of First Church is still heard each Sabbath Day before services, albeit with an inferior sound. 

It has been noted that collections have been taken in all our churches to help defray the building expense incurred by Lynden’s people for their new church. 

Have you obtained your copy of the Acts of Synod, 1963? Besides the pre-synodical sermon by Rev. C. Hanko (which alone is worth the price of the book) you will find all the decisions taken by Synod, an interesting report of the Mission Committee, plus many other items of interest to all who live along with the affairs of our denomination. Get your copy from your pastor or clerk for only $1.00. 

Here is a clever filler in Southeast’s bulletin but without the source of the quotation: “Too many Christians have been starched and ironed, but never have been washed.” It somewhat reminds one of the priest and the Levite and the Samaritan on the Jericho road. 

“. . . . the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance; against such there is no law.” Gal. 5:22, 23

. . . . See you in church. 

—J.M.F.