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Rev. G. Lanting, of Holland, is considering a call from our Redlands, California congregation. 

Southwest Church, of Grand Rapids, has called Rev. B. Woudenberg, of Edgerton, Minn. 

Our Missionary and his wife spent New Year’s Day and Sunday, Jan. 5 in Michigan, and the following Sunday in Pella, Iowa on a preaching engagement. He also was scheduled to meet with the Mission Committee on Jan. 6, for directives concerning his labors in the immediate future. The Christmas program in Houston was a “first” for the Texans who only knew of midnight services heretofore. This time it was held on Christmas Day with the children furnishing much of the program. Agatha Lubbers; the Missionary’s daughter, narrated the old familiar Christmas story; and a taped organ solo by Mrs. C. Lubbers, previously played on First Church’s organ, was also heard. Selected portions of Scripture were read by various adult members of the group, and, the singing of Christmas Carols rounded out the program. 

Edgerton’s congregation was without the usual services of their minister Christmas Day and the preceding Sunday. Rev. and Mrs. Woudenberg were, called to Grand Rapids to the deathbed of Mrs. Woudenberg’s father, and to the subsequent funeral the day after Christmas. Rev. Kortering, of Hull, conducted Sunday evening services for his colleague in Edgerton Dec. 22. 

The “time to die” of Ecclesiastes 3:2 was forcibly brought to the consciousness of Rev. Heys and his brothers in December. In less than three weeks they were called upon to entrust to the grave the bodies of their father and their mother, “sown in incorruption (to be) raised in incorruption.” 

Did you know that Rev. Lubbers has been asked to give a course in Greek to a young man of an Episcopal Church in Houston? This request came from the young man’s pastor that he might be better equipped to enter their seminary. 

This paragraph was lifted from Doon’s bulletin and it tells its own story: “The Consistory wishes to thank all those of the congregation who have donated their time and labor in helping with the new addition to the parsonage. Rev. and Mrs. Hanko also wish to thank the entire congregation for making this addition possible. They appreciate it very much, and invite the congregation to come and see it.” 

Did you know that Hull’s Christmas program included a speaking choir? and, that Randolph’s Christmas program made room to include some commemoration of the fact that the Heidelberg Catechism is now 400 years old? and, that First Church’s Jr. Young People’s Society was treated to a solo by Shirley Bouwkamp on a Cluzjietiu? This is an Italian reed instrument which is blown by mouth and played on a keyboard somewhat like that of an accordion. 

Mrs. Casemier, third grade teacher in Hope’s School, informs the readers of Hope’s Highlights that any thirdgrader will be happy to tell you how the earth was watered before there was any rainfall prior to the Flood. This bit of information was learned in their favorite afternoon class that of Science. Well, that is already more than the wordly “scientist” knows! 

Southeast’s November, ’63 statistics show a growth of 10 families, the total number of souls increased by 37. So you see that this congregation is slowly picking itself up from the staggering blow it received in ’62. Surely, “He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” Heb. 11:6

Hope’s congregation was called to a meeting Dec. 27 to discuss “the proposal which the Consistory is presenting in connection with the erection of a new church building.” The result of this meeting is not yet known to us, but as any visitor can testify, the need is great for they have already outgrown their latest addition. 

We appreciate the New Year’s resolution suggested in Southeast’s bulletin: “that we as congregation, by the grace of God, strive for more perfect peace and unity; and as individuals, that we earnestly contend for the faith once delivered unto, the saints.” Indeed, in these endeavors the Apostle Paul would like to provoke us to emulation rather than to list it with the sins catalogued in Galatians 5:20.

Remember that “disappointments” need only the change of one letter (an h for a d) and they become “his appointments.” 

In these days of national religiosity let us keep this text of warning before our minds: “And every spirit that confesseth not that, Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God; and this is the spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.” I John 4:3

. . . see you in church. 

—J.M.F.