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Rev. G. Lubbers, Home Missionary of our churches, has received a call from our Lynden Church. 

Congregational meetings have been held, office bearers have been elected, budgets have been adopted—all these preparations for a new year which no one can predict will not witness the sign of the Son of Man in the heavens when He shall come with His holy angels to proclaim the end of time. But, no matter—if all our preparations include that possibility, and prepare us for that Day of Days! 

In the hustle and bustle of the “holiday season” just past did we find time to meditate upon the truth found in I John 4:10, “‘Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins?” Is so, then it follows that our striving for a happy new year will be in the direction of heeding the admonition in the last verse of that same chapter, “And this commandment have we from Him, that he who loveth God love his brother also.” 

Contribution from the Program Committee of the Reformed Witness Hour: The Lord willing, Rev. H. Hoeksema will continue his series of radio lectures during January, which concern the Natures, Offices and States of our Lord Jesus Christ. The subject of the pastor’s message for Sunday, Jan. 5 is—”Christ, our High Priest.” The following Lord’s Day, Jan. 12, the Scriptural term—”After the order of Melchizedec” will be treated. Proclaiming the truth that—”Christ, by His suffering and death, fully satisfied’ for all the sins of those whom the Father gave Him,” Rev. Hoeksema continues this month’s sermons under the title, “Reconciliation through Satisfaction,” (Jan. 19). The final Sunday, Jan. 26, the topic will be, “The Moral Theory Christ’s Death.” This entire series of Distinctively Reformed radio sermons can be obtained in printed form. Send your request to The Reformed Witness Hour, Box 1230, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49501. 

Hudsonville has an ingenious way of getting all their adult members to a social gathering once a year. The Mr. and Mrs. Society, plus the Ladies’ Society and their husbands, plus the Men’s Society and their wiveshad a joint evening meeting Dec. 17. In a church with a healthy society life that invitation would include all but the night workers and the shut-ins, don’t you think. 

In a November meeting of the Sr. Young People’s Society of First Church an after recess paper was given by Judith Bylsma. That paper, “Cure Relationship with our Parents,” methinks should also be read in the Men’s and Ladies’ Societies that the parents might benefit from the observation of their young people for a close “relationship” between them. 

Hope School’s 1963 Christmas Program, in song and speech, developed the theme, “Unto us a Son is given.” This event was scheduled to be held in the auditorium of First Church to provide room for the large audience they usually draw. 

Hull’s societies are studying the Bible from first to last, with the Young People examining the history of the ancients from the book of Genesis, and the Men considering the letters to the church of all ages as recorded in the book of Revelation. 

Southeast consistory has decided “to request the congregation to sing the “Amen” at the close of the doxologies, whereas formerly this was done without singing by the organist.” 

Hope’s Men’s Society, on an after recess program, heard a paper by Mr. Harold Tilma on, “Do We Need a Christian Political Party?” This must have been very interesting for we understand that Mr. Tilma is somewhat an authority on this subject through investigation and by personal contact with men working toward that goal. 

The group of men who are dedicated to the publishing of Rev. H. Hoeksema’s “Dogmatics” had scheduled a meeting Dec. 13 at Southwest Church, but the severe wintry weather kept so many men home that a quorum was not attained. Therefore another meeting was scheduled for Jan. 24 at Southeast Church. This group is identified with the name, “The Publication Committee,” and an invitation to join them is a standing one. Their immediate goal is the raising of $5,000.00, and the Publication Committee membership must bring that up, so won’t you join? For further information ask the clerk of your consistory, or write to the editor of this page. 

The Psalmist said, “When I was musing the fire burned.” To muse is to meditate, and when reverently done in the Spirit, is invaluable to the Christian. Butmeditation has been crowded out by entertainmentand thus has changed musing to amusing. D.D. Dawson.

Happy is he that hath mercy on the poor. (Prov. 14:21); He that keepeth the law, happy is he, (Prov. 19:18); . . . suffer for righteousness, happy are ye (I Peter 3:14); if ye be reproached . . . happy are ye, (I Peter 4:14); if ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them (John 13:17).Happy New Year! 

. . . see you in church. 

—J.M.F.