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The annual Family Visitation has begun in many of our churches. May we ail experience the answer to our prayer as expressed in Hope’s bulletin, “May God grant his blessing upon this work this year that our congregation may be strengthened.”

Hope, Adams St., and Edgerton schools re-opened their doors, and Oak Lawn-South Holland opened its doors for the first time Sept. 5. What a privilege we have that we may instruct our children in harmony with that which they receive in our homes and churches! We hereby quote (again from Hope’s bulletin), “As the new year begins, and throughout the year, let us not fail to remember the needs of our school(s), of our school board(s), and of our teachers before the throne of grace that our covenant seed may be instructed in the truth we love,” as a reminder to all of our membership.

First Church’s Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Society held their annual outing at North Shore in Grand Haven, Aug. 23; and the Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Society held theirs at Gun Lake, Aug. 30. The announcements of both stressed a special invitation to prospective members to join in the festivities.

Among those societies that recess for the summer, we note that Hudsonville’s Mr. and Mrs. Society and the Young People’s Society began their activities the first week in September.

Rev. Harbach prefaced Lynden’s August 27th bulletin with this paragraph, “Let us speak to the Lord beforethe service. Hear the Lord speak to us in the service. Let us speak to each other after the service.”

Have your heard that the 1961 Young People’s Convention was an unqualified success? It must be that the Rockies proved to be more than attractive, for a returned native Michigander (young lady) was heard to say, “I’d like to live there.” Probably the scenic falls, Estes Park Tramway, horseback riding, and, above all, the hospitality of our Loveland-Denver people all contributed to those sentiments. Surely, the beauties of nature served as an appropriate backdrop for the Convention theme, “The Beauty Of Holiness” viewed as God’s Perfection, as The Church’s Distinction, and as Youth’s Adornment.

Hudsonville’s Manse is strangely empty while the pastor’s wife is resting and receiving treatments in Pine Rest hospital. Rev. Vos joyfully announced that her first treatment already gave her some relief from her nervousness and depression. And as the Reverend always does with all the sick and shut-ins, he publishes the mail address of the ill person that he may be remembered by the congregation by cards and letters.

August 20 the worship services of First Church were conducted by Rev. G. Lubbers, who also officiated in the administration of Infant Baptism—the infant being our Missionary’s first grandchild, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Newhof, Jr.

Bulletin quote (Oak Lawn’s): “Sins are like circles formed in the water when a stone is thrown into it: each produces another. When anger was in Cain’s breast, murder was not far off.” E. Kook.

The congregation of Oak Lawn welcomed Mr. and Mrs. H. Kuiper into their fellowship recently. They and their four children came to them from Ft. Collins, Colorado. Mr. Kuiper, son of Rev. H.H. Kuiper, is to take up his duties of Administrator of their new school, and to teach grades 6-9.

As fountains need a water source, and as a fire needs fuel, so this bimonthly News Column needs material-gleaned from reports of society secretaries and from bulletins mailed in by faithful ministers and/or consistory clerks. Is a word to the wise sufficient?

The singing members of the South Holland-Oak Lawn churches, under the name, “South-Lawn Choral Society,” have resumed their weekly rehearsal meetings, the first one this season at South Holland.

From Hull’s bulletin we lift the following: The Reformed Action Society collected a total of $76.98 from the 4th of July inter-church picnic. We a 1so received the following letter which may interest you: “Thanks for the copy of The Reformed Witness, subject, ‘God, Servant Or Sovereign.’ In no sense is God a servant. In all senses He is sovereign. I was taught this eternal truth when I was four years and four months old. Now I am more than 80 years old, and have never reversed this conviction. This conviction is full of sweetness, the only refuge for mortal man, the only peace and joy for us now. To know God in this role is peace, health and happiness.” F.S.F.

Bulletin quote (Oak Lawn’s): “The reason why so many poor souls have so little heat of joy in their hearts, is that they have so little light of Gospel knowledge in their minds. The further a soul stands from the light of truth, the further he must needs be from the heat of comfort.” Gurnall.

In these days of world crises, remember: “The fear of man bringeth a. snare; but whoso putteth his test in the Lord shall be safe.” Prov. 29:25.

. . . . see you in church.

—J.M.F.