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April 5, 1960 

Randolph has extended a call to Rev. G. Vanden Berg of Oak Lawn, from a trio which included the Revs. G. Lubbers and G. Vos. Rev. R. Veldman, of Southeast Church, declined the call from Hull. Hull now has made a new trio which consists of Revs. G. Lubbers, M. Schipper and G. Vos. 

Rev. Lanting, Holland’s pastor, will give a public lecture Thursday, April 28, at 8 P. M. The lecture, entitled, “The Eternal Rewards,” will be held at W. 12th St., corner of Washington Ave. Everyone is cordially invited. 

The Office Bearers’ conference was held April 5 at Hope Church, featuring a speech by Rev. A. Mulder, of Kalamazoo. The speaker examined the relationships of the offices of minister, elder and deacon, answering the question, “Is it true that one is elevated above another.” Rev. Mulder is also scheduled to speak at the Mr. and Mrs. Society League meeting to be held April 22, explaining Deut. 6:7, under the theme, “The Protestant Reformed Home.” 

Rev. B. Woudenberg’s farewell sermon at Creston, March 20, was based on the text found in Ps. 27:14, under the theme, “Waiting On The Lord.” In that Sunday’s bulletin Rev. and Mrs. Woudenberg placed the following: “We wish to thank you for the evening of programming and fellowship provided for us Friday evening, as well as for the parting gift. Our prayer is that the blessing of the Lord may continue to rest upon you as a congregation.” 

First Church’s Wednesday evening adult Bible class ended their season’s activities with a question hour conducted by their leader, Rev, H. Hoeksema. He explained Isaiah 65:20Ecc. 7:16-18Prov. 11:30II Kings 3:15; and discussed the problem of suffering in body, soul and spirit. Many of the questions dealt with topics related to the subject matter studied in the past, season, which was the Doctrine of the Last Things. 

The Sr. Y. P. Society of First Church enjoyed a guided tour through Children’s Retreat Tuesday, March 22. The members, as do all the visitors to the Retreat, learned to appreciate a little more the work of the dedicated teachers in that institution. 

Missionary news: Rev. 6. Lubbers is laboring in the Pella area until the summer meeting of Synod. The foreign broadcast committee of the Mission Committee is busy securing a station which is available in the West Indies. 

The Lynden Tribune featured an article recently written by the minister of the Lynden Prot. Ref. Church. Rev. Harbach’s article was entitled, “Jesus the True God,” and treated the subject by answering the questions who is Jesus, and what is Jesus? 

March 21 was the date of the Oak Lawn-South Holland combined Men’s Societies meeting. Rev. Heys spoke on the subject, “The Anti-Christian Implications of Roman Catholicism.” 

The Society for Secondary Education (Prot. Ref. High School Society) met in Southwest Church, March 31. A constitution was adopted; annual membership fees were established ; and Board members were elected, three for a term of three years, three to serve two years, and three for a one-year term. This first meetings’ record shows that eighty-three ballots were cast. May this good beginning be furthered under the blessing of our covenant God Who calls us to instruct our children “in the aforesaid doctrines to the utmost of our ability.” 

Radio News: Rev. R. Veldman, of Southeast Church, is scheduled to be on the air for the month of May, with Rev. C. Hanko, of First Church, following him in the month of June. The theme of Rev. Veldman’s first sermon will be, “Entering The Kingdom.” He then will preach two sermons on the Seventh Commandment, followed by two others which will be announced later. The program Committee asks us to again remind you that they invite your response to the weekly broadcasts, sending your comments to The Reformed Witness Hour, P.O. Box 8, Grand Rapids 1, Mich. 

Adams St. Christian School children gave their annual spring program in First Church auditorium March 20. The theme, “The Fear of the Lord” was carried throughout the entire program. By narration, poems, choir and band, the students proclaimed their thankfulness to God for the instruction received in their home, in the church, and in the school in its first ten years of existence. 

Bulletin quote (Oak Lawn’s): God preserves the way of His saints, not by seclusion from danger, but by protection in the midst of danger. 

The Hudsonville Young People’s Society sponsored a program of stereophonic slides, April 4th, to raise funds for the purchase of tables to be used in their church basement. The Coffee for the benefit of the Christian Foundation for Handicapped Children, sponsored by the Priscilla Society of First Church, was a success despite the stormy winter weather, and netted a benefit of $263.00 for the Foundation. 

First Church’s congregation has finally decided to take the drastic measures necessary to protect the auditorium from damage occasioned by the leaky roof with which it has been plagued for almost all of its thirty-five years of existence. Probably the reason for the long delay is the fact that it will cost $4200.00 to effect the replacement. 

“Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts; for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.” James 5:7-8.

. . . . see you in church. . 

J.M.F.