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Report July 20, 1961 of Classis East meeting, July 5, at Hudsonville, Mich.: Rev. R. Veldman led in the opening devotions, and declared Classis properly constituted after the credentials of the delegates had been accepted. All the churches of Classis East were represented by two delegates except Creston, which had only one. 

Rev. G. Vos, following the order of rotation, presided efficiently over this meeting. As usual, there was very little on the agenda of this July Classis, and Classis was finished with its work before noon. ‘The routine reports of the Stated Clerk and the Classical Committee were read, and accepted. The Church Visitors gave a very favorable report of their visits to the churches of the Classis. The reports noted that there is a “strong bond of love and faith that unites us in the Lord.” 

Three churches were given Classical appointments as follows: Grand Haven: Aug. 13—G. Lanting, Aug. 20—R. Veldman, Aug. 27—H. Hanko, Sept. 3—G. Vos, Sept. 10—M. Schipper, Oct. 1—A. Mulder, Oct. 8—G. Vos. Creston: July 30—M. Schipper, Aug. 13—A. Mulder, Sept. 3—G. Lanting, Sept. 17—R. Veldman, Sept. 24—G. Vos, Oct. 1—C. Hanko, Oct. 8—H. Hanko. Randotph: July 30—R. Veldman, Aug. 20—C. Hanko, Aug. 27—C. Hanko, Sept. 10—A. Mulder, Sept. 17—H. Hanko, Oct. 1—G. Lanting, Oct. 8—M. Schipper. 

Rev. H. Hanko was appointed to thank the ladies of our Hudsonville church for their excellent catering. Questions of Article 41 of the Church Order were asked and answered satisfactorily. Rev. H. Hanko closed this meeting of Classis with thanks to God. 

Professor-Emeritus, Rev. G.M. Ophoff, has returned to his home at 1126 Eastern Ave., S.E., and seems to have completely recovered from the effects of his last stroke. 

By the Program Comm. of the Reformed Witness Hour, we are informed that the Rev. J.A. Heys, minister of the Protestant Reformed Church in South Holland, Illinois, has recorded four radio sermons which, D.V., are to be broadcast during the month of August. The titles of his radio messages are, “The God Whom I Confess,” “The God Who Saveth Me,” “The God To Whom I Pray,” and “The God Whom I Serve.” We urge the readers of this page to either listen to, or read these radio messages. Printed copies may be had by writing to The Reformed Witness Hour, P.O. Box 8, Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

From the Newsletter for the 21st Convention of our Young People we re-print the following paragraph: “Because Loveland is small, and quite distant from our other churches, a convention here presents financial problems. We hope that everyone will remember to send his (or her) donation in soon. If the donation envelopes provided fro your church have all been used, just send your donation to Mr. Harlow Kuiper, 750 Jefferson Ave., Loveland, Colorado. Thank you very much.” And we add: have you heeded this plea, and so deserved those thanks? If not, you still have three weeks to speed your gift to Loveland before the convention is called.

Lynden’s congregation was sorely disappointed in their plans to move the former “Gospel Hall Building” to the lots next to the parsonage. Because of neighborhood protest the city counsel decided to invoke an 11 year old city ordinance which prohibits the moving or erecting of any building not in harmony with the general character of the buildings in the vicinity of the intended site. This means for Lynden that in order to use their newly acquired building they will have to obtain other lots not in a “new home” area to which they may move this “old” building. 

The appearance of the Oak Lawn’s Church property was enhanced recently through the efforts of an individual who planted flowers, and trimmed and nursed the shrubbery in front of the church. The bulletin carried the thanks of the Consistory to Mr. S. Schaafsma for this kindness. 

Another item in Oak-Lawn’s bulletin was a call for volunteer painters to ply their trade at their new school in South Holland. Additional assistance (ladies too) was solicited to prepare some used desks for re-finishing. We predict that those volunteer workers, will feel a greater delight of ownership in the building than those who merely give of their abundance. 

Hope’s Pamphlet Comm., which publishes “The Covenant Witness” used a recent bulletin to quote excerpts of a couple of letters received from grateful recipients of their pamphlets. One was from a minister in Piedmont, SC., who thanked them “for sending me the ‘Covenant Witness.’ The great truth of Sovereign grace is the great need of the age. In this so-called Christian belt, the Piedmont region is so filled with Arminianism it is hard to find one that believes these great truths . . . . The God of Grace knows what a blessing the ‘Covenant Witness’ has been to me . . .” 

From Doon’s bulletin we learn that another issue of “The Reformed Witness” has been published. This one was written by Rev. G. VanBaren, and is a treatise on the subject, “God, Servant Or Sovereign?” This newest issue was distributed to 1852 addresses in the Menno-Tripp-Scotland area, 665 in Edgerton area, and 221 into miscellaneous areas. After having posited that God is not servant, but Sovereign, Rev. VanBaren rejoices with the Apostle Paul, as it is recorded in Romans 8:38, 39: “For nothing can separate me from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus my Lord.” God is eternally God. 

. . . . see you in church. 

—J.M.F.