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Feb. 19, 1960 

The congregation at Hull has named the following trio from which to elect a man they shall call to come over and help them: Revs. G. Van Baren, M. Schipper and. R. Veldman. 

Doon’s consistory has decided to conduct an adult Bible class Friday evenings. Rev. Van Baren will treat the material found in the catechism book, “Essentials of Reformed Doctrine.” The method of teaching will be that of lecture and discussion. The consistory invites all confessing members who seek a better understanding of the basic doctrines of the Scriptures and the Reformed faith. At their second meeting the discussion was on the determination of the canon of Scripture, and on the questions of inspiration and infallibility. 

Doon is one of our churches, though they do not have a Sunday School, yet give Sunday School papers to the children each Sunday. The Prot. Ref. Sunday School Association, as in past years, sends out weekly papers to all who ask for them. Is your church taking advantage of this privilege? 

First Church’s bulletin reveals that the annual family visitation has been completed. The committees report, “That the Lord is blessing us as families as well as congregation.” 

Feb. 15 Rev. G. Lanting and his Men’s Society travelled from Holland to Grand Rapids to meet with First Men’s Society. The visiting Chairman conducted the after recess program which consisted of a paper read by Mr. Elzinga of the Holland society. The paper was an interesting account of the history of the beginning of the Reformed Church in Germany, including the authorship and the compiling of the Heidelberg Catechism, so dear to all of us. 

First’s Ladies’ Aid Society, in a February after recess program, discussed the question of singing hymns in our worship services; and also considered the moral issues involved in the growing practice of giving and receiving prizes for making purchases at the neighborhood merchants, as they answered the question “Should Christians participate in numbers contests ?” 

Rev. H. Hoeksema conducted a Question Hour for a Mr. and Mrs. Society recently. The Reverend answered the question of the possibility of breaking God’s covenant as described in Jeremiah 31:31. He also explained the figure, found in the same chapter, of the setting on edge of the teeth of children whose fathers ate wild grapes. Many more questions were answered in the hour, but the one that received the lion’s share of examination was that which dealt with the events which precede the Judgment Day as delineated in Revelation 11,I Cor. 15, and I Thess. 4

Like all of our churches, Hope also studies the Heidelberg Catechism by preaching on the subject material of one of the Lord’s Days each Sunday. Feb. 7 was Preparatory Sunday and the schedule called for the discussion of Lord’s Day Thirty which treats the Sacrament of Holy Communion, giving the pastor, Rev. H. Hanko, the opportunity to preach a sermon under the theme, “True Self Examination.” 

In our next issue we should be able to give you some news regarding a missionary project in the form of radio broadcasting. Hudsonville’s consistory has accepted a suggestion from their Mr. and Mrs. Society and is proposing the adoption of it at a mass meeting of the congregation scheduled for Feb. 19. The radio station they would use is situated in the nearby city of Holland. 

South Holland’s Men’s Society, in their first February meeting discussed the text, “Let your moderation be known to all men. The Lord is at hand,” found in Paul’s Epistle to the Philippians.

On the Sunday that Rev. Harbach treated Lord’s Day 49, Lynden’s bulletin requested the members to memorize this verse: “The burden of the sorrowful the Lord will not despise; He has not turned from those that mourn, He hearkens to their cries. His goodness makes me join the throng where saints His praise proclaim, and there will I fulfill my vows mid those who fear His name.” 

Have you noticed that your church’s news does not find its way into this column? Perhaps it’s due to the fact that your bulletins do not find their way here. Society secretaries please note: Send in the news from your society which might be of interest to or inspiration for other societies’ program committees. 

Scanning the bulletins we perceive that many opportunities are provided our membership “That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” All of our societies are busily engaged in the study of the Scripture which “is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” 

This issue’s Proverb is found in the third chapter, verses 5 and 6: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct thy paths.” 

. . . . see you in church. 

J.M.F.