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Rev. M. Kamps is currently considering the call from Kalamazoo. Rev. and Mrs. Lubbers are, of course, well into their labors in our congregation in Pella. Rev. Lubbers writes that they’re happy to be there, that he is quite busy, and that he tries “to do the work with all the zest that a sixty-five year old man can muster with God’s help.” He was, incidentally, scheduled to speak at the chapel exercises in Pella Christian School on the 19th of February.

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If we were to choose from this page one single news item to be that of the greatest significance for the churches of our denomination, it would probably be this, that Rev. R. Decker, pastor of our South Holland, Illinois congregation, has accepted the call to serve as third professor in our seminary. The possibility of a pre-seminary program in our school during the 1973-1974 school year, rested with that decision. The fact that the Lord has provided for the need, must certainly be an evidence also of His blessing upon the labors there.

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It seems that Young People’s Societies throughout our denomination are busily engaged in various fundraising projects, with a view to their attending the eagerly-anticipated convention. The Federation Board of those societies, for example, sponsored a pancake breakfast at Hope School’s gymnasium last December 28. The young people of Hull, Iowa, held a soup supper, followed by sports’ activities in the gym of the community building, on February 22, The young people of the host societies (First Church) sponsored a Casserole Supper on the evening of January 30.

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Of keen interest, no doubt, is news concerning the calls which have been extended during the past months. For that reason, it’s not likely that many of our readers will learn of these calls for the first time through the Standard Bearer news column. But we’ll report them, nevertheless. Rev. Lanting declined the call from Hope Church (Grand Rapids). Candidate W. Bekkering, who received calls from both Forbes and Randolph, has accepted the call from the latter. Candidate M. Kamps received and accepted the call from Redlands, California. Rev.

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Professor Herman Hanko, now teaching in our Seminary, has declined his call to become pastor of First Church in Grand Rapids. Our church in Randolph, Wisconsin, has extended a call to Candidate Kenneth Koole. Rev. Ronald VanOverloop, pastor of Hope Church in Walker, Michigan, has accepted the request of our Synodical Committee for Contact with Other Churches to labor in Christchurch, New Zealand for a period of nine or ten months. Permission for this rather special ‘loan’ of their pastor has been granted by the Hope Church Council. Rev.

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The following trios have been proposed recently by the council of Hope Church (Grand Rapids): for pastor, Rev. J. Heys, Candidate R. VanOverloop, and Rev. B. Woudenberg; for home missionary, Rev. R. Decker, Rev. D. Engelsma, and Rev. D. Kuiper. At a congregational meeting held on August 21, Candidate VanOverloop was elected from the former, and Rev. D. Kuiper from the latter. Candidate VanOverloop has also received the call from Forbes, North Dakota. 

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Our church in Kalamazoo, Michigan, extended a call to Rev. Woudenberg of Lynden, Washington, to be their pastor. Kalamazoo’s trio consisted of Rev. Woudenberg, Rev. Slopsema (Edgerton, Minnesota), and Rev. Van Overloop (Hope, Grand Rapids). Rev. Kortering was granted an extension of time in which to consider his call from Redlands, California, due to vacation time and the meeting of Classis West the first week in September. 

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