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The Fall Meeting of the Officebearer’s Conference in Classis East was held in Hope Church (Walker) on September 29. Rev. C. Hanko spoke on the topic “Should We Consider Starting Our Own Institutions of Mercy?” The speaker identified institutions of mercy as sheltered workshops for the handicapped, clinics or homes for the mentally disturbed, rest homes for the long term sick, and homes for the aged. It was the speaker’s contention that the need was most pressing for the first two—both of which he felt were practical possibilities.

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The annual spring lecture, planned by the Lecture Committee, was held in First Church- on April 24. The “Musical Number” in the program consisted of several selections by the Covenant Christian High School Choir, under the direction of Mr. Roland Petersen. The topic of the lecture for the evening was “The Christian Marriage and the Problem of Divorce.” The speaker, Rev. David Engelsma, began by assuring his audience that every pastor is well aware of the fact that there exist in many marriages problems—for some of which the only merciful solution, it would seem, is divorce.

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October 31 is the anniversary of the Reformation of the Church—Reformation Day. On the 31st of October, 1517, in Wittenberg, Germany, the monk and university professor, Martin Luther, nailed to the door of the great church a list of 95 propositions or theses. That act and those theses became the source of that mighty movement within the Church which we know as the ‘Reformation of the Church.’ We do well to commemorate this event of the 16th century, for it had the most tremendous significance for the true church of Jesus Christ.

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It is of course normal practice for our churches to schedule Thanksgiving Day services on the morning of Thanksgiving Day. This year our church in Hull, Iowa scheduled their Thanksgiving service on Thanksgiving eve. The reason for this seemingly strange schedule is that Hull was without a pastor at this time. Rev. Kamps from the neighboring congregation in Doon agreed to conduct services in Hull on the night before Thanksgiving. Hull’s pastor elect, Rev. Mark Hoeksema, plans to arrive in Hull on December 14. The installation service is scheduled for December 17.

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Most if not all of our churches use tape recorders to bring recordings of church services into the homes of members of the congregation who are shut-in. Tape ministries have also been an effective tool in church extension work. First Church in Grand Rapids began this service with the use of wire recorders about 30 years ago. Recently, the following report appeared in First’s bulletin concerning the cassette tape ministry conducted there:

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Hope’s bulletin, which, by the way, is a usual source of general church news for this column, reported that “Classis East as it met in Hudsonville this past week will be long remembered because of the events which occurred there.” One of the events mentioned was that “the congregation of Prospect Park, New Jersey, was officially accepted as being one with us.” The congregation there wasted no time in forming a trio and calling a minister. From the trio, which included Rev. D. Engelsma, Rev. J. Kortering, and Candidate M.

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Rev. Mark Hoeksema was installed as the new pastor of our church in Hull, Iowa on December 17. Rev. Hoeksema’s father, Prof. Homer Hoeksema, preached the installation sermon, and Rev. Marvin Kamps from Doon, Iowa, read the installation form. The following Sunday Rev. Hoeksema preached his inaugural sermon. Prof. Hoeksema led in worship at the afternoon service. On Monday evening, the 20th, the congregation planned a “welcome” for their new ‘pastor and his family. The program began at 7:30 in the church. A social hour and refreshments followed at the school. 

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