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The time of Sunday worship services seems to be something that receives a periodic review in our churches. The consistory in Isabel, South Dakota, called a special congregational meeting to consider changing the Sunday worship services from 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM to 9:30 AM and 1:30 PM. The consistory felt this would be an aid to the ranchers in the congregation and to those members who travel a great distance to attend services. They could then do their work and travel while it was yet light.

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The April 27 bulletin of Hudsonville, the calling church for our second home missionary, included a couple of brief references to progress of the work being done in Maine. I’ll quote the last three sentences of a paragraph entitled, “Church News.” They read as follows: “Reports from Skowhegan inform us that there seems to be some new interest arising in the area. The radio broadcasts of Rev. Kuiper are being aired weekly. Fifty people attended a lecture of Rev. A. den Hartog last Wednesday evening; the best attendance they have had so far.”

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December, 1976, is a month that will probably be remembered by Rev. Dale Kuiper and his family for many years. On the 11th, the Kuiper family was blessed with the arrival of a son, Victor Paul. Rev. Kuiper preached the evening sermon in Hudsonville Church on the 12th, his last in the church which had been “home” for the Kuipers for the past several months. On the 13th Rev. Kuiper left for Lynden, Washington with his older children. Mrs. Kuiper was to follow by plane with the two youngest children a bit later. Rev.

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Sunday, February 8, will bring another milestone in the history of the Reformed Witness Hour. We have already witnessed two generations of program announcers and two generations of Radio Committee presidents. The 1727th broadcast of our radio program will begin a series of eight messages on the general theme of the Covenant Home, by Rev. Mark Hoeksema. Rev. Mark Hoeksema is the third generation of Hoeksemas to speak on the broadcast. The late Rev. Herman Hoeksema spoke on the broadcast when it first began in the early 1940’s. The second generation is represented by Prof. H. C.

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News which has, apparently, appeared in all of our church bulletins is that the Mission Committee, in a joint session with the Consistory of First Church, “decided to suspend labors of Rev. Lubbers in Jamaica in December until the 1974 Synod meets.” The bulletins noted that “Rev. Lubbers feels that his work there is finished and therefore his presence is no longer required.” One bulletin gave the added information that Rev. Lubbers plans to arrive in the states on December 11.

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Quite a few items of interest have accumulated concerning the places in which our various congregations hold their worship services. Previously reported was the news that our Hudsonville congregation was now worshiping in their new church building. Even the church building committees which have a new building under their care have their problems. There was no water in the new Hudsonville church one Sunday. It seems a pipe was frozen. Redlands is holding services in a temporary place of worship beginning this January.

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The retired clerk of Southwest Church asked that mention be made of the new consistorial clerk andbulletin clerk of Southwest Church. The new clerk is Mr. Gerald Feenstra, 7643 Cardinal Dr., Jenison, Michigan 49428. Phone—616-669-1484. Office Bearers Conferences are not held exclusively in the Michigan area. Rev. R. Moore was to speak on the subject, “Christian Giving and the Budget” during an Office Bearers Conference on January 27 in the Doon, Iowa, Church. 

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The Theological School Committee, which has held past meetings in Southwest Church, plans to hold its next meeting in our brand-new Seminary building. That will be on the 17th of January. The dedication services for the new building will be held on Friday, February 1, in the auditorium above the old Seminary rooms. During the afternoon of that same day (from 1:00 till 5:00) there will be Open House at 4949 Ivanrest, for those who live outside the Grand Rapids area. The next day, February 2, also from 1 to 5 P.M., there will be Open House for those who...

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