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From week to week a steady stream of church bulletins arrive on Linwood Street. This continuing supply of news is appreciated. News editors who invent their copy in the absence of news to report find themselves in a not too enviable position. Occasionally something just a little bit different arrives in the mail. This week such an item arrived—a church directory. You say, what could be interesting about a church directory? The 1976 directory of our Randolph, Wisconsin, congregation is unlike any directory I have ever seen.

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By the time this appears in print, Rev. C. Hanko and Prof. Hoeksema will be well into their work on the other side of the world. About the middle of June they left Michigan and the United States, and headed for Australia and New Zealand. According to Southwest’s bulletin, they will, “as representatives of our churches, be busy working with contacts in that area until about the first part of August.” Along with the writer of that announcement, “we wish them God-speed and we pray that the Lord may richly bless them and their activities among the brethren ‘down under.'”

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Time certainly flies by. It seems only a few months ago that Faith Church was established in Jenison, Michigan. On February 22, however, Faith Church celebrated anniversary number three—but let Rev. Joostens tell it: “This Sunday is special, in that it was exactly three years ago that we became organized as Faith Protestant Reformed Church in Jenison. This is a good occasion to reflect and give thanks for the fact that the Lord has richly prospered us.

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One of the most important decisions a congregation makes is extending a call to one of God’s servants whom they would ask to serve as their pastor. One of the more important decisions a minister of the Word is called upon to make is whether to accept or reject such a call. Since Rev. M. Kamps of Redlands, California, declined the call extended to him by our Edmonton congregation, Edmonton formed a new trio of Rev. R. Miersma, Rev. R. Moore, and Rev. J. Kortering. From that trio, Rev. Moore has received their call.

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The congregation of Edgerton has called Rev. Van Baren, from a trio which included also Rev. Heys and Rev. Moore. Rev. Harbach was installed as Home Missionary on May 8, in Hope Church. Rev. Van Overloop preached the sermon and Rev. C. Hanko read the “Form of Ordination of Missionaries.” Rev. and Mrs. Veldman, as you probably recall, spent the four Sundays of April in Maine. The May 5 bulletin carried the following note from Southwest’s pastor, on his return to Grand Rapids: “Needless to say, the pastor and his wife are happy to be back with you today.

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Rev. G. Lanting preached his farewell sermon in Edgerton on Sunday, May .26. On the 29th he moved to Colorado, and on the 30th he was installed as pastor of the Loveland congregation. Isabel’s pastor, Rev. Miersma, who was Loveland’s moderator during her vacancy, conducted the worship service and installation.  After Rev. Van Baren declined the call from Edgerton, the consistory there formed a new trio consisting of the Revs. Heys, Lubbers, and Kortering. The calI was extended to Rev. Kortering. 

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The following news was printed in the Hope Church (Walker, Michigan) bulletin of January. 15 concerning their pastor, Rev. VanOverloop, who is ‘on loan’ to Christchurch, New Zealand. “Word has been received from our pastor and his family that they arrived safely in Christchurch, New Zealand. They have been warmly received by the congregation and are in the process of ‘settling in’. In addition to preaching twice each Sunday, Rev.

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