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An excellent way to make sure that many of our people know about our publications is to display them. In early August, First Protestant Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan put up a new display rack in the hall. Their bulletin reads, “The Evangelism Committee has placed a display of RFPA publications as well as many pamphlets in this rack in order that the congregation and those who visit us have easy access to these excellent publications.” The display of books was made possible because there was someone in the church who was willing to handle the purchasing of books.

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As you know from the absence of a news column in the last issue of S.B., Classis West met on September 9 in our Hull, Iowa Church. On the day prior to classis, an officebearers’ conference was held—as has been the practice of late—on the subject of the ruling elder. Papers were presented by John Kalsbeek, Jr., of Redlands, California and M. Straayer of Edmonton, Alberta.  From a trio of Reverends Houck, Kamps, and Van Overloop, Rev. Van Overloop of our Birmingham mission field has been extended the call from Redlands, Calif. 

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Rev. Kamps of our Doon congregation declined the call extended to him from the First Protestant Reformed Church of Holland, Michigan. From a trio of Reverends Miersma, Kuiper, and Engelsma, Hope Protestant Reformed Church of Redlands has extended a call to Rev. Engelsma. While without a pastor of their own, Redlands has obtained the services of some of our “retired” ministers. We learn from a Redlands bulletin that Rev. Heys even had an opportunity to show his slides of New Zealand and Singapore during his stay there. 

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During the month past there has been no lack of news concerning calls extended to various of the pastors in our churches. Rev. James Slopsema of our church in Edgerton, Minnesota, declined the call extended to him by our Southwest Church in Grand Rapids. From a trio of Rev. David Engelsma, Rev. Slopsema, and Rev. Ronald VanOverloop our church in Isabel, South Dakota, extended a call to Rev. Slopsema which he subsequently declined. Rev. Slopsema also declined a call to Faith Church in Jenison, Michigan. From a trio of Rev. Arie den Hartog, Rev.

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By the time you finish reading this column, I’m sure you will agree that the title above should read, “News From Our Schools.” The emphasis on school news is intended to be in keeping with the special theme of this issue of the Standard Bearer.  “Strategy for Survival” was the theme of the Twenty-Sixth Annual Protestant Reformed Teachers’ Convention that was hosted by our Doon and Hull, Iowa Schools on October 16 and 17. Worthy of note is the fact that this was the first P.R. Teachers’ Convention ever held west of Illinois. 

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“We must derive our goal from our basis of Christian education: the covenant of God with believers and their children. The foundation determines the completed structure that stands on that foundation. On the foundation of a chicken coop you do not build the Sears Tower. Our aim in Christian education must be that contained in and expressed by the covenant-command of Jehovah to believing parents.” 

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Our three Seminary professors, the three June graduates of our seminary who are now candidates for the ministry, and the seminarians have had many preaching assignments this summer. These men have filled in for vacationing ministers and have filled the pulpits of those of our churches which are vacant at this time. In the Grand Rapids area, Faith, Southeast, and Southwest Churches are without a pastor, while the congregation of Hope Church looks forward with no little anticipation to the return of their pastor, Rev. VanOverloop, on August 27. Rev.

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