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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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Since a news editor merely writes about events that happen and does not make them happen, the news in our November 15 column concerning the newly elected members of the Reformed Free Publishing Association Board is of no effect. John N. Dykstra, Cornelius Pastoor, and Robert Garvelink are theretiring board members rather than the newly-elected ones as was erroneously reported. My apologies to you gentlemen, and to the following real newly-elected board members of the R.F.P.A.: Gerard Bylsma, William Corson, and Arnold Dykstra. 

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Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Mission Activities For those interested in our churches’ on-going mission work in the Philippines, a website has been set up for keeping you current with that work: www.kleynsphilippines.blogspot.com. If you haven’t already done so, we encourage you to give it a look. Not only will you get a feel for the work through written information and pictures, but you will also get a feel for daily life in the Philippines for our two missionaries and their families. To illustrate that point, the Kleyns’ latest addition to their...

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A major item of church news continues to be that of calls extended by our vacant congregations in order that they may receive a pastor. From a trio of Candidate Wilbur Bruinsma, Rev. R. VanOverloop, and Professor H. Hanko, our Southeast congregation has extended a call to Candidate Bruinsma. From a trio of Candidate Bruinsma, Rev. Arie den Hartog, and Professor Hanko, Faith Church also extended a call to Candidate Bruinsma. 

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