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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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The first part of this news column will be devoted to correcting an error, and reporting a change of previously reported news items. First, in the December 1 news we reported the availability of the monograph,Reformed Education, written by Rev. D. Engelsma. All the information about that little book was accurate; however, when we got around to telling you how to obtain it, we erred by giving an incorrect address. Please send those orders to: Reformed Education, 4190 Burton S.E., Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506.

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Although the work goes under a variety of titles, e.g. church extension, evangelism, reformed witness, etc., the intent of our congregations in this labor is the same. In the news of this issue of S.B. our attention will center on the efforts of our local congregations to extend the “good news”—as our Lord has privileged us to know it—to those beyond the pale of our churches.

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A Holland, Michigan bulletin gives us more information concerning the planned organization in Singapore: “Rev. James Slopsema of Edgerton and Elder Ed Van Ginkel of Doon will leave for Singapore in January for the organization of the group with which Rev. den Hartog is laboring into a church. We can rejoice in this evidence of God’s covenant faithfulness as He continues to gather His church.”  That same bulletin informs us that “Rev. W. Bruinsma has declined the call extended to him by our sister church in Redlands.” 

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Every person familiar with our Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary knows what the seminarians did during their Christmas vacation. They studied for their exams at the end of the first semester. We sympathize with them, knowing how difficult their studies can become. But what about our professors? Surely this was a time of relaxation for them! Actually they spent their vacation time doing what they like best of all, preaching the Word of God in our churches. Prof. Hoeksema preached the morning of the 26th in Kalamazoo. Prof.

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In the near future you should begin to see advertisements for a “Child Development Conference” under the theme, “Bringing up Children in an Increasingly Evil World.” The Kalamazoo committee has formed the basic outline for the day’s activities. The desire of the group from Kalamazoo Protestant Reformed Church is to include parents, teachers, ministers, and young people on panels that will discuss the proper spiritual development of our covenant children in more concrete situations through various phases of life. Time will be allowed for audience participation.

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