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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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There is quite a bit of news concerning calls extended and trios formed. A trio for home missionary to serve in the northwestern Washington area consists of Rev. Arie den Hartog, Rev. James Slopsema, and Rev. Jason Kortering. Lynden, Washington is the calling church. From a duo of Rev. den Hartog and Rev. Bernard Woudenberg; our Hudsonville Church extended a call to Rev: den Hartog to serve as minister-on-loan to Christchurch, New Zealand, Orthodox Presbyterian Church. 

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. 2,000 + 52 = 38.461538. At least that’s what my calculator reads. Which means that when May 10 arrives, a total of 2,000 Reformed Witness Hour broadcasts—38.461538 year’s worth—will have passed over the airwaves. A milestone worth celebrating, don’t you think? Well, the Radio Committee thinks so too, so they are planning an evening of commemoration on April 23 at First Church in Grand Rapids. The program will include two choirs and a live Reformed Witness Hour broadcast (at least recorded live, to be played on Sunday, May 10) with Prof. R. Decker as speaker.

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