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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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It was my privilege to be in Doon at the time of the dedication of their new and beautiful church building. Rev. R. Moore sent the following article and pictures for publication in the Standard Bearer. Our readers share with Doon congregation their joy in this evidence of God’s goodness to them and pray that they may find their delight in the favor of our God in the way of His truth. —H. Hanko

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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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Rev. Arie den Hartog of our Covenant Protestant Reformed Church in Prospect Park, New Jersey has received a call from the Orthodox Presbyterian Church of Christchurch, New Zealand to come over and help them. Should Rev. den Hartog accept this call, he would remain a minister in the Protestant Reformed Churches, but be ‘on loan’ to the church in New Zealand. Decisions on these matters were made by the Synod of our churches in 1976. 

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