After several months of a severe news shortage, your news editor once again discovers that even though some of our churches are seldom heard from, they are, nevertheless, still making these worthwhile noises we call “news”! Thank you.
From Hudsonville, Michigan:
The young people here celebrated their annual Christmas party by making fruit baskets for the sick and shut-ins in their church. Among the many expressions of gratitude found on their bulletin was this one: “Mr. and Mrs. ……………wish to thank for young people for their visit. It was appreciated very much.”
From South Holland, Illinois:
Mr. and Mrs. Don Haak rejoice in the adoption of a daughter and Mrs. And Mrs. Lamm Lubbers rejoice in the birth of a daughter.
Mr. Bill Rutgers has transferred to the First Church in Grand Rapids and Twyla Brummel was received from the Edgerton Church in Minnesota. Also, Mr. and Mrs. E. Holleman and their three children have transferred to Hope in Walker, Michigan.
The young people sponsored a bake goods sale to help raise funds for the upcoming Convention. It may seem as if the ’70 Convention has hardly passed but the 71’ Convention is only six months away!
From Hope in Walker, Michigan:
Jim Rau’s address is: Pvt. James Rau, Co. D, 4th Bn. 2nd Bct. BDE, Ft. Polk, Louisiana 71459
It’s very possible that many of us do not know the servicemen whose addresses are printed in the Beacon Lights. However, it would be a good idea and probably a much appreciated gesture if we would send these young people a card or letter as their addresses are printed.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hoven rejoice in the birth of a son and Mr. and Mrs. Gerrit Vanden Top rejoice in the birth of a daughter.
From Hull, Iowa:
Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Bleyenberg rejoice in the birth of a son.
The young people’s Christmas party included caroling, the exchanging of “grab-bag gifts” and refreshments.
Did you know that in the young people’s society here the Bible discussion is introduced by a member of the society? They also meet on Sunday nights at 7:00.
From Loveland, Colorado:
An ice-skating outing was held for the entire congregation on January 2. It was sponsored by the Ladies’ Circle.
There must be any good Germans in this congregation! On the occasion of the school Christmas Program, a song entitled “German Song No. 91” was sung by the audience!
From First, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Bylsma rejoice in the birth of a daughter.
Miscellaneous News:
On January 15 the young people of the Grand Rapids area gathered for their Winter Banquet at Adrian’s Ramona Terrace. The speaker was Rev. Van Baren who centered his speech about the banquet theme “Treasure of Snow.” Hopefully there will be more details about this in the next Beacon Lights.
The theme of last August’s Convention has not died! On January 28 Rev. Heys spoke at a public lecture in Zeeland, Michigan on the topic “Strangers in a Strange Land.”

Originally Published in:
Vol. 30 No. 10 February 1971

Already we are several weeks into this New Year, 1971. The challenges and tasks ahead are many but we are thankful for life and youth to avail ourselves of these opportunities in service and worship t our God. The following prayer is appropriate for us all as we go together into this year. “Teach us, good Lord, to serve Thee as Thou deservest; to give and not to count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds; to toil and not to ask for rest; to labour and not to ask for any reward, save that of knowing that we do Thy will. Through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
From Hudsonville, Michigan:
The following young people have made confession of their faith: John Bouma, Mrs. Sue Haveman, George Postmus, Linda Holstege, Al Holstege, Bonnie Holstege, Jerry Lubbers, Terry Kamminga, Rachel Lubbers, Doug Miedema, Gary Bykerk, and Vern Haveman. “Whosoever shall confess me before,men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God.”
Miss Mary Lynn Bodbyl and Mrs. George Postmus were united in marriage.
From Hope in Walker, Michigan:
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Kamps rejoice in the birth of a son.
From Hull, Iowa:
Mrs. And Mrs. Henry J. Hoksbergen rejoice in the birth of a daughter.
Because of the extreme shortage of news this month there is room here for a few quotations from which we all might profit. “The more you try to keep of yourself, the less there is to keep. The more you give yourself away, the more there is to give. To live the abundant life you must die to yourself, be alive to Christ, and share with others. If we live in this way we are born to eternal life.”
“God is love; he who dwells in love is dwelling in God, and God in him…There is no room for fear in love; perfect love banishes fear. For fear brings with it the pains of judgment, and anyone who is afraid has not attained to love in its perfection. We love because he loved us first.”

Originally Published in:
Vol. 30 No. 9 January 1970

From Hope in Walker, Mich.:
Confession of faith was made by Greg Engelsma, Deb Heyboer, Jack Huizinga, Carolyn Kamps, George Kamps, Terry Kooienga, Larry Meulenberg, John Van Dyke, and Joel Zandstra.
Mr. and Mrs. John Kuiper rejoice at the birth of a son.
Mr. and Mrs. Chester Hunter and two baptized children were received from the Spencer Hills Orthodox Presbyterian Church.
Mrs. Tim Heemstra transferred to the Southeast Church in Grand Rapids.
Jim Rau has left for the Army Reserves and will be stationed at Ft. Polk, La., for his basic training.
On December 27 the Hope Choral Society will present their Christmas Program.
From First Church in Holland, Mich.:
Confession of faith was made by Jerry Vander Kolk and Richard Bosman.
Mr. and Mrs. John C. Haak and four baptized children were received from the South Holland Church.
From Hudsonville, Mich.:
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bergman rejoice at the birth of a daughter.
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Miedema rejoice at the birth of a daughter.
Mr. and Mrs. Ron Engelsma rejoice at the birth of a daughter.
On November 22 the Young People’s Societies sponsored an area-wide Thanksgiving Singspiration. The collection went to the young people in South Holland who are preparing the 1971 Convention.
On Dec. 13 the Hudsonville Choral Society presented a combined Christmas Concert-Singspiration in their church.
From Hull, Iowa:
The Hull Church has a new Wurlitzer organ! It was donated to the church by the Floyd Jansma family.
Confession of faith was made by Marilyn Hoekstra.
From South Holland, Illinois:
The new church secretary is Mrs. E. Medema. She is in charge of the bulletins and for announcements she can be contacted at: 16833 South Park, South Holland, Illinois 60473
Confession of faith was made by Arthur Boer.
Mr. Robert Poortenga and Miss Linda Stob were united in marriage.
On November 29 the young people sponsored a Singspiration with the proceeds going for the Convention. Speaking of financing the Convention, a group of young men from the congregation simonized cars to help raise money.
Other Church News:
There are now two young men in Jamaica attending high school to train for the ministry among the Prot. Ref. Churches there on the island. Rev. Lubbers’ work there continues to be difficult but the rewards are ones which cannot be measured in money or luxuries.
On November 29 a Thanksgiving Day Mass Meeting was held in the Holland Church for all the Grand Rapids area young people. Seminarian Slopsema presented the speech, special numbers were given and refreshments were provided.

Originally Published in:
Vol. 30 No. 8 December 1970

From Hope in Walker:
Mr. and Mrs. Myron Moody rejoice at the birth of a daughter and Mrs. And Mrs. Marv Kamps rejoice at the birth of a son.
Rick Huizinga’s new address is: P.F.C. Richard Huizinga 380-54-2614, H.H.S. 426, S. & S. Bn., 101 1st A.B.N. Div., A.P.O. San Francisco, California 96383
From Hull, Iowa:
(First of all, welcome to the Beacon Lights News column! Your bulletins are much appreciated!)
A bulletin note from Rev. Kortering to the congregation: “We wish to publicly thank all in the congregation who contributed in making our return such a hearty welcome. The house was beautifully redecorated throughout, the freezer is full to overflowing, and our hearts were edified by the welcoming program…May we be a means of edification to one another and God’s name glorified in all our way.”
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Vanden Top and one baptize child were received from the Doon Church and Miss Joan Regnerus was received from the church in Oaklawn.
Confession of faith was made by Miss Phyllis Hoekstra, Miss Brenda VanMaanen, and Miss Marjean Van Maanen.
On Nov. 5 Prof. Hanko spoke at a Reformation Day Rally in the Pella Christian School Gym.
From Loveland, Colorado:
The state has changed this church’s address. It now is 705 East 57th St. instead of 809 East 57th St.
The Church’s Extension Committee sponsored a public lecture on Oct. 29 in the Loveland Community Building with Rev. Engelsma as speaker. Incidentally, this committee regularly puts out many very good pamphlets. How is the pamphlet supply in your church? Is it kept up to date or are most of the pamphlets yellowed and dusted off regularly? To be good witnesses of our Reformed faith we should be constantly reading and pamphlets can be very valuable aids to us as well as to those outside of our churches. How about a little renovation of those pamphlet racks? For some information on the pamphlets this committee puts out why not write them at: The Reformed Witness, 750 Jefferson Ave., Loveland, Colorado
From South Holland, Illinois:
Confession of faith was made by Miss Sharon Zandstra and Mr. Phil Van Baren.
Miss Carol De Jong was received from the Oak Glen Chr. Ref. Church.
Mr. and Mrs. Dave Poortinga have transferred to the church in Loveland.
Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Nymeyer rejoice at the birth of a daughter.
Rev. Decker also spoke on November 3 at a public lecture in commemoration of Reformation Day. His topic was “Ecumenism and The Reformation.”
Miscellaneous News
On October 30 a Reformation Day Program was sponsored in First Church in Grand Rapids and was open to the public. Prof. Hanko spoke on “The Reformation and the Unchaining of Scriptures.”
Remember our missionary and his wife! Their address once again is: Rev. and Mrs. George Lubbers, General Delivery, Montego Bay, Jamaica, West Indies
On October 17 the Federation Board sponsored a “mini retreat” in the Spring Grove Park in Byron Center, Michigan. Along with supper and games there was a speech by Mr. Harry Langerak which was followed by discussion groups.

Originally Published in:
Vol. 30 No. 7 November 1970

There does not seem to be an overabundance of news this month. Maybe everyone is too busy adjusting to school life again or else recovering from a busy, busy summer. Hopefully, next month will be better – with your help!
From South Holland, Illinois:
Confession of faith was made by Beverly DeYong, Linda Vroegh, Phil Van Baren, and Sharon Zandstra.
Two families have joined this congregation: Mr. and Mrs. Ed Stouwie, Janice, who is also a confessing member, and three baptized children and also Mr. and Mrs. Menno Poortenga and four baptized children.
On Sept. 4 Rev. Lubbers and Rev. Elliot visited the congregation to show slides, to speak about the Jamaican mission field, and describe the type of work to be done there.
Already the young people are preparing for the 1971 Convention! On Sept. 23 they sponsored a beef dinner in their church with the proceeds of $200 going for the Convention.
The John Haak family transferred to the church in Holland, Mich. and Barb Zandstra to the church in Loveland. Anna Boer’s papers were received from the church in Holland, Mich.
From Hudsonville, Michigan:
A quote from a special letter from the young people to their congregation: “…we as the Hudsonville young people and our leaders have felt the greatest impact from the [Convention] week. It has drawn us closer together and caused us to know and understand one another better as members of Christ…our sincere appreciation to all of you who have helped so much…”
From Hope in Walker, Michigan:
Hope’s biggest news item may be expressed imply by quoting from their bulletin of Sept. 27: “Rev. and Mrs. Kortering and family express appreciation for the farewell program of Friday evening and the generous gift. The Congregation will remain in our prayers…” On Tuesday, Sept. 29, Rev. and Mrs. Kortering and family left for Hull, Iowa.
After a moth of furlough, Don Jonker returned to his station in Panama.
Larry Koole’s address is: Sp. Larry Koole 380-52-3836, Co. B. 2nd Bn. 61st Inf., Fort Carson, Colorado 80913
Other Church News:
The Sunday School Mass Meeting was held on September 30 in Hope Church with Rev. Veldman as speaker.
September 23 ended the clothing drive carried out in the Grand Rapids area for the Jamaican people.
One September 2 Rev. Lubbers was installed as our churches’ only missionary. The harvest is great but the reapers so very few; yet the Lord provides for his own. This work deserves our many prayers.
News from Covenant Chr. High:
Covenant now has 125 students and 7 faculty members. Mr. Time Meenstra, a graduate from Calvin College, has joined the staff and teaches mathematics.
On September 24, four students from East Christian, a Grand Rapids high school, visited the school and various classes.
Good News from, for, and about all of us: “Beloved, let us love one another;; for love is of God; and everyone that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.” I John 4:7.

Originally Published in:
Vol. 30 No 6 October 1970

Our Young People
August – the month of the Prot. Ref. Young People’s Convention! For those who attended, this was perhaps one of the most significant aspects of summer, 1970. For five days, August 19 – 24, the young people from almost every church came together in Hudsonville, We not only had many good times but also discovered more about ourselves and others as we discussed many topics under the theme “Strangers In A Strange Land.” Let us all hope the Convention spirit carries over into the years ahead!
A beach party was held on July 17 at North Shore Park in Muskegon for all the Grand Rapids area young people which was sponsored by the Federation Board.
A Pre-Convention Singspiration was held in First Church on August 16, the Sunday prior to convention week.
Mr. and Mrs. E. Kortering from Holland, a son.
Mr. and Mrs. G. Vanden Berg from Holland, a daughter.
Mr. and Mrs. Irv Velthouse from Hope in Walker, a daughter.
Mr. and Mrs. Leon Garvelink from Hope in Walker, a daughter.
Mr. and Mrs. Rog Berens from Hudsonville, a son.
Mr. and Mrs. Rich Huizinga from Hudsonville, a daughter.
Mrs. Dave Doezema from Hudsonville to First in Grand Rapids.
Mr. and Mrs. Vern Huber and children from Hudsonville to Kalamazoo.
Mr. and Mrs. Menno Smits from Oak Glen Chr. Ref. Church to South Holland.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur De Jong and ten baptized children from Oak Glen to South Holland.
Kenneth and Elizebeth De Jong from Oak Glen to South Holland.
Mrs. Robert Miedema Jr. from Highland Hills Chr. Ref. Church to Hope in Walker.
Miss Peggy Bertsch from Ebenezer Prot. Ref. in Forbes to Hope in Walker.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hoven and three daughters from South East to Hope in Walker.
Mr. Myron Moody from the Cornville Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Maine to Hope in Walker.
Mr. Brent Overway from Calvary Ref. to First in Holland, Mich.
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Boer and five baptized children from South Holland to Loveland.
Mr. and Mrs. John Heys from South Holland to Loveland.
Confession of faith was made by Mrs. Ben Huizinga in Holland.
Miss Floella Griess was received as a confessing member in Loveland.
Mr. Will Haveman from Hudsonville and Miss Sue Aardema on June 26.
Our Servicemen
Rick Huizinga’s new address is: PFC Richard Huizinga 380-54-2614, Co. B. 79 3d M.P. Bn., A.P.O. New York, New York 09114
Larry Koole from Hope Church in Walker has returned home from Vietnam. Welcome home, Larry!
Our Pastors
“The coming of the antichrist” is the title of Rev. D. Engelsma’s latest pamphlet. The Church Extension Committee in Loveland now puts out one pamphlet each month.
In September Rev. Lubbers and his wife will return to Jamaica where he will become once again missionary of our churches. We bid him and his wife Godspeed!
On Wednesday, September 2, Installation Services were held to install Rev. Lubbers as missionary of our churches.

Originally Published in:
Vol. 30 No. 5 August September 1970

Our Young People
On Friday, the twelfth of June, a Clue Hunt was held in Hudsonville for all the area young people. Many of us never knew there even existed such towns as Burnips, Borculo, and Beaverdam but we sure had fun finding them that night!
The Hudsonville young people, with the help o9s some of their mothers, have cleaned their church to earn money for the Convention in August. Even the guys turned out for some hard work that turned out to be a lot of fun anyway!
The Federation Board sponsored a program on May 10 in the Southeast Church featuring the Hope Heralds from our Hope Church in Walker.
On May 31 the Hudsonville young people sponsored a Singspiration in their church. There were many special numbers, including a saxophone solo by Bruce Lubbers. His saxophone and the cornet of Jerry Vander Kolk also accompanied the singing.
On April 12, the young people of Holland traveled to Kalamazoo for a special combined young peoples’ meeting.
Our Pastors
Rev. G. Lubbers from our Southwest Church has accepted the call to become missionary in Jamaica.
On May 6 Prof. H. Hanko gave a lecture in the South Holland Church on “Christian Social Involvement and the Coming of Christ.”
Mr. and Mrs. D. Vander Noort of South Holland, a daughter.
Mr. and Mrs. Adrian Lenting Jr. of South Holland, a son.
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Griess of Loveland, a son.
Mr. Henry J. Zandstra of South Holland and Miss Joanne Huizenga on April 18.
Miss C. Faber of South Holland and Mr. J. Holleman on April 24.
Mr. Ray Poortinga of South Holland and Cindy Lagestee on May 6.
Miss Wilma Haveman of Holland and Mr. Brent Overway on May 8.
Our Servicemen
Mr. Doug Miedema of Hudsonville has finished his tour of duty in the Armed Forces and has returned home. Welcome!!
The address of Dan Van Kampen from Holland is: PVT E-1 Danny J. Van Kampen, 387-56-3421, Co. B, 1st Bn. 1st BCT. Bde., Fort Polk, Louisiana 71459, 5th Platoon
Miss Beth Van Baren from South Holland to Redlands.
Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Davis and three baptized children from the Lansing Ref. Church to South Holland.
Mrs. B. Buizinga from Harlem Ref. Church to Holland.
Profession of Faith was made by Les and Clare Haveman in Holland.
On June 2 a pre-synodical prayer service was held in First Church. The service was conducted by Rev. C. Hanko.
The Covenant Christian High Acappala Choir under the direction of Mr. Roland Peterson, gave a special concert in South Holland on May 19.
On May 26, the children from the Loveland Prot. Ref. Chr. School gave a program based on the theme “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.” Rev. Engelsma delivered a speech on “Going On In Confidence.”
And finally, congratulations to all those who have graduated this past May and June from grade schools, high schools or colleges.

Originally Published in:
Vol. 30 No. 4 June July 1970

“For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.”
With many misgivings and doubts did we, the Hudsonville Young People’s Societies, undertake the planning of the 1970 Convention. How were we to make this a truly significant and meaningful Convention? We wanted the conventioneers to not only have a good time but also to stop and think about their own responsibility and place within the Protestant Reformed Churches. It needed to be more than just a social experience and somehow through the kind of Convention we planned, the young people would be more aware, more enthused, and more dedicated people. These were our hopes but we soon found that alone we could never make the 1970 Convention a success. We laid out a schedule and have tried to choose activities and topics which would help us achieve this goal. Yet, so much of the spirit and enthusiasm depends on the contribution of each conventioneer. We sincerely hope that each one planning to attend puts forth his best efforts to reach this goal!
As many of you already know, the dates for this event have been set for August 19-24, a five day, week-end Convention once again. There will be three speakers who will, at different activities speak on some aspect of the theme, “Strangers in a Strange Land,” which is based on I Chronicles 29:15.
Wednesday, the first and opening day, registration will be held in Hudsonville Church at night. To save time, those needing lodging will be pre-assigned to different homes. This hopefully will eliminate much of the lodging confusion and will also give the conventioneers more choice as to with whom they would like to stay during the Convention.
From Thursday to the end of the Convention there are many traditional as well as new and different activities planned. As usual, the business meeting will be held early Thursday morning. Hopefully by noon most business will be concluded and lunch will be served. After lunch a Sports Mixer is planned which will not only allow time to get acquainted but also will involve many competitive sports. In the evening the first Mass Meeting will be held and the first speech given on “The Origins of These Strangers.” The rest of the evening is kept free but you are welcome at many of the homes of the Hudsonville young people.
This year, the all-day outing is to be held on Friday instead of the usual Saturday. The activities available at Silver Lake are almost too numerous to mention and are ideal for a long day of relaxation. There is everything from dune rides to swimming and we hope you all anticipate a climb in the dunes.
Saturday morning will come around all too soon for many of us, but hopefully we will see you (sleepy eyes and sore legs!) at the 7:00 Pancake Breakfast. By mid-morning we should be alert enough to participate in some interesting group discussions. Topics and leaders will be provided to give the discussions a general direction but the questions you bring with you will always be welcome. We want each individual to profit from discussing the problems and questions that many young people must face today. If you contribute and do not think of these discussions only as “one of those things you have to go to” they can be some of the most satisfying and profitable times of this Convention. Bring yourself whole-heartedly! At noon lunch will again be provided and afterwards the traditional East-West ball game will be held. In the evening something new is being planned – an informal mass meeting. The dress will be informal as will be the entire meeting. Our second speaker will talk to us here on our calling to be strangers in a strange land. After the meeting a bonfire will be held and another special activity is planned that we hope you will enjoy very much.
Sunday morning will again require an early rise because a Sunrise Church Service is being planned for 7:00 a.m. This will be a usual church service. After service, and a short break with refreshments, discussion groups will be held once again. With you cooperation this can be a very unique and worthwhile way to begin the Sabbath. One Sunday evening the 7:00 church service will be held, followed by an interesting singspiration.
Monday morning will give us all a chance to catch up on some of our sleep. At 10:00 we will meet at Tunnel Park for a morning of Lake Michigan swimming. After dinner, late business will be taken care of. Because of the evening’s activities, the afternoon is kept free (especially for the sake of the girls!). The banquet is the height and highlight of the 1970 Convention. Our third speaker here will speak on our destiny as strangers. We sincerely hope you enjoy the convention we have planned. It has demanded long hours of work but if you go away feeling spiritually more capable of retaining you title as stranger in this world, it will be worth it many times over. In everything, we as young people stand as a special pillar within the church. May this week-end of fellowship add to our strength!

Originally Published in:
Vol. 30 No. 4 June July 1970

Our Young People
An Easter Mass Meeting was held in First Church in Grand Rapids for all the area young people on Easter Day at 2:00 p.m. There were many special numbers provided and Rev. Veldman gave a short speech. Christ is risen!!
On April 10 and 11 a Spring Retreat was held at Campy Rogers for the Grand Rapids area young people. There were many fine discussion groups on “Does the Beacon Lights serve its purpose?” and also on “Changes in the Church Liturgy.” As one “retreater” said, “It was great! It gave us a chance to really share how we feel towards different things in the church and the world.”
The annual Young People’s Spring Banquet was held on May 1 in the Mayflower Church in Grand Rapids.
An Easter Singspiration was sponsored by the Beacon Lights on Easter evening in the Southeast church in Grand Rapids.
Our Pastors
Rev. Schipper has submitted to surgery and is a present recovering. For some weeks the Southeast Church was without their pastor. We hope that he may soon be able to lead his congregation again.
Rev. Heys is home from Jamaica! One April 26 the Holland young people sponsored a “welcome home” singspiration for him in their church.
On April 16 Rev. Lubbers, who was recently also in Jamaica, gave a lecture in the Oak Lawn Church on ‘The purpose of Missions in the Prot. Ref. Churches.”
Our Membership
Confession of faith was made by Miss Jan Van Baren South Holland.
A son, born to Mr. and Mrs. E. Cammenga of Holland.
Miss Joan Lubbers of Hudsonville and Mr. John Bouma on April 3.
Mr. Harold Miedema of Hope and Mrs. Wilma Sterk on March 26.
Our Servicemen
These are the new addresses of some of our servicemen.
From Hudsonville: PVT. Doug Miedema 378-60-0221, Co B Bn. 5th B.D.E., Platoon No 3, Fort Polk, Louisiana 71456
From Hope in Walker: PVT. Richard Huizinga 380-54-2614, F.S. Co., A.P.O. New York 09221
From Hope in Walker: PVT. Robert Velthouse 366-52-6180, 602 C. Maintenance Co., Fort Hood, Texas 76544
Rev. Van Baren made his audience deeply aware of the Church’s duty in these days of relativism and change when he spoke on “The Return of the Glorified Christ” on April 9. The lecture was held in the First Church in Grand Rapids.
The consistory of the Loveland Church has decided to have the congregation recite aloud the Apostles’ Creed on Sunday evenings. “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
The consistory of the Hudsonville Church also decided to institute a change. Instead of having the Communion Service twice on Communion Sunday, it will now be held only in the morning.
Do you value the Reformed confessions and faith enough to tell others about them? There is still time to submit names to your consistories for the distribution of Prot. Ref. Literature.
“The end of all things is upon us, so you must lead an ordered and sober life, given to prayer” (I Peter 4:7).

Originally Published in:
Vol. 30 No. 3 May 1970

The past weeks can be noted for the many programs sponsored within our churches and schools. On March 8 the Federation Board sponsored a combined choir program in the First Church in Grand Rapids. The choirs of Hudsonville, Hope, and Covenant Chr. High participated to make an enjoyable evening. Then on March 20 the students from our Hope School rendered their All-School Program under the theme “heirs of Christ.” It was centered around the death and resurrection of our Lord. The Choral Society of the Hudsonville Church arranged their only program on February 22 at their own church. The choir was directed by Mr. Gerald Kuiper and special numbers were given by Bruce Lubbers and Mrs. H. Veldman. The other program was sponsored by the young people of the South Holland church on February 8 in their church. Everyone participated in the singing which was led by Mr. Lamm Lubbers and special numbers were given by Bill Lenting and Young People’s Octet.
In other activities the young people also have been active. One February 27 the Senior Society of the First Church in Grand Rapids sponsored a hayride for all area young people. It was held in a rather cozy and secluded spot in the Hudsonville area, better known by some of us as The Chapel in the Pines. In Loveland the young people sponsored an outing for the society and afterwards had refreshments at the parsonage.
There have been only two marriages this month that can be reported. The one is of Miss Marcia Lubbers of Hudsonville to Mr. Dave Doezema of First on February 20. The other is of Mr. Paul Pfau and Miss Irene Bruinsma from South Holland on February 14.
A son born to Mr. and Mrs. B. Zandstra from South Holland.
Mr. P. Brummel has transferred to South Holland from Hull.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Kamps and six children have transferred to Hope from First in Grand Rapids. Miss Pat Kamps has had her papers Transferred to Hope also.
Mrs. G. Vos from Hudsonville celebrated her 75th birthday and Mr. John Miedema from Hope celebrated his 85th birthday within the past month. Our hearty congratulations!
The address of George Bodbyl of Hudsonville is: P.F.C. G. Bodbyl 386-52-9238, 76 Trans Co., A.P.O. New York, New York 09189
The address of Bob Velthouse of Hope is: Pvt. Robert Velthouse 366-52-6180, 3rd Platoon, Co. C, 1st BN, 2nd BCT BDE, Fort Polk, LA 71459
Remember your servicemen!
During the past few months I have received news from more churches than ever before. I would like you all to know that this is much appreciated and I also hope everyone keeps up the very fine work!

Originally Published in:
Vol. 30 No. 2 April 1970

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