Wedding Bells
Rang for Judy Vlietstra and Andy Brummel (Edgerton) on March 31; for Nancy Heemstra and David Ondersma (First) on April 23; for Evelyn Huizenga and Nathan Tamminga (Randolph) on May 1; and for Ellen Groenendale and ken Teitsma (Southeast) on May 14.

Membership Changes:
Edgerton welcomed Mrs. Jeanette Bleyenberg from the Reformed Church in Steen, Minnesota and Mrs. Judy Brummel from the Reformed Church in Edgerton; Mr. and Mrs. J. Jabaay and family transferred from Edgerton to Redlands; South Holland welcomed Mr. and Mrs. R.L. Regnerus from Oaklawn; Kalamazoo welcomed Mrs. Harold Triezenberg from Cutlerville Christian Reformed Church; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bleyenberg and two baptized children transferred from Edgerton to Doon; Hope received the membership papers of Jim Langerak from highland Hills Christian Reformed Church; and Randolph welcomed Mrs. Sue De Vries from the First Reformed Church of Randolph.

Concerning our Servicemen:
Adrian Lenting (South Holland) was home on a two-week furlough during April and May; Ken Haak (Oaklawn) who was home on a twelve day furlough during the latter part of May was called back early with a possible overseas assignment awaiting him.
We have received the address of Robert Ekema (Redlands). It is as follows:
Robert Ekema US 56384072
Co. A 2nd Bn. 1st BDE, 3rd Plt.
Fort Polk, Louisiana 71459

New Arrivals
A daughter, Pamela Marie, born to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Kuiper (Edgerton)
A son, Kevin James, born to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Bylsma (First)
A son, Charles Corneil, born to Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Doezema (First)
A daughter, Dawn Renae, born to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Lubben (Hudsonville)
A daughter, Barbara Jo, born to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Schipper (Hudsonville)
A daughter, Leah Renee, born to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bleyenberg (Edgerton)
A son, William John, born to Mr. and Mrs. William Bleyenberg (Edgerton)
A son, David Mark, born to Mr. and Mrs. L.R. Regnerus (Oaklawn)
A son, Loren Dean, born to Mr. and Mrs. Egbert Gritters (Hull)
A daughter, Rebecca, born to Mr. and Mrs. Arie Nobel (First)
A daughter born to Mr. and Mrs. Louis Kamps (Hudsonville)

Items of General Interest
Hope’s congregation met in their new edifice for the first time on May 16. The dedication was held June 9. Rev. Heys was to be the main speaks; Rev. H. Hanko and Rev. D. Engelsma also participated in the program. The congregation also received two hundred new Psalters from an anonymous donor.
The resurrection of our Lord was celebrated by special programs in several of our congregations. The children of Redlands presented a program for the members of that congregation after the morning service; the Radio Choir presented a program that same evening sponsored by the Protestant Reformed High School Circle; and on April 25, the Choral Societies of Hope and South Holland Churches rendered a program.
On April 19, Student R. Moore addressed the Men’s League in Holland on the subject of “Speaking in Tongues”.
The Ladies’ League met in Holland on April 22. Student R. Decker addressed the group on the topic: “What Constitutes the Neglect of the Means of Grace”.
On April 29, Rev. Van Baren addressed Oaklawn’s congregation on the theme, “The New Generation of 1924—A Blueprint for Its Failure”. The following evening he gave the same speech for the Mr. and Mrs. League Meeting which was held at First Church. On May 6, he lectured for his own congregation on the theme, “Limited Atonement”, the Third in a series on the Five Points of Calvinism.
The Young People in the Grand Rapids area gathered at First Church on May 11 for the Annual Young People’s Banquet. Rev. G. Vos was the speaker for the evening.
Randolph’s Young People’s Society rendered a special program for their congregation on April 21. Featured on that evening was the “Beacon Lights” film.
On May 9, the Hope Heralds rendered a sacred concert in Southeast Church sponsored by the Mr. and Mrs. Society of that church.
Rev. H. Veldman lectured May 20, in Holland on the topic: “The Heritage of the Seed of the Covenant”. The proceeds for the evening were to be used for the cost of transporting the children of that congregation to and from Hope School.
Spring House Cleaning was also carried on in some of our churches. The members of South Holland and Oaklawn’s congregations gathered for that purpose during the month of May and Doon’s cleaning was done in June.
Mr. John Buiter addressed the Protestant Reformed High School Circle at their May meeting in First Church on the subject: “Math and Science in the Christian School Curriculum.”
Confession of Faith was recently made by Lenore Engelsma, Sharon Kuiper, Carol Bomers, Judith Huizenga and Jim Langerak of Hope Church.
At the close of another school year, many of our schools featured “End-of-the-Year Programs and Graduation Exercises.” Rev. Engelsma addressed the students and graduates of his congregation on May 28, on the topic “Who Are You”; Rev. H. Veldman addressed the graduates of Hope School on June 4 on the subject: “Continuing in the Things You Have Learned;” Oaklawn held their program on June 3; and Rev. Schipper addressed the graduates of Adams St. on June 11 on the subject: “Trust in the Lord.”
Another highlight was the graduation of Student R. Decker from our Theological School on June 8 at First Church. The program featured musical numbers by the Hope Heralds and Mr. Arnold Dykstra, and speeches by Student Decker and Professor H. C. Hoeksema.

Congratulations to
Mrs. E. Van Eenenaam (First) who celebrated her 81st birthday on April 27; and to Mr. Cornelius Woodwyk (Hudsonville) who celebrated his 92nd birthday on May 1.

Roses grow upon briars, which is to signify that all temporal sweets are mixed with bitter. But what seems more especially to be meant by it is that pure happiness, the crown of glory, is to be come at in no other way than by bearing Christ’s cross by a life of mortification, self-denial, and labor, and bearing all things for Christ. The rose, that is the chief of all flowers, is the last thing that comes out. The briary, prickly bush grows before that; the end and crown of all is the beautiful and fragrant rose.
Jonathan Edwards

Attention Young People!
The twenty-fifth anniversary convention of our Young People’s Societies will be held, the Lord willing, August 24, 25, 26 at South Holland.

Looking back upon twenty-five years of blessing and looking forward to a further blessing form our covenant God we chose the theme:


Plan to come for edification in the truth and Christian fellowship to the birth place of the conventions of our Federation, South Holland, Illinois.

Radio News:
The Program Committee of our Reformed Witness Hour informs us that they have many tape recordings which are now available to any of our readers who desire them. The material recorded on the tapes is varied. Sermons by Rev. H. Hoeksema on Lord’s Day 1 through 52 o the Heidelberg Catechism, sermons by several of our Protestant Reformed ministers, selections by our Radio Choir and other fine musical talent featured on our Distinctively Reformed radio broadcasts can be obtained. Although the Young People of our congregations probably cannot appreciate and enjoy listening to a “Dutch” sermon, perhaps a few of our “Senior Citizens” will be interested to know that even a limited number of sermons rendered in the “Hollandsche taal” are also available. A sermon by the late Rev. G.M. Ophoff, on the text on Colossians 3:1-4, no doubt will prove to be most enjoyable by all of our people. For further information regarding subject material and the modest cost of these tapes write to:
The Reformed Witness Hour
1947 Alto Ave. S.E.
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49507

First Church has extended a call to Rev. H. Hanko of Doon for pastor and Rev. David J. Engelsma of Loveland for missionary of our churches.

Concerning our Servicemen:
Don Hoksbergen (Hull) returned home during the last week of March having fulfilled his term of six months in the service.
While stationed at Camp Pendleton, Aaron Schwarz (Loveland) has had the privilege of attending the services in Redlands, California.
Robert Ekema (Redlands) left April 6 to begin a two-year period of duty in the Armed Forces.
Chuck Kalsbeek (Hope), Chuck Bult and Dale Reitsma were expected to return home for a two week period about the middle of April; after this furlough, they will go to Texas.

Future Conventioners:
A daughter, Susan, born to Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Van Baren (South Holland)
A daughter, Brenda Lee, born t Mr. and Mrs. John C. Haak (South Holland)
A son, Henry Lee, born to Mr. and Mrs. Everett Buiter (South Holland)
A son, Scott Alan, born to Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Miedema (Hudsonville)
A son, Robert Dale, born to Mr. and Mrs. William Buiter (Oaklawn)
A son, Daniel Peter, born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. Decker (First)
A daughter, Darlene Joyce, born to Mr. and Mrs. James Pastoor (Southeast)
A daughter, Katherine Wynne, born to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Feenstra (Redlands)
A daughter, Laura Mae, adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Doezema (First)
A son, Duane Lee, born to Mr. and Mrs. L. Bruinsma. (South Holland)
A daughter, Karla Ruth, born to Mr. and Mrs. H.W. Kuiper (Oaklawn)
A daughter born to Mr. and Mrs. A. Buiter (South Holland)

Confession of Faith:
Was recently made by the following young people:
From Oaklawn: Mr. M Alsum
From First: David Bol, Ruthellen Bol, Lawrence DeMeester, Thomas Emaus, Patricia Kamps, Mary Kregel, Barbara Reitsma, Sheryl Velting and Terry Velting.
From South Holland: John and Egbert Holleman

Congratulations to:
Mr. and Mrs. Art Bleyenberg (Edgerton) who celebrated their sixty-seventh wedding anniversary on February 18
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Schut (Hudsonville) who celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary on February 25
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Vogel (Hull) who celebrated their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary March 19
Judy Alsum and Don Abel (Randolph) who were united in marriage on March 26

Membership Transfers:
Redlands congregation welcomed into their midst Mr. John Kuipers and Mr. and Mrs. H. Vander Veen.
Lawrence De Meester was received by First Church coming from the Netherlands Reformed Church.
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth A. Rietema and five baptized children transferred from First to Southeast; Bill Huber transferred from Loveland to Hope; and Edgerton welcomed Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Kuiper and one baptized child.

Called home:
Mr. John Zandstra Sr. (South Holland) who passed away on March 6

Society News:
According to reports, the South Holland Young People’s Society is busily preparing for the Young Peoples’ Convention in August.
On February 21, the Junior Young Peoples’ Society was host to the Senior Young Peoples’ of First Church. The Senior Society presented the after recess program centering on the theme: “Hearing the Preaching of the Word.”
On March 7, Hope Young Peoples’ Society traveled to First, and Southeast was host to Hudsonville Young Peoples’ Society.
Southeast Men’s Society was the host to Southwest on March 7. Mr. Offringa of Southwest, presented a paper on “Refuting Mormonism in the Light of Scripture” for the after recess program.
On February 15, the Men’s Society of South Holland invited the “senior” members of their congregation to meet with them. After recess, they heard the tape prepared by the Mission Committee of our churches which features singing of the Protestant Reformed Churches in Jamaica.

Items of General Interest:
The formal dedication of Holland Protestant Reformed Church took place on February 18, with Rev. Lanting, the present pastor, and Revs. Kortering and Schipper, former members of the congregation, as speakers. Since the dedication, many activities have taken place in their new church. The Hope Heralds presented a sacred concert on February 25. The proceeds were for the furnishing of the church annex. The Sunday School Teachers’ Mass Meeting was held there on March 26. Rev. Lanting addressed the group. Classis East met in Holland on April 7; and Mr. Robert Decker addressed the Office bearers’ conference on April 6 in Holland also. He spoke on the subject: “What Constitutes the Neglect of the Means of Grace?”
The Senior Young Peoples’ Society recently thanked all those who contributed toward the Jamaican clothing drive and also informed the congregation that the remaining funds were used to send the Jamaican churches one hundred Psalters.
The members of South Holland congregation are invited to hear the tapes of the Reformed Witness Hour each Sunday afternoon, at 3:15.
Randolph’s congregation celebrated the Annual Prayer Day Service one day later due to the fact that Rev. Van Baren was in Lynden and would not return home until March 10.
The Hope Heralds, a male chorus of Hope church, presented a concert in their church on the Sunday evening of February 23.
The Sunday School of Redlands sponsored a hymn sing for their congregation on February 14.
While on church visitation in Loveland, Rev. J.A. Heys also lectured for the members of that congregation on February 9, on the topic: “God’s Sovereignty and His Decree of Sin.”
In January, Mr. Gerald Kuiper addressed the P.T.A. of the Edgerton Free Christian School on the subject of discipline.
Rev. Heynen of Pine Rest Christian Hospital was the guest speaker at the March meeting of the Adams St. Mothers Club. He presented a very interesting talk on coping with situations in the home in connection with the rearing of Christian young people.
Hull Church recently conducted a drive to repay the loan for their new furnace.
Loveland’s congregation has begun construction on their new edifice. Mr. R. Ezinga, a member of the congregation was hired to work on the building. In addition, each man of the congregation is donating fifty hours of labor toward the completion of their new church.
The Priscilla Society of First Church sponsored a Coffee and Baked Goods Sale on March 10 for the benefit of the Foundation for Handicapped Children. A total of $401.00 was collected for this worthy cause.
The Northwest Society of Protestant Reformed Education sponsored a lecture on March 16, the eve of the Classis West meeting in Hull Church. Rev. H. Hanko was the speaker.
Mr. Lam Lubbers, a teacher at Hope Protestant Reformed School addressed the Protestant Reformed Ladies Secondary School Circle on the theme: “Patterns in History” at their March meeting.
On March 29, the male members of Redlands congregation were called to a special meeting in the interest and possibility of organizing a Protestant Reformed School Society.
The Loveland School Board scheduled a parent-teacher meeting in February, so that a closer relationship might be attained between the home and school in the interest of covenant instruction.
The Adams St. Mothers Club meeting of April featured a program given by the school children commemorating the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ, our Savior.
The Western Ladies League Meeting was held on Friday, April 2, in Hull Church. The theme for the day was “Angels and the Saints”. Rev. B. Woudenberg addressed the women in the morning and an interesting program had been planned for the rest of the day.
South Holland’s congregation has decided to begin construction on their new church during this coming summer. It was also decide that the auditorium would have a seating capacity of four hundred.
On April 9, the Ladies Circle of Oaklawn Protestant Reformed School invited Christine Faber and Karlene Oomkes to show their pictures of Europe to the members of their congregation.
Mr. Richard Moore addressed the Hope P.T.A. at their April meeting on the topic: “Students’ Attitude towards Authority.”

Radio News:
The Program Committee of the Reformed Witness Hour reports to us that several new “outlets” are enjoying our Distinctively Reformed radio program each week. Although the Houston, Texas, station has been dropped by the Mission Committee of our Churches, the people of Protestant Reformed persuasion residing in that locality are still able to hear the programs. Upon the request of Rev. G. Lubbers, the Program Committee sends a copy of the weekly broadcasts to the brethren and sisters in that area. A new station has been added. The Consistory of the Kalamazoo Protestant Reformed Church requested that the programs be aired over one of their local stations, W.K.P.R. Their request was considered and granted by the Radio Committee. Also tapes are sent each week to the two ministers of the churches on the island of Jamaica—the Revs. Elliot and Frame. The Quenga family and their friends, on faraway Guam, also express their enjoyment in this method of spiritual contact with the churches. For quite some time the Revs. C. Hanko (Redlands), J.A. Heys (South Holland), and G. Vanden Berg (Oaklawn), and many members of their respective congregations have listened each week by means of their personal tape recorders to the messages of the Truth of God’s Word proclaimed in the preaching and expressed in song and music by this means of communication.

Called Home:
Mr. William Bos (First) at the age of 77 years and Mrs. John Flikkema (First) at the age of 61 years.

New Births:
A son born to Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Miedema (Hudsonville).
A son, Timothy Mark, born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hoving (Oaklawn)
A daughter, Monica Denae, born to Mr. and Mrs. Lam Lubbers (Hope)
A son, Mark Wayne, born to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hoekstra (Hull)
A daughter, Elaine Faye, born to Mr. and Mrs. Ed Hoekstra
A son, born to Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Lanning (Holland)
A son, Timothy Gordon, born to Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Ondersma (First)
A daughter, born to Mr. and Mrs. George Kamps Jr. (Hudsonville)

Confession of Faith:
Was recently made by Henry DeVries (Randolph) and Ruth Vander Kolk, Bob Windemuller, and Paul Windemuller (Holland).

Concerning our Servicemen:
Duane Mensch (Hope) has returned from overseas and Art Stellinga (Doon) has completed his term of service.
Chuck Kalsbeek (Hope), Chuck Bult and Dale Reitsema (First) left on February 9, to begin their six months’ duties in the Armed Forces.
We have also received the new address of Don Hoksbergen. It is as follows:
Pvt. Donald L. Hoksbergen
NG 27819938
208th M.P. Co.
Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. 65475

Wedding Bells:
Rang for Roger Lee Curtis and Betty Young (Hudsonville) on January 18.

Membership Changes:
Doon welcomed into their midst Mr. and Mrs. H. Miersma, Valerie, and five baptized children from Edgerton and Rodney Miersma from South Holland.

Activities of the Young Peoples’ Societies:
On January 31, Oaklawn Young Peoples’ Society invited their congregation to listen with them to a Special Reformed Witness Hour tape recorded by the Radio Committee of First Church.
On February 7, First Senior Young Peoples’ was host to Southeast, while Hope Young People’s traveled to Southwest.
Doon Young People’s Society sponsored a singspiration for the churches in that area on February 7. Gerald Kuiper, of Edgerton, was to lead the singing.
On the same evening, Holland’s Young Peoples Society sponsored a hymn sing for their congregation. The proceeds of the evening were for chairs in their church annex.

Miscellaneous Items:
Southeast Church has finally reached its goal. The carpeting was installed in their church during the first week of February. To meet the balance of the cost, the Mary-Martha Society canvassed the members of the church during the same week.
Rev. and Mrs. J. Kortering, aided by several members of their congregation moved into the former parsonage during the last week of January.
Loveland’s congregation has selected property and will soon begin building an edifice that will serve both as a church and (in a basement arranged for that purpose) a school.
The families in Houston sent one thousand dollars to the consistory of the Southwest Church requesting that one half of that amount be used for travelling expenses for Rev. Lubbers enabling him to spend a few weeks in Houston during the month of February.
The Holland Ladies’ Society sponsored a coffee and baked goods sale for their congregation on February 10. The proceeds were for their new kitchen.
The Adams St. Mothers’ Club sponsored a Pea and Vegetable Soup Supper on Friday, February 12. In spite of the bad weather, many turned out to enjoy a very good dinner.
The Publication Committee met February 9, at First Church and has decided to send to press Rev. Hoeksema’s Dogmatics.
The Ladies’ Auxiliary of South Holland sponsored a Hostess Dinner on February 12.
On January 25, Rev. G. Van Baren lectured in South Holland on “Limited Atonement.” This is the third in a series of lectures on the Five Points of Calvinism on which he has been lecturing in Randolph.
The Ladies School Circle of Oaklawn sponsored a Casserole Supper on February 5.

Some thoughts to ponder:
Southeast’s Bulletin: “The idle Christian is the raw material out of which backsliders are made.” “No man has a right to do as he pleases unless he pleases to do the right.”
Randolph’s Bulletin: “He is a bad Christian who cuts the coat of his profession according to the fashion of the times, or the humor of the company he falls into.”

Highlighting the past month’s activities was the celebration of the birthday of our Lord. The children especially, took an active part as in many of the congregations of our denomination they prepared diligently for their presentations by song and speech of this great event. The Sunday School of First Church centered their theme on “The Star” and the children of Loveland’s congregation told of Christ’s birth under the theme: “The Coming of the King”. Their program also included the congregational singing of a German hymn: “Die Hirten”.
Also, in connection with the celebration of Christmas, the Ladies’ School Circle of Oak Lawn and the Young Peoples’ Society of Redlands sponsored a hymn sing on December 20; the Young Peoples’ Society of Loveland went caroling among the families of their congregation on December 23; and the churches in the Grand Rapids area joined in song on the evening of December 27.

Concerning our Servicemen:
Three of the servicemen of First Church, Arthur Bult, David Doezema and Irvan Velthouse, were expected to return home in January.
There are yet two remaining in the service, Don Ezinga and Dale Bartelds; their addresses are as follows:
Donald Ezinga
Turgeson Trailer Park
Lot No. 4, Highway 247 S.
Warner Robins, Georgia

Dale Bartelds, BFTA 5918210
USS Buck DD761
c/o FPO
San Francisco, California

Future Conventioneers:
A son, Gary Lee, born to Mr. and Mrs. Boreas Dykstra (First)
A daughter, Janice Renee, born to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Dempsey (First)
A son born to Mr. and Mrs. John Huizinga (Hope)
A son born to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Miedema (Hudsonville)
A son born to Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Lubbers (Hudsonville)
A son, Steven James, born to Mr. and Mrs. John Flikkema, Jr. (Southeast)
A daughter, Twyla Jean, born to Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Bleyenberg (Hull)

Here and There:
Southeast Church welcomed Mr. Darrel Huisken from Edgerton, Mrs. Darrel Huisken from Allendale Christian Reformed Church and Mr. and Mrs. Henry P. Meulenberg from First Church into their midst.

On December 14, the Men’s Society of Southeast was host to Holland Men’s Society. The subject of “Christian Marriage” was discussed after recess.

The Young People of Hull’s Congregation gathered for an evening of fun on December 29 and the Young People’s Society of Oak Lawn sponsored a Progressive Dinner for their membership on December 30.

The Office bearers Conference was held on January 5, at Hudsonville Church. Rev. G. Lubbers addressed the former and present elders and deacons on Article 81 of the Church Order.

On January 10, the Young Peoples’ Societies in the Grand Rapids area visited one another. Hudsonville was host to the Junior Society of First Church, Southeast was host to Hope’s Young People and First Senior met with Southwest Society at their church.

The Men’s Society of First was host to Hudsonville’s Society on January 11.

On January 12, the Senior Mr. and Mrs. Society met with Hope while Southeast was host to the Junior Mr. and Mrs. Society of First Church.

Finally, a quote from Randolph’s bulletin: “The strongest believer of us all is like a glass without a foot, which cannot stand one moment longer than it is held.”

Rev. J. A. Heys declined the call to First Church.
Rev. H. Veldman declined the call for Home Missionary
The consistory of First Church has granted a three month leave of absence from his pulpit to Rev. Hoeksema. Professor H. C. Hoeksema has graciously consented to conduct the morning service and the various ministers in Classis east have been conducting the evening service during the vacancy. In that connection, it may be said that the evening of November 25 was a memorable one, for at the time Rev. G. Vos of Hudsonville preached at First Church, the first time in eleven years.

Concerning our Servicemen:
Dale Bartelds (First), Ken Haak (Oak Lawn) and Irvan Velthouse (First) enjoyed a recent leave of absence enabling them to spend the Christmas Holidays with their families.
We have also received the addresses of several of our servicemen:
Chester Haveman U.S.55800724
Medical Company (3412)
Fitzsimmons General Hospital
Denver, Colorado 80240

Pvt. Jason Holstege ER16786205
Co. D, 9th Bn
3rd Tng Bde USATC, Armor
Fort Knox, Kentucky 40121

Cpl. Larry D. Lubbers 2058640
M.D. USS Constellation, CVA 64
c/o FPO San Francisco, California

A.B. Robert A. Vander Kooi
A.F. 27127564
Box C-8297
Lowry Air Force Base, Colorado 80230

Marvin Feenstra (Redlands) is currently stationed in Germany. His address is as follows:
Pvt. Marvin Feenstra
U.S. 56362784
94th Eng. Bn. Const.
Co. C. 2nd Pltn.
A.P.O. 154 New York, N.Y.

The address of Donald Hoksbergen (Hull) is:
Pvt. Donald L. Hoksbergen
N.G. 27819938
Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri 65475

Membership transfers:
Hope welcomed Mr. and Mrs. J. Huisken with one child from Edgerton and Mr. and Mrs. Gerrit Vanden Top with one child from Doon. The Dennis Gleason family left Hudsonville for Loveland and Mr. and Mrs. Vern Huber with their three children transferred from Loveland to Redlands.

For the Next Census:
A daughter, Debbie Lynn, born to Mr. and Mrs. John R. Velthouse (Southeast)
A son, David Michael, born to Mr. and Mrs. Steve Holstege, Jr. (Hudsonville)
A son born to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Zwak (Hudsonville)
A son, Timothy, born to Rev. and Mrs. Herman Hanko (Doon)
A daughter born to Rev. and Mrs. Gise Van Baren (Randolph)
A son born to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Schuitema (Hudsonville)
A daughter born to Mr. and Mrs. Merle Veenstra (Hope)
A daughter born to Mr. and Mrs. Stan Dykstra (Hope)

Congratulations are in order for:
Mr. Larry Hoezee and Joyce Gale Kuiper (Hudsonville) who were united in marriage on December 14; Mr. J. Westra (Randolph) who celebrated his 83rd birthday on November 18; Mrs. J. Lont (Randolph) who celebrated her 86th birthday on November 20; and Mrs. Wm. Nienhuis (First) who celebrated her 90th birthday on December 11.

Called home:
Miss Sheryl Maring (Hudsonville) at the age of 17 years; Mr. John Schut and the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Schut of Hudsonville; and Mr. Jacob Bolt (First) at the age of 83 years.

Concerning our schools:
On November 20, Hope Protestant Reformed School presented their annual school program under the theme: “Now Thank We All Our God”.
At the December P.T.A. of Hope School the program centered about a roundtable discussion by the teachers on report cards.
The children of Adams St. School once again thrilled the hearts of the Mothers’ Club as they told of Christ’s birth in song and speech at the December meeting. Mr. Wayne Lanning addressed the Protestant Reformed High School Circle at their November meeting held in First Church.
Many activities are currently being carried on in Northwest Iowa in a united effort to open a Protestant Reformed Elementary School in September 1965, DV. On November 13, a special society meeting was held at Doon for the purpose of deciding on the location and building of the school. On November 24, an organizational meeting was held for the establishment of a “Ladies Auxiliary”. A fine turnout at the first meeting was recorded and at the next meeting a constitution is to be adopted and a name for the organization is to be chosen.

Items of General Interest:
Many of the societies in the Grand Rapids area have been enjoying fellowship with one another in joint meetings. On November 8, Southeast Young Peoples’ travelled to Holland and Hudsonville Young Peoples’ met with Southwest. The Men’s Society of First Church was host to Southeast on November 9. After recess, Mr. R. Teitsma presented a paper on Supra and Infra Lapsarianism. On December 6, Hudsonville and Hope Young Peoples’ Societies met at Hope; and on December 8, the Mr. and Mrs. Society of Hope was host to Hudsonville’s.
There have also been many Sunday evening programs in this same area. On November 22, a Singspiration was held at Southeast and on November 29, the Hope Ladies’ Circle sponsored a Hymn sing at Southwest Church. The Choral Societies of Hudsonville and Hope Churches rendered their annual Christmas concerts on December 13 and 20 respectively.
Confession of faith was recently made by Sandra Garvelink, Judith Lanning and Betty Young of Hudsonville and Mrs. Rolland Griess of Loveland.
The Oak Lawn Ladies’ Society sponsored a supper on December 18 for the married couples and young people of their congregation.
The Young Peoples’ Society of Southeast has been diligently working throughout the past couple years to earn money in order to put carpeting in their church. The last two projects included the collection of the banks which were issued to the congregation last spring and a pot-luck supper for their congregation which was held on December 5. Approximately $600.00 was needed in order for their goal to be achieved. With these projects, the end should almost be in sight.
At Redland’s Annual Congregational Meeting, a decision was made to remodel the kitchen of the parsonage.

Attention: There are some of our churches from which there is never any news. These churches include Edgerton, Forbes, Holland, Isabel, Lynden, South Holland and Southwest. WHAT’S THE MATTER—NO NEWS? In the coming months, the editor at 1312 Rosewood S.E., Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506 will be anxiously awaiting the arrival of your news also.

Originally Published in:
Vol. 24 No. 10 January 1965

Rev. J. Kortering declined the call extended him from Isabel, South Dakota.
First Church has placed the following on nomination: For Missionary: Revs. D. Engelsma, G. Van Baren and H. Veldman; For Minister: Revs. J. Heys and B. Woudenberg

For the Next Census:
A daughter, Anna Mae, born to Mr. and Mrs. B. H. Meelker (Redlands)
A son, George Louis, born to Mr. and Mrs. G. Vroom (Oak Lawn)
A son, Richard James, born to Mr. and Mrs. R. Bos (First)
A daughter, Faith Alison, born to Mr. and Mrs. E. Ophoff (First)
A son born to Mr. and Mrs. H. Van Dyke (Hope)
A daughter born to Mr. and Mrs. F. Zandstra (Hope)
A daughter, Mary Lynn, born to Mr. and Mrs. G. Van Meeteren (Redlands)

Congratulations are in order for:
William Post and Henrietta Korhorn (First) who were united in marriage on October 9; Gerald Johnston and Carole Pastoor (First) who were united in marriage on October 10; Mrs. R. De Vries (First) who celebrated her 88th birthday and Mr. P. Minnema who celebrated his 80th birthday.

Membership Changes:
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Lanning transferred from Hope to Holland; Mr. and Mrs. Homer Teitsma were received as members of Hudsonville from Southeast; Loveland welcomed Miss Beverly Hoekstra from First; Randolph welcomed Jim Huizenga, one of their former members from First; and First Church received the membership papers of Mrs. Marie Poortenga from the Christian Reformed Church in Ontario, California.

Here and There
Highlighting the past month’s activities have been several broader gatherings of the various church organizations. The Ladies’ League was held on October 22. Rev. G. Lanting spoke on: “The Place of Women in Christian Service”. Rev. G. Lubbers addressed the Men’s League Meeting on the topic: “Must We Pray for All in Authority?” The Young People in the Grand Rapids area met at Southwest Church on October 27. It was a most inspirational evening and many of our young people were there to enjoy it. Rev. J. Heys spoke on the topic “Modern Attitudes towards the Reformation”.
Mr. Fred Hanko, a teacher at Adams St. School, recently addressed the Adams St. Mothers’ Club on the topic: “Politics, Patriotism and Our Children” and gave a similar speech to First Senior Young Peoples’ Society, entitled, “The Christian and Politics”.
Rev. Schipper is currently conducting a post-confession catechism class for single and married persons who desire to review our doctrine. They are studying the principles of reformed faith as is outlined in the Belgic Confession.
Oak Lawn’s Young Peoples’ Society invited all the adults of their congregation to meet with them the evening of November 1. The topic for the after-recess program was “The Future of the Protestant Reformed Churches”.
Miss Agatha Lubbers recently addressed the Protestant Reformed Mothers’ Club for Secondary Education on the topic: “Classics—Good or Bad?”
Confession of Faith was made by LaJean Klein, Marge Mantel, Marve Mantel and Jay Stellinga of Doon and Jean Fischer of Randolph Church.
At the November Mothers’ Club of Adams St. School, Sem. Robert Decker spoke on the topic: “Training Our Children in the Way They Should Go”.
Pancakes seem to be a favorite money-making project in our churches. On October 30, the Mr. and Mrs. Society of Hudsonville Church sponsored a pancake supper with the proceeds going for their Kitchen Fund; the Athletic Association of Adams St. School held theirs on October 31; and the Ladies’ Circle of Oak Lawn sponsored a pancake supper on November 3.
Randolph’s Consistory recently purchased their own communion set with individual cups; formerly they had borrowed two large cups from the Waupan Christian Reformed Church.
Hull’s Congregation recently met in congregational meeting to approve the sale of the present parsonage and Loveland’s congregation was called upon to decide the purchasing of church property.
Don Hoksbergen (Doon) left for the army for a six months period and is presently stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

Within the last few years, many Christian graduates have taken their place in the public educational system of this country assured that they will be able to serve the Lord better than in Christian institutions.  This is partly due to the influence of a particular theory, which holds that teaching is among other things, a great mission calling.  Secondly, graduates are attracted by the higher salaries and the better facilities that the public schools generally have to offer.  Thirdly, there are many who think that there is not enough difference between the Christian and public schools; therefore, their devotion to the former no longer exists when a thousand-dollar salary difference is involved.  Money, then, seems to be the biggest factor; nevertheless, there is still a small percent who are convinced that they have a very definite calling to fulfill in the public schools.

However, no one has to be in any public educational system very long before he discovers that he cannot fulfill his calling in a very dutiful manner.  In a bulletin, The Role of Religion in the Public Educational System, prepared by the Grand Rapids Board of Education, the Board explains its philosophy and what the teachers’ attitude should be toward religion.

“Our philosophy must begin with the premise that most Americans are, in varying degrees, religiously motivated.  Our government has no control or supervision over religion.  The choice of one’s religion is entirely a personal freedom.

It is a further part of the American way that teaching a RELIGION is the responsibility of the home and the church, not the school.  The schools support the home in this important responsibility, but like our government must ever remain neutral and impartial.

It is the responsibility of the school to respect each child’s belief or disbelief as taught in his home.  It is, however, the further responsibility of the school to teach this same child to respect the religious beliefs or disbeliefs of other children.  Comparison or evaluations of children’s beliefs have no place in the public schools.

It is impossible to understand world affairs of today without some knowledge of the religions of the world.  To the degree that a knowledge of religious influence is necessary to understand general school subjects, this teaching is an essential element of nonsectarian general education.” (pp. 2-3)

The teacher’s role in this is to “instill respect for people of all faiths.  He must regard all religions objectively and never by any mannerism reflect any expression of adverse feeling that he might have for religions other than his own.  He should never try to impose his own religion on someone else in the classroom” (p. 4).  Furthermore, religious holidays can all be observed with some of the proper emphasis, except for Good Friday and Easter – in which the religious significance must be left entirely to the home.  As pertaining to the Bible reading, when it is read, it must be done so without any interpretation.

Generally, this is the attitude all public school systems have taken concerning the place of religion.  To go beyond this, would be violating the very purpose of public education.  Since it is impossible for anyone to remain neutral, atheistic teaching usually results.  At a panel discussion I recently attended, one of the members made some very pertinent remarks on this question.  He stated that it would be very dangerous to have prayer and Bible reading in the public school, because if no interpretation is added, then it is only very superficial and meaningless.  He went on to say that religion is a private matter and only the church must train.

Certainly it is evident that the mission-minded teacher will not be able to carry out his calling in this system; and if it is the duty of the teacher to teach the child all about Jesus Christ, which I think it is, no Christian should ever be able to find his place in the public school system.

However, something should be said about studying in public institutions.  There are locations, even within our own denomination, in which no Christian education is available for the children.  Parents must in this situation take upon themselves a very heavy responsibility, and often do a more thorough job than in areas where we have our own Protestant Reformed Schools.

Many times parents forget that the school is an extension of the home (not of the state) and supplements the home, not substitutes it.  Instruction in the home is foremost, as it will characterize the attitudes toward the school.  Whenever and wherever possible, children should be sent to Christian educational institutions throughout their learning careers.  Above all, it should be realized that education is very important and necessary, and teachers, parents, and students alike have a great obligation toward their God to be educated in The Truth.

As is usually the case, the Federation Board has been very busy this fall. Its biggest concern was to plan new rubrics and appoint new editors for these rubrics in Beacon Lights. The Board appointed Miss Agatha Lubbers to edit a, as yet unnamed rubric, one especially for the young people pointing out the problems facing young people today. The Board appointed Rev. R. Veldman to edit a meditation which will be known to us as “From the Pastor’s Study”. It also appointed Rev. Harbach to edit “Truth vs. Error” from which Rev. Vanden Berg was recently released. And last, but not least, Rev. H. Hoeksema has given us his outlines on Revelation to aid the Young People’s Study on this book.

There have also been a few new appearances on the Beacon Lights Staff. Roger Harbin was appointed on Public Relation Staff in the place of Jim Jonker; Nancy Heenstra was appointed Proof Reader to assist Jim Jonker; (How much assistance will that be?) Lam Lubbers was appointed on Photo and Art in the place of Seymour Beiboer who has served the young people for many years; and Mary Pastoor was appointed Assistanat Clerk in the place of the undersigned. Our greatest task was to appoint an editor of Beacon Lights to replace our former editor, Charles Westra. For this, Dave Engelsma, our Federation Board President, was appointed.

The Board also planned a Young Peoples’ Mass Meeting for the people in and about Grand Rapids. It was held at Hudsonville Church on November 3. We began by singing a few Psalter numbers after which Dave Engelsma, our President, read a few verses from I Corinthians 1. Mrs. Anne Ezinga rendered a vocal solo accompanied by Nancy Ezinga. The important part of the program was a speech by Rev. B. Woudenberg entitled: “What is Implied by the Inspiration of Scripture?” In his introduction, Rev. Woudenberg pointed out that the Infallibility question was already discussed at the time of the Protestant Reformation. Already in Luther’s time, this question was debated. He went on to say that inspiration is found only twice in Scripture; the one in Job which is irrelevant to the matter at hand and in II Timothy where it states that all Scripture is inspired or God-breathed. The authors were not mechanically inspired; it was a much greater inspiration than that. God, in the first place, prepared men for this task already on this earth. Secondly, God implanted His word in the hearts of His men so that I might be a living reality. And thirdly, God moved them to write so that every word written was accurately written. How do we then know that the Bible was inspired? The words of other Scriptures were quoted by Jesus and others with great power and authority. Rev. Woudenberg said in his conclusion that there is no other evidence than Scripture, neither is it necessary for us to have any other evidence. God swears by His name for there is no greater name to swear by. We know that the world won’t accept these arguments, because their reason must be satisfied. They can’t accept it in faith as we can.

As Rev. Woudenberg sat down, the audience sat motionless realizing that what they had heard, truly was the Word of God. We were then favored by an organ solo played by Mrs. Ruth Lubbers on Hudsonville’s new organ. The tone of the organ and of the piece she played was beautiful.

After a brief recess, we heard a very interesting debate on: “Resolved that Protestant Reformed Churches should sing Hymns in their Church services. Wayne Lanning and Roger Harbin were on the affirmative; Dave Ondersma and Jerry Kuiper on the negative. The affirmative pointed out that the Church has always been a singing church from the beginning of time and there is no proof that they sung only Psalms during that time; we know certainly that they couldn’t have, because the Psalms were not written until David’s time. The Psalms are only a paraphrase of Scripture and then only of the Old Testament. Also, the birth, suffering, death, and resurrection of Christ are told from an Old Testament view only. The New Testament is completely omitted. They also pointed out that there are Arminian errors in the Psalms as well as in the Hymns; specific numbers were given as proof. The negative also gave some sound arguments. However, since the negative could not overthrow the affirmative’s arguments, it was ruled that the affirmative won the debate. Our President thanked the debaters for their contribution and asked Rev. M. Schipper to close with prayer. It was felt by all that the evening was very worthwhile and profitable to all, ministers and young people alike.

In closing, there are just a few items. The Board has investigated somewhat in staring a Scholarship Fund for all prospective ministers and teachers in our churches. At this writing there is nothing we can report. The Board also decided to discontinue the society visiting schedule for the young people in the Grand Rapids area because so often it is not convenient for the societies to visit on the date scheduled for them. However the Board does not want to discourage our societies from meeting with one another. We suggest that the Societies take it upon themselves to meet with the other societies.

Will the societies that have not done so, please send the name and address of their President, Secretary, and Treasurer, and the list of all their society members to Karlene Oomkes, 1312 Rosewood, S.E., Grand Rapids, Mich.

Originally Published in:

Vol. 19 No. 9 January 1960

Dear Friends,
The Federation Board has had three meetings since you heard from us last. Two were held in First Church and one was held in Hope. The one in Hope was a very memorable one. Being locked out of the kitchen, we managed to obtain some cups so we could drink our coffee, but those who had to have sugar and cream were forced to use their pencils or fingers for spoons. We were also entertained by a new member, a mouse running across the floor. It didn’t take him long to decide that he didn’t enjoy our company anymore than we did hs, so we opened the door and he left.
Much business was accomplished at these meetings. It should be of interest to all that the Board has approved the dates of the Convention, August 18, 19, and 20, and the Theme of the Convention, CHRIST, OUR LIFE: I. Its Meaning. II. Its Proof. III. Its Benefits. The Loveland’s newly organized Young People’s Society expressed its desire to become members of the Federation, and Kalamazoo, too, has shown interest in becoming members. It was decided that the office of Regional Staff Writers for the BEACON LIGHTS be abolished, since the “church News” has taken its place.
The major item of business was approving a Constitution for the Beacon Lights staff. After much searching, the Board finally concluded that the staff was never governed by a constitution. Jim Jonker, who was chairman of this committee, did an excellent job and through his efforts, we feel that the staff is governed by a good constitution, each member knowing his specific duty.
So from now until the next time…remember the dates of the Convention, August 18, 19, and 20 and start planning today to attend. It will be worth your while.

Originally Published in:
Vol. 19 No. 3 April 1959

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