Northwest Iowa Chapter Organized

On Tuesday, November 30, 1971, a meeting was held in the Bethel Christian Reformed Church of Sioux Center, Iowa for the purpose of organizing a Northwest Iowa Chapter of Reformed Fellowship, Inc. It had been felt for some time that the situation in the Reformed world is so crucial that everyone in every walk of life needs to become much more aroused as to the issues that are facing the church today. ‘Vith that in mind, a group of persons who were already members of Reformed Fellowship proposed to begin a chapter in this part of the country.

The meeting was called on a solid and positive note. Or. P. Y. De Jong spoke on the topic, “The Splendor of the Reformed Faith ror the Seventies.” A fine group was present to initiate this new movement in our area. After the formal part of the meeting, all who were interested were invited to form the chapter. There were thirty-five persons who wanted to form a Northwest Iowa Chapter, of whom only seven were already members of Reformed Fellowship. The others immediately indicated their deSire to become members so as to effectuate the organization. Dr. P. Y. De Jong was chosen president of the new chapter, with Bev. Henry Vanden Heuvel as Vice-President, Rev. John B. Hulst as Secretary and Ted Van Bruggen, Treasurer.

The newly organized chapter immediately set about to engage in activities and meetings for the purpose of instruction and inspiration. On Wednesday, December 29, a panel discussion was held at the First Christian Heformed Church of Sioux Center on the subject, “Reclaiming the Family for Christ.” The panelists were Hev. Hulst who served as moderator, Dr. George Van Groningen, Dr. Russel Maatman, Mrs. Virginia Van Whye, and Miss Marjolyn De Groot.

Plans are made to hold a public meeting on Wednesday, March 22 on the subject of “Christian Education: Relevant in the Seventies?” Rev. B. J. Haan, President of Dordt College, will be the speaker.

A tentative constitution has been prepared and will be presented to the Northwest Iowa Chapter at the March meeting. The constitution calls for quarterly meetings to pron10te discussion, lectures, and fellowship. Plans are being made to increase our membership and have annual meetings with neighboring chapters .

We are looking forward to big things happening in Northwest Iowa for the growth of God’s kingdom and the glory of His Name.

Henry B. Vanden Heuvel is pastor of Bethel Christian Reformed Church of Sioux Center, Iowa.