Spiritual House Preserved
Calvin Kalsbeek, Editor
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This is the encouraging story of a true church of Jesus Christ
with very humble beginnings. The congregation of mostly poor
farmers faced and survived many challenges, some due to her
isolated location in a hook-like bend in the Grand River.
But this one-hundredth anniversary book of Hope Protestant
Reformed Church (PRC) in Michigan (1916-2016) is more than a record of Hope’s history.
More importantly, it reveals the secrets of her continuance
as a faithful church today: biblical and Reformed principles which, if heeded, give
Hope and like-minded churches hope for tomorrow.
This centennial book traces Hope congregation's life from
its earliest beginnings, through its various ministers
(including George M. Ophoff and Herman Hanko) and periods
without a minister, and via interviews with its members,
etc. The official work of the consistory (including minutes of
interest) and diaconate; preaching, Bible societies,
catechizing and congregational worship; mission work in
Lansing, Singapore and Myanmar; the establishment of three
daughter churches (Faith PRC, Grandville PRC and Grace PRC);
hosting young people's conventions; building projects;
Christian education; and even memories of the 1956
tornado—all are treated in this volume. It is packed with
photos, maps, letters, etc.