...

It is with thanksgiving to our faithful God, Who through His Spirit and grace has enabled us to continue the publication of the Standard Bearer, that we make this report. It is our hope and prayer that this labor may continue in this day of apostasy, in harmony with the Word of God in I Peter 4:11, “If any man speak, let him speak as of the oracles of God: if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever.”

Roll call of board members this past year is as follows: John Buiter, Gerald Bouwkamp, George DeVries, Dick Kooienga, Gerrit Pipe, Richard Teitsma, Thomas Reitsma, Henry Velthouse, and Henry Vander Wal, business manager.

According to the records, the board meetings were well attended and carried out in good order and in harmony. Effort was put forth to meet increased expenses, and to increase subscription. Working with the Mission Committee, research was made to establish the identity of those receiving the Standard Bearers which are paid for by our Mission Committee for church extension and mission endeavor.

In June, 1969 Mr. V. Graeser sent in his resignation for personal reasons after serving with the Board two and one-half years.

Mr. Henry Vander Wal, who willingly took over the work as business manager, has donated much of his time bringing up to date the statistics, and proper addressing of our subscription list, and also in making outside contacts. This has been a great asset to the board and is deeply appreciated.

Our editor and staff this past year have compiled over two hundred ninety articles declaring the truths of Scripture and our Reformed Confessions, opposing false doctrines, liberalism, and corruption.

Financially, as in the past, we must still depend upon charity to meet our obligations. The last request for financial aid sent to our consistories brought in a generous response.

Through the efforts of all concerned, 24,360 copies were sent out in the past year. Distribution is as follows: 1275 copies printed each issue; 985 copies sent to addresses in 39 states; 76 to those living in foreign countries; 11 to service men; 88 on special mailing list, of which 80 are paid for by our mission committee; 115 reserved for bound volumes and mailing margin. This past year we have had 86 new subscribers and 84 cancellations. Cancellations for bound volumes were 9; the present list is 74.

Before the increase in subscription price from $5 to $7 became effective Sept. 1, 1968, 39 gift subscriptions were placed on order.

In hope that God in His good pleasure will quicken and strengthen us to be faithful in this kingdom work,

The Board of the RFPA

G. Pipe, Secretary

STANDARD BEARER—ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT

Sept. 1, 1968-Sept. 1, 1969

Balance on hand Sept. 1, 1968—$1,896.40

Receipts:

Subscriptions—$5,961.61

Memberships—$80.00

Gifts—$5,971.06

Advertising—$109.00

Bound Volumes—$490.00

Receipts for the fiscal year—$12,611.67

Total Receipts—$14,508.07

Disbursements:

Wobbema Printing Co.—$11,268.08

Holland Bookbinding Co.—$451.95

James Dykstra-token gift—$300.00

James Dykstra-Social Security tax—$13.26

Henry VanderWal-mileage (Oct.-June)—$74.70

Stationary—$150.45

Misc.—$222.75

Total disbursements—$12,481.19

Balance on hand Sept. 1, 1969—$2,026.88


GIFTS

Protestant Reformed Churches—$4,087.71

Doon—$144.64

Edgerton—$46.22

First—$1,134.62

Isabel—$22.10

Holland—$107.30

Hope—$554.00

Hudsonville—$639.34

Hull—$141.17

Kalamazoo—$62.15

Loveland—$105.24

Lynden—$44.10

Oaklawn—$18.31

Randolph—$75.67

Redlands—$134.06

Southeast—$317.57

Southwest—$146.06

South Holland—$395.16

Societies

Ladies Aid (First)—$100.00

Western Ladies League—$28.55

Priscilla (First)—$40.00

Men’s League—$50.00

Redland’s Men’s Soc.—$25.50

Redlands’s Men’s Soc.—$32.25

First’s Men’s Soc.—$25.00

Holland Men’s Soc.—$25.00

Sr. Mr. and Mrs. (First)—$50.00

Hope Herald’s—#77.25

RFPA (refreshments)—$10.13

Individuals—$1,419.67

Total Gifts—$5,971.06

—G. Bouwkamp, Treasurer

ANNUAL TREASURER’S REPORT

September 26, 1969

Annual Treasurer’s Report: Permanent Committee for Publication of Protestant Reformed Literature;

$4,219.41 Balance on deposit in bank Sept. 5, 1968

Income

$147.41 Interest from money in bank

$1,616.35 From sale of “Dogmatics”

$5,936.77 From sale of “Behold He Cometh”

=$7,700.53

$7,700.53

$11,919.94

Disbursements

$6,918.94 Cost of publishing “Behold He Cometh”

$24.00 Post Office rental

=$6,942.94

$6,942.94

$4,977.00 Balance in bank

There are 254 copies of “Dogmatics” in stock, 476 copies of “Behold He Cometh”, 1,500 copies of “Behold He Cometh” printed and will be bound when needed.

—Tom Newhof, Treasurer