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Trivia question The Synod of Dort (or Dordt) was an international Synod held in Dordrecht in 1618-1619 by the Dutch Reformed Churches to settle a divisive controversy initiated by the rise of Arminianism. The first meeting was held on November 13, and the last on May 9. Do you know how many times this body convened including those dates? Answer later in this column. Denominational activities Classis East met on January 9 at Hope PRC in Walker, MI. For the full report, see the Stated Clerk’s report earlier in this issue. Minister activities The Consistory of Immanuel PRC in Lacombe,...

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Trivia question The new PRC denominational directory, under “sister churches,” unintentionally gives an old address for Rev. M. McGeown, missionary pastor in Limerick, Ireland. His current address is 38 Abbey Vale, Corbally, Limerick, Ireland, V94 K7ER, as correctly listed in the SB and the Acts of Synod. In which year did he move into his current home? Answer later in this column. Mission activities On December 16 at 2:00 p.m. a presentation was given at the church building of the Berean PRC of the Philippines. This was conducted by the delegates of the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church of Singapore along...

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Trivia question Of the 33 Protestant Reformed Churches in North America, what time do most hold their morning worship service? Answer later in this column. Young people’s activities There was a Young People’s Christmas Bazaar recently in Loveland, CO where the congregation gathered together for an annual dinner and silent auction. Soups, salads, hot cocoa, and cinnamon rolls were available, the fellowship was fine, and proceeds benefitted the young people attending the Western Retreat and the annual Convention. Attendees were invited to don their best (or worst) Christmas attire and enjoy the evening. We are sure many did just that!...

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Trivia question At which of our churches is a Pinewood Derby car race held each year as an activity of fellowship and fundraising? Answer later in this column. School activities The junior-high band and choir students from the Hull Protestant Reformed Christian School and the Northwest Iowa Protestant Reformed School held their annual combined program on Monday, November 19, at 7:00 p.m. at Calvary Protestant Reformed Church. Refreshments and a time of fellowship followed the program. Heritage Christian School Foundation sponsored an “Evening of Praise” at Grandville High School’s auditorium on Saturday, November 24. Sponsorship and general admission tickets included...

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Trivia question We are certainly in the Christmas season! The world around us stretches that season as long as possible for financial gain. Christians celebrate Christmas because of Christ, our Mediator and Redeemer. How many of the New Testament gospel writers tell of the birth of Jesus? Answer later in this column. Evangelism activities At Covenant of Grace PRC in Spokane, WA this year’s Reformation lecture by Rev. R. Kleyn was on the subject, “The Canons of Dort: Defending and Defining Grace.” This topic was chosen in connection with the 400-year anniversary of the Great Synod of Dort at which...

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Trivia question In addition to Christmas wreaths and door swags, which Ladies’ School Circle in which locale sold their well-known Kissing Balls as a holiday fundraiser? Answer later in this column. Evangelism activities Lynden PRC Evangelism Committee hosted a Fall lecture on Friday, October 26 with Prof. R. Dykstra speaking on “The Believer’s Assurance in the Canons of Dordt.” We note this from the bulletin of Grandville, MI PRC: “The evangelism committee would like to remind the congregation of the second evangelism workshop. This second speech and discussion will be focusing on the topic ‘Speaking of Our Faith to Those...

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Trivia question How many years has our sister church, the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church of Singapore, been an organized congregation? Answer later in this column. Mission activities In late September, the area where our missionaries labor in the Philippines dealt with Typhoon Ompong. But according to Rev. Daniel Kleyn, the affect they experienced was minimal. They did have high winds and about five inches of rain in a 24-hour period so that catechism was canceled in Provident Christian Church of Marikina. But so far as we know there were no injuries due to the storm, for which we thank the...

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Trivia Question Which six ministers in the PRCA have a last name that begins with the letter L? Answer later in this column. Reformed Free Publishing Association The RFPA annual meeting was held Thursday, September 27 at 7:30 p.m. with Rev. Angus Stewart speaking on “The RFPA, the CPRC, and the Spread of the Truth” at Grace PR Church in Grand Rapids, MI. This speech addressed the role of RFPA literature from the perspective of a PR sister church running a bookstore and doing missionary work in another country, showing how these Reformed materials edify the CPRC’s members and assist...

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Trivia question Which was the only continent not represented at the recent British Reformed Fellowship Conference held at Hebron Hall, Cardiff, in Wales? Answer later in this column. Dordt 400 conference The Theological School of the PRCA is sponsoring a three-day conference commemorating the great Synod of 1618-19, planned for April 25-27, 2019. Entitled “Dordt 400—Safe-guarding the Reformed Tradition,” the event will take place, Lord willing, at Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI. Learn more and enter the writing contest at dordt400.org. Sister-church activities The recent British Reformed Fellowship Conference rejoiced in 116 registered participants along with 11 day visitors. The...

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Trivia question How many cups of coffee does a Young People’s Convention chaperone, steering committee member, or activities committee member drink in one week? Answer later in this column. Young People’s convention recap I am writing this recap in the evening of August 17. I returned home from the PR Young People’s Convention only hours ago, having served as a convention chaperone for the first time ever. My son and my granddaughter were conventioneers. I can honestly say I have never experienced a week like this one in my life. And it was all good. I find no negative. I...

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