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Mission Activities The weekend of October 5 and 6 the members of the PR Fellowship in Pittsburgh, PA sponsored their annual Family Conference. The conference included two speeches, the first held Friday night and the second on Saturday morning. These speeches were given in the conference room of the Hyatt Place Cranberry in Cranberry Township, just north of the city of Pittsburgh. The theme of the conference was entitled, “Exercising Ourselves in the Knowledge of Scripture,” based on Psalm 131. Friday night Rev. James Slopsema, pastor of First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI, spoke on the subject, “Things Hid­den and...

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Mission Activities We thank our missionaries to the Philippines, Revs. D. Kleyn and R. Smit, for providing the readers of the Standard Bearer with the following update. “One of the goals in the mission work our churches are doing in the Philippines is to establish a denomination of churches, according to God’s wise will and timing. In anticipation of this, the consistories of the Berean PRC in Manila and the First Reformed Church in Bulacan are already working together toward this goal. On August 22 these two consistories had a combined meeting in order to identify any areas of concern...

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Evangelism Activities Congregations in and around the Grand Rapids, MI area were asked to reserve July 19 and 20 for the annual summer lecture series sponsored by the Reformed Wit­ness Committee of Hope PRC in Walker, MI. The lecture topic for this year’s series was, “The Covenant of Grace as Manifested in the Marks of the True Church.” Prof. David Engelsma spoke Thursday evening on “Preaching of the Word.” This speech was followed Friday evening with Prof. Ronald Cammenga speak­ing on the “Sacraments” and Prof. Barrett Gritters speaking on “Chris­tian Discipline.” In evangelism news from First PRC in Holland, MI...

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Young People’s Activities Beginning on Monday, July 30, and running through Thursday, August 2, the Young People’s So­cieties of Covenant of Grace PRC in Spokane, WA and the Lynden, WA PRC hosted the second annual Young People’s Western Retreat at Pend Oreille Bible Camp in New­port, WA, north of Seattle on the Idaho border. Thirty-five young people from our churches in Lynden, Spokane, Loveland, Edmonton, and Lacombe planned to attend. The theme of the retreat was, “Stand Fast in One Spirit,” from Philippians 1:27. Rev. S. Key and Rev. R. Kleyn spoke on the retreat theme, and Rev. R. Hanko...

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Young Adult Activities Try for a moment to imagine the excitement in the Lynden, WA PRC congregation the first week in July. Their Young Adult Society was hosting another Young Adults Retreat that week, and some 50-60 young adults from the United States and Canada were scheduled to be in attendance. A quick look at the 2011 Yearbook shows that Lynden’s total membership is right at 99 souls, so that week Lynden grew by at least 50%. What an exciting and busy time, especially for the families able to host young adults that first weekend. To help these families with...

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Minister Activities Our vacant Hope congregation in Walker, MI extended a call to Rev. John Marcus, presently serving First PRC in Edmonton, AB, Canada, to serve as their next pastor. On Sunday afternoon, June 10, Rev. Doug Kuiper preached his farewell sermon as pastor of the Randolph, WI PRC. Rev. Kuiper chose to preach from the Word of God in II Corinthians 13:11, under the theme, “Finally Brethren, Farewell.” Because of Rev. Kuiper’s commitment as delegate to this year’s synod, he did not preach in Randolph on June 17, and Randolph’s consistory had previously granted him vacation the next two...

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Congregation Activities We are thankful to the Lord for the completion of another catechism season. As members of various con­gregations we appreciate the work of the students and the support of the parents in the past year. As in many of our churches, some of the students each year learn the whole of chapter 11 of the book of Hebrews. This year was no exception, and it should not go unnoticed that they join generations of Protestant Reformed children in our churches who over the years were up to the challenge of accomplishing this memory project. Let us all continue...

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Young People’s Activities The Young People’s Society of the Hope PRC in Walker, MI hosted this year’s Easter Mass Meeting for the young people of our churches in west Michigan. This year’s meeting was held Sunday afternoon, April 15. Prof. Dykstra spoke on “Jesus’ Resurrection: Why Important—for Him, and for you?” The Young People’s Society of the Kalamazoo, MI PRC invited their congregation to a Talent-Dessert evening on April 13. A collection was taken for the young people of Kalamazoo and the expenses of this summer’s convention. The young people of the Hull, IA PRC, anticipating the needs of their...

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Congregation Activities The men of the Edgerton, MNPRC invited all the men of the area churches to a combined men’s society meeting on March 27. The meeting began with a Bible study taken from the book of Jude, fol­lowed after recess by a discussion on the February 15, 2012 Stan­dard Bearer article by Mr. Brian Van Engen on “Religion and Dis­crimination in Employment.” The members of the George­town PRC in Hudsonville, MI enjoyed their annual Church Con­ference on Friday and Saturday, March 23 and 24. This year it was held at the Holland Rescue Mis­sion in nearby Holland, MI, under...

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School Activities The Nex Gen fund-raising com­mittee for Genesis PR School in Lacombe, AB, Canada sponsored their first annual Winter Cup Pond Hockey Tournament on Saturday, February 25. In addition to the day of hockey, Nex Gen also provided a Toonie Town for their younger, non-hockey playing guests. For our non-Canadian readers, Toonie Town is the name the fundraisers gave to what we would commonly call a Kiddy Carni­val, which costs two dollars (a toonie) for admission, so the name seemed to work. Toonie Town included all sorts of interesting games for the kids to play. Ice fishing was in...

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