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HELP! A committee from our Staff and from the Board of the R.F.P.A. is working on plans to observe the 50th Anniversary of the Standard Bearer. Our fiftieth year begins with the next volume, starting October 1. And plans are to observe this occasion throughout the year, building up to the actual anniversary at the end of the year. Volume 50, then, will be the 50th Anniversary Volume. In connection with these plans, the committee has a request for help.

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Deadlines for Announcements. Our Business Manager asked me to give a gentle reminder that the deadlines for announcements are the 1st and the 15th of the month. By those dates all announcements must be in his hands (and please do not send them to the Editor) if they are to be placed in the following issue of our magazine. And while I am making reminders, may I remind my fellow staff members that vacation is over, and that all copies must be in my hands on the 1st and the 15th of each month, one month before publication? Your cooperation will...

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Apology. In the August issue of our magazine there appeared a contribution consisting of a rhymed version of the Ten Commandments. It was unsigned. Not only is it against our policy to place unsigned contributions, but it is also rude to the contributor. And I did not intend to be rude. I had thought that the copy submitted to our printer was clear; but inadvertently a signed letter which accompanied this little contribution was omitted from the Standard Bearer. The contributor was brother Thys Feenstra of Redlands, California.

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This Issue completes Volume 48. An index to this volume will be found in this September 15 issue. We give thanks to God that we have been enabled to publish this Reformed witness for another year. It is hard to imagine that a little more than a year from now, the Lord willing, the Standard Bearer will have reached its Golden Anniversary.

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Editorials you will not find in this issue. For the first time, I believe, since the editorship fell on my shoulders back in Volume 41 you will find nothing from my editorial pen except these few notes. The explanation? For one of the few times in my memory we have a rather large surplus of articles waiting to be placed. And seeing that each time we have surplus copy a regular department editor has to be “bumped,” I am taking a turn to be “bumped” from this issue.

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GOD’S COVENANT FAITHFULNESS, the commemorative volume being published in connection with the Golden Anniversary of the Protestant Reformed Churches will be ready, hopefully, on or about the 1st of May, according to the latest, information we received. Past experience has taught me not to get my hopes too high about these publishing dates; but we shall see. At any rate, the Reformed Free Publishing Association is ready to accept your orders; and if you want to be among the first to get a copy, mail your order in now. The price is $5.95 per copy. How many copies will your...

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Gremlins! There must have been a bad gremlin in the office of our typesetting service when Volume 52 began. I carefully reminded our printer that this was “Volume LII, Number 1.” But you will notice—if you have not noticed already—that our page numbers are in the 500s! That’s where that gremlin did his work: our printer failed to begin the new volume at page 1. To prevent utter confusion in the annual Index and in the bound volumes we simply decided to continue throughout this volume with consecutive numbering. Next year—hopefully—we’ll begin at page 1.

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Report from Singapore. Elsewhere in this issue you will find the first report to our readers from our missionary in Singapore, Rev. Arie den Hartog, and his wife. In a note to me Rev. den Hartog worried that his article was too long, and he invited me to edit it. However, the report is so interesting and packed with information that I left it unedited. How about flooding the den Hartogs with mail from all our churches? Let’s make an agreement, though, that they may answer by means of periodic reports in the Standard Bearer.

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Editor’s Error. As of this writing, I have not yet seen the April 15 issue of the Standard Bearer. But our Business Manager has seen it, and he phoned to tell me I pulled a boo-boo in my note about the RFPA Book Club. Really, now, I didn’t mean to give you a scare. The current Book Club discount is 20% not 10%. What I should have written is that if the Book Club membership reaches 400, the discount will increase to 30%!

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