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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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Trivia question Which PRCA congregation is located in a capital city? Answer later in this column. Sister-church news From the July 15 bulletin of the Grandville PRC in Michigan we hear this significant news: “Council reminds the congregation of our acceptance of Synod’s appointment to be the calling church for the minister on loan (MOL) to Singapore. At our recent meeting we formed a trio consisting of Rev. G. Eriks, Rev. S. Key and Rev. R. Kleyn. We have scheduled a congregational meeting for August 5, 2018, directly following our evening service, to vote for one from among these men...

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Trivia question With the engagement of Pastor-elect Jon Langerak to Sarah Kleyn, daughter of Rev. Rodney Kleyn, this event spurred a reader to ask: How many daughters of ministers are married to Protestant Reformed ministers themselves? An interesting question indeed, and one that we attempt to answer later in this column. Congregational activities The quiet, meandering streams called the Rock River and the Little Rock River in northwest Iowa became swelling, raging torrents of water under the hand of the King of the earth in June. Approximately 11 inches of rain fell in as many days, inundating the roads and...

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Trivia question The 2018 Young People’s Convention is fast approaching! A record number of conventioneers—over 500!—will descend on the Lake Geneva Christian Center in Alexandria, MN at the convention hosted by the five Siouxland area churches of the Midwest. So, a question about early conventions: The first young people’s convention was held in 1939. The April 1942 issue of Beacon Lights advertised the 4th Annual Convention to be held at Roosevelt Park PRC. “We have selected our theme for this year and it has to do with youth. What is always characteristic of youth—Of what is youth-ful? And that’s the...

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Well friends, here I am again with a bit of news for our Standard Bearer. All too soon the year of 1942 has slipped away; and in the year gone by there was much sorrow and grief, but also pleasure and joy. In the world at large there are signs of much confusion, disharmony; war and destruction; but not a turning unto the God of the nations. And the Church in the midst of the world is inclined to lament: who shall show us any good? To be sure a sinful lamentation. It is well that the world asks this...

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Trivia question Is which state of our country will this summer’s Young People’s Convention be held? Answer later in this article. Speaking of the convention brings another question: In what year was the first Young People’s Convention held? Evangelism activities Edgerton, MN PRC recently sponsored a lecture by their pastor, Rev. M. De Boer. This speech was entitled “What It Means to Keep the Sabbath Day Holy,” and all from the surrounding area were invited to come. Congregational activities Hull PRC hosted the annual Spring Ladies League meeting on Thursday, April 26. Rev. James Laning spoke on the topic “Communing...

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Trivia question Which PRC minister has been the mentor of the most seminary interns? Answer later in this column. Minister activities On Resurrection Sunday, April 1, emeritus pastor Wayne Bekkering was taken to glory at God’s right hand. Rev. Bekkering served his Lord faithfully as husband, father, and minister of the gospel of grace. He served PRC congregations at Randolph, WI; Houston, TX; Faith in Jenison, MI; and Pella, IA, as well as serving as a missionary to Ghana. He was ordained in 1972 and became emeritus in 2005. Funeral services were held April 5 at Hudsonville, MI PRC. We...

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Trivia question How many PRC congregations have hosted seminary interns? And which ones have hosted the most interns over the years? Answers later in this column. Mission activities On March 25, Rev. Daniel Holstege, missionary-pastor in the Philippines preached for the first time for a group named the “Bearers of Light Community Church” in Guiguinto, Bulacan. This group had prior contact with Provident Christian Church of Marikina where Rev. Holstege’s labors are centered. For now we are only exploring the possibility of working with them, as they have asked to be taught about the Reformed faith. On March 30 Rev....

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Trivia question Seminary internships are a valuable part of the training of our young men for the gospel ministry. Do you know which year the first internship took place? Maybe you also know the students’ names and which pastors they interned under? Or the church where the internships took place? Answers later in this column. Regarding worship This from a recent PRC church bulletin: It is good for us to gather as a congregation to worship our covenant God once again. As we come, let us be conscious that we enter into the presence of the high and lofty One...

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