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Trivia question On September 20, 2017 Rev. Douglas Kuiper was installed as a professor in the PRC seminary. Including the current professors, how many men have held that position and taught in our seminary throughout its history? Answer later in this column. Young adult activities Hope PRC in Redlands, CA will be hosting a Young Adults’ Retreat this summer on the dates July 2-5. Registration opened online on March 1. They, and the young adults who will attend, look forward to a great time of fun and fellowship! The Young Adults Bible study group at Byron Center, MI PRC invited...

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Trivia question When it is 7:00 p.m. in Doon, IA, what time is it in Antipolo City, Rizal, The Philippines, where our missionaries live? Answer later in this column. Young people’s activities Chaperone and nurse registration for the 2018 Young People’s Convention hosted by the five Midwest churches remains open. The convention is planned for August 13–17, 2018, at Lake Geneva Christian Center in Alexandria, MN. To register, go to www.prcconvention.com and follow the instructions under the chaperone or nurse tab. If you have any questions, email chaperone@prcconvention.com. Congregational activities From the bulletin of Hudsonville, MI PRC: Internship: The consistory...

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Trivia question Which Protestant Reformed Church in Classis East has been served by the largest number of different ministers? Answer later in this column. Minister activities Rev. Cory Griess preached his farewell sermon January 28 in Calvary PRC, after which a program was held for him and his family. The Griess family moved that week to the parsonage of First PRC of Grand Rapids. Rev. Griess was installed on February 11, with Rev. J. Slopsema leading the service. Rev. Griess preached his inaugural sermon that evening. May God provide for them as they leave one church family for another. On...

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Trivia question According to the PRC Acts of Synod, which Protestant Reformed Church in Classis West has been served by the greatest number of different ministers? If you know how many, you are a trivia whiz! Answer later in this column. Attention young men Young Men’s Conference: Advance notice for highschool and college-age young men—April 28, 8 a.m.-12 noon at Georgetown PRC. The theme is “Run, Fight, Lead.” Congregational activities Members at Southeast PRC in Michigan had opportunity to attend a sledding party at Mines Golf Course on a Saturday in January from 2-4 p.m. Barbeque, hot dogs, and hot...

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Trivia question Which Protestant Reformed minister made history on November 26, 2017? Would you like more information? Hint: it has to do with his installation. Answer later in this issue. Congregational activities The Edmonton congregation was invited to a night of food and fellowship, along with the Lacombe congregation, as Immanuel PRC welcomed Rev. Brian Feenstra and his family into their midst. Friday, January 12, was reserved for a potluck supper at Genesis PR Christian School, beginning at 6:30 p.m. All were requested to bring a dish to share, while beverages and dessert were provided. Following the meal there was...

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Trivia question How many members of the Rev. Richard Smit family moved to Antipolo in December? And do you know the name of the subdivision in which our missionaries reside? Answers later in this article. Minister activities Upon receiving a decline from Rev. B. Huizinga, First PRC of Grand Rapids, MI formed a new trio of Rev. J. Mahtani, Candidate D. Noorman and Rev. C. Griess. On December 14 the congregation called Rev. Griess to be their next pastor. Southwest PRC announced her new trio consisting of Revs. A. Brummel, J. Mahtani, and Candidate D. Noorman. On December 17 the...

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Trivia question In the November 1, 2017 issue of the Standard Bearer the trivia question was asked: How many surviving original members of the PRCA are there? Then we had to admit we did not know. Well, now we do. Answer later in this column. School activities We call your attention here to an exciting, upcoming event planned for April 12, 2018, D.V. For the first time ever six Protestant Reformed high school choirs will join together for a mass concert! Students from Covenant Christian High School (Grand Rapids, MI), Faith Protestant Reformed Christian School (Randolph, WI), Heritage Christian High...

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Trivia question How many formerly active PRC ministers, now listed as emeriti, are there? Answer later in this column. Sister-church activities The Classis of the Protestant Reformed Churches in the Philippines met November 1. Two significant matters at Classis were (1) Meetings with the delegation of the Contact Committee of the PRCA (Rev. R. Smit and elder David Kregel), and (2) Classis declaring the PRFA (Protestant Reformed Fellowship of Albuera, Leyte) to be official mission work of the denomination. Regarding the PRFA, the PRC of Bulacan was appointed as the calling church for this mission field and was instructed by...

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Trivia question Regarding the prior trivia question about surviving original members of the PRCA, responses are coming in nicely. As of November 1 we are awaiting responses from eight churches and the number of surviving original members is holding at eight also. We will keep you updated as things change. According to the yearbook chart contained in the PRC Acts of Synod, how many of today’s PRCA churches were organized before 1930? Answer later in this column. Sister-church activities From the bi-monthly report of Rev. A. Stewart and the Covenant PRC in Ballymena, Northern Ireland comes this comment: “We and...

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Trivia question There is currently in circulation in the PRC a blue spiral bound book entitled “Survey of PRCA Consistories and Congregations: The Psalter.” Do you know how many songs are in it? Answer later in this column. Mission activities A Reformation Day Conference was held October 31 in Provident Christian Church in Marikina, the Philippines. The theme: “Reformation 500, the Anniversary” was to be expounded by speakers Revs. D. Holstege, D. Kleyn, and R. Smit. On October 1 Rev. Richard Smit accepted the call of Doon, IA PRC to be the third missionary to the Philippines. Rev. Smit’s installation...

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