Corey is a member of First Protestant Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan and is currently President of the Federation of Protestant Reformed Young Peoples’ Societies.

On behalf of the Federation Board, I would like to welcome you to a new year. We are once again beginning a new year of Bible study and fellowship as young people. The convention of this past summer has come and gone. We hope and pray that many new friends and relationships were started at this convention. We pray that you were spiritually edified together as young people. We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the young people and members of our Holland church. Much time and hard work was put into this convention and we by God’s grace can see the fruits of these labors in activities such as this. We truly are a blest denomination.

With the end of the convention also brings the end of those Fed. Board members who have served 2 years. At the delegate meeting held during the convention new members were elected. I will introduce these new members to you and the positions they will hold. I will also give to you a brief introduction as to what the Fed. Board plans to do in the upcoming year.

I begin with the newly elected Vice President, Trevor Kalsbeek. Trevor is a member of Southwest PRC in Grandville. He recently married Sara Westra from Iowa. Trevor would like to see the Fed. Board find more ways to get the Midwest churches involved in the Federation. He will sit and learn the first year as Vice President and then must preside over the meetings as President next year.

Next is the Vice-Treasurer, Brad Pastoor. Brad is a member of First PRC of Grand Rapids. He will work with our current Treasurer, Nathan Yonker, in keeping the finances of the Fed. Board and the convention in order.

Next we have our Vice-Secretary, Audra Bol. Audra is also a member of our Faith church. Audra will oversee Maria Bodbyl, the Secretary, and keep her in line. As well, she must prepare her fingers to do much writing next year.

Next is our new librarian, Jeanine Boeve. Jeanine is a member of our First PRC of Holland. Jeanine is in charge of making arrangements for all the mass meetings and singspirations sponsored by the Fed. Board.

Finally we have our new Spiritual Advisor, Rev. Charles Terpstra. Rev. Terpstra is pastor of the First PRC of Holland. He along with Rev. Doug Kuiper will attend the meetings to give counsel and guidance in the decisions that will be made.

This year, the Fed. Board would like to especially work on bringing all of the societies closer together. We are a Federation of Young people and must work in closer unity one with another. We are looking into different ways in which we can do this. We will keep you informed throughout the upcoming year as to what is happening within the Fed. Board.

One of the most important tasks we do is overseeing the convention. This year, the Lord willing, Georgetown PRC will be the hosting church. We look forward to working with the young people and members of Georgetown in putting on another great convention.

I would also like to thank all of the retiring members of the Fed. Board. Mike Noorman served as President this year; Nathan Lanning as Treasurer; Tricia Flikkema as Secretary; Annise Koops as Librarian; and Professor Dykstra as our Spiritual Advisor. Your hard work and diligence for our young people did not go unnoticed and was greatly appreciated. May the Lord richly bless the work that was done by all of you.

With the beginning of the new society year, the Fed. Board also wants to take this opportunity to encourage those young people who are thinking of not joining the society this year because you believe you are getting to old for it, to continue to attend. In the last 5-10 years there has been a slow change occurring in many if not all of the societies. It seems that those young people who reach the ages of 18, 19 and 20 are no longer attending any society. This means a lack of older young people involved in the Young Peoples Societies. We want to encourage you to remain in Young Peoples for a little longer. I want you to consider this for a couple of reasons.

One, it is an opportunity that is set before you to learn more about your great God, along with other young people who are thus likeminded in the faith. It is a time to ask questions and gain some understanding of issues that you can use in your life as examples to others. Everyone, no matter the age, must take advantage of your opportunities to grow spiritually. The Young Peoples Society and the convention is one example of this.

Second, you, as a child of God, are not alone. There are others who believe in the same truths as you, and have many of the same questions as you. Every child of God is at different times of spiritual maturity. A certain sophomore in high school may not have dealt with the same issues as a 19 or 20 year old has dealt with. The opportunity for the older young people to assist the younger is there. This is the situation the Young Peoples societies bring. I also remind you that no one is ever finished growing spiritually. A child of God on this earth must continuously be searching the scriptures and seeking to grow in their faith. Not only will the younger Young People benefit from you being there, but you as an individual will grow as well. An example of this is at the conventions. It is just as much a time for spiritual growth for the chaperones as it is for the young people. Our heavenly Father is always working in his people hearts. What a joy it is to see our children walking in the truth. I encourage you to stay in Young Peoples until it is time to move on to the next society.

Let us as young people look forward to another society season. Let us with diligence search God’s word in this upcoming year. May the Lord richly bless the Bible studies and discussions held in this year. And may we as young people grow daily in the knowledge and fear of Jehovah. The temptations as young people are many. Let us take up our crosses and let our lights shine in this dark world. Let us keep our eyes always on things above.

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is et before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith,” Hebrews 12:1, 2a.

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