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Greetings again from the Fed Board.

Our last update informed you about what the Fed Board is, what we do, who the current members are, and what we plan to do this coming year.  The purpose of this article is to give an update of our work so far and what will be happening in the coming months.

First and foremost, the Fed Board is excited to announce the 2017 Young People’s Convention, hosted by First of Holland PRC.   The theme will be Holding Forth the Word of Life, based on Philippians 2:15–16.  The convention will be held at Michindoh Conference Center in Hillsdale, MI.  You can find more info by visiting the Convention’s website (www.prcconvention.com), or reference the convention advertisement on the back of this or other Beacon Lights issues.  The Fed Board would like to express our thanks to the Steering Committee and subcommittees of Holland PRC for their many hours of hard work and continued dedication.  We are confident it will be a week of good fellowship and spiritual edification for the young people, so we encourage all to attend!

Related to the convention, the Fed Board has recently formed a Convention Coordinating Committee, headed by the Convention Coordinator.  The committee will be working with the Steering Committees planning conventions, and will primarily be working on drafting a Convention Planning Blueprint, a booklet that will help guide Steering Committees and future members of the Fed Board with information on how to get started planning a convention, a timeline detailing deadlines, and specific duties for sub committees.

The Convention Coordinator is a new position, created last year. The position has been held by Karl Dykstra, who helped the Fed Board see the great need for the position as conventions continue to grow in size and complexity of planning, and he happily volunteered to be the Fed Board’s first Convention Coordinator.  Karl’s experience as the chairman of Southeast PRC’s convention in 2015 made him an excellent fit for this position.  Karl has done excellent work creating an outline for the Convention Planning Blueprint and providing valuable input for convention related matters.  However, because of his current workload, Karl has decided it is best for him and his family to resign from the Fed Board.  In the coming months, the Fed Board will nominate a replacement for Karl who has experience with planning a convention.  The Fed Board thanks Karl for his valuable work and insight he provided during his term.

The Young Calvinists continue to be hard at work for the spiritual edification of the young people.  They are planning many exciting events for the young people, including more Talking Points and activity nights. Stay up to date with the Young Calvinists by visiting their blog at www.youngcalvinists.org. The blog also contains many edifying articles and book reviews.

The Scholarship Committee now has writing prompts available for the Protestant Reformed teachers and ministers scholarship paper.  This scholarship opportunity is available to those who will be attending college next year or are currently attending college for teaching or the ministry. We greatly encourage aspiring ministers and teachers to enter a paper for this scholarship to be evaluated by the PR Scholarship Committee.

The Fed Board recognizes that we cannot faithfully perform our work without the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.  We covet your prayers as we continue our duties throughout the rest of this year. We also ask that you pray for the committees the Fed Board oversees, namely, Beacon Lights, Scholarship Committee, Young Calvinists, and Steering Committees, that the work they do may be for the spiritual edification of the youth of our churches and most importantly for the glory of God’s name.

In Christ,

Taylor Dykstra, President (member of Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI)

Greetings again from the Fed Board!  As your Executive Board, it is our duty to keep you informed on what we are doing and what we plan to do this year, as well as provide a reminder of who we are.

This year, the Board consists of 11 members.  Each member is nominated by the previous board and elected by delegates from each Young Peoples’ Society at the yearly Young People’s Convention.  This year the president is Taylor Dykstra, who leads the monthly meetings.  The vice president, Brandon Kaptein, assists the president and presides over meetings in his absence.  The secretary, Sharon Kleyn, compiles and records meeting minutes and is in close contact with the young people societies and other committees. She is assisted by the vice secretary, Katelyn Van Overloop.  The treasurer is Joel Langerak, who manages the finances of the Board (report for 2015-2016 can be seen below).  He is assisted by the vice treasurer, Dan Gritters.  The librarian is Elizabeth Ensink, who plans mass meetings and singspirations.  We also have two spiritual advisors, Rev. C. Spronk and Rev. R. Van Overloop, who give the Board spiritual guidance.  The youth coordinator is Dan Langerak, who works in conjunction with Young Calvinists. The Board has established the new position of Convention Coordinator, a position held by Karl Dykstra, who brings his experience in chairing a convention to the benefit of the Fed Board and future hosting churches.

As stated in the Constitution of the Board, the purpose of the Fed Board is: 1) To enable all Protestant Reformed Young Peoples’ Societies to work in close unity; 2) To guide these societies so they develop in faith and doctrine, particularly by means of a Federation publication (the Beacon Lights); 3) To give united expression to our specific Protestant Reformed character, or in other words, to uphold the doctrines and confessions taught by the Protestant Reformed Churches.

The duty of the Fed Board in general is to serve the young people of our denomination, and we do that in several ways.  The Board oversees the work done in planning the yearly Young People’s Convention, along with overseeing three other committees that serve the Young People:  Beacon Lights, the Protestant Reformed Scholarship Committee, and Young Calvinists.  The Fed Board also collects dues from the Young Peoples’ Societies, which help fund Beacon Lights, PR Scholarship Committee, and some convention costs.  Some other Fed Board duties include planning mass meetings and the annual pre-convention singspiration.

The Fed Board takes seriously our work to serve the young people of our denomination.  To that end, we encourage you to continue to actively participate in your young people’s society so you may grow closer to each other as friends and grow in your spiritual life as well.  You will become stronger in your faith and help benefit the church as the next generation. We as a Board covet your prayers as we carry out our important work, and we in turn will pray for you as the future of the church!

In Christ’s Service,

Taylor Dykstra, President

 

*Taylor is a member of Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI.

 

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