As I read in The Standard Bearer the “impressions” our 1941 Convention made upon the guests, 1 am glad that we have had the privilege of being the Host Society. Especially glad that everyone felt that we wanted them to enjoy themselves, and that they did.
We wondered, as we looked at that cold, wintry picture of our Church in the “Convention News”, if you were not somewhat in doubt about receiving the warm reception we promised you. We wanted the 1941 Convention to be the biggest and the best yet. And we feel satisfied and well rewarded for the effort we put forth in trying to make it so.
We did have finite some work with the Convention though. Even our president spent some time and thought on it, doing his best to advise us in that difficult but worthy task. We started our committee meetings soon after the 1940 Convention and continued to meet all through the winter on the same evening after our Catechism class met. This summer we met just about every week. But it was fun!
I do not believe that it would all have turned out as well as it did if our former Federation president, Mr. Homer Kuiper, had not been as helpful and full of zeal as he was. He attended most of our meetings during the summer months and gave us many valuable suggestions and needed advice.
The committee members still remember the evening when the bus tour was brought up for discussion. Two gentlemen said they were willing to go to the bus station at once to investigate about the matter. After some time, they returned with the necessary information. We listened, and stared! On someone’s shirt front we saw the telltale marks of the remains of a hamburger. (Was he in a hurry or had he forgotten a napkin?) No wonder they were so eager to go. We were all so hungry, but could only grin and remain hungry.
One of our worries was how and where we would lodge all the delegates and visitors, but also this worry was needless because we had room to spare. We were surprised and happy to see even far away Manhattan and Iowa so well represented. It showed their confidence in our ability to be the Host Society, even though we were small in number.
With all our activities connected with serving as host for the Convention, I believe that the Convention itself made a deeper impression upon us. I dare say that we were edified, and that we left the final assembly just a little more positively Protestant Reformed, and that because God wants us to be. It is as He reveals Himself to us.
With the Convention a thing of the past, it seems as though a part of our life has been taken from us. And it has! As we look back we see how time flies. How much can be accomplished if we set ourselves to doing it with a will. How important it is to make the most of our time, and that by serving God as we ought, in doing all things to glorify His Name. Coming from far and near we spent those two days as Christian young men and women and fellow servants of Jesus Christ. We were all very active, and time sped by like a flash. A week later one of our number had exchanged time for eternity. How important for us that we do spend our time profitably.
We want to thank everyone for the splendid cooperation, good behavior and interest shown in all that took place at the Convention.
Next year Roosevelt Park will have the needless worry, the excitement and fun we had in planning the 1942 Convention. We hope it will be still bigger and better, bigger and better in the sight of God, to Whom be all Glory!
In conclusion, I would like to add a few remarks about our “Beacon Lights”. I am glad that the delegate board decided not to make use of advertisements in our paper. It would thereby lose its Christian distinction from the world. Rather than to rely on advertisers, we shall rely on our God, Who can fill us with sufficient zeal that we finance the paper ourselves without any difficulty.
The “Open Forum” will, no doubt, arouse the young people to writing. After they see that a friend has written they, too, will want to get into the discussion, it will set them to thinking, and as they think they will begin to see things more clearly, and be eager to express their own opinions.
The first issue promises much for the future. We are thankful to have our own paper, but especially thankful that this is one of the first fruits of our Protestant Reformed Young Peoples’ Federation.