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Federation Board Update

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)