Concerning the Convention

Greetings Protestant Reformed Voting People,

The Protestant Reformed young people of Loveland, Colorado hope that all of you who are able will come to the mountains with us this summer. We are preparing plans for a convention which will be held in the YMCA camp near Estes Park on the 17th through the 21st of July. We are preparing plans for a convention which we hope will be as spiritually impressive as the towering mountains are physically im­pressive. We hope to provide an occasion during which we, as young disciples of Christ, will intensively experience the power of the Holy Spirit through study of the Word, and will be able to share and vali­date this experience through personal inter­action with other young people. We think too, that the beauty of the mountains will be conducive to emotional and spiritual openness.

The main theme of our convention is “Come, Lord Jesus” and we hope to con­centrate our thoughts around the events and experiences of the last days when Christ shall return to the earth to conquer and judge. We have divided this theme into three speech topics which deal with Jesus’ Quick Coming (by Rev. D. Kuiper), the Church’s Outlook on the Future of the Earth (by Rev. R. Moore), and the Saint’s Life of Waiting for the Lord (by Rev. R. Decker).

The discussion groups will also focus on what is involved in the last things. We hope that you will consider and study a bit of eschatology before you come this summer so that we all can share intensely in the anticipation of our Lord’s second coming. Of course, some study of the book of Revelations is basic to any thought on this subject and one very thorough and practical exposition of John’s prophetic vision is Behold, He Cometh! by Rev. H. Hoeksema. Also we would like to recommend Augustine’s City of God, especially the last chapters. No Exit, by Jean Paul Sartre, might provide an interesting, comparative, although god­less approach to eternity. More detailed and particular information will be made avail­able later on as to the format and suggested outlines for the discussion groups but we do hope that you will come prepared to be involved in a whole attitude of expecta­tion and will then leave more prepared to meet the faces that you meet in death’s dream kingdom.

Most of the convention (except for Monday) will be held high in the Rocky Mountains. The YMCA facilities near Estes Park will provide a concentrated area for our activities. Most of the usual perennial activities such as the- East-West ballgame, the banquet, the mass meeting, etc. will be included in the schedule as well as, we hope, a few surprises. The camp also has dor­mitories where we will stay, a swimming pool, hiking trails, and facilities for horse­back riding, bowling, tennis, and many other sports. A precise outline of events will succeed this letter. We hope that this impressively beautiful and convenient loca­tion will be conducive to a spirit of con­centration, enjoyment, and fulfillment at least equal to that of previous conventions. We sincerely hope that the providence of the Holy Spirit will allow all of you to come with us to the mountains this summer and pray, not for the mountains to fall on us and cover us, but, with a shout of joy, come. Lord Jesus!

Yours in Christ.

Loveland PRYPS