Aerial view of the host church, Trinity PRC (thanks to Nick Kleyn's drone!)
The PRC Synod of 2020 held its fourth and final session today at Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI.
Officers of synod: Revs.R. Kleyn (V.P), R. Van Overloop (Pres.), C. Spronk (1st clerk), J. Engelsma (2nd clerk)
Synod 2020 Highlights Friday, June 12
Synod spent a large part of the day treating an individual’s appeal which contained several different parts. One part was declared not legally before synod, and after careful deliberation the other legal parts were not sustained.
Synod approved the work of the Special Synodical Committee to Assist Hope PRC, declared that they had fulﬁlled their mandate, and disbanded the Committee.
Regarding the work of the Domestic Mission Committee, Synod did the following:
• Approved the work of Byron Center PRC Council and the DMC, and expressed appreciation for the work of our home missionary, Rev. Spriensma.
• Mandated the DMC to report to Synod next year with ways that it has increased their efforts to establish a concrete ﬁeld of labor for the missionary.
• Expressed thanks for the work of Chuck Terpstra and Alex Postma on the website.
• Mandated the DMC to report to Synod 2021 with concrete plans and budget for professionally updating and maintaining our website.
Synod approved “Afﬁrmations Regarding Marriage, Sexuality, and Gender Identity” for the greater legal protection of our denomination.
Synod approved the work of the Stated Clerk, Rev. Van Overloop, and thanked him for his work.
Synod approved the emeritation requests of our emeritus ministers and the widows of ministers.
Synod approved subsidy requests from 7 congregations.
Synod expressed thanks to our Synodical Treasurer, Don Offringa, and Bookkeeper, Pamela Bos, for their labors.
Synod adopted a budget for 2021 and set synodical assessments at $750 per family, down $25 from 2020. Synod carried out annual elections for various committees. Synod set June 8, 2021, as the date for next year’s synod, to be held at Georgetown PRC.
The President, Rev. Van Overloop, concluded by expressing appreciation for the exemplary way in which the delegates worked together on behalf of the churches, and the Vice-President, Rev. R. Kleyn, led the delegates in prayer, thanking God for the strength to do the work and asking for his blessing upon it.
Thanks to John Van Baren for all the "official" synod pics!