The PRC 2016 Synod reconvened on Wednesday, June 15, in Hull PRC to begin hearing committee reports and acting on them.
Below is the summary of Synod's actions today, as provided by the second clerk, Rev.A. Brummel:
Synod convened on Wednesday morning at 8:00 and immediately took up the matter of the legality of the appeal of Mr. Neal Meyer. Synod declared the appeal in its entirety to be legally before synod. A motion passed to treat the appeal in open session. Synod plans to take up the appeal around 1:00 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, Lord willing.
Synod treated the Domestic Mission Committee material expressing thanks to Rev. Bruinsma and his wife Mary and Southwest PRC for their faithful work and joy in the Lord’s work of bringing the Pittsburgh Fellowship to the point of being organized as an instituted congregation. Provisions were made for the financial support of our missionary and the purchase of a house if necessary. $50,000 of excess funds in the Pittsburgh Fellowship’s General Fund, half of which were contributed by the Fellowship, were given to them as has been done in the past with other churches organized as a result of our mission labors. All of the matters brought by the DMC passed Synod’s approval, most significant of which was the proposal for calling another home missionary. Expressing a desire to remain faithful to the Lord of Church by being busy in the work of missions in our land, approval was given to call another home missionary who will develop a field of labor and then preach and teach on that field which the Spirit provides. Byron Center PRC was approved as the calling church for this missionary.
The Theological School material was treated and approved with the exception of the matter of the examination of next year’s students. Synod recommitted that matter to Committee 1. With thanksgiving to God synod approved the admission of Mr. Josiah Tan, a student from our sister-church in Singapore to the seminary next Fall.
Synod took up the matters of the Contact Committee treating the material relating to the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church of Singapore. Synod expressed agreement with the changes they are proposing in their church order which brings it closer in agreement with our church order. Approval was given for Rev. D Kleyn and another PR pastor to travel to Singapore in October to assist the CERC in the examination of Emmanuel Singh with a view to his being called as their missionary to India. Rev. Andy Lanning, pastor of the CERC, read a letter to the synod expressing the appreciation of the CERCS for the sister- church relationship we enjoy and outlining some of the highlights of their labors. The chair of synod expressed mutual appreciation for the relationship and gave words of encouragement to the brother.
Rev.A. Lanning of the ERC in Singapore addresses synod.
Synod approved the work of the Contact Committee with the Covenant Protestant Reformed Church in Northern Ireland and their mission work in Limerick. Opportunity was given to Rev. McGeown to address synod and he spoke of the work being performed in Northern Ireland and Limerick and expressed similar appreciation for the relationship they enjoy with the PRCA and the CERCS. The chair of synod also addressed gratitude to God for our relationship and the witness of the gospel in that land.
Rev. M.McGeown addresses synod on behalf of the CPRC in N.Ireland.
Synod approved the labors of the Contact Committee in their work with the BERG in Germany, a congregation which sent a representative to be present at synod. Dr. Klautke addressed synod using the parting works of the president of the synod of Dordt as words of encouragement as now those of Dutch heritage reach out to assist those who find themselves alone in Germany. Dr Klautke gave a brief summary of the history of the congregation and the seminary and expressed great appreciation for the contact that we enjoy. Once again the chair of synod expressed mutual appreciation for our contact with this small congregation and our desire to grow together by getting to know them better.
Dr.J. Klautke of the BERG of Giessen, Germany addresses synod.
Synod approved careful guidelines submitted by the CC regarding participation in Ecumenical Councils and approved a lengthy addition in the CC constitution under the heading of their Task.
Synod ended its work around 3:45 on Wednesday afternoon in order to allow for Committee 4 to continue their pre-advice work on the appeals. Tonight Dr. Kautke gives a lecture at Calvary PRC sponsored by the Contact Committee expanding on the work of the BERG in Germany at 7:30 p.m. Synod anticipates returning to the work of Committee 2 Thursday morning regarding the rest of the CC material involving NAPARC, Namibia and South Africa, the PRCP, and the Psalter Revision Committee. If there remains time in the morning we will proceed to the materials of Committee 3 regarding the FMC. At 1:00 we plan to turn our attention to the appeal of Mr. Meyer, Lord willing.
And to this report we may add the group pictures taken today by our synodical photograper, Elder John Van Baren.
You may notice some additions and subtractions.
And here are a few other photos taken around Synod today - by others too.
Elders Bylsma and Hunter
Elders J. Van Baren and S. Miedema
Dr. J.Klautke and Rev.G. Eriks