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PRC Synod 2018 - Day 2 (Wednesday) at Adams Christian School

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The PRC Synod 2018 resumed its work Wednesday morning, June 13, at 8 AM at Adams Christian School.

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The second clerk (Rev. G. Eriks) has provided a summary of the business covered and the decisions reached (also attached in pdf form). They are as follows:

Synod treated the recommendations of Committee 1 through the morning. The following are
some of the decisions made regarding our seminary.
• It was noted that Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman are in their third year of study at the
seminary and will begin their internships this summer. Josiah Tan, a student from
Singapore, finished his second year of study.
• Synod admitted another student into our seminary, Mr. Marcus Wee, a young man from
Singapore, beginning with the fall semester in 2018.
• Synod approved an addition and remodel to the seminary at an estimated cost of $451,600.
• Our seminary has never been authorized to grant a degree to those who graduate. Synod
approved the activity of the Theological School Committee to seek approval from the state
of Michigan to be recognized as a degree-granting institution.
• Synod also noted that Mr. Jon Huisken has served as our archivist for over 30 years and
gave thanks for his work now that he is retiring from this position.
• Synod expressed appreciation to Professors Cammenga, Dykstra, Gritters, and Kuiper, and
to Charles Terpstra and Judi Doezema for all their work in our seminary.
• Noting the urgent need for pastors and missionaries in our churches, synod decided to
“urge the churches and the pastors in particular in their public prayers to pray the Lord of
the harvest for able, faithful, devoted pastors and teachers for us and our children, as well
as for the gathering of the elect out of the nations (Matt. 28:19).”

Synod made the following decisions regarding Foreign Missions:
• Rev. Holstege, one of missionaries in the Philippines, addressed synod today, expressing
the his joy and gratitude laboring as the Lord’s servant in the work of missions in the
Philippines. He highlighted some of the recent developments on the field and thanked the
synod and churches for their generous and willing support of the missionaries and their
families.
• Synod expressed appreciation for the work of the Foreign Mission Committee, the Doon
Council, and to the missionaries, Rev. Holstege, Rev. Kleyn, Rev. Smit and their families, for
their work in the Philippines.
• Synod approved financial support for the Protestant Reformed Churches in the Philippines
for 2019 in the amount of about $15,000. Synod also approved a budget of about $406,000
for mission work in the Philippines.
• At the request of the FMC, synod approved going Rev. and Sharon Kleyn a 4-6 month
furlough in 2019, for the main purpose of missionary development, which would include
taking a missions class, if possible, and reading in missions.
• Because of the many issues that have arisen with providing financial assistance in foreign
lands, synod mandated the Foreign Mission Committee to come to Synod 2019 with
guidelines for giving financial assistance in foreign lands.

Synod treated the legality of the protests and appeal in the agenda. The appeal and all of the
protests were declared legally before synod.

Synod decided to recess for the rest of the day so that committees of pre-advice may
continue to work. Synod will begin again at 8:00am Thursday morning.

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Missionary-pastor to the Philippines Daniel Holstege, here on furlough, addressed Synod on behalf of the Foreign Mission Committee and Doon PRC, the calling church.

A valuable service to synod that can easily be overlooked is the sound system set up and run by Joel Van Oostenbrugge of our Grace PRC. Thanks for your work, Joel!

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PRC Synod 2018 - Day 1 (Tuesday) at Adams Christian School *(Updated)

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The PRC Synod of 2018 began its work on Tuesday, June 12 at 8 AM. Though Byron Center PRC is the calling church for this year's body, the delegates are meeting at Adams Christian School in Wyoming (main meetings are in the gym). 

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This morning Rev. S. Key, last year's president, opened the meeting with devotions and led synod in its initial task of electing new officers.

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Rev. Ronald Van Overloop (pastor of Grace PRC in Grand Rapids, MI) was elected president, with Rev. James Laning (Hull IA PRC) elected as vice-president, and Revs. Clay Spronk and Gary Eriks chosen as first and second clerks respectively. The new president addressed synod, thanking them for appointing him, asking them for their cooperation, and desiring their prayers as synod conducts her work.

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The delegates then arose while the president read the "Public Declaration of Agreement with the Three Forms of Unity," to which all the men expressed agreement.

Synod adopted the report of her Committee on committees as follows:

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Synod then recessed for the day, as the five committees went to work on their assigned business.

Synod will reconvene Wednesday morning, June 13, at 8 AM at Adams Christian School, taking up the report of Committee One first.

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Committee One: Elder P. Vander Schaaf, Rev. J. Laning, Prof. D. Kuiper, Elder H. Ferguson, and Rev. G. Eriks

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Committee Two: Rev. S. Key, Elder J. Regnerus, Rev. C. Haak, (with special guests Rev. L. Trinidad from the PRC in the Philippines and Elder Leong Fai Chong from Covenant ERC in Singapore), Elder H. Pastoor, Prof. R. Cammenga

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Committee Three: Elder A. Meuer, Rev. W. Langerak, Rev. R. Kleyn, Prof. B. Gritters, Elder G. Kaptein

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Committee Four: Prof. R. Dykstra, Rev. C. Spronk, Elder J. Lanting, Elder H. Goosen, Rev. B. Huizinga

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Committee Five: Rev. R. Van Overloop, Rev. N. Langerak, Elder G. Feenstra, Elder P. Adams

PRC Synod 2018 - Pre-Synodical Service - Monday, June 11 *(Updated)

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Synod 2018 announcement: Synod 2017 appointed Byron Center PRC the calling church for the 2018 Synod. Synod will convene, D.V., THIS Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 8:00 a.m., in the gymnasium of Adams Christian School (please note the change of venue from the announcement in the May 1 Standard Bearer).

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The Pre-synodical Service will be held on Monday evening, June 11, at 7:00 p.m. at Byron Center PRC (please note that the pre-synodical service and the meetings of synod will be held in different venues), with Rev. S. Key leading the service and ministering the Word (president of last year's synod).

The service will be live-streamed on Byron Center PRC's Sermonaudio channel.

UPDATE: *You may now find the sermon in the audio sermon section of the PRC website.

Let us remember to pray for the delegates as they take up the work of the churches this week. May the Spirit of Jesus Christ guide all the discussions and deliberations, so that the decisions reached are according to His Word and bring honor to the Head of the church.

Report of Classis West - March 7, 2018 - Loveland PRC

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Loveland (CO) PRC, Host of Classis West meeting held March 7, 2018

Classis West of the Protestant Reformed Churches met in Loveland, Colorado, on March 7, 2018.  Thirteen ministers and seventeen elders represented the churches.  Rev. Dennis Lee chaired the meeting.

After opening devotions and the constituting of Classis, routine reports of the stated clerk, classical committee, and reading sermon committee were read and approved.  The church visitors also reported on their work over the last year and the presence of unity, peace, and love prevailing in the churches.

In closed session, two consistories explained their labors with impenitent members and requested that Classis approve their proceeding to the increase of censure by making a public announcement of the name.  After careful deliberation, Classis advised both consistories to proceed.

With Rev. Griess accepting a call to First PRC (Grand Rapids), the now-vacant Calvary PRC requested pulpit supply from Classis.  The following appointments were made: Rev. B. Huizinga – April 8 and 15; Rev. D. Lee – April 29 and May 6; Rev. J. Laning – May 13; Rev. B. Feenstra – May 20 and 27; Rev. J. Engelsma – June 10; Rev. M. De Boer – June 17; Rev. J. Marcus – July 1 and 8; Rev. A. Brummel – July 15; Rev. E. Guichelaar – July 22 and 29; Rev. S. Key – August 5 and 12; Rev. R. Kleyn – Sept. 2 and 9; Rev. N. Langerak – Sept. 16 and 23; Rev. R. Barnhill – Oct. 7 and 14; Rev. S. Regnerus – Oct. 21 and 28.

Classis approved the subsidy requests for 2019 for five churches and forwarded them on to Synod for its approval.  Classis took note of the fact that Edgerton PRC is no longer requesting subsidy, and Edgerton’s pastor, Rev. De Boer, addressed a word of appreciation to the churches for the financial support provided over the years.

Classis also voted for various classical functionaries.  Rev. Laning was appointed to a three-year term on the Classical Committee, and Rev. De Boer was appointed to finish the remaining two years of Rev. Griess’ term.  Rev. Barnhill was appointed to a three-year term as a primus synodical deputy, Rev. Laning was appointed to a three-year term as a secundus synodical deputy, and Rev. Guichelaar was appointed to finish the remaining one year of Rev. Griess’ term as a secundus synodical deputy.  Classis appointed Revs. R. Hanko, S.Key, R.Kleyn, and J.Laning as church visitors, with Revs. A. Brummel and T. Miersma as alternates.

Ministers delegated to Synod 2018 were Revs. Huizinga, Key, Kleyn, Langerak, and Laning.  Alternates are Revs. Brummel, Engelsma, Guichelaar, Lee, and Marcus.  Elder delegates to Synod are Glenn Feenstra (Hope), Henry Ferguson (First Edmonton), Hilgard Goosen (Immanuel), Alan Meurer (Bethel), and Jim Regnerus (Doon).  Their alternates are Bob Brands (Loveland), Alden De Jong (Hull), George De Jong (Crete), David Griess (Loveland), and Jim Lenting (Crete).

Classis was able to complete its work by noon.  The expenses of this meeting totaled $8,110.23.

Classis will meet next in Heritage PRC (Sioux Falls, SD) on September 26, 2018, the Lord willing.

Rev. Joshua Engelsma

Stated Clerk, Classis West

Pastor-elect D. Noorman Sustains Classical Exam; Ordination Set for March 7, 2018

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Pastor-elect David Noorman prior to preaching his specimen sermon before Classis East.

At the meeting of Classis East on Wednesday, Feb.28, 2018, at Hudsonville PRC Pastor-elect David Noorman (who has accepted call to Southwest PRC in Wyoming, MI) successfully sustained his examination before the Classis.

The body unanimously approved the examination and advised Southwest PRC to proceed with his ordination and installation as a minister of the Word and sacraments in the PRC. That will take place, D.V. next Wednesday, March 7, at 7 p.m. in SW PRC.

We thank God for this further confirmation of Pastor-elect Noorman's call to the ministry and pray for the brother as he prepares to begin his ministry in SW PRC.
And we extend hearty congratulations to David and his wife Carisa!
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Pastor-elect D. Noorman and his wife Carisa.
Isaiah 52:7 - "How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!"

Report of Classis East Meeting, January 10, 2018

HudsonvillePRC picThe stated clerk of Classis East submits the following official report on the recent meeting of Classis East:

Classis East Report – January 10, 2018

Classis East met on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at Hudsonville PRC. By rotation Rev. J. Smidstra would have been the chairman of this meeting. Due to some weighty matters and the fact that this would be his first Classis meeting as a delegate, he requested of the Classical committee that he step aside as chairman of this meeting. The Classical committee brought this request as well as a recommendation that Rev. R. Van Overloop chair this meeting. Both recommendations were approved by Classis.

Routine matters such as reports from the stated clerk, classical committee, and church visitors were reported. The church visitors reported on their visits with the congregations of Classis East. They used the theme of “Ministering Righteousness in the Congregation” based on Nehemiah 5. They report that “We are thankful that the congregations within our Classis are doing well. The councils reported that there is peace, love, and unity present within their congregations.”

Classis considered three appeals and one overture. Two of the appeals dealt with discipline in two different congregations. In both cases these were decided to be not legally before Classis based on the fact that Articles 30 and 31 were not satisfied, that is, the matters were not finished in the minor assemblies. The remaining appeal was declared legally before Classis and assigned a committee of three ministers and three elders. That committee will bring their recommendation to a special meeting of Classis East on February 28, 2018. The overture was brought by an individual recommending that, prior to the meeting of classis, materials only be distributed to active council members and clergy of the PRC. After much deliberation this overture was adopted.

Classis at its January meeting elects delegates for Synod. Elected were the following: MINISTERS: Primi: Revs. G. Eriks, C. Haak, W. Langerak, C. Spronk, and R. Van Overloop, Secundi: H. Bleyenberg, W. Bruinsma, N. Decker, K. Koole, A. Lanning.  ELDERS: Primi: Pete Adams, Gary Kaptein, Jim Lanting, Howard Pastoor, Pete Vander Schaaf. Secundi: Bruce Jabaay, Larry Koole, Harlow Kuiper, Joel Minderhoud, and Dave Rau

In other voting for delegates ad examina, Rev. M. DeVries was elected as primus and Rev. N. Decker as secundus delegate. Both were for three-year terms. Rev. C. Spronk was elected for two-year term as secundus to replace Rev. R. Smit. Rev. J. Slopsema and Rev. K. Koole were elected as church visitors for 2018. Rev. A. Lanning and Rev. R. Van Overloop will serve as alternates. Rev. W. Langerak was elected to another three-year term to the classical committee.

Classis approved a 2018 subsidy request from Providence PRC ($30,000). 2019 Subsidy requests were approved for Pittsburgh PRC ($109,000), Providence PRC ($30,000), Wingham PRC ($36,000 – CAD). Expenses for Classis amounted to $1,160.24. Classis will reconvene at Hudsonville PRC on February 28. The May Classis meeting will be held on May 9, 2018 at Faith PRC.

Respectfully submitted,

Gary Boverhof, Stated Clerk

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