The Classical Committee of Classis, with the previous approval of Classis West, has rescheduled the regular meeting of Classis West from September 4 to October 9 in order to avoid having two Classis meetings this Fall. This will allow time for CandidateErik Guichelaar to consider and answer his calls and then prepare to be examined by Classis West, Lord willing.
Friday, June 14, 2013: The last day of synod was another day of giving thanks to God for His great goodness. The morning devotions began with Psalm 145, a Psalm of praise to God. Every session of synod begins with prayer. The many heartfelt prayers of the delegates focused on giving thanks to God for His undeserved goodness.
When synod made decisions regarding the work in the Philippines, Rev. Smit, one of our missionaries in the Philippines, addressed synod. He expressed the gratitude of the missionaries to the churches for their interest in and support of Christ’s work in the Philippines. Rev. Smit also brought the greetings of the churches with whom they work in the Philippines by reading a letter of greeting from the combined consistories of the Berean PRC and the First Reformed Church of Bulacan. Rev. Van Overloop expressed words of thanks for the dedicated labors of Rev. Smit, Rev. Kleyn, and their families, on behalf of our churches.
Thursday, June 13, 2013: Today was a day of continued gratitude to God. Mr. Erik Guichelaar successfully sustained his examination before synod. He was examined in Church History, Church Polity, OT History, NT History, and Practica. With thanks to God, synod approved his examination and declared Mr. Guichelaar a candidate of the ministry of the Word and Sacraments eligible for call on or after July 13, 2013. As churches we have many reasons to give thanks – for the truth of God’s Word, the gifts God has given to this young man who confessed the truth so beautifully, and a seminary which faithfully teaches these truths so the church receives the truth each Sunday. (Picture is of Sem.E.Guichelaar with his wife Cherith and daughter Kennedy, and his parents, Gerry and Alice Guichelaar, from Wingham, ON.)
These group pictures (as well as the other pictures) were taken by our Stated Clerk, Mr.Don Doezema on Wednesday, June 12.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013: One of Synod's first actions every year is the appointment of committees. The work of Synod is usually didvided among five (5) committees. Attached is a pdf of these committee assignments.
Wednesday June 12, 2013: The truth of God’s Word that unifies our churches was confessed today as Mr. Erik Guichelaar was examined in the sections of Reformed Dogmatics. From 8:00am until noon, Mr. Guichelaar was asked questions in Theology, Anthropology, Christology, Soteriology, Ecclesiology, and Eschatology. He gave a good account of his knowledge of this truth. As churches we have many reasons to give thanks – for the truth of God’s Word, the gifts God has given to this young men who confessed the truth so beautifully, and a seminary which faithfully teaches these truths so the church receives the truth each Sunday. The rest of his examination will begin tomorrow morning at 8:00am and should finish by noon. Again the examination will be live-streamed on Hudsonville’s website.