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Synod Legana 2009
Thursday 18th June 2009 - Evening Session


Article 43 - Reopening

The chairman asks all present to sing Ps 5:1,4,8.


Article 44 - Welcome to PCK delegate

The chairman welcomes Prof. Dr. Hae-Moo Yoo as fraternal delegate of the PCK, reads out a letter of credentials for him, and asks him to rise to indicate his agreement with the Three Forms of Unity. Prof. Yoo rises.

The chairman asks Prof. Yoo to speak in behalf of the PCK. Prof. Yoo delivers his address (refer Appendix 1e; address), and is warmly thanked by the chairman.

The chairman asks Rev Veldman to respond to the address of the delegates of the RCNr. Rev Veldman delivers his response (refer Appendix 1f; address).


Article 45 - Free Reformed Churches of South Africa

I. Material:

8dd - Letter of Greeting from FRCSA
12b.iv - Deputies' Report Free Reformed Churches of South Africa
12b.iv.1 - Supplementary Report re South Africa

B Veenendaal reads out a Letter of Greeting from FRCSA (8dd).

II. Deputies' Recommendations:
  1. To continue sister relations with the Free Reformed Churches South Africa according to the established rules.
  2. To instruct deputies to send one delegate to their next synod (2011).
  3. To mandate deputies to coordinate responses to any requests received, and to involve the churches and/or other deputies as appropriate.
  4. Synod mandates the Deputies for Relations with Sister Churches to coordinate the support for needy churches in South Africa, and give opportunity for the Australian churches to take on particular "projects" in order to involve the congregations beyond simply finances in the support for our South African sisters. This could include continuing the support for the manse in Bethal, supporting a minister in Bethal, and/or supporting further needy church projects.
Grounds:
  1. The Free Reformed Churches of South Africa give evidence of continuing faithfulness to the Word of God, maintaining the Reformed Confessions and Church Order.
  2. Our visits to South Africa and their visits to us have proven to be very beneficial in terms of mutual support and encouragement.
  3. Our South African sister churches are receiving our support and will continue to do so in the future. Requests for support need to be responded to and coordinated in a timely manner.
ADOPTED

The chairman proposes that Synod thank deputies and discharge them.

ADOPTED


Article 46 - Presbyterian Church of Korea

I. Material:

8p - FRC Darling Downs Overture re Deputies for Presbyterian Church of Korea report
12b.iii - Deputies' Report
12b.iii.1 - Supplementary Report

II. Deputies' Recommendations:
  1. To continue sister relations with the PCK in accordance with the established rules and to publish the fruit of these relations for the churches.
  2. To express thanks that visits to the PCK have resulted in continued improved lines of communications.
  3. To authorise deputies to send one delegate to visit the PCK once in the next three years subject to available funds.
  4. To ask the deputies to stay informed about the IRCK + RCK+ IRPK and to offer any help that is possible and practical through the sister relations with the PCK.
Grounds:
  1. From more recent contacts there is evidence that the PCK abides by the Word of God, the reformed confessions and their Form of Government.
  2. Visits to Korea in the past years have helped to build better lines of communication and a growing, mutual understanding of each other.
  3. Pledges have been given for a good line of communication, as well as regular English summaries concerning their annual general assemblies.
  4. The initial contacts with the IRCK + RCK + IRPK, which came via the PCK, are very encouraging and we should extend whatever help we can to these small bonds who strongly desire to build up reformed churches.
III. Darling Downs Overture:

Darling Downs requests Synod Legana 2009 not to support recommendation 4 on the basis that the deputies have clearly acted outside the bounds of its mandate from Synod Kelmscott 2006.

IV. Proposal:

Not to adopt the overture of Darling Downs

Grounds:
  1. While it is true that requests to investigate new federations should come to synod via the local churches, deputies have not requested synod to investigate the IRCK and RCK, but became aware of these churches via a visit to the PCK, contacted these churches via delegates from the PCK, and suggest to stay informed about these churches through the PCK.
  2. Deputies reports confirm that communication with the PCK has improved in recent years, making our relations with the PCK a good vehicle by which to remain informed about the IRCK and the RCK.
ADOPTED

V. Amendment:

To add the following recommendation:
  1. To thank deputies and discharge them.
ADOPTED

VI. Amendment:

To change ground c to read as follows:
  1. The PCK have initial contacts with the IRCK and RCK about which the FRCA should remain informed.
ADOPTED

VII: Final Text of Adopted Decision
  1. To thank deputies and discharge them.
  2. To continue sister relations with the PCK in accordance with the established rules and to publish the fruit of these relations for the churches.
  3. To express thanks that visits to the PCK have resulted in continued improved lines of communications.
  4. To authorise deputies to send one delegate to visit the PCK once in the next three years subject to available funds.
  5. To ask the deputies to stay informed about the IRCK + RCK + IRPK and to offer any help that is possible and practical through the sister relations with the PCK.
Grounds:
  1. From more recent contacts there is evidence that the PCK abides by the Word of God, the reformed confessions and their Form of Government.
  2. Visits to Korea in the past years have helped to build better lines of communication and a growing, mutual understanding of each other.
  3. The PCK have initial contacts with the IRCK and RCK about which the FRCA should remain informed.
  4. The initial contacts with the IRCK + RCK + IRPK, which came via the PCK, are very encouraging and we should extend whatever help we can to these small bonds who strongly desire to build up reformed churches.
ADOPTED


Article 47 - Adjournment

Rev Smith asks all present to sing Ps 43:3 and leads in prayer. The chairman adjourns the meeting.




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