February 26, 1998

Committee of Appeals
c/o The Rev. Lowell G. Almen
Secretary of the ELCA
8765 West Higgins Road
Chicago, IL 60631-4198

Re:	Disciplinary Proceedings Against The Rev. Steven Sabin

Dear Secretary Almen:

	Please take notice that my client Pastor Steven Sabin hereby 
appeals the decision of the discipline hearing committee in the above 
referenced matter. Our appeal is taken on the grounds that the discipline 
hearing committee abused its discretion (Rule 20.62.01(a)) and due 
process has not been followed (Rule 20.62.01(b)).
	It is my understanding that, pursuant to Rule 20.61.A92(h), 
Pastor Sabin, as the appealing party, may present a written statement of 
reasons why the decision of the discipline hearing committee should be 
reversed or set aside. It is my further understanding that, pursuant to 
said rule, the committee chair may establish appropriate limitations and 
due dates for these statements of the parties. It is my further 
understanding that, pursuant to Rule 20.61.A92(c)(4), the record of this 
matter on appeal shall include a written transcript of the hearing, which 
was transcribed by a Court Reporter.
	Please take notice that we will need a copy of this transcript in 
order to prepare our written statement. When the committee chair makes 
its determinations regarding the due dates for the written statements of 
the parties, we ask that the chair keep in mind the fact that we do not, 
at present, have a written transcript before us.
	Please take further notice that Pastor Sabin hereby requests a 
stay in the effective date of his removal from the roster, pursuant to 
Rule 20.61.B95. At present, Pastor Sabin is scheduled to be removed from 
the roster on April 15, 1998. Although this date is over two months after 
the date of the decision, it does not give the committee enough time to 
render a decision on this appeal. Pursuant to Rule 20.61.A92(b), the 
committee on appeals has 60 days from the date of the last written 
statement to be submitted under Rule 20.61.A92(h) to render its decision.
	As of the date of this letter, we do not even have a schedule for 
submission of written statements, nor has the transcript of the hearing 
been prepared. Therefore, it is virtually impossible for the committee on 
appeals to render a decision by April 15, 1998, the scheduled date for 
Pastor Sabin's removal from the roster.
	If our appeal is successful, then Pastor Sabin will not be 
removed from the roster, and can remain as Pastor of Lord of Life 
Lutheran Church in Ames, Iowa. Removal of Pastor Sabin from the roster 
while his appeal is pending would be unfair and cause considerable 
hardship to Pastor Sabin and the members of the congregation of Lord of 
Life. The congregation should not have to deal with this uncertainty 
during the appeal.
	By setting his removal date as April 15, 1998, the disciplinary 
panel recognized that Pastor Sabin's continuing on the roster in the 
short term would cause no harm. To prematurely remove Pastor Sabin from 
the roster would, however, cause great harm both to Pastor Sabin and to 
his congregation. Therefore, I ask that the committee on appeals stay 
Pastor Sabin's removal from the roster until a date that is 60 days from 
the due date for the last written statement to be submitted pursuant to 
Rule 20.61.A92(h).
	Please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns.


Jonathan C. Lewis