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Classis East of the Protestant Reformed Churches met on September 11 and 12 this year at Southwest PRC. This meeting was chaired by Rev. H. Bleyenberg. Wednesday morning was filled with the examina­tion of Jacob Maatman, pastor-elect of Southeast PRC, Grand Rapids. He preached his specimen sermon on Mark 8:34–35. The sermon critic committee stated it well, “Jacob demonstrated a good ability to expound and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, and to do so in such a way that a Protestant Reformed congregation would be edified. Jacob’s sermon was faithful and Re­formed in the exposition of the text, well-grounded...

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Classis East met January 9, 2019 at Hope PRC in Walker, MI. Rev. M. VanderWal by rotation chaired this meeting. An appeal was ruled to be illegal because it violated Article 30 of the Church Order. A portion of a protest was ruled illegal; another portion of this protest was judged to be legal, but it was not sustained. The church visitors gave a favorable report of their work in 2018. Rev. K. Koole and Rev. R. VanOverloop were chosen to be church visitors in 2019. Rev. N. Decker was elected to the Classical Committee. He replaces Rev. K. Koole...

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This special meeting of Classis East was required for two purposes. The first order of business was the examination of Pastor-elect David Noorman. In the afternoon Classis met to treat the appeal of a member against the member’s pastor and consistory. After preaching his specimen sermon and upon receiving the approval of his preaching from Classis East and the synodical deputies from Classis West, Pastor-elect David Noorman was examined extensively on the six loci of Reformed Dogmatics, and his knowledge of the Scriptures, confessions, controversy, and practica. Pastor-elect Noorman gave an excellent demonstration of his knowledge and training in all...

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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 be allowed to 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...

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After preaching their specimen sermons and upon receiving the approval of their preaching from Classis East and the Synodical Delegates Ad Examina of Classis West, the Pastors-elect Joe Holstege and Justin Smidstra were examined extensively on the six loci of Reformed dogmatics, and their knowledge of the Scriptures, confessions, controversy, and practica. Both Pastors-elect gave excellent demonstrations of their knowledge and training in all these areas over roughly five hours of oral questioning. Upon the conclusion of their examinations, there were unanimous decisions to approve of their examinations, to recommend that Zion PRC proceed to the ordination and installation of...

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September 13, 2017 at Grandville PRC Classis East met in regular session on the morning of Wednesday, September 13, 2017. The churches were each represented by two delegates. Rev. J. Mahtani was the chairman for this session. Rev. W. Langerak was appointed as the moderator of Byron Center PRC in their vacancy. Holland PRC, Southwest PRC, and Zion PRC were granted classical pulpit supply for evening services during their vacancies. Most of the morning was spent on an appeal by a brother against his consistory. This was appointed to a pre-advice committee for recommendations. After thorough deliberations Classis declared that...

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May 10, 2017 Byron Center PRC Classis East met in regular session on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. Each church was each represented by two delegates. Rev. Wm. Langerak was the chairman for this session. Rev. K. Koole was appointed as the new moderator of Southwest PRC. He replaces Rev. A. denHartog who has been on the west coast assisting our Lynden Church during the illness of Rev. Ron Hanko. Holland PRC, Southwest PRC, and Zion PRC were granted Classical pulpit supply for evening services from June through September, should they be needed. Classis was informed that a brother intends to...

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