REPORT OF CLASSIS EAST
Sessions held January 4 and February 8, 1967
At Hope Church, Grand Rapids
Rev. G. C. Lubbers led in the opening devotions, and after the credentials were accepted, declared the classis properly constituted. All the churches were represented by two delegates each.
Rev. M. Schipper, following the order of rotation, then presided, while the Rev. Lubbers recorded the minutes.
The chairman welcomed the delegates, especially the Rev. J. Kortering, who was meeting with us for the first time.
The brethren R. Kamminga and A. Haveman were appointed to serve on the Finance Committee for these sessions of classis.
The minutes of the October 5th and the December 7th sessions of classis were read and approved. The reports of the Stated Clerk and the Classical Committee were read and approved. The Classical Committee was mandated once more to present a copy of its Constitution to the next classical meeting.
Holland and Randolph requested classical appointments, and the committee: Rev. G. Van Baren, B. Windemuller, and P. Zandstra was appointed to prepare the schedule, which was later adopted as follows:
HOLLAND – Jan. 15 – G. Van Baren Jan. 29 – G. Lubbers Feb. 19 – H. Veldman Feb. 26 – J. Kortering Mar. 5 – R. Harhach March 19 – M. Schipper Apr. 2 – G. Van Baren Apr. 9 – G. Lubbers.
RANDOLPH – Jan. 1.5 – J. Kortering Jan. 22 – H. Veldman Feb. 5 – R. Harhach Feb. 19 – G. Van Baren Feb. 26 – M. Schipper Mar. 12 – G. Lubbers Mar. 19 – H. Veldman Apr. 2 – R. Harhach Apr. 9 – J. Kortering.
Requests for Subsidy were presented by the Consistories of Holland and Kalamazoo. The Committee: Rev. G. Lubbers and Elders W. Clason, T. Elzinga, and A. Talsma was appointed to advise on these requests. The committee later advised classis to approve the requests and to forward to synod. Classis followed this advice.
Classis then went into executive session to read three protests. Two committees were appointed to study these protests, and to tender their advice on, the continued session of classis on February 8th. Out of executive session, classis proceeded to vote for delegates to synod, with the following chosen:
J Kortering, G. Van Baren, H. Veldman, M. Schipper
R. Harbach for Korting and Schipper
G. Lubbers for Van Baren and Veldman
J. Kalsbeek, D. Langeland, G. Pipe, H. Zwak
Rev. M. Schipper was chosen primus Delegate Ad Examina for three years, And Rev. J. Kortering was chosen secundus for three years and Rev. G. Van Baren secundus for two years.
Classis decided to hold the April 5th session in Southeast Church.
Questions of Article 41 of the Church Order were asked and answered satisfactorily.
Prof. H. Hanko closed this session with prayer.
February 8th session
Rev. G. Lubbers led in devotions. And Rev. H. Veldman presided in the absence of Rev. M. Schipper, who had entered the hospital for surgery.
Elder H. Vander Kolk took the place of Elder B. Windemuller, and Elder H. Ophoff took the place of Rev. M. Schipper as delegates.
Elder W. Kamps was granted an advisory vote.
Classis then entered into executive session to treat the reports of the two committees previously appointed.
The morning session was closed by Elder R. Kamminga, and the afternoon session was opened by Rev. H. Veldman, and Elder W. Kamps closed the afternoon session, while the Rev. H. Veldman opened the evening session.
The Finance Committee again tendered its report re expenses, which classis approved.
Elder W. Clason reported that he had thanked the Marthas of Hope Church for their excellent catering services.
After the chairman spoke a few fitting words to the classis, the Rev. R. C. Harbach closed the evening session with thanks to God.
Rev. M. Schipper, S.C.
The second in the Lecture Series was held in First Church of Grand Rapids Feb. 16 with Prof. H. Hanko at the lectern. Rev. G. Van Baren, in the absence of Rev. M. Schipper, led in the opening devotions and introduced the speaker. The Radio Choir, under the direction of Mr. Roland Petersen, rendered two numbers, and Mrs. C. Lubbers, of Southeast Church, was at the organ. The audience, many of them visitors, enjoyed a well planned speech which set forth the Scriptural truth called, “Unconditional Election”, the second of the Five Points of Calvinism. The third in this series is scheduled for March 16, and will feature Prof. H. C. Hoeksema as lecturer.
Rev. M. Schipper is recuperating satisfactorily from his recent surgery and has already been back in church —in one of the pews, not on the pulpit—for two services Feb. 26. Due to his forced idleness, the Sunday services of Southeast Church and of Hope Church were re-scheduled in order to fill those pulpits for their four services. Such procedure was patterned after the arrangements so often made in the Edgerton-Hull-Doon combine.
Do You Know that Rev. H. Hoeksema’s Dogmatics is written in such simple easy-to-read style that we laymen encounter little or no difficulty in understanding the eternal truths set forth therein? Borrow a copy from a friend and in one perusal you will decide that you want to buy one for your very own! . …see you in church