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The congregation at Randolph, Wis. has named a trio consisting of the Revs. C. Hanko, J. A. Heys and J. Kortering. 

Rev. R. C. Harbach, of Kalamazoo, Mich., has declined the call to be the Home Missionary of our churches. 

Rev. J. Kortering, of Hull, Iowa, has accepted the call which he had from Hope Church in Grand Rapids. 

REPORT OF CLASSIS WEST CONVENED ON SEPTEMBER 21, 1966 AT EDGERTON, MINN.

With Rev. J. Kortering presiding and Rev. J. A. Hey serving as clerk, Classis West finished its work in one day.

On the agenda of every meeting of Classis West is the matter of the vacant churches within its sphere.

At present, there are five vacant churches in Classis West. Classis West’s treatment of this matter, at this session, included:

1) requesting each minister in Classis West to prepare two reading sermons in the next six months. 

2) requesting the consistory of South Holland to look into the possibility of Classis West’s setting up a library of taped sermons. 

3) requesting Classis East to help out in the vacant churches of the West by supplying Randolph entirely in the next six months, by granting one three-week appointment to Isabel & Forbes and by supplying Edgerton for four Sundays. 

4)drawing up and adopting a schedule of classical appointments for the ministers in the West. The adopted schedule for classical appointments follows: 

EDGERTON – Oct. 23, 30 – J. Heys; Nov. 13, 20 – G. Vanden Berg; Dec. 4, 11 – Classis East (tentative); Jan. 8, 15 – D. Engelsma; Feb. 12, 19 – J. Kortering;Mar. 12, 19 – Classis East (tentative). ISABEL & FORBES – Oct. 9, 16, 23 – R. Decker; Nov. 6, 13, 20 – D. Engelsma; Dec. 4, 11, 18 – J. Kortering; Jan. 8, 15, 22 – Classis East (tentative); Feb. 5, 12, 19 – J. Heys; Mar. 5, 12, 19 – B. Woudenberg. PELLA – Oct. – G. Vanden Berg; Nov. – R. Decker; Dec. – G. Vanden Berg; Jan. – R. Decker; Feb. – G. Vanden Berg; Mar. – C. Hanko. 

The Stated Clerk reported that the Litigation Committee of Synod had given him the archives of Classis West, through 1953,which had been received from the Christian Reformed Church. 

A committee appointed by Classis West in September of 1965 gave its report at this session of Classis. This committee was mandated to study several appeals that were brought to Classis by bodies and individuals in the Illinois churches and to work with the parties involved. The committee reported that God had effected a full reconciliation among the contending brothers and that, in March of 1966, all of the parties decided to withdraw permanently their appeals from the Classis. The committee took note of the fact that new trouble had arisen after March, 1966, but requested to be dismissed, since the committee had finished the work assigned to it and the appeals had been withdrawn. Classis approved the report of the committee and dismissed it. 

In accordance with a decision of Synod (Acts of Synod, 1966, Articles 147-149), Classis authorized the Classical Committee of Classis West to act upon financial requests from individual churches which are of an emergency nature. 

Edgerton requested permission to call ministers again whom they called within the past year. Classis granted the request. After discussing the church political aspects of the matter, Classis voted down a motion which would have included on the agenda an appeal that was not given to the Stated Clerk thirty days before the convening of Classis. 

About 4:00, Wednesday afternoon, Classis adjourned. Rev. Kortering thanked the delegates for their co-operation. Rev. C. Hanko closed with prayer. 

Classis West meets next, Lord willing, in South Holland, Illinois. Rev. D. J. Engelsma, Stated Clerk


Bulletin quote (Kalamazoo): 

“The slanderer wounds three at once: he wounds him that is slandered; he wounds him to whom he reports the slander, by causing uncharitable thoughts to arise up in his mind against the party slandered; and he wounds his own soul, by reporting of another what is false.” Thos. Watson 

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Our Theological School Committee, in an October meeting, pre-enrolled a student who is at present a sophomore in college. Needless to say, this was a very joyous event for the committee, for in this they received an answer to prayer that has been sent up to the King of His Church to move young men to seek the office of minister in our churches. 

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Prof. H. Hanko addressed an Office Bearer’s Conference on Tuesday, Oct. 4. His talk was on “Partaking of the Means of Grace in Other Denominations.” After recess the speaker answered sundry questions from the audience regarding the conclusions of the subject-matter. These evening-before- Classis meetings prove to be very beneficial to the office bearers in the Michigan churches in their quest to “rule well” in their office. 

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Coincidentally, two days before the above mentioned event, the Young People’s Society of Hull discussed a related subject under the title, “Participating in Religious Activities of other Churches.” 

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Doon’s pastor gave a “homework” assignment to one of his catechism classes taken from the editorial page of the Sept. 15th issue of the Standard Bearer. The article was by Prof. H. C. Hoeksema entitled, “Toward Better Catechetical Instruction.” The assignment excused no one, not even the non-subscribers, for Rev. Decker offered his personal copy for their use, if necessary. Rev. Kortering, of Hull, also called his people’s attention to that editorial and asked them to be sure to read it. And we might add: If you missed it, look it up and read it to your own catechumens that sit around your table. 

. . . . see you in church 

J.M.F.