Rev. B. Woudenberg has declined the call which he had from the Southwest Church in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Rev. G. Laming, of Holland, Mich., declined the call he was considering from Redlands, Calif.
Our Missionary, Rev. G.. Lubbers, also declined the call which had come to him from our Lynden, Wash., Church.
Report of Classis East, Jan. 8, 1964, at Southeast Church.
Rev. M. Schipper led in opening devotions. All the churches were represented by two delegates. When the credentials were accepted, Rev. Schipper declared the Classis properly constituted. The Rev. H. Veldman then took the chair and presided, while Rev. Schipper recorded the minutes. After the minutes of the October Classis were read and approved, the chair appointed the brethren M. Klop and L. Looyenga to serve on the finance committee for this session of Classis.
Reports were read and accepted from the Stated Clerk and the Classical Committee.
The chairman appointed the brethren Rev. R. Harbach and Elder J. Boone to serve on the Classical Appointment Committee, with Prof. H.C. Hoeksema as advisor. Classis adopted the following schedule: SOUTHWEST—Jan. 19—C. Hanko, Feb. 2—G. Vos, Feb. 9—C. Hanko, Feb. 16—G. Lanting, Feb. 23—H. Veldman, March 1—C. Hanko, March 15—G. Vos, March 22—G. Lanting, Apr. 5—G. Vos. LYNDEN—Jan. 19—H. Veldman, Jan. 26—H. Veldman, March 8, 15, 22—R. Harbach. ISABEL & FORBES—March 8, 15, 22—M. Schipper.
The churches of Holland and Kalamazoo presented requests for subsidy. The chairman appointed the brethren J. Kalsbeek and G. Pipe to advise on these requests. Classis decided to advise Synod to grant the request of Holland in the amount of $4,200.00, and that of Kalamazoo in the amount of $4,600.00. The committee appointed on a previous classical meeting to study and advise on an overture of Southwest Church relative to the agenda of classical meetings reported, which report was adopted without change.
Classis voted for delegates to the 1964 Synod, and the following were chosen:
Ministers: Primi: C. Hanko, M. Schipper, H. Veldman, H. Hoeksema. Secundi: R. Harbach, G. Lanting, G. Vos. Elders: Primi: G. Pipe, H. Meulenberg, H. Zwak, J.H. Kortering. Secundi: S. Newhof, P. Cnossen, D. Dykstra, D. Kooienga.
Prof. H.C. Hoeksema and Rev. G. Lubbers, who were attending Classis as guests, were given advisory vote.
Rev. M. Schipper was re-elected as Delegate Ad Examina to serve for three years.
Rev. G. Vos was appointed to thank the ladies of Southeast Church for their excellent catering services.
Classis decided to meet next time on April 1, 1964 at our Hudsonville Church.
The questions of Article 41 of the Church Order were asked and answered satisfactorily.
After a few closing remarks by the chairman, Classis decided to adjourn, and the Rev. G. Lubbers was asked to give thanks to God.
Rev. M. Schipper, Stated Clerk.
The Publication Committee of Prot. Ref. Literature has gratefully received its first contribution for its work. The congregation of Isabel; S. Dakota sent in a generous offering taken in one of their recent Sunday services. According to the “Committee’s” Constitution their operations shall be financed “by regular and associate members voluntarily underwriting such publication projects as are decided upon by majority vote of the committee, and by contributions from individuals and organizations.” So one can see that the Committee welcomes such contributions of which Isabel’s was first.
Our Radio Program schedule for this month is as follows: Feb. 2—”The Governmental Theory of the Death of Christ”; Feb. 9. and 16 share the title, “Atoned for the Elect”; Feb. 23—”Christ, Our Intercessor”. The Feb. 9th sermon will be the eleven hundredth of the Reformed Witness Hour. Mail your requests for copies to Box 1230, Grand Rapids 1, Mich.
The Officebearer’s Conference was held in Southeast Church Jan. 7, with the Rev. R.C. Harbach, of Kalamazoo, as speaker. The subject assigned to him was the meaning of the 15th question asked in Church Visitation, which reads, “Is the congregation busy in the extension of God’s Kingdom, especially in the promotion of Missions, to the best of its ability?” Under the theme, “Promotion of Missions” the speaker delineated the church’s duty to itself and to others. For its mission of evangelizing those who have departed from the Church, Rev. Harbach recommended the Theocratic method, emphasizing the message, “That they may know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ Thy Son.” The after-recess questions raised by the officebearers present revealed their concern with their calling to do this “to the best of their ability.”
The Redlands Hope Prot. Ref. Church has elected a new clerk and treasurer: Clerk—William Feenstra, 831 Sylvan Blvd., Redlands, Calif. Phone: 793-3597. Treasurer—Harvey Sawyer, 407 E. Colton Ave., Redlands, Calif. Phone: 793-5325.
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