Classis East met in regular session on May 10, 1978 at Holland, Michigan. All churches were represented by two delegates. Of particular note is that for two of the ministers in attendance, Rev. Schipper and Rev. Veldman, this meeting marked the last time that they would attend as delegates of the congregations they now serve. Both will retire in June. Also present was Rev. Lubbers who has recently moved from Pella, Iowa upon his retirement from serving our congregation there. The classis will miss the wisdom and counsel of these men. They were thanked for the countless hours spent on behalf of the churches and were assured that the reward of grace awaits them.
The classis was led in opening devotions by Rev. den Hartog after which Rev. Heys took the chair for this session.
The congregations of Faith, Hope, and Southwest requested classical appointments. The following schedule was adopted for these churches: FAITH: May 21—Veldman, May 28—VanBaren, June 11—Schipper, June 18—den Hartog, July 9—Heys, July 30—Joostens, August 13—Woudenberg, September 3—VanBaren, September 10—den Hartog; HOPE: May 21—Schipper, June 4—Woudenberg, June 11—Joostens, June 18—Heys, July 23—Woudenberg, August 13—VanBaren, August 27—Joostens; SOUTHWEST: June 25—Schipper, July 9—Joostens, July 30—VanBaren, August 13—Heys, September 3—Woudenberg.
The Classical Committee reported that since Rev. Joostens accepted the call to First, the classical appointments of First were transferred to Faith. In other action, the Classical Committee appointed Rev. Joostens as moderator of Faith.
The classis heard the report of the church visitors. All the churches have been visited and the visitors report that the churches are experiencing the blessing and favor of God since in their visits they found peace and harmony.
The council of Southeast requested the approval of the emeritation of their pastor, Rev. M. Schipper. This request was granted and forwarded to Synod forapproval. In addition, classis approved the request of Southeast for payment of a sum of money for Rev. Schipper from the Emeritus Fund.
Three men from Skowhegan, Maine requested that a church be organized there. In a subsequent letter, these men requested that a committee be sent there to investigate before such a decision is made. Classis decided to refer both letters to a committee (Rev. Joostens, Rev: Woudenberg, Elder J. Dykstra) giving this committee authority to investigate the history and present situation in Maine. This committee will report at the September classis.
In other business, Hope brought a document via question 4 of Article 41 of the Church Order which requested the advice of classis on how to proceed with the membership papers of children of divorced parents. This matter was also referred to committee (Rev. Schipper, Rev. Veldman, Elder D. Van Der Schaaf, Elder F. Ondersma). This committee was instructed by classis to give advice at the September meeting.
Classis appointed Rev. Veldman as moderator of Southwest.
Expenses for this session, including the expenses of the church visitors, amounted to $752.08. Classis adjourned at approximately 1:30 P.M. Rev. Schipper closed the session with prayer. Classis will meet next in Hope Church on September 13, 1978.