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May 10, 2000

Hope Protestant Reformed Church

Classis East met in regular session at the Hope Protestant Reformed Church. The churches were represented by two delegates with the exception of Covenant PRC, Wyckoff, whose delegate had to return home after being stranded in Chicago for some hours. Part of this session was observed by church history students from Covenant Christian High School. Rev. J. Laning was the chairman of this session.

Several matters required extensive attention from the classis. The first dealt with Rev. Richard Flikkema’s request not to extend his eligibility for a call in our churches and thus terminate his ministerial credentials according to Article 12 of the Church Order. The classis took this decision reluctantly and expressed its pastoral concern to Rev. Flikkema that he find grace to accept this decision and grace to be used in different ways in the service of our churches. The decision had the concurrence of the delegates ad examina of Classis West.

Classis also heard a protest from a brother regarding classis’ decisions in a case involving separate maintenance and consenting to an unbiblical divorce. The issue raised by the protestant was whether the classis may declare whether certain decisions can “fall away” in the context of other decisions being taken. Classis did not sustain this protest.

In other business, classis granted classical appointments to the Hull PRC for the summer months and approved the work of its stated clerk and the classical committee.

Expenses for this session came to $1,225.19. Classis will meet next on September 13, 2000 at the Faith PRC.

Respectfully submitted,

Jon J. Huisken, Stated Clerk