September 10, 2003
Protestant Reformed Church
Classis East met in regular session on Wednesday, September 10, at the Byron Center PRC. Each congregation was represented by two delegates. Also in attendance were the synodical deputies from Classis West and two representatives from the Wingham, Ontario OCRC. Rev. Rodney Kleyn served his initial stint as chair of this classis.
The main item of business on the agenda was the examination of Pastor-Elect William Langerak, who had accepted the call to Southeast PRC. Pastor-Elect Langerak preached a specimen sermon and then endured several hours of oral examination. Classis approved his examination and authorized Southeast to proceed with his ordination and installation. Congratulations were expressed to Pastor-Elect Langerak and his wife, and thanksgiving was given to God who, in His grace, supplied our churches with another undershepherd.
Classis also considered the overture to synod from two members of the Cornerstone PRC requesting that synod appoint a committee to study the matter of proper Bible translation and to advise synod regarding the adoption of a modern Bible translation for use in public worship. This overture was declared to be illegally before the classis on the ground that the requirements of Article 46 of the Church Order had not been met. Those who present overtures must take into account and address previous decisions of a classis or synod in order for the overture to be considered legally before an ecclesiastical body. In this case, for example, the decision(s) recorded in the Acts of Synod 1960 regarding Bible translations needed to be addressed but, in the judgment of classis, was not.
Classis also received information via the Contact Committee of the PRC that the congregation at Wingham, Ontario would be petitioning the January 2004 Classis for membership in the PRC.
In other business, classical appointments were given to Byron Center and Hudsonville. Classis appointed its church visitors to investigate the viability of the Covenant PRC and to inquire particularly about its evangelism activity. The church visitors are to report on this matter at the January 2004 meeting of classis.
The expenses of classis amounted to $1,225.83. Classis will meet next at the Grandville PRC on January 14, 2004.
Jon J. Huisken,