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Classis East met in regular session on October 6, 1976 at the First Prot. Ref. Church. The business before the session was routine. The chairman of the session, Rev. M. Joostens, in commenting upon the routine nature of the business before classis, expressed gratitude to God that the churches were at peace and that, routine as the business, the classis must keep in mind the seriousness of doing the business of the Kingdom of God. 

The Finance Committee for this session was Rev. Van Overloop and Elder H. VanderKolk. Expenses authorized amounted to $378.65. 

Classical appointments were requested by Kalamazoo until Rev. Woudenberg arrives. Kalamazoo was advised to ask the seminary to fill its pulpit until that time. 

In regard to other business, the classis re-elected the present Stated Clerk to a three-year term, and agreed to raise the stipend for elders’ lost wages from $20 to $30. The church visitors have not yet visited Covenant Church in New Jersey and consequently had no final report. After the asking and answering of the questions of Article 41 of the Church Order, classis adjourned. The next meeting will be held on January 5, 1977, in the new Hudsonville Church (alternate site: Southwest). 

Respectfully submitted, 

Jon J. Huisken, 

Stated Clerk