Classis East met in regular session on January 8, 1975 at the First Prot. Ref. Church in Grand Rapids. Each church was represented by two delegates. Rev. M. Joostens led the classis in opening devotions and Rev. Schipper, by rotation, was the chairman of this session of Classis.
Classis began its business with the usual matters of the signing of the Formula of Subscription by first-time delegates, the reading of the previous meeting’s minutes, and the reading of the reports of the Stated Clerk and Classical Committee. With respect to the latter report, it can be noted that Rev. G. Lubbers’ credentials have now been transferred to Classis West.
The usual committees were appointed and reported in the latter part of the session. The Finance Committee composed of Elders D. Kooienga and C. Lubbers reported expenses totaling $290.9 1. Elder C. (Neil) Pastoor was appointed to thank the ladies for their catering services. His report nearly became the highlight of the meeting. Rev. G. Van Baren and Elders P. Lotterman and M. Haveman were appointed to prepare a schedule of appointments to Kalamazoo. The schedule adopted for Kalamazoo is as follows: January 19—Rev. H. Veldman; February 2—Rev. C. Hanko; February 16—Rev. M. Joostens; March 2—Rev. G. VanBaren; March 16—Rev. M. Schipper; March 30—Rev. R. VanOverloop.
The January meeting of Classis always considers two items of business, viz., the submission of subsidy requests for the following year (1976) and the election of synodical delegates. Classis approved a $4,300 subsidy for the year 1976 for Kalamazoo and a $11,015 subsidy request for the year 1976 for Prospect Park. Synodical delegates elected were as follows: MINISTERS: Primi: C. Hanko, M. Joostens, G. Van Baren, R. VanOverloop; Secundi: A. den Hartog, J.A. Heys, M. Schipper, H. Veldman. ELDERS: Primi; J. Kalsbeek, D. Kooienga, H. Kuiper, D. Lotterman; Secundi: G. DeVries, D. Dykstra, J. Flikkema, L. Looyenga.
In other voting, Rev. VanOverloop was elected to a three-year term as primus delegate ad examina and Rev. VanBaren and Rev. Veldman were elected to two-year and three-year terms respectively as secundi delegates ad examina. The church visitors gave their final report which was an account of their visit to Prospect Park. In connection with this visit, the visitors had the privilege of lecturing to the people of this area.
In other than routine business, the Classis considered an overture from the Council of Hope Church requesting that the Student Aid Committee be discharged. This matter, according to the rules of the Classis, was placed in the hands of a study committee. The committee of Rev. C; Hanko, Rev. H. Veldman, and Elder K. Lanning is to report to the April meeting of Classis.
After the asking and answering of the questions of Article 41 of the Church Order and the closing remarks of the chairman, Classis adjourned until its next meeting which will be held on April 2, 1975 at Southeast Church. Elder K. Lanning closed the meeting with prayer.