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REPORT OF CLASSIS EAST April 7, 1971 At Hudsonville Church 

Classis East met in regular session on April 7, 1971 at the Hudsonville Prot. Ref. Church and speedily conducted its routine business. 

Rev. R. Harbach, chairman of the January Classis, led in opening devotions and after the credentials were received, declared Classis to be properly constituted. All the churches were represented by two delegates. Rev. H. Veldman then presided and Rev. Harbach recorded the minutes. 

The Stated Clerk and the Classical Committee reported on their activities. 

Elders D. Meulenberg and H. Velthouse were appointed to serve on the Finance Committee and B. Windemuller was appointed to thank the ladies of Hudsonville for their catering services. Rev. J. Heys, Rev. G. VanBaren, and G. Pipe served on the Classical Appointment Committee. Classis adopted the advice of this committee to further elucidate to Classis West our ground of lack of manpower cited in our January decision re the pulpit supply of Oak Lawn and Randolph. Classis, furthermore, assured Classis West that further requests for help in pulpit supply would be considered. Classis adopted the following appointment schedule: 

HOPE: April 18—H. Veldman; April 25—G. VanBaren; May 16—R. Harbach; May 23—G. VanBaren; June 13—J. Heys; June 27—H. Veldman; July 11—M. Schipper

HUDSONVILLE: May 2—M. Schipper (PM); May 9—J. Heys; May 23—H. Veldman; June 13—M. Schipper; June 20—R. Harbach; June 27—G. VanBaren; July 11—J. Heys

SOUTHWEST: April 18—R. Harbach; May 2—M. Schipper (AM) 

Classis responded affirmatively to a request from Classis West to adopt a uniform procedure for the signing of the Formula of Subscription by a candidate-elect after successfully passing his classical exam. 

The signing of the document is to be done in public and is to be included in the ceremony. 

Rev. J. Heys was appointed to serve as Hudsonville’s moderator and was also elected to serve a three-year term on the Classical Committee. 

Rev. Schipper and Rev. Veldman were chosen to serve as church visitors. 

The questions of Article 41 of the Church Order were answered satisfactorily. 

Classis will meet next time on July 7, 1971 at the First Prot. Ref. Church. 

Rev. Veldman thanked the classis for its cooperation in conducting the day’s business. Elder B. Windemuller closed the session with prayer. 

J. Huisken 

Stated Clerk