REPORT OF CLASSIS EAST January 3, 4,—February 7-12, 1968 At Southeast Church
Rev. H. Veldman, who presided over the October Classis, led in the opening devotions. All the churches of Classis East were represented by a full delegation.
After the Classis was declared properly constituted, the Rev. J.A. Heys presided, while the Rev. H. Veldman recorded the minutes. Later Rev. Veldman was excused, and the Rev. R.C. Harbach took his place.
The routine reports of the Stated Clerk and the Classical Committee were read and filed.
Elders G. Pipe and P. Koole were appointed to serve on the Finance Committee for this session.
The Committee appointed to prepare a proposed Classical Appointment Schedule was the Rev. J. Kortering, and Elders J.H. Kortering and W. Kamps. The schedule later adopted was as follows:
SOUTH HOLLAND: Jan. 14, M. Schipper; Jan. 21, G. VanBaren; Jan. 28, J. Heys; Feb. 4, H. Veldman; Feb; 18, G. VanBaren; Feb. 25, M. Schipper; March 3, J. Heys; March 10, H. Veldman; March 17, G. VanBaren; March 24, M. Schipper; March 31, J. Heys; Apr. 7, H. Veldman.
HULL: Jan. 14, 21, G.C. Lubbers; Feb. 11, 18, J. Kortering.
DAKOTAS: Jan. 14, 21, R.C. Harbach.
Classis received and read several protests, and committed these to two committees for study and advice. The reports of these committees were treated in executive session in the extended meeting of February.
Classis voted for Synodical Delegates, and chose the following:
Ministers: Primi—J. Heys, J. Kortering, M. Schipper, and H. Veldman.
Secundi—R.C. Harbach, G.C. Lubbers, and G. VanBaren.
Elders: Primi—P. Cnossen, T. Engelsma, J.M. Faber, and G. Pipe.
Secundi—D. Langeland, H. Meulenberg, R. Teitsma, H. Zwak.
Rev. J. Heys and Rev. G.C. Lubbers were chosen Delegates ad examina primus and secundus respectively.
The Subsidy Requests of Holland and Kalamazoo were approved and sent on to Synod for approval.
An overture from Southwest Church to Synod was approved, requesting that elder working delegates be remunerated at $20.00 per day.
Another overture of First Church was approved that Synod make assessments based on the number of families on the church rolls as of January of the payable year.
Elder T. Engelsma and later Elder P. Cnossen were appointed to thank the ladies of Southeast Church for their long and excellent catering service.
Classis decided to hold its next regular meeting the first Wednesday of April in First Church, Grand Rapids.
Article 41 Questions of the Church Order were asked and answered satisfactorily. With the approval of the concept minutes, the longest and most wearisome sessions of Classis in recent times came to an end.
Rev. M. Schipper was called upon to offer the closing prayer.
—M. Schipper, SC.