REPORT OF CLASSIS EAST
July 3-September 11, 1968 at Southwest Church
Rev. J. Kortering, chairman of the April Classis, led in the opening devotions. All the churches sent two delegates except Holland which sent one. Rev. J.A. Heys being absent because of his work in Jamaica.
Rev. M. Schipper, in the absence of Rev. G. Lubbers, presided, and read the agendum. Two elders who appeared on Classis for the first time signed the Formula of Subscription, The minutes of the April-May Classis, were read and the transcription approved. Elders J. Boone and J. Flikkema, Jr., were appointed to serve on the finance committee. Elder D. Dykstra was appointed to thank the ladies of Southwest Church for their excellent catering.
The reports of the Stated Clerk and the Classical Committee were received for information.
Since the Church Visitors, due to the press of other labors, were unable to finish their work, they were given permission to report to the October Classis.
A protest against a Consistory and an appeal from decisions of another, along with the answer of one Consistory were received and read in executive session. This material was placed into the hands of a committee of Pre-advice to be reported on at a later session of Classis. Another protest against the report of another study committee of the May Classis was also treated. The committee of Pre-advice appointed was: the Revs. Veldman, Kortering, and Harbach, and the Elders J.H. Kortering and D. Dykstra.
Questions of Art. 41 of the Church Order were asked and answered satisfactorily. After the reading of the minutes Classis adjourned until September 11th. Elder C. Doezema closed this session with prayer.
Session—September 11, 1968
After the devotions, roll call revealed several changes in delegation. Prof. H.C. Hoeksema, being present, was given an advisory vote. Mr. Rhine Lubbers replaced Mr. J. Boone on the finance Committee.
Hudsonville Consistory requested pulpit supply for the Sundays Rev. H. Veldman would be absent to work in the Pella, Iowa area. Rev. J. Heys and Elders A. Rau and Herman Kuiper prepared the following schedule which Classis adopted: Sept. 22—Morning: G. Lubbers Evening: R. C. Harbach; Sept. 29—Morning: G. VanBaren Evening: J. A. Heys; Oct. 6—Morning: M. Schipper Evening: Theological School; Oct. 13—Morning: Theological School Evening: J. Kortering.
The matters for which Classis was recessed and were now to be treated were then considered and disposed of with unanimous decision.
Classis had previously decided to meet; D.V., next time on October 2, 1968 at 9 A.M. in Hope Church.
At 11:30 A.M. Classis stood adjourned, and Rev. J. Kortering closed our meeting with thanks to God.
—M. Schipper, S.C.