Report of Classis East, Hudsonville, April 11, 1962.
Rev. H. Hanko led in opening devotions. All the churches were represented by two delegates each. After credentials were accepted Rev. Hanko declared Classis properly constituted. Rev. G. Lanting, following the order of rotation, then took the chair, while Rev. Hanko served as secretary.
After the minutes of the January-February meetings were read and accepted, the Stated Clerk and the Classical Committee gave their reports; two committees were appointed, one to take care of the expenses of this session, and the other to arrange the schedule for classical appointments for Creston, Grand Haven and Randolph. Classis later adopted the following schedule: Creston—April 29, C. Hanko; May 6, M. Schipper; May 20, G. Vos; May 27, A. Mulder; June 10, H. Hanko; June 24, G. Vos; July 8, G. Lanting.Grand Haven—April 15, C. Hanko; April 29, G. Vos; May 13, G. Lanting; June 3, R. Veldman; June 17, A. Mulder; July 1, M. Schipper; July 8, H. Hanko.Randolph— April 29, H. Hanko; May 6, A. Mulder; May 13, R. Veldman; June 3, G. Lanting; June 17, M. Schipper; June 24, C. Hanko; July 1, R. Veldman.
Classis also decided to heed the request of Classis West and request each minister to prepare two sermons to be used in reading services in Classis West.
The Study committee appointed at the February Classis gave its report. Classis adopted this report with two amendments. The report established that one of the protestant consistories in the January-February Classis in its treatment of three specific cases had acted inconsistently and in an unecclesiastical manner. This consistory had acted differently with respect to the case before the Classis in January-February. The principle Classis maintained was that of Article 61 of the Church Order which demands that no consistory may transfer or receive members without the proper testimonial re doctrine and walk.
Classis also received a letter of appeal from the defendant consistory in the January Classis which is appealing its case to Synod.
The Consistory of Hudsonville requested Classis to approve its overture to Synod to institute a program for all our churches to unitedly send food and clothing to needy nations. Classis approved of this overture.
The terms of two members on the Classical Committee having expired, Classis elected the Revs. M. Schipper and H. Hanko to replace them.
Church Visitors elected were the Revs. C. Hanko and M. Schipper. Rev. G. Vos was chosen alternate for both.
Rev. C. Hanko was appointed to thank the ladies of Hudsonville for their excellent catering.
Questions of Article 41 of the Church Order were asked each Consistory, and answered satisfactorily.
Classis decided to meet next time, D.V., on July 11 at Hope Church.
After a few fitting remarks by the chairman, motion prevailed to adjourn. Rev. R. Veldman closed the meeting with thanks to God.
Rev. M. Schipper, Stated Clerk