REPORT OF CLASSIS EAST, Feb. 14, 1962.
Rev. H. Hanko, chairman of the January meeting led in opening devotions. Roll call showed that in two or three instances alternate delegates had replaced those present at the January session, and that no delegates from Grand Haven made their appearance during this three day session.
The Committee which had been appointed at the January session to advise Classis on the matter of the three protests presented its report. There appeared a majority and a minority report. Classis decided after the reading of both reports to treat the majority report seriatim.
After three days of study and debate, the Classis adopted with two or three amendments the report of the majority committee which sustained the Protestants. The gist of that which was adopted by Classis may be briefly stated as follows: That those who left our churches in the split of 1953 and who desire to return to our churches must return to the churches of which they were former members for reconciliation before they can be received as members by any other of the churches.
In the answer of the defendant Consistory it became plain to the committee and to Classis that one of the protestant Consistories had apparently measured with two measures in its treatment of certain other members who had returned to our churches. Classis decided that the same committee be appointed to investigate this matter and report to the April meeting. Mr. H.G. Kuiper who resigned from the committee was replaced by Mr. K. Lanning.
Rev. M. Schipper was appointed to thank the ladies of Creston and First Church for their excellent catering services.
Classis decided to meet next time in Hudsonville on Wednesday, April 11, at 9 a.m.
Questions of Article 41 of the Church Order were asked and answered satisfactorily.
After the chairman made a few appropriate remarks, urging prayer for peace and unity in the favor of God, and the minutes had been approved, Rev. G. Vos led in closing prayer.
Thus ended a long and trying meeting of Classis.
—M. Schipper, Stated-Clerk