Classis West of the Protestant Reformed Churches met in Edgerton, Minnesota, on March 3. Classis began with devotions at 8:30 A.M. and finished its work about 9:00 P.M. the same day. Ten ministers and eleven elders carried out the work of the churches of the West.
Present at Classis for the first time were the delegates from our Edmonton, Alberta, Canada congregation, the brothers Folkert Tolsma and Dave Zylstra. Rev. Harbach, missionary in Houston, Texas, also attended Classis and was given the right of the floor, as well as the right hand of fellowship. His presence was explained not only by the meeting of Classis, but also by the conference on church extension work by the local congregation that preceded Classis, Tuesday afternoon and evening. Arranged by the committee on officebearers’ conferences, the conference was chaired by Rev. B. Woudenberg.
The president of the previous Classis, Rev. D. Engelsma, led Classis in its opening devotions on Wednesday morning. He read Luke 22:19-30 and spoke on verses 24-28, “Being Great in the Kingdom.” After the approving of the credentials, Rev. M. Hoeksema Presided over the Classis—a first for him.
The report of the Reading Sermon Committee (the consistory of Edgerton) indicated that there are plenty of reading sermons for the churches, although a large number are out on loan—more than 150. Churches that have reading sermons of the Classis lying around should return them to Edgerton’s consistory. The report of the Taped Sermon Committee (the council of South Holland) likewise indicated that Classis has a sufficient number of taped sermons on hand for the use of the churches, including a complete set of the Heidelberg Catechism. Since there was no report of the Church Visitors, Classis instructed the visitors to present their report at the Fall Classis.
Edmonton received classical appointments: April 4, 11, 18—Rev. M. Hoeksema; April 25, May 2, 9—Rev. J. Kortering; May 16, 23, 30—Rev. R. Miersma. Classis instructed its Classical Committee to ask the Classical Committee of Classis East to supply Edmonton the Sundays of March 14, 21, 28, and advised Edmonton to ask the seminary for supply during the summer months.
Seven churches requested and were granted subsidy, in the amount of $42,550: Edgerton; Edmonton; Forbes; Isabel; Lynden; Pella; and Randolph.
Classis rejected a “protest-petition” from a consistory, that Classis’ decision of September, 1975, regarding the fourth commandment “be reconsidered in terms of its formulation and nomenclature.”
Classis spent a good deal of time considering the advisability of incorporation, in view of the fact that Classis West is one of the chief beneficiaries of the will of the late Mr. Cecil VanderMolen. Its decision was to incorporate under the laws of Minnesota. It mandated the Classical Committee to implement this decision.
Classis elected several functionaries: classical committee—Rev. J. Slopsema; primus delegate ad examina—Rev. W. Bekkering; secundus delegate ad examina—Rev. J. Slopsema; church visitors—Rev. J. Kortering and Rev. G. Lanting.
Classis also voted delegates to the 1976 Synod in South Holland. The minister delegates are: D. Engelsma; J. Kortering; G. Lanting; and B. Woudenberg. Alternate minister delegates are: W. Bekkering; M. Kamps; G. Lubbers; and J. Slopsema. The elder delegates are: M. Alsum (Loveland); A. De Jong (South Holland); H. Huisken (Edgerton); and J. Kalsbeek, Jr. (Doon). The alternate elder delegates are: E. Kuiper (South Holland); B. Menninga (Pella); F. Tolsma (Edmonton); and E. Van Ginkel (Doon).
The next meeting of Classis will be held in Loveland, Colorado, on September 1, the Lord willing.
Rev. David Engelsma,
Rev. Richard Moore has accepted the call extended to him by our congregation in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.