September 27, 1977
The meeting of Classis West on September 7, 1977 in Pella, Iowa was brief. Classis finished its agenda shortly after noon on the day it convened.
Rev. J. Kortering led the Classis in the opening devotions. He read I Peter 5 and addressed Classis on verse 14a: “Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity.”
Eleven ministers and thirteen elders represented the twelve churches of the Classis. Rev. D. Kuiper, pastor of the Lynden, Washington congregation, presided over the Classis.
Classis heard and acted on the reports of its standing committees, stated clerk, and board of trustees.
Two consistories asked Classis’ advice regarding erasure of baptized members. After hearing the details of the cases, Classis advised both consistories to proceed with erasure.
Accepting Randolph’s invitation, Classis decided to meet next in Randolph, Wisconsin on March 1, 1978, the Lord willing.
As is always the case, the delegates enjoyed each other’s fellowship, as well as that of the host congregation. Opportunity for this was enhanced by Pella’s scheduling of a lecture the evening before Classis. Rev. R.G. Moore, pastor of the Edmonton congregation, spoke on the “New Hermeneutic.”
Rev. David Engelsma