Classis West of the Protestant Reformed Churches met for the first time since 1953 in the church building of our Edgerton congregation. Though the building has been there for many years, most of the delegates had never been inside of it before. This meeting was held on Wednesday, March 16.
Four churches were represented by but one delegate and one church was not represented at the meeting. Rev. G. Vanden Berg served as president, and Rev. G. VanBaren recorded the minutes.
After the routine committee reports, Classis treated the new business of the day. Classical appointments were granted to Forbes, Isabel, Pella, Lynden, and Redlands. Included in the schedule of appointments was a request that Classis East assist Classis West in supplying some of the necessary appointments. The Loveland consistory also officially thanked the Classis for the pulpit supply it had received during its vacancy.
There was a request at the meeting for approval of the Classis for dissolving the old agreement for calling one minister to serve the two congregations of Isabel and Forbes. The motion to grant this request was ruled out of order on the ground that this was not a matter for Classis to determine, but was to be decided by the local churches mutually. The two churches were then informed that since they both had decided to dissolve this agreement, they were free to make trios and call ministers as individual congregations.
Redlands, upon their request, was granted the right to call, ministers again who had been called less than one year earlier. The basis for requesting this, and granting the request, was that Redlands could not make any more trios (or even duos.).
Election of minister delegates to Synod followed. The primi delegates are Revs. H. Hanko, J.A. Heys, G. VanBaren, and G. Vanden Berg. The remaining ministers serve as alternates. Voting for elder delegates resulted in, the election of Wm. Feenstra, H. Huisken, Wm. Huizenga, and L. Lanting; for alternates, elders G. Broekhouse, M. Gaastra, P. Ipema, and C. Vander Molen were elected. The Revs. J. Heys and G. VanBaren were re-elected as church visitors. Rev. D. Engelsma was elected for a three year term as delegate ad-examina.
In executive session, Classis treated an appeal to Synod against its (Classis) former decision in a discipline case. In another case, Classis approved the decision for the Second step of censure. Truly at such times one is strongly reminded of the fact that the church on earth has not yet been perfected, but must struggle always against sin and evil.
Subsidy requests were received from all the churches except South Holland and Pella. Three other of the churches requested subsidy only if they received a minister.
It was decided to hold the next meeting of Classis at South Holland, Illinois on Wednesday, September 16, 1964.
After the questions of Article 41 were answered satisfactorily, the chairman spake a few closing remarks, the delegates rose to sing the doxology, and Rev. H. Hanko closed the meeting with prayer.
—Rev. G. VanBaren, S.C.
CLASSICAL APPOINTMENTS FOR CLASSIS WEST AND CLASSIS EAST
Redlands—Apr. 5, 12, 19: H. Hanko; May 10, 17, 24: H. Veldman; June 7, 14, 21: D. Engelsma; July 12, 19, 26: H. Hoeksema; Aug. 9, 16, 23: B. Woudenberg.
Lynden—Apr. 19, 26, May 3: G. Laming; May 10, 17, 24: G. VanBaren; June 7, 14, 21: J. Kortering; July 19, 26, Aug. 2: D. Engelsma; Aug. 23, 30, Sept. 6: J. Heys.
Isabel-Forbes—Apr. 12, 19, 26: B. Woudenberg; May 10, 17, 24: J. Heys; June 21, 28, July 5: H. Veldman; July 12, 19: G. Vanden Berg; Aug. 2, 9, 16: H. Hanko; Aug. 30, Sept. 6, 13: J. Kortering.
Pella—Apr.: G. VanBaren; May: G. Vanden Berg; June: Vanden Berg; July: G. Van Baren; Aug.: G. VanBaren; Sept.: G. Vanden Berg.
Southwest—Apr. 5: G. Vos; 19: R.C. Harbach; 26: G. Vos; May 3: R.C. Harbach; 17: C. Hanko; 31: G. Vos.