September 3 & 4, 1997 at Peace PRC, Lansing, Illinois
The September meeting of Classis West was held in Lansing, Illinois at Peace Protestant Reformed Church, Wednesday, September 3 and Thursday, September 4. The meeting of classis was preceded by an officebearers’ conference on Tuesday, September 2. The theme of the conference was Reformed Worship. The conference was well-attended, not only by delegates to Classis West, but by professors and students of the Protestant Reformed Seminary, ministers of Classis East, and several visitors. The speeches, discussion, and fellowship at the conference were appreciated by all. Classis West looks forward to another conference being planned for Houston, Texas, to be held just prior to the March classis meeting in 1998.
Pastor Jai Mahtani chaired the meeting of classis. For the first time in several years the agenda of classis was very lengthy and required two full days of deliberation.
Almost all the business of classis was conducted in closed session, as Classis dealt with discipline matters, as well as appeals brought by two parties.
Among other business, classis also granted classical appointments to South Holland PRC as follows: Rev. W. Bekkering (October 5 and 12); Rev. R. Miersma (November 23 and 30); Rev. S. Key (December 7); Rev. S. Houck (December 14); Rev. G. VanBaren (January 11 & 18); Rev. M. DeVries (February 8 & 15); Rev. S. Houck (March 1); Rev. S. Key (March 8).
Evident throughout the classis meeting was the importance of a church federation, with mutual oversight being exercised according to the Reformed Church Order of Dordt. God must be thanked for the unity expressed in these meetings, with the prayer that He will also continue to work His grace in our churches by means of His Word and Spirit.
Rev. Steven Key,