September 8, 2004

First PRC, Holland, MI


Classis East met in regular session on Wednesday, September 8, 2004. All the churches were represented by two delegates. Rev. J. Laning was the chairman for the session.

Classis was busy with two issues: 1) the report of the study committee appointed by the May Classis to bring advice concerning the overture to Synod 2005 on newer, vernacular Bible translations; and 2) the appeal from a brother concerning statements made in a sermon by his pastor.

With regard to the overture to synod requesting that synod appoint a study committee regarding newer, vernacular translations, Classis decided to refer this matter back to its committee for reformulation of its grounds.

With regard to the appeal of the brother’s charge against his pastor, Classis rejected his appeal and upheld the position of his consistory defending the statements made by their pastor.

Classis granted classical appointments to Faith and Hudsonville. Classis West requested help in supplying the pulpits of Bethel, Doon, and Edmonton. Classis decided to grant this request and scheduled as many appointments as possible to aid Classis West and these churches.

Expenses for this classis amounted to $1,808.93. The next meeting of classis will be on Wednesday, January 12, 2005 at the Southeast PRC.

Respectfully submitted,

Jon J. Huisken,

Stated Clerk