January 9, 2002

First PRC of Holland, Michigan

Classis East met in regular session on Wednesday, January 9, 2002 at the First PRC of Holland, Michigan. All the churches were represented by two delegates.

The January session of classis devotes much of its time to voting. Elected as delegates to synod are the following: MINISTERS: Primi: W. Bruinsma, R. Cammenga, B. Gritters, J. Slopsema, R. Van Overloop; Secundi: M. Dick, K. Koole, D.H. Kuiper, J. Laning, C. Terpstra; ELDERS: Primi: H. Boer, G. Kaptein, W. Koops, E. Ophoff, Sr., G. Terpstra; Secundi: T. Bodbyl, K. Feenstra, S. Miedema, T. Pipe, A. Rau. In other voting, Rev. C. Terpstra was elected to a three-year term as a primus delegate ad examina and Rev. R. Cammenga was elected to a three-year term as a secundus delegate ad examina. Rev. R. VanOverloop was elected to a three-year term on the Classical Committee and Rev. K. Koole to a one-year term on this committee. Revs. J. Slopsema and K. Koole were elected as church visitors, with Rev. R. VanOverloop as alternate. J. Huisken was elected to another three-year term as Stated Clerk; Rev. C. Terpstra was elected as Assistant Stated Clerk.

Classis granted the request of Hope PRC for the emeritation of Rev. J. Kortering effective August 1, 2002. Classis further decided that an overture to synod from a brother concerning the status of a previous decision was 1) misdirected (an explanation for a decision of classis should be directed to the classis itself) and 2) that the decision in question did in fact fall away. Classis also considered in closed session several questions raised by a consistory via Question 4 of Article 41 of the Church Order.

Classis heard the report of the church visitors and was grateful for their report that there was peace and harmony in the churches.

Subsidy requests for 2003 from Kalamazoo ($20,500) and from Covenant ($39,000 with a minister) were approved and forwarded to synod. Covenant also requested and was granted permission to contact the churches in Classis East for collections for their Building Fund. A request from Covenant for $5,000 for their Evangelism Fund was not approved; Covenant was advised to contact the evangelism committees of our other congregations for help in this venture.

Expenses of classis amounted to $503.64. Classis will meet next on May 8, 2002 at the Southeast PRC.

Respectfully submitted,

Jon J. Huisken, Stated Clerk