January 8, 2003

Faith Protestant Reformed Church


Classis East met in regular session on Wednesday, January 8, 2003 in the Faith PRC. All the churches were represented by two delegates. Rev. Ronald Cammenga was the chairman for this session.

The agenda was not considered to be heavy, but the usual duties of a January classis had to be accomplished. As usual, much of classis’ time was taken by voting.

Classis heard a report from its church visitors that there is peace and unity in the churches. Classis discussed one specific item of the report. One council had raised the question of our parents not sending their children to our own Protestant Reformed schools.

The church visitors also functioned as a special committee of classis to investigate the continued viability of our Covenant PRC in Wyckoff, NJ. The committee reported that, in their judgment, Covenant is a viable congregation, that there is evidence of a full-orbed congregational life and some prospect for growth. The committee also advised that synod reevaluate this matter in three years. The report, along with the recommendations adopted, will be sent to Synod 2003.

Holland PRC, via Question 4 of the Church Order, asked for advice concerning the financial support of the Moores. Classis advised Holland to study the matter and overture synod if they desired. In the meantime, support for the Moores should be in the nature of benevolence.

The following were elected as delegates to Synod 2003: Ministers: Primi—W. Bruinsma, B. Gritters, J. Slopsema, C. Terpstra, R. VanOverloop; Secundi—R. Cammenga, M. Dick, R. Kleyn, K. Koole, J. Laning; Elders: Primi—J. Huisken, J. Kalsbeek, L. Meulenberg, G. Terpstra, K. Vink; Secundi—J. Buiter, T. Elzinga, L. Koole, E. Kortering, S. Miedema. Voting for delegates ad examina resulted in the election of Rev. B. Gritters to a three-year primus term and Rev. W. Bruinsma to a three-year secundus term. Rev. K. Koole was elected to serve a three-year term on the Classical Committee. Revs. J. Slopsema and R. Van Overloop were chosen to serve as church visitors, with Rev. K. Koole as alternate.

Classis approved the subsidy requests for 2004 for Kalamazoo in the amount of $20,500 and for Covenant in the amount of $43,000. Covenant was also given permission to contact the churches in Classis East for collections for their Building Fund. Their request for collections will also be sent to synod so that they can request the same from the churches in Classis West.

Classical appointments were extended to Faith, Southeast, and Byron Center for their evening services.

The expenses of classis amounted to $954.83. Classis will meet next on May 14, 2003 at the Grace PRC.

Respectfully submitted,

Jon J. Huisken, Stated Clerk