Classis East met in regular session on Wednesday, January 9, 1985 at the Southeast Protestant Reformed Church. Each church was represented by two delegates. Present also was Home Missionary Kenneth Hanko and the Rev. G. Lubbers. The Classis also welcomed Rev. W. Bekkering, who attended Classis East for the first time as a delegate.
The business of this session was ordinary for a January Classis. Much time was spent in voting. The voting results were as follows: Classical Committee: Rev. J. Kortering to a three-year term; Delegates ad examina: primus three-year term: Rev. G. VanBaren, secundus three-year term: Rev. W. Bekkering; Synodical Delegates: MINISTERS: Primi: B. Gritters, C. Haak, J. Kortering, G. VanBaren; Secundi: M. DeVries, R. Flikkema, M. Joostens, B. Woudenberg; ELDERS: Primi: C. Kuiper, D. Lotterman, D. Ondersma, G. Van Overloop; Secundi: W. De Kraker, G. Feenstra, W. Koops, P. Miedema. Rev. C. Hanko and Rev. H. Veldman were elected to serve as church visitors with Rev. J. Heys chosen as alternate.
The January Classis is also the occasion for the submission of subsidy requests, this time for fiscal year 1986. Covenant’s request for $11,500, Kalamazoo’s request for $7,000, and Byron Center’s request for $6,259 were approved and now will be forwarded to Synod for its approval. In connection with Byron Center’s request, considerable time was spent on discussing whether subsidy should be granted since this congregation now has 32 families, thus over the 30-family guideline. Classis decided, however, that the circumstances in this young congregation required that this subsidy be granted. Grandville informed the Classis that their congregation would be self-supporting beginning January 1, 1985.
Expenses for this meeting amounted to $496.00. Classis will meet next on May 8, 1985 at Kalamazoo.
Jon Huisken, Stated Clerk