Classis East met in regular session on September 14, 1983 at the Southeast Protestant Reformed Church. With the exception of Kalamazoo, each church was represented by two delegates. Rev. G. Van Baren presided over this session.
Two matters, other than routine business, occupied the attention of the Classis. In the first place; Classis gave approval for the organization of a new congregation in the Byron Center-Cutlerville area. This was in response to a renewed request by those brethren who had petitioned the May Classis to organize them. Hudsonville consistory was appointed as committee of Classis to implement this decision. Classical appointments were granted this group and are as follows: October 9: Joostens; October 16: Flikkema; October 23: Haak; November 6: Van Baren; November 13: Miersma; November 20: Woudenberg; December 4; Bruinsma; December 11: DeVries; December 18: Joostens; January 8: Haak; January 15: Van Baren.
The second item of business not routine was the consideration and subsequent approval of a request by a consistory for the erasure of a baptized member.
In concluding remarks, Rev. R. Van Overloop gave a brief report of the proceedings of Classis West held the week prior as well as a report of his work in Birmingham and of his most recent work in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Rev. G. Lubbers also reminded Classis of the need to remember Rev. Miersma in prayer as he considers the call to work as missionary to Jamaica.
Expenses amounted to $343.00. Classis will meet next on January 11, 1984 at First Church.
Jon J. Huisken, Stated Clerk