Report of Classis East

January 13, 1988 

Classis East met in regular session on Wednesday, January 13, 1988 at the First Protestant Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan. All the churches were represented by two delegates. Rev. B. Woudenberg was the chairman for this session. Classis received reports from its stated clerk, its classical committee which included the submission of a Ministerial Certificate of Dismissal and Testimonial for Rev. R. Miersma who is now in New Zealand, and from the church visitors. 

Faith Church requested classical appointments for its evening service (Rev. Bekkering, it was reported will occupy the pulpit for the morning service.) The following schedule was adopted for Faith: January 31 (a.m. service)—Van Baren; February 7—Kamps; February 14—Key; February 21 – Woudenberg; February 28—Gritters; March 6—Slopsema; March 13—Joostens; March 20—Kortering; March 27—Van Baren; April 3—Kamps; April 10—Woudenberg; April 17—Key; April 24—Gritters; May 1—Slopsema; May 8—Joostens; May 15—Kortering. 

Holland also requested classical appointments. The following schedule was adopted for Holland: January 24—Woudenberg; February 7—Joostens; February 14—Kortering; February 21—Van Baren; March 6—Woudenberg; March 13—Gritters; March 20—Kamps; April 3—Key; April 10—Slopsema; April 17—Joostens. 

The committee appointed at the special meeting of classis on November 18, 1987 to assist Faith Church gave its report. This committee was continued at the request of Faith Church. 

Covenant requested permission to contact the churches of Classis East for collections for their building program. A similar request to contact the churches in Classis West, via a letter to synod, was also approved. 

Subsidy requests for 1989 of $23,600 for Covenant and for $7,000 for Kalamazoo were approved. 

Voting always occupies a great deal of time at the January classis. Elected to three-year terms are delegates ad examina were Rev. M. Kamps (primus) and Rev. S. Key (secundus). Rev. G. Van Baren was elected to a three-year term on the Classical Committee. Revs. C. Hanko and J.A. Heys were appointed as church visitors with Rev. H. Veldman as alternate. 

Elected as synodical delegates were the following: MINISTERS: Primi: M. Kamps, J. Kortering, J. Slopsema, G. Van Baren; Secundi: B. Gritters, M. Joostens, S. Key, B. Woudenberg; ELDERS: Primi: D. Doezema, D. Engelsma, C. Prince, G. Wassink;Secundi: G. Bol, G. Hoekstra, D. Lotterman, J. Van Baren. 

Classis was in closed session for a brief time to consider a matter of discipline. 

Expenses amounted to $985.00. Classis will meet next on Wednesday, May 11, 1988 at the Hope Protestant Reformed Church, Walker, Michigan.

Respectfully submitted, 

John J. Huisken 

Stated Clerk

January 13, 1988 

Classis East met in regular session on Wednesday, January 13, 1988 at the First Protestant Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan. All the churches were represented by two delegates. Rev. B. Woudenberg was the chairman for this session. Classis received reports from its stated clerk, its classical committee which included the submission of a Ministerial Certificate of Dismissal and Testimonial for Rev. R. Miersma who is now in New Zealand, and from the church visitors. 

Faith Church requested classical appointments for its evening service (Rev. Bekkering, it was reported will occupy the pulpit for the morning service.) The following schedule was adopted for Faith: January 31 (a.m. service)—Van Baren; February 7—Kamps; February 14—Key; February 21 – Woudenberg; February 28—Gritters; March 6—Slopsema; March 13—Joostens; March 20—Kortering; March 27—Van Baren; April 3—Kamps; April 10—Woudenberg; April 17—Key; April 24—Gritters; May 1—Slopsema; May 8—Joostens; May 15—Kortering. 

Holland also requested classical appointments. The following schedule was adopted for Holland: January 24—Woudenberg; February 7—Joostens; February 14—Kortering; February 21—Van Baren; March 6—Woudenberg; March 13—Gritters; March 20—Kamps; April 3—Key; April 10—Slopsema; April 17—Joostens. 

The committee appointed at the special meeting of classis on November 18, 1987 to assist Faith Church gave its report. This committee was continued at the request of Faith Church. 

Covenant requested permission to contact the churches of Classis East for collections for their building program. A similar request to contact the churches in Classis West, via a letter to synod, was also approved. 

Subsidy requests for 1989 of $23,600 for Covenant and for $7,000 for Kalamazoo were approved. 

Voting always occupies a great deal of time at the January classis. Elected to three-year terms are delegates ad examina were Rev. M. Kamps (primus) and Rev. S. Key (secundus). Rev. G. Van Baren was elected to a three-year term on the Classical Committee. Revs. C. Hanko and J.A. Heys were appointed as church visitors with Rev. H. Veldman as alternate. 

Elected as synodical delegates were the following: MINISTERS: Primi: M. Kamps, J. Kortering, J. Slopsema, G. Van Baren; Secundi: B. Gritters, M. Joostens, S. Key, B. Woudenberg; ELDERS: Primi: D. Doezema, D. Engelsma, C. Prince, G. Wassink;Secundi: G. Bol, G. Hoekstra, D. Lotterman, J. Van Baren. 

Classis was in closed session for a brief time to consider a matter of discipline. 

Expenses amounted to $985.00. Classis will meet next on Wednesday, May 11, 1988 at the Hope Protestant Reformed Church, Walker, Michigan.

Respectfully submitted, 

John J. Huisken 

Stated Clerk