Report of Classis East

First Protestant Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Classis East met in regular session on Wednesday, May 10, 1995 at the First Protestant Reformed Church of Grand Rapids. Each church was represented by two delegates. Rev. R. Flikkema was the chair of this session. Also in attendance were the delegates ad examina from Classis West, Revs. Houck, Key, and Terpstra.

The highlight of the meeting was the granting of permission by classis for the organization of the Grace Protestant Reformed Church to be located in the Standale/Tallmadge area. This is a daughter church of Hope PRC. Twenty-one families and eleven individuals had signed the request for organization. Hope Church was appointed as the committee of classis to oversee the organization of this new congregation. The delegates ad examina from Classis West concurred with classis in granting this request.

The report of the Stated Clerk and the Classical Committee were received.

Classis East bid farewell to Rev. Meindert Joostens, who will be moving to the Lynden PRC. The following resolution was adopted regarding the work of Rev. Joostens in Classis East: that Classis East recognize the departure of Rev. M. Joostens from our classis in which he has faithfully labored for almost 22 years and to express our gratitude to God for his labors and fellowship among us and pray God’s blessing upon him in his future labors at Lynden PRC and Classis West.

Classical appointments were granted to Byron Center for the evening service and to First Church, Grand Rapids. The schedule has been sent to all the churches and will not be duplicated here. Rev. D. Kuiper was appointed as the moderator for First Church and Rev. Slopsema as moderator for the newly-formed Grace PRC.

The expenses of classis amounted to $1,208.42. Classis will meet next at Hudsonville on September 13, 1995.

Respectfully submitted,

Jon J Huisken,

Stated Clerk