Faith Protestant Reformed Church

September 11,1996

Classis East met in regular session on Wednesday, September 11, 1996 at the Faith Protestant Reformed Church. Each church was represented by two delegates; Seminarians Laning and VanderWal were also present as part of their internship assignments. Rev. J. Slopsema chaired this session of classis.

Prominent in this meeting was the discussion of classis regarding the status of Covenant PRC, Wyckoff, New Jersey. The May, 1996 classis had posed nine questions regarding their viability as a congregation. Their response was given at this meeting of classis. Classis East decided at this meeting that, for the present, Covenant should be considered as a congregation, but several concerns were addressed to her concerning her viability. These concerns were then referred to the special committee appointed by the January, 1996 classis to assist them in resolving their difficulties.

Requests for classical appointments were received from Hope PRC, Holland PRC, and Covenant PRC. A schedule was drawn and approved for September, 1996-February, 1997.

Initial emeritation stipends for 1996 and 1997 were approved for Rev. B. Woudenberg and forwarded to the Emeritus Committee. A letter of appreciation was sent by classis to Rev. Woudenberg for his 40 years of faithful ministry in our churches.

The expenses of classis amounted to $1,531.48. Classis will meet next on Wednesday, January 8, 1997 at the First PRC, Grand Rapids.

Respectfully submitted,

Jon J. Huisken, Stated Clerk