January 8, 1992
Classis East met in regular session on Wednesday, January 8, 1992 at the Hope Protestant Reformed Church, Walker, Michigan. Each church was represented by two delegates. Also present for an hour of the morning’s proceedings were the church history students of Calvin Kalsbeek from Covenant Christian High School. Rev. M. Joostens was the chairman for this session.
The business, for the most part, was routine. Classis did, however, spend a considerable amount of time discussing the report of the church visitors, particularly their visits to Wyckoff and Norristown. The action taken by classis with regard to this report was to appoint a special committee to make recommendations as to the proper procedure to be followed regarding Norristown and their failure to implement a decision of classis regarding the use of The Psalter.
In other business, Classis was informed by the consistories of Southwest and Grandville that they intended to appeal to synod the decisions of the September/October classis regarding their protests. Classis also granted Covenant’s request to ask the churches in Classis East to take collections for their Building Fund. A similar request will be sent to synod to ask Classis West to do the same.
Classis adopted the following appointment schedule: SOUTHEAST (PM service only): Feb. 9 – Woudenberg; Feb. 16 – Kamps; Feb. 23 – Koole; March 1 – VanBaren; March 15 – Kamps; March 22 – Joostens; March 29 – Koole; April 5 – VanBaren; April 19 – Bruinsma; April 26 – Gritters; May 3 – Joostens; May 10 – Kortering; May 24 – VanBaren; May 31 – Koole; June 7 – Joostens; June 14 – Kamps, VENICE: Feb. 16, 23 – Bruinsma; March 1, 8 – Flikkema, LARNE: Feb. 16, 23, Mar. 1 – K. Hanko; Mar. 29, April 5, 12 – Slopsema.
January is the time classis spends much time in voting. The following results: Delegates ad examina: Rev. G. VanBaren elected to a three-year primus term; Rev. J. Slopsema elected to a three-year secundus term. Classical Committee: Rev. M. Kamps elected to a three-year term. Synodical Delegates: MINISTERS: Primi: W. Bruinsma, M. Kamps, J. Kortering, G. VanBaren; Secundi: B. Gritters, M. Joostens, K. Koole, J. Slopsema. ELDERS: Primi: C. Doezema, D. Engelsma, P. Miedema, K. Schipper; Secundi: H. Boer, D. Harbach, H. Langerak, T. Looyenga. Church Visitors: Revs. Kortering and VanBaren were elected to serve with Revs. Kamps and Slopsema as alternates.
Expenses for this classis amounted to $2,310.20. Classis will meet next on Wednesday, May 13, 1992 at Hudsonville.
Jon J. Huisken