September 8, 1999

Hudsonville PRC

Classis East met in regular session on Wednesday, September 8, 1999 at the Hudsonville PRC. Each church was represented by two delegates. Rev. Dale Kuiper was the chairman for this session.

The classis was pleased to hear and approve the examination of Pastor-Elect Nathan Brummel. After preaching a sermon on Philippians 4:6 and responding to questions put by ministers on the six loci of dogmatics, the knowledge of scripture and the confessions, controversy, and practica, Pastor-Elect Brummel was given the good news that the classis, with the concurrence of the delegates ad examina from Classis West (Revs. A. Brummel, C. Haak, and S. Houck), had approved his exam. Cornerstone PRC in Dyer, Indiana was authorized to proceed with his ordination and installation set for Friday, September 10th.

Classis appointed a study committee to deal with synod’s response to the appeals of two brothers regarding decisions taken by the classis at its September 9, 1998 meeting. The contents of these appeals can be read in the Acts of Synod 1999. Synod decided not to enter into these appeals because synod believed the classis had departed from the concrete case (regarding divorce and legal separation) dealt with in its May 13, 1998 session. Synod’s instruction to the classis was to reexamine its decision of September 9, 1998 in light of synod’s decision given above.

Expenses for this session amounted to $861.70. Classis will meet next on January 12, 2000 in Southeast PRC.

Respectfully submitted,

Jon J. Huisken, Stated Clerk