Classis East met in regular session on July 2, 1975 at the First Prot. Ref. Church of Holland, Michigan. Each church was represented by two delegates. The session was brief, the business routine, but the fellowship experienced and the unity evidenced was plenty reason to give thanks to God for calling the representatives of the congregations together. Rev. R. Van Overloop chaired this session of the classis.
After the preliminaries, the classis heard the report of the Stated Clerk; there was no report of the Classical Committee. The stated Clerk informed the classis that he would be absent for a year teaching in Redlands, California. Classis elected Rev. M. Joostens as assistant stated clerk for a one-year term to take care of the duties of the Stated Clerk in his absence.
Perhaps the highlight of the entire meeting was the report of the church visitors. Sometimes we take it for granted that there is peace and harmony in our denomination but it is reason for thanksgiving to God that he continues to abide mightily in our midst with His good and Holy Spirit, giving us unity and harmony.
Kalamazoo requested classical appointments for the next three months. Classis adopted the following schedule for Kalamazoo: July 20—VanOverloop; August 3—Veldman; August 17—Schipper; August 31—C. Hanko; September 14—Joostens; September 28—VanBaren; October 12—Heys. Rev. Joostens and Elder James Heys served on this committee to construct the schedule.
In other committee assignments and reports, Elders P. Koole and E. Kortering served on the Finance Committee. Classis approved expenses for this session of $294.86. Elder G. Hoekstra thanked the ladies of Holland for their catering services.
The questions of Article 41 of the Church Order were asked and satisfactorily answered, the concept minutes were read and adopted and classis stood adjourned. The next meeting of Classis East will be held in Hope Church on October 1, 1975.
Jon Huisken, Stated Clerk