Classis East of our churches met in regular session on Wednesday, April 7, 1976. Rev. C. Hanko led the Classis in opening devotions, and after declaring Classis properly constituted handed the gavel to Rev. A. Den Hartog, who chaired this session.
The business before Classis was routine and uneventful. But this did not in any way adversely affect the good fellowship which each classis affords. As always, this classis was a good opportunity for fellowship and communion between the officebearers of Classis East who attended from far and near.
In its routine business the Classis received for information the report of the Assistant Stated Clerk, and the Report of the Classical Committee, which informed the Classis that, as a gesture of good faith to Classis West, Rev. H. Veldman supplied Edmonton’s pulpit the Sundays of March 14-28. The chair appointed elders G. Bol and R. Teitsma as the Finance Committee for this session. This Committee reported a total expenditure of $318.30. Elder J. Dykstra of Hope Church was appointed to thank the ladies for refreshments. The Classical Appointment Committee of Rev. Van Overloop, elders G. Vanden Top and G. Scholten submitted the following pulpit supply schedule for Kalamazoo: April 11—C. Hanko, April 25—M. Joostens, May 2—G. VanBaren, May 16—J. Heys, May 23—R. VanOverloop, June 6—H. Veldman, June 13—M. Schipper, June 27—C. Hanko, July 4—M. Joostens. Classis adopted this schedule.
Voting for church visitors resulted in Revs. J. Heys and G. Van Baren being chosen, with Rev. C. Hanko as alternate. The questions of Article 41 of the Church Order were asked and satisfactorily answered by each consistory. None needed the advice of Classis regarding any matter.
Classis stood adjourned until July 7, 1976, which meeting will be held at Hope Church. Rev. G. VanBaren closed the meeting with prayer.
Assistant Stated Clerk
Rev. M. Joostens