Classis East met in regular session on January 5, 1977 at our new Hudsonville church. A guided tour of the edifice preceded the meeting. Each congregation was represented by two delegates and, for the first time in many years, each congregation has an under shepherd of her own. Rev. B. Woudenberg, having returned to serve a congregation in Classis East after a long stay in Classis West, was duly welcomed to the Classis. Rev. M. Schipper served as chairman of this session.
The usual preliminary business was conducted. The minutes were read, the Stated Clerk’s report was read, and the Classical Committee reported its activity of approving the ministerial credentials of Revs. Kuiper and Woudenberg.
The church visitors made their final report which related their visit to Covenant Church in New Jersey. The visitors report that while this small church continues to struggle because of its size, their spiritual condition is excellent and they continue to be a strong witness in their area.
Subsidy requests for 1978 were received from Kalamazoo and Covenant. Both churches requested $9000 subsidy for 1978; both requests were approved and forwarded to synod. Covenant also presented a letter of thanks for the subsidy received in the past, which letter was forwarded to synod for publication in the Acts.
In voting for synodical delegates classis selected the following: MINISTERS: Primi—C. Hanko, G. VanBaren, R. VanOverloop, B. Woudenberg; Secundi—A. den Hartog, J.A. Heys, M. Joostens, M. Schipper. ELDERS: Primi—D. Engelsma, J. Huisken, G. Pipe, R. Teitsma; Secundi—J.M. Faber, G. Hoekstra, J. King, G. Scholten. Voting for delegatesad examina resulted in a three-year primus term for Rev. G. VanBaren and a three-year secundus term for Rev. B. Woudenberg.
Holland presented a request for pulpit supply while Rev. Heys is in Jamaica. The following schedule was adopted: Jan. 16—C. Hanko, Jan. 23—M. Joostens, Jan. 30—M. Schipper, Feb. 6—G. VanBaren, Feb. 13—H. Veldman, Feb. 20—B. Woudenberg.
One matter involving the request by a consistory for the increase in censure was treated in closed session.
The Finance Committee composed of Elders G. Scholten and G. VandenTop reported expenses of $392.01. These expenses were approved and payment authorized. Elder A. Alphenaar thanked the ladies for their catering.
The questions of Article 41 of the Church Order were satisfactorily answered, the concept minutes were read, Elder Alphenaar closed the meeting with prayer, and classis stood adjourned. The next meeting of Classis East will be held on April 6, 1977 at Southeast Church.
Jon J. Huisken