Classis East met in regular session on October 5th at the Faith Prot. Ref. Church in Jenison, Michigan. All the churches were represented by two delegates. Rev. Van Overloop led in opening devotions and Rev. Woudenberg, in the absence of Rev. Veldman, presided.
After the usual business of accepting the credentials, signing of the Formula of Subscription, reports of the Stated Clerk and Classical Committee, Classis dealt with the issue of the frequency of its meetings. Overtures from Hope, Kalamazoo, and Covenant addressed this issue. All three overtures requested that classis reduce its meetings from four times to three times a year. In addition, Hope requested that, in order to avoid conflict with the meetings of Classis West, classis meet on the second Wednesday of the month rather than on the first Wednesday as is the current practice. After discussion, classis decided to adopt the overtures of the three churches. Classis East will now meet in the months of January, May, and September on the second Wednesday of those respective months. The grounds given by Hope’s overture were adopted to support this change: 1) Our church order allows for some flexibility because of great distance; 2) Good stewardship of time and money; 3) Small amount of work, particularly at our July classis; 4) Classis West meets but twice a year having twelve churches while we have but nine; 5) If necessary, a special meeting can be called by the Classical Committee.
Due to Rev. Van Baren’s accepting the call to Hudsonville, First Church requested classical appointments and a moderator. Rev. Schipper was appointed as moderator and the following appointment scheduled was adopted for First: Nov. 6—Rev. Schipper, Nov. 13—Rev. Joostens, Nov. 20—Rev. Veldman, Nov. 27—Rev. Van Overloop, Dec. 4—Rev. Heys, Dec. 11—Rev. Woudenberg, Dec. 18—Rev. Van Baren, Jan. 8—Rev. den Hartog.
The Finance Committee reported expenses of $362.20, the questions of Article 41 of the Church Order were asked and answered, the concept minutes were adopted; and, after the closing remarks by the chairman, classis stood adjourned. Rev. den Hartog closed the meeting with prayer. Classis will meet next on January 11, 1978 at Southeast.
Jon J. Huisken