Classis East met in regular session on the 4th of April in Southeast Church. Present for the first time were the delegates from the newly organized Faith Prot. Ref. Church in Jenison, Michigan. Each church was represented by two delegates. Rev. G. VanBaren presided over this session of classis.
The Stated Clerk and Classical Committee gave their respective reports. Reporting also was the consistory of Hope Church who served as the classical committee to oversee the organization of the Jenison area church. Faith Prot. Ref. Church is now very much a reality. Rev. C. Hanko has been. appointed as her moderator; classical appointments have been regular.
The regular committees necessary for each session of classis were appointed. Elders H. Boer and R. Bos were appointed as Finance Committee. Expenses of $24.96 were reported by this committee. Faith Church requested classical appointments. The committee of Rev. M. Schipper and Elders G. VanDenTop and G. Pipe constructed the following schedule for Faith Church. The schedule adopted is as follows: April 15—R. C. Harbach; April 22—M. Schipper; May 6—H. Veldman; May 13—R. VanOverloop; May 20—G. VanBaren; May 27—M. Schipper; June 10—C. Hanko; June 17—G. VanBaren; June 24—J.A. Heys; July 1—R.C. Harbach; July 8—H. Veldman.
Faith Church also submitted requests for subsidy for 1973 and 1974. These requests were forwarded to Synod for approval.
First Church came to Classis with an overture requesting that Synod continue its work on the revision of The Psalter and to request that our churches take two collections per year to cover the expenses of this project. Classis approved this overture not only but also made two additional suggestions to Synod concerning this matter: 1) That Synod consider constructing a new Psalter incorporating the old favorites of the present edition and 2) That Synod appoint a separate committee to revise the liturgical material in The Psalter.
Rev. M. Schipper and Rev. H. Veldman were elected to conduct church visitation. Rev. Heys will serve as alternate.
One matter was considered by the Classis in closed session.
Elder G. VanDenTop was appointed to thank the ladies of Southeast for their catering services.
The remaining business concerned the closing of this session of Classis East. The questions of Article 41 of the Church Order were asked and satisfactorily answered, the concept minutes were read and adopted, and the chairman thanked the delegates for their cooperation in conducting the business of the day. Classis adjourned and Rev. C. Hanko closed the session with prayer. Classis stood adjourned until June 27 when the next session will be held at the First Prot. Ref. Church.