Classis East met in regular session on January 5, 1972 at Southeast Church. Rev. Schipper led in opening devotions and Rev. VanBaren served as chairman of this session. Each church was represented by two delegates.
Hearty welcomes were given to both Rev. C. Hanko who returned to Classis East after seven years in Classis West and Rev. G. Lubbers who was spending his last day of furlough in “the states” before returning to his missionary labors in Jamaica. Classis bid the Rev. Lubbers Godspeed and God’s richest blessing as he returns to his work.
The reports of the Stated Clerk and the Classical Committee were received. The usual committees were appointed. Elders R. Clawson and J. Bomers served on the Finance Committee, Elder J. Heys thanked the ladies for their catering services and Rev. Heys, Rev. C. Hanko and Elder C. Westra prepared the classical appointment schedule. The schedule adopted for HOPE is as follows: Jan. 16—M. Schipper; Jan. 30—J. A. Heys; Feb. 13—C. Hanko; Feb. 27—H. Veldman; March 12—G. VanBaren; March 26—R. Harbach; April 9—H. Veldman.
Subsidy requests were received from Holland and Kalamazoo and were forwarded to synod requesting approval.
An overture regarding the proposed seminary building site was also forwarded to synod.
Voting for synodical delegates resulted in the following elections: MINISTERS: Primi—C. Hanko, R. Harbach, J. A. Heys, G. VanBaren Secundi—G. Lubbers, M. Schipper, H. Veldman ELDERS: Primi—J. M. Faber, J. Kalsbeek, Sr., D. Langeland, G. PipeSecundi—G. Bouwkamp, J. Buiter, James Heys, D. Meulenberg.
Rev. VanBaren was elected to serve a three-year term as primus delegate ad examina and Rev. C. Hanko and Rev. Veldman were elected to serve three-year and two-year terms, respectively, assecundi delegates ad examina.
Questions of Article 41 of the Church Order were answered satisfactorily.
Classis will hold its next session on April 5, 1972 at Hudsonville.
Rev. C. Hanko closed the session with prayer.
Jon Huisken, Stated Clerk, Classis East