January 5 and February 23, 1966 Sessions
Rev. H. Veldman, chairman of the October Classis presided over the opening devotions, and after the credentials were accepted, declared the classis properly constituted.
Rev. G.J. VanBaren then presided, while Rev. Veldman recorded the minutes. All the churches were represented in this opening session by two delegates each.
The routine matters of the approval of minutes of October-November sessions of classis, the reports of the Stated Clerk and Classical Committee were taken care of in that order.
The brethren G. Bouwkamp and M. Klop were appointed to the finance committee for this session of classis.
The Consistory of Hudsonville requested classical appointments and the Mission Board requested that Rev. M. Schipper be relieved of his appointment to Isabel-Forbes. Both requests were granted. Classis later adopted the following schedule for Hudsonville, Randolph, and Isabel-Forbes: Hudsonville: Jan. 23—H. Veldman, Jan. 30—G. Lanting, Feb. 13—H. Veldman, Feb. 20—M. Schipper, Feb. 27—G. VanBaren, March 6—R. Harbach, March 13—G. Lubbers, Mar. 20—G. Lanting, April 3—M. Schipper. Randolph: Jan. 16—G. VanBaren, Jan. 23—M. Schipper, Feb. 6—R. Harbath, Feb. 20—G. Lanting, March 6—H. Veldman, March 20—M. Schipper, April 3—R. Harbach. Isabel-Forbes: Jan. 16, 23, 30—G. Lubbers, Feb. 6, 13—G. VanBaren.
Classis next treated the matter of subsidy requests which came from the consistories of HoIland and Kalamazoo. Both requests were to be sent -to synod with classis’ approval.
Two protests against the classical decisions of the October classis were given into the hands of a study committee which was to report on an extended meeting of classis on February 23. The committee: Rev. G. Lanting, Rev. G. Lubbers, and the elders R. Teitsma, D. Kooienga, and K. Lanning. This matter was treated in executive session, and the Rev. R. Harbach presided while the matter was treated.
Classis, once more out of executive session, proceeded to vote for synodical delegates and delegates ad examina.
The synodical delegates chosen are listed in alphabetical order by decision of classis as follows: Ministers Primi: R. Harbach, M. Schipper, G. VanBaren, H. Veldman. Ministers Secundi: G. Lanting, G. Lubbers. Elders Primi: T. Engelsma, D. Langeland, H. Meulenberg, H. Zwak. Elders Secundi: J.M. Faber, K. Lanning, A. Talsma, B. Windemuller.
Delegates ad examina chosen: Primus R. Harbach for three years. ‘Secundi G. Lanting for three years, G. Lubbers for 2 years, G. VanBaren for 1 year.
Brother A. Haveman was appointed to thank the ladies of Southeast Church for their excellent catering.
Classis decided to hold its April session in Southwest Church on April 6, D.V.
Questions of Article 41 of the Church Order were asked and answered satisfactorily.
Classis adjourned then until February 23.
On this reconvened session Kalamazoo’s elder delegate was absent and elder S. DeVries took the place of Rev. G. Lanting, who was absent.
The chair appointed elder K. Lanning to take the place of elder M. Klop on the finance committee.
Classis decided to give an advisory vote to Rev. G. Vos and the elders of First Church who were present.
Rev. Harbach again presided when the committee appointed at the last session gave its report which was treated in executive session.
Classis decided to thank the study committee for its work.
After the closing devotions, Rev. M. Schipper closed the meeting with thanks to God.
—M. Schipper, S.C.