January 8, 1969 At Southeast Church
Rev. G.C. Lubbers led in the opening devotions. All the churches of Classis East were represented by two delegates each.
Rev. G. Van Baren, following the order of rotation, presided over this session, while the Rev. Lubbers recorded the minutes.
The brethren J. Boone and R. Teitsma were appointed to the finance committee, and brother J. King was appointed to thank the ladies of Southeast for their excellent catering.
The Stated Clerk read the transcribed minutes of the October meeting which Classis approved.
He also read his report re correspondence which was filed for information.
The Classical Committee read its report which also gave advice concerning the duplication of protests and appeals. Classis adopted the advice: that henceforward the Stated Clerk may use a copy machine to duplicate classical material at the expense of Classis.
Kalamazoo presented its annual subsidy request which Classis approved. Holland was granted the privilege of presenting its subsidy request to the April Classis.
Hudsonville and Southwest consistories requested pulpit supply while their respective ministers labor for six weeks each in Pella, Iowa. This was granted, though it required a revision of the original classical appointment schedule for South Holland. The committee: Rev. J. Kortering, Rev. R. Harbach, and Elder G. Stadt prepared the following schedule which was adopted:
SOUTH HOLLAND: Jan. 12—M. Schipper; Jan. 19—J. Heys; Jan. 26—G. VanBaren; Feb. 2—J. Kortering; Feb. 9—M. Schipper; Feb. 16—J. Kortering; Feb. 23—G. VanBaren; March 2—B. Woudenberg; March 9—B. Woudenberg; March 16—J. Heys; March 23—J. Kortering; March 30—M. Schipper.
SOUTHWEST: Jan. 12—Seminary; Jan. 19—J. Kortering; Jan. 26—Seminary; Feb. 2—J. Heys; Feb. 9—G. VanBaren; Feb. 16—R. Harbach.
HUDSONVILLE: Feb. 23—Seminary; March 2—M. Schipper; March 9—seminary; March 16—R. Harbach; March 23—G. VanBaren; March 30—J. Heys.
The Church Visitors gave their annual report which Classis received for information.
First Church requested Classis to send their overture to Synod readjustment of number of families and assessments. Classis sent this letter with classical approval.
A member of one of our churches presented material of an appeal to Synod which was given to a committee of Rev. M. Schipper, Rev. J. Heys, and Elder G. Holstege for study and advice and to report to the April Classis.
Classis voted for Synodical Delegates and the following were chosen:
MINISTERS: Primi: J. Heys, G. Lubbers, M. Schipper, and G. Van Baren. Secundi: R. Harbach, J. Kortering, and H. Veldman.
ELDERS: Primi: J. King, J. H. Kortering, H. Meulenberg, and G. Pipe. Secundi: P. Cnossen, D. Dykstra, D. Kooienga, and H.G. Kuiper.
Voting for Delegates Ad Examina resulted in the following being chosen: Primus for 3 years Rev. J. Kortering; Secundi: Rev. H. Veldman for 3 years, and Rev. R. Harbach for one year.
It was decided to meet next time the first Wednesday of April in our Hudsonville Church.
Questions of Article 41 of the Church Order were asked and answered satisfactorily.
After the minutes were approved, classis adjourned.
Rev. J. Kortering offered the closing prayer.
M. Schipper, S.C.