The Rev. R.C. Harbach, who presided over the July meeting of Classis, led in the opening devotions. After the Credentials of the various delegates were accepted, he pronounced the Classis properly constituted, and turned the hammer over to Rev. J.A. Heys, who then addressed the Classis with a few chosen words and presided over the rest of the session.
All of the churches were represented by two delegates each, Three of the delegates attended the Classis for the, first time, and were therefore required to sign the Formula Of Subscription.
Much of the work of Classis was routine: the reading and approval of minutes, and reports of the Stated Clerk and Classical Committee, the asking and answering of the Questions of Article 41 of the Church Order, and the decision re the time and place of the next meeting.
Classis also received a request from Classis West and of Southwest Church to help fill their vacant pulpits. The latter church was in need of supply because Rev. Lubbers is planning to serve once more for several months in Jamaica, at the request of the Mission Committee.
Classis adopted the following schedule:
SOUTHWEST: Nov. 9—Professor Nov. 16—Schipper Nov. 23—Harbach Nov. 30—VanBaren Dec. 7—Professor Dec. 14—Heys Dec. 21—Professor Dec. 28—Harbach Jan. 4—Kortering Jan. 11—Heys. HULL: Oct. 12, 19, 26—VanBaren Dec. 21, 28, Jan. 4—Veldman PELLA: Nov. 30—Dec. 7, 14—Kortering. SOUTH HOLLAND: Oct. 12—Veldman Oct. 26—Schipper Nov. 9—Heys Nov. 30—Heys Dec. 14—Schipper Dec. 21—Harbach Jan. 11—Schipper Jan. 25—Harbach.
Classis also treated Committee Reports of two committees appointed in the July Classis which took up most of the time of this session, which ended after 5 o’clock in the afternoon.
The Church Visitors also tendered their report, which gave clear evidence that the Lord is blessing our churches in this area of our denomination.
Classis decided to meet next time, the first Wednesday of January, in Southeast Church.
Rev. G. VanBaren and Rev. M. Schipper were chosen to serve on the Classical Committee along with Rev. G. Lubbers whose term had not yet expired.
Classis enjoyed its stay in Hope, and especially the fine catering service of the Martha’s of Hope Church.
Rev. G. Lubbers was asked to offer the concluding prayer of thanksgiving.
M. Schipper, SC.