January 10, 2001

Georgetown PRC

Classis East met in regular session on Wednesday, January 10, 2001 at the Georgetown PRC. Each church was represented by two delegates. Rev. A. Spriensma was the chair for this session.

Considerable time was spent on an appeal from a brother against his consistory because of their placing him under discipline. Classis denied this appeal and thereby upheld the decision of the consistory. Classis also had to deal with two requests from consistories for the erasure of a baptized member. Classis approved these two requests. One other request for the increase of censure to the second step was not approved. These are difficult decisions for the delegates to make, and the seriousness of these decisions is reflected in the time that classis devotes to each case.

The church visitors reported on their work and found that, for the most part, there is peace and harmony in the congregations, the consistories are faithful in their labors, and the churches are prospering under the blessing of God.

Classis considered an overture from Georgetown PRC concerning the Rules of Classis East. Classis East adopted the new and expanded rules as proposed by Georgetown with just a few minor changes. These new rules are now very similar to those employed by Classis West. A copy of these new rules has been sent to all the consistories of Classis East.

Voting for synodical delegates resulted in the following: MINISTERS: Primi: R. Cammenga, B. Gritters, J. Slopsema, C. Terpstra, R. VanOverloop; Secundi: W. Bruinsma, M. Dick, K. Koole, Doug Kuiper, A. Spriensma. ELDERS: Primi: D. Doezema, C. Jonker, L. Meulenberg, D. Ondersma, P. VanDerSchaaf; Secundi: H. Boer, G. Kaptein, H. Langerak, G. Terpstra, J. VanderWoude.

In the voting for delegates ad examina, Rev. Dale Kuiper was elected to a three-year term as a primus delegate and Rev. K. Koole to a three-year secundus term. Rev. J. Slopsema and Rev. R. Van Overloop were elected as church visitors, with Rev. Dale Kuiper as alternate. Rev. M. Dick was elected to a three-year term on the Classical Committee. The new Rules of Classis require that there be an Assistant Stated Clerk. Accordingly, Rev. Doug Kuiper was elected to a three-year term in this office.

Classis approved 2002 subsidy requests of $20,500 for Kalamazoo PRC and of $35,000 for Covenant PRC. Classis also approved Covenant’s request to contact the churches in Classis East for collections for their Building Fund. A similar request will be sent to synod 2001 for the purpose of contacting the churches in Classis West.

Expenses for this session amounted to $1,887.32. Classis will meet next on May 9, 2001 at the Southwest PRC.

Respectfully submitted,

Jon J. Huisken, Stated Clerk