Rev. Richard Moore, president of the previous Classis, led Classis in opening devotions. After singing and prayer, he read Psalm 127 and spoke to the Classis on verse 1: “Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchmen waketh but in vain.”
The eleven churches in Classis West were represented by a minister and an elder except of Edgerton which was represented by two elders. Three ministers from Classis East were also present as synodical deputies to witness and approve the examination of a candidate for the ministry, and they were given advisory vote. Rev. Bernard Woudenberg presided over the Classis.
The main work of this Classis was the examination of Mr. James Slopsema, who had accepted the call from Edgerton congregation. Mr. Slopsema preached before the delegates at a worship service of the Randolph congregation on the evening of September 3. His text was I Corinthians 10:13. Classis examined the candidate in Dogmatics, Knowledge of Scripture, Knowledge of the Confessions, Controversy, and Practical Qualifications. With the concurrence of the synodical deputies, Classis approved the examination and advised Edgerton to proceed with the ordination of Mr. Slopsema. The president expressed Classis’ joy at this occasion, and the Classis prayed God’s blessing upon this young man and his ministry by singing, “May the grace of Christ the Savior/And the Father’s boundless love/With the Holy Spirit’s favor/Rest upon him from above.”
As one man was entering the Classis, another was leaving. Classis approved the “Ministerial Certificate of Dismissal and Testimonial” of the Pella consistory concerning Rev. Dale Kuiper and transferred-him to Classis East. Rev. Kuiper had accepted the call of Hudsonville to be Home Missionary. The president bade him farewell on Classis’ behalf, and Rev. Kuiper responded, asking that he and his family be remembered in prayer.
Pella was given classical appointments in her vacancy. Sept. 29, Oct. 6—Bekkering; Oct. 13, 20—Engelsma; Nov. 3, 10—Kortering;. Nov. 17, 24—Moore; Dec. 15, 22—Slopsema; Jan. 5, 12 – Hoeksema; Jan. 26, Feb. 2—Lanting; Feb. 16, 23 – Miersma; March 2, 9—Kamps.
The cost of the Classis was $2,452.81.
Classis will meet next in South Holland on March 5, 1975, the Lord willing.
Rev. David Engelsma
Classis West of the Protestant Reformed Churches