Classis West of the Protestant Reformed Churches met in Randolph, Wisconsin on March 3. The churches of the West were represented by nine ministers and fifteen elders. Rev. R. Van Over-loop was also present. Classis gave him the right of the floor on all matters before Classis and asked him to address the Classis on his work as missionary in Birmingham, Alabama.
Rev. K. Koole led Classis in opening devotions. He read Isaiah 62 and spoke to the Classis from the chapter. Rev. G. Lanting presided over this Classis. Elders J. Hoksbergen (Hull), H. Meulenberg (Houston), and J. Soodsma (Randolph)—elder delegates to Classis for the first time—signed the Formula of Subscription.
Classis approved the “Ministerial Certificate of Dismissal and Testimonial” of Edmonton concerning Rev. R. Moore, who has accepted the call from Isabel.
Among the various reports given to the Classis was that of the Reading Sermon Committee (Edgerton Consistory), which informed Classis that “we still need more sermons. The committee would remind the ministers of the decision of Classis that each minister submit one sermon per year due at the Fall Classis.” The Taped Sermon Committee (South Holland Council) informed Classis that a catalogue of available cassettes has been prepared. “This catalogue can be used by those requesting tapes to request specific tapes.”
The Church Visitors reported that, in the course of their work, they treated at some length the subject of the evaluation of the preaching with each consistory. They stated also that “from all indications the preaching of the Word, administration of the sacraments, and exercise of Christian discipline is being faithfully performed according to Scripture and the Reformed Confessions.”
In executive session, Classis dealt with the appeal of a member against the decision of his consistory to suspend him from the Lord’s Table.
Edgerton, Edmonton, Houston, Isabel, and Pella requested subsidy for 1983 in the amount of $68,954.00; and Classis granted these requests, forwarding them to Synod. Edgerton and Isabel requested additional subsidy for 1982 in the amount of $5,000.00, which was granted. Edmonton requested $12,000 for 1982, a smaller subsidy than had previously been granted, in view of her vacancy. Classis granted the request of Isabel for help in the moving expenses of her pastor.
A Classical Appointment Schedule was adopted.Edmonton: March 28, April 4, 18—Kuiper; April 25, May 2, 9—Cammenga; May 16, 23, 30—Engelsma; June 13, 20, 27—Lanting; July 11, 18, 25—Kortering; August 15, 22, 29—Koole. Redlands: April 25, May 2, 9—Kamps; May 16, 23, 30—Bekkering; June 13, 20, 27—Moore; July 11, 18, 25—Slopsema; August 8, 15, 22—Van Overloop. It was recommended to Redlands that she seek pulpit supply for the summer from the Seminary or from an emeritus minister.
Classis appointed Rev. D. Kuiper moderator of Edmonton during her vacancy.
Results of the necessary voting were the following:
—Classical Committee: Rev. J. Slopsema.
—Delegates ad examina: Primus—Rev. D. Engelsma; Secundus—Rev. J. Slopsema.
—Church Visitors: Rev. J. Kortering and Rev. G. Lanting.
—Primi minister delegates to Synod: Rev. D. Engelsma, Rev. M. Kamps, Rev. J. Kortering, Rev. D. Kuiper.
—Secundi minister delegates to Synod: Rev. R. Cammenga, Rev. K. Koole, Rev. G. Lanting, Rev. J. Slopsema.
—Primi elder delegates to Synod: Mr. G. Griess, Mr. B. Haak, Mr. J. Regnerus, Mr. C. Van Meeteren.
—Secundi elder delegates to Synod: Mr. E. Bruinsma, Mr. A. Brummel, Mr. H. Meulenberg, Mr. E. Stouwie.
Expenses of the Classis were $4,375.23.
Classis will meet next in Doon, Iowa on September 1, 1982, the Lord willing.
—Rev. David Engelsma, Stated Clerk