March 6, 2002 at Loveland, Colorado

The March meeting of Classis West was held in Loveland Protestant Reformed Church in Loveland, Colorado on Wednesday, March 6. Rev. Steven Houck chaired the meeting.

Classis treated a rather lengthy agenda, including two appeals. Both appeals concerned a discipline case in one of our churches and were treated in closed session. In both instances, the consistory was upheld in its actions in the case.

In other business, a discipline case was carefully considered in closed session and approval was given to the decision of the consistory to proceed to the second step of discipline.

Classis approved Rev. Richard Moore’s emeritation request and forwarded his request to synod. Classis expressed its appreciation to Rev. Moore for his nearly 34 years of faithful labors in our churches and on the mission field as minister of the Word and sacraments. It was noted that Rev. Moore labored during his entire ministry in Classis West. The Lord willing, Rev. Moore will be emeritus at the end of July, 2002.

The church visitors reported on their work and informed classis that they found there is peace, unity, and love in our congregations and among the officebearers in our consistories. They reported that the consistories are faithfully carrying out their labors and that the churches are prospering under the blessing of God.

Classis approved subsidy requests from three of our churches and forwarded these requests to synod. In connection with this, Bethel PRC informed classis that they will not be needing any subsidy for 2003. Classis expressed its joy that Bethel has at this time become self-supporting.

Classical appointments were granted to Lynden PRC as follows: Rev. Doug Kuiper (April 7 & 14), Rev. Eriks (April 21 & 28), Rev. VanderWal (May 5 & 12), Rev. DeVries (May 19 & 26), Rev. R. Miersma (June 2 & 9), Rev. A. Brummel (June 23 & 30), Rev. Smit (July 7 & 14), Rev. Kleyn (July 21 & 28), Rev. Key (August 18 & 25), Rev. Houck (September 8 & 15), Rev. Doug Kuiper (September 22 & 29). Lynden’s consistory expressed appreciation to classis and to all our churches for the overwhelming support and help they have received from the churches, especially with pulpit supply.

Annual elections were also held. Ministers elected as delegates to Synod 2002 were Revs. A. Brummel, C. Haak, S. Houck, S. Key, D. Kleyn. Alternates are Revs. M. DeVries, G. Eriks, Doug Kuiper, R. Miersma, R. Smit. Elders elected as delegates to synod were Keith Bruinsma (Peace), Bob Mantel (Doon), Henry P. Meulenberg (Redlands), Don Terpstra (Peace), Gysbert VanBaren (South Holland). Alternates are Henry Bleyenburg (South Holland), Lewis DeJong (South Holland), Glenn Gunnink (Edgerton), Henry Hoksbergen (Hull), Lammert Lubbers (South Holland).

In other elections, Rev. Kleyn was reappointed to a three-year term as stated clerk; Rev. Doug Kuiper was elected as assistant stated clerk; Rev. R. Smit was reappointed to the Classical Committee; Rev. A. Brummel was elected to a three-year term as a synodical deputy of Classis West, with Rev. Eriks elected as the alternate; and Revs. M. DeVries, C. Haak, S. Houck, and R. Miersma were elected as church visitors, with Revs. A. Brummel and S. Key as alternates.

Classis accepted the invitations of Edgerton PRC to hold its next meeting in Edgerton, Minnesota, on September 4, 2002, and of Lynden PRC to hold the March 2003 meeting in Lynden, Washington.

Rev. Daniel Kleyn

Stated Clerk, Classis West