Classis West of the Protestant Reformed Churches met in Doon, Iowa on September 5, 6, 1984. Nine ministers and fifteen elders represented the churches of the West. Elders R. Brands (Loveland), J. Lenting (South Holland), H. Molenkamp (Edmonton), and R. Streyle (Doon) were delegated to Classis for the first time and signed the Formula of ” Subscription. Rev. R. Cammenga, president of the previous Classis, opened the meeting of Classis, by r speaking to the delegates from Luke 14:7-11: “. . . For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”
Classis heard from its Board of Trustees that Classis has now come into possession of the bulk of a sizable inheritance willed to Classis by a member of one of the churches in the West. Classis appointed the Council of South Holland as a committee of Classis to advise Classis on the use of this gift. The Council is to consider suggestions concerning the use of the estate already made by many of the Consistories.
Having taken note of the organization of the new church in Grandville, MI, Classis instructed its Stated Clerk to welcome our new sister into the family of churches.
Rev. M. Kamps was chosen church visitor to replace Rev. J. Kortering, who has accepted a call into Classis East. Classis gave classical appointments to Loveland and Lynden according to the following schedule: Loveland: Sept. 9, 16—Bekkering; Sept. 30, Oct. 7, 14—Kamps; Oct. 28, Nov. 4, 11—Koole; Nov. 18, 25, Dec. 2—Moore; [Dec. 16, 23, 30—seminarian or emeritus minister]; Jan. 13, 20, 27—Kuiper; Feb. 10, 17, 24—Smith; March 10, 17, 24—Miersma. Lynden: [Sept. 30—Nov. 4—C. Hanko]; Nov. 18, 25, Dec. 2—Miersma; [Dec. 16, 23, 30—seminarian or emeritus minister]; Jan. 13, 20, 27—Slopsema; Feb. 10, 17—Engelsma; March 10, 17, 24—Lanting.
Most of Classis’ time was taken up in judging on two appeals against a Consistory in closed session.
Classis will meet next, the Lord willing, in Randolph, WI on March 6, 1985.
Rev. David Engelsma, Stated Clerk