Classis West of the Protestant Reformed Churches met in Pella, Iowa on September 2. Fourteen elders and twelve ministers represented the churches of the West. Rev. R. Moore opened the meeting with a devotional speech on Psalm 127:1: “Except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.” Rev. C. Terpstra presided over the Classis. Elder W. Linker (Lacombe), Elder J. Tolsma (Lynden), and Elder J. Wierenga (Lacombe) were present at Classis as delegates for the first time and signed the Formula of Subscription.
In its shortest meeting in many years, if not in all the history of Classis West, Classis conducted business that was strictly routine. A classical appointment schedule was adopted for Immanuel Protestant Reformed Church of Lacombe, Alberta: [Sept. 6, 13, 20—Lanting]; Sept. 27, Oct. 4—DeVries; Oct. 11, 18—Cammenga; Oct. 25, Nov. 1—Koole; Nov. 8, 15—Engelsma; Dec. 6, 13—Terpstra; Jan. 10, 17—Dykstra; Jan. 24, 31—Hanko; Feb. 14, 21—Haak.
Classis welcomed the newly organized Immanuel Protestant Reformed Church of Lacombe, Alberta, Canada, present at Classis for the first time.
Classis will meet next in Redlands, California on March 2, 1988, the Lord willing.
Rev. David J. Engelsma,