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Meeting of January 11, 12, and March 15, 2023 Grandville PRC warmly welcomed the thirty-eight delegates from the nineteen member churches of Classis East on Wednesday January 11, 2023. After doing more work on January 12, classis decided to recess until Wednesday, March 15. What follows is a brief summary of the “Acts” of Classis East. Wednesday morning—January 11, 2023 Rev. Jacob Maatman, chairman of the previous meeting of Classis East, led in opening devotions. He then read the credentials of the delegates from the sending consistories. Classis approved the credentials, and Rev. Maatman declared classis legally constituted. The next...

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May 11, 2022 First PRC of Holland, MI hosted Classis East in the Redeemer Christian School building in Zeeland, MI. After Rev. Bill Langerak declared classis properly constituted, Rev. Dennis Lee assumed the chair and presided over the business of the meeting. Recognizing the importance of making decisions in harmony with Scripture as set forth in our Reformed confessions, classis requires every first-time delegate to sign the Formula of Subscription. Two delegates attended classis for the first time and therefore signed the Formula. Classis exercises mutual oversight by receiving answers from each member church to the questions found in Article...

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Providence Protestant Reformed Church hosted Classis  East’s January 12, 2022 meeting. The meeting convened  with Rev. Joe Holstege, chairman of the last meeting,  leading in devotions. He made opening comments about  loving the church of Jesus Christ. Two delegates from  each of the nineteen churches of Classis East attended  in person, including the two delegates from Wingham,  Ontario, Canada. After Rev. Holstege declared classis  properly constituted, Rev. Bill Langerak took over the  chair. With Rev. Langerak presiding over the meeting, classis  received reports from its stated clerk, church visitors,  and classical committee. Then classis took a break from  meeting in...

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Summary of Classis East We give thanks to God that Classis East was able to convene on Wednesday, September 9, 2020. Sincere thanks is also directed to Byron Center Protestant Reformed Church for graciously and capably hosting the meeting of classis. In order to meet legally and safely, classis declared that its meeting was “essential to execute the business of Classis East,” and it adopted restrictions concerning who were allowed to be present at classis. Unfortunately it was not possible for visitors to observe the public deliberations of classis in person. Rev. G. Eriks served as chairman of the meeting,...

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March 17, 2020 at Hudsonville PRC At the request of the Consistories of Faith, Grace, and Hope, the Classical Committee of Classis East called for the convening of a meeting today to consider the request of Rev. David Overway to be released from the ministry according to Article 12 of the Church Order. Rev. Bruinsma led in opening devotions and declared classis properly constituted. Rev. N. Decker, by rota­tion, presided as chairman of the meeting. Because Michigan’s governor signed an executive order banning assemblies of more that 50 people effective at 9:00 a.m. on March 17 until 5:00 p.m. on...

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Rev. M. Schipper called the meeting to order. After the singing of No. 350 from the Psalter the president read a portion of John 14 and led in prayer. The classical credentials were received and read. The churches were all repre­sented by two delegates except Kala­mazoo, which had sent only one. Classis was declared constituted and Rev. H. Veldman presided for the day. The delegates who were present at the classis for the first time signed the Articles of Subscription. Rev. H. Veld­man, as president, spoke a few words of welcome to the delegates. The minutes of the preceding classical...

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Classis West of the Protestant Reformed Churches met on March 4–5, 2020, in Peace PRC (Dyer, IN). This was the first time that Classis was held in Peace’s new building, which accommodated the Classis very well. The meeting was capably chaired by Rev. Allen Brummel (Calvary PRC). After opening devotions and the constituting of Classis, routine reports of the stated clerk, classical com­mittee, and reading sermon committee were read and approved. The church visitors also reported on their work over the last year and the presence of unity, peace, and love prevailing in the churches. Before Classis was a protest...

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Classis East met Wednesday, April 1, at Fuller Ave. After the singing of No. 112 from the Psalter, Rev. P. De Boer read I Cor. 13 and led in prayer. The credential letters were received and read. Classis then is declared con­stituted, and Rev. J. De Jong is called upon to preside. The president speaks a word of wel­come and asks the delegates who are present for the first time to sign the articles of subscription. The minutes of the preceding meeting of Classis were read and approved. A report of a committee in regard to the traveling expenses of...

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The July meeting of Classis East was held in Holland, Mich. The opening exer­cises were conducted by the local pastor, Rev. P. De Boer. After the singing of No. 221 from the Psalter, he read I Cor. 13 and led in prayer. After the credential letters were re­ceived and read, classis was declared constituted. Rev. C. Hanko was called upon to preside and Rev. J. De Jong officiated as clerk. The president spoke a word of welcome to the delegates and asked those who were present for the first time to sign the Formula of Subscription. The minutes of the...

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Classis East of the Protestant Reformed Churches met on September 11 and 12 this year at Southwest PRC. This meeting was chaired by Rev. H. Bleyenberg. Wednesday morning was filled with the examina­tion of Jacob Maatman, pastor-elect of Southeast PRC, Grand Rapids. He preached his specimen sermon on Mark 8:34–35. The sermon critic committee stated it well, “Jacob demonstrated a good ability to expound and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, and to do so in such a way that a Protestant Reformed congregation would be edified. Jacob’s sermon was faithful and Re­formed in the exposition of the text, well-grounded...

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