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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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Classis East met January 9, 2019 at Hope PRC in Walker, MI. Rev. M. VanderWal by rotation chaired this meeting. An appeal was ruled to be illegal because it violated Article 30 of the Church Order. A portion of a protest was ruled illegal; another portion of this protest was judged to be legal, but it was not sustained. The church visitors gave a favorable report of their work in 2018. Rev. K. Koole and Rev. R. VanOverloop were chosen to be church visitors in 2019. Rev. N. Decker was elected to the Classical Committee. He replaces Rev. K. Koole...

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Rev. C. Hanko called the meeting to order. After the singing of No. 174 from the Psalter, he read I Tim. 4 and led in prayer. After the credential letters were accepted and classis was declared constituted. Rev. J. Heys was called upon to preside. Ke speaks a few words of welcome and then gives opportunity to those delegates who are present for the first time to sign the Articles of Subscription. The minutes of the July session are read and accepted. The stated clerk reports that he has carried out all the required correspondence. A brief report of the...

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The January meeting of Classis East was held in the Fuller Ave. Church. Rev. J. Heys called the meeting to order. After the singing of No. 247 from the Psalter, he read Ps. 46 and led in prayer. The credentials were received and accepted, showing that all the churches were represented by two delegates. Rev. B. Kok was then called upon to preside while Rev. J. Heys functioned as secretary. The minutes of the former classical meeting were read and adopted. The stated clerk reports that he had carried out the instructions of the former classis. Grand Haven’s consistory came...

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This special meeting of Classis East was required for two purposes. The first order of business was the examination of Pastor-elect David Noorman. In the afternoon Classis met to treat the appeal of a member against the member’s pastor and consistory. After preaching his specimen sermon and upon receiving the approval of his preaching from Classis East and the synodical deputies from Classis West, Pastor-elect David Noorman was examined extensively on the six loci of Reformed Dogmatics, and his knowledge of the Scriptures, confessions, controversy, and practica. Pastor-elect Noorman gave an excellent demonstration of his knowledge and training in all...

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Rev. A. Petter called the meeting to order. After the singing of No. 239 from the Psalter, he read a portion of Matthew 18 and led in prayer. The credentials were read and receiv­ed, showing that all the churches (ex­cept one, where the pastor alone was present), were represented by two dele­gates. After Classis is declared constituted, Rev. M. Schipper presides and Rev. A. Petter takes down the minutes. The president speaks a few words of wel­come and then asks those who are pre­sent for the first time at the Classis to sign the Formula of Subscription. The minutes of...

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Classis East met on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at Hudsonville PRC. By rotation Rev. J. Smidstra would have been the chairman of this meeting. Due to some weighty matters and the fact that this would be his first Classis meeting as a delegate, he requested of the Classical Committee that he be allowed to step aside as chairman of this meeting. The Classical Committee brought this request as well as a recommendation that Rev. R. Van Overloop chair this meeting. Both recommendations were approved by Classis. Routine matters such as reports from the stated clerk, Classical Committee, and church visitors...

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Rev. M. Schipper calls the meeting to order. After the singing of No. 128 from the Psalter, he reads Psalm 46 and leads in prayer. The credentials are read and received, showing that ail the Churches are repre­sented and that the newly organized con­gregation of Randolph had sent her first delegates to Classis East. After Classis is declared constituted, Rev. H. Veldman is called upon to pre­side. He speaks a word of welcome to all the delegates, but especially to the delegates of the newly organized con­gregation of Randolph. The Formula of Subscription is signed by those who are present...

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The meeting of Jan. 5, 1944 was open­ed by Rev. H. Veldman in the usual way. The churches were all represented by two delegates except Randolph, which had sent only one. After the credentials were received, classis was declared constituted. From then on Rev. R. Veldman wielded the hammer and Rev. H. Veldman re­corded the minutes. The president speaks a word of wel­come to the delegates, including the delegates from Classis west who are present for the examination of Cand. W. Hofman. These delegates, the Revs. A. Cammenga, M. Gritter and G. Vos, as well as Rev. D. Jonker were...

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