Report on the Meeting of the Northern Plains Classis

This year the Dakotas were back to very wintry conditions for the 28th Annual Meeting of the Northern Plains Classis. The NPC met on March 11–12, at Covenant Reformed Church in Watertown, SD. The meeting was preceded by an ice and snow storm with strong winds. Driving conditions were less than desirable but our omnipotent God got us all safely there and back home again. We thank and praise Him for safety granted.

The meeting was opened with prayer and a devotional given by Rev. George Syms entitled “Guard the Deposit” with 1 Timothy 6: 20–21 as his text. It was a good reminder of our task in a day when even the concept of truth is being downgraded. After the devotional, the meeting of Classis was called to order. Officers elected for the coming year were: Rev. David Dawn, President; Rev. Jimmy Hall, Vice-President; Rev. James Grossmann, Stated Clerk; and Elder Matt Fickbohm, Treasurer. I should say that prior to the Classis election, Rev. George Syms of Covenant Reformed Church in Watertown was received as a minister of Classis and placed on the roll.

One item of interest concerns the mission works of Classis. Up to this meeting there have been two such works: one in Watertown, SD, and the other in Dickinson, ND. Since the Watertown church seems well-established, the missions committee recommended that the Covenant Reformed Church of Watertown be removed from the roll of mission churches. Elder Rod DeJong of Watertown expressed a heartfelt thanks to Classis for the years of support. Rev. George Syms has been installed as pastor of the church there. God be praised for Rev. Syms’s improved health.

The mission work in Dickinson, ND under the leadership of Rev. Dale Clark is off to a good start. The First Reformed Chapel of Dickinson is under the oversight of Salem Reformed Church of Ashley, ND. The first year of missionary work in Dickinson posed a serious problem in terms of the house purchased for them. After the Clarks moved into the parsonage, a severe mold problem, among others, was discovered. The report is that most of the serious problems have been taken care of and the house is now livable for Rev. and Mrs. Clark.

Rev. Clark’s first year there has been quite fruitful for which he and the Classis together give all glory to God. We continue to pray for God’s help and leading as the work in Dickinson moves ahead for Christ and His Kingdom.

The 28th Annual meeting of the NPC was a cheerful one despite the hazardous weather. When Rev. Dawn gave his “State of the Classis Report” he happily reported that this was the first time in several years that he has not had to report on negative statistics. Our great God has blessed the NPC with growth in membership and giving! A couple of our congregations reported on aspects of renewal being evident among the membership. All praise to God above! May He continue to bless all the congregations with renewed spiritual vigor!

The love and unity of the Spirit were evidenced at this meeting of the NPC.

Covenant Reformed Church of Watertown was a gracious host for our meeting. The meals and snacks provided were outstanding and their cheerfulness was much appreciated.

Rev. Phillip Poe, Harvest Reformed Church, Minot, ND
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