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At a consistory meeting of the First Reformed Church, Elder Teunis Keppel presided in the absence of the pastor, Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte, who was still out East fund-raising. Rev. Giles van de Wall was present. The pastor requested the consistory's permission to stay longer out East. "The consistory judges that this request must be granted. Some of the brothers, however, express their consternation, because no permission was asked and no time specifically specified. Whereupon, it was decided that the resolution will contain language expressing this feeling." Van de Wall wrote the resolution that was accepted by the consistory. Van de Wall would also help out with the preaching as well as Rev. Pieter J. Oggel if he were staying around. The pews will be rented out this year on 31 December. Members who cannot afford to pay are to check with Deacon Te Roller prior to that date.
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Wakker, G.; Keppel, T.; Buursma, William; and Buursma, Althea, "Meeting Notes on the Consistory of the First Reformed Church" (1859). Van Raalte Papers: 1850-1859. 166.