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Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte opened the Consistory meeting of the First Reformed Church with prayer. The majority of those present (Elders Labots, Jonker, Hekhuis, and Appeldoorn and Deacon Keppel) opposed changing the present system for terms of service of consistory men. However, upon retirement of consistory men, they would become part of the "greater" consistory and could be called upon when their advice would be needed. Evidently there has been pressure from the congregation against long terms of service of consistory men. Also discussed were the continuing arrears in the pastor's salary. He had been promised $600 per year but this amount had never been reached. The congregation had the responsibility to pay for family needs although his debts related to his "obligations in connection with the colony and lands" were his responsibility. Van Raalte said that it was necessary to speak about this matter of salary and not be silent. Several important matters were on the agenda of this meeting.
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Van Raalte, A. C. and Buursma, William, "Meeting Notes of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church" (1854). Van Raalte Papers: 1850-1859. 261.