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Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided at the meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church. There was a discussion concerning standards of membership. Some felt that entrance of members into the congregation depended upon a commitment to the faith and to the canons of Dort in addition to papers if such were presented. Van Raalte is suffering from dyspepsia and asked for advice of the consistory. Should he refrain from pastoral work for six months? The consistory left it to him to decide.
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Van Raalte, A. C.; Buursma, William; and Buursma, Althea, "Meeting Minutes of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church" (1855). Van Raalte Papers: 1850-1859. 299.