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A news item was printed in De Hollander reporting that the new church building was dedicated the previous Sunday. The First Reformed Church congregation could leave the log church and enjoy worship in the new Pillar Church. Rev. Albertus Van Raalte, pastor, preached on Psalm 84, verses two and three. In the afternoon, he preached on the third petition of the Lord's prayer, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. In the evening, Rev. John Van Vleck preached in English. Four young people made profession of faith, one of whom was baptized. The reporter said that the congregation had a great feast day.
The original documents are held in the Holland Museum.
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ten Hoor, Henry, "News Item Printed in De Hollander" (1856). Van Raalte Papers: 1850-1859. 336.
In Dutch; translated by Dr. Henry ten Hoor.
Description of the document and reference to the Holland Museum by Dr. Elton J. Bruins.
About the collection:
Elton J. Bruins, long-time professor in the Department of Religion at Hope College, spent years collecting documents by and about Albertus C. Van Raalte, founder of Holland, Michigan and early patron of Hope College. Documents were gathered from dozens of public and private collections, making a nearly exhaustive collection of Van Raalte's writings and reflections. It is these documents that make up the "Van Raalte Papers."
Digitizing the Van Raalte papers was supported by the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York. The project was done in partnership with Heritage Hall at Calvin University, which also digitized its Van Raalte collections.