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At a consistory meeting of the First Reformed Church at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided and also served as clerk, the major discussion centered on Van Raalte's call to the newly formed First Reformed Church of Pella, Iowa. The matter was so important that it was to be brought to the attention of the congregation. V.R. saw the urgent need in Pella but also the necessity to remain in the Holland Colony for various reasons enumerated in the minutes.
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Van Raalte, A. C.; Buursma, William; and Buursma, Althea, "Meeting Minutes of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church" (1856). Van Raalte Papers: 1850-1859. 351.