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At a meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided and for which he served as clerk, a Mr. Drost was admonished to discontinue his begging. The deacons were to investigate to determine what his financial needs were. The congregation approved the parochial school and on the first Sunday of the month, a collection would be taken for the school. Elder Labots reported that a Schrotenboer gave occasion for critics to speak "evil of the pastor." Four elders were appointed to meet with the Graafschap congregation to discuss the matter.
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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. 357.