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A meeting of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church of Holland was held at the home of the pastor, Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte. Members present were elders Jonkers, Broek, Labots, and Appeldoorn and deacons Keppel, Wilterdink, and de Weerd. Van Raalte, as usual, opened with prayer. Jonkers requested the pastor to let them know ahead of time when he would be absent from the congregation "so that appropriate measures can be taken for a good reading sermon." Labots, Plugger, and Broek were appointed as readers of sermons during the pastor's absences. Van Raalte again served as the clerk.




Holland, Michigan


In Dutch; translation by Rev. William Buursma.

Description of the document and reference to The Joint Archives of Holland 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.


The original documents are held in The Joint Archives of Holland.


This digitized material is intended for personal research/study only. The original documents may not be reproduced for commercial use in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without permission in writing from The Joint Archives of Holland.

Meeting Minutes of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church