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Several matters came before the Consistory of the First Reformed Church at their meeting on this date. There was a dispute about the ownership of a gulden among some members. Some consistory members cautioned about the planning of the new building to avoid bitterness and division. Elder Broek said more had to be said about the new method of paying their pastor, Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte. Some members of the congregation were unwilling to cooperate. On Old Year's Day, the pew rentals brought in $230.00, $100.00 of which given to the pastor for his needs.
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Van Raalte, A. C. and Buursma, William, "Meeting Minutes of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church" (1854). Van Raalte Papers: 1850-1859. 396.