William Buursma



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Again in the absence of Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte, Labots apparently was presiding since he had the closing prayer. The whole meeting was taken up with matters concerning Deacon de Weerd who had been charged with wrongdoing at the last meeting of the consistory. Veneklaas did make public confession of his sin before the congregation on the Lord's Day following the last meeting. But the members of the consistory were concerned that many people in the congregation have something against de Weerd. The consistory proposed that de Weerd resign his position as deacon the next Sunday to which he agreed.




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