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At a meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte, the new elder, Gerrit Wakker, made a remark that the same person should not be both president and clerk. By a unanimous vote, Wakker was elected the clerk! It was learned that a member of the church remarried without being divorced from his first wife. The consistory moved to bring this issue to the classis. Labots and Keppel are still trying to get a couple to be reconciled. Although there are times when the pastor was absent, students were not allowed to fill the pulpit.
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Wakker, Gerrit; Buursma, William; and Buursma, Althea, "Notes on the Meeting of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church" (1858). Van Raalte Papers: 1850-1859. 46.