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At a meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided and Elder Gerrit Wakker served as clerk, the president asked two members why they were absent at the previous meeting. A member of church wants her child to be baptized at the church but her husband is a member of the secessionists and wants the baby baptized there. Consistory ruled the right of the woman to have her baby baptized in this church. Concern was expressed about young adults in the church who have not made confession of faith.
The original documents are held in The Joint Archives of Holland.
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Wakker, Gerrit; Van Raalte, A. C.; Buursma, William; and Buursma, Althea, "Meeting Notes of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church" (1858). Van Raalte Papers: 1850-1859. 49.
In Dutch; translation by Rev. William and Althea Buursma, 2000.
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.