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At a meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided and at which Gerrit Wakker served as clerk, some elders were asked why they were absent at the last meeting. Keppel said he was not aware of the time of the meeting, Broek did not like evening meetings because he had a long way to travel and it was too difficult to walk home in the dark, and Wilterdink did not know the time of the meeting and, in addition, his wife was sick. Consistory was informed that a newly married couple had separated. A three- week vacation for the school of the church was approved. A committee had reported on the charges made by Wilterdink that the pastor was "unfaithful, if not in doctrine, then in his dealings. "Wakker, Broek, and the pastor were appointed to meet with Wilterdink to solve the problems this elder had with the church. The deacons were admonished for not having brought their books with them for review.
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Van Raalte, Albertus C.; 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. 56.
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.