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A congregational meeting was held on this date which Elder Labots opened with prayer. The purpose of the meeting was "to discuss the salary of the pastor with the congregation." Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte had not even received $100 of salary yet this year! The consistory shared the concern but the financial situation of the congregation was difficult. Consistory was at fault for letting this situation remained unsolved. Hoogsteger suggested that the congregation be canvassed and Kamper proposed each person should do what he can. That proposal was approved or both were. The minutes are unclear on this point. In an insertion between pages 69 and 70, a minute reported that since children of non-church members were baptized Elder Wilterdink resigned from the church fellowship but "does desire to retain brotherly relationships."
The original documents are held in The Joint Archives of Holland.
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Van Raalte, Albertus C.; Wakker, Gerrit; Buursma, William; and Buursma, Althea, "Notes on a Congregational Meeting" (1858). Van Raalte Papers: 1850-1859. 64.
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.