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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."
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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.