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Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte was not present at this meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church. Gerrit Wakker was clerk. Labots was chosen to preside at the meeting. [This must be a sign of the respect in which he was held.] Five members were absent in addition to Van Raalte. De Vries and Apeldoorn were called to give an account of their tardiness. Many items were discussed. The deacons were asked to meet at least every six weeks as a group. The next congregational meeting was scheduled for Thanksgiving Day afternoon. Rev. Giles Vande Wall was scheduled to fill the pulpit in Van Raalte's absence.
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Wakker, Gerrit; Buursma, William; and Buusma, Althea, "Notes on the Meeting of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church" (1858). Van Raalte Papers: 1850-1859. 68.