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At a meeting of die consistory of the First Reformed Church at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided and also served as clerk, among the many pastoral concerns was a woman who is subject to seizures. Since this disturbs the women, consistory decided that she is to be seated with the men. Extinguishing fires in wooden fences and barrel staves on Sunday was approved even though some members may consider that a sin.
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Van Raalte, Albertus C.; Buursma, William; and Buursma, Althea, "Notes on the Meeting of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church" (1857). Van Raalte Papers: 1850-1859. 7.