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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.
The original documents are held in The Joint Archives of Holland.
This digitized material is intended for personal research/study only. The original documents may not be reproduced for commercial use in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without permission in writing from The Joint Archives of Holland.
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.
In Dutch; translated 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.