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The consistory of the First Reformed Church met again within two days of the previous meeting. Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte was again presiding. Article 6 of the 31 August meeting were clarified as to the baptism of infants when parents were not confessing members. Various problems are dealt with. It was decided to have a family visitation program pursued immediately and done within a short time. If the pastor was relieved from Wednesday evening preaching, he would have more time available for calling. "The elders will encourage those who have not yet contributed to assist with the pastor's salary." The presence of Revs. Giles Vande Wall and John Van Vleck at consistory meetings was desireable but not required in view of their "multiple responsibilities."




Holland, Michigan


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.


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.

Notes on the Meeting of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church