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At a meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided and Gerrit Wakker served as clerk, a committee was appointed to look into obtaining a furnace for the sanctuary. Considerable discussion was based on the law of the state that a congregation must have trustees. For the time being, the consistory will not comply. Van Raalte was permitted to discontinue Wednesday evening preaching so that he can do more calling. "In addition, all shared the conviction that the pastor's physical situation requires some rest and relief."
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Van Raalte, A. C.; Wakke, G.; Buursma, William; and Buursma, Althea, "Notes on the Meeting of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church" (1858). Van Raalte Papers: 1850-1859. 71.