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The congregational meeting on this Thanksgiving Day opened with the singing of Psalm 86, verse 6 after which the pastor, Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte, prayed and then "presented the needs of the congregation..." A report was made on the income given for the poor, the Academy, congregational school, and other causes. The congregational school was $1,128.12 in debt. There were still twenty-one unpaid bills on the church building. Many members owed money on their pews. The General Synod minutes of that year indicate the congregation had 168 families and 334 members. Forty infants were baptized, there were 150 catechumens, and $1,988.50 in contributions. [page 425]
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Van Raalte, A. C.; Wakke, G.; Buursma, William; and Buursma, Althea, "Notes on the Congregational Meeting" (1858). Van Raalte Papers: 1850-1859. 74.