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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]




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 Congregational Meeting