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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 [Wakker's minutes are much fuller usually than were Van Raalte's], it was decided that deacons were separate from the elders but they were to continue meeting together. Collections have fallen off in the afternoon service because some members are now attending the "English service." Consistory acknowledged the bills owed P. Zalsman and A. Vennema. Labots was appointed to review the membership roll. De Vries was appointed administrator of the congregational school and to set up a separate fund for that purpose. Van Raalte reported on his health and the stress he was experiencing due to heavy duties because the consistory wondered if the rumor was correct that he was planning to take a trip outside the country.




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