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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.
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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. 76.