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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, it was reported that several boys exhibited offensive behavior during public worship. Consistory decided to ask their fathers to pay sufficient pew rent to include a seat for the sons of the family. Van Raalte and Wakker were appointed to handle this problem. Consistory members will be assigned their turns sitting in the back of the sanctuary where the youths often are seated. Two men were appointed to meet with a man who is charged with abusing his wife. The issue was again raised about non confessing but baptized members of the church who wish to have their children baptized. Consistory accepted an invitation of the pastor to attend a ministers' meeting where this subject would be discussed.




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.

Meeting Notes for the Consistory of the First Reformed Church