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At a consistory meeting of the First Reformed Church at which Elder J. Labots presided because the pastor, Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte, was absent with notice. Gerrit Wakker served as clerk. The consistory decided that 75 cents a week was sufficient for the care of an orphan child by a family of the church. The foster parents asked for $1.25 a week. The carpenters who built the church are asking for interest on the amount owed them by the congregation. Wakker was assigned the task of catechising in the absence of the pastor.




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 of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church