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At a meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided, a Mr. Dalman requested support from the church because he wished to attend the academy. The church would give him something but he was married. His family of five would not be able to live on the stipend of eleven shillings granted him. New members from Chicago, Kalamazoo, and Grand Rapids were received. Deacon J. van de Luyster moved to Franklin, Wisconsin, so his vacancy needed to be filled at the up-coming congregational meeting.
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Van Raalte, A. C.; Wakker, G.; Buursma, William; and Buursma, Althea, "Meeting Minutes of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church" (1861). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 106.