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At a meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided, it was reported that the divorce proceedings have been dropped by a couple and they requested readmittance to the Lord's table. Two other couples were having difficulties in their marriages. Censures were lifted on them also including Kommer Schaddelee and his wife. Elder Teunis Keppel proposed that the pastor have a Bible or catechism lesson on Sunday evenings. The pastor agreed to this. [This means that Van Raalte will be preaching and teaching three times on Sundays.] Pews will be rented again but poor members will be given pews. [To this point there has been no mention of the Civil War in the consistory and congregational minutes of Pillar Church.]




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 Minutes of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church