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At a meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church, a meeting that had recessed on 19 January, Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte again presided. It was decided that any shortage in the pastor's salary find would be taken from the pew rental find. There were several financial reports. It was decided that every family be given envelopes for the funding of the proposed missionary. The pastor would preach on missions before the envelopes were collected. It was also decided that the empty orphanage would be rented for 63 cents per week. [This building may have been used for the parochial school when it was functioning.]




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