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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 decided to paint the church even if the church had to borrow money at seven per cent interest in order to have the work done. When the women would come in to clean the church, attention should be paid to the lamps and carpets in the aisles. The congregation will be asked by the deacons to raise money for Rutgers College, consistory also decided.
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Wakker, G.; Buursma, William; and Buursma, Althea, "Meeting Minutes of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church" (1863). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 177.