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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 work on the orphanage had not yet begun. The sum of $277.50 was pledged by the congregation for Rutgers College. A person appeared who wished to enter the membership of the church. However, since he was divorced, the consistory would not accept him but would bring the matter to the classis. The roof of the stables was developing leaks, preventing its use. A committee was appointed to make the improvements.
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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. 188.