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At a meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided, another major discussion was held about the baptism of infants whose parents were not confessing members of the church. It was agreed, by majority vote, to baptize the Geluk child if the father would submit to the discipline of the church, be instructed in the faith, and support the church. Rev. Philip Phelps wrote the consistory with the request to purchase the orphanage and the lot on which it was situated. The consistory felt it could not sell the property due to the laws of the state but could rent the property. It was not stated why any laws of the state were involved in the matter. [Was the property originally and still owned by the Holland community?]
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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. 193.