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At a meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided, the pastor said that on the advice of his doctors, he must have a rest. He could resign as pastor or he could give up all pastoral duties except preaching on Sundays. The consistory approved a proposal that he give up the pastoral work for six months and then consult with consistory on the next step. The consistory thought he should give up preaching for two months but the pastor preferred to continue because "preaching does not cause him that much difficulty." It was decided that he would preach only once on Sunday and that Rev. Pieter Oggel take over his catechism classes.
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Wakker, G.; Buursma, William; and Buursma, Althea, "Meeting Minutes of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church" (1864). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 209.