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Elder Teunis Keppel was elected chairman of the consistory meeting of the First Reformed Church in the absence of Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte. A committee of women who clean the church requested that the consistory pay for the expenses of cleaning so that the women did not have to beg to raise the money needed. The interior of the church also needed to be painted. The consistory would make a decision about this. The building committee reported that it would cost $500 to paint and whitewash the church. The consistory also decided to pay the expenses of cleaning the church, a proposal made by the women earlier in the meeting. D[irk] Broek wrote a pointed letter to the consistory stating that the church could not expect the students to preach for nothing since they cannot be expected to "live on air." He submitted a bill for $20.00 for his preaching on four Sundays in 1863 and 1864. The consistory refused to pay him and also let him know that it did not like the tone of his letter.
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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. 243.