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At a meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church, Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte was back and presided at the meeting. The only item on the agenda was to discuss the need for a second pastor because the congregation was widely dispersed and because of the continuing weakness and ill health of the pastor. "There was, however, the feeling that it would be very difficult to find a pastor who meets the requirements of the congregation." Several names of possible candidates were given.
The original documents are held in The Joint Archives of Holland.
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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. 284.
In Dutch; translation by Rev. William and Althea Buursma, 2000.
Description of the document and reference to The Joint Archives of Holland by Dr. Elton J. Bruins.
About the collection:
Elton J. Bruins, long-time professor in the Department of Religion at Hope College, spent years collecting documents by and about Albertus C. Van Raalte, founder of Holland, Michigan and early patron of Hope College. Documents were gathered from dozens of public and private collections, making a nearly exhaustive collection of Van Raalte's writings and reflections. It is these documents that make up the "Van Raalte Papers."
Digitizing the Van Raalte papers was supported by the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York. The project was done in partnership with Heritage Hall at Calvin University, which also digitized its Van Raalte collections.