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At a meeting of the congregation of the First Reformed Church at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided, a financial report was given after the pastor opened with prayer. The total income for the year was $3,228.68. This total did not include the salary fund or the poor fund Elders and deacons were elected. Beeuwkes was chosen to replace Plugger. "The president presented to the congregation the need for a second pastor, a long-felt requirement:' The demands upon the pastor cannot be met by one person "even if he is young and healthy." The proposal was passed with 51 votes. The meeting was adjourned to the third Monday in January.
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 Congregation of the First Reformed Church" (1864). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 285.
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.