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At a meeting of the congregation of the First Reformed Church at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided, only 44 members were present. At least 100 members should be present for a meeting to call a minister, it was decided.
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Wakker, G.; Buursma, William; and Buursma, Althea, "Meeting Minutes of the Congregation of the First Reformed Church" (1865). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 294.