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Elder Labots was chosen chairman of the consistory meeting of the First Reformed Church in the absence of Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte. The proposal to build a parsonage on the church grounds was rejected. A committee was appointed to find a suitable location and another committee was appointed to make plans for the parsonage for a building either of wood or stone. The poor fund was in arrears $200 but the consistory refused to ask the county or township for assistance to share in this responsibility. It was considered the Christian duty of the congregation to take care of its poor.
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" (1865). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 297.
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.