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Elder de Bruin was elected chairman of the consistory meeting of the First Reformed Church in the absence of Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte. The committee for the search of property for the new parsonage said that it was not able to find a suitable site and recommended that the parsonage be built on the northwest corner of the church grounds. "Both the entrance and exit on 9th Street and 10th Street are unhindered." The report was accepted. Eight people resigned their membership in the congregation and the names of two non-members were removed. [Would the members who resigned join the new Christian Reformed Church now called the Central Ave. CRC? That congregation was formed this year.]
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. 301.
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.