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At a meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided, two members of the congregation requested that worship services be conducted by elders of the church in the neighborhood of the elders due to the long distance that some members lived from the church. This request was approved. There would be a meeting of the school committee on 17 December. "It was decided to take a collection for the oppressed and persecuted Christians in Syria." A committee was appointed to inquire of two consistory members who have been absent from consistory meetings repeatedly. It was brought to the attention of the pastor that a child had been baptized whose parents were not confessing members of the church Rev. Van Raalte was unaware of this. He agreed to visit these members although he felt that children of non-confessing members should be baptized. Members were to be visited who have not been coming to worship including B. Ploeg.
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Wakker, G.; Buursma, William; and Buursma, Althea, "Meeting Minutes of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church" (1860). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 31.