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Elder de Bruin was chosen as chairman of the consistory meeting of the First Reformed Church in the absence of Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte. New members were received and some members transferred elsewhere. Mr. and Mrs. Hermanus Doesburg transferred their membership to Grand Haven. Jan Dinkeloo was admitted to the Lord's Table although his membership had not yet arrived from Kalamazoo. The Board of Education of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church informed the consistory that it had not yet received an offering from Pillar Church. There was a discussion about a Union League in which some members had membership.Te Roller was asked to refrain from communion because of his membership in the group, an organization offensive to some people in the congregation.




Holland, Michigan


In Dutch; translation by Rev. William and Mthea 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.


The original documents are held in The Joint Archives of Holland.


This digitized material is intended for personal research/study only. The original documents may not be reproduced for commercial use in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without permission in writing from The Joint Archives of Holland.

Meeting Minutes of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church