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Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided at the congregational meeting of the First Reformed, opening the meeting with prayer after the singing of Psalm 103.1. All retiring elders and deacons were reelected. The financial condition of the congregation was reported. The Holland Academy had received $252.95 that year and $159.00 had been collected for the Graafschap parsonage. Pew rents that afternoon brought in $2,294.15. Disbursements to the poor came to $1,676.00 for the year. Several people at the meeting gave gifts to eliminate the debt in the poor fund. The pastor suggested that due to the size of the congregation, it should split in two or that the congregation establish a "missionary post." A committee will be appointed to consider this proposal of the pastor. "The meeting was closed by Dr. van Raalte."
The original documents are held in The Joint Archives of Holland.
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Buursma, William and Buursma, Althea, "Meeting Minutes of the Congregation of the First Reformed Church" (1865). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 344.
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.