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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."
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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.