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Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte was back from the Netherlands and present at this meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church. "Since the English, or Second Church locally, seems to have no objection to receiving members of the Masonic Lodge into the fellowship of their congregation and admit them to the table of the Lord, it was decided that it is our calling in a Christian protest to witness against this, following the church order."
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Wakker, G.; Buursma, William; and Buursma, Althea, "Meeting Minutes of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church" (1866). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 391.