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After Psalm 25.2 was sung, Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte offered prayer at the congregational meeting of the First Reformed Church. Elders and deacons were elected and financial reports given. A committee was appointed to look into the objections of those who thought that the pew rents were high. "At the suggestion of the president," he brought forward the matter of the need for a second congregation to be organized in Holland due to the growth of the village and the congregation. A committee of ten persons was appointed to look into this matter.




Holland, Michigan


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.


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 Congregation of the First Reformed Church