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At a meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided, the pastor announced that he would be concluding his service as pastor. Both First Reformed Church and the new congregation would then be free to call their pastors. "In any event, a formal dissolution does not need to take place, because there has never been a formal connection." The pastor had to leave at this point because of another meeting. Elder Labots was chosen chairman and routine matters were taken care of A congregational meeting would be called for Tuesday, August 13, at 7 p.m. regarding the pastor's severance with the congregation.
The original documents are held in The Joint Archives of Holland.
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Wakker, G.; Buursma, William; and Buursma, Althea, "Meeting Minutes of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church" (1867). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 429.
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.