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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.
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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.