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At a meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided, there was a "discussion concerning the calling of a pastor, and it was decided to leave the matter in God's providence, and the free choice of the congregation." Apparently on the same date, the consistory met with the building committee. The pastor opened this meeting with prayer. It was decided that monies would be loaned at not more than ten per cent and a mortgage between "$1,200 and $1,300 will be placed on the new Second [Third Reformed] Church with its four lots." Then just this note at the conclusion of the above minutes: "A congregational meeting was held on August 26, preceded by a sermon and prayer and a trio was formed, consisting of Revs. Donner, [Roelof] Pieters, and de Pree."
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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. 434.