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At a meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided, the newly elected deacons were present, namely, J. van de Luyster, Jacob Vork, Gerrit Jan Rensing, and Arend Geerlings. (Their first names were not in the minutes of the congregational meeting at which they were elected on 15 March.) All were willing to accept their offices. However, Geerlings preferred that no administrative duties be assigned him. In dealing with the legacy of the Widow [Jenneken] Vreede (spelled differently than in the minutes of 9 March meeting where she was called ter Vree) it was noted that the gentlemen who held the note that would be called in was not able to pay the note. Rev. Van Raalte declared that his share could go to the congregation when it came in. More discussion was held about the "flask" case of the Schaddelees. Widow van der Velde was back and as a member of the church needed assistance and was under the care of the congregation.




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 Consistory of the First Reformed Church