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Elder J. Labots presided at this meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church in the absence of the pastor, Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte. The consistory is in the process of collecting money for the salary of the pastor. Elders Keppel and Wakker proved to be too busy for this assignment so van der [sic] Luyster and Geerlings accepted this responsibility. The recent holocaust of fire caused needs in the congregation of those members who suffered losses. The parochial school was in need of a "competent and God-fearing teacher..."
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Wakker, G.; Buursma, William; and Buursma, Althea, "Meeting Minutes of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church" (1860). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 61.