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Several matters were dealt with at the meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided. New members were received. Widow de Frel resigned from membership in the congregation. Rev. Philip Phelps, principal of the Holland Academy asked for permission to use the church building for the upcoming examination of students. The request was put on hold. A student at the parochial school was dismissed for slovenliness. The consistory accepted the responsibility to find him a good Christian home. Finances of the parochial school continue to be a major problem. Since C. Vorst and his wife had their child baptized "at the Secessionists," a committee of Elders Keppel and Wakker was appointed to investigate the matter. A committee was appointed to review the books of the deacons.




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