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At a meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided, the committee that called on the [Kommer?] Schadeelees reported that this family no longer considered itself in "ecclesiastical connection" with First Reformed Church. This family was now in connection with the Graafschap congregation that seceded from the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church in 1857. New members by transfer and confession of faith were received into membership. The committee that was appointed to visit the C. Vorst family learned that their baby had not been baptized but the family intended to join the Graafschap church. The church building was threatened with sagging because of blowing sand. A member of the consistory was appointed to look into the matter.




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